On The Vendor Floor with Melissa Emler Episode 0

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Why a podcast?

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I really enjoy them.  I also like to blog and share my ideas with as many people as possible, but my blog is scattered into a million ideas because I do so many different things, and I read so vastly that I cannot for the life of me narrow the focus of my blog.  To be honest, the purpose of my blog is to heal my heart.  So, I'm avoiding the question...I decided to podcast because I'm very passionate about edtech and edtech startups and the impact it and they will have on teaching and more importantly learning.  I decided that creating a podcast about edtech startups specifically for people deemed to be curators of content and technology for their colleagues would help them get info in manageable doses.  Consuming a podcast is a lot less messy than piling articles to read up on your desk or sending links into the bookmark abyss.  In each episode, I ask the interview guest who my listeners should share this tool with inside their schools.  We all know not every tool is suitable for every classroom.  By the time you finish the episode (actually just a few minutes in), you will know exactly who will benefit most from this edtech tool.  At that point, share the podcast with them.  Easy. Peasy.

The other reason I decided on a podcast was I have a big mouth, and this particular avenue of distributing content seems to have the greatest reach.  It also gave me a place to find focus and add value to the landscape of education.


Format of On The Vendor Floor

On The Vendor Floor is a twice weekly podcasts with Tuesday and Friday release dates. The shows will range between 30 and 40 minutes.  I will interview founders of ed tech startups.  Sometimes I may not have the founder because of time constraints, but the interviewee will certainly be an early employee who knows the roots of the company.  My bonus episodes will strive to produce content to help educators understand the start up landscape, pricing structures, venture capital, etc, because the politics of those things definitely impact our classrooms.  Ever had a product you love disappear?  Yeah, me too!  I want to help everyone understand why that happens sometimes.  We'll also dive into data privacy and security and digital citizenship and and and...so much more.

How You Can Help On The Vendor Floor

You can help by subscribing, rating, and reviewing on iTunes or Stitcher.  Leaving me comments on the blog or sending me an email about what you like, don't like, and want to learn will help me plan my content.  Maybe most importantly, you can share the episodes and tools that resonate with you.  Help me spread the word.  Oh, and one more thing, if you know people who would make great guests because they have created something awesome or they know a lot about startups, send them the link to the form "Be On The Vendor Floor".  I appreciate you listening and getting this far in my journey already.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


  1. Micki Uppena on 09/30/2015 at 12:00 AM

    I am so excited to continue learning from you through “On the Vendor Floor!”

    • Melissa Emler on 10/08/2015 at 8:09 PM

      Oh Micki…you know my friend Minnie right?!? LOL! Thanks for listening!

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