Note the sound quality was a bit sketchy with this recording so I’ve up the bitrate and consequently the file download is topping 20MB. I apologize to all you dial-up users, but I promise you the podcast download is worth the wait. For you broadband users it will be nothing and the enhanced sound quality makes a difference, although it’s far from perfect.
You will learn a lot from the guy behind one of the most successful and influential blogs ever created. Brian has an extensive background including time spent as a lawyer and an early adopter of the Internet as a tool for commerce. He’s been consulting to web companies before, during and after the dotcom boom and subsequent crash and his experience comes through in this interview. I hope you enjoy it and make sure you leave a comment to tell Brian how much you liked this show because he really doesn’t appreciate the attention :-).
- The show starts with a brief history of Brian’s younger days
- Brian discusses his first Internet ventures – email newsletters and consulting to dotcoms
- Post dotcom crash, Brian talks about the businesses that were left and how they used sound direct marketing principles taken from the offline world
- Brian alludes to some of the previous Internet projects he has worked on how he structures relationships with other talented people to help them bring their talent online
- We hear some comments about venture funding
- I ask Brian for some secrets to the success of his Copyblogger.com blog
- We learn about the original motivations behind launching Copyblogger
- Brian discuses some of his projects, including Tubetorial
- We hear about Brian’s plans for the future including what his wife thinks about him working so hard
- At the end of the interview I ask for Brian’s wisdom regarding starting up a business in today’s online climate