This Startup is being Recorded

This Startup is being Recorded

This Startup is being Recorded is a mostly improvised, comedic audio drama that follows a few executives building, and sometimes destroying, a company. This startup is fake - you’re not listening to an audio documentary. These characters are not real - you won’t find them on LinkedIn. They are making this up as they go along - for startups, this is normal. New meetings are released weekly.

Episodes

May 4, 2022 36 min

This is the season finale for This Startup is being Recorded. Thank you for listening and stay tuned for Season 2!

Agenda:

  • None! This was unplanned! But then in the middle of the wedding we got an urgent email about the Series A!
  • Takeaways:

  • Happy, joy, celebration!!
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    Agenda:

  • Stand up - some exciting and some disturbing news
  • Takeaways:

  • Eric to add one more egg to the digital easter egg hunt
  • Set up a Rube Goldberg machine / human mouse trap in the office
  • Kate and Thea to have a discussion, NOT as a part of SYT, about Kate’s choices
  • Kate to do her daily exercises to remind herself that SYT is not her real family
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    Agenda:

  • Final update on the camera replacement project (to remove the WeWatch malware)
  • Introduction of new intern, Melanie Hubbard!
  • Takeaways:

  • Everyone review results of Melanie’s background check and vote on if we should offer her a position to stay
  • Matt follow through on idea of how to connect Melanie and John
  • Kate to remember to take breaks
  • Melanie Hubbard was played by Jenny Kessler, who can be found online and in person doing improv ...

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    April 13, 2022 35 min

    Agenda:

  • Executive Stand up!
  • Takeaways:

  • Reach out to Lifetime about a movie deal related to the Product Manager / Developer GDPR Love Story
  • Create a fake Twitter account for an African dictator and use it to convince John to stop illegal logging and perhaps start a revolution
  • Create new landing page to take money and data from couch buyers in new markets… it’s a growth strategy
  • As always, follow us on Twitter @StartupRecorded

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    April 6, 2022 33 min

    Agenda:

  • Recap of what’s been going on at SXSW
  • Takeaways:

  • Thea to do some social monitoring to see how beholden SYT will have to be to John’s promises (like carbon absorbing cushions, selling carbon credits, and having whole workforce - including drivers - work from home 50% of the time)
  • Reach out to DJ Khalid to propose a blood exchange to make up for the incident
  • Jot down ideas for next years SXSW - become the respite booth where you c...
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    March 30, 2022 32 min

    Agenda:

  • Executive Standup
  • Takeaways:

  • No one eat seafood! Except the office cat, they’re a contractor, so it’s OK
  • Everyone create a top 12 list of people they care about and would like the cameras of their devices replace
  • Investigate if we can geofence the new augmented reality experience to prevent people from putting couches in the middle of intersections
  • Eric - bring in your smart fridge and Nest thermostat to have the cameras replaced...
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    Agenda:

  • Melvin is here to discuss WeWatch, the software company he runs. WeWatch builds an exclusive meeting recording software. SYT has been testing WeWatch with a free trial the last week, and Melvin wants to come in for feedback.
  • Takeaways:

  • Matt to replace all the cameras for all devices the employees, their friends, their family, and acquaintances  
  • Weekly privacy meetings coming back
  • DuckDuckGo is about to be required in SYT
  • Thea to...
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    March 2, 2022 32 min

    Agenda:

  • John dictated that to solve the Creative and Tech team conflict, Thea and Matt should do a “Freaky Friday” (idea came from The Hard Thing about Hard Things) and switch places
  • Takeaways:

  • Thea and Matt can, shockingly, switch back 2.5 days ahead of schedule
  • Matt to work on getting new iPads for the Creative team
  • Someone to call Verizon about the bonfire by their trucks
  • Matt and Thea to start whiskey swaps
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    February 23, 2022 40 min

    Agenda:

  • We’re ready to reveal the new company name!
  • Also, Executive Standup
  • Takeaways: 

  • Kate to keep wearing away at Francis’s fear of robots
  • Take away the pavlovian shock keyboards from the Support team
  • Eric to create final report on covert supply chain QA test
  • Create a decriminalized typography zone for Tech and Creative to resolve conflicts in
  • Try to subliminally convince John of different brand scents
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    February 16, 2022 31 min

     Agenda:

  • A user finally showed up to our weekly user interview session! Zach Lambic from Al Dente, Wyoming
  • Takeaways:

  • Kate to figure out if the server room’s sprinklers are going, hope the company isn’t destroyed, and hope she doesn’t have to pull Matt out of his therapy session
  • Add “Wresting with Dog” as a human impact couch breaking test scenario 
  • Calathea and Zach to talk offline about paying for some sponsored content on Dominic the...
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    February 9, 2022 38 min

    Agenda: 

  • Review pitches for branded content from Matt Matthews and Matt Matthews of Big Matt’s Content
  • Takeaways:

  • Reach out to Matt and Matt, by letter, with our decision
  • Matt and Matt are going to meet with their lawyers… as always
  • Whoever sees John first (or ever again) tell them hi from everyone
  • Matt and Matt Matthews were played by Austin Weiford and Andrew Farley. You can hear them both with co-host Leah Morse on the Better Movie Cl...

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    February 2, 2022 31 min

    Agenda: 

  • Meta (Facebook) has sent over some terms for an agreement to buy the Meta Market name. We ran out of legal hours this month, so get to do the review ourselves.
  • Takeaways:

  • Thea and Matt to work together to tame the negative energy leaking out of the server room
  • Kate to make some red lines with her red pens
  • Updates to the Delivery teams zombie apocalypse planning process to be updated.
  • Eric and Matt to have discussions with David ...
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    Agenda:

  • Executive Stand up
  • Takeaways:

  • Pull all the embroidered couches and disposable couches - NOW
  • Contact Zola about pausing partnership temporarily
  • Support doesn’t get to handle account deletion requests for a little while
  • Thea will be in Des Moines for the rest of the week
  • Kate to make executive decision on the Dessert Machine vote
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    Agenda:

  • John called this meeting an hour ago and said there were two important people to meet. They have a pitch to make the company better… somehow?
  • Takeaways:

  • Everyone send feedback to Kate on Mr. Mister Vooo and Frederick Lamar. She’ll add it to her positives and negatives notes and send that to John.
  • Update the “prohibited words” sheet
  • Look out for another Craigslist ad (depending on how John interprets the notes)
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    January 12, 2022 40 min

    If you're interested in the visuals for this episode, check them out on our Twitter @StartupRecorded

    Agenda:

  • Review proposal from Creative for new names - start saying goodbye to Meta Market!
  • Takeaways:

  • Consider the name ideas… must decide on something soon.
  • Reconsider partnerships with dating apps
  • Kate to read all the updated contracts NCIS sent over
  • Thea to reach out to the typeface contractor and work through their unique prici...
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    Agenda:

  • Clean up odds and ends from 2021
  • Takeaways:

  • Matt to have a gentle 1:1 with Rachel
  • Matt going to move his Peloton and get a telehealth visit and some EKGs
  • Complete contracting regarding NCIS cameo
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    December 29, 2021 31 min

    Agenda:

  • Emergency meeting (again)! Taxes are due we need our employer ID number from Iowa
  • Takeaways:

  • Kate to complete taxes
  • Matt taking a Lyft ASAP to the airport
  • Everyone delete the medical records from their phone
  • Thea to feed the office cat
  • Someone to re-register Meta Market in Iowa
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    December 22, 2021 30 min

    Agenda:

  • Share feelings - not about OKRs or goals - share your true feelings
  • Takeaways:

  • Eric to lock down the website so Kate can’t change it anymore
  • Kate to coordinate Zoom interview with up to 40 intern candidates
  • Thea to decide whose made it on her best friend list
  • Store Thea’s holiday couches in John’s office
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    December 15, 2021 29 min

    Agenda:

  • Emergency! Email from Facebook/Meta’s legal counsel! Will explain more in meeting!
  • Takeaways:

  • No one disturb Creative team for the next week, no matter what noises you hear from behind the privacy curtain. 
  • Eric to send everyone the video of John getting stuck in a couch, just for fun
  • Kate to work with Phil to pull Bugsby out into it’s own legal entity
  • Email back Facebook! Drink some alcohol! 
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    Agenda:

  • Prep for screaming room training with Lindsay, who is here from Bhutan

  • Takeaways:

  • Eric to make extra carpet square for John
  • Kate to share with Lindsay template for how to have 30 people share one toilet
  • Everyone to send out the experience from the warm up (WITHOUT specific details) to their teams to encourage participation
  • Listen to Katie Overbey's podcast, Teach Me Something Good, which can be found at teachme.show
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