I'm Dan Benjamin. I'm a podcaster, writer, software developer, and BBQ connoisseur. 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 been coding for almost two decades. I co-founded a pre-Facebook social network about wine called Cork’d (acquired by Gary Vaynerchuk) and a website for parents called Playgrounder (aquired by Uncrate). I’ve seen The Exorcist about 167 times and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it.
I'm based in Austin, Texas, known for it's great music, amazing food (especially BBQ), and full-sized pickup trucks, all three of which I enjoy immensely.
I enjoy making things that help people. Here's a list of my recent projects.
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.
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.
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.
After my son was born I created Playgrounder, a product review and news website with a focus on kids and kids' toys and games. The site was acquired by Uncrate.
When my friend Dan Cederholm (creator of Dribbble) and I created Cork’d, it was the world’s first social network for people who enjoyed wine. It made it easy for people to share their reviews and recommendations, keep track of their cellars, and message one another. The site was acquired by Gary Vaynerchuk.