Episode 131: Bradley Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of Podchaser, talks about launching a start up, fundraising, and his evolving views on money. Guest Biography Podchaser is a Venture Capital-backed podcast database company founded in 2016 and led by CEO Bradley Davis. Sometimes called "the IMDb of podcasting," the company is currently focused on three core initiatives: advanced search and discovery, industry-wide data standardization, and data-driven marketplaces for connection. Features include ratings and reviews, shareable lists, detailed tagging, and more than 4 million creator and guest credits. Leveraging its unique database of credits, Podchaser recently announced its Podchaser Connect service that will pair compelling guests -- brand representatives, university professors, authors, domain experts, and more — with podcasts to unlock the tremendous influence of the intimate medium and grow podcast audiences. In this episode, you'll learn: How Podchaser started as a side-hustle with a Reddit post. Fundraising from scratch and how Podchaser recently closed on a $1.65 million seed round. Why Bradley is excited to be heading Podchaser and how fundraising is changing his views on money. Show notes: http://www.inspiredmoney.fm/131 Find more from our guest: Twitter LinkedIn Mentioned in this episode: Podchaser.com Twitter Podchaser raises $1.65M in round with prominent Louisville investors Rocketreach Write a review for Inspired Money at Podchaser.com Runnymede Money Tip of the Week The Rule of 72 Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter or Facebook. Join us at the Inspired Money Makers groups at facebook and LinkedIn To help out the show: Leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Email me your address, and I'll mail you an autographed copy of Kimo West and Ken Emerson's CD, Slackers in Paradise. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts. Special thanks to Jim Kimo West for the music.
In this episode, I had a chat with Bradley Davis, CEO of Podchaser!
If you don't know yet, Podchaser is built to become the IMDB of podcasts: You can find any show, episode and even creator in the podcasting space through this platform. It's like a social network, but much more welcoming :)
Growing rapidly, especially with the recent $1.65m in seed round funding(!!), Podchaser is out there for us creators and listeners to discover, market and share our love for podcasting. Amazing stuff. It works best especially in Asia, in a region where the Apple device penetrate rate isn't as large, and that a large number of listeners don't use Apple Podcasts as their main podcast listening app.
We talked about:
The Origins: how Podchaser started
What pain points is it trying to address, from discovery to engagement
Backlash from skeptics: the gatekeepers in the podcasting space
Also, breeding therapy horses. 😉
Timestamp[5:05] Which apps to integrate with in the future
[8:01] The smart tagging system: organising shows by country, network, and more
[9:17] Podchaser's Origin Story: Frustrations as a listener, Reddit, and more
[15:20] Building the MVP based on user feedback
[20:00] Skeptics and Gatekeepers: The struggles of growing a podcast community
[28:00] The Personalised feed, Qualitative Analytics for Podcast Networks
[31:26] Bradley's biggest lesson growing this platform
[34:14] Startup vs. 9-to-5 culture: It's not for everyone
[38:23] What is on Bradley's podcast playlist?
[43:52] What Bradley would look to see more of in the Asian podcasting scene
[46:59] BONUS: Is it hard to breed a therapy horse?
Podchaser lands seed funding of $1.65 million (https://rainnews.com/podchaser-lands-seed-funding-of-1-65-million/)
Main Website (https://www.podchaser.com/)
Podchaser Creator Profile (https://www.podchaser.com/creators/bradley-davis-107Zzj5f17)
My Podchaser Links
Podchaser Profile (https://www.podchaser.com/users/normanchella)
Creator Profile (https://www.podchaser.com/creators/norman-chella-107a9FXEqQ)
Dolly Parton's America (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/dolly-partons-america-919401)
The Book of Basketball 2.0 (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/book-of-basketball-20-932647)
Richard's Famous Foods Podcast (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/richards-famous-food-podcast-32087)
Radical Empathy (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/radical-empathy-928064)
The Daily (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-daily-243479)
Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/conan-obrien-needs-a-friend-736336)
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This week’s Wolf Den is two guests for the price of one, as Lex speaks with two entrepreneurs in the field podcasting. First, Lex talks with Dan Franks, co-founder of Podcast Movement, the first ever dedicated podcast convention. They discuss the history of the convention, from its Kickstarter origins to its 5th year with over 2000 attendees.
Then, stick around as Lex interviews the young co-founder and CEO Bradley Davis all about the unlikely origins of the of new podcast directory startup Podchaser, which he calls the IMDb of podcasts.
Bradley Davis is making MASSIVE change in the world of podcasts. If you’re listening now, you probably know a thing or two about podcasts. Well, Bradley is the founder of Podchaser, where he and his team are creating the go-to podcast database and discovery tool, or you could even think of them as the IMDb of podcasts. The database and website have been in the making for nearly two years, with the beta already launched, and they just finished fundraising for their initial round of capital to scale the company. They have quickly grown to over 10,000 users, and have advisors that include some of the founders or first employees of both IMDb and Letterboxd.
Bradley has a background in industrial sales, is a serial startup founder, and also does real estate on the side - specifically Airbnbs.
In today’s episode we drill down and talk about how to successfully pitch your startup company and fundraise from investors, how to make sure to find your ideal clients and know exactly what they want before you create your product, and how he is generating wealth through his real estate investments.
SO. MUCH. VALUE. In this episode!
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Monumental on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/monumental-entrepreneurs-visio-643417
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Bradley’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/beradleydavis
Bradley’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-davis-71876132/
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WorkLife with Adam Grant Podcast (podcast recommended by Bradley): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/worklife-with-adam-grant/id1346314086?mt=2
Mike Rowe’s Episode on ‘The Tim Ferriss Show’ Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/157-the-importance-of-being-dirty-lessons-from-mike-rowe/id863897795?i=1000368019931&mt=2
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