The Podium Project

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Ready, Set, Go, The Video Shows The Setup Process

You’ll be getting an email shortly that explains all but here is the video that explains how to set up the Podium (now PodDeus, but that’s another story) for the very first time.

Please list your comments below (on the setup process, not my video making skills).

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June 26, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, PodDeus, Podium | 11 Comments

No, Podium Doesn’t Work With Zune (At This Point)

A number of you have asked if Podium works with the Zune MP3 Player.

At this point, the answer is no.

I’ve communicated with some at Microsoft our desire to work with the product but haven’t heard back with any help yet.

If anyone at Microsoft would like to help us make Zune work with Podium, please let us know.

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June 1, 2007 Posted by | Podium | Leave a comment

First Minor Hiccup

Was about the release the how to video and unlock the Podiums today.

And we found something out.

The Podcast Secret player we were demoing with had a few problems.

The guess was that the “problem” came from removing the player from the Podium device prematurely.

O.k., it was me who did it.

And I ‘know’ what I’m doing.

So, we’re gonna test a bit more this weekend and see if a) that was what really caused it and b) see if we can come up with a fix.

I think we have a fix too 😉

I look forward to releasing the video.

Hang in there everyone.

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June 1, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants, Podium | Leave a comment

Learning Point #1 — Make Sure They Know The Risks

In this first stage of the Podium Beta Project, we were/are telling everyone to use the Podcast Secrets players.

That wasn’t enough.

One customer saw the iPod dock and docked her iPod.

At this point, no content, so it simply charged the iPod.

But, had we had content … it wouldn’t have been good.

The learning point is this. Make sure the audience understands what might happen if they don’t follow directions.

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June 1, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Podcast Secrets, Podium | Leave a comment

How To Get Into The Podium Beta Program For Free

This link at explains a way to get into the Podium Beta Program for free.

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April 25, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Podium | 3 Comments

50 Boxes In My Garage – Beta Test 1 Begins Next Week

I have 50 Casgle Podium boxes in my garage. We’ve been testing the box here at home and are ready to send to 50 involved in the beta program.

O.k., 49, I’m taking one box with me to Big Seminar to demo there. Will be interesting to see how it does behind the hotel firewall.

The 50 beta testers will be getting a combo of the entire Podcast Secrets class, as well as additional content to test this mechanism as a (premium) subscription content delivery paradigm. Program will run for three months. The question will be at the end of the three months – will they want to pay to keep the boxes, or return the boxes for their deposit.

We know the tech works – the question now is does this delivery mechanism “work” for content consumers (customers)?

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April 20, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Podcast Secrets, Podium | 1 Comment

Podium and the Podcast Secrets Test

In short, here is how it is going to work:

50 Podcast Secrets customers are going to get a Podium Box.

Every time they attach their Podcast Secrets MP3 player to the Podium Box, it will update them with the latest class.

No RSS, no iTunes, no muss, no fuss.

When the light flashes, they have a new class. They’ll put their player on the Podium and it will charge the player and fill it with new content.

Test 1 – Does it work?Completed – it works great.

Test 2 – Will they use it? – We’ll know in 3 months.

Test 3 – Will they want to keep the device? We’ll know in 3 months.

And we’ll track it all in this Blog.

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March 14, 2007 Posted by | Podcast Secrets, Podium | 3 Comments

The Podium Podcast Database

We’ve put the Podium database project on temporary hold until we deploy Podcast Secrets the most effective way possible.

We are also looking at the possibility of partnering with other directory providers instead of starting from scratch.

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March 14, 2007 Posted by | Podium | Leave a comment

Podium And Podcast Secrets

After possibly too much time deliberating, we’ve decided that for this round of our Podium testing, we’re going to simply work with a traditional USB ‘stick’ style MP3 player and put fears of proprietary systems on the shelf.

So, what does this mean in the real world?

Podcast Secrets is being sold a little differently than we thought. Every customer will get a custom MP3 player pre-loaded with the content from our 2006 East/West workshop, as well as some other great pieces of training content.

Dan Safkow of did the product design. See below:

Podcast Secrets MP3 Player

Podium works great with the iPod but the closed nature of Apple (and their ability to change the firmware at anytime) made it too risky on our first run.

We know how these MP3 players work – so updating them by the Podium Box makes so much sense.

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March 14, 2007 Posted by | Podcast Secrets, Podium | Leave a comment

Podium Uses?

In my article about Podium at my own blog, I mentioned several possible uses for Podium. Obviously the complete list is not contained there. Give us some creative suggestions for Podium uses and we’ll award the best suggestion (and more if they’re really good ;-)) with their own Podium device.

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January 24, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Podium | Leave a comment