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The RebelRebel Podcast is a regular dive into the hearts and minds of creative rebels and entrepreneurs.

We talk about life, the universe, and what makes us get up every morning with a bounce in our step; or hard-earned advice on how to best claw your way across the kitchen floor to get that first cup of coffee.

Sometimes it’s about deadlines and exploring limitations, but mostly it’s about challenging ourselves and the world to make a difference and not play small.

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Outstanding Business Series

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Outstanding Business Series, Best Host, Outstanding Title Theme, Outstanding Original Music

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Mar 25, 2024

"I gotta stop complaining and do something about it."

Guest: Amir Shiekh, PONDERLY.COM

In this thought-provoking episode of The RebelRebel Podcast, Michael Dargie engages with Amir Sheik, the visionary behind, a unique platform designed to foster understanding and dialogue across diverse perspectives.

Born from Amir's frustration with societal divisiveness and his subsequent determination to be part of the solution, Ponderly emerges as a beacon of hope in a sea of echo chambers. Amidst the backdrop of COVID's global introspection, Amir shares the journey from concept to reality, highlighting the platform's commitment to presenting issues from multiple angles to empower informed decision-making.

This conversation delves into the essence of Ponderly's mission, the challenges of neutrality, and the profound personal growth that fuels Amir's dedication to constructive discourse. Join us as we explore how Ponderly aims to change the way we consume information and interact with opposing viewpoints, all while navigating the intricacies of content creation, user engagement, and the endless pursuit of common ground.

Stuff Amir Says

"We're expecting the user to take that and then make informed decisions. We are neutral as a platform."
"Not everything is interestingly controversial... It's not really a debate."
"Most people are not dumb or intelligent... It's just very complicated."
"Instead of trying to fight fire with fire, let's find a way to get people together."

Episode Highlights

  • Introduction to Amir Sheik and the inspiration behind Ponderly.
  • The development journey of Ponderly from concept to platform.
  • Discussing the unique content approach of presenting multiple perspectives.
  • Exploring the challenges of maintaining neutrality and engaging users.
  • Amir's personal journey of changing viewpoints and understanding.
  • Strategies for fostering respectful dialogue and protecting platform users.
  • The role of content moderation and the importance of the First Amendment.
  • Future plans for Ponderly and the quest for investor engagement.

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