Listen: Cake, a forum for interests without fighting
"Talking tech is brought to you in part by northwestern. University offered in partnership with north Western's Feinberg school of medicine. The program prepares students for emerging opportunities across the healthcare spectrum. Details are at SPS dot northwestern dot EDU slash informatics. Cars motorcycles, parenting travel, photography, the sort of things people like to talk about online without getting into fights as Chris mccaskill will tell you. He's got a forum called take dot CO. He's the co Pounder of the smug monk photo site, and we're going to hear all about cake today on talking tech when you follow people, you get everything that they have to talk about like on Facebook, you primarily follow people for your friends and family your nieces and cousins and so on, but you've got an uncle who likes to talk politics and it gets quite divisive. And so on with us you follow your interest and your interests may be mountain biking or photography or whatever. It may be and maybe you don't care about politics. So you can't always talk about your interest with your friends and family because you wanna talk about some specific lens on your camera or whatever, and they're just not into that. You would bore them. So cake is really good for that you can drill into your interest and for a lot of that the anger just kinda disputes. So what motivated you to start cake? You know, I had a motorcycle message for him that I started that actually provided to me at least the idea for smug mug. It's called adventure writer now is three point two million active users on it's amazing and. It was just this unusual hobby that I have I happen to love motorcycles and writing through places like Mexico and up to Alaska, and so on they're the kind of adventurous motorcycles that Comey like BMW makes and it the idea was you would write travelogues of your stories, and we had a mantra picture didn't happen. So he'd write a paragraph of text in then pick and so on. Riding through Africa or something like that. And it didn't have good photo hosting in. That's what gave birth to smug MC. I always thought adventure writer, we'd go away because of the dawn of friendster and Facebook and Twitter in them, having their billions and artificial intelligence engines in, you know, tuning for, you know, your interest in. Knowing your psychology and trying to get to engage in aids. And so on but it never did. And with just need ministering. It it grew to where it is today and people just love it. But the problem was it wasn't general enough. We wanted to talk about iphones in watches and cameras, and and parenting and everything else, you can think of and so we in also the forum software that was built on was older. You know looks like twin the nineties. So we wanted something fresh, and modern and broader than motorcycles and house kick, do you know, we have thousands of customers not millions. So it's a fairly intimate size of community. But it's a growing well at Leeds overcome. I think the chicken in the problem, which is so hard to get started in the beginning. And is kick dot CO, correct kicked that CEO and people have questions for you just look for at Chris on cake. Yep. Are you going to send me Email at Chris kick dot com? Already crispy Cascal. Thank you so much for telling us all about cake. Good luck with service. It's a lot of fun. I'm Jefferson Graham with USA today. You can find me on Twitter at Jefferson Graham. I think you could find me on cake at Jefferson Graham, right? Great sounds like something like that. So I look forward to having a conversation with you there. Talking tech is brought to you in part by Northwestern University. The huge amounts of healthcare data available today as well as advanced as in technology are making a profound impact on health care students enrolled in northwestern university's online master's program in health informatics, build the expertise needed to use that data and deliver more efficient ineffective patient care offered in partnership with north Western's Feinberg school of medicine. The program prepares students for emerging opportunities across the healthcare spectrum including specializations that are perfect for healthcare. Business and IT professionals. Details are at SPS dot northwestern dot EDU slash informatics."