Craig Cannon on Podcasting with Adora Cheung

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Craig Cannon is the Director of Marketing at Y Combinator. He usually hosts the YC podcast but today is the guest on this episode about podcasting.

Adora Cheung is a Partner at YC.



00:00 – Adora’s intro

1:05 – Craig’s intro

3:45 – Starting the YC podcast

5:00 – Podcast metrics

6:00 – Tips on creating a podcast

8:10 – Picking episode topics

9:00 – Order of operations for finding guests

10:30 – Preparing for interviews

13:50 – How to keep an episode engaging

16:05 – Analytics

18:30 – Gear

23:00 – Software

23:55 – Listening to your own voice

25:20 – Favorite interviews

26:20 – Most surprising things Craig’s learned about startups on the podcast

29:00 – What has Craig learned from guests that he’s put into practice?

31:40 – Non-consensus things about building startups

34:00 – If Craig had to start a podcast from scratch, how would he structure it?

36:40 – Clipping the show

42:00 – Monetizing podcasts

45:30 – Will podcasts become saturated?

46:00 – What’s missing in the podcast world?

48:00 – Influential podcasters

51:50 – Adora’s podcast picks

52:50 – Patrick Bender asks – What idea do you believe in that your social group would think is crazy?

57:50 – Zachary Canann asks – Please tell us about the time you most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage.

59:50 – Being at YC, do Craig and Adora feel pressured to go start a company?

1:06:00 – When is an opportunity good enough to quit your current job?

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