The second (third?) of our podcasts, we’re still learning the best format / recording method but the content is pretty damn good…

This time a big thank you to Christophe Mallet Co-founder of SomewhereElse.co and also David Mantle Co-founder Stashbee.

Favourite bits:
1. MVP being something to do with a Visible Panty Line, its good to call out acronyms
2. The Ministry being described as …”WeWork meets trainspotting”
3. VR gets real “Kill the fucking martians”
4. “When you’re born you don’t know how to walk…” learn as you go along, its exciting, so be comfortable with it
5. “Startup Bitch” = those whose desire is the fact of belonging to the startup world vs what they’re actually doing

Things we learnt
1. Remembering to turn microphones on is important (you can tell we’re still in Beta version)

2. Don’t use the “auto-level” function on recording devices… as it makes life more difficult for auto multitrack formatting software, and also the constant changing of the recording “setpoint” will result in a change of noise floor level which is likely to be audible. So sorry in advance about the sound quality, we’re still learning how to record in the real world.

3. Ignoring our sound recording issues moving the podcast out into the real world (pubs) with a beer was a positive step, thank you to the Commercial Tavern for making this possible. It puts most people at ease and we love being out and about!

4. We’re not editing them much at all, as the Ministry is about being “real”, so there is now a mild bit of swearing (apologies mom, if you’re listening they obviously didn’t mean to swear,  on a more positive note at least no one has used the c word).

5. We are still thinking about doing them live, so that people can watch/listen in and it gives an opportunity for a bit of Q&A… however I’m nervous people won’t feel as comfortable being live, so we might ditch the idea.

6. I knew I wanted the Ministry to do podcasts for a long time, even though I don’t think it has much marketing potential, in terms of helping us let desk space. I do however think they’re important as it helps highlight the challenges of starting something, but equally the simplicity, but most of all it highlights the importance to just start, as you’ll only really learn by doing.

7. Founders absolutely nail the art of story telling, because its their story, its their journey of starting and running their company.