Mark your calendars, because we’ve got your guide to the top podcast events in the next year! The podcast community is incredibly strong and supportive, and we love events that bring together both audiences to share knowledge, experience storytelling in-person, and build communities.

Here are our top favorite podcasts events for the year:

Podcast Movement

  1. Podcast Movement (Philadelphia)
    July 24-26, 2018Over 2,000 podcasters attended this conference last year. There are nearly 100 different sessions designed to help aspiring podcasters get started, to refine current podcasters’ skills, and to share knowledge from experts in the industry. If you’re looking to truly add value from a podcast network, this is the place to be.There’s also an Expo Hall where the top software and hardware vendors in the podcast industry are ready to share their technological advances with attendees.

  2. Podfest Multimedia Expo (Orlando)
    February 8-10, 2018Podfest has expanded over the years to cover a broader range of media: Youtube, livestreams, blogging, filmmaking, online communities, and more. Clearly, they’re seeing the trend that content creators are moving towards multimedia efforts for storytelling. Whether you’re just starting out as a beginner, or you’ve been podcasting for years and are looking to hone your skills and network with other like-minded content creators, Podfest is a great community.It’s also set right next to Disney World in Orlando, so you can combine it with a fun family vacation!

  3. NYC Podfest (New York)
    April 6-8, 2018Every year, the NYC Podfest features some of the biggest names and talents in podcasting, entertainment, media, and pop culture in front of a live audience. It’s an opportunity to hear from a few of your favorites on stage in an intimate setting.Previous guests have included Hold On with Eugene Mirman, and the Lore Podcast!
  4. Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference (Philadelphia)
    September 7-8, 2018The Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference, otherwise known as MAPCON, originally started out as a Facebook group connecting podcasters across the mid-Atlantic states.The conference is designed specifically for podcasters, to guide them through the step-by-step process of creating and growing a successful podcast. Every year, speakers and panelists who are experts in podcasting and online marketing teach attendees how to build an audience, create a community, and monetize their content.

  5. Now Hear This! Podcast Festival (New York)
    SeptemberThis festival features 25 live podcast performances by major podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, and Levar Burton Reads. With added meet-and-greet opportunities and immersive fan experiences, this is one of the best events for a podcast fan to attend.While this festival already happened in September 2017, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer.
  6. Werk It Women’s Podcast Festival (Los Angeles)
    OctoberBranded as the only all-woman podcasting festival on the planet, this festival features speakers, mentoring sessions, workshops, live podcast tapings, and networking opportunities for women in the industry.It’s produced by WNYC Studios, which also happens to be the creator of podcast favorites like Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, and 2 Dope Queens.
  7. LA Podcast Festival (Los Angeles)
    OctoberLos Angeles is home to so many forms of entertainment, and has also been riding the wave of new media like podcasting. The LA Podcast Festival schedule is filled to the brim with comedy shows, podcaster interviews, and panels for podcasters to learn about topics like “Gear Talk” and “Guest Etiquette.”

What podcast events are you going to this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments about events you’re excited about attending.

Cryptocurrency is the newest ‘hot topic’ in the tech investment world, but most people have little to no idea what it is and how it works. We’ve pulled together the top eight cryptocurrency podcasts that will put you on the path to becoming crypto-literate. Subscribe to these podcasts OR listen to exclusive bursts on Audioburst, today.

1. Let’s Talk Bitcoin

Adam E. Levine’s “Let’s Talk Bitcoin” podcast takes a deep dive into the intricate world of cryptocurrency and discusses issues from cyber safety to ethical concerns. The podcast features a huge range of crypto-professionals that weigh in all on all the ‘hot’ crypto topics. Also, it’s not just a cryptocurrency podcast, the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network provides you with an entire community of content creators that exchange information on the ideas, people, and projects involved in building the new digital economy.

Check out a clip from one of their latest episodes, The Everything Bitcoin, where they chat about Bitcoin mining profitability.

2. Cryptoverse

Chris Coney started the Cryptoverse podcast because “it was the next logical step.” Frustrated by the lack of quality, easily accessible education on the subject of digital currency, he created this podcast to solve that problem. The Cryptoverse podcast offers you updates on the latest in cryptocurrency as well as information on the history of money, presented in 15 minutes episodes released five times a week. Listeners will love how complicated topics are presented by Coney and his guests in a simple, clear way.

3. Investing Sense By Financial Engines

Want crypto investing advice from both a certified financial planner and an everyday investor? This podcast might be perfect for you. Every week, hosts Andy Smith and Bob Richards sit down to offer insight into financial and investment topics which often revolve around cryptocurrency.

4. This Week in Startups

Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you a weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous stories from the world of Web companies. It also offers a behind-the-scenes, insider view of how these companies are approaching cryptocurrency, and how that might affect you.

Check out this clip from one of their newest episodes, “Jason Goldberg Introduces Simple Token”, where they discuss how many consumers are actually using digital cash.

5. Liberty Talk

LibertyTalk FM, a 24/7 continuous talk radio station, covers a wide range of topics surrounding news, politics, and government, it also regularly features discussions on emerging and competing cryptocurrencies and delves into the political policies surrounding digital currency.

6. Invest Like the Best

Patrick O’Shaughnessy, author of Millennial Money: How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune, is casual yet well-informed on topics like business, the economy, and cryptocurrency. Every week he speaks with professional investors who share the ups and downs of their investment journey.

7. Unchained

Host Laura Shin, senior editor at Forbes, talks with industry pioneers and innovators across tech about how cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for everyone from startups to everyday people. In Unchained, she breaks down the complexity of blockchains and cryptocurrencies into easy-to-digest concepts. As cryptocurrency podcasts go, this is a great one for beginners to get their feet wet.

8. Epicenter

The Epicenter Podcast covers what may be the most advanced technological revolution in modern history: the rise of decentralized technologies. In this weekly podcast, hosts Brian Fabian Crain, Sebastien Couture, and Meher Roy bring you in-depth conversations with some of the brightest minds in the tech and cryptocurrency world– from academics to entrepreneurs, all around the globe.

Other cryptocurrency podcasts to check out:

It’s clear that podcasts are having their moment in the spotlight. Whether you’re just getting started with creating your own podcast, or you’ve got a podcast empire that you’ve been building for years, you’re riding the wave of this trend.

67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly, up 14% from last year (Edison Research), and it’s a prime opportunity to get in front of your target audience.

There are so many podcasting tools out there to help you create, edit, and distribute your podcast, but it’s hard to cut through the clutter. Here are our top recommendations for tools that any podcaster needs in his or her toolbox:

1. Organize with Trello

Trello is the perfect lightweight and customizable tool to manage your workflow using the kanban style of organization. You can visually track the progress of each podcast through the process, from ideation to recording, editing, and publishing. It’s great for collaboration and communication too: you can assign responsiblities, set deadlines, and add comments.

Plus, we find it delightfully satisfying to move a “card” from one status to the next (particularly when the next is “Published!”).

If you need some inspiration, Trello has a whole set of boards you can look to. We recommend the Content Management category for podcasts.

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2. Interview with Skype

Skype is one of the most universal calling platforms that you can use to interview guests. It’s popular worldwide and straightforward to use. You won’t have to spend time educating your guests on how to use it or asking them to create an account for something they don’t already have.

It’s also a powerful tool with quality audio. Additionally, while it’s always ideal to be recording your podcasts in a quiet space on your desktop, you (or your guest) will always have the option to do it on-the-go with Skype’s mobile app.

3. Record and Edit with Audacity

Audacity is one of the most commonly recommended podcasting tools we hear about. Record live audio, edit out any mistakes, and add theme songs and sound effects to your recording. It’s a solid option with multi-track editing capabilities, and it’s free.

If you find yourself needing a little help getting started, there are lots of step-by-step guides to Audacity as well. Here is a great one from TechNorms!

4. Host on Libsyn

Libsyn is the leading podcasting hosting platform, and home to over 25,000 shows. They offer web-publishing so you don’t have to host your own website. They also make it easy to publish an audio player onto your website or on social.

We like that it’s a one-stop shop as a podcasting tool for everything you need to publish your podcast, and we especially like how affordable it is (plans starting at $5 a month).

5. Transcribe and Distribute with Audioburst

Distribution is often the most-forgotten part of building a great podcast. You’ve created great content–now how do you get people to listen to it? First, transcribe your audio for free through Audioburst and publish the audio transcript to your site to improve SEO and discoverability.

Second, add your podcast to Audioburst’s audio content library (also for free) so you can be discovered by a whole new audience. Our content library is accessed by our search engine, Alexa Skill, Google Home Skill, our API for third-party app/skill developers, and it continues to grow every day.

Get in touch to join Audioburst today.