“Jesse, What Do You Do?”

July 8, 2013 — For the first episode, Joel Bush and Tim Hwang talk ROFLCon, the Awesome Foundation, accidentally secretly going to law school and more.

July 19, 2013 — Christina Xu and Joel Bush discuss Kickstarter, community, events, ROFLCon, The Awesome Foundation and more.

EPISODE 2 - Christina Xu

“Manage the Internet Culture Meme Stuff”

July 27, 2013 — Tim Hwang joins Joel to discuss The Web Ecology Project, the Pacific Social Architecting Corporation, social wargaming, business models on the web, the industry's titan companies, and more.

Running most actively between 2009 and 2011, the Web Ecology Project was an informal group of researchers that produced short-form quantitative reports on culture and memes. The work of the group was cited in Fast Company, The New York Times, Foreign Policy and the New Yorker, among others.

according to The Berkman Center: "The Berkman Center's mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions. We are a research center, premised on the observation that what we seek to learn is not already recorded. Our method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as we go, self-study, and share. Our mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit."

Founded in 2010, the Pacific Social Architecting Corporation is a Bay Area-based research and development firm that focuses on the creation of technologies that enable large-scale, reliable social shaping. Its work has focused on the creation of “social bots” – swarms of automated, believable identities on social media platforms that interact, encourage, and provoke communities towards certain behaviors.

a 2012 documentary about Anonymous, directed by Brian Knappenberger

a digitally-centered creative agency, providing everything from brand planning to creative to development

Thanks again to Monahans for theme-song audio.


“Peak Advertising”

July 31, 2013 — Dylan Ratigan joins Joel to discuss his Bloomberg, CNBC, and MSNBC experiences; Veteran Job Corps; veteran-led, hydro organic farming; capital, risk, problem solving, community, and more.

EPISODE 4 - Dylan Ratigan

“Make New Maps.”

August 29, 2013 — Burnie Burns joins Joel to share the story of Rooster Teeth Productions, one of the most popular producers on YouTube and creators of Red vs. Blue, the Internet's longest running series. He shares inspirations, lessons learned, and future plans.

EPISODE 5 - Burnie Burns

“The Economy of First”

September 1, 2013 — Tanya Menendez joins Joel to discuss launching Maker's Row, starting a company on the web from Brooklyn, the resurgence of domestic manufacturing, and more.

EPISODE 6 - Tanya Menendez

“It’s all around you.”

September 6, 2013 — Baratunde Thurston joins Joel to discuss working at the union of news, politics, comedy, and technology as well as philosophy, events, The Onion, Cultivated Wit, and more.

"#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should, Too"

Baratunde shared recollections of SXSWs past, mentioning Bruce Sterling and Burnie Burns, both cited in this long journal post written by an attendee about that year's event.

Y'all feel free to improve the photo, update info, etc.

"We are comedy writers, designers, artists, software engineers, strategists, and unmanned aerial vehicles excited by pushing the bounds of creativity, especially where comedy and technology are involved. We believe in deploying wit to infuse the world with some much-needed humanity. And also, freedom."

homepage for Baratunde's latest book

This web series features Baratunde Thurston exploring crowdfunding and debuts later this September.

October 30 and 31, 2013, in Dublin

"The advice I have for you is, 'Don't discard.'"

EPISODE 7 - Baratunde Thurston

“Unification of Separate Interests”

September 27, 2013 — Brian joins Joel to discuss the increasing efficiency of the market for ideas as well as his evolving journey as touring magician, web showrunner, podcaster, entrepreneur, husband, father, and more.

EPISODE 8 - Brian Brushwood

“Fidelity of Presence.”

November 4, 2013 — Brian returns to Capital to tell stories about performing on the road and launching stunts/projects online. He and Joel exchange ideas about community events, podcasting, and much more.

EPISODE 9 - Brian Brushwood

“The Diamond Club”

November 6, 2013 — Korey joins Joel to talk about his path from UT through production houses, the golden age of Austin Cable Access television, and onto the web.

Korey's keeping good company here, eh?

a 2009 American documentary feature film directed by Ben Steinbauer that follows the Internet phenomenon created by a series of twenty-year-old outtakes from a Winnebago sales video featuring profane outbursts from the salesperson, Jack Rebney.


“Too Easy To Find”

EPISODE 11 - Brian Bailey

“Uncommon in Common”

EPISODE 12 - Glenn Jones

“Be keen and enthusiastic.”

November 24, 2013 — Rob joins Joel to talk Kickstarter, Veronica Mars, the early days of his writing career, trends in television, and much more.


“The Good Hours.”

November 26, 2013 — Shlok joins Capital to discuss his work in antiterrorism, urban farming, startups, the American homeland and more. He also shares his ideas about frameworks, in particular the OODA loop.


“As soon as you develop a framework, buy your own domain name.”

November 27, 2013 — While sharing personal stories and insights, Austin Kleon describes how to steal from others and how to influence people by letting them steal from you in this ever-evolving age of new mediums and connected networks.

EPISODE 15 - Austin Kleon

“It is a medium, and these platforms do different things.”

December 10, 2013 — Jamie shares tales about Eyebeam, Know Your Meme, Star Wars Uncut, F.A.T. Lab, and other projects that predated and informed his work as co-founder of VHX.tv.


“They don’t really hold the keys to the gate anymore.”

December 18, 2013 — Gary Chou joins Joel to share stories from his work at the intersection of technology, the arts, and community in places like Austin, San Francisco, and New York.

EPISODE 17 - Gary Chou

“Within Reach”

January 24, 2014 — Hugh joins Capital to share insights about the web, marketing, social media, the art world, and much more while telling great stories about Gaping Void and time spent in places like Scotland, Austin, London, Chicago, Cumbria, NYC, Alpine, and Miami.


“Time to Think”

January 27. 2014 — Sunni Brown joins Capital to crusade for the Doodle Revolution, her global campaign for visual literacy. She relates valuable insights and good stories from the woods of East Texas to Austin, San Francisco, and the world.

EPISODE 19 - Sunni Brown

“An Energetic Visitation”