In the fall of 2012, the New York Times profiled the web radio industry as a growing, albeit largely unprofitable, industry that was poised to take over the world.
The site cited a few people, including Mark Karpeles, co-founder of WordPress and the former CEO of PayPal.
But it was only when it was revealed that a former colleague of Karpels’ was also an executive at a company called Web Radio that the story went national.
(I’m not linking to that article at this point, but I’m going to do so in a moment.)
Karpeled and his wife, Jane, who also worked for him, have spent the past three years on the podcast scene, with their first podcast, the web-radio-focused The Karpers, launching in March of this year.
Karpeltes is an entrepreneur by training.
He started podcasting in the early ’90s, after his first book, “How to Get a Job,” went to number one on Amazon’s bestseller list.
After a stint at Wired, he started Web Radio, the website he founded and ran until 2014, and is now the host of a new podcast called “A Year in the Life of the Karpelines,” with co-host Joe Mancuso.
The couple’s web-podcasting history is also an interesting one.
They were once married and have a daughter, both of whom are now grown.
“I’m really happy that they’ve chosen to do something that’s meaningful to them, that’s for them, and that’s what they want to do,” Karpeline told the New Yorker in 2013.
In the past year, the couple has also been featured in The New York Post, which describes them as “creators, entrepreneurs, and business owners.”
But their podcasting is also very much about making money.
“Our goal is to make money,” Jane Karpela said in the New Republic interview.
“We don’t want to just make money, we want to be profitable.”
Jane Kepel is a longtime podcast host, who began hosting on the site back in 2009.
She has also co-founded the website Podomatic, which launched in 2010.
Podomatic offers podcasting content to its listeners in the form of downloadable audio podcasts, and they’ve had more than 400,000 downloads in the last year.
“A lot of people in this industry, they don’t realize the true potential that it has for them,” Jane said.
“It’s just a new way to do podcasting.”
Podomatic has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past decade.
In 2015, Jane launched a podcast called The Best of Podomatic called “The Best of Podcasts.”
The show features guests who are guests on her podcast, including guests from The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
(You can listen to the entire show, including audio of guests discussing politics, the internet, and the Kardashians, at this link.)
Podomatic’s listenership has been steady for the last few years, and its growth has been driven by the show’s host.
“The most important thing for me is for people to feel like they’re actually connected to me, because I’m not just some celebrity, I’m also a very human person,” Jane told the Atlantic in 2017.
“If people feel like it’s an authentic relationship, then it’s a really powerful thing.”
It’s a sentiment that was echoed by Karpes.
“People talk about their relationships, but they don.
Podcasting has a very powerful way of connecting people to each other,” he told Wired in 2013, explaining how the show works.
The best part, he said, is that the show is free.
“Because you have this opportunity to create a community, it’s just like being a human being, and it’s like having a connection with a group of people.”
In 2017, Jane also launched Podomatic with the help of her husband, and has hosted on the show since.
(In October of 2017, The Karmeles sold the site and moved it to their home in San Francisco.)
Podmatic, which began hosting online in 2013 and now hosts over 10,000 podcasts, is a platform that can connect people around the world in ways that traditional podcasting can’t.
Jane Karmela and Joe Mascuso, who co-own Podomatic (right) with their wife, are both podcasters.
(Joe Mascos/Podomatic) Jane Karteles has spent the last three years hosting the Podomatic podcast, a podcast that focuses on technology and podcasts.
She’s also cofounder of Podologic, which hosts a number of podcast episodes that range from the best in technology, to the best-of podcasts, to classic podcasts.
The Kartels are both longtime podcasters, and Joe has been a host on Podomatic for about seven years.