Open Notes


Hello. Nice to see you here. This is my open notebook, the place to try ideas to see if they can survive in the wild. It’s a mix of short-form fiction, shorter-form essays, and very short-form thoughts. I post newsletters and blogs here. It’s loose by design, so don’t expect order.

Curious? Read a randomly-selected post: Surprise me!


I am a writer-producer. I produce podcasts now and have a long history in television and film production. I write novels. I am an adjunct faculty at the USC School of Architecture. Father of three, married to a goddess. Santa Monica, CA is my home. I was born in New York City.

I’m the founder and lead producer at Red Cup Agency. We work on interview, narrative, and audio drama podcasts. Subscribe to my newsletter The Waveform for a combination of company news and thoughts about audio production.


Looking forward, new projects are at FutureX.Studio, a studio for futurist projects. Looking back, 500 Words is an archive of my current writing output.

I wrote a science fiction novel called Surrender.

In the early days of the self-publishing boom, I boomed along with many others. Here’s a section of what I’ve published.

The Angel Playbook: An Essential Guide for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors Available in Kindle and audiobook editions.

Chronicle of a Startup Town: Los Angeles Available in Kindle and paperback editions.

Be More Popular: Culture-Building for Startups Available in Kindle, audio book, and paperback editions.

Subscribe to 500Words to see what I’m publishing next or look at my media kit page for a listing of mentions, publications, and other works.


I’ve walked away from Twitter. Say hello on Mastodon.

Fun fact. I used to write for the iconic cartoon ThunderCats.

Thanks for reading.

Lee Schneider