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.
July 8th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 14 mins
Dan and Haddie discuss the myth of work life balance, the risks of making your employees your friends, the necessary evils of LinkedIn and Facebook, the importance of avatars, becoming a bike messenger, getting laid off, and more.
June 30th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 9 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to talk about apprenticeship, how millennials DO want job stability, firing people, turning hobbies into side hustles, and how money does actually equal happiness, well...kind of.
June 24th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 29 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about BREXIT, millennials, baby boomers, gen X, and the rise of the side hustle.
June 17th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 15 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to talk about being prepared, reading body language and expressions, and optimizing small things in your life.
May 6th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 18 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to answer listener emails and talk about working from home, how to create a mental and physical separation for your work area, not becoming a hermit, if you should put that restaurant job on your resume, millennials, and if working
March 31st, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
Dan talks about making changes in your life and sticking with them, and answers listener emails.
March 30th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 24 mins
Dan talks about making your time more effective, learning to fail and get back up, the self-esteem movement, and the importance of timing to success.
March 23rd, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 7 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to talk about the importance of sleep, breaking down your goal into small goals, where and when to professionally network, and answers listener emails.
March 11th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about communication, inspiring yourself, bouncing back, the importance of timing, and answer listener email. They announce that next week the Ansible will be BACK, so get ready to call in!
February 29th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dan talks with Haddie about the change in the world of freelancing (work is drying up), perfecting your craft (coffee, sushi), and making the change that enables you to do your very best work.
February 25th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 12 mins
Dan talks about what it takes to become a dentist and dermatologist, espresso, caring about your profession, and the failure that will follow when you only do work that's 'good enough'.
February 12th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 11 mins
Dan talks about first impressions, body language, and answers listener email.