Podopolo

Pronounced: puh-dohp-uh-lo

(Noun)

• A dynamic interactive podcasting network engaging individuals and communities in great
content, conversation, achievement-oriented activities, and actions for social impact.

Synonyms: social, profitable, highly-engaged, unbelievably awesome

• A rewards and recognition platform for podcast fans to unlock a bounty of benefits including free products and services as they enhance their own lives and improve the world.

Why an interactive podcasting network?

When we know better, we do better – together. We’re thrilled you’re on this page right now because it means you know the power of podcasting to inspire innovation, fun, creativity, hope, healing, learning, and transformation to our world.

  • If you’re a podcaster…
    … You have a mission and an important message you want out there – a reason you use a microphone to amplify your voice to growing numbers of people.You want to be heard. You want your audience to benefit from what you have to say. And chances are there is some part of this world we live in you want to change.
  • If you’re a podcast fan…
    … You listen because you want to learn something to enhance your life. You want to laugh, get inspired, and put ideas into action.And you love the idea of being able to connect meaningfully with others like you who share your interests, goals, and vision for the future.
  • If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, marketer or influential thought leader…
    … You want to connect with people where they are, engage together around interest, and inspire them to take meaningful action in alignment with your mission.
Welcome home. You’ve arrived.

Our Mission…

is to improve lives and raise consciousness around the globe by connecting people to world-changing content and each other on the first interactive podcast network.

By creating profitable opportunities for podcasters, consumers, brands and businesses to improve lives, address the planet’s most pressing problems and ensure equal rights for all, we make sure mega-impact ideas get amplified the way they deserve.

We are an LGTBQ-affirming, interfaith company committed to social justice, including women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. We believe Black Lives Matter.

Podopolo™ is your home for the transformation you want to see in yourself, and the world.

I’m Melinda Wittstock, and I’m the Founder and CEO of Podopolo.

I’m Melinda Wittstock, and
I’m the Founder and CEO
of Podopolo™.

Here’s my story …(Well, some of it)

I was one of those kids who always got in trouble for talking in class.

Even back then I believed content involves conversation.

By the time I was 22, I was a correspondent on The Times of London reporting on business, media and this “new thing” called the Internet. Then I moved into TV as an anchor, host and producer for CNBC’s Financial Times Television, ABC News’ World News Now, and the BBC, where I created and grew a newsmagazine to an audience of 20 million.

I learned a lot about how to engage audiences and make great content profitable – and why content creators usually get left behind when it comes to making money.

After that, I set off on my own to become a serial entrepreneur, founding 4 companies in broadcast media, social networking, AI-driven consumer intelligence, gamification, and technology – and building them to 7- and 8-figure success.

Each one was my “lab”, proving out parts of what has now emerged as the first-ever dynamic interactive podcasting network with “gamified” engagement.

Now I’m thrilled to present Podopolo™.

Podopolo™ is all about empowering content creators to profit from their podcasts, and engaging their audiences to make a positive difference in the world – all while having fun, connecting with friends, and winning prizes.

Great content IS conversation – and magic manifests when people join together around their favorite podcasts. Ideas turn into action and learning transforms lives.

I know firsthand the power…the
possibility…and the challenges
of being a podcaster.

I launched my first podcast as a passion project – called Wings of Inspired Business.

I wanted to affirm and acclaim the entrepreneurial journeys of female founders like me who I believed were succeeding in silence, and ignite an community where women helped each other to soar to success. (A community I wish I’d had when I’d started.)

I knew how to grow audiences and engaged listeners. Back in the day I had created and grown a “gamified” crowd-sourcing news app to 3 million users in just 8 months.

However, podcasting was different — because I had no way to truly track or understand who was listening or how they were listening… because downloads didn’t tell the story.

Still, like so many podcasters do, I made it work.

And along the way, I found a way to grow my audience to a 1mm+ reach, creating 4 profitable revenue streams, and a special accolade: Wings was ranked #8 of 20 top business podcasts by Entrepreneur Magazine.

It wasn’t easy.

I know what it’s like struggling to be discovered.

I know what it’s like to burn out trying to grow and engage a community.

I know how frustrating it is to be locked out of sponsor and ad revenue.

I also learned that 85% of podcasters don’t make a dime – and that all but the top 1-2% with 10,000+ downloads per episode are locked out of lucrative sponsorship and advertising dollars.

And I discovered that listeners and viewers were as frustrated as me trying to find and engage around podcasts… and that brands and businesses were holding back from podcast advertising because the lack of data turned their ROI into guesswork.

That all had to change. So I created Podopolo™.

Podopolo? How Do You Say It?
You may be tempted to pronounce it Podo-Polo. That’s ok! We prefer Pod-o-Polo (puh-dohp-uh-lo).

We wanted to say “podcasting” and “podcasting network” while also saying “community”, “social networking”, “fun & games”, and “mission-driven impact”.

We’ve got the “pod” part. The second part was tougher.

So we chose “polis” (or community), and something that suggested games and challenges — that’s where the “polo” part comes in.

Mostly we just wanted to be different. And have a
name as playful as we are!

We’re Looking for Mission-Aligned “A Players” to Join our Inspiring Team.

We’re Looking for Diverse + Mission-Aligned “A Players” to Join our Inspiring Team.

Could that be you?

You have something important to do in this world – a special mission, calling, and talent you want to share in a dedicated community of people who want their contribution to count.

We are building a diverse team where our differences – in experiences, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and talents – are our strength. A team united by a common mission to enhance lives, empower people, heal and transform our world.

Are you a developer? Data scientist? Social media maven? Operational ninja? Content producer, audio or video editor? A financial whiz?

We have a place for you at Podopolo™.

Start Your Application Process Here

Podopolo™ is an LGTBQ-affirming, interfaith company committed to social justice, including women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. We believe Black Lives Matter. We encourage candidates to apply who share these commitments and who have demonstrated capacity for thriving in and creating inclusive cultures and working effectively across differences to support an increasingly diverse clientele.

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Praise From Our Community

“With Podopolo, Melinda has innovated the next evolution in podcasting, breathtaking in its powerful technology and beautiful mobile user experience to connect us all around inspiring podcast content in changing the world. Uniquely she is solving the biggest challenges in the podcast space: Discoverability, engagement, access to transparent data, and monetization. Podopolo™ allows content creators and advertisers unprecedented social impact and profit by engaging and understanding audiences in new ways. It’s going to be MASSIVE because Melinda is the right person at the right time with exactly the right skills, insights and background to game-change a whole industry. That’s why I’ve invested in her company.”

Steve Little   |  
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, CEO and Founder, Zero Limits Ventures and Activist Capitalist

“Melinda is living and breathing proof of the miracles that happen when you align your business with your true dharma. I’ve watched her find her voice (and wings!) and help so many other entrepreneurs and thought leaders do the same by launching their podcasts and now with the Podopolo™ socially interactive podcasting network. She is building a truly conscious and evolved business.”

Yanik Silver   |  
Entrepreneur, Author Evolved Enterprise, Founder Maverick 1000

“Melinda is an amazing, incredible and brilliant woman, and with this she is evolving our consciousness and helping us overcome our fears to make it a much better world. She is an inspiration to me, hopefully to you too, to live a better life and make a difference.”

Lynne Twist   |  
Author, Soul of Money, Founder Pachamama Alliance

“Wonderful to be part of the cutting-edge podcast platform Podopolo! Finally, we have an opportunity to connect with listeners in a more meaningful way with gamified challenges. See you there!”

Diane Halfman

“Podopolo is reinventing podcasting to make listening and viewing truly interactive. We love that our community can earn meaningful rewards for participating and putting learning into action and changing the world as we do it.  This is more than a media company – it’s a consciousness company!”

Natalie Ledwell   |  
Co-Founder, Mind Movies, Host Not Over, Just Different

“As someone who has been podcasting since early 2016 I am so happy that a platform like this finally exists! It is about time that podcasters can finally get transparent real data and make money from relevant aligned sponsors all in the same place. Unconventional Life is beyond excited for this revolutionary tool in what has been an outdated metrics space.”

Jules Schroeder   |  
CEO and Founder, Unconventional Life

“Podopolo has done it! There is no other podcast network that delivers high-quality shows, courageous content, and gamification to keep everyone entertained and engaged. If you are looking for the next generation in podcasting, this is it!”

Ken Foster   |  
Author, Host, Voices of Courage

“Podopolo blows away the other podcast platforms with audience engagement not possible anywhere; not even Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It’s beyond social media as you know it to provide highly-engaging interactive content. I love it!”

Tony DUrso

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