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.
February 5th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 35 mins
Dan talks about being specific vs general, miscommunication, misunderstandings, lazy writing, and his step back from Twitter.
January 29th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 12 mins
Dan talks about tipping, the service industry, and answers listener email.
January 8th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 11 mins
Dan talks about staying true to your 'cash cow' and and answers listener emails.
December 31st, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 38 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about how to optimize travel in order to reduce stress.
December 23rd, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 12 mins
Dan talks about having an exit strategy, his strong opinion on ping pong tables, and responds to listener emails.
December 11th, 2015 | Season 1 | 50 mins 17 secs
Dan talks about realizing your work can be narrowed down to one job and making sure you do that job well and responds to listener emails.
December 4th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 9 mins
Dan talks about sources of stress and how to reduce it, minimalism, purging, travel tips, packing techniques, and listener emails.
November 20th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
Dan talks about the importance of time and time saving practices, sleep as a weapon, how having money affects people and responds to listener emails.
November 11th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 28 mins
Dan talks about the challenges facing Millennials, the importance of follow through, horrible offices, being self-aware in your daily life and at the workplace, and listener emails.
November 6th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 27 mins
Dan talks about the reality of competition, the challenges of predicting a small business' future, doing your best work, participation trophies, and responds to listener emails. Haddie refuses to be fired.
October 9th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 40 mins
Dan talks about follow through, customer service, email bankruptcy, flippin' burgers, answers some listener questions, and more.
September 25th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 18 mins
Dan responds to listener emails, talks about predicting the future of your business, and only doing what you're good at.