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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nick Quah. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nick Quah, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nick Quah. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nick Quah, often where they are interviewed.

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231 Nick Quah - Servant of Pod: More Than the Sum of His Work

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06:00 – Harry welcomes to the podcast, Nick Quah who speaks to his experience coming to the United States, his podcast newsletter, Hot Pod, the ongoing pandemic and the current climate of racial unrest 

15:57 – Nick shares his thoughts on the need for open discussion on taboo topics such as anxiety and depression and expounds on his career trajectory 

22:03 – The genesis and growth of the Hot Pod newsletter and Nick’s thoughts on paid newsletters and the current state of media 

34:20 – Nick speaks to the inclusion of politics in his Hot Pod 

36:30 – The inspiration to start the Servant of Pod podcast, Nick’s growth as a podcast host, and other podcasters Nick aspires to emulate 

50:10 – What is something that Nick has changed his mind about recently and what is the most misunderstood thing about Nick

52:48 – Harry thanks Nick for joining the show, and let’s listeners know where they can follow him


“I’m really just holding onto the ethos of, ‘my life is more than the sum of my work’ which is really important to me.” (12:16)

“I’m very pro this push for people to take control of their publishing infrastructure. However, I’m very skeptical of this conversation about this being the ‘future of media drones’ and that this is the trend that everybody is going to be an independent, discreet writer.” (28:25)

“The price of independence is that everything hurts all the time and my head is spinning.” (31:35)

“The thing about Hot Pod is that I try to really focus it on the story of podcasting specifically, of business specifically. I think over the past five years it’s very clearly been the story about capitalism and there are different political ways that you can approach that.” (35:37)

“As a creator, getting to a point where you can make yourself create stuff that you yourself can be happy with as a consumer, that is, I think, an extremely hard thing.” (39:55)

“I’ve also just found conversational podcasts to be so much more interesting to me right now as opposed to interview podcasts.” (41:19)




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Aug 15 2020 · 53mins
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Hot Pod creator Nick Quah on the 'massive gap' between podcast monetization and engagement

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The question of whether podcasts have hit the American mainstream is kind of like asking the same about Major League Soccer.

Both have grown for more than 20 years, but remain smaller than their counterparts in media or sports.

In the case of podcasts, advertising revenues grew by nearly 50% last year, to $708 million, according to an IAB/PwC report published this month. The figure is expected to grow by another 15% in 2020, despite the coronavirus crisis that temporarily put a dent in listenership numbers.

That remains much smaller than traditional TV's shrinking but still massive $61 billion for 2020, according to a recent estimate by GroupM.

Plus, "there remains this massive gap between monetization and the actual engagement of it," said Nick Quah, creator of the industry-tracking newsletter Hot Pod and host of LAist Studios' "Servant of Pod."

Still, the industry has proven attractive enough for traditional players to make significant investments. "The past six years has largely been the story of capital coming in and different legacy institutions finding their positions in it," Quah said.

Those six years cover the time since "Serial," the true crime podcast, captured enough mainstream attention to merit a spoof on Saturday Night Live. The team behind it, Serial Productions, will be acquired by The New York Times Company, it was announced last week.

Quah joined the Digiday Podcast to talk about that acquisition, Spotify's recent spree of purchases (including a massive $100 million deal with Joe Rogan) and whether there's a place for paid subscription podcasts.

Jul 28 2020 · 41mins
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Dan Taberski and Nick Quah in Conversation

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Dan Taberski is the host and producer of two influential podcasts, Missing Richard Simmons and Surviving Y2K. Both shows are long form documentaries that track the kind of bizarre stories that prove truth is stranger than fiction. Both shows also hold pieces of Dan’s own story.

In this interview with Vulture podcast Critic and HotPod Editor Nick Quah, hear how Dan chooses his subjects, what it feels like to release personal projects into the world, and what happened to him the night of December 31st, 1999.

Mentioned in this conversation:

Dan's documentary projects including Missing Richard Simmons and Surviving Y2K
His newest project is Running From Cops
Nick's in-depth insight into the business of the podcast industry is over at Hot Pod
The kid's show on Cartoon Network Destroy Build Destroy
True False Festival in Columbia, Missouri

Special thanks to First Look Media and Leital Molad for helping bring this conversation to the stage.

Apr 10 2019 · 46mins
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Hot Pod's Nick Quah talks about the podcasting "tipping point"

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Brian Stelter charts the growth of podcasting with Nick Quah, the founder of Hot Pod and a critic for Vulture. Has the industry "peaked?" Who are the major players? Are podcasts the new blogs? What do Spotify and Pandora's arrival on the scene signify? Quah says "the thing to watch over the next 4 or 5 years is... How does money change the fundamental nature of this medium?"

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Mar 14 2019 · 32mins
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#003 - Nick Quah tells the story of Hot Pod, the podcast industry's biggest newsletter

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Will there ever be a "Netflix for Podcasts?" How is the podcast advertising business evolving? And how do you build a focused newsletter into a full-time job, while staying sane? This week's episode of The Substack Podcast answers these questions and more.

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Aug 16 2018 · 47mins
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TPD 97 - Nick Quah from Hot Pod

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Nick Quah from Hot Pod joins me to talk about how he created a newsletter that has become "required reading" by anyone in or around the podcasting industry. Nick describes his process each week, feedback as the service has grown, his own editorial voice and so much more!  What a great conversation!  Go and subscribe to Hot Pod now!

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Jul 03 2016 · 58mins
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Product Hunt Radio: Episode 39 w/ Nick Quah

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We just launched our new podcast vertical! The Product Hunt Team -- Ryan Hoover, Alex Carter, and Erik Torenberg -- sit down and discuss podcasts with Nick Quah, podcast connoisseur and writer of Hot Pod, the defining podcast industry newsletter. Edited by Alex Kontis.

Oct 08 2015 · 34mins