Alex Blumberg And Digg CEO Joins #SMWNYC To Explore The Future of Podcasting

Thanks to SoundCloud and Spotify, and to shows like Serial and StartUp, we’re at the cusp of a new, on-demand era of radio.

Alex Blumberg is a man who needs little introduction. If you’ve ever listened to This American Life, the massively popular weekly radio show, or Planet Money, NPR’s excellent economy-explaining podcast, you certainly know Alex Blumberg’s voice. Lately, Blumberg has been climbing the iTunes charts with StartUp, a new podcast chronicling his efforts to build Gimlet Media.

Podcasts aren’t new, of course. Even the term has been around for a decade or so, and now feels hilariously dated. Yet Gimlet Media and others are betting that there’s room for more. More production, more storytelling, more narrative. So far, it seems like they’re right.


This article is for Alex Blumberg’s 2015 SMW New York event. If you’re looking for his 2016 session, click here!


Join Alex Blumberg, award-winning reporter and producer for This American Life; co-host of NPR’s Planet Money; and founder and CEO of Gimlet Media, for a discussion on the rising popularity of podcasts, technology’s influence on the future of audio content distribution, and also what he has learned on the journey of a startup from idea to execution.

Interviewing Alex on stage will be, Andrew McLaughlin, a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. Andrew also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper.

Alex Blumberg joins an incredible lineup of today’s leading thinkers, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Martha Stewart, John Collison (Co-Founder of Stripe), Meredith Kopit Levien (EVP of The New York Times), Jon Oringer (Founder and CEO of Shutterstock), and more. You can check out the latest lineup of incredible events here.

Get your pass today, and join us and our partners for what will be an extraordinary week of exploring our upwardly mobile, connected world.