TJ Young TJ brings over 10 years of podcast experience to and is the original founder of Search for Como, developing the idea at age 9 seeking to own and operate his own company. Entering the market in 2002, investors initially jumped on to fund the concept of Como, which became a hot topic within the industry and was described by analysts as “audacious, yet groundbreaking.” However, TJ found that these outside influences had compromised the integrity of the podcast, which essentially became a vehicle to sell merchandise and war bonds. Sick of being a corporate puppet, TJ pulled the plug and sought to pursue the project privately, managing to convince fellow contributors Michael Gioia and Matt Snyder to join him on his endeavors. The result is what you see now. To TJ, Como is a medium to communicate the absurd and sometimes profound convictions of its founders that would otherwise remain canned given your normal day. At the ripe age of 20, he attends Rutgers University, studying Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. When he’s not recording SFC, he’s busy experimenting with altered states of mind, searching for good music, and sampling the life of foreign places and cultures. Post-Como, TJ aspires to go into Marketing and Advertising, retire young, and potentially wander out west after making his fortune to get away from all the hullabaloo.
Matt Snyder During the spring of 2011, Matt was going through some old notes from his previous work at a day trading firm in Jacksonville, Florida. There he found, scribbled on one of his outdated business cards, an exhaustively comprehensive podcast proposal. The proposal outlined a three-person podcast, which if it were to be developed, would be mystifyingly entitled, Search for Como. After a vigorous audition process, Matt ultimately selected TJ Young and Michael Gioia as Search for Como’s two newest conversational comrades. Matt uses Como primarily as a means to drop his façade of everyday life and enter into a world of linguistical arrogance and utter pretentiousness. Matt has convinced himself that he did not discover Como, but rather that Como planted itself within his old mementos in order to lead a falsely nostalgic, vulnerable Matt towards a public outrage of both revealing condemnations of society and conventional beliefs. Regardless, currently in his junior year, Matt attends Syracuse University where he studies Television and Film. Recently, he has been writing comedy, sketching landscapes, and conceptualizing several film scripts. His future plans are largely unknown, but many speculate that he’ll play an integral role in the film and media industry in the coming years.
Michael Gioia It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing searching for Como. Michael Gioia was in a cafe in Greenwich Village when he discussed the blue prints for Como with foreign diplomats and post-Ashcan school artists. The assemblage went sour when one of the foreign diplomats demanded that his name be included in the title. Downtrodden and destitute, Michael walked the streets for what seemed like two hours before he stumbled upon a White Stripes cover-street band lead by Matt Snyder and TJ Young. After they finished their set, the three men spoke of fantasy and lore, and realized their insight and intelligence would be bolstered if they joined forces towards a common goal. Search for Como is one of many accomplishments Michael has compiled through the years, amongst attending Siena College for English literature. Looking to the future, Michael plans on becoming an educator, writer, and ambassador to the government of Liberia. The eyes and faces all turned towards Como, and they believed.