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John Corcoran is a recovering attorney, an author, and was a former White House writer and speechwriter to the Governor of California. Throughout his career, John has worked in Hollywood, the heart of Silicon Valley, and has run his boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area catering to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

John has been the host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast since 2012. He has interviewed hundreds of CEOs, founders, authors, and entrepreneurs, from Peter Diamandis and Adam Grant to Gary Vaynerchuk and Marie Forleo.

John is also the Co-founder of Rise25 Media, a company that connects B2B businesses with their ideal clients, referral partners, and strategic partners and generates ROI through their done-for-you podcast service.

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25. He has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a Senior Producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders.

Dr. Weisz has also been running his podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more.

In addition to running Rise25, Dr. Weisz owns a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Why you should not fixate on tools before starting a podcast
  • Trivial things that hold people up from starting their show
  • What’s a good microphone for your podcast?
  • How to make your microphone convenient for use: the boom arm
  • What is the best equipment to record your podcast?
  • Audio hosting recommendations
  • The one software many overlook but need — a scheduling app

In this episode…

Podcasting is not just about the tools and software. Unfortunately, some people spend time and money on gadgets but spend no time thinking about the people they’re going to feature. They also don’t think about how a podcast will dramatically change their network of people.

If you’re confused about which tools you need for creating podcasts — and don’t want to buy equipment that’ll be sitting on the corner of your desk — this episode is for you. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on sophisticated gadgets. Are you ready to get started?

Listen to this episode of the Inspired Insider Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz and his guest, John Corcoran, Co-founder at Rise25. They discuss why expensive podcast tools and software are not as important as you think. Their conversation covers what you should focus on when starting a show, how to seamlessly record your podcast, and where to host your show. And yes, they recommend affordable equipment to kick off your podcast.

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At Rise25, we’re committed to helping you connect with your Dream 100 referral partners, clients, and strategic partners through our done-for-you podcast solution.

We’re a professional podcast production agency that makes creating a podcast effortless. Since 2009, our proven system has helped thousands of B2B businesses to build strong relationships with referral partners, clients and audience without having to do the hard work.

What do you need to start a podcast?

When you use our proven system, all you need is an idea and a voice. We handle the strategy, production, and distribution – you just need to show up and talk.

The Rise25 podcasting solution is designed to help you build a profitable podcast. This requires a specific strategy, and we’ve got that down pat. We focus on making sure you have a direct path to ROI which is the most important component. Plus our podcast production company takes any of the heavy lifting of production and distribution off of your plate.

We make distribution easy

We’ll distribute each episode across more than 11 unique channels including iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. We’ll also create copy for each episode and promote your show across social media.

Cofounders Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran credit podcasting as the best thing they have ever done for their businesses. Podcasting connected them with the founders/CEOs of P90xAtariEinstein BagelsMattelRx Bars, YPO, EO, Lending Tree, Freshdesk, and many more.

The relationships you form through podcasting run deep. Jeremy and John became business partners through podcasting. They have even gone on family vacations and attended weddings of guests who have been on the podcast.

Podcast production has a lot of moving parts and is a big commitment on our end; we only want to work with people who are committed to their business and cultivating amazing relationships.

Are you considering launching a podcast to acquire partnerships, clients, and referrals? Would you like to work with a podcast agency that wants you to win?

Contact us now at [email protected] or book a call at

Rise25 was co-founded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran who have been podcasting and advising about podcasting since 2008.


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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran 0:22

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here and we are live. I’m the host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast is a live episode with Dr. Jeremy Weisz. Dr. Weisz welcome.

Jeremy Weisz 0:34

Thanks for having me. This will be on as well, as well as Smart Business Revolution.

John Corcoran 0:39

Yeah, and we’re excited to be here today. You know, every week, we get to talk to interesting CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, virtually, you know, not anyone I call it Oprah, she probably is gonna be busy. I think that probably would be a hard one to get. But it’s amazing that people you get to talk to and it’s it’s such a thrill. To be able to reconnect with old connections, highlight your clients, and meet new people. And so I’m such an evangelist for this medium of doing podcasts I tell people been telling people for the 11 years that I’ve been doing a podcast that everyone should start a podcast, because even if you’re not the next, Mark Marin, you’re not the next Joe Rogan, you’re not a huge name and podcasting, it still will deliver tremendous value to your life. And so we are also the Co-founders of Rise25, where for a number of many years now we have helped b2b business owners to connect to their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners. And this episode is brought to you by Rise25media where we help we specialize in helping me to be businesses with a high client lifetime value. So if you want to learn more about that, you can email us at Support@Rise25media or check us out at Alright, so Jeremy, in this episode, we’re gonna be talking about the top tools and software that you can use for creating phenomenal podcasts and content marketing.

Jeremy Weisz 2:04

And I want to mention something real quick, based on what you said. I mean, I think lately you’ve had based on connecting with amazing people and using it, you know, you actually use it for professional development to learn from really highly respected, experienced people. I think you had the the first CEO and Co-founder of Netflix has recently. Yep. What about the comedy?

John Corcoran 2:29

Hi, I am interviewing today, the founder of Comedy Central, which should be a lot of fun. I’m a big fan of comedy. My dad used to do stand up comedy. So a big fan of The Daily Show and Chappelle Show and so many different shows that have been on Comedy Central. So that’s, that’s

Jeremy Weisz 2:48

I didn’t realize that was today. Okay, nice.