157 Charles Beckwith | The Dot Connector

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Before getting into the world of podcasting, Charles Beckwith used to run an online fashion magazine.  Looking for ways to promote making things locally and sustainable in the United States, Charles turned to podcasting as there wasn’t many great communication tools at that time that would allow him to do so.

Charles is now the host of American Fashion podcast and creator of Mouth Media Network which features 11 shows covering the business of lifestyle.  He and his team are also in the middle of developing a podcast player with amazing features that was built specifically for podcasts and will be available to the public soon.

What We Covered:

  • 06:14 – How Charles and I met
  • 09:01 – When he recorded his first podcast
  • 10:21 – How long he had been a filmmaker when he started his podcast
  • 11:21 – The microphone he’s using for this podcast episode
  • 12:06 – How he developed his relationship with Sennheiser
  • 13:00 – Why he feels Sennheiser saw the value of partnering with him and his show
  • 13:53 – Charles explains what fashion technology is
  • 14:42 – Stella McCartney and vegan and environmentally friendly materials
  • 17:03 – The excitement behind wearable tech
  • 17:36 – A company that’s making custom shoes for $250
  • 18:34 – The article he wrote on how the fashion industry could use blockchain tech
  • 19:20 – Syndicated Media’s idea to replace iTunes as the hub of podcast RSS feeds with a blockchain
  • 19:43 – What blockchain technology means
  • 21:18 – Where his love of fashion comes from
  • 21:48 – What American Fashion podcast is about
  • 22:44 – His most noticeable episodes
  • 23:42 – Why he likes having a panel on his podcast
  • 24:38 – How he’s grown as a host since the start of his show
  • 25:52 – Why he has a love/hate relationship with the show Project Runway
  • 26:20 – Charles explains how he starts every episode of American Fashion
  • 27:35 – What he does with episodes where the conversations weren’t great
  • 28:15 – His network, Mouth Media Network and his first show of the network
  • 30:47 – The podcast player he and his team is developing
  • 34:46 – Whether or not he’s worked on a mobile app before
  • 35:16 – His love of technology, Kevin Kelly from Wired, and the 2600 magazine
  • 36:23 – His piece of fiction in 2600 magazine and his involvement with their conference
  • 37:50 – Mouth Media Network’s different podcasts
  • 38:48 – If he’s ever put a network together before and what he’s learned from creating his network
  • 40:46 – Where he thought he would be at this point in his life
  • 42:55 – His approach to networking and making connections
  • 43:47 – The Stone Soup story
  • 46:48 – When he started to put his skills as a connector to use
  • 48:38 – Something he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 48:59 – The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 51:07 – What’s got him excited for the upcoming year
  • 53:33 – The podcast conferences he plans on attending this year


Links Mentioned

Charles’s email
Charles’s podcast: American Fashion Podcast
@americanfashionshow on Instagram
@afpod on Twitter
Charles on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
LA Podfest
Public Radio Exchange
Sennheiser MK 4
Mouth Media Network
Harry’s microphone: Shure SM7B
Episode 059 of American Fashion Podcast with Dr. Amanda Parkes
Episode 113 of American Fashion Podcast – Bringing Billionaires Into Neiman’s with Ralph Rucci*
To submit your podcast to the Mouth Media Network

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