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.
June 23rd, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
Dan and Haddie talk about the soul-destroying addiction of workaholism, creative environments and creative teams, Millennials and saving for buying a home, and the detrimental effects of multitasking (and a solution).
May 19th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to answer listener emails about being prepared before you make your side hustle your full time gig, selling yourself in an interview, and being honest.
May 5th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about managing your time, distractions, and going the extra mile to save your customers time.
April 28th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
Dan and Haddie answer your emails, followup about PhDs, and what to do when the people you're counting on don't do their job.
April 14th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 11 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about the art of sales, not just selling your product but selling yourself during interviews, the math behind making $1 million dollars, podcast promotion strategies, and a comparison of millennials and baby boomers.
March 31st, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 7 mins
Dan and Haddie discuss the struggles that millennials are facing at work, how to make a new hire feel like part of the team. They take listener emails about how to hire the right person for the job and how to get your new business set up.
February 28th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 10 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about smoking meats, Kentucky Colonel ties, paying attention to your users/fans, geography, and answer your emails about wanting a position at a company that isn't currently hiring, marketing yourself, and choosing between money and yo
February 18th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 2 mins
Dan and Haddie talk about applying for jobs, giving your work away for free, pride in a job well done, and another USPS nightmare.
January 27th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
Dan and Haddie return for Episode #101! They talk about sticking with your new company and not taking the easy route (taking a full time job), doing your job to the fullest extent, think about others, a UPS debacle, and a dog.
September 16th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie and Maggie in-studio for this amazing 100th episode. They discuss credit card debt, rotisserie chickens as an example of buying time, J.K. Rowling's philosophy of roadblocks, and GitHub's holacracy.
August 14th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
Dan is joined by Haddie to discuss the difference between an LLC, S Corp, C Corp, a DBA, and which one might be right for you and your new business.
July 27th, 2016 | Season 1 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dan and Haddie and talk about how strength training and functional movement relate to improving your quality of life, health, and how the same mental techniques can be used to improve your professional work life as well.