October 12, 2005:
Evan Williams, Co-founder and CEO of Odeo, discusses his views on the opportunities and challenges in the quickly emerging technology of Podcasting.
Evan Williams ‘s ZURBsoapbox: We had a full house last Friday when Evan Williams, co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, dropped by our offices to chat about how he’s worked to revolutionize the way we communicate on the internet. Our HQ was jam packed with some 150 people and everyone of them was excited
A quick glance at Evan’s bio might make it seem as though he just stumbles into all the newest, hottest trends. However, the only thing Ev stumbled into was traffic (the kind you get on the non-information highway — where he discovered the value of listening to podcasts) on his commute. After trying his hand in Nebraska’s tech entrepreneurial circuit (well, he was the circuit), Ev made the voyage out west to California. He founded Blogger, one of the most popular blogging services, sustained it throughout the dot com bust with few resources, and sold it to Google. After spending some time at Google growing Blogger, he’s back on the trail again building his new podcast business, Odeo.
Odeo is a young startup with fuel. Ev announces in this show that Odeo has just received its first round of venture funding.
Update (4/21/08): Ev returned Odeo’s funds to the investors and sold the company. He co-founded Twitter, which just raised its own funding and is on a fast growth curve.
Evan Williams (Twitter, Inc.), John Battelle (Federated Media Publishing), "A Conversation with Evan Williams"