#PodsWeLike Syfy 25: Origin Stories

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As a die-hard science fiction and fantasy fan, there’s nothing more enlightening for me than listening to how the creators of some of my favourite fictional worlds come upon their ideas and what were the philosophies and experiences behind their work.

SYFY 25: Origin Stories is a podcast that gives me just that. Hosted by Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) the show features conversations with legends of the genre - Frank Oz, Kevin Kelly, D.C Fontana -contemporary stars - Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Sana Amanat - as well as uber-fans who’ve built an empire out of fan culture like Chris Hardwick and Kevin Smith.

Even if you are someone who isn’t familiar with the works of some of the guests there’s still much to absorb and revel in by hearing these extraordinary creators and visionaries talk with passion about their work and keeping the spirit of the genre alive.

You can listen to all the episodes here: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/podcast-episodes  

- Abbas Momin

In Brief: Shunya One Ep. 6

On episode 6 of Shunya One, Kuldeep, Head of Business and Customer Success at CleverTap joined Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya and Amit Doshi to discuss some of the latest issues in tech and business.

After reminiscing over the days of Nokia N9 and E71, they discuss the importance of sales. Kuldeep talks about how start-ups don’t give it its due: 

Indian businesses have always reacted in a way [that] they need to organise, and one way they’ve found to organise (in my opinion at least) is they cluster around each other, you go to Tirupur where almost half of cotton hosiery is done or you go to Bhilwara (which is close to Chitod-Udaipur) where almost half of India’s polyester is done. Right outside Bhiwandi, there are literally looms and looms...Bombay is a big cloth centre. Lot of these businesses are clustered together, they face the same business challenges so on and so forth, so [what’s] fundamental to running a business in India is if you don’t know how to sell, you will lose your identity because you’ll be lost among a crowd. Nobody will see you fail. You’ll just disappear in the background, which is why (when you mentioned startups) there are some start-ups who clearly cannot sell. There are start-ups who are all about the product, they’re all about the softer disciplines (and I don’t mean soft in a bad way) - you can have a great product, you can have a great package, you can have a great vision, you can be executing brilliantly. but in the end someone has to translate it into money, someone has to translate into a partnership.

Over the course of their discussion they briefly cover the sales strategy of Windows, the current state of the mobile markets and whether the Iphone is the winner that has taken all in the market. On the last point, Amit had this to say:

I absolutely understand that apple makes a lot more money than [HTC, Xioami, 1+], but these people are also rational actors. They’re not going to continue staying in this business if they don’t see a path to money making. And people are not going to fund them if they don’t see a path to money making at some point, right? The sheer number of people using android, as opposed to iphone, is 4 times that number. to me that says that there is something over there. Point being, that it’s not winner takes all.

Catch the full episode here: 

#PodsWeLike Making Oprah

30 years ago, Oprah Winfrey made her big debut on television. While it may not seem like that to us now, considering her status as a part-book Midas, part-therapist and part-lady who gave people free cars, it wasn't always easy. 

In this mini podcast series by WBEZ, Making Oprah, host Jenn White traces the show's awkward beginnings, Oprah's rise on daytime television and what the show meant to people who worked on it. 

In just 3 episodes (plus 3 bonus ones), Making Oprah talks to producers, competitors, publicists and even Oprah herself. Check it out: https://goo.gl/OJqdT3

 

The IVM Podcasts app is here!

Introducing *a procession of drummers walk buy slowly building up to a heart-thumping drum roll* the IVM Podcasts App! 

An application exclusively for all of our wonderful podcasts, the IVM Podcasts app is available on both Android and iOS (that’s right!) and you can find the latest episodes of all our shows.

Go ahead, download it, rate and review the app, listen to something, learn, sing, laugh, startle your uber driver! 

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#PodsWeLike The Hilarious World of Depression.

Comedians are known to be notoriously sad people in real life. This podcast hosted by John Moe (who's fought his own battles with depression) tries to understand why that is and the different coping mechanisms that the comedians found in comedy. What's fascinating in each episode is how every comedian went through or is going through a different type of depression from bipolar disorders to a messy divorce to suicidal tendencies. It's not all doom and gloom though, every episode has a bunch of laugh out loud moments. Some stand out episodes are the ones featuring Maria Bamford, Peter Sagal and Andy Richter.

You can find it here: https://www.apmpodcasts.org/thwod/

What we've been upto: January 2017

New year, new shows! 

We are only in the beginning of 2017 and we've already launched 4 new shows that we are super proud of. Get ready for a list! 

The Seen and the Unseen

As someone who doesn't fully understand some of India's policies, always aims to find multiple opinions on it and then gives up and just reads tweets, this podcast is perfect. Journalist Amit Varma takes on public policies and explains the seen and the unseen affects of it. 

Keeping It Queer

Hosted by our very own producer, Navin Noronha, Keeping It Queer or KIQ as we say (on internal Slack channels, I mean) chronicles the life and journey of India's LGBTQ community. We've had incredible guests so far who've shared stories of their first love, the struggles they faced to come out and what it's all meant to them (I may have teared up a couple of times during editing). 

My Neighbour, Zuckerberg

Entrepreneurs talk to entrepreneurs to discuss entrepreneur stuff. Hosted by Munaf Kapadia (of the Bohri Kitchen) and Nabeel Merchant (of Fixy), My Neighbour, Zuckerberg traces stories of struggle, adventure and creativity and find out what makes them who they are today. One month in and I've learned so much already! 

IVM Likes

This one may or maybe not be my favourite. Every week, we are rounding up our staff to bring their personal pop culture recommendations and general chit chat about tv shows, movies and books. 

#PodsWeLike: Crimetown

Gimlet Media has a new show called "Crimetown". The concept behind the show is to examine crime from the angle of how it affects a town. The first season examines the intersection between the mob and the politicians in what is a relatively small town, at least compared to the mega cities where the mafia normally thrived. The fact that it is a smaller city makes the stories much more personal. Check it out, I highly recommend it.