At the end of last year, I set myself a number of goals for this blog. One of which was to interview Seth Godin.
So, today I’m excited to share with you a recent interview I conducted with Seth about his new book project: The Icarus Deception. Seth is a bestselling author and a legend when it comes to marketing and business thought leadership. In our interview we talk about his latest book, the interesting way that he got it funded, why it is important to take risks and what is changing around us.
This interview follows my recent interview (Commitment, clarity and fanatical customers and employees – Interview with John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing) and makes up number forty-one in the series of interviews with authors and business leaders that are doing great things and helping create businesses that customers love.
I’ve intentionally tried to keep the highlights brief in this interview as I want to encourage you to listen to the conversation that Seth and I had. If you don’t have time now please download the podcast and listen to it later. Alternatively, you can now subscribe to the whole podcast series via iTunes here.
Below are highlights from our interview:
About Seth (taken from his website)
Seth Godin has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.
American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, We Are All Weird, calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values, and Seth once again breaks the traditional publishing model by releasing it through The Domino Project. His recent Kickstarter for his newest book (The Icarus Deception out in January 2013) broke records for its size and the speed that it reached its goal.
As an entrepreneur, he has founded dozens of companies, most of which failed. Yoyodyne, his first internet company, was funded by Flatiron and Softbank and acquired by Yahoo! in 1998. It pioneered the use of ethical direct mail online, something Seth calls Permission Marketing. He was VP of Direct Marketing at Yahoo! for a year.
His latest company, Squidoo.com, is ranked among the top 125 sites in the US (by traffic) by Quantcast. It allows anyone (even you) to build a page about any topic you’re passionate about. The site raises money for charity and pays royalties to its million plus members. Read his full bio here