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Episode 77 - Podbuzzz with Kyle Martin

October 1, 2016

Summary

Podcasts are becoming more popular now than they ever have been. Podbuzzz is a service for helping podcasters to track their reviews and imporove SEO to reach a wider audience. In this episode we spoke with Kyle Martin about his experience using Python to build Podbuzzz and manage it in production.

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  • Your hosts as usual are Tobias Macey and Chris Patti
  • Today we're interviewing Kyle Martin about Podbuzzz
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Interview with Kyle Martin

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python? - Chris
  • Can you start by explaining what Podbuzz is? - Tobias
  • Why did you end up choosing Python as the language for building thx#is service? - Tobias
  • What have been the biggest engineering challenges in building Podbuzzz? - Tobias
  • How did you conceive of the idea to build Podbuzzz and what inspired you to provide it as a service? - Tobias
  • Part of the service that you are building is a widget that encourages listeners to rate a podcast on iTunes. Why is that important and what are some of the techniques that you have leveraged to determine the most effective messaging? - Tobias
  • What are some of the features that you plan on adding to your service? - Tobias
  • Do you intend to run Podbuzzz as a side project or do you envision it becoming a company with its own staff? - Tobias
  • In addition to your work with Podbuzzz as a way for podcasters to gain visibility for their shows, you're also working on an analytics platform for the same target audience. Can you explain a bit about that and the problems that you've had to overcome? - Tobias
  • What is it about podcasting that makes it hard to gain useful metrics and what is your strategy for overcoming some of those obstacles? - Tobias

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