How Justin builds his podcast hosting and analytics company

How Justin builds his podcast hosting and analytics company

1. Hi πŸ‘‹, What’s your name and your business?

Hi, I’m Justin and I’m the co-founder of Transistor.fm, a podcast hosting and analytics company.

2. Can you tell us more about your background on how you started?

My co-founder (Jon Buda) and I met in Portland, at the XOXO Festival, in 2014. We were both into podcasting: Jon had built an early podcast hosting tool, and I had a podcast. We ended up hanging out quite a bit that week. In the following years, we met up numerous times and even built a few small projects together.

Fast forward to 2017. Jon was working for Cards Against Humanity. They were about to launch a new podcast, and he was building a tool on the side (called Transistor) for them to use. We started talking about the idea of us teaming up and launching it to the public together.

We signed the partnership documents in February of 2018. That month we also made our first bit of revenue: $33.

Jon kept his full-time job and worked nights and weekends. I switched most of my focus to Transistor: doing marketing, inviting beta users, writing docs, and doing customer support.

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

I get up at 7 am and help my 4 kids get to school. Then, I hop on my bike and head down to Ratio Cofee here in Vernon, BC. I’ll spend my first few hours there, meeting with friends, drinking coffee, and answering Transistor support tickets. Then around 10 am, I’ll walk to my office which is just down the street in Cowork Vernon.

I’ll work until about 4:30 pm or so. And then I’ll bike home.

4. Which tools are your favorite to work with?

I love computers. Ever since I was 5 years old (in 1985) I’ve been pretty enthralled with what you can make with them. Even though I’m increasingly dissatisfied with Apple’s new hardware, I’m still addicted to MacOS.

I’m big into making podcasts, so I’m using my microphone every day.

I also make a ton of tutorial videos for our customers, so Screenflow and the Logitech WebCam get a lot of use as well.

5. What is your favorite app on your phone?

Twitter is where I work out my material for future podcasts and blog posts. Overcast is the main podcast listening app I use.

6. What is your favorite book?

For 2019, James Clear’s “Atomic Habits” changed my life. Specifically, his idea that “every action you take is a vote for the person you want to become.”

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