042: Parviz Parvizi on Clammr, Coffee, Coase and the Economy of Iran
Parviz Parvizi is co-founder of Clammr, a mobile app and platform making audio more social and viral. Users are calling Clammr, which features snack-sized audio clips of 18 seconds or less, the “Instagram of Audio” and “Audio Twitter”.
Previously, Parviz worked at McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Communications Commission, and O’Melveny & Myers.
He has advised top 5 global media companies and mobile carriers on strategy and growth. He was a founder of McKinsey’s iConsumer research initiative on digital consumer behavior, authoring 3 of the firm’s 10 most-downloaded media sector knowledge documents.
Parviz was a Olin Law & Economics Fellow at Yale Law School. At Cornell he majored in economics and served as President of the Cornell Economics Society while an undergraduate.
Parviz holds a JD from Yale Law School and AB from Cornell.
In this interview, Parviz mentions and discusses: development economics, poverty, transitional economies, microeconomics, exports, auction markets, transaction costs, fair trade, taxes, theory of specialisation, Coase theorem, theory of the firm, property rights, bargaining power, market prices, transaction costs, fair trade, economic growth, consumption, productivity, autarky,
In this interview, Parviz mentions and discusses: Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith,David Ricardo, Ronald Coase and Steven Dubnar,
- Adam Smith and Ronald Coase
- about Clammr, the amazingly new app that shares an 18-second audio clip just like an audio tweet.
- about Parviz Parvizi’s journey from Iran to the US.
- how Parviz Parvizi got his name.
- how there are 4 hours of audio-only time each day for people and how Clammr can accommodate your needs.
- about the motivation behind the creation of Clammr and how Parviz and his co-founder solved a problem.
- how Clammr was built up from the beginning at zero cost.
- what Clammr found out about podcasting.
- the difficulties of growing and monetising a podcast and how Clammr is helping podcasters to solve these challenges.
- about the social aspect of Clammr and how you can share audio snippets to your friends, colleagues and audience.
- if Clammr will adopt a monetization model similar to YouTube.
- how Clammr’s ‘Hear More’ button can potentially lead to a paid transaction for users.
- about the opportunities that exist for users of Clammr in the education sector.
- how teachers can use Clammr in assessments and how students can collaborate to give their audio response in a mashup-like answer.
- how Clammr could be the new route for a musician to become known, just like the way Justin Bieber made it using YouTube.
- how being an early adopter of a new platform can lead to a large following.
- about the sensation that is PewDiePie on YouTube and his degree in Industrial Economics.
- about Parviz’s work in the Tanzania and Ethiopia coffee trade market.
- about the challenges faced by African coffee growers and how Parviz solved this problem.
- Parviz’s views on the recent US-Iran deal.
- how the US-Iran deal may have economic limitations due to Iran’s economy being 70% state-dominated.
- about the benefits of an export-oriented market economy.
- about the benefits of a knowledge economy.
- how democracy and economic growth could improve if marginalised groups in society are helped.
Quotes by Parviz in Episode 042 of the Economic Rockstar Podcast:
You build a more sustainable business if the way you get paid is a way in which all parties involved actually get value – Parviz Parvizi
Don’t sell yourself short in terms of where you’re aiming and don’t think that your starting point has to define your ending point – Parviz Parvizi
Even if you’re aren’t getting access to the very best schools, it doesn’t actually take that much time to catch up with hard work – Parviz Parvizi
Aim high and exposing yourself to people, institutions and places of incredibly high standards is a great way to push yourself even if initially you’re kind of a failure”– Parviz Parvizi
The Next Decade of Podcasting:
- What’s in store for the next decade of podcasting and radio? Check out this great post.
- Clammr releases Future Podcasting 2015 Report on SlideShare.
- The Future of Podcasting by Parviz Parvizi.
Where to Find Parviz Parvizi:
Links for the Clammr App:
- Download Clammr for iPhone/iPad in the App Store or by visiting Clammr.
- For Android use the web-based publisher to upload files and for a basic listening experience.
- Workshop and update videos.