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102: What’s Your Latest? Studio Neat’s Mark One Pen
Oct 9 • 29 min
Welcome to a mini episode of The New Disruptors, “What’s Your Latest,” in which I ask creators just about the most recent thing they made. Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt are Studio Neat, independent industrial designers and app developers for nearly a…
101: Shipping Is Violence with Jesse Genet and Stephan Ango of Lumi
Sep 27 • 68 min
Jesse Genet and Stephan Ango co-founded Lumi almost a decade ago. It first made wallets and prints and dyed material, then developed and distributed a light-sensitive fabric ink. Now it’s a company that manages the production and ordering of packaging…
100: Draw Outside the Lines with C. Spike Trotman
Aug 29 • 62 min
In this inaugural episode #100, the return of the podcast to regular production, I’m pleased as punch to have C. Spike Trotman as my guest. Spike founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, and it’s risen through her hard work and excellent curatorship to become…
99a: Embrace Your Inner (Cute) Demon
Jun 12 • 44 min
We’re still raising funds to restart The New Disruptors! At this writing, we’re over 55% of the way there with a couple weeks to go! Visit our Kickstarter and back at any level. https://newdisrupt.org/kick In this special bonus pre-reboot Episode 99a of…
99: Re-New Disruptors
May 30 • 2 min
Welcome to the New Disruptors, the podcast that says the best ideas come when you’re not looking straight at them You haven’t heard from The New Disruptors for a while, but I think the time is ripe to bring back the podcast—with your help. I stopped…
93: Hugs and Kisses Goodbye: Live from XOXO 2014 (The New Disruptors)
Oct 2, 2014 • 60 min
Jen Bekman, Zoë Salditch, and Mike Merrill were our guests live on stage at the XOXO 2014 festival in Portland, Oregon, as part of the Story evening that also featured Hrishikesh Hirway’s Song Exploder, featuring a song by The Thermals; John Roderick (The…
92: Fit to Print with Andy McMillan (The New Disruptors)
Sep 25, 2014 • 75 min
Andy McMillan makes things that bring people together: the Build conference, the XOXO festival, and The Manual, a series of books with thoughtful essays about design. After producing three print volumes of The Manual, he’s trying to take it to the next…
91: Plug Me In with Mara Zepeda (The New Disruptors)
Sep 18, 2014 • 61 min
Mara Zepeda is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard, a site that lets you ask for what you need and offer what you have within a trusted community. It’s a way to more efficiently interconnect generosity, and is sometimes described as Craigslist without…
90: Mi Casa Es Su Benincasa with Sara Benincasa (The New Disruptors)
Sep 11, 2014 • 53 min
Sara Benincasa is an author, comedian, writer, and outspoken advocate of LGBTQ youth, among many other hats she’s worn. She is an expert impressionist and parodist of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Sara is the author of the novel Great and the…
89: Nice and Neat with Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt (The New Disruptors)
Sep 4, 2014 • 66 min
Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt are Studio Neat, a small design and software group that produces nifty products. They began with the Glif, and when I talked to them last over a year ago, they had launched their second software product and were deep in…
88: Set Your Radio Dial to Maximum Fun with Jesse Thorn (The New Disruptors)
Aug 28, 2014 • 72 min
Jesse Thorn is a polycast — a polymath of podcasts. He helped define the form by taking a show that he developed with others on a college radio station and making it into a podcast in 2004. That show, the Sound of Young America, now called Bullseye,…
87: How to Feel Real App Appeal with Garrett Murray (The New Disruptors)
Aug 21, 2014 • 71 min
Garrett Murray is the founder and creative director of Karbon, an app-development firm. But software isn’t his whole life; he also happens to be an award-winning filmmaker. His firm developed the apps Scratch, a quick-input notepad for iPhone, and Ego,…
86: Bakfiets to the Future with Phillip Ross (The New Disruptors)
Aug 14, 2014 • 62 min
Phillip Ross is one of the fellows behind Metrofiets, a company that makes cargo bikes — a kind of transportation vehicle developed in the Netherlands, and known as bakfietsen there. He and his partner James Nichols build their bikes in Portland, Oregon.…
85: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow with Nicole Dieker (The New Disruptors)
Aug 7, 2014 • 67 min
Nicole Dieker wears a lot of hats, as well as a brown coat. She’s a freelance copywriter and ghostwriter, pens fiction, and writes essays. She’s also a musician who bootstrapped herself out of a convention to which she returns every year, a rock climber,…
84: Depth Takes a Holiday with Amanda Warner and Brianna Wu (The New Disruptors)
Jul 24, 2014 • 67 min
Giant Spacekat, founded by Brianna Wu and Amanda Warner, released their first game today: Revolution 60. It’s a cinematic-style, live-rendered game with rich dialog and interaction that employs strong female characters. Brianna is also a co-host of the…
83: Conjunction Junction with Oni Hartstein and James Harknell (The New Disruptors)
Jul 17, 2014 • 60 min
Oni and Harknell founded Intervention (Internet + Convention) after constantly fielding questions from creators looking for advice; it’s now in its fifth year. The partners created the event aimed at people trying to make their own opportunities to…
82: Into The Bellwoods With Lucy Bellwood (The New Disruptors)
Jul 10, 2014 • 73 min
Lucy Bellwood is a Portland cartoonist who started her working life with a crowdfunding campaign. She’s a member of Periscope Studio, a loosely affiliated working space and collective of which I’ve interviewed other members. True Believer was the outcome…
81: Be Kind Fast Forward With Jamie Wilkinson (The New Disruptors)
Jun 26, 2014 • 85 min
Jamie Wilkinson is the co-founder and CEO of VHX, a service that delivers movies online to the customers of filmmakers. They exist in sharp contrast to many video sites — operated by the likes of Amazon, Apple, and others — in that they only deliver films…
80: It’s Like Money You Can’t Hold with Chris Higgins and Adam Cornelius (The New Disruptors)
Jun 19, 2014 • 87 min
Adam Cornelius and Chris Higgins are making the film Coined, about the rise of cryptocurrency. They previously worked together on Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters. Adam is a documentary filmmaker; Chris, a journalist. They’ve just launched a…
79: T Minus Zero with Gary Chou (The New Disruptors)
Jun 12, 2014 • 62 min
Gary Chou launched Orbital Boot Camp to accelerate people’s product ideas into reality in a 12-week intensive session. He knows from startups from his work at Union Square Ventures and The Product Sessions, but his particular interest is making sure that…
78: I Never MetaFilter I Didn’t Like with Matt Haughey (The New Disruptors)
Jun 5, 2014 • 107 min
Matt Haughey founded MetaFilter, a well-moderated forum for discussions about interesting things that expanded to also answer questions. At just a few months over 15 years old, it’s a veterans of many Internet lifecycles. In the last couple of years,…
77: Wedding March to One’s Own Offbeat Drummer with Ariel Meadow Stallings (The New Disruptors)
May 29, 2014 • 63 min
Ariel Meadow Stallings is the proprietor of several “offbeat” sites about weddings, home and life, and families under the rubric Offbeat Empire. She started the wedding site in 2007 to promote a book on creative alternatives for brides, which built an…
76: Freelance To Be You and Me with Katie Lane (The New Disruptors)
May 22, 2014 • 68 min
Katie Lane is an attorney who writes a blog called Work Made for Hire. She advises creative freelancers and artists on how to protect their rights and get paid fairly for their work. She recently took the plunge herself, going full-time as a self-employed…
75: Live in Portland: Book Reading and The Doubleclicks (The New Disruptors)
May 15, 2014 • 62 min
Listen in as The Doubleclicks, a geeky two-sister band, perform four songs, and four authors read parts of their reported features from The Magazine: The Book at our last live book event in Portland, Oregon. The event was held at Reading Frenzy, and…
74: Threes A Magic Number with Greg Wohlwend (The New Disruptors)
May 8, 2014 • 75 min
Greg Wohlwend developed the popular game Threes with his colleague Asher Vollmer. Greg is a games illustrator and designer who was part of teams that made Hundreds, Gasketball, Solipskier, and Ridiculous Fishing. Threes is his breakout game — and has…
73: Sailing in Brackish Waters with Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom (The New Disruptors)
May 1, 2014 • 58 min
Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom are the co-excutive directors of CASH Music (Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders) a non-profit organization that brings an open-source approach to music distribution and production. CASH focuses on educating around those…
72: Community Supported Appliculture with Henry Smith (The New Disruptors)
Apr 24, 2014 • 59 min
Henry Smith is a games app developer, and the evil genius behind the addictive multi-player app Spaceteam. Spaceteam won oodles of awards, and it has the added benefit (or problem) of being free. Henry has an active Kickstarter to fund future development…
71: Wheels on Fire with Elly Blue (The New Disruptors)
Apr 17, 2014 • 64 min
Elly Blue is a bike activist, writer, and publisher, and has run more Kickstarter campaigns than nearly any other person or group. She is fiercely in favor of using bikes as a necessary mode of transportation — though it is not necessarily the ideal — and…
70: Puzzling Evidence with Chris Yates (The New Disruptors)
Apr 10, 2014 • 60 min
Chris Yates is a polymath. A sculptor, artist, woodworker, cartoonist, entrepreneur, dog-kennel assembler, musician, and more. He’s best known now for his handmade jigsaw puzzles. He’s on the show to talk about his zigzag path to making a niche for…
69: What the Outfoxed Says with Dylan Meconis (The New Disruptors)
Apr 3, 2014 • 64 min
Dylan Meconis is a prolific cartoonist who lives in Portland, Oregon. She constantly labors away at a mix between her solo work and projects in collaboration with others, including writing the script for Scott Kurtz’s popular PvP webcomic. She is part of…
68: See You in the Funny Webpages with Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder (The New Disruptors)
Mar 27, 2014 • 80 min
Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder created the movie Stripped about the past, present, and future of comic strips and their creators. Dave is the creator and cartoonist of two webcomics titles, Sheldon and Drive, and the co-author of How To Make Webcomics.…
67: Agile Was I Ere I Saw Ada with Danielle Hulton (The New Disruptors)
Mar 20, 2014 • 65 min
Danielle Hulton of Ada’s Technical Books not only opened a bookstore in Seattle in 2010, but recently dramatically expanded the size of the shop by moving to a new space. What led her to leap where others feared to tread, and how do you keep a bookstore…
66: Crowded House with Joshua Lifton (The New Disruptors)
Mar 13, 2014 • 61 min
Joshua Lifton is one of the founders of Crowd Supply, a company that crowdfunds around products. They take a very different approach to preparation, funding, and follow-up than Kickstarter. Kickstarter just announced that it had crossed $1bn in pledges in…
65: Made from Scratch with Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin (The New Disruptors)
Mar 6, 2014 • 72 min
Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin founded Scratch Magazine, a born-digital publication that tells writers what they’re worth and how the publishing industry sausage-making factory actually works. Jane has an extensive background as an editor, and may be…
64: Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves with The Doubleclicks (The New Disruptors)
Feb 27, 2014 • 71 min
Angela and Aubrey Webber are the musical group The Doubleclicks, bringing geeky music to nerdy folk. The sisters never intended to form a band, but when Aubrey joined her sister Angela in Portland a few years ago, her cello coupled with Angela’s singing…
63: Failing Upward with Greg Knauss (The New Disruptors)
Feb 20, 2014 • 69 min
Greg Knauss is an independent software developer who created Romantimatic, a reminder program for absent-minded sweethearts. You may know him from the early 2000s: from Suck.com and Metababy and Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard, a…
62: Retooling Cool With Kevin Kelly (The New Disruptors)
Feb 13, 2014 • 73 min
Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools re-imagines the Whole Earth Catalog, of which he was an editor and publisher, for the Internet era: crowdsourced, crowdmade, crowdmanaged. He’s been on the Internet for as long as there’s been an Internet for all us to get on. He…
61: Attention To Convention With Matt Conn (The New Disruptors)
Feb 6, 2014 • 70 min
Matt Conn wanted to organize a safe event for gaymers — that’s people who game and are part of the LGBTQ continuum. The GaymerX event is meant to be inclusive of all people, but especially those harassed, marginalized, or ridiculed in mainstream gaming.…
60: Backerkit to the Future with Maxwell Salzberg (The New Disruptors)
Jan 30, 2014 • 71 min
Maxwell Salzberg of Backerkit knows what it’s like to have a lot of people giving him money who want something in return: he and three colleagues credited the Diaspora project, one of Kickstarter’s early blockbusters. He co-founded BackerKit with Rosanna…
59: Shell Game with Dan Shapiro (The New Disruptors)
Jan 23, 2014 • 54 min
Dan Shapiro created the game Robot Turtles out of scissors, clip art, and a printer to offer asymmetric play: kids and adults can play together and both can enjoy the experience. He brought it to Kickstarter to sell a few hundred copies, and wound selling…
58: Gaze Deeply Into My Crowdfunding Navel with Guest Glenn Fleishman (The New Disruptors)
Jan 16, 2014 • 78 min
Guest host Jason Snell talks to regular host Glenn Fleishman about Glenn’s recent Kickstarter campaign to fund a book of non-fiction articles from The Magazine. Jason, host of The Incomparable and an editorial director at a major magazine firm, quizzes…
57: Through A Glass Brightly With Abhi Lokesh (The New Disruptors)
Jan 9, 2014 • 53 min
Take a picture and put it under glass, but not quite the way you think. The folks at Fracture have a built a business that connects several different technologies into one new way to make large-format photos printed on glass suitable for hanging. Today I…
56: Doubling Down With Amelia Greenhall (The New Disruptors)
Jan 2, 2014 • 47 min
Double Union is a new community workshop in San Francisco designed for women, and intended to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment to make things. In this podcast, I visit the pre-renovation space with Amelia Greenhall, one of the people who…
55: The Zine Machine Lives Boing Boing At XOXO (The New Disruptors)
Dec 26, 2013 • 45 min
In September 2013, I interviewed at the XOXO conference and festival the four lead editors of Boing Boing, an online, thriving descendent of zine culture that is one of the most popular blogs on the Internet. For the day after Christmas, it seems…
54: Wait a Cotton-Picking Minute With Jay Fanelli And Nathan Peretic (The New Disruptors)
Dec 19, 2013 • 71 min
Jay Fanelli and Nathan Peretic know how to go it on their own. They’ve done it not just once, not just twice, but now three times. They formed the interactive-services company Full Stop Interactive, out of which United Pixelworkers was formed, a company…
53: The Year of Living Disruptively with Guests from Early Episodes (The New Disruptors)
Dec 12, 2013 • 81 min
The New Disruptors launched on December 5, 2012. I wanted to talk to people making stuff, creating art, or helping others get their work out there. The show is now at episode 53, and it’s been a delightful year. I wanted to look back at early guests, and…
52: Girls Just Want To Code Apps with Jean MacDonald (The New Disruptors)
Dec 5, 2013 • 71 min
Jean MacDonald was formerly best known for her role as a software marketing and public-relations guru for a major Macintosh software developer, but her work to create App Camp for Girls has eclipsed that. Jean and her colleagues raised over $100,000 on…
51: I Am Super Mann, And I Can Sing Anything With Jonathan Mann (The New Disruptors)
Nov 28, 2013 • 59 min
Since January 2009, Jonathan Mann has posted a song every day. Not five days a week: seven days a week. There is no rest for the wickedly productive. While he makes his living by writing and performing bespoke songs for organizations, Jonathan never stops…
50: The Labors Of Job With Alli Dryer And Jenni Leder (The New Disruptors)
Nov 21, 2013 • 73 min
This podcast often emphasizes going it alone. But what if you could achieve your own dreams of continuous learning and creative expression while also having full-time jobs and getting that mythical thing, a regular paycheck? I talk with Alli Dryer and…
49: Actually, Quite Likely! Recorded Live In Brooklyn (The New Disruptors)
Nov 14, 2013 • 71 min
We recorded a special live episode of The New Disruptors in Brooklyn’s fantastic DUMBO district in the Galapagos Art Space as part of the Nearly Impossible conference in which we talked about the joys, challenges, and surprises in prototyping, funding,…
48: I Am the Camera with Dean Putney (The New Disruptors)
Nov 7, 2013 • 66 min
Dean Putney has made some of your favorite things on the Internet. He’s Boing Boing’s software developer, as well as filling your mind with the best animated GIFs on the Internet. But what he’s working on at the moment takes us over 100 years into the…
47: Call Of The Wild With Marian Call (The New Disruptors)
Oct 31, 2013 • 70 min
Marian Call is an Alaskan chanteuse who found an audience after winning a Firefly-related song contest in 2007. She has run her music career as an independent grassroots effort ever since. She connects with her fans constantly and directly, both through…
46: 99% Indivisible With Roman Mars (The New Disruptors)
Oct 23, 2013 • 86 min
Roman Mars is a public-radio producer. But the definition of what public radio is has become malleable, especially with his show, 99% Invisible, which has enormously more listeners for its podcast version than the broadcast flavor. The show is about…
45: I Want To Teach The World Wide Web To Sing With Jon Mitchell (The New Disruptors)
Oct 17, 2013 • 59 min
Jon Mitchell was a mild-mannered reporter at a major metro-webbian publication, Read Write. He left to pursue new ideas about how musicians could find new audiences. He wrote an extraordinary essay about the future of musician-led podcasts recently, and…
44: They’re Coming To Make Him A Film Ha Ha With Devin Lucas (The New Disruptors)
Oct 10, 2013 • 47 min
Devin Lucas is a writer and director from Southern California, who has made plenty of movies in the past, but nothing quite like the upcoming Under the Smogberry Trees, the true story of Dr Demento and Mr Hansen. He’s part of Meep Morp Studio with…
43: Lights, Notes, And Brews From XOXO (The New Disruptors)
Oct 3, 2013 • 47 min
XOXO is a truly remarkable festival and conference that you’ve heard me talk about quite a lot. I interviewed Andy Baio and Andy McMillan just before they announced the line-up for the 2013 show, which took place in mid-September. At XOXO, I interviewed…
42: And The Crowdfund Goes Wild with Yancey Strickler (The New Disruptors)
Sep 26, 2013 • 65 min
Yancey Strickler, one of the co-founders of Kickstarter, began his working life in journalism in 2000, and managed to make a living as a freelance writer during one of the most difficult times to ply that trade. A few years later, he joined eMusic, where…
41: He Likes Big Bots with Sir Mix-A-Lot (Anthony Ray) (The New Disruptors)
Sep 19, 2013 • 49 min
Sir Mix-A-Lot, a.k.a. Anthony Ray, may have become best known for “Baby Got Back” over 20 years ago, but his career spans nearly 30 years, and he’s never stopped trying to create a genuine connection with his fans. He’s a singer, songwriter, producer,…
40: His Bright Materials With James Flynn (The New Disruptors)
Sep 12, 2013 • 49 min
James Flynn is a New Zealander who relocated to San Francisco where he runs Extrasensory Devices. He’s an engineer who started by developing modems, and then released on his own a set of drum-tempo monitors and a light-meter add-on for the iPhone. He’s…
39: Pompla Up The Volume With Jack Conte (The New Disruptors)
Sep 5, 2013 • 51 min
Jack Conte is a musician and entrepreneur, and one-half of the group Pomplamoose with Nataly Dawn. He and his partner have had millions of people watch their videos on YouTube, and launched a successful career for their stripped-down but layered covers.…
38: Yes, We Can! With Marisa McClellan (The New Disruptors)
Aug 29, 2013 • 50 min
Marisa McClellan puts stuff in jars and it’s delicious. Her Food in Jars blog on canning and preserving went from a side venture alongside a full-time job to her main hub as a food writer. She writes for Food Network and Table Matters (part of Saveur).…
37: Why Not Take Awl of Me with Choire Sicha (The New Disruptors)
Aug 22, 2013 • 61 min
Choire Sicha (pronounced “Corey SEEK-a”) is one of the founders of The Awl, a site devoted to new writing and events of the day, with four sister sites under the same umbrella. Choire was an editor at Gawker — and returned as editor a second time after he…
36: Machine Of Breadth With David Malki (The New Disruptors)
Aug 15, 2013 • 105 min
David Malki’s biography would take five minutes to read out. You may know him best as the perpetrator of the cartoon Wondermark, but he’s also a filmmaker, a movie trailer editor, an author, an entrepreneur, and the Supreme Commander of Publicity &…
35: Outstanding in His Depth of Field with Adam Lisagor (The New Disruptors)
Aug 8, 2013 • 69 min
Adam Lisagor didn’t set out to be the face of app advertising, but his acting and directing style mesh perfectly with the zeitgeist. It’s a bit of irony without the snark. It’s charming, straightforward, quiet, and informative. You’ve almost certainly…
34: Do Toy with My Affections with Erika Moen (The New Disruptors)
Jul 31, 2013 • 71 min
Erika Moen has been drawing comics since she was a teenager, and found online success with DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary while working full-time jobs. Fortunately, she was laid off, and moved into new chapters of her life, which included an…
33: Buy a Soldering Iron at Midnight with Andrew “bunnie” Huang (The New Disruptors)
Jul 24, 2013 • 76 min
Andrew Huang, known as “bunnie” (lowercase) to his friends, first came to the public eye when, while a graduate computer-science student at MIT, he cracked the proprietary wrapper around Microsoft’s Xbox operating system in 2002, which allowed it then to…
32: Put the Pedal to the Metal with Kyle Durrie (The New Disruptors)
Jul 17, 2013 • 72 min
People dream of the open road, but do they dream of hitting the highway with thousands of pounds of metal type? Kyle Durrie did, and she’s spent the last two years crisscrossing America like a Janey Typeseed. She funded her initial excursions almost three…
31: Me Eat Pretty Some Day with Matthew Amster-Burton (The New Disruptors)
Jul 10, 2013 • 65 min
Matthew Amster-Burton is a food writer and host of the podcast Spilled Milk. Matthew has a particular affinity for Japanese food, and that led to a trip to that country he’d promised to his daughter, Iris, who stars in his book Hungry Monkey. Their trip…
30: License to Krill with Chris Hawker (The New Disruptors)
Jul 3, 2013 • 61 min
Chris Hawker invented the PowerSquid, a multi-pronged power adapter that exploded the notion of the old power strip. It’s designed for the modern age of power bricks and oversized adapters. With his Trident Design, Chris and his team have created 70…
29: The Pen Is Mightier with Matt Bors (The New Disruptors)
Jun 26, 2013 • 77 min
Matt Bors is an independent political cartoonist. He’s never had a staff job, and he’s never drawn a banker holding bags of money where the banker is labeled “BANKER” and the bags of money have giant dollar signs on them. You’ve certainly seen Matt’s work…
28: Hugs and Kisses from Portland with Andy Baio and Andy McMillan (The New Disruptors)
Jun 19, 2013 • 79 min
Andy Baio and Andy McMillan simultaneously had the idea for an arts-and-technology conference, and the synchronistic good fortune to wind up in the same city, at the same bar, with the same friend who connected them to talk. The result was XOXO, an event…
27: The Glass Bead Game with Max Temkin (The New Disruptors)
Jun 12, 2013 • 70 min
Max Temkin and seven of his friends created the wildly popular and terribly inappropriate party game Cards Against Humanity (CAH), a pastime that Anne Hathaway referred to as “Crimes Against Humanity” at the last Oscars. Before and after the CAH…
26: Living in the Back It Bracket with Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost (The New Disruptors)
Jun 5, 2013 • 57 min
Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost are the two fellows behind Studio Neat, a three-year-old industrial design and software firm that started with an almost accidental bang on Kickstarter. Several projects later, they’ve shown they’re no flash in the pan. We…
25: Save the Kickstarter, Save the World with Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak (The New Disruptors)
May 29, 2013 • 55 min
It started as Twitter banter and turned into a blockbuster Kickstarter. The Internet’s Jonathan Coulton and the comic world’s Greg Pak have known each other since college. And when Greg put the bug in Jonathan’s ear about creating a series of comic books…
24: Shut Your Analog Hole with Cory Doctorow (The New Disruptors)
May 22, 2013 • 71 min
Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) is a essayist, novelist, blogger, and co-editor of BoingBoing, and he is exhausting. The man is a production machine, churning out excellent book after excellent book as if writing were a job instead of something to agonize and…
23: Give Me Something to Read with Marco Arment (part 2) (The New Disruptors)
May 15, 2013 • 59 min
Marco Arment helped bring Tumblr into existence, founded Instapaper and The Magazine, co-hosted the podcast Build & Analyze, and created the podcasts Neutral and Accidental Tech Podcast with Casey Liss and John Siracusa. He has a lot going on, but less…
22: Modular Design with Craig Mod (Part 2) (The New Disruptors)
May 8, 2013 • 45 min
(This is the second half of a conversation with Craig Mod. Part 1 is Episode #17: Everything in Moderation. In it we covered publishing and crowdfunding; in part 2, we talk about how to cope with the multi-platform disruptive future for publications.)…
21: With a Little Help from Their Friends with Holly Rowland (The New Disruptors)
Apr 30, 2013 • 57 min
Topato Corporation, known as Topatoco for short, has spent nearly a decade fulfilling artists’ dreams. Started by Jeffrey Rowland to ship out merchandise related to his own webcomics, he expanded in 2007 to take on making and delivering books, T-shirts,…
20: So Successful That He Fired Himself with Marco Arment (Part 1) (The New Disruptors)
Apr 24, 2013 • 62 min
Marco Arment’s career has come in two main acts: as the first employee of Tumblr, he helped create a service that changed the fundamental nature of blogging by introducing both ease of creation and social networking. While there, he toyed with a service,…
19: The Straphangers Association with Duncan Davidson and Greg Koenig (The New Disruptors)
Apr 17, 2013 • 67 min
Duncan Davidson and Greg Koenig joined forces a few years back to start Luma Labs, a firm that makes across-the-chest camera straps. The two collaborated first on Luma Loop, a free-sliding camera strap, and then created Cinch, one that holds a camera…
18: Tea Sticklers and Coffee Impressionists with Aly and Beth Khalifa (The New Disruptors)
Apr 10, 2013 • 60 min
Aly and Beth Khalifa have decades of experience in product design, both as consultants for clients and in making their own stuff. The Teastick was the first product they made and sold themselves; the Impress coffee filter is the latest. The North Carolina…
17: Everything in Moderation with Craig Mod (Part 1) (The New Disruptors)
Apr 3, 2013 • 59 min
Craig Mod writes essays that have the power to change the way you look at everything around you. At regular but somewhat distant intervals, he posts a long bit of writing that retrains your mind to see the world as he does. But he doesn’t just talk: He…
16: Baby Got Back Catalog with Jonathan Coulton (The New Disruptors)
Mar 27, 2013 • 79 min
Jonathan Coulton has called into existence a world in which a bearded Brooklyn-residing, Yale-graduated, Whiffenpoof-participating programmer singing songs on nerdy topics he records in a home studio posted to the Internet can quit his job, build an army…
15: Serial Artistry with Zach Weinersmith (The New Disruptors)
Mar 21, 2013 • 70 min
Zach Weinersmith, the artist behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, takes nerdy Web comics to their logical extreme, and has developed a huge following among science geeks. We talk about his career, the popularity of Web comics, and fulfilling big…
14: No Kind of Work for a Grown Man with John Gruber (The New Disruptors)
Mar 13, 2013 • 103 min
John Gruber is either the world’s biggest Apple fanboy or the most nuanced explicator of Cupertino’s smoke signals, depending on whom you ask and on what day. In a more objective reality, John’s Daring Fireball is the place you go to if you want to have a…
13: No-Host Bar Dot Net with Dalton Caldwell (The New Disruptors)
Mar 6, 2013 • 84 min
Dalton Caldwell is the head of App.net (sometimes called ADN for App Dot Net), which some think is a Twitter competitor, but it isn’t quite. It seems to be a typical venture-backed startup firm, but it is not quite that, either. There’s a lot more under…
12: Où est la plume de ma Kickstarter? with Taylor Levy and Che-Wei Wang (The New Disruptors)
Feb 27, 2013 • 47 min
Taylor Levy and Che-Wei Wang run CW&T, an art and design studio that produces an array of items ranging from purely commercial to completely aesthetic. The way they string projects along that spectrum offers a lot of insight into how one can fulfill one’s…
11: Expose Yourself to Art with Jesse Genet and Stéphan Angoulvant (The New Disruptors)
Feb 22, 2013 • 52 min
Lumi makes a fabric-dye that becomes permanent when exposed to bright full-spectrum light, as from the sun. But that’s not why the founders, Jesse Genet and Stéphan Angoulvant, are on the show. Rather, it’s the way, starting with an obsession of Jesse’s…
10: Go Home at 5 O’Clock with Jason Fried (The New Disruptors)
Feb 14, 2013 • 49 min
Jason Fried co-founded 37signals, a Web design company that found one of its internal tools for managing projects could be something effectively used by others. Millions of users later, 37signals offers Basecamp (overhauled substantially a year ago),…
9: Iterative Imperative with Ellie and Mike Kemery (The New Disruptors)
Feb 6, 2013 • 43 min
Maker spaces are popping up all over where people can go and work with tools of all sorts, from woodworking to advanced 3D printers, to make things for themselves or prototype designs to manufacture. Seattle has been bereft of a large-scale facility with…
8: Chain, Chain, Chain — Chain of Tools with Adam and Tonya Engst (The New Disruptors)
Jan 30, 2013 • 57 min
Tonya and Adam Engst have been disrupting publishing for 23 years, starting shortly after graduating Cornell University when they founded TidBITS, a Macintosh journal that is now the longest continuously produced Internet publication. The Engsts took the…
7: Any Color But Purple with Jim Coudal (The New Disruptors)
Jan 23, 2013 • 54 min
Jim Coudal runs Coudal Partners, a small design firm in Chicago that crafts all sorts of things. More than a decade ago, the group decided to shift its business from mostly working for others to mostly working for themselves. Field Notes (with Aaron…
6: What’s the Frequency, Andrea? with Andrea Seabrook (The New Disruptors)
Jan 16, 2013 • 33 min
Andrea Seabrook spent more than a decade at National Public Radio, and covered Congress for a good part of that time. She left NPR to start something of her own: DecodeDC, a podcast and syndicated radio program (on this very network) that cuts through the…
5: Maker Love, Not Bore with Mark Frauenfelder (The New Disruptors)
Jan 9, 2013 • 48 min
Mark Frauenfelder likes to celebrate and encourage creativity in every form. He’s the founder of BoingBoing, a directory of wonderful things that’s encouraged “happy mutants” for over 15 years (and was a zine created with his wife, Carla Sinclair, before…
4: Long Stories Still Told with Evan Ratliff (The New Disruptors)
Jan 2, 2013 • 56 min
Evan Ratliff is cofounder, CEO, and editor of The Atavist, a monthly magazine of long-form, non-fiction journalism, and, more recently, a platform (called just “Atavist”) for other publications and organizations to use to publish stories to many…
3: Good from the First Drop with Tony Konecny (Tonx) and Nik Bauman (The New Disruptors)
Dec 19, 2012 • 47 min
Tony Konecny, better known as Tonx, has been sourcing and roasting beans for a numbers of years, and recently founded Tonx Coffee, a subscription service that delivers whole beans from small batch roasting every two weeks. It’s not a bean of the month…
2: Come Fly with Me, Let’s Fly, Let’s Fly Away with Chris Anderson (The New Disruptors)
Dec 12, 2012 • 52 min
Chris Anderson was the editor in chief of Wired Magazine for over a decade, during which time he wrote an “accidental” trilogy of three books: The Long Tail, Free, and Makers. His latest book details how a mild obsession with do-it-yourself drones…
1: Pac-Man Fever (The New Disruptors)
Dec 5, 2012 • 50 min
Filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky discovered the rich stories behind independently produced videogames, and turned some preliminary interviews into first one Kickstarter campaign, and then another. The resulting film, “Indie Game: The Movie,” won…
0: Fund, Make, Distribute (The New Disruptors)
Dec 5, 2012 • 2 min
Welcome to a podcast that dives into how new ways creative people to fund, manufacture and produce, and distribute digital and physical goods to audiences they previously couldn’t reach. The New Disruptors is about profound changes in the economy for…