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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, Kirill 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.

Updated on July 30
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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People should establish their own boundaries and say, “This is what I need, and this is what I want.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We have matured to be an intelligent society where we should recognize that we should control our own lives and not abide by society norms. We should make it work for us. If no one does it, then nothing will change.

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