Season 1

May 4, 2022

E25 - The Finale!

This is the season finale for This Startup is being Recorded. Thank you for listening and stay tuned for Season 2! Agenda: None! This was unplanned! But then in the middle of the wedding we got an urgent email about …

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April 27, 2022

E24 - Easter Eggs and Embryo Eggs

Agenda: Stand up - some exciting and some disturbing news Takeaways: Eric to add one more egg to the digital easter egg hunt Set up a Rube Goldberg machine / human mouse trap in the office Kate and Thea to …

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April 20, 2022

E23 - The Importance of Interviewing Interns

Agenda: Final update on the camera replacement project (to remove the WeWatch malware) Introduction of new intern, Melanie Hubbard! Takeaways: Everyone review results of Melanie’s background check and vote on if we should off...

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April 13, 2022

E22- SYTizens United

Agenda: Executive Stand up! Takeaways: Reach out to Lifetime about a movie deal related to the Product Manager / Developer GDPR Love Story Create a fake Twitter account for an African dictator and use it to convince John to s...

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April 6, 2022

E21 - When SXSW goes Wrong

Agenda: Recap of what’s been going on at SXSW Takeaways: Thea to do some social monitoring to see how beholden SYT will have to be to John’s promises (like carbon absorbing cushions, selling carbon credits, and having whole w...

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March 30, 2022

E20 - Fish are Friends, Not Food

Agenda: Executive Standup Takeaways: No one eat seafood! Except the office cat, they’re a contractor, so it’s OK Everyone create a top 12 list of people they care about and would like the cameras of their devices replace Inve...

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March 16, 2022

E19 - How Important is Privacy, Really?

Agenda: Melvin is here to discuss WeWatch, the software company he runs. WeWatch builds an exclusive meeting recording software. SYT has been testing WeWatch with a free trial the last week, and Melvin wants to come in for fe...

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March 2, 2022

E18 - Freaky Friday

Agenda: John dictated that to solve the Creative and Tech team conflict, Thea and Matt should do a “Freaky Friday” (idea came from The Hard Thing about Hard Things ) and switch places Takeaways: Thea and Matt can, shockingly,...

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Feb. 23, 2022

E17 - Don't Confuse the CDN, CMS, and CRM!

Agenda: We’re ready to reveal the new company name! Also, Executive Standup Takeaways: Kate to keep wearing away at Francis’s fear of robots Take away the pavlovian shock keyboards from the Support team Eric to create final r...

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Feb. 16, 2022

E16 - A Focus Group of One (w/ Adal Rifai)

Agenda: A user finally showed up to our weekly user interview session! Zach Lambic from Al Dente, Wyoming Takeaways: Kate to figure out if the server room’s sprinklers are going, hope the company isn’t destroyed, and hope she...

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Feb. 9, 2022

E15 - Three Matts, One Meeting

Agenda: Review pitches for branded content from Matt Matthews and Matt Matthews of Big Matt’s Content Takeaways: Reach out to Matt and Matt, by letter, with our decision Matt and Matt are going to meet with their lawyers… as ...

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Feb. 2, 2022

E14 - How to Review a Contract

Agenda: Meta (Facebook) has sent over some terms for an agreement to buy the Meta Market name. We ran out of legal hours this month, so get to do the review ourselves. Takeaways: Thea and Matt to work together to …

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Jan. 26, 2022

E13 - GDPR, Account Deletion, and Disposable Couches

Agenda: Executive Stand up Takeaways: Pull all the embroidered couches and disposable couches - NOW Contact Zola about pausing partnership temporarily Support doesn’t get to handle account deletion requests for a little while...

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Jan. 19, 2022

E12 - Undercover Bosses for Hire (w/ Dr. London Smith and Cameron Cla…

Agenda: John called this meeting an hour ago and said there were two important people to meet. They have a pitch to make the company better… somehow? Takeaways: Everyone send feedback to Kate on Mr. Mister Vooo and Frederick ...

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Jan. 12, 2022

E11 - The Great Rebranding

If you're interested in the visuals for this episode, check them out on our Twitter @StartupRecorded Agenda: Review proposal from Creative for new names - start saying goodbye to Meta Market! Takeaways: Consider the name idea...

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Jan. 12, 2022

E11 - The Great Rebranding

If you're interested in the visuals for this episode, check them out on our Twitter @StartupRecorded Agenda: Review proposal from Creative for new names - start saying goodbye to Meta Market! Takeaways: Consider the name idea...

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Jan. 5, 2022

E10 - All PR is Good PR and Matt’s Peloton

Agenda: Clean up odds and ends from 2021 Takeaways: Matt to have a gentle 1:1 with Rachel Matt going to move his Peloton and get a telehealth visit and some EKGs Complete contracting regarding NCIS cameo

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Dec. 29, 2021

E9 - Taxes are Due! Fuuuu...

Agenda: Emergency meeting (again)! Taxes are due we need our employer ID number from Iowa Takeaways: Kate to complete taxes Matt taking a Lyft ASAP to the airport Everyone delete the medical records from their phone Thea to f...

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Dec. 22, 2021

E8 - A Retrospective meets Squid Game

Agenda: Share feelings - not about OKRs or goals - share your true feelings Takeaways: Eric to lock down the website so Kate can’t change it anymore Kate to coordinate Zoom interview with up to 40 intern candidates Thea to …

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Dec. 15, 2021

E7- Facebook Reaches Out

Agenda: Emergency! Email from Facebook/Meta’s legal counsel! Will explain more in meeting! Takeaways: No one disturb Creative team for the next week, no matter what noises you hear from behind the privacy curtain. Eric to sen...

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Dec. 8, 2021

E6 - Screaming Room Training (w/ Katie Overbey)

Agenda: Prep for screaming room training with Lindsay, who is here from Bhutan Takeaways: Eric to make extra carpet square for John Kate to share with Lindsay template for how to have 30 people share one toilet Everyone to se...

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Dec. 1, 2021

E5 - Soviet Spies, Flammable Cereal, and Connected Couches

Agenda: Executive Standup Takeaways: Matt and Chelsea to follow-up about the Des Moines servers… which are somehow still on Calathea to reach out to her Russian study abroad friends(?) about if they know a Soviet handler name...

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Nov. 24, 2021

E4 - Team Building with a Buzzfeed Quiz

Agenda: Executive Team Building exercise (to help everyone get to know Matt a little better! Plus team building is FUN!), go through this quiz together: https://www.buzzfeed.com/joannaborns/which-season-actually-matches-your-...

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Nov. 17, 2021

E3 - The Animal Death TOU Amendment and #LiberateBugsby

Agenda: Executive Standup Screaming Room training Discussion on new benefits to offer Takeaways: Eric and Matt to review archeology/topography/illuminated, interactable manuscript of the code base to see how it affects the pr...

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Nov. 17, 2021

E2 - Mushroom Coffee and an Investor Misinformation Plot

Agenda: Dig into Series A Goal Takeaways: Re-evaluate data center strategy Encourage fans to play Fortnite with their Bugsby skins and take the high ground (literally) Matt to give Kate some USB sticks to take to the investor...

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Nov. 17, 2021

E1 - A New CTO and an Ambiguous Goal

Agenda: Onboard Matt.Yachts! It’s his first day, we’re so excited to have a new CTO! Overview of each person's domain - not to overwhelm Matt, just give him a glimpse into the amazing rocketship that is Meta Market Takeaways:...

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