The Verge is It is exciting to announce Hot Pod Summit — our invite-only event for creators, decision-makers, and trendsetters in the audio industry — is Return to Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn On February 23rd, we’ll be holding a day-long summit of panels, conversations, and interactive programming exploring the latest developments in podcasting, audiobooks, and more. Ariel Shapiro will lead the event. Hot Pod’s lead writer, and feature appearances from Nicholas Quah, author of Vulture’s 1.5x Speed Newsletter and founder Hot PodNilay Patel is editor-in chief of The Verge.

We’re thrilled to once again be partnering with the incredible team at work x work Produce the event. Hot Pod Summit is part of work x work’s On Air FestThe premier event for creative audio artists and inspired listeners is. This year’s creative festival is being held February 23rd–25th at Wythe Hotel Brooklyn features Kara Swisher (Audie Cornish), Talib Kweli and Krista Tippett. John Cameron Mitchell, Craig Finn and Kevin Morby also have special sessions. Find out more about single or two-day tickets and how to purchase them. at Plus, On Air is Radiolab hosted the podcast’s first ever fan experience, complete with immersive rooms and exhibitions. On My Favorite Murder, Being and many other topics. The Podcast Experience runs all day February 23rd–26th. You can purchase tickets at

Hot Pod Ariel Shapiro is a journalist who sits down and talks with professionals in the industry about the potential opportunities as audiobooks embrace longer form stories and write in big ways. Nir Zicherman, Spotify’s global head of audiobooks, Dan Zitt, senior vice president of content production at Penguin Random House Audio. Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project A host of other items Happier Podcast, Shapiro joins Shapiro for a discussion about the impact of the audiobook boom on the industry.

Speed 1.5x Writer Nicholas Quah John Perotti is the Rococo Punch founder. They discuss how narrative podcasts can be a profitable business. 2023 Beyond. Quah wrote it in a recent column Surveying thousands of podcasters about their year-end predictions. “There was quite a bit of concern about the longer-term viability of the limited-run narrative series with several people arguing that the current ad-driven economics behind the format simply cannot hold.” So what might a sustainable business model look like — and is One exists. at all?

Decoder Host and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel will sit down with Conal Byrne, iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO, for a live recorded interview to discuss iHeartMedia’s expansive podcast network, competing in the crowded digital ad market, and where the radio giant is Next stop Decoder is A weekly podcast by The Verge It asks innovators and executives how they make their decisions, as well as where their industries are heading. Here’s how you can listen.