“I didn’t want the fact that we were building a family to prevent us from pursuing the things that we care about most.”
Mike Kadin is the founder and CEO of RedCircle, a podcast platform that helps podcasters turn their hobby into a business. Mike is a self-taught software engineer, who learned to code for the web so that he could speed up his workflow as a high school teacher. After building software for educational institutions and non-profits, he spent 5 years at Uber building out all of Uber’s engineering infrastructure for messaging and marketing.
As a lifelong creator, Mike founded RedCircle because he discovered how hard it was for podcasters with thousands of fans to earn money for their art. With venture-backing from top Silicon Valley VCs, and an amazing 11-person team in San Francisco, RedCircle is excited to be delivering tremendous revenue for thousands of podcasters around the world.
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00:04:45 Introducing Mike
00:06:20 Mike’s Background
00:11:07 Podcasting’s Life So Far
00:12:38 By the Numbers
00:13:34 From Teammate to CEO
00:21:22 Ethics in Podcasting
00:27:08 Podcasting Fundamentals
00:28:17 Joe Rogan & Spotify
00:34:35 Building a Tech Startup as a New Parent
00:37:51 Lessons in Fatherhood & Business
00:45:41 Breaking into Podcasting
00:51:47 Industry Shifts
00:55:39 Driverless Cars & Listening Habits
00:57:53 Finding Mike Mike on Twitter
00:59:09 Mike’s Life-Changing Book
01:01:20 Expressing Gratitude to Mike
Mike’s Life-Changing Book
“Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil