Our new podcast series, The 1 California, is back with an interview with Ashish Desai, VP of Product at 99designs. 99designs is the best place on the Internet to find an excellent designer. You can run a contest, get tons of submissions, and then refine a few designs before choosing a winner. Or you can contact and hire a designer directly.

In this episode, Ashish talks about how a failed Internet venture (with me :)) helped him recognize the opportunity at 99designs. He talks about managing a development team on two different continents and how 99designs’ Australian culture helps the team focus on the future and improvement. There is even a little Duke basketball discussed and we finish with 5 Questions, a new feature on The 1 California.

The 1 California podcast is on iTunes and on the Web.