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3: Are You Employed, Sir?

Dan talks with callers, special guest Myke Hurley of 70 Decibels, and 5by5 producer Haddie Cooke about interviewing, confidence, attire, personal presentation, when to reevaluate, having a support group, and so-called "moderate success". Links for this episode:Moderate Success Is the Enemy of Breakout Success - LAUNCH -70Decibels - HomeSupport QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 25mins

15 Dec 2012

Rank #1

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46: The Only Plumber in Town

Dan is joined by Haddie and a handful of great callers on this special New Years Day episode. Links for this episode:Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy - QuartzZappos is known for its zany corporate culture. The company’s Q4 “All Hands” meeting in November was aptly-themed “Gone Wild”: one female employee voluntarily climbed into a case filled with tarantulas to win a $250 gift card. The event opened with a Lion King performance put on by employees at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas and closed with an after party at the museum next door. Focusing on company culture and customer service is how CEO Tony Hsieh built Zappos into a billion-dollar online retailer. While he’s not getting rid of those priorities, Hsieh is laying the groundwork for a major reorganization. Bacon MethodGrumpy Old Geeks | Two old farts, the Internet and a microphone...Does It Have Legs? | Is that classic movie still a classic?Sponsored by Squarespace (use code STOOGE1 for 10% off) and HostGator (use code DANSENTME for 30% off).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

2hr 3mins

2 Jan 2014

Rank #2

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51: No Silver Bullet

Dan and Haddie are joined by their friend and guest Shawn Blanc to discuss starting something, building a name for yourself, consistency, and how sometimes getting fired can be the best thing ever. Links for this episode:Shawn Blanc - TwitterShawn Blanc is @shawnblanc on Twitter ShawnBlanc.netThis is a tech- and design-centric website. I’ve been writing here since the summer of 2007. In the spring of 2011 I quit my job and began writing this site full time. The Sweet Setup We recommend the best apps for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Recommendations are sorted within app categories. You can read all about us, subscribe via RSS, or follow us on Twitter. Tools and ToysTools & Toys is a daily collection of items for the pickiest of gadget geeks, software aficionados, snowboard junkies, music lovers, writers, coffee nuts, and all around collectors of fine paraphernalia. Weekly Briefly - PodcastWall Street (1987)- IMDBWall Street (1987)- Rent/Buy on Amazon"Greed is Good" - Gordon Gekko speech in Wall Street (1987)[VIDEO] Altucher Confidentialpatrickrhone / journalDelight is in the Details — By Shawn BlancSponsored by Squarespace (use code DANSENTME for 10% off) and HostGator (use code DANSENTME for 50% off VPS).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 24mins

19 Jun 2014

Rank #3

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52: Is He The British One?

Dan is joined by Myke Hurley to talk about his next new adventure and independence. Links for this episode:Myke Hurley - Time For a New ChangeSponsored by lynda.com (use code visit lynda.com/quit for a free 7-day trial), MailRoute (to remove spam from your life for good visit mailroute.net/movies to get a free trial and 10% off, for the lifetime of your account), and SuperDuper (visit the link to learn more).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 13mins

10 Jul 2014

Rank #4

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6: The Voices In Your Head

Dan is joined by Shlok Vaidya, Michael K. and callers to talk about opportunity, followthrough, what it takes to find success, and how to handle getting fired in the middle of the show. Links for this episode:The Rise of SiriContract Review | fast, reliable, affordable - Contract GurusSuccessful Entrepreneurs Reveal Their SecretsKMFDM - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaAlex Olegnowicz (aomind) on TwitterContract Gurus (ContractGurus) on TwitterShlok Vaidya (shloky) on TwitterHaddie Cooke (haddiebird) on TwitterDan Benjamin (danbenjamin) on TwitterNetflix open sources tool to clean up your AWS cloud — Cloud Computing NewsNetflix open sourced the code to Janitor Monkey, a tool it uses to automate the deletion of unused Amazon Web Services resources. It’s easy to spin up cloud compute instances, but not so easy to shut them down as they fall into disuse. Facebook Mobile User Counts Revealed: 192M Android, 147M iPhone, 48M iPad, 56M Messenger | TechCrunchAs of September 2011, Facebook for Android has 66 million MAU and Facebook for iPhone had 91 million MAU. In December 2011 right before Facebook stopped openly publishing stats, Android surpassed the iOS app. By just 11 months later in November 2012, Android had grown to 192.8 million MAU while iPhone only had 147.2 million MAU. Sponsored by Squarespace (use code STOOGE1 for 10% off).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

2hr 2mins

5 Jan 2013

Rank #5

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116: Influencers

Dan and Haddie talk about influence, attention, and scarcity using Apple as an example of effective execution. Links for this episode:5by5 | Killing TimeApple drops 'Computer' from name | Macworld• Apple iPhone sales 2007-2017 | StatistaApple's iPhone X Might Cost Apple Nearly $600 to BuildPhilomena Kloss on EtsyHuman bears. Primitive tweed teddy bears! Brought to you by: FreshBooks (All you have to do is go to FreshBooks.com/quit and enter QUIT in the 'How did you hear about us?' section). Squarespace (Start your free trial site today, at Squarespace.com and when you sign up make sure to use the offer code QUIT to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain name). Linode (Visit the link to get a $20 credit). Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 2mins

31 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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5: Gumption

Dan talks with Garrett Dimon and callers about "the fear". Links for this episode:SPARCstation 1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia5by5 | The Crossover #3: Generational LossLightweight, Simple and Easy-to-use Hosted Bug & Issue Tracker | SifterStarting + Sustaining: An upcoming eBook about launching and maintaining a web application by Garrett DimonGarrettDimon.comGarrett Dimon (garrettdimon) on TwitterSupport QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 23mins

29 Dec 2012

Rank #7

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18: The Problem Is Always You

Dan takes calls and responds to listener feedback. Topics include living in a basement, staying in school, quitting a good job you hate to mow lawns, what to do when your family moves and you want to finish school, getting pushed out of your own business and taking a corporate stooge job, quilting as a business, and more. Links for this episode:5by5 | The Web Ahead #4: Pat Aufderheide on Fair Use & CopyrightFair Use expert Pat Aufderheide joins Jen Simmons to explain when you can use other people's copyrighted material in your work. QUIT! on 5by5QUIT! (quitshow) on TwitterThe QUIT! Corporate Stooge NewsletterSponsored by Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME3 for 30% off), and Shopify, and Harvest (use code 5BY5 for 50% off).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 28mins

29 Mar 2013

Rank #8

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14: Don't Run A Sh*tty Company

Dan is joined by David Heinemeier Hansson, Shlok Vaidya, Producer Haddie Cooke to discuss telecommuting vs. being in the office. Note: This episode contains some strong language. Links for this episode:Marissa Mayer Is Wrong: Working From Home Can Make You More Productive - Derek Thompson - The AtlanticHere's the Internal Yahoo No-Work-From-Home Memo - Kara Swisher - News - AllThingsDGet Off of Your Cloud - NYTimes.comMany women were appalled at the Yahoo news, noting that Mayer, with her penthouse atop the San Francisco Four Seasons, her Oscar de la Rentas and her $117 million five-year contract, seems oblivious to the fact that for many of her less-privileged sisters with young children, telecommuting is a lifeline to a manageable life. If Marissa Mayer Were A Man — I.M.H.O. — MediumMarissa Mayer does not have an easy job. She has been charged with turning around a company that has been in flux for some time. Everyone knows that in order to shrink overhead, you need to get rid of dead weight Get Off of Your Cloud - NYTimes.comTwitter / richardbranson: Perplexed by Yahoo! stopping ...Give people the freedom of where to work - Richard's Blog - Virgin.comIf you provide the right technology to keep in touch, maintain regular communication and get the right balance between remote and office working, people will be motivated to work responsibly, quickly and with high quality. Internet Evolution - Executive Clan Editor's Blog - Yahoo's Telework Decision Could Be Marissa Mayer's WaterlooREMOTE: Office Not Required. The new book by 37signals. Coming fall 2013. by Jason Fried of 37signalsDavid Heinemeier HanssonDHH (dhh) on TwitterREMOTE: The new book from 37signalsRemote: Office Not Required: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson: 9780804137508: Amazon.com: BooksSponsored by Ting, Shopify, and Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME2 for 30% off).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 33mins

2 Mar 2013

Rank #9

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115: Little Ego

Dan talks about building a SaaS platform, all the while joined by Haddie to discuss a listener email about the challenges of breaking into a new career and unpaid internships, changing the way you ask for feedback, and just being open about things. Links for this episode:Is the open office layout dead? | | Dropbox BlogHow to Recognize Burnout Before You’re Burned Out - The New York TimesWhen Is It OK to Not Pay an Intern? — ProPublicaUnlock honest feedback with this one word – Signal v. NoiseModula - Wikipedia5by5 | Killing TimeBrought to you by: FreshBooks (All you have to do is go to FreshBooks.com/quit and enter QUIT in the 'How did you hear about us?' section). Squarespace (Start your free trial site today, at Squarespace.com and when you sign up make sure to use the offer code QUIT to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain name). RXBAR (Visit rxbar.com/quit for 25% off your first order and enter promo code QUIT at checkout). BeansTalk Know How (Visit beanstalkknowhow.com/quit and use the promo code QUIT to get 50% off the Full Set bundle which is normally $495). Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 10mins

27 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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15: Got Your Sea Legs

Dan is joined by Producer Haddie Cooke to take calls and discuss integrity. Links for this episode:Jobs to Fill, Employers Wait for Perfection - NYTimes.comThe number of job openings has increased to levels not seen since the height of the financial crisis, but vacancies are staying unfilled much longer than they used to — an average of 23 business days today compared to a low of 15 in mid-2009, according to a new measure of Labor Department data by the economists Steven J. Davis, Jason Faberman and John Haltiwanger.Some have attributed the more extended process to a mismatch between the requirements of the 4 million jobs available and the skills held by many of the 12 million unemployed. That’s probably true in a few high-skilled fields, like nursing or biotech, but for a large majority of positions where candidates are plentiful, the bigger problem seems to be a sort of hiring paralysis. QUIT! on 5by5Sponsored by Squarespace (use code STOOGE3 for 10% off).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 37mins

9 Mar 2013

Rank #11

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20: Jeff Raider

Dan and guest Jeff Raider, one of the founders of Warby Parker and Harry's, discuss startups, investors, and timing as it relates to quitting your job to work on your dream. Links for this episode:Designer Frames & Online Eyeglasses - $95 Rx Glasses | Warby ParkerMeet the Founders | Warby ParkerHarry's - Great Shave. Fair Price. Simple.Use this URL and Dan will get some blades as a referral bonus. Jeff Raider (jeffreyraider) on TwitterSponsored by Shutterstock (use offer code DANSENTME4 for 30% off) and Ting.Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 13mins

19 Apr 2013

Rank #12

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10: No One Puts Baby in a Warehouse

Dan is joined by Andrew Logan, Shlok Vaidya, and producer Haddie Cooke to discuss extroverted vs introverted vs balanced in the work world. Links for this episode:Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed - The Washington PostArts + LaborWe tell stories. Twitter - Andrew LoganShloky.comEntrepreneur without portfolio. Technology. Book reviews. Speculative fiction. Resilient communities. Warfare. Twitter - Shlok VadiyaSponsored by Frank & Oak (use code QUIT20 for 20% off), Lynda, and Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME1 for 30% off).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 53mins

2 Feb 2013

Rank #13

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22: Depressed in the Midwest

Dan is joined by Associate Producer Danielle Moser to discuss dressing up for work as it relates to interviews, productivity, and how it can affect the way you think about yourself and your outlook. They also address the problem of having CEOs dress down during keynote addresses and, later, Dan takes calls and discusses job-seeking, dealing with a bad boss, whether or not to work while going back to school, using a cool idea as the basis for a Kickstarter, and more. Links for this episode:Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.Board room, bored Batman. Justin "Justin Garrity" Garrity » Blog Archive » 2012 VW Beetle with Custom iPad Mini dock in dash.Sponsored by Squarespace. Use code STOOGE5 for a free trial and 10% off.Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 36mins

3 May 2013

Rank #14

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54: Something Mister Miyagi Said

Dan is joined by Haddie to discuss being original and being copied, the difference between getting burnt out vs losing focus on your goal, loving what you do, finding the joy in the process not just the end result, and Dan reveals secrets about 5by5 and how it all came together. Links for this episode:How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals — The Blog of James Clear — MediumDaring Fireball: Markdown5by5 | The Pipeline #38: Jeff AtwoodGitHub Flavored Markdown · GitHub HelpEmail to GruberCommonMarkHabitRPG | Gamify Your Life5by5 | IsometricEach week, join game developer Brianna Wu, game journalist Maddy Myers, technology journalist Georgia Dow and game enthusiast Steve Lubitz as they analyze the week’s biggest stories in the video game industry from different perspectives. 5by5 | OvertiredOvertired is Christina Warren and Brett Terpstra, two tech-geeks with unusual sleep schedules coming together to nerd out over gadgets, software, personalities and life. Tune in to find out what keeps them up at night. Sponsored by Squarespace (use code QUIT for 10% off) and Varonis DatAnywhere (Try turning your own network shares into a private cloud free for 30 days with an unlimited amount of users and if you visit varonis.com/quit you get 5 users free forever).Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 31mins

5 Sep 2014

Rank #15

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23: That's What The Money's For

Dan discusses the pros and cons of working remotely and, later, takes calls and talks to Robert Sha, the creator of the Capsule minimalist wallet, Josh Centers, the new managing editor for TidBits, and more. Links for this episode:How to Set up your Home Office for Maximum ProductivityHave you ever walked into your home office for a specific task and instead wound up looking through 3 piles of junk mail, and an enormous mound of paperwork on your desk? With more and more home owners taking to the internet and family members of all ages are becoming more computer savvy, the home office has lost its productive edge. If you want to reclaim back your home office and find ways to maximize your productivity look at these helpful tips. The 6 Best Tips for Being Super Productive While Working RemotelyGetting things done from a home office isn’t a sure thing. You’ll be faced with a different set of challenges, topped by a never-ending line of distractions that are probably more fun than your job. The good news is that you can stay on top of your tasks with a little know-how and a little practice. These tips will help you get started with a productive home office. Fed Ex Stolen Idea - YouTubeCapsule Minimalist Wallet | UncrateCrafted from high quality leather, the Capsule offers an integrated CashStrap to hold bills, a fast access front pocket for your ID and most frequently used cards, and a secure interior pocket for other cards. Overall, it can comfortably carry six cards — as well as several bills — without adding a huge bulge to your pocket. CAPSULE™Bernard Madoff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (pron.: /?me?d?f/ TidBITS: Apple news for the rest of us5by5 Jackal T-Shirt (WWDC Edition) – 5by5 StoreSponsored by Gazelle and Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME5 for 30% off)Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 24mins

10 May 2013

Rank #16

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24: Scott Johnson

Dan interviews Scott Johnson, founder of FrogPants Studios, a hub of nerd and geek media including comics, web art, illustration, podcasts, and more. Scott hosts and produces 9 shows, both daily and weekly, which span a range of topics including apps, comics, early TV pilots, video games, and more. Scott also produces the webcomic My Extra Life. Dan and Scott address issues of making it on one's own terms, seeking out a creative community, spreading the creative spark across different mediums, getting help to steer business, and more. Links for this episode:FrogPants Studios! - The home of Scott Johnson's FrogPants StudiosEXTRALIFE – By Scott JohnsonThe 56 Geeks ProjectNerdtacular | The Annual Frogpants Nerdtacular Event!Quote Details: Woody Allen: Eighty percent of success... - The Quotations PageEighty percent of success is showing up. Sponsored by Squarespace. Use code STOOGE5 for a free trial and 10% off.Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 19mins

17 May 2013

Rank #17

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32: Glad That PR Cleared It

Dan is joined by Tim Van Damme who left Instagram for a position at Dropbox. Later they take calls and discuss when it's the right time to move on. Links for this episode:Do Things that Don't ScaleThe most common unscalable thing founders have to do at the start is to recruit users manually. Nearly all startups have to. You can't wait for users to come to you. You have to go out and get them. maxvoltar - Hello, DropboxMade by Elephant - We craft interfacesTim Van Damme (maxvoltar) on TwitterDribbble - Tim Van DammeSupport QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 16mins

19 Jul 2013

Rank #18

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8: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

This week Dan is joined by Alex Ragsdale, producer Haddie Cooke, and callers to discuss meetings and side-jobs that become businesses. Links for this episode:Alex Ragsdale (ala_alex) on TwitterSupport QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 39mins

19 Jan 2013

Rank #19

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31: Selling Margot Tenenbaum Dresses on Etsy

Dan takes calls and discusses competition, employment, hobbies, and when to narrow your focus. Links for this episode: Zoe Zoe Sheen - Illustration There Will Be Blood - IMDBThere Will Be Blood - Amazon InstantThere Will Be Blood - iTunesThere Will Be Blood DVD - Amazon There Will Be Blood BlueRay - AmazonHello, my name is _____During episode 29 of the 5by5 network's Quit!, Dan mentioned to Haddie before taking a call from show regular and romance eCoach Virginia Roberts that he needs stickers to give to those he worries about, and those he doesn't. I was listening to this episode on Saturday, June 30th while walking around downtown San Francisco. I happen to have my laptop with me and decided to find a quiet place and throw something together. Sponsored by Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off) and HostGator (use code DANSENTME7 for 30% off). Support QUIT! with Dan Benjamin

1hr 34mins

12 Jul 2013

Rank #20