Conversation with Ben

Podcast on tech, entrepreneurship, people and organisations

Under 10 Employees
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Solo Founder
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Podcasting

My days are punctuated by great conversations with smart people. I wanted to find a way to share those with the wider community.

April 9, 2020 Developing my craft

Podcasting is a completely different world!

As an engineer, I am unused to appear on camera. My posture is all wrong, my voice sound fake, and I cannot stand all those facial expressions. Am I like this with people when we have our 1-2-1s?

People still do it though, and the inner-conflict of arguing how much of it is nurture and nature is just unproductive!

I requisition the help of my friends to try out different formats, to train my conversational skills. Resigned to the fact that maybe the first 10 episodes of this podcast will probably not be shared on social media (the first episode is so bad, it doesn't even get uploaded on Youtube). After all this is a long-term investment, and means allow me to adopt a long term vision.

Perseverance is key.

February 24, 2020 Coming-up with the idea

Here I explain how I decided to combine passion and expertise into something which could develop into a long term business.

The context is, I've been working for nearly 15 year in the tech industry: building products, managing teams and finally lead an engineering department. Management is great, and seeing people blossom into solid business assets was bringing me a huge amount of satisfaction.

If you have read the Good to Great by Jim Collins, you will know about the "Hedgehog concept" which consists in identifying 3 things: passion, expertise, monetisation. Here is my clue on what those 3 things are about:

  • Passion: Helping people and share knowledge
  • Expertise: Engineering and Management
  • Monetisation: Coaching? Advertisement? Product development?

Maybe my Hedgehog concept is lacking a bit on the monetisation front. But I digress...

All this culminates to the shower-thought of running a simple video podcast. It aligns with my passion and expertise after all? And there are plenty of ways to monetise it, I don't have to decide right now.

This is how the idea of "Conversation with Ben" came to fruition.

My days are punctuated by great conversations with smart people. I wanted to find a way to share those with the wider community.