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Show #85: And now for something completely different!

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The Startup Success Podcast

The Startup Success Podcast

Warning: This podcast contains language you may find offensive and is not for children.

We break format for this show – to put it mildly. This is a (unexpected) recording of a conversation Patrick and Bob had after Pat’s return from the Business of Software Conference this year. You may find it interesting, you may hate it. But Pat strongly wants to include you in this conversation, and I’m going along with that. Let us know what you think.

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Written by Bob Walsh, Self-Funded Startup Consultant

October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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  1. […] #85 [link] [iTunes]. Warning: This podcast contains language you may find offensive and is not for […]

    MicroISV Digest 10/11/2010

    October 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

  2. Mmmm, stories. Could be a meme going round (q.v. ). Plenty of stories to go round, I’d say.

    Regarding the “format”, I thought it was interesting to hear how very similar you guys are in conversation compared to consciously podcasting. A little more “gushy”, perhaps, but that – as intimated at the start – made it more compelling.

    Mike Woodhouse

    October 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

  3. Hey, thanks for the link, Mike!

    … and REALLY? That’s very interesting feedback. I usually feel so stiff. Huh. I guess I won’t worry about that too much.

    I was really energized by meeting people who cared about these things at the conference … the mission now is to focus that energy on producing a better show and sharing/uncovering/amplifying great stories as well as we can.

    Thanks again for the feedback – keep it coming.


    Patrick Foley

    October 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  4. This was an amazing episode. Pure, honest, pure ****ing enthusiasm. We need more of that.

    A while ago you were trying to squeeze ideas for products out of the people you were interviewing. Meanwhile you came up with one of your own, based on your own passion.

    Patrick – I knew you lived in the midwest and worked for Microsoft. That’s it. Suddenly I heard your accent (it comes out when you’re excited!), I had no idea you were a musician! and basically I got to know you a lot better.

    I like this more personal approach to the show. I’m not advocating it be the format all the time, but I hope you integrate some of the elements of it.


    October 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm

  5. Thanks, Corey! No, we won’t do that every week, but I am going to try to loosen up a bit and cut to the point a bit quicker. One thing I’m learning is that EVERYBODY has an interesting story … as interviewers, we just have to get them to tell that story (ideally in a way that’s compelling, useful, and reasonably efficient).

    Also, I finally realized that I think of more ideas than I can use, so I’m starting to post them to my blog at



    Patrick Foley

    October 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

  6. This is a really great podcast. Fun and inspiring. It’s all about storytelling, I guess. Keep it going, thank you for this and for many other in your series – like the one on touch interfaces was great too.

    Pietro Polsinelli

    October 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

  7. Thanks, Pietro … out of curiosity, you mention liking the show on touch interfaces (I’m guessing the TapWorthy interview) … is there anything more you’d like to know related to that? Perhaps Bob and I can find another guest with expertise in that area.

    Patrick Foley

    October 25, 2010 at 4:39 am

    • We just got “Designing the iPhone User Experience: A User-Centered Approach to Sketching and Prototyping iPhone Apps” which seems a good book. Another idea would be to look at what can be done in adapting web applications instead of (or: together with) developing clients, say using the brand new jQTouch . Just my 2 cents.

      Pietro Polsinelli

      October 25, 2010 at 6:35 am

  8. I am kind of showing up late to the show, but the idea of the story is something I actively seek out. I feel you can learn a lot of lessons in other people’s successes and failures. I also think that failure stories can be just as interesting and insightful as successes. The stories of software is a very fun topic to hear and read about I really hope something comes from this.

    Buddy Lindsey

    October 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

  9. More on the importance of the story:


    October 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

  10. Pietro – will talk with you more offline 🙂

    Thank you, Buddy – welcome.

    And Corey …. thank you for the link, Corey – I’m shaking after watching that. Truly amazing. Life changing, even.

    Quick reaction – if you’ve ever read Ishmael (, it makes you kinda say, “screw it” … Jessica Jackley succinctly illustrates a profoundly better alternative. Money + LOVE results in full hands offering instead of outstretched hands pleading. Amazing.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Patrick Foley

    October 29, 2010 at 5:41 am

  11. I was laughing listening to you guys on this. Great podcast. Makes the other episodes seem a bit uptight (shorry!!).


    November 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  12. I know! We’re working on loosening up a bit 🙂

    Patrick Foley

    November 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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