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Alumnus and Podcaster Oscar Zeballos Talks Leveraging Unfair Advantages on Bootstrapped

Apr 17, 2018
Entrepreneurial Spirit


The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship produces Bootstrapped, a podcast featuring founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs. The podcast is hosted by Elana Fine, Executive Director of the Dingman Center, and Joe Bailey, Associate Research Professor at the Smith School. Each episode brings a different startup story to life with special guests offering advice and lessons learned on topics that range from fundraising and marketing to team formation and customer acquisition.

On this episode of Bootstrapped, our executive producer switched to the special guest chair as we interviewed UMD alumnus Oscar Zeballos EMBA ’16, co-founder of Podcast Village and executive producer of Bootstrapped. Often, podcasters have a difficult time nailing every aspect of their show as they don’t always have the resources or know-how. To resolve this pain point, Oscar created Podcast Village to provide a turnkey solution for podcasters to collaborate and create their video or audio show at the highest level possible. On this episode of Bootstrapped, Oscar discusses the business model behind Podcast Village, the future he sees for podcasting and how he leveraged his network and unfair advantages to bring his vision to fruition.

Oscar Zeballos has an extensive background as a broadcast host and is well known for his work on the nationally syndicated show, The Mike O’Meara Show, the Big O and Dukes podcast, and Tech 411. After receiving his EMBA from the University of Maryland in 2016, Oscar was called by future co-founder, Charlie Birney, to discuss an opportunity to create a space where podcasters could collaborate on their creative perspectives together. Bringing his expertise on brand scaling and expansion, Oscar grew Podcast Village with Charlie and their studio officially launched in January 2018.

To listen to this episode and gain further insights into the startup world, subscribe to Dingman Bootstrapped on iTunes or download the episodes on the Dingman Center website.

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