Cole Raven truly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. He knew he wasn’t meant to be in a 9-to-5 desk job, working for somebody else. He’d always had a passion for travel and independence and building his own thing. So, when the opportunity came to leave his W-2 and commit fully to the startup he’d cofounded, the decision was easy. Cole is the cofounder of Podchaser, the leading podcast directory and destination for podcast discovery, ratings and reviews, creator credits, playlists and search. The startup was founded in 2016 by a small team of podcast enthusiasts, with the goal of creating the ultimate, platform-agnostic database. Cole’s independent spirit extends to his lifestyle; he is currently training for obstacle course races and traveling the country full-time in an RV! In addition, Cole earns passive income as the owner of five Airbnb properties. On this episode of Men on Purpose, Cole joins Emerald to explain how the lack of discoverability called Cole and his cofounders to serve the podcasting community. He shares the Podchaser origin story, discussing how the team formed through a Reddit forum, how they knew they had a good business concept, and what they did to raise $500K in seed funding in eight months. Listen in for Cole’s insight on using Podchaser to find and share shows that fit your podcast personality and learn how to take small steps every day to become the person you want to be! What You Will Learn How the lack of discoverability called Cole to serve podcasters How the Podchaser team formed through a Reddit forum How the Podchaser team raised $500K in eight months Podchaser’s plans to monetize through a SaaS subscription model Cole’s role at Podchaser in marketing and product development How Cole’s entrepreneurial mindset prepared him to quit his 9-to-5 What inspired Cole to earn passive income through Airbnb The impetus for Cole and his wife to travel the country in an RV Cole’s invitation for listeners to create a user profile on Podchaser The consistency and commitment it takes to stay fit and healthy Connect with Cole Raven Podchaser Connect with Emerald GreenForest Creative Age Consulting Group Emerald’s Website Emerald on LinkedIn Emerald on Twitter Emerald on Instagram Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Resources Reddit Airbnb This episode is sponsored by the Creative Age Consulting Group. Men - Is it time NOW for you to make your mark? Visit timetomakeyourmark.com to apply for an invitation-only consultation.