I’m Dan Benjamin. I’m a podcaster, writer, and software developer. I’m the founder of Fireside, a podcast hosting and analytics platform I helped create to make podcast hosting easy, reliable, and fun. I’m also the founder of the 5by5 Podcast Network where I get to talk to with my friends and heroes while fullfilling my lifelong dream of doing talk radio.
In a past life, I was a corporate stooge and eventual CTO of several startups. I've written for A List Apart and O’Reilly, made screencasts for PluralSight, and been coding for almost two decades. I co-founded a pre-Facebook social network about wine called Cork’d (acquired by Gary Vaynerchuk) and a website for parents called Playgrounder (aquired by Uncrate). I’ve seen The Exorcist about 167 times and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it.
I’m based in Austin, Texas, known for it's great music, amazing food (especially BBQ), and full-sized pickup trucks, all three of which I enjoy immensely.
November 14th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 2 mins
advice, interview, politics
Dan interviews Sean McCabe, reveals Trump's secrets, and takes your questions live.
October 30th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 4 mins
careers, covid, fear, jobs
Dan returns to take your calls, answer your emails, and dispel the myth that you have job security.
December 15th, 2017 | Season 1 | 55 mins 50 secs
Dan and Haddie talk about doing the daily grinding tasks that you know will pay off one day, how Domino's Pizza is standing out, how reading can help you unwind from your day, and more!
December 11th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
Dan and Haddie discuss how you can't expect your business to become a success overnight, a 6 year old making $11 million a year, the importance of having a good nighttime routine, thinking about the next emerging market.
December 8th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about overcoming obstacles, making a business by cheating the system, and how productive you really are at work.
October 31st, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 2 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about influence, attention, and scarcity using Apple as an example of effective execution.
October 27th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 10 mins
Dan talks about building a SaaS platform, all the while joined by Haddie to discuss a listener email about the challenges of breaking into a new career and unpaid internships, changing the way you ask for feedback, and just being open about things.
September 29th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
Dan and Haddie talk about going the extra mile for your customers, regaining the excitement you had when you started your job, and answer listener Brian's question about CASHFLOW!!!
August 31st, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 47 secs
Dan and Haddie do some followup about charging for your time/service, leaving a comfortable job to take an independant risk, asking yourself if you're critical to your company's success, digital nomads, and a reminder to take time to feed your soul.
July 31st, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 10 mins
Dan and Haddie discuss the 'Briefcase Technique', Last Chance U, the fear of change, and asking for a raise.
July 21st, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 4 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to discuss the possible guilt that comes with doing work for profit, and the services you need to look into when starting your business.
June 28th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 14 mins
Dan and Haddie discuss limiting the hours you work per week, how athletes make sleep a priority, an inspirational quote about believing in yourself, and taking advice from Benjamin Franklin to examine your day.