Marco Arment’s career has come in two main acts: as the first employee of Tumblr, he helped create a service that changed the fundamental nature of blogging by introducing both ease of creation and social networking. While there, he toyed with a service, to let him read Web pages offline without formatting, that became Instapaper. In late 2010, he left Tumblr to focus on that service full time. Now Marco is a successful podcaster and the editorial director of The Magazine — the best publication ever created — at which I’m the editor and he’s my boss! (I still have a job after we recorded the podcast.)
Our conversation will be aired in two parts, each about an hour long. In this first part, we talk about how as a Tumblr developer Marco found out he didn’t want to manage people, how Instapaper developed, and issues of managing resources and scaling. In the second, we move further into podcasting, The Magazine, blogging, advertising, and other areas.
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David Karp founded Tumblr when he was about 19. Marco didn’t know Karp’s age for a while after he started. Instapaper was a side project that grew into a business. Marco opened it to the public in January 2008 and received an avalanche of interest.
We mentioned a few very popular games on iOS that are outliers: Doodle Jump and Pocket Tanks, a Scorched Tanks clone.
Marco’s post about Game of Thrones explains why it may be expedient to pirate media you can’t buy but nobody owes you the right to obtain media. Marco co-hosted Build and Analyze for a couple of years, and the archives are good listening.
Kids, a cassette tape was a many-feet-long string of magnetically coated plastic that was spooled on reels and protected inside a sealed plastic shell. One could use it to record and play back analog audio using a “tape recorder.”
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