The Short Story
I took a sabbatical in 2015... and never looked back.
After my year abroad -- 13 countries on three continents -- I've decided to make Bangkok my home base for 2016. I'm providing services for a select group of clients, focused on podcasting, media distribution, and strategic consulting services
My podcasting CV tells the story best. I started podcasting on October 14, 2004. According to Podcast Alley, I was the 40th podcaster ever. I’m also the co-author of Podcasting for Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies. I’ve spent over a decade in or adjacent to the C-Suite in marketing departments or digital agencies. And I traveled the world for a year, sharing my stories with the world via podcasts. Today, I manage two different podcast networks, one focused on travel and the other an audiobooks-as-podcasts service.
Podcast & Media Consulting
If you're looking for someone who can give as solid advice as he can edit an audio track, I can help.
I've been deeply involved with podcasting as a business for over a decade. I can help level-set your expectations and align your podcast to your existing (or desired) brand. And yes, I'll do a free initial call to make sure we're right for each other.
Many people get a few steps down the podcasting path and realize they may not be doing everything right. For a fixed-fee of $175, I can make sure you've hit all the right buttons and give you a personalized list of next steps for your show, website, media hosting provider, social tie-ins, and more.
Production and Hosting
For select clients with specific formats, I provide all production and hosting services. My clients talk into a microphone and type a few words into a document, and I take care of all the hard part. Every week. And by everything, I mean it. Everything, including sweetening, edits to your timestamps, EQ, intro/outro, proper encoding and tagging... the works. I use Hindenburg Journalist Pro, a professional broadcast radio suite. This also ensure files meet specific loudness specifications and are built with a high-quality codec. Blocks of 10 episodes are $500, with no setup fees or hidden charges.
Strategic Digital Consulting
Recovering Advertising C-Suite Executive
I was thrust into the online advertising world back in 1999 when it was hard -- very hard -- to spend $500K annually. But after working with partners like Google and Yahoo to tailor their offerings, my company managed to do so. After a few years, I made the switch from client to agency side, spending a decade first as VP and Managing Director of a boutique NYC-based agency and then VP of Media and Innovation for a large, full-service Phoenix-based agency.
Perhaps it's my dedication to living left of the technology adoption lifecycle, but I've a decent track record of predicting The Next Big Thing. Professional content's eventual dominance of podcasting. Twitter as a valuable communication tool. Google's continual attack on SEOs and disintermediation of ad agencies. Just don't ask me who's going to win next year's World Cup!
Because I stay up to speed on a variety of emerging platforms, I'm often called by various hedge fund managers before they make big investments. My job isn't to tell them whether or not they should or should not invest, but to give a from-the-frontlines perspective of emerging trends, discuss possible adoption hurdles, and dissect the competitive landscape.
I sit on (or have sat on) the board or provide mentorship services for select, promising startups and industry groups. From travel to publishing, media to commerce, I provide a fresh (and often contrarian) outlook, give honest feedback, and push them to refine and grow their product, influence, or marketshare.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Part entrepreneur and part enabler, my varied personal and professional career have had a common theme: Innovation and a strong desire to break the status quo.
Chief Disruption Officer
As Chief Disruption Officer of Big Bounce, I helped early stage entrepreneurs figure out their business model, and mid-stage startups figure out if they were a real company (or just an expensive hobby.)
For three years, I was the Co-Chair of Podcamp AZ, growing the event to become the third largest in the country, attracting attendees and speakers well beyond Arizona.
I've personally been a founder of six different startups: three in publishing, one in media, one in finance, and one in travel & tourism. None of them made me rich, but all of them taught me valuable lessons that I apply every day.
I'm an energetic and engaging speaker, with a rich history of presenting thought-providing lectures, keynotes, and workshops on many stages around the world. Here's just a partial list:
TBEX Asia 2015
UnGagged London 2015
Podcast Movement 2014
Session: Podcasting Trends In Publishing
NAR's National Convention 2010 and 2009
Sessions: Emerging Trends and Social Media Strategies for Realtors
I've been involved in publishing since 2002, but wrote my first "For Dummies" book in 2005. Since then, my name graces the spine of two other books in that series and I've fully embraced the indie publishing spirit, having successfully self-published three non-fiction titles.
Interesting Facts About Me
Because work/life/play balance is important, right?
For fun, I lived on nothing but beer and sausage for a whole month. For science, I documented everything and analyzed the results. And then I wrote a book about it, dispelling some common myths about "diets" in general.
In 2015, my wife and I sold everything we owned to travel the world for a year. Fourteen countries later, we're happily living the expat nomadic lifestyle in Southeast Asia.