DEEP SUMMARY - The Influencer Economy_ How to Launch Your Idea, Share It with the World, and Thrive in the Digital Age - Ryan Williams

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• The book The Influencer Economy aims to help people launch ideas, share them with the world, and thrive in the digital age. It presents lessons learned from successful influencers and entrepreneurs.

• The author noticed that conferences were celebrating the new Influencer Economy but no one was telling the stories of the successful people in it. He launched a podcast to interview these influencers and entrepreneurs.

• The 3 primary steps to success in the Influencer Economy are launch, share, and thrive. The book presents 10 key principles based on the influencers' stories.

• The author wrote the book for people with an idea or product launch who want to learn how to become part of the Influencer Economy. It provides a framework and actions they can take.

• The author shares his own experiences of dealing with rejection as a stand-up comedian. Comedy taught him that rejection is part of life and that pursuing a passion requires hard work.

• Relationships were key to his success. After giving up his comedy career, his wife helped him manage his depression and fire on more cylinders. Through film work, he learned that "who you know" is important.

In summary, the key message of the excerpt is that the Influencer Economy book aims to help people launch and share ideas by presenting lessons learned from successful influencers and entrepreneurs, focusing on key steps and principles to guide readers' own ideas and projects. The author shares his personal experiences to illustrate the value of persevering through rejection and the importance of relationships and networking.

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The author's experiences in the film and entertainment industry in Los Angeles taught them two valuable lessons:

  1. Networking and building relationships is key to success in business and life. Connections and a professional network open doors and provide opportunities.

  2. Business and life is a "long term game" where persistence and outlasting competitors is important. Those who keep pursuing their goals while others quit will find success in the long run.

These experiences led the author to jobs in technology startups and the emerging influencer economy. They saw firsthand how influencers were transforming media and technology industries through social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

The author eventually decided to write a book about the influencer economy to share these lessons. They created a podcast interviewing over 100 experts and influencers to gain insights for the book. Many listeners volunteered to help edit and improve the book.

The book's framework consists of three steps: Launch, Share, and Thrive. Each step has multiple chapters focused on philosophies and strategies for building influence in the digital age.

The key takeaway is that influencers started and launched their ideas first. They emphasize getting started now, even making mistakes, rather than waiting for the "big stage." By practicing early, one can be ready when opportunities arise.

In summary, the text highlights the importance of networking, persistence, taking risks and action early, and learning from the examples of current influencers as keys to success in the influencer economy. The author's book aims to share these lessons and provide a framework to help others build influence.

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The passage recommends crafting a big vision around your passions to achieve success. Starting small with tangible projects can help bring your big vision to life.

It highlights the story of the Vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green, who created YouTube videos as an experiment that turned into a thriving community called Nerdfighters. Their initial year-long video blogging project became the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel.

Crafting a big vision involves:

  • Finding what drives you and your values
  • Honing your big goal while starting small with initial projects
  • Forgetting perfection and just starting to create

The Vlogbrothers' vision evolved over time as their community and ideas grew. Hank describes their goal as "decreas[ing] suck and increas[ing] awesome." They aim to solve real world problems through creativity and interesting projects.

In summary, crafting and sharing a big vision around your passions can help inspire others and enable you to achieve success in the Influencer Economy. Starting small projects that support your vision can get you moving in the right direction.

The key takeaway is to craft a big vision, however imperfect initially, and start taking small actions that build momentum towards that vision. Your ideas and community will evolve over time.

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• Hank and John Green created VidCon, an annual online video conference that brings together 20,000 content creators, the YouTube community, and industry executives. It started small and has grown large.

• Their Project for Awesome initiative since 2007 has rallied YouTubers to make videos highlighting charities, raising over $1 million for causes., launched in 2010, provides merchandise selling and licensing for YouTube creators.

• Hank waited to monetize his channel before developing projects to help creators and charities, focusing first on nurturing his community and building a connection.

• VidCon aims to serve underserved communities on YouTube, empowering diverse creators and fans.

• Crash Course and SciShow, educational YouTube channels created by the brothers, rely on viewer donations while aiming to improve science learning, especially for women.

• They launched the crowdfunding site Subbable to help fund creators before it was acquired by Patreon.

• Their vision is to "make the world suck less" through creative outlets that empower online communities and enable creators to make "cool stuff." Hank finds satisfaction in building the tools and teams to enable this creativity.

In summary, Hank and John Green's large visions for projects like VidCon and initiatives like Project for Awesome start small and grow organically by nurturing their community, the Nerdfighters, focusing first on building a sincere connection and relevant content before monetizing. Their larger goal seems to empower underserved online communities and diverse creators through these creative outlets and charitable initiatives.

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Lesson 1: Find What Drives You The first step is to find your passion or what truly motivates you. It's this passion that will fuel you to build something great. You need to identify:

  • Who inspires you: Study pioneers in your field to learn from them and guide your journey.

  • Your community ("Nerdfighters"): Find the people who will support and collaborate with you, and who you can inspire in turn.

  • If you can build influence: Assess if you can build an audience around your passion and address an actual need.

You should join communities related to your passion as early as possible.

Lesson 2: Determine Your Values You need to define the values you represent to build your vision and mission. Your values may evolve over time but writing them down early helps:

  • Consider what you don't want your vision to be to help clarify what you do want.

  • Don't stress if your values aren't set yet, they will crystallize over time. You can work backwards by defining them after you've started working on your idea.

The key takeaways are to find your passion and motivation, identify who inspires you and who your community is, assess if you can build influence in that area, and define the values you represent to shape your vision. Don't worry if everything isn't perfectly clear yet, your vision and values will evolve as you work on your idea and engage your community.

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  1. Crafting your vision is important, but don't get too caught up in it initially. Start with your passion and let your vision develop over time.

  2. Determine your values by writing down initial values, deciding if your idea is a career opportunity, mapping out long-term goals, and exploring the big vision.

  3. Your big vision is the end goal. Keep it simple and stick to it. Adjust it over time as needed.

  4. When starting out, specific goals can limit you. Experimenting can uncover better goals.

  5. Don't worry about being perfect initially. Getting started and improving over time is more important.

  6. People will forgive mistakes as you go. "Done is better than perfect."

  7. Find a home for your vision on the Internet and start building community early. A minimum viable product can help prove your idea.

In summary, crafting an elaborate vision from the start is less important than just pursuing your passion and letting your vision develop organically. Focus on getting started, experimenting, improving over time, and building community to support your idea. Perfection is not the goal - progress and momentum are.

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The concept of an MVP or minimum viable product refers to creating the simplest version of an idea to validate demand and learn quickly. Rather than build a perfect product initially, companies create a basic version to start generating feedback.

To achieve an MVP, focus on the essential elements of your idea and ship it. Remember "done is better than perfect."

The Vlogbrothers pursued many projects over the years that all supported their overarching vision. Projects like VidCon, DFTBA, and Crash Course aligned with their vision of inclusiveness, community involvement, and educational value.

You can define your vision first and then build projects that align with it, or start with an idea and have a bigger vision emerge from it. Either way, you need to create something on a platform while also having a big vision.

To fulfill your own vision, you can brainstorm project ideas, choose one that best aligns with your vision, and then think of smaller supporting projects.

The author's big vision was writing a book about the Influencer Economy. The smaller milestone of launching a podcast helped him gather material and build credibility to make the book a reality. He published the podcast regularly, even when imperfect, to follow the "done is better than perfect" mindset.

In summary, an MVP helps quickly test ideas. For a bigger vision, multiple aligned projects can bring it to life in different ways. Smaller supporting projects help execute the bigger vision.

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The author began creating a podcast in 2013 to profile creators and entrepreneurs. Though the author was inexperienced, they launched the podcast anyway and were able to book interesting guests and build a community.

The key is to pick the right platform that fits your vision. The author chose podcasting as the platform to achieve their goal of writing a book. They recommend focusing on platforms that build subscribers rather than followers.

The story of Chris Hardwick is used as an example. Hardwick felt unfulfilled by his TV hosting jobs and turned to things that made him happy, like nerd culture. He launched a blog, Twitter, and eventually a podcast focused on nerd culture called The Nerdist Podcast.

Hardwick's personality and point of view as an "artful nerd" helped differentiate his platform. The Nerdist Podcast featured interesting guests and became successful, paving the way for Hardwick's media company Nerdist Industries.

In summary, the key lessons are to hone your vision, pick the right platform to achieve it, focus on building subscribers, and leverage your own personality and point of view to differentiate your platform. Chris Hardwick's story demonstrates how an authentic platform can reinvent your career.

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• Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast attracts interesting guests because Chris is a good interviewer who has personal and thoughtful conversations that reveal more about the guest as a person.

• Podcasting is an intimate medium that has built Nerdist a loyal following of over 400,000 listeners per episode.

• Nerdist interviews are never confrontational or sensationalistic; Chris guides the discussion with his listeners' curiosity in an appreciative way.

• Nerdist grew from a blog and basic podcast to a multi-channel network with different shows, podcasts, and a presence in television.

• Nerdist's success is due to Chris' collaboration with partners and an overall upbeat tone.

• Chris launched Nerdist by focusing on his interests, which allowed him to create a unique point of view that resonated with fans.

• Nerdist fans became Chris' marketers, community builders, and partners who helped fund and promote the business.

• The Nerdist brand defined the kind of content Chris produced and attracted like-minded fans.

• Chris sold Nerdist to Legendary Entertainment to focus more on creative work while maintaining control.

• Legendary's acquisition of Smart Girls and Geek & Sundry helped those networks grow by associating with Nerdist.

• Chris and Felicia Day's successes show the importance of launching what you love, even if it seems niche, as that passion resonates with fans.

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• Felicia Day found success by launching her own series on YouTube and embracing her individuality. Her YouTube channel Geek & Sundry grew from one series to 30 shows and attracted sponsors like Microsoft.

• It is still possible for talented individuals to achieve success by establishing themselves on digital platforms, as Felicia and Chris Hardwick did. But it requires establishing a clear identity and goals.

• Chris Hardwick launched his Nerdist podcast and built it into a 60+ person company over time. His personality and interests in "nerd culture" became a defining part of his brand.

• To fulfil your vision when building a platform, you need to determine what you can uniquely do better than anyone else and what category you can lead and define online. Your personality is your competitive edge.

• Choosing the right platform is important. It should enable you to produce consistent, regular content and gain subscribers. Examples include podcasts, blogs, videos, newsletters and crowdfunding sites. Focus on platforms that produce actual content, not just social media.

That sums up the key takeaways regarding launching one's own platform, picking the right platform, and the importance of personality and a clear vision and goals to stand out. The examples of Felicia Day and Chris Hardwick are used to illustrate these points.

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  • Produce evergreen content that will last over time, not just topical content related to current events. Evergreen content is timeless and will continue to be relevant.

  • Pick one platform to start with - a blog, podcast, YouTube channel, etc. Starting small and building from there is more manageable.

  • Find a gap in the market that you can fill with your content or platform. Create something unique that others are not already doing well.

  • Treat your platform like a job - put in the effort and consistency to build it up. Make people's lives easier by solving their problems.

  • Follow the "Naming Rule of Four" - keep your name and logo short and concise, ideally 4 syllables or less.

  • Google your potential name to check for competition. Make sure you can own the search results for your name.

  • Design a logo that would look good on a t-shirt - something social and sharable.

  • Buy your domain name - this makes your idea more concrete and real. Owning your domain means finding your place in your niche and making your idea happen.

  • Take small steps like choosing a name, buying a domain and creating content to help you accomplish larger goals for your platform.

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Here's a summary of the key points regarding purchasing a web domain:

  1. Buying a domain name for your project or idea can be empowering and allow you to secure the name before someone else takes it. It only costs around $12 so the cost is relatively small.

  2. The .com domain is preferable since people are more likely to click on that versus .net, .ly, etc. Pick a simple domain name that your non-technical friends and family would understand.

  3. If the .com version of your desired domain is not available, think of alternative names or include your city name to get a .com (e.g.

The broader lesson is that taking ownership of small tasks like booking your own gigs and purchasing domains can be an important first step in starting your project, as Jay-Z did early in his career. It demonstrates initiative, control, and commitment.

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Alan Sepinwall self-published his book The Revolution Was Televised with little difficulty due to the community he had built around his television criticism website. He received advice on the book's look and feel from Emmy Award-winning TV writer evine. A company helped convert the manuscript to e-book format for under $100. A freelance illustrator designed the cover.

While Alan describes his success as "luck," it actually comes from building a habit-forming product as recommended by author Nir Eyal. Alan created valuable content for an engaged community for years before considering a book.

Though Alan's reach differs from self-published authors Tucker Max and Willie Geist, they all promoted their books aggressively to rally their communities and achieve success. Alan leveraged his social media following and Bill Simmons' podcast to promote his book.

In summary, Alan's book succeeded because of the foundation he laid for years by providing free, valuable content to build and engage a loyal community. When the book was ready, he was not shy about asking supporters, fans and fellow writers to promote and review the book. This Jay Z Effect of "booking your own gigs" helped drive sales.

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The passage discusses Alan Sepinwall's experience self-publishing and promoting his book, The Revolution Was Televised, after initially being rejected by traditional book publishers. The key points are:

• Alan's blog, What's Alan Watching?, had a large audience but book publishers failed to recognize his platform. They rejected his book proposal.

• Alan self-published his book and used his online community to promote it. He booked his own publicity and arranged for reviews.

• The New York Times reviewed and praised Alan's self-published book. This helped drive sales and challenged the policy against reviewing self-published works.

• After the positive reviews, traditional publishers wanted to sign Alan's book. He ended up signing with Simon & Schuster.

• The author notes that dealing with rejection is an important lesson. Successful people face rejection all the time but how they respond defines their success. Bypassing gatekeepers through self-publishing, crowdfunding, etc. can be a path to success.

• The author shares that 15 publishers also rejected the proposal for his own book, The Influencer Economy. After considering traditional vs self-publishing, he decided to self-publish and launch the book himself, in line with influencer economy principles.

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  1. Alan Sepinwall self-published his book after realizing that the traditional publishing model was broken. Self-publishing offered him high risk and high reward.

  2. To self-publish successfully, Alan had to build a launch team to handle all the tasks needed, from editing to marketing. He delegated responsibilities to his team.

  3. Alan rallied his friends to support him and provide feedback during the launch. He formed a "friend list" email group to keep them updated and engaged.

  4. The "Benihana Rule" refers to sharing your work and launch process with friends, like sharing a meal experience together. This helps make your ideas stronger through feedback and builds a community to support your launch.

  5. Actions Alan took include: itemizing tasks, creating a launch team matrix, writing his friend list, and keeping them updated via email. This helps ensure accountability and prevents working in isolation.

The key lessons are that to launch an idea, you need: 1) A launch team to handle tasks efficiently 2) Support and feedback from your friends and community 3) To avoid working in isolation and instead collaborate and share your progress

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The text discusses how Nir Eyal built a following for his ideas on habit-forming products. Nir originally started blogging on his site Nir and Far out of personal curiosity. His blog posts analyzing consumer psychology and habit formation gradually started attracting a following.

After building up content on his blog over 2.5 years, Nir had enough material for a book. He self-published an e-book version of Hooked, organizing his blog posts into chapters. The e-book attracted the attention of editor Ryan Hoover who helped organize and refine the content into a formal book.

Nir took an unconventional route to publication, self-publishing an e-book first and then a printed book. This allowed him to constantly revise and improve the content based on reader feedback. The book eventually became a bestseller after being picked up by a traditional publisher.

The text uses Nir's example to illustrate how influencers can build communities and followings around their ideas through platforms like blogs. Nir broke traditional publishing rules by openly sharing his content and involving his readers in refining his ideas, which helped him reach a wider audience for his book.

In summary, the key points are: Nir built up a following by blogging about habit formation and consumer psychology; he organized his blog posts into an e-book and then a self-published book; Nir's unconventional publishing route improved the book based on reader feedback; and Hooked eventually became a bestseller after being picked up by a major publisher.

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The chapter advocates adopting new technology early and often. It argues that early adopters have an advantage in the Influencer Economy. They embrace technology as a tool and aren't afraid to try new things.

The author profiles Freddie Wong as an example of an early adopter. Freddie started by posting guitar-playing and gaming videos on his YouTube channel in 2006. Though he had limited budgets, he embraced his "inner nerd" and created authentic content for his audience.

Collaborations with other YouTubers helped Freddie expand his audience and reach new communities. In 2011, he cofounded RocketJump Studios to produce more sophisticated content. He launched the ambitious web series Video Game High School to showcase his storytelling abilities.

Overall, the key takeaways are that early adopters see technology as a mindset and philosophy. Their curiosity helps them leverage online tools to successfully launch ideas with little resources. Moving quickly on new technology doesn't require technical expertise, just a willingness to experiment and try things out.

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  • Freddie Wong launched the Video Game High School web series on YouTube which required crowdfunding via Kickstarter to finance.

  • Freddie was an early adopter of crowdfunding for film projects and helped establish it as a legitimate option.

  • His transparency about how funds would be used and perks offered to backers helped build trust and earn him more money.

  • The series brought Freddie many new subscribers and fans, establishing him as a celebrity in geek culture.

  • Freddie personalizes technology by educating and mentoring his audience through behind the scenes channels.

  • Freddie's success bucks traditional entertainment industry norms by leveraging technology to create and distribute content himself rather than going through studios.

  • Growing an audience that enjoys your content is Freddie's fundamental goal rather than profit, showing how the Internet has redefined notions of celebrity.

  • Freddie benefitted from arriving early on YouTube before more competition, but he continues to adopt new technologies to reach audiences.

In summary, Freddie Wong used crowdfunding, mentorship, and new technology adoption to create and distribute his Video Game High School series himself, building a large audience and celebrity status through YouTube and geek culture.

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  1. Freddie Wong was an early adopter of YouTube and built an audience before many other creators. He then adopted crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter early on to raise money for his projects.

  2. Early adoption gives advantages like less competition, being seen more often and building an audience from the ground floor.

  3. Freddie collaborated with other early YouTube creators like DeStorm Power and Shane Dawson which helped all of them grow their audiences. Collaborating with fellow early adopters is important when a tech platform is new.

  4. To adopt new technologies early, you should research new platforms, get comfortable with technology, register for social media accounts, and write blog posts to share your vision.

  5. When you leverage technology, you can empower a large community of supporters and fellow influencers. High School Series raised $2 million by engaging fans.

  6. The author adopted podcasting early which helped his show grow and attracted guests. Being an early adopter gave him an advantage before podcasts became very mainstream.

In summary, the key takeaway is that early adoption of new technologies and platforms can give you a big head start in building an audience and community. By moving quickly and collaborating with others early on, you can leverage technology to empower and grow your idea.

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Having an email list is extremely valuable for business. An email list allows you to communicate directly with your community and keep them updated on your progress. Email engagement is still high, with people spending over 11 hours per week checking their inboxes.

You should start building your email list as soon as possible, even when just getting started. Add a feature to your website to collect email addresses from visitors.

Growing an email list involves giving people value in exchange for their email. This could be in the form of free content, resources, videos, or an ebook. Providing free value consistently will build loyalty over time.

Once you have an email list, you can then provide paid offerings to those subscribers who have come to trust and support you. An email list can help turn people into long term customers.

In summary, an email list allows you to personally connect with and reward your supporters. It gives you a direct line of communication that your audience engages with regularly. Start collecting emails now, even if just a few at first, and provide value in exchange.

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  1. Authenticity means finding your true voice, embracing your vulnerabilities, and standing up for your ideas. It is important for building community.

  2. Many successful people in the Influencer Economy have found their authentic voice, not by passively hoping others will recognize it, but by taking risks and being open to criticism.

  3. The author's mother encouraged her to "be herself" and not follow the crowd. She says authenticity comes from embracing what makes you uniquely you.

  4. In the Influencer Economy, personality is powerful and individuals have influence. Authentic people with strong communities can challenge large companies.

  5. You cannot buy authenticity - you have to earn it through self-discovery and being true to yourself. Finding your authentic voice enables you to make your own choices.

  6. An example is given of a podcaster who connected with his audience by sharing stories of his past struggles. This allowed him to authentically connect with his podcast guests.

In summary, the key message is that authenticity comes from finding and embracing your true self. It enables you to build community and gain influence in the digital world. The author encourages readers to take risks and be open in order to discover their authentic voice.

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  • Marc Maron hosts the popular WTF podcast, which records in his garage at his home in Los Angeles.

  • President Obama surprised Maron by scheduling an appearance on his podcast. Maron was initially skeptical that Obama would actually come.

  • The Obama episode was a major sign of recognition for podcasting and showed that the medium had achieved mainstream acceptance.

  • Maron's conversational style with guests is thoughtful and probing, helped by his own willingness to share personal struggles and honesty. This authenticity resonates with listeners.

  • Maron and his producer Brendan McDonald, who have worked together since Maron's early radio show, have a complementary dynamic that helped build the WTF podcast.

  • Maron prepared for the Obama interview by reading his memoir and asking direct questions. Obama appreciated Maron's garage setting and admitted he never imagined being president and doing an interview with a comedian.

  • Maron's transparency about his failed marriages and other struggles has been a significant factor for listeners who relate to his honesty. This authenticity helps build communities.

The key takeaways are that Maron's success comes from his authenticity, openness about struggles, and ability to have thoughtful yet probing conversations with guests. His longstanding partnership with McDonald also helped build the WTF podcast into a major media property.

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  1. Marc Maron achieved authenticity on his WTF podcast by being open and honest about his personal life and struggles. He shared details of his past marriages and divorces, breakups, and even his cats' lives with listeners.

  2. His authenticity and rawness helped him land a high-profile interview with President Obama on the WTF podcast. Maron was able to ask Obama personal and intimate questions due to his own candid nature.

  3. Maron's interviewing style focuses on developing a real connection and rapport with his guests quickly. He shares his honest thoughts and perceptions with them, which prompts equally open responses.

  4. Maron avoids pushing an agenda in his interviews and lets the conversations go in organic directions. This helps his high-profile guests feel comfortable opening up on his show.

  5. Initially, WTF focused on building an audience first before monetizing the podcast. Maron used social media and relied on donations from listeners. Gradually, sponsors and advertisers were able to reach the WTF audience.

In summary, Marc Maron achieves authenticity on his WTF podcast through his open and honest sharing about his personal life, as well as his interviewing style that connects with guests in a real and natural way. He built an audience first and monetized later through sponsors and advertisers who wanted to reach that audience.

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The passage advocates the importance of authenticity in creating compelling content. Marc Maron's podcast "WTF" is cited as an example of authentic content that resonates with listeners. Some key points:

• Authentic people who share their unique perspective can create the most impactful content. Marc Maron speaks openly and honestly on his show, forming an intimate bond with listeners.

• The success of "WTF" is due to Marc's willingness to let listeners into his world and be vulnerable about his personal life and flaws. He interviews famous guests but also shares details about himself.

• Marc records his show in his garage, which feels unprofessional but accessible. He openly admits his faults and imperfections, talking about his drug use and divorces.

• Marc gets his guests to open up and share vulnerably, which sets the tone for candid interviews. He is not afraid to make guests uncomfortable.

• Marc develops an authentic bond with his listeners by giving them nicknames like "What the Fuckers". This makes the community feel like part of something bigger.

The key takeaways around authenticity are to find your "big picture" self by thinking about what you stand for, determine if you can be honest and vulnerable to connect with others, and express your unique passions related to your platform. The author shares his own experience finding authenticity through stand-up comedy.

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  1. Failure is an important part of the process. You will likely fail at first and get heckled, but that teaches you valuable lessons that help you succeed later. Even comedians who are great at improv had to start somewhere.

  2. Stay agenda-free and focus on building community, not pushing a product or agenda. Have the motives of your community in mind, not just your own goals. Take the long view.

  3. Be honest and open. Find the truth in what you do and share that with your community. Observations and reactions that are honest will authentically connect you with others.

  4. Build community first, then monetize later. In the beginning, focus on developing your idea and growing your audience. Money will come over time if your community finds value in what you offer.

The key takeaway is that an authentic voice and community starts by being honest, open and agenda-free. Grow your community organically by focusing on serving them, not selling to them. Even failure and rejection early on can teach valuable lessons and prepare you for future success.

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The majority of participants in the study, like Marc Maron, were unable to directly monetize their ideas or platforms in the early stages. It took years for them to build up a large enough audience and community to support their projects and ideas.

Marc initially bootstrapped his podcast for years before generating substantial revenue. He had income from his comedy to cover his expenses while building up his podcast community. Eventually, in 2013 when his following had grown, he was able to monetize through selling books, comedy tours, and his TV show.

The author advises against quitting your job too early to pursue your idea. It takes time to refine your product and find 'product-market fit'. Having a job allows you to support yourself while building your community and product over time.

The text outlines two key ways to collaborate in the Influencer Economy:

1) Community collaboration - Working together with your community to grow it brick by brick. Collecting emails, interacting regularly, and incorporating their feedback improves your work.

2) Influencer collaboration - Partnering with influencers in your field, which gives you credibility and exposes your work to their larger audience. This helped the author gain more listeners for his podcast.

The example of Bill Simmons is given, who grew a large collaborative community as a sports writer and columnist. This influence helped him launch successful podcasts where he could share his brand with others.

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• Bill Simmons started out writing an amateur sports column called "Boston Sports Guy" on AOL's Digital City in 1997, taking an outsider and fan's perspective on sports. He embraced his outsider standing rather than trying to write like a traditional sports columnist.

• Simmons built a community of readers who related to his sarcastic and conversational style. He used formats like mailbags and running diaries to engage with readers and hone his craft.

• Though Simmons' column gained popularity, he struggled financially and considered quitting in 2000 at age 30. But he stuck with it through what author Seth Godin calls "the Dip," a period of temporary setback that can be overcome with persistence.

• Simmons' infamous "running diary" column criticizing the ESPY awards in 2000 put him on ESPN's radar, eventually leading him to a job there and greater success. His experience shows the power of community collaboration and embracing an outsider perspective to break into a traditional media industry.

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Bill Simmons' career and community grew through various collaborations and opportunities. When readers started emailing his sports columns to friends, his audience began to grow. ESPN saw his potential and offered him writing assignments that changed his career trajectory.

ESPN's offer of a permanent column and the "Sports Guy" name allowed Bill to reach a national audience. His unconventional voice and honesty engaged readers and boosted ESPN's traffic. Some were offended by his humor but others appreciated it.

Bill had a chance to write for Jimmy Kimmel's late night show but missed sports and returned to ESPN. He launched The B.S Report podcast in 2007 which reached millions of listeners weekly. Guests on the show often saw a boost in their own careers, known as the "Simmons Bump."

Bill used his influence and platform to help others thrive. He helped produce ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series and brought on writers and filmmakers he trusted. Having influencers on his show at the start helped grow his audience, and he then returned the favor by boosting the careers of his podcast guests.

In summary, collaboration and opportunities with larger companies helped Bill Simmons build his audience and career. In turn, he was able to use his influence and platform to help others succeed through the "Simmons Bump."

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  • Bill Simmons collaborated with Brian Koppelman to create a 30 for 30 film about Jimmy Connors. This collaboration began with a simple email exchange and Simmons' hands-off approach as a producer.

  • Simmons helped build the Grantland network by hiring talented writers and podcasters like Jonah Keri based on their fit with his sensibilities, not a corporate strategy. His "no assholes" rule guided hiring.

  • Simmons' collaborators and employees were generous with their time, willing to help newer creators like the author of this text.

  • Despite Simmons' success at ESPN, he was suspended for criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This led to Simmons leaving ESPN and starting his own media company.

  • Simmons' career demonstrates the power of community collaboration, working with others to grow an audience, and outside collaboration, partnering with bigger companies to expand further.

  • The key lesson is to embrace your outsider standing and authentic voice early on. Simmons found success by writing about sports from the perspective of a normal fan, not a traditional journalist. His distinct voice stood out.

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Here is a summary of the key lessons from Bill Simmons' career:

  1. Embrace your outsider standing. Bill had no access to athletes or journalists, so he had to find his own edge and voice. This outsider status helped him build a following by pioneering a new journalistic voice.

  2. Hone your craft while building community. Bill embraced his personality, wrote like an independent fan, sacrificed money to pursue his vision, collaborated with friends who spread his work, got experience writing online early, and continually built his community.

  3. Get your reps before you're famous. Bill practiced writing and podcasting when no one was watching in the early days. This gave him an advantage when those platforms became popular.

  4. Grow your profile and community with new jobs. Landing a better job at ESPN gave Bill national exposure and accelerated his growth. Partnering with a larger company can help your idea.

In summary, Bill succeeded by embracing his outsider status, continually honing his craft and building community from the beginning, practicing when no one was watching, and using better jobs to grow his profile and community. He followed this playbook for over a decade before hitting it big.

Here is a summary of the key lessons:

  1. Bill Simmons grew his success and community by building off ESPN's wider popularity through his writing. Leveraging opportunities at bigger companies can accelerate your growth.

  2. Partnering or being acquired by companies aligned with your goals can significantly expand your network and opportunities. However, you need to determine if that aligns with your goals.

  3. Collaborating with influential people early on can give you credibility and attract more followers. But wait until you have developed your craft and built a foundation before reaching out to influencers.

  4. You need to commit to your idea for the long haul and persevere through difficult patches. However, if you realize you are not truly passionate about it, it's okay to pivot to something you are genuinely enthusiastic about mastering.

  5. The story of Troy Carter highlights how pivoting your career and evolving it over time can lead to success. He switched industries from music to technology and investing, demonstrating the ability to constantly adapt.

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The chapter discusses capturing lightning in a bottle, which refers to gaining a burst of attention and popularity that can accelerate audience growth to new levels. When this happens, your platform and products need to be ready to capitalize on the opportunity.

Lightning moments come from community collaborations and influencer partnerships. With communities, it involves nurturing your micro-community - the initial group of loyal supporters who will stick with you long-term. You need to actively engage this core audience by asking questions, holding meetups, and rewarding them.

The story of Flula Borg, a German DJ, illustrates this. After being deported from the US, his YouTube video went viral on Reddit, giving him a surge in views. He realized making regular videos was key to growing his audience. He began uploading at least one video a week.

The main takeaways are:

1) Capture lightning moments by having your platform and products ready for growth.

2) Collaborate with bigger influencers to leverage your newfound popularity.

3) Define and nurture your micro-community - your core initial supporters who will stay loyal long-term. Engage them actively.

4) When you experience viral success, stay focused and deliver more regular content to continue growing your audience.

In summary, capturing lightning involves leveraging community and connections, but the key is being ready to make the most of the attention by delivering quality content and valuing your most loyal supporters.

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  • Flula Borg gained popularity after a video of his was upvoted on Reddit. He engaged his new fans by posting weekly content and offering them rewards like T-shirts.

  • Flula describes himself as a musician but says he does many things now including videos, live performances and more. He says "I don’t know what I’m doing; I’m just making things."

  • Flula was not precious about the content he posted weekly. He said "You’re not Garth Brooks. You’re Johnny Schnoop Schnoop. I just learn to make a video. Just make it."

  • Creating lots of content allowed Flula to build up an archive of videos for fans to discover. "On-demand is where the viewership is," said Shira Lazar, host of YouTube’s What’s Trending.

  • Flula's weekly vlogs helped him gain popularity. They featured him discussing English words and phrases from an outsider's perspective.

  • Flula brands his own terms like "Fluesdays" and "flogs" which help give his audience a sense of ownership. His merchandise also connects fans to his identity.

  • Kevin Kelly advocates finding 1,000 "true fans" who will financially support your work. Flula tries to balance giving his core fans what they expect while not becoming a caricature.

  • Collaborating with established YouTube stars has helped Flula gain more subscribers for his channel. He appeared in the film Pitch Perfect 2 which earned $300 million.

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  • The story discusses how YouTuber Flula Borg captured a "lightning in a bottle" moment with a viral video that helped him build a sustained YouTube career and community of followers.

  • An important lesson is defining your micro-community - the subset of your audience who gets and supports your idea. Focusing content on your micro-community helps scale up your idea.

  • Another lesson is creatively branding your ideas so they are shareable and spreadable. Flula did this well with concepts like "Fluesdays" for his Tuesday videos and "flogs" for his vlog videos.

  • Other actions mentioned are making sure your website can handle a spike in traffic if you go viral, surveying your community to better serve their needs, and considering merchandise to promote your brand.

  • The text uses Franchesca Ramsey's experience going viral with a video as another example of capturing a pivotal moment to build an online following and career.

In summary, the key takeaways are around how to prepare for and capitalize on "viral moments" by defining your micro-community, branding your content well, and ensuring the foundations are in place to handle growth if it comes. The focus is on sustainability beyond the initial burst of attention to build a long-term business.

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Franchesca initially experienced success with her viral "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls" YouTube video. However, the sudden fame and opportunities that followed were overwhelming and she felt unprepared. There was no blueprint at the time for how to capitalize on and maintain viral success on YouTube.

Though the initial Hollywood opportunities fell through, Franchesca continued making YouTube videos because she loved creating them. Over time, her hard work paid off and she landed a writing job at Comedy Central.

Looking back, Franchesca says she ended up exactly where she was meant to be. Though her initial viral success was unexpected, she stayed grounded and focused on her values of being honest, smart and funny.

The lesson is that when lightning strikes, collaboration with others and helping your community thrive will be key to maintaining success. When you collaborate with larger influencers, you can also offer them credibility within your own community.

In summary, Franchesca felt her initial success was "ridiculous, and there was no way to prepare for it." Though the opportunities were overwhelming, she stayed grounded in her values and continued creating the work she loved. Over time, her persistence led her to a fulfilling career that aligned with her goals.

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The key to success is helping others achieve their goals. By opening doors for others and making introductions, you strengthen your own network and connections. Even if you don't get anything in return immediately, helping others is its own reward.

The story highlights Burnie Burns, founder of Rooster Teeth Productions. Burnie understood the importance of connecting with his audience and helping other creators. He made introductions for the author even before the author had an established podcast.

Burnie and his team created the popular Red vs Blue machinima series using characters from the Halo video game. They self-published the videos on their website, bypassing traditional film distributors. This early adoption of online video distribution helped Rooster Teeth grow a large audience.

The key lessons are:

1) Make at least two introductions per week for like-minded people, even if you don't expect anything in return.

2) Build long-term relationships, not just quick deals.

3) Look for ways to help your community and audience as you grow your business.

4) Give people exclusive access to grow your audience, as Burnie did by publishing videos on his own website.

In summary, opening doors for others and helping your community is an effective business model that will strengthen your own network and opportunities over time.

Here is a summary of the key points in the passage:

  1. Rooster Teeth started as a company making the Red vs Blue web series using the Halo video game. Burnie, one of the founders, approached Microsoft for permission and they were supportive.

  2. Hosting and producing videos was expensive in the early 2000s, as video files were large and hosting costs increased with each view.

  3. Rooster Teeth launched a sponsor program where fans could pay $30 for access to exclusive content. This helped make the company profitable.

  4. Many Rooster Teeth employees started out as fans, like Barbara Dunkelman who became a community manager. She emphasizes building their own content and communities, not hoping to get a job at Rooster Teeth.

  5. Rooster Teeth recruits talent from other channels, like Funhaus. They crowd funded $2.5 million from fans for their Lazer Team film project.

  6. Burnie believes that by treating the first follower as an equal, a movement can start. They keep an open dialogue with fans through the Rooster Teeth Podcast and other channels.

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Here is a summary of the key points in the passage:

  1. Rooster Teeth created machinima, a type of animation using video game engines, with their series Red vs Blue. This helped make machinima mainstream and popularize gaming content.

  2. Burnie Burns, the founder of Rooster Teeth, helped the author by introducing him to guests for his podcast. This shows the importance of helping and opening doors for others.

  3. Rooster Teeth monetizes by giving exclusive access and perks to sponsors and superfans who financially support them. This rewards their early adopters and core community.

  4. To monetize from a community, you need to offer something exclusive that adds value for your supporters while not alienating your broader audience. Finding the right balance is key.

  5. When building a community, it's important to treat your members as equals, not just as consumers. There are influencers who create content, curators who share it, and consumers who view it.

In summary, the key lessons are to help and open doors for others, reward your core community to gain financial support, and treat your members as equals, not just consumers. Rooster Teeth's success shows how innovation and community building can make a big impact.

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The author believes in meeting people in real life (IRL), not just online. Attending conferences and events allows you to:

  • Meet heroes in your field
  • Connect your online communities offline
  • Make real friends that can turn into long-term professional relationships

While large events can be overwhelming, focusing on smaller gatherings like influencer dinners and meetups can be more rewarding.

The key to success is forming long-term friendships, not just short-term "networking". If you connect with people you actually enjoy, you will naturally find ways to support each other.

The author often finds the most success at conferences by:

  • Avoiding the crowds and talks
  • Attending invite-only dinners and lunches
  • Meeting people when they are more relaxed and approachable

The examples of Veronica Belmont, Tom Merritt, and the YouTube creator highlight the value of meeting people IRL at events like SXSW.

In summary, meeting people face-to-face allows you to form deeper connections that can benefit you professionally in the long run. The author advocates focusing more on making real friends than just "networking".

Here is a summary of the key points:

  • Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont met 10 years ago while working at CNET. They later cofounded the Sword & Laser podcast based on their shared love of science fiction and fantasy.

  • Their friendship and chemistry form the foundation of their successful podcast. They collaborate naturally like old friends and their audiences appreciate their authenticity.

  • They host meetups at SXSW to connect with their fans in person. These feel like reunions with their loyal community members.

  • Veronica and Tom exemplify how making professional friendships can not only be personally fulfilling but also improve one's work. They enjoy collaborating with each other.

  • Though their podcast started 10 years ago, they have known each other for much longer. Veronica first started her media career at CNET where she met Tom.

  • Veronica transitioned from producing podcasts to cohosting, which helped her realize she could have an expert voice in the genre fiction space. She has since launched multiple podcasts on this topic.

  • Tom has a background in journalism and early experience with podcasting at TechTV. He hosts several other podcasts covering pop culture and technology.

In summary, the key takeaways are how Veronica and Tom's friendship formed the basis for their successful collaboration, and how making professional connections with people you enjoy working with can improve one's career in the digital age.

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  • Tom and Veronica still run their Sword & Laser podcast from San Francisco. Tom left CNET in 2010 to join In 2014, he went independent and started new podcasts based on his interests.

  • The audience helps by providing story ideas, new perspectives, and financial support. They provide an emotional connection and sense of community.

  • Grace Helbig started making vlogs as a hobby in 2008. MyDamnChannel discovered her in 2008 and hired her. She grew her audience to over 2 million subscribers on YouTube.

  • In 2013, Grace left MyDamnChannel to go independent because they would not pay her what she was worth. She started a new YouTube channel, it'sGrace.

  • Many YouTubers, including the Vlogbrothers, encouraged Grace and promoted her new channel. In just 3 weeks, she reached over 1 million subscribers on it'sGrace.

  • The experience taught Grace the power of community, collaboration, and honesty. Building friendly relationships with her audience was important for her success.

The key themes are:

  • The audience provides support, community, and feedback that helps creators improve and sustain their work.

  • Going independent and owning your content can be risky but rewarding if you have a loyal audience.

  • Other online creators can provide encouragement, promotion, and collaboration opportunities that help build your audience.

  • Building relationships with your audience based on honesty and community is important for long-term success.

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The text discusses how important it is for creators and influencers to meet their online communities in person. Jim Louderback, the former CEO of Revision3, talks about VidCon and how it allows fans and creators to interact and form connections.

The key lessons are:

1) Meet your online community offline. Attending conferences and events is a great way to do this. It enhances your connection with fans and builds partnerships. While networking can be challenging, conferences are designed for meeting new people. Speaking at conferences is an effective way to meet others. Hosting live events can also connect your community offline.

2) Make friends with peers and colleagues in person. Friends will collaborate with you, recommend you for work, and help open doors. Planning smaller meet-ups at conferences, like lunches or dinners, makes it easier to relax and form close connections.

Some recommended actions include identifying relevant conferences to attend, planning meet-ups for your community, researching speakers at conferences you want to meet, creating a roadmap to speak at future conferences, and hosting webinars or online events.

The key takeaway is that meeting fans, followers and peers in person can significantly benefit creators and influencers by strengthening connections and forming valuable relationships.

Here's a summary of the key points from the chapter:

  1. Giving your community ownership of your ideas means involving them in shaping your idea and brand. Community members become your teammates who help support and grow your business.

  2. Express gratitude to your community for their support. They emotionally invest in you, so show that you value their contributions.

  3. Help underserved parts of your community that need a voice. Listen to their ideas and give them what they want to make them feel valued.

  4. While giving to your community, you also have to think about ways to generate revenue or break even. Finding creative solutions can serve you well.

  5. Hannah Hart of My Drunk Kitchen gives to her community in several ways:

  6. The "Hello, Harto!" tour allowed her to meet fans in person, funded by donations from her audience.

  7. She held "Have a Hart Day" volunteer events with the tours, mobilizing fans to give back to local communities.

  8. She speaks to issues like growing up with a schizophrenic mother and being emancipated at age 15, giving a voice to underserved communities she relates to.

In summary, giving your community ownership through involvement, gratitude, and serving underrepresented groups can fuel your success when done authentically. Finding a balance with revenue generation is also important for sustainability.

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  • Hannah Hart speaks candidly about mental health issues like her mother's schizophrenia and how it affected her life. Her little sister Maggie helped save her from a troubled path.

  • The author was inspired by Hannah to open up about his own struggles with depression in his early 20s. He started a podcast to bring more awareness to the issue and reduce stigma.

  • Hannah's comedy tour and movie were initially given away for free or sold directly to her fans, capitalizing on her community's support.

  • Hannah's book also found mainstream success, showing that YouTube stars can translate their communities into commercial opportunities.

  • The author argues that giving to your community first, through free content and perks, is a good strategy for growth. HannahHart's fans showed their support by funding her crowdfunded comedy tour.

  • The main lesson is to generously share value with and prioritize your community above making money. This genuinely serves your community's interests and ultimately benefits your business.

The key themes are how Hannah openly discusses mental health issues, inspiring the author to do the same for his own struggles. The essay also highlights how Hannah generously gives value to her community first through free content, tours and perks, which her fans then support through commercial opportunities like her book and movie.

Here is a summary of the key points:

• Hannah Hart has a close relationship with her community and provides them with small and large rewards through her loyalty program. She gives personal video thank yous, Google Hangout sessions, and phone calls to people who back her projects.

• Hannah also threw a Thank-A-Thon event to thank her community for supporting her Hello, Harto tour. She brought in other YouTube friends to make it a fun livestream experience.

• Hannah gives first in order to get people to support her work. She volunteered her time on the Hello, Harto tour and involved her community. Because of this giving spirit, her community supported her other projects.

• Hannah brands her terms and language to give her community a sense of belonging and ownership over her brand. Terms like "Harto", "Hartosexuals", and "Have-a-Hart Day" were used.

• As an openly gay creator, Hannah provides a voice for the LGBT community. She answers questions honestly and talks about her sexuality to help empower others.

• In summary, Hannah's approach of putting her community first, giving freely of her time and energy, and providing value has helped build a loyal and supportive fan base that is willing to pay for and promote her projects.

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Here is a summary of the key points from the Geist summaries:

• Many podcasters and YouTubers used their personal experiences and interests to build an audience and community. They tapped into their passions to create content that resonated with others.

• Building a loyal following takes time and persistence. Many up-and-coming creators face challenges and setbacks early on before gaining traction.

• Establishing a unique voice and point of view helps creators stand out in an increasingly crowded media landscape. Authenticity is key to connecting with audiences.

• Embracing new technologies and digital platforms empowers individuals to create and distribute content without relying on traditional media gatekeepers.

• Having a clear business model is important for long-term success. Monetizing content in ways that align with the creator's values helps sustain their work.

• Networking and collaboration with like-minded creators can help expand an audience and foster communities. Partnering strategically can accelerate growth.

• The books highlighted provide a mix of practical advice for entrepreneurs, business strategies for growth, and inspirational stories to motivate creators. They offer tactics, frameworks and mindset shifts to help develop content and build businesses.

That's a high-level summary of the key lessons and takeaways from the Geist summaries regarding how podcasters, YouTubers and other creators build followings and businesses through their content. Let me know if you'd like me to expand or modify the summary in any way.

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This appears to be summaries of two books:

  1. Elevised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV by Willie and Bill Geist. This book likely discusses the individuals who shaped and transformed television.

  2. Good Talk Dad: The Birds and The Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have by Willie and Bill Geist. This book likely focuses on challenging conversations between fathers and children.

The about the author section discusses Ryan Williams, an entrepreneur and podcaster who helps other build their platforms. He founded Ryno Lab, which assists brands and entrepreneurs scale their platforms. Ryan hosts the podcast Stories from the Influencer Economy and received his B.A from Vanderbilt University.

No actual summaries of the book contents were provided, just fragmentary book titles and preface sections. The main text focused on Ryan Williams' background and credentials.

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