Audio Of The Week: Positively Gotham Gal

Back in 2005 and 2006, The Gotham Gal and I did a weekly podcast called Positively 10th Street. At the time we lived in a townhouse on 10th Street in Greenwich Village and we would record it in our kitchen with our kids participating from time to time. The hosting service we used, Libsyn, took down the podcast when I cancelled our account and I can’t find the mp3s anywhere on our network. So these podcasts may be gone which is a shame. There were some great ones (and plenty of bad ones). I do have a dream that I find all the mp3s in a folder on a hard drive somewhere. That would be great.

We were a decade too early for the podcast thing. But now podcasts are a thing. Many interesting people, like Malcolm Gladwell, are doing them. And yesterday saw another interesting person join the ranks. The Gotham Gal has taken her Woman Entrepreneur Monday series which ran in blog format from November 2010 to August 2016 to the airwaves with a weekly podcast series called Positively Gotham Gal, a nod to our way to early attempt at podcasting.

Here is the first episode of Positively Gotham Gal featuring Margit Detweiler, Founder & CEO at Gyrate Media & It’s a really good conversation about the joys and challenges of being a woman entrepreneur in the latter half of your career.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Michael Lucca

    Fred – not sure if you looked here, but is a good place to recover things like this.

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, it looks like the mp3s were not archived though…

      1. Michael Lucca

        I think you just need to go back to an archive date before you deleted your account (I don;t know when that was so just wanted to point you to the site to look around) Try this link – should be your podcast for 5/14/2006…

        1. fredwilson

          Michael – you made our day/week/month and maybe year. now i am going to go find all of them on the archive and download them and put them somewhere safe. thank you!!!!!

          1. Michael Lucca

            My pleasure – glad to help. is one of the hidden gems of the internet. It’s helped me many times over the years.

          2. fredwilson

            hi michael. i am having a tough time figuring out how to go back to an archive date that works for certain podcasts. i’d like to take this convo off the comments. could you email me at fred at usv dot com?

          3. Lawrence Brass

            It indeed is! Within there is a collection of PC games that can be actually played on an MS-DOS emulator running on your browser. Really neat engineering going on behind it.The games maybe not than fun anymore, but the initial chords of any favourite game are guaranteed to cause some déjà vu to any 20th century gamer.

          4. karen_e

            How wonderful that you got these back in time for the holidays. Should be good for some giggles with the family! I remember listening to these and other podcasts back in the day, so I never thought you were a decade too early.

        2. V Tyree

          P.S.: Hey Michael Lucca, Yes, great information. &, it seems you made Fred very happy. Be well. v

    2. Peter Beddows

      What an incredible resource. Thank you @mlucca:disqus

  2. William Mougayar

    What’s the basic tech/software set-up that Joanne is using to get these podcasts done? Are they being done in person, over the phone or Internet?The quality was pretty good. And curious if she had to do post-editing, or just tape to publish.

    1. awaldstein

      curious as easy platform–if such a thing is possible–is a huge plus. i would use it.reality of course with video and audio, unlike print, is that post production matters and isn’t trivial.

    2. Gotham Gal

      I have a producer. All the equipment is off the shelf. We are doing it at my office now but will branch out to other ways. Definitely post editing.

      1. William Mougayar


      2. pointsnfigures

        <edited> because Anne LIbby was Johnnie on the spot-or should I say Jackie on the spot! (I am not an investor in, saw a demo) They are based out of Bloomington, IL last I knew.

    3. Anne Libby

      Jeff Carter recommended Ringr to me. I’ve been using it for much of this year (with my newsletter, which has an audio portion). It’s pretty darn good for recording phone calls between 2 people.

      1. William Mougayar

        I will check it out. Thx

  3. David C. Baker

    For those of you who might be interested in broadcast quality podcast audio, here’s the best solution we’ve found. Each remote party uses a YellowTec YT5020 iXM w/ premium Beyerdynamic head (ca. $1,000). They are totally automatic, and I actually have one in a Pelican case that I mail to a participant. They set it up, we do the podcast, and then they ship it back. Meanwhile, you each use Skype, too, as a reference track to line the two tracks up. It sounds like you’re in a million dollar studio next to each other.If any of you are interested in great reporting on the status of the podcast industry, subscribe to the free emails from Nick Quah at

    1. V Tyree

      P.S.: Hey David C. Baker, Thanks for the information. Be well. v

    2. LE

      They are totally automatic, and I actually have one in a Pelican case that I mail to a participant. They set it up, we do the podcast, and then they ship it back.This is a great idea. I love the turnkey make it easy for someone approach.subscribe to the free emails from Nick Quah at http://www.hotpodmedia.comIt's actually (from his twitter account) the other URL is dead (and has been for quite some time).

  4. leigh

    Subscribed. I’ve been feeling rather existential about getting to success and what’s next – which i think is more about being an older female entrepreneur so I’ll be interested to hear the conversation. 🙂

  5. Twain Twain

    I love the laughter that happens when women share experiences and there’s that mental click where we go, “Yeah! I read / did / thought that too! And it was so crazy / wrong / SO true. And when I realised it wasn’t working, I tried something else.”It speaks to our emotional honesty, adaptability and gumption.Every generation of women gets sold an idea of what success is by magazines like ‘Teen Vogue’, ‘Cosmo’, ‘Glamour’, ‘Harpers’ etc.Then we go out there and have to navigate the unedited, un-photoshopped, unedifying version.And we can still LOL about it and aim for the stars like Margit’s doing.

  6. jason wright

    Historians of the future may find the history of the present difficult to find. Normally civilisations vanish when they cease to exist. That may now be changing.

  7. george

    Pretty darn good for Episode 1; could not find it on iTunes search, hope it’s added soon…

  8. Chris Phenner

    I’ll always remember hearing ‘Turn My Camera On’ (by Spoon) for the first time via ‘Positively 10th Street,’ and I was working for at the time (who was freaking out about podcasting) — I too hope those files re-surface, great nostalgia from my NYC years.

  9. Marissa_NYx

    I listened in . Very cool. I wish it were a video interview (something like Jason C’s This Week in Startups) so we could watch Joanne & Margit . Joanne has amazing stage presence and would be great on video. The focus on women over 40 is timely. I think there is a lot of unconscious bias in business against women over 40 who are fearless , adaptive and come with a lot of experience. They need a stage to express themselves and to create , build & share . They are a safe pair of hands and custodian of OPM. They need a voice and it’s great to see Positively Gotham Gal being their champion.

    1. jason wright

      Yes, I vote for audio visual too.

  10. creative group

    FRED:There was an attempt (minuscule) on resisting but yeah, no….Maybe this guy can ask if your MP3’s can be recovered.

  11. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Yay! This is great news 🙂

  12. ThatOtherOtherGuy

    Malcom Gladwell, the Dr. Oz of statistics.

  13. scottythebody

    I am such a huge fan of GG’s work exposing and backing women entrepreneurs. Believe me when I tell you that GG is going to play a large part in the education of my daughters. You will, too, Fred. Big ups from Wien!

  14. Erin

    Listened this morning. Good stuff.

  15. ShanaC