John Gruber (born 1973) is a technology blogger, UI
designer, and the inventor of the Markdown
markup language. Gruber is from the Philadelphia
, area. He received his Bachelor of Science
in computer science
from Drexel University
, then worked for Bare Bones Software
(2000–02) and Joyent
(2005–06). Since 2002, he has written and produced Daring Fireball, a technology-focused blog. He hosts a related podcast
called ''The Talk Show''. In early 2013, Gruber, Brent Simmons
, and Dave Wiskus founded software development firm Q Branch to develop the Vesper notes app for iOS
. The venture was not successful, and Q Branch has since shut down. In March 2020, Gruber started a new podcast with friend and colleague Ben Thompson
called ''Dithering''. Each episode is exactly 15 minutes long, and access to the triweekly show is granted via subscription.
Gruber has described his Daring Fireball writing as a "Mac
column in the form of a weblog." It was partly inspired by kottke.org
and Jason Kottke
. The site is written in the form of a tumblelog
called ''The Linked List'', a linklog
with brief commentary, in between occasional longform articles that discuss Apple
products and issues in related consumer technology. Gruber often writes about user interfaces, software development
, Mac applications, and Apple's media coverage.
left|The original Daring Fireball T-shirt
In 2004, Gruber began selling memberships, where readers donate an amount of money annually and gain access to other perks. The perks included more detailed feeds
, but Gruber has downplayed the importance of the extra features, comparing them to "PBS
Daring Fireball logo T-shirts are also sold, which include a membership.
Gruber's last account of his part-time Daring Fireball income called it a substantial side income, short of a full-time salary.
For most of the time when Daring Fireball was a part-time project, Gruber worked as an independent web designer; between late 2005 and April 2006, Gruber's main job was at Joyent
where he helped with the TextDrive acquisition.
In April 2006, producing Daring Fireball became Gruber's full-time job, funded by advertisement revenue, membership fees, T-shirt sales, and donations from software projects also hosted on the site, such as Markdown
From 2006 to 2017, the site displayed advertisements from The Deck, an advertising network serving sites like A List Apart
in addition to Daring Fireball. In addition to this, many Amazon.com
links once carried Daring Fireball's referral ID, and the site's preferences once included a choice of local Amazon store. Amazon removed Daring Fireball from their affiliate program for a violation of their terms of service
''The Talk Show''
''The Talk Show'' is a technology podcast
started by Gruber intended as a "director's commentary
" to his website, Daring Fireball. In June 2007, Gruber and Dan Benjamin
began co-hosting an independent podcast featuring conversations and commentary on trends, mainly focusing on technology at thetalkshow.net. This format persisted but the show "started over" and helped establish Benjamin's 5by5 Studios
network. The show ran from July 2010 until May 2012 for a total of 90 episodes. Gruber moved the show to the Mule Radio Syndicate
network in May 2012. This time, Gruber changed the format and became the sole host of the show with alternating guests each episode. The show ran for 80 episodes and in May 2014, ''The Talk Show'' parted ways with Mule Radio and became part of Daring Fireball.
The show continues to use the episode number scheme and logo started at Mule Radio.
While Gruber has remained a constant through all four iterations of the show, archives of the show's episodes are inconsistent. The initial 27 episodes that were co-hosted with Benjamin were removed by Dan in 2016. Only some of the episodes created during the time at Mule Radio remain available.
Guests are mainly programmers, designers, analysts and journalists. Some recurring guests include John Moltz
, Marco Arment
, Merlin Mann
, Craig Hockenberry
, John Siracusa
, Rene Ritchie
, Guy English
, MG Siegler
, Ben Thompson
, Joanna Stern
, Brent Simmons
, Om Malik
, Jason Snell
, Christa Mrgan
, Dave Wiskus
, Matthew Panzarino
, and Serenity Caldwell
Apple Inc. senior vice president
(SVP) of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller
appeared as a guest on the live episode of ''The Talk Show'' during WWDC
2015 in San Francisco. Apple SVPs Eddy Cue
and Craig Federighi
appeared as guests on a recorded episode published February 12, 2016. Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi also appeared on the live episodes of ''The Talk Show'' during WWDC 2016 and 2017.
''The Talk Show'' is known for its lengthy episodes. Todd Vaziri
periodically updates a graph showing episode lengths.
External linksDaring Fireball The Talk Show Markdown
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