Season Two Wrap-up: What We've Learned

Season Two Wrap-up: What We've Learned

We’ve officially closed the book on Season Two of Stayin’ Alive in Tech, and, just like last season, we’ve put together some things you’ll find interesting: 


At some point it became cool to be pessimistic about Silicon Valley (yes, there is a lot of muck). And yet, we—and as we found out, our Podcast guests—overwhelmingly feel very optimistic about Silicon Valley, tech, and humanity’s possibilities in general. Here’s what’s building excitement for some of tech’s most brilliant leaders.


Our Season 2 guests have recommended (and written) some stellar books to add to your shelf. We’ve compiled them here in a Goodreads reading list so that you can find your next favorite. (Each guest’s recommendations are also listed in their episode show notes.)



Thank you all for bearing with me on some of the longer interviews in Season 1. I realized that perhaps we were dwelling a bit too long on the less tech industry parts of people’s lives. 
Although our season 2 episodes are still mostly close to an hour, they’re much more centered around tech with just enough backstory to give you some insight into each guest’s unique life story. It’s hard to do justice to a person’s career in thirty minutes, so we will still be a long-form podcast, but I’m doing a better job with structuring interviews to focus more on tech.”
— Melinda Byerley, Host of "Stayin' Alive in Tech"


What a year! Here are just a few stats about Stayin’ Alive in Tech to date:

  • 28 Episodes released

  • Had our first episode to be downloaded 1000+ times

  • Listeners in 50 countries

  • Website traffic up 300% Y/Y

  • Average consumption time is over 45 minutes! (proving that long-form has a following!)

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  • Six episodes have already been recorded for Season 3. The new season launches September 5, 2019, with guest Adam Nash, VP of Product for Dropbox.

  • Upcoming Guests include SEO Guru Rand Fishkin, Technology Veteran and Futurist Howard Rheingold, as well as hidden gem Jacqueline Harper, one of IBM’s first black women programmers in the 1970s.

  • Transcripts are now released with every episode, so if you’re in a hurry and just want to skim or read on your commute, enjoy!

  • We’ve added our show to Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Soundcloud, and Spotify.

  • We have filled our Season 3 dance card and have ten people on the waiting list for interviews. Consider a sponsorship to help cover our costs so we can publish more frequent episodes!

Rand Fishkin, joining us on September 19, 2019

Rand Fishkin, joining us on September 19, 2019

Jacqueline Harper (while working at IBM), joining us on October 3, 2019

Jacqueline Harper (while working at IBM), joining us on October 3, 2019



We’re committed to keeping this going on a bi-weekly basis as our labor of love and gift to our community; it’s not about being a profit center. Each episode, not counting Melinda’s time, costs us at least $750 in hosting, transcription, sound editing, episode page creation, publishing on multiple platforms, and graphics/social media marketing. Season three is entirely booked, with a waiting list of ten episodes. We could go to a weekly schedule, but we need help to do the work to keep our quality high and to keep getting the word out. Here’s how you can help:

  • We’re interviewing and being listened to by decision-makers in technology, marketing, and media. So consider a sponsorship for Season 3! We’re a young podcast and we’re loyal, so we’ll take good care of you. If your budget is small, we’re a super targeted fit.

  • Please review our show on any and all platforms where you listen. You know how algorithms work. Here are links to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher,iHeartRadio, Soundcloud, and Spotify

  • Share your favorite episodes. Tell the media about us. 

    Email 3 friends about us.

  • Shameless plug: Hire Timeshare CMO as your consultancy - we fund this podcast out of our profits, plus you’ll get world class, data-driven digital marketing expertise to help your company!

Adam Nash: "You Get What You Give”

Adam Nash: "You Get What You Give”

Laura Yecies: "Good Life"

Laura Yecies: "Good Life"