Kirill Zubovsky: The World of Podcasting
Kiril Zubovsky is the founder of SmashNotes, a website that curates highlights from millions of podcasts in the form of Q&As. Be it science, business, startups, education, news, or anything in between, they've got you covered. He also hosts his own podcast called Rad Dad. In this episode, Kiril shares the insider knowledge he's collected both as a founder in the growing podcast industry and also as a YCombinator alumnus. From life lessons to startup culture, you will leave this one feeling a little wiser and more well-informed about the way our world operates. Timeline: (02:38) - What is SmashNotes? (05:25) - Why podcasting has blown up (07:07) - Kiril's podcast experience as a host (10:56) - Is it counter-productive to share show notes? (12:55) - Out of thousands of podcasts, which is Kiril's favorite? (14:24) - Short-term future of AI (18:13) - Biggest life lesson that Kiril has learned from working in YCombinator (22:38) - What recent piece of information got Kiril excited? (25:15) - Crazy Wisdom's evolution and expected trajectory (29:56) - Where does the name 'Crazy Wisdom' come from? (35:13) - Seeking advice selectively (38:41) - How can you monetize your podcast? (43:09) - Remote-work and the upcoming worldwide decentralized networks Please subscribe to Crazy Wisdom wherever you listen to podcasts, and leave us a rating and review in Apple Podcasts.
In this episode
- 03:01 - What is Smash Notes?
- 05:30 - Why has podcasting become more popular over the years?
- 07:48 - What is the Rad Dad Show podcast?
- 08:54 - How is podcasting different from writing?
- 09:21 - How did the idea of Smash Notes develop?
- 15:55 - How will AI affect the ability for humans to learn, build, and create?
- 18:22 - What’s the biggest thing you learned about life or startup companies?
- 20:13 - How does it feel to work for yourself, then go back to working for someone else?
- 25:27 - How has the Crazy Wisdom podcast grown?
- 29:48 - What is one key thing in life to do?
- 29:58 - Where did the name “Crazy Wisdom” come from?
- 34:19 - Where does the best feedback come from?
- 36:07 - Where is the best place to get opinions?
- 37:09 - Why does it seem that people want to help?
- 45:15 - What’s Zubovsky’s opinion of an eight hour a day work week?
- 46:12 - As a society, what should we be doing?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
What is Smash Notes?
It’s a way to get millions of interesting points out of podcasts that are locked in the audio. Each podcast contains notes that are set up in a Q&A form so people can target the information that interests them without needing to just listen for the content.
Why has podcasting become more popular over the years?
Conversations in audio seem to go deep into the brain and it seems to be something evolutionary. People also seem to share more in podcasts than they would in other mediums.
What is the Rad Dad Show podcast?
It is hosted by Kirill Zubovsky. He usually interviews startup-y dads, but he wants to hear about other dad's lives, their parenting style, work, and whatever else they have to share.
How is podcasting different from writing?
When writing, people have a point that they want to make and teach their audience. With podcasts, it’s more free flow in sharing a story. It allows people to draw their own conclusions.
How did the idea of Smash Notes develop?
When Zubovsky started his podcast, he started interviewing interesting people. One person was Caspar Babypants. Kirill wanted people to listen to the interesting bits that Babypants had to share, and not able to find a good way to segment podcasts and share, he's created SmashNotes.
How will AI affect the ability for humans to learn, build, and create?
Zubovsky can’t provide a specific answer, but thinks that if you follow open AI, you will have a really good sense of what’s possible. He hopes that AI will remove mindless tasks from our lives.
What’s the biggest thing you learned about life or startup companies?
Personally, Zubovsky learned how important it is to stick to his core vision. You must be fully committed to what you’re doing because if you aren’t, you won’t be invested as much to selling a product.
How does it feel to work for yourself, then go back to working for someone else?
Zubovsky states how he was never a big fan of working for someone else because it feels like there are obstacles in the way. He doesn’t find it rewarding to be particular deep in one area, but he wants to do a little bit of everything.
How has the Crazy Wisdom podcast grown?
Stewart Alsop III confesses that he is pretty bad at marketing because it took him a year for people to start listening. He hired a consultant and he told Alsop the best way to get people to listen to your podcast was to be on other people’s podcast as a way to self-promote.
What is one key thing in life to do?
People should establish their own boundaries and say, “This is what I need, and this is what I want.”
Where did the name “Crazy Wisdom” come from?
People may be familiar with the term if they’re involved in the spiritual world. It’s also known as divine madness. It’s an ultimate productivity hack that makes a person question the fundamental nature of reality.
Where does the best feedback come from?
It comes from people who accept what you’re doing. They don’t question what you’re doing. Instead, they assume that reality and help you get there to progress and grow. There will be people that don’t agree with your vision and won’t be a part of it, and that’s okay, too.
Where is the best place to get opinions?
Zubovsky states that it’s great that you have a pool of people because not everyone will respond, but people can find the parts that resonate with them. It’s easy to get entrepreneurial people on board because they want to help.
Why does it seem that people want to help?
Essentially, you get out what you put in. It’s also because people realize how difficult it is to do startups. There is no value in the negatives. When giving feedback, you’re exercising your own mind.
What’s Zubovsky’s opinion of an eight hour a day work week?
He questions why we are still doing it. He says if you can be productive for four hours from your kitchen, then go for it. You may be doing more than someone who’s spending 12 hours in an office.