I'm Dan Benjamin. I'm a podcaster, writer, software developer, and watch geek. I'm the founder of the 5by5 Podcast Network where I get to talk to with my friends and heroes while fullfilling my lifelong dream of doing talk radio. I'm also the founder of Fireside, a podcast hosting and analytics platform I created to make podcast hosting easy, reliable, and fun.
In a past life, I was a corporate stooge and eventual CTO of several startups. I've written for A List Apart and O’Reilly, made screencasts for PluralSight, and I've been coding for almost two decades. One time I co-founded a pre-Facebook social network about wine called Cork’d which was acquired by Gary Vaynerchuk, and a website recommending kids toys called Playgrounder which was aquired by Uncrate.
I live in Austin, Texas with my wife and our two children.
I enjoy making things that help people. Here's a list of my recent projects.
Started in 2009, 5by5 was one of the first podcast networks around. We make shows for geeks, gamers, and people like you. I host a number of shows there, and we producer about 25 total shows per week. 5by5 exists due to the generosity of our sponsors and the listeners who support us.
Fireside is a podcast hosting and analytics platform I created to make podcast hosting easy, reliable, and fun. I took everything I've learned as a podcaster since 2006 (and full-time at 5by5 since 2009) and built it into Fireside. It took years to build, and if you're interested in podcasting, I'd love for you to try it.
I love podcasting, and I love to teach people what I know about it. Podcast method is both a website and a podcast. The website lists my recommended gear and equipment, with advice about how to use it. The podcast talks in detail about these topics, and I do my best to answer listener questions each week.
I love bacon but I hate mess. Fortunately, I discovered a way to make perfect, crispy bacon every time with the minimum amount of preparation and cleanup. This site teaches you how.
I wanted to build a PC capable of running macOS, Windows, and Linux, but most guides and information sources out there don't provide a simple, clear, concise list of recommended parts. So I made one.