Dan Benjamin began podcasting in 2006. In 2008, he founded the 5by5 podcast network, where he has hosted dozens of shows, and helped many podcasters get started.
He is also the founder of Fireside, the podcast hosting and analytics company built to make podcast hosting easy, reliable, and fun.
In a past life, Dan was a corporate stooge and eventual CTO of several startups. He's written for A List Apart and O’Reilly, made screencasts for PluralSight, and been coding for almost two decades. He 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).
Dan is based in Austin, Texas, known for it's great music, amazing food (especially BBQ), and full-sized pickup trucks, all three of which he enjoys immensely.
January 29th, 2016 | Season 1 | 49 mins 26 secs
Dan talks about new tools for podcasters, mic technique, naming your podcast, standing out as an independant podcaster, and answers your questions.
November 20th, 2015 | Season 1 | 36 mins 7 secs
Dan answers questions about interviewing Weird Al Yankovic, how podcasts are disruptive to radio, the importance of iTunes reviews, creating guest contracts, the Rode Podcaster, nice podcast audiences, getting a fair CPM from your sponsors, and more.
November 10th, 2015 | Season 1 | 34 mins 43 secs
Dan talks about the importance of independent content, configuring Skype for optimum results, noise gating and compression for noisy rooms and environments, recording panels and live performances, and more.
November 4th, 2015 | Season 1 | 46 mins 1 sec
Dan talks about techniques, websites, and apps you can use to prepare for podcasts and interviews, eliminating barriers between you and your listeners, Google Play and podcasting, and listener questions.
September 25th, 2015 | Season 1 | 49 mins 2 secs
Dan talks about the importance of getting back to basics, mastering mic technique, understanding your room's audio presence, icecast and nicecast, having a pre-flight checklist, ad blocking in podcasts, and more.
August 31st, 2015 | Season 1 | 43 mins 42 secs
From desktop mic booms to mix-minus, Dan answers listener questions about equipment, digital audio interfaces, how to apply effects to multi-track recordings, how to handle USB mic latency, developing a rapport with co-hosts, and more.
July 24th, 2015 | Season 1 | 40 mins 12 secs
Dan talks about the affect "media figures" (aka famous people) are having on podcasting, the recent Midroll acquisition, Ira Glass going independent, and a preview of his upcoming Podcast Movement talk about the past, present, and future of podcasting. He
May 22nd, 2015 | Season 1 | 56 mins 11 secs
Dan talks about the importance of independent podcasts, guest contracts, booking your first sponsor, one-person shows, guest and co-host compensation, and the Spotify podcasting situation.
May 7th, 2015 | Season 1 | 42 mins 40 secs
Dan answers listener questions and talks about recording great interviews, making the switch from hulking desktop mixers with faders to digital mixers, the importance of monitoring your own voice, and more.
April 25th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 15 mins
Dan talks about interviewing, holding back content, daily and weekly vs. evergreen episodes, the best day to release an episode, minimum downloads needed to get a sponsor, tips for transitioning your feed, and workflows. Special guest Jordan Cooper.
April 3rd, 2015 | Season 1 | 55 mins 57 secs
Dan answers listener questions about mic technique, affordable microphones, digital mixers, headphone amps, streaming video, USB vs. XLR microphones, radio's influence on podcasting, and more.
March 26th, 2015 | Season 1 | 1 hr 5 mins
Dan talks about growing your listener base, if podcast networks are right for your show, getting new listeners, recording multiple guests, the basics of mix-minus, digital vs. traditional mixers, testing new gear, and more.