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Talking through my hat


Released every Tuesday, Talking Through My Hat explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs. To avoid missing anything, why not subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter?

Jan 15, 2019

Ryan Morison is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across two continents developing and commercialising digital publishing solutions, from a digital reading ecosystem, through a multichannel content-management solution to an award-winning direct-sales platform. He's even run a successful crowdfunding campaign for a subscription-based website! Now, he runs publishing-technology company Erudition and direct-to-consumer music publisher Informance.

In this week's episode, we talk about his journey from musician to publishing entrepreneur, the problems that a high-risk no-prisoners approach can cause, and his just-in-time approach to learning - seeking out what you need to know at the time, rather than spending valuable time on business books that aren't relevant.

Two books he recommends in the episode are Winning without losing by by Martin Bjergegaard, Jordan Milne, and The origin of wealth by Eric Beinhocker.