The Podfund team has been hard at work over the past few weeks, reading applications, talking to podcasters, sampling episodes, and pouring over business models.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that we have invested in three new creator-led media companies.
Srinivas Rao is a prolific writer, podcaster, and keynote speaker who shares our fascination with creators. Srini self-published a Wall Street Journal best-selling book which was later picked up by Penguin. He’s also a gifted interviewer and has conducted hundreds of interviews with subjects from all walks of life, from bank robbers to billionaires to presidential candidates. Listeners say, “If TEDtalks met Oprah you’d have The Unmistakable Creative.” He started his podcast in 2009 and has since published over 700 episodes. Srini plans to use Podfunding to improve his website and overall SEO and invest in video companion content.
New to The Unmistakable Creative? Check out this featured episode to get started:
Led by CEO Stacey Book, Fugitive Media is an audio storytelling company specializing in narrative and travel. The team is comprised of film and TV veterans who built the worldwide content slate for the immersive audio app Detour, which was founded by Andrew Mason and ultimately sold to Bose. Fugitive will produce a mix of original and branded content, starting with In The Gap for Audible — look out for the launch in Q4 of this year.
Dreamer Comics is a weekly podcast where host Omar Spahi interviews comic book creators, including writers, pencillers, inkers, colorists, letterers, editors or execs, to understand the stories behind the images. Omar is a serial entrepreneur — he’s a comic book writer and publisher himself, he produces films, and he operates a real estate business in Los Angeles. Omar approached Podfund in order to help turbo-charge marketing/sales efforts and to finance a docu-series.
New to Dreamer Comics? Check out this featured episode to get started:
We feel lucky to be working with such exceptional creators and are excited to keep you posted on their progress. Welcome to the Podfund family, Srini, Stacey, and Omar!
Applications for Podfund are open, and we make funding decisions on a rolling basis.