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.
May 24th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 47 mins
Dan and Haddie discuss 26-year old CEO David Karp's use of profanity at the end of his release about Yahoo's recent acquisition of Tumblr.
May 10th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 24 mins
This week Dan discusses the pros and cons of working remotely and takes some listener calls, including the founder of Capsule minimalist wallets and Josh Centers, the new managing editor of TidBits.
May 3rd, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 36 mins
Dan is joined by Associate Producer Danielle Moser to discuss dressing up for work as it relates to interviews, productivity, and how it can affect the way you think about yourself and your outlook.
April 26th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 41 mins
Dan is joined by a familiar guest, Marco Arment, to take calls and discuss Marco's very recent sale of Instapaper.
April 19th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dan and guest Jeff Raider, one of the founders of Warby Parker and Harry's, discuss startups, investors, and timing as it relates to quitting your job to work on your dream.
April 5th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 21 mins
Dan is joined by Producer Haddie Cooke and Associate Producer Danielle Moser to take calls and discuss how important your mindset is before making any kind of decision.
March 29th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 28 mins
Dan takes calls and responds to listener feedback. Topics include living in a basement, staying in school, quitting a good job you hate to mow lawns, what to do when your family moves and you want to finish school, getting pushed out of your own business
March 22nd, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 18 mins
Dan is joined by special guest Garrett Dimon to discuss starting and running businesses with less pain and fewer mistakes. Dan takes calls and helps people identify their opportunities and make decisions to redefine their careers.
March 15th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 15 mins
Dan is joined by Ansa Copeland, Producer Haddie Cooke, and take calls.
March 8th, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 37 mins
Dan is joined by Producer Haddie Cooke to take calls and discuss integrity.
March 1st, 2013 | Season 1 | 1 hr 33 mins
Dan is joined by David Heinemeier Hansson, Shlok Vaidya, Producer Haddie Cooke to discuss telecommuting vs. being in the office.