We launched our weekly podcast series -- Good Evening, I.T. entrepreneurs -- back in November 2014. The conversations feature startup leaders who describe how they're building next-generation companies. We often dive into sales, marketing, finance and technology discussions -- ultimately revealing best practices for peer startups.
While all of the podcasts have received widespread listenership, here are the 10 that attracted the most listens and downloads so far:
10. Episode 011: CloudNation CEO Steve Ferman on moving desktops and applications into Amazon's cloud. Plus, how to manage due diligence while buying a small IT business. Dec. 9, 2014.
9. Episode 032: Wowza CEO Dave Stubenvall on streaming media strategies, plus his views on upstarts like Meerkat and Periscope. April 21, 2015.
8. Episode 023: 17 Hats CEO Donovan Janus on building business automation apps for solo entrepreneurs (SoloPreneurs) and MicroPreneurs. Plus, how he raised $1.25 million in seed money. Feb. 24, 2015.
7. Episode 018 Distil Networks CEO Rami Essaid on raising $10 million to fight bot networks -- and how he worked with a business accelerator called Techstars to drive his company forward. Jan. 20, 2015.
6. Episode 006: Former Kaseya CEO Gerald Blackie on how his team launched, built and sold an IT management company to a private equity firm. Nov. 18, 2014.
5. Episode 028 Alation CEO Satyen Sangani on emerging from stealth mode after spending two years developing a collaborative analytics platform. March 31, 2015.
4. Episode 027: Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha on the cloud backup company emerging from stealth mode with $10 million in Series A funding. March 24, 2015.
3. Episode 034: Huddle CEO Morten Brogger on cloud-based collaboration -- and some key differences from file sharing services like Box and Dropbox. April 29, 2015.
2. Episode 021: AppDirect Co-CEO Daniel Saks on a $50 million Series D funding round; the strategy to make software easy to find, purchase and consume on the web; and five core values that drive AppDirect's business direction. February 12, 2015.
1. Episode 020: Moogsoft CMO Rob Markovich on service assurance, the stages of DevOps and plenty more. Feb. 11, 2015.
Our Listeners -- And Your Listeners
So, what makes a podcast popular? Sure, a high-profile executive interview helps. As does timeliness -- such as a news hook about funding and the like.
But sometimes, the most popular podcasts involve (A) topics that resinate for the the long haul and (B) participants who promote the conversations to their existing and target customers. Moogsoft, for instance, has done an unbelievable job echoing CMO Rob Markovich's podcast on Twitter at least once weekly -- attracting new listeners to the conversation each and every week.
And remember: These conversations -- along with each new weekly podcast -- echo forever, which means our overall top 10 list will evolve greatly over time. I'll be sure to provide another updated list toward the end of 2015...
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- Company Launches -- vision, mission, passion.
- Funding Stages -- boot strap, friends and family, angel investments and venture capital.
- Expansions -- core team building, process building, automation.
- Exits and transformations -- IPOs, mergers, acquisitions and private equity deals.
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