99U Podcast: Grace Bonney on Building Your Own Empire

On the internet, companies rise and fall in a matter of months. Relative unknowns can skyrocket to be worth billions at light speed only to go belly up shortly after. Amongst all this volatility how can we create something that withstands the test of time?

In this episode of the 99U Podcast, we chat with Grace Bonney, founder of the site Design*Sponge and author of Design*Sponge at Home. Bonney has been running the DIY design blog for over ten years and has a ton of wisdom to share about blogging, creating something sustainable on the web, and much more. Things we discuss:

  • How Bonney evolved Design*Sponge from a side project to a full-fledged business with a growing staff.
  • What to do when you lose a large chunk of your revenue.
  • How to continually reinvent yourself and your product without alienating your community.

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99U Podcast 4: Grace Bonney (runtime: 42 mins)



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Sean is the Managing Editor and Producer of 99U. Sean is a co-founder of Technically Philly and Philly Tech Week. Email him: blanda@adobe.com or find him on Twitter: @SeanBlanda.
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