Free podcast upload sites

We got permission the other day to take an 8 minute audio clip from the internet radio show interview that I did last week and share it with our FamilyLink.com audience. Kory Meyerink of Family Roots Radio and I discussed our new social network for family history. They have an archived version of the interview on their web site.

Update: the 8 minute audio file is now hosted at Switchpod. Click here to listen to it.

Feel free to take a listen.

When you have audio or video assets like this, you want to get maximum distribution for them, without having to incur all the costs associated with high bandwidth.

So I took a minute to look for free podcast hosting services, where you can upload your audio clips and have them hosted somewhere else, both to save you money, and also hopefully to give you more distribution.

Odeo.com had links to Libsyn and Switchpod, and it looked like Switchpod has a great service. It starts free (with unmetered bandwidth) and then they offer hosting solutions (up to 2,000 MB of audio content, again with unmetered bandwidth, for $30 per month).

This looked good to us, so we should be able to email nearly 3,000 FamilyLink users and invite them to listen to this 7 MB audio file, without being charged for the bandwidth.

We should have that ready to go by tonight. (But I’m impatient and wanted to do this blog post before then.)

Update: the 8 minute audio file is now hosted at Switchpod. Click here to listen to it.

My question is this: what else would you do to get significant distribution of this kind of recording? Video seems to have dozens of incredibly high traffic places for uploading to. But audio? I’m not sure.

So we could take this 8 minute clip and create a video out of it that illustrates the concepts that we are discussing in it. Then we could get significant distribution on YouTube.com, Google Video, and many others, and maybe even Roots Television if they accept it.

I’ve seen individual podcasts on iTunes, but I think it is because someone wanted to start a podcast series, and after doing one, they decided to quit.

Here is the page for submitting a podcast to iTunes.

I’m even considering looking into playing this audio clip on radio stations around the country that reach our demographic: which is primarily 50 and above. Any suggestions there? I suppose that is what Google Radio lets you do–and Bid4Spots.com–but I assume they are focused on 15, 30 and 60 second spots.

What would you do? (Maybe we should send this to an NPR editor and see if they will do an interview as well…)

Best entrepreneur lecture series online

My favorite collection of entrepreneur lectures is from Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series. I highly recommended downloading these from iTunes or listening to them while you work. You can find scores of incredibly valuable lectures here. One of my favorite’s is a recent lecture by Reid Hoffman, founder and Chairman of LinkedIn.com.

The best online collection of interviews with startup entrepreneurs is probably at npost.com. There are 167 so far.

One is a Jan 31st interview with David Sacks, the founder of Geni.com.

Tributes to Ray Noorda

This is definitely worth passing on:

Rocky Mountain Voices Syndicates Podcasting Tribute to Ray Noorda

Insights and Praise for the “Father of Network Computing”

From Those Who Knew Him Best

Salt Lake City, UTAH – October 12, 2006 – Rocky Mountain Voices, a social media community serving the Rocky Mountain Region, had the unique opportunity to sit down with colleagues and friends of Ray Noorda to discuss his great legacy as the “Father of Network Computing”. This 16 minute audio podcast entitled A Tribute to Ray Noorda contains conversational tributes to this great man from those who knew him best. Insights and anecdotes ranging from the workplace to the personal discuss the personal side of Ray Noorda, with a focus on his tenure at Novell, Inc. Noorda passed away on Monday, October 9, 2006, at age 82, leaving behind a great legacy for the technology community. Noorda was best known for taking network computing company Novell from as struggling start up with 17 employees an organization of more than 12,000 people at its peak.

The podcast is available in the MP3 audio format for download from Rocky Mountain Voices (www.rockymountainvoices.com), Silicon Valley content partner PodTech Network (www.podtech.net), and from Apple® iTunes®.

What: The audio podcast entitled A Tribute to Ray Noorda contains conversational tributes to this great man from those who knew him best. Insights and anecdotes ranging from the workplace to the personal discuss the personal side of Ray Noorda, with a focus on his tenure at Novell, Inc.
Who: Drew Major, a founder of Novell, talks about how Noorda funded Novell out of his own pocket, competed with Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and coined the term “coopetition”

David Bradford, former general counsel of Novell, praises Noorda as arguably the key definer of the technology movement in Utah

Ty Mattingly, right hand man to Ray Noorda at Novell, discusses Ray’s work ethic, including his 6:30 am start time.

Ransom Love, former CEO of Caldera reflects on the start of the Linux movement at Caldera

Ron Heinz, Managing Director of Canopy Ventures, tells of rooming in a budget hotel in Washington, DC with Noorda to save the shareholders’ money

Darl McBride, CEO of SCO, shares lessons he learned from Noorda on being a CEO
When: Thursday, October 12, 2006

MP3 URL:
Rocky Mountain Voices (www.rockymountainvoices.com)

PodTech Network (www.podtech.net)

Apple® iTunes® (www.itunes.com)

ABOUT PODTECH NETWORK

PodTech marketing partners include leading brands such as Intel, IBM, Seagate, and SAP. PodTech marketing partners benefit from our proprietary morecasting suite of services that combine social media planning, podcast production and syndication, and sponsorships to create powerful, profitable conversations with influencers and customers. PodTech was founded in 2005 and our investors include Venrock Associates and US Venture Partners.

ABOUT ROCKY MOUNTAIN VOICES

Rocky Mountain Voices is a social media company that serves the Rocky Mountain Region by creating audio and video podcasts. The Rocky Mountain Voices team reaches out to the community for stories, first hand report of breaking news, and local commentary on important issues. Rocky Mountain Voices launched an exclusive relationship with PodTech’s partnership designed to give technology companies in the Rocky Mountain area access to the extensive PodTech community, driving greater visibility for our companies and innovators. Rocky Mountain Voices was founded by a group of marketing technology professionals from four Utah-based companies. Rocky Mountain Voices is a property of mCast Productions. For more information, please visit www.rockymountainvoices.com/blog/about.

2 great podcasts: Robert Scoble and Gil Penchina

This past week I’ve listened to an excellent businessjive.com podcast featuring famous blogger Robert Scoble, who just left Microsoft to join podtech.net. Judd Bagley did a great interview. You learn how Robert’s background in journalism has positioned him to be a major player in the blogging and podcasting movements and how his father’s relocating to Silicon Valley gave him phenomenal opportunities, even while he was in junior high or high school.

Also, today I listened to a 55 minute recording from Stanford University made on June 6th I think, a discussion with Gil Penchina, new CEO of Wikia, the for-profit wiki company founded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Wikia is going to make its mark. Gil was with eBay for 8 years, has been an angel investor for 8 years, and has invested in 30-40 startups (including LinkedIn.com). Now he is running one. He gives some excellent insights into the culture of startup companies, the importance of friends and connections, and why he thinks Wikia will succeed with content coming from volunteers. This podcast was sponsored by DFJ and is part of a Stanford weekly lecture series.

My favorite part was when he was talking about learning more from failures than from successes and he described one of his biggest failures, a near melt-down while he was at eBay. He learned some really valuable lessons from it. He had a great quote he learned while an engineer at GE: “If at first you don’t succeed, bury all the evidence that you even tried.” None of us want the world to think we’ve had failures, but we all have. And there are some great lessons to be learned from talking about them.

I downloaded both podcasts from iTunes.