Back to Work 140

Merlin Mann, 5by5

This week, Merlin is joined by Bionic co-host, Matt Alexander. They discuss ““technology ecosystems,”” life as a self-described trans-atlantic, tech scenes that thrive and don't, dating someone from Florida (and her Mum), and getting back into Marvel comics.
Special guest Matt Alexander.

With Mr. Benjamin in New York for Brooklyn Beta this week, Merlin was kind enough to invite me to co-host this week's episode of Back to Work

As you can imagine, we had a lot of fun. 

Unlike my pseudo-absurdist podcast outings each week with Myke, Back to Work 140 took a slightly more serious (at least in moments) route. We discussed Bionic and the broader journalistic landscape, nationality, the democratization of startups, dating girls from Florida, and comics.

It was a genuine honor to appear on (and potentially ruin) such a venerable podcast. 

I owe a huge thanks to Merlin and Dan for extending me the opportunity. 

Giant Size #27: Unraveling Craziness

Moisés Chiullan

Moisés and John are joined by Bionic's Matt Alexander to look back at the first six months of Marvel's NOW! initiative. In this first of two parts, they cover most of the X-books and Avengers titles. This week's interview: superstar artist Phil Noto, on the floor of Dallas Comic-Con.

For several years, I've been quietly and inconspicuously enjoying comic books on a fairly regular basis. Much like the launch of this website, it has taken me a very long time to acknowledge and embrace this penchant for superheroes and audacious story-lines. 

Last week, however, I was involved in an exhaustive  dive into the world of Marvel NOW! on the fantastic — and all-new — show, Giant Size. (I believe our discussion was, in fact, split in half due to the volume of detail.)

And it was liberating to open up and chat about it.

Marvel NOW!, in my eyes as a newcomer, seemed the ideal chance to learn about new titles and to start afresh with certain characters who'd been subjected to decades of convolution and time travel. Although NOW! hasn't quite delivered on my naive hopes, I have been thoroughly enjoying the first six months of the initiative.

I've been keeping up with a large number of these books and was thrilled to have the chance to share my perspective.  And I'll try to be more open on the topic on Twitter and this site, too.

Moisés and John have a fantastic show. You ought to listen.

(I certainly hope my amateurism hasn't ruined the discussion of such a valuable topic. )

Gian Size 27 is available from 5by5.

15 Minutes With Matt Alexander

Alex Arena

What's behind creating a startup in the earliest stages? On this week's discussion with Matt Alexander of Need, we discuss the process of taking something from the seeds of an idea to assembling a near-finished product with the help of investors and a killer group of advisors.

It was a pleasure to join Alex Arena on his concise podcast, '15 Minutes With...'

On the show, we discussed my recent tease of my upcoming company, Need, and what it took to make the jump into the world of startups. 

As I continue to mention, I cannot wait to share more with you over the coming months. Need is an extremely exciting project and it's going to feel fantastic to be able to finally reveal what I've been working on — in its entirety.

15 Minutes with Matt Alexander is available from Que Broadcasting.