I was born in Turkey, a country that straddles two continents and is steeped in history and culture (and the best food.) However, my childhood was far from traditional. Growing up my family moved around a lot which meant that I had to change schools frequently. As a result, I struggled to make friends and found myself having to develop a strong sense of independence and individualism early on.
Above I've attached a photo of me as a child and my dad on my dads motorbike. Interestingly enough he was knocked off that bike by a truck on two separate occasions; luckily he was ok (only missing a small amount of his pinky finger 😖) that was when he decided that he had enough of motorbikes.
Both my parents are incredibly hard workers and I owe them a lot! Especially my father; my love of business is no doubt due to the many business and finance discussions we have had over the years.
Here is a photo of my brother, mother and myself when we used to live in Turkey. Check that Liam Gallagher cut I had going on! I've had to promise my girlfriend that I would never have that again. 😆. My mum is the best, hands down. She's that silent backbone in our family, always there, always supporting, and without her, things just wouldn't be the same. Seriously, I'm so grateful for her. I still remember the days I would come back home from school and she would have prepared a small snack bowl for me, it was only after friends of mine commented how nice that was for my mum to do that did I realise it was out of the ordinary.
It wasn't until I started connecting with people online that I found a sense of community and belonging. Through online forums, chat rooms and social media, I made friends from all over the world who shared my interests and passions. It was during this time that I discovered my love for programming and podcasting. In my later teens, I fell in love with long-form discussions through podcasts. I couldn't get enough of the in-depth conversations and fascinating guests. I knew I wanted to be part of that world so I started learning everything I could about the technology and tools behind podcasting.
At the age of 16 I started my first software business with the goal of competing with my online friends to help us all improve our programming skills. This was the result of my deep love for coding and I wanted to challenge myself and my peers to develop the best software possible. With my entrepreneurial spirit, I saw an opportunity to not only sharpen our coding skills but also create a profitable business. The project was a success and it was the beginning of my journey as an entrepreneur. This experience taught me valuable lessons on building a business, collaborating with others and the importance of having a clear vision.
When I moved to the UK, I started attending Loughborough University, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics of all things...I quickly realised that my passion for podcasting, entrepreneurship and programming was stronger than my interest in academics. University wasn't a complete waste of time for me, I met my lovely girlfriend and we've been together for almost two years now! The photo above is a photo of me and her, we took the photo with the 0.5 lens on an IPhone. Don't worry, my forehead isn't that big!
I dropped out and started to pursue my dream of creating a platform that would make podcasting accessible to everyone. That's how PodApp was born. The idea was simple: to create an easy-to-use platform that would allow anyone to create and publish their own podcast. But the execution was anything but simple. Building a platform from scratch is a monumental task and there were plenty of times when I thought I might not make it.
But I persevered, and today, I'm proud to say that PodApp is a thriving platform that has helped countless people start their own podcasts. One of the biggest benefits of PodApp is its ease of use. Creating a podcast can be a daunting task, but with PodApp you can record, edit, and publish your podcast with just a few clicks.
Another benefit of PodApp is the community it has created. Podcasting can be a lonely pursuit, but with PodApp you have access to a community of fellow podcasters who can offer advice and support. It's a great way to connect with like-minded individuals and build a network that can help you grow your podcast.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell and podcasting is a powerful way to share those stories with the world. Whether you're an entrepreneur looking to promote your business or an individual with a unique perspective on the world, podcasting can help you reach a wider audience and make an impact.
If you're considering starting a podcast, I would highly recommend PodApp. We're a small team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to making podcasting accessible to everyone. Look, we've even won an award! We offer a 7-day free trial so you can try our platform and see if it's the right fit for you.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope it has inspired you to start your own podcast and share your unique voice with the world!
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Article written by Dylan Moore
Dylan, originaly from Turkey, discovered his passion for programming and podcasting online. Him and his team later founded PodApp, a user-friendly platform designed to make podcasting accessible to everyone. Read more