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.
Nov 12 2021
Introducing: This Startup is being Recorded
Coming November 2021! New episodes every week. It's the one meeting you won't want to miss.
May 4 2022
E25 - The Finale!
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!!
Apr 27 2022
E24 - Easter Eggs and Embryo Eggs
Agenda:Stand up - some exciting and some disturbing newsTakeaways:Eric to add one more egg to the digital easter egg huntSet up a Rube Goldberg machine / human mouse trap in the officeKate and Thea to have a discussion, NOT as a part of SYT, about Kate’s choicesKate to do her daily exercises to remind herself that SYT is not her real family
Apr 20 2022
E23 - The Importance of Interviewing Interns
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 stayMatt follow through on idea of how to connect Melanie and JohnKate to remember to take breaksMelanie Hubbard was played by Jenny Kessler, who can be found online and in person doing improv with Letters to Chicken, Brad's Dad, and Babeprov. You can request to follow @JennyKessKlump on both Instagram and Twitter.
Apr 13 2022
E22- SYTizens United
Agenda:Executive Stand up!Takeaways:Reach out to Lifetime about a movie deal related to the Product Manager / Developer GDPR Love StoryCreate a fake Twitter account for an African dictator and use it to convince John to stop illegal logging and perhaps start a revolutionCreate new landing page to take money and data from couch buyers in new markets… it’s a growth strategyAs always, follow us on Twitter @StartupRecorded!
Apr 6 2022
E21 - When SXSW goes Wrong
Agenda:Recap of what’s been going on at SXSWTakeaways: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 incidentJot down ideas for next years SXSW - become the respite booth where you can have an excellent vomiting experience
Mar 30 2022
E20 - Fish are Friends, Not Food
Agenda:Executive StandupTakeaways:No one eat seafood! Except the office cat, they’re a contractor, so it’s OKEveryone create a top 12 list of people they care about and would like the cameras of their devices replaceInvestigate if we can geofence the new augmented reality experience to prevent people from putting couches in the middle of intersectionsEric - bring in your smart fridge and Nest thermostat to have the cameras replaced but do NOT say you’re bringing in the Nest in front of the Nest
Mar 16 2022
E19 - How Important is Privacy, Really?
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 backDuckDuckGo is about to be required in SYTThea to keep dealing with the John PR nightmareMarvin Janine Simpson is a businessman and raconteur with homes in Italy, Manhattan, and Detroit. He is not on social media, but would like to plug his primary investor: talented actor and comedian Declan Gallagher. You have find him on Instagram and Twitter @therealdeclang
Mar 2 2022
E18 - Freaky Friday
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 placesTakeaways:Thea and Matt can, shockingly, switch back 2.5 days ahead of scheduleMatt to work on getting new iPads for the Creative teamSomeone to call Verizon about the bonfire by their trucksMatt and Thea to start whiskey swaps
Feb 23 2022
E17 - Don't Confuse the CDN, CMS, and CRM!
Agenda:We’re ready to reveal the new company name!Also, Executive StandupTakeaways: Kate to keep wearing away at Francis’s fear of robotsTake away the pavlovian shock keyboards from the Support teamEric to create final report on covert supply chain QA testCreate a decriminalized typography zone for Tech and Creative to resolve conflicts inTry to subliminally convince John of different brand scents
Feb 16 2022
E16 - A Focus Group of One (w/ Adal Rifai)
Agenda:A user finally showed up to our weekly user interview session! Zach Lambic from Al Dente, WyomingTakeaways: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 sessionAdd “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 Mastiff’s Instagram accountZach is played by Adal Rifai. Adal is an improviser, podcaster, producer and writer in Chicago. He is the creator and host of Hey Riddle Riddle and plays Chunt on the podcast Hello From the Magic Tavern. You can find him on Twitter @adalrifai
Feb 9 2022
E15 - Three Matts, One Meeting
Agenda: Review pitches for branded content from Matt Matthews and Matt Matthews of Big Matt’s ContentTakeaways:Reach out to Matt and Matt, by letter, with our decisionMatt and Matt are going to meet with their lawyers… as alwaysWhoever sees John first (or ever again) tell them hi from everyoneMatt 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 Club podcast, an improv comedy podcast about movies that could be better. Find it on your favorite podcasting app or visit www.bettermovieclub.com for links.
Feb 2 2022
E14 - How to Review a Contract
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 roomKate to make some red lines with her red pensUpdates to the Delivery teams zombie apocalypse planning process to be updated.Eric and Matt to have discussions with David and Lars, respectively, about their “marital issues”
Jan 26 2022
E13 - GDPR, Account Deletion, and Disposable Couches
Agenda:Executive Stand upTakeaways:Pull all the embroidered couches and disposable couches - NOWContact Zola about pausing partnership temporarilySupport doesn’t get to handle account deletion requests for a little whileThea will be in Des Moines for the rest of the weekKate to make executive decision on the Dessert Machine vote
Jan 19 2022
E12 - Undercover Bosses for Hire (w/ Dr. London Smith and Cameron Clark)
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” sheetLook out for another Craigslist ad (depending on how John interprets the notes)Our guests today were Cameron Clark as Mr. Mister Voooo and Dr. London Smith as Frederick Lamar. They have their own character-based improvised comedy called the Jock Doc Podcast that’s an absurdist take on medical education podcasts. Links at JockDocPodcast.com.
Jan 12 2022
E11 - The Great Rebranding
If you're interested in the visuals for this episode, check them out on our Twitter @StartupRecordedAgenda: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 appsKate to read all the updated contracts NCIS sent overThea to reach out to the typeface contractor and work through their unique pricing, perhaps while at sea
Jan 5 2022
E10 - All PR is Good PR and Matt’s Peloton
Agenda:Clean up odds and ends from 2021Takeaways:Matt to have a gentle 1:1 with RachelMatt going to move his Peloton and get a telehealth visit and some EKGsComplete contracting regarding NCIS cameo
Dec 29 2021
E9 - Taxes are Due! Fuuuu...
Agenda:Emergency meeting (again)! Taxes are due we need our employer ID number from IowaTakeaways:Kate to complete taxesMatt taking a Lyft ASAP to the airportEveryone delete the medical records from their phoneThea to feed the office catSomeone to re-register Meta Market in Iowa
Dec 22 2021
E8 - A Retrospective meets Squid Game
Agenda:Share feelings - not about OKRs or goals - share your true feelingsTakeaways:Eric to lock down the website so Kate can’t change it anymoreKate to coordinate Zoom interview with up to 40 intern candidatesThea to decide whose made it on her best friend listStore Thea’s holiday couches in John’s office
Dec 15 2021
E7- Facebook Reaches Out
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 funKate to work with Phil to pull Bugsby out into it’s own legal entityEmail back Facebook! Drink some alcohol!
Dec 8 2021
E6 - Screaming Room Training (w/ Katie Overbey)
Agenda:Prep for screaming room training with Lindsay, who is here from BhutanTakeaways:Eric to make extra carpet square for JohnKate to share with Lindsay template for how to have 30 people share one toiletEveryone to send out the experience from the warm up (WITHOUT specific details) to their teams to encourage participationListen to Katie Overbey's podcast, Teach Me Something Good, which can be found at teachme.show