StartUp Podcast: Almost Famous (Season 3, Episode 1)
April 15, 2016 3:16 PM - Subscribe

A backpack, a camera, and a big idea
posted by Tevin (10 comments total)
I think I liked this episode more than all of S2 combined.

The more distance I have from Season One, the more I think it was a pretty singular thing. Alex Blumberg is good at radio at following him around is going to yield some pretty fantastic results but it doesn't necessarily hold that you will have equally good results by just following any old startup.

A more traditional format is a little disappointing but I'm interested in the variety of perspectives and excited for the possibilities. Overall I'm really looking forward to seeing how this goes.
posted by Tevin at 3:22 PM on April 15, 2016 [2 favorites]

Trying hard not to spoil myself on Wikipedia. I have a vague sense of what the company ended up as but not certain.
posted by smackfu at 4:43 PM on April 15, 2016

I'm much more excited about this season than last, especially since it sounds like they'll be featuring non-tech startups.
posted by noneuclidean at 4:49 AM on April 16, 2016

I definitely like this format much better. I think it will give them flexibility to only feature "interesting" stories, instead of taking a gamble on one story that may or may not be interesting.

I am vaguely familiar with the company they're talking about, and thought it was a little weird that they didn't mention the name. Was that intentional?
posted by radioamy at 4:19 PM on April 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

I assumed they were saving the name as a "cliffhanger" for next week.

I thought this was a solid start, and I'm really excited for this season.
posted by primethyme at 6:25 PM on April 16, 2016

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. But, I do hope we don't spend all our time listening to the kind of guys who are featured in this episode. Startup has done a fantastic job so far at finding people who don't live up to the silicon valley startup stereotype. And I realize we can't spend every season in the pleasant bubble inhabited by startups composed of public radio nerds and woman-owned companies with no actual tech product. None the less, I've spent most of my adult life carefully arranging things so that I don't have to listen to these kinds of guys talk about themselves. Can't say I'm enthusiastic about getting hit with it in podcast form.
posted by eotvos at 5:19 PM on April 17, 2016 [1 favorite]

Realised who the company was after they talked about their pivot. Next ep should be a lot of fun ;)
posted by adrianhon at 4:04 PM on April 18, 2016

I had a funny feeling about what the company was, and yes, Wikipedia has proved me right.

I actually don't mind hearing about a pure, real-life Silicon Valley story, especially as only part of a season, after we've spent two seasons on the SV outsider point of view.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:08 PM on April 18, 2016

I know the full story about the featured company and am excited to hear the rest of it. This first episode was pretty thin though, and I'm skeptical of the potpourri approach to telling lots of little stories. I didn't love the second season but I appreciated the depth of it.
posted by Nelson at 6:26 PM on April 21, 2016

i am surprised at how incredibly low quality this season has been so far.

Season one was about how Alex's secret sauce was being a great producer. Across seasons one and two, they've let us see a bit more of the sausage factory (especially in the build up to the disastrous 'surprisingly dull'). Now, I hear many sentences and wonder "Wait, that's the take they chose?" or noticing where it sounds like they cut two separate conversations into one.

Nothing grars me more than when they have a reporter-as-interviewer talking to the subject, then instead of actually playing the conversation out, the reporter-as-narrator sums up the rest of the conversation! Some times it feels like the actual subject matter expert only is on the air as a perfunctory manner, but the podcasters believe they can tell the story better without them!

To top it all off, there are production errors. They didn't play ad music during the ad, which is something they made a BIG DEAL out of several episodes back. They said "Stay tuned for a sneak peak at the rest of the season" and then played the exact same trailer as one I think I heard before.
posted by rebent at 4:47 PM on April 23, 2016 [1 favorite]

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