The Catchup Call: A Podcast

The Catchup Call is a podcast hosted by myself and my ex co-founder Marshall. Each episode is a real catchup call that we record. We catchup roughly every 2 weeks.

Marshall and I recording together IRL when we both lived in St. Louis.


The Catch Up Call
The Catch Up Call
Each episode is a real catchup call between 2 friends and ex-co-founders Marshall Haas and Jon Wheatley. In 2013 Marshall and Jon started a company together called Need/Want. Need/Want is a studio that created and launched a bunch of different e-commerce brands and startups. Marshall and Jon are no longer working together directly, but Marshall is an investor in Jon’s new startup, and Jon still has ownership in Need/Want. Each bi-weekly episode serves as a real catchup call. Marshall and Jon discuss things that have happened in the previous 2 weeks and swap notes.
#12 — Training an AI to write blog posts, FPV Drone Racing, The Peloton ad and more

In this call we cover….

Training an AI to write blog posts as Marshall 

The peloton ad, and the amazing response to it 

A pitch for drone racing. Objectively the best new hobby that it’s possible to have

The cyber truck 

AirBnb going public 

And more. We’re @marshal & @jon on twitter.

#12 — Training an AI to write blog posts, FPV Drone Racing, The Peloton ad and more
#11 — How to rig an election, buying a bastard Porsche, the new and more
#10 — Positioning Stopwatch against other social networks, how Peel navigated the iPhone 11 launch, an expensive sink hole, and more
#9 — How to buy a lifetime supply of food for $500, Hiring a writer from The Onion, How Peel prepares for an iPhone launch, and more
#8 — Identifying and managing burnout, the Neuralink presentation, new business ideas, and more
#7 — Buying the most insane thing on the Internet, creating stories around products, learning web design, and more.
#6 – Liquid Death, bank rolling a professional poker player, almost getting hacked, and more
#5 — WWDC, a beta launch, rental property woes, and more
#4 — Ending the Nomad lifestyle, an engagement, building a house, and more
#3 — Bumping into Tim Ferriss, Beta launch plans for Stopwatch, betting money on world events, and more
#2 — Everything gets stolen, a new rental property, Bali living expenses, making marketing videos, and more
#1 – A Year Of Catching Up: A pitch for a new social network, living as a nomad, and running our businesses remotely


I really enjoy doing this podcast with Marshall and I love that as a side effect of recording and uploading our calls I’m creating an audio backup of everything I’m working on.

In each call we discuss things that we’ve learned, or found interesting in the previous 2 weeks. Topics are mostly about design, product and business. We both try to be pretty open about the stuff we’re working on and share as much as possible.

Marshall and I have worked a lot of different things together. He now runs Peel and he’s an investor in stopwatch. We usually have a lot to talk about.

The Catchup Call should be available in your podcast app of choice or you can manually add it here.