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Dan Benjamin


Dan Benjamin is a podcaster, software developer, and writer. In early 2009, Dan became a full-time podcaster with the launch of, often called "NPR for Geeks" by its listeners. 5by5 quickly rose to become one of the top tech-focused pocast networks, drawing talent from all corners of the tech, gaming, productivity, and entertainment industries. Dan's podcasts have gone on to receive many millions of downloads, and have received several "Best of" awards from Apple Podcasts and other publications, and in 2001, Dan was named "The King of Apple Talk Radio" by Fortune Magazine. In 2016, in anticipation of the impending podcast boom and based on his many years of running a self-built podcast platform, Dan launched, the podcast hosting, anylitics, and distribution platform. Fireside has since grown to become one of the most widely used and trusted podcast platforms of its kind in the industry today.

Prior to his career in podcasting, Dan began coding and writing as a kid, eventually working as a corporate stooge in software development and IT, and becoiming both a CEO and CTO at several startups. As a writer, his articles have been published in O’Reilly, A List Apart, and numerous other publications. His educational screencasts are available on PluralSight and YouTube, where he teaches people about podcasting, technology, and development.

Dan co-founded a pre-Facebook social network for wine afficianados called Cork’d, which was acquired by Gary Vaynerchuk. As a new dad, he founded a website for parents called Playgrounder, which was acquired by He also created the Bacon Method website, which teaches people to make perfect bacon every time.

Dan is based in Austin, Texas.

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