“Honestly, what the hell were you thinking?”
It was a common reaction among friends and former colleagues.
You see, I had been in San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. I started a business in college, worked at a Y-Combinator startup, and learned web development at The Starter League, a school taught at 37signals. What the hell was I doing moving to a tiny city on the Gulf Coast?
The truth is that Mobile, Alabama was never on the map for me. I stumbled into that town—one known more for leprechaun sightings than technology. Friends that didn't live in the South didn't even understand that there was a city named Mobile. Those friends assumed that I was working on mobile products and applications. They were rightly confused.
I moved to Mobile to take a big boy job at a seventy-person advertising agency. It was the first time I had worked for a company that large. The people were quirky, and entertaining, our clients were not.
There weren't really any designers or developers in Mobile. The ones that existed worked for the same agency. It didn't take long to discover that there was no tech community to be found in mobile. The experience was brutally isolating.
From that isolation, and the dull boredom it produced, emerged Signal Tower. It wasn't long after moving that I started hosting video calls with friends and fellow entrepreneurs. We'd talk about successes, failures and offer each other advice.
One day I had a great idea—I'd start recording those conversations.
Here you'll find a collection of conversations with entrepreneurs, designers, writers and people working on remarkable things.
I release a series of interviews at a time. Once a series is released there will be a new interview week-after-week for six weeks. Most interviews have north of 3,000 words and take about 20 minutes to read. For those that like podcasts or are interested in the uncut conversations, I've included audio and video versions. Perhaps in the future I'll include a Kindle version.
A brief summary of the most recent interview is sent out on the day of publication. It is my goal to make Signal Tower that newsletter you can't wait to get. I hope you'll give it a shot and subscribe.
I value white space, typography and function. Signal Tower is my interpretation of how publication should exist in the internet age—where design complements content.
To achieve this, the backend of this site has a special layout tool, which allows me to create interview layouts dynamically. This ensures that you'll never see the same layout twice.
I've put a monumental amount of energy into this publication over the years. Signal Tower has no staff. I am the interviewer, editor, producer, publisher, transcriber, designer, developer, marketer—you get it, it's just me.
Knowing that you get value out of the site is what keeps me going. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions, interview ideas, or just to say "hello!" You can reach me at email@example.com or @SamuelRSolomon on Twitter. If you're interested in essays or my experience running this site, checkout solomon.io.
Thanks for sticking with me!
—Sam Solomon, Founder