SmallBizPod #48 – Young entrepreneur podcast

Ben Casnocha, young entrepreneur, author and chairman of Comcate, on age & entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley & randomness in business.

By Alex Bellinger
11th June 2007 at 4:47 pm

This week SmallBizPod #48, the entrepreneurs’ podcast, includes an interview with Ben Casnocha, a precocious, but down to earth 19 year old entrepreneur and author of My Start-Up Life: What a (very) young CEO learned on his journey through Silicon Valley. The show also includes the latest listener comments, an audio comment on what to do when things go belly up and a not-to-be-missed and unusual choice of music to end the show.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.
• 01:15 A special musical treat to conclude the show for all listeners, but particularly Madelaine Kirke and David Braziel who are part of the SmallBizPod networking site.
• 01:49 How to comment on the podcast by email, phone and blog.
• 03:53 Audio comment from Chris re insolvency and the possibility of SmallBizPod covering the risk and pitfalls of entrepreneurship.


• 07:14 Interview with Ben Casnocha, a young entrepreneur who set up Comcate Inc, a successful e-government software company at the tender age of 14 and who is also the author of a book called My Start-Up Life: What a (very) young CEO learned on his journey through Silicon Valley. Ben and Alex talk about the advantages of starting a business at an early age, the connection between age and entrepreneurial success in Silicon Valley and the celebrity that goes with it. There is also discussion of recruiting an advisory board for your business, successful networking and the importance of building credibility, as well as Ben’s theory on the importance of randomness in business and the power of thinking differently. The conversation also touches on Ben’s future and how Nick Denton from Valleywag is avoiding him!


• 30:10 Thanks to all those who have put their pin in the SmallBizPod Frappr map including: Rich from Toyama in Japan, Melvyn Henaughan from Stoke-on-Trent and Daksh Sharma and a word on the Indian entrepreneurship podcast.
• 31:08 Kelvin Jones and part III of the diary of a wantrepreneur.
• 31:20 Tim Duke from London Remade highlights a networking event on the importance of WEEE regulations.
• 32:09 Email comment from Oliver Dowding at Tonic Attack about contact he has received from listeners of the podcast.
• 33:11 Email comment from Diarmuid O’Donovan.
• 33:36 Email from Gagandeep Sapra who is developing an Indian podcast called Fire In Our Belly.

• 34.18 Music – A surprise non-electronica track called One Off Song For The Summer by Koopa with many thanks to the Podsafe Music Network.

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  1. Hi Alex,

    Great show as ever – just wanted to say this is the first time I didn’t see notifications of a new podcast on various business forums. (Shell, UKBF, Startups)

    Nearly missed a good show because of it!!! 🙂

    Take care…


  2. alex says:

    Hi Martin, glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one too. I’ll be mentioning it on a few of the forums a little later this evening. Just didn’t have time after posting the show here to get any info up on the boards!

  3. Daksh says:

    Hye Alex!

    Grt show & thanks for the quick message.

    A special word for the fantastic “One off song for the summer” music track, a nice change and up & running on my mp3 player 🙂

    Looking forward to hear more such tracks in the coming weeks 🙂

  4. alex says:

    Glad you enjoyed the tune Daksh. It is a bit of a classic!

  5. karen says:

    Thanks for another thought-provoking show, Alex.
    I think the randomness aspect that Ben mentions is a very good one, as great ideas can come from an intersection of needs/gaps in different “life areas” and markets.
    Also, there’s the possiblity of being stuck in a rut and seeing things from the one, same perspective, especially if you see the same poeple, read the same blogs, etc. day in day out. So definitely do something different whenever you can!
    BTW, I like the closing electronica samples, so don’t substitute them all with the pop.

  6. alex says:

    Hi Karen, thanks so much for the comment. Yes, randomness or simply opening yourself up to new experiences and people can be so positive in life in and outside of work. As for the tunes, the pop punk track was chosen not unintentionally because it was called ‘One Off Song For The Summer’ 😉

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