Akarsh Sanghi is an engineer & designer born and brought up in New Delhi, India. Previously he was leading the Growth & Card product teams at N26 Bank in Berlin until August 2019. Having joined the N26 team in the early days, he was responsible for the growth of the product across European & US markets. He also helped set up a new product and engineering hub for N26 in Barcelona and led the product teams to launch N26 You & N26 Metal. Before that he worked on special projects at The Studio - a new kind of an innovation studio set up in collaboration with IDEO & Zalando in Berlin. He holds a Master's degree from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. In early 2020 he co-founded his own company with Udit Gupta and raised initial seed capital from Y Combinator.
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In today’s episode of the podcast, we speak with Patrick Hill, CEO and founder at Disctopia, a podcast hosting & streaming service dedicated to artists, podcasters, film directors, & content creatives.
Hill starts us off by sharing how he founded Disctopia after his friend asked him to burn CDs for him. This set Hill on a path that would lead him to create Disctopia which focuses on empowering content owners with transparent data and fair payments.
Hill also talks about his history of selling mixtapes in high school. And we discuss the transition from physical CDs to streaming and digital content, followed by the rapid shift in the music industry and the rise of streaming platforms.
Additionally, Hill talks about the play on words in the name ”Disctopia” and how the concept of ”freedom to distribute yourself” is encapsulated in the name.
Hill then goes on to highlight how Disctopia sets itself apart from the competition, stating the fair payment practices that help it shine compared to mainstream platforms like Spotify.
We also talk about predictions for the podcasting industry, with Hill advocating that audio is the future of communication. He believes that the expansion of podcasting will evolve beyond entertainment into various communication uses. And he also believes that we will see a rise in tracking engagement thanks to AI technology.
Finally, Hill shares his future plans for Disctopia. He advocates that the company will look to expand into other industries, and plans on carrying out innovations in the distribution of audio and video content. Along with an emphasis on providing more details engagement metrics to content owners.
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