#8: John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire
John Lee Dumas is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs. Just over 365 days ago, John launched Entrepreneur on Fire, a daily podcast for entrepreneurs. That show now has more than 400,000 listeners per month. If you are a podcaster like me, it’s hard to get your arms around his success – it’s in a different league. He has listeners like Breaking Bad has viewers.
I actually did my first podcast in 2007, for CorrectDeck. I just found those episodes the other day – about 7 minutes long, recorded by putting my mp3 player on the desk and just talking about composite decking for a few minutes, and posted on our company website. Not horrible, really (I specifically remember recording one in my room at a La Quinta – I used to stay in cheap hotels). But those old recordings sure don’t give you the idea that 6 years later, John Lee Dumas will have shown the true potential of podcasting. John is a military man and a systems guy, and behind his success is a precision and execution that the podcasting world hasn’t seen before. And he has done it in a niche the experts told him didn’t exist, producing quality content at a rate practically unmatched by anyone by building a system around producing daily interviews with a set roster of questions that has him on top of the podcasting world in just one short year, .
I kept this episode short because were in a borrowed conference room at a busy trade show. But we cover a lot of ground – hope you enjoy it. And if you have a Maine resource that people absolutely should know about, like Propel or the Social Media Breakfasts that John mentions, please get that to me!