The Podcasts That Helped Launch Tape Ark

In June 2017, my article “My New Digital Classroom” was published in the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysics Magazine entitled “Preview”.

I have found a ton of inspiration in the podcasts that I have been listening to.  In fact, I have taken both guidance and inspiration from several of the podcasts that I listen to to help me create my new start-up Tape Ark. I listen to numerous podcasts to keep me up to speed on developments in the oil and gas and technology industries as well as for just entertainment. 

If you don’t know what a podcast is here is the Wikipedia definition: ‘A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio files which a user can subscribe to so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player’. The name came from the combination of the words iPod and broadcast.

Since I started listening to podcasts, my taste in content has evolved, and of course fellow podcast listeners (some of which I turned on to podcasts) started to recommend new ones to me.

I thought I would offer an update on my recommendations for people working in oil and gas, technology, and data management.

My previous recommendation plus a few new ones include:

Entrepreneurial and Start Up Scene

"How I Built This" hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz from NPR radio is focussed on innovators and entrepreneurs.  This is an absolute favorite of mine.  It covers companies like Airbnb, Instagram, and Spankz, how they started, and the drive and determination of the founders.

"Start Up" from Gimlet media is a series about what it’s really like to start a business.

"The Pitch" – Hosted by Josh Muccio @joshmuccio I am a massive fan of this one. This one is also produced by the team at Gimlet Media.  If you have ever tried to raise capital, or are thinking about doing it.  The show has a panel of guests including Jilian Manus @ManusJillian of Structure Capital @structureVC and Phil Nadell @NadelPhil  of Forefront Venture Partners This one is a must listen.

Technology, Scalability, and General Awareness of Where Industries are going

The ‘Ted Radio Hour’, which is a choice TED talk mixed with in depth interviews from the speakers who gave the talk put out by NPR. The is also hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz .

The "AWS podcast" (Amazon Web Services), which details all of the new developments in cloud based computing, storage, etc. on the Amazon platform.

"Masters of Scale" – Hosted by Reid Hoffman @reidhoffman (Founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock).  Great commentary on how to scale a business.  This show rocks.


The Society of Exploration Geophysics has a podcast called “Seismic Soundoff” hosted by Andrew Geary.  A series of in depth conversations in applied geophysics. 

The “Geology Flannelcast” made by three grad students who purportedly ‘discuss geology topics that no one else dares to touch’. It just so happens that the podcast is one that I don’t dare to touch either. But if you like soil analysis and Milankovitch cycles, this one may be for you.

General Entertainment

If you are not in a working mood, try these great entertaining podcasts:

S Town”  - A reporter investigates a supposed murder in Alabama, and open the doors to an incredible story where murder is far from what you need to worry about.  Written and Narrated by @BriHReed.

Here’s The Thing” hosted by Alec Baldwin @AlecBaldwin bring you into the lives of artists, performers and policy makers.  Alec is a great interviewer.

Heavyweight” – A brief window into the lives of common people, with uncommon humor, Jonathan Goldstein @J_Goldstein

I highly recommend subscribing to a few podcasts and giving them a try. Anyone who has a commute to the office of more than 15 minutes can use that time to learn about a new topic in an entertaining format that takes no effort at all to consume.

Let me know if you pick any of these podcasts up.  I would love feedback on your favorites as well.



Guy Holmes

Guy is a graduate of Geophysics from Macquarie University in Sydney, and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (Technology Management) from Deakin University in Melbourne. 

Guy is a successful leader with a proven track record in the growth of start up and turn around businesses in the IT, medical and information management sectors.

Guy has extensive experience in the oil and gas, minerals, medical, and information management industries in Australia and the Asia Pacific and is a highly regarded entrepreneur.

Guy’s experience includes:

• Sourcing Venture Capital
• Acquisitions and Sales of businesses
• Commercial technology development
• Research and development for internal and external products
• International business development
• Product and service marketing, development, and management
• Multimillion dollar contract negotiations with government and private sectors (International and domestic)
• Development of business and marketing plans, strategy documents , and other executive level documents
• Industry leader in information management, data management, archiving strategies, legacy technology with a particular focus on the management of oil and gas and minerals information and data on a global scale.
• Operational management and refinement to seek maximum profitability
• Grant applications, financing arrangements, and seeking alternative funding

The results that Guy has achieved in his varied roles stand testimony to his abilities to:

• Manage organizational resources to achieve results
• Develop and drive technology solutions to achieve business goals
• Grow businesses that are both start-up and/or stagnant
• Successfully land, negotiate, perform and complete projects both domestically and internationally

Guy has been married for 24 years and has five children. He enjoys playing ice hockey, travel, mountaineering and spending time with his family and reading.