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The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands. On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, m ...
 
After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreograph ...
 
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How does a start-up geared to healthcare workers balance giving back during Covid with the desire for growth? FIGS, an emerging lifestyle brand for medical professionals that built its name around premium scrubs, faced key choices amid the pandemic. Co-founder and co-CEO Heather Hasson explains why a commitment to offering free PPE, isolation gowns…
 
For any distinctive brand or business, it can be a challenge to expand reach without diluting what makes you special. No one has a keener understanding of this issue than Bob Iger, executive chair and former CEO of the Walt Disney Company. In this special two-part episode, Iger takes us through how he supercharged the House of Mouse while acquiring…
 
The Menominee Tribe has known adversity and triumph as grassroots efforts have preserved the land and culture of the tribe. Among those efforts is work in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous people not just from the Menominee tribe but across the state of Wisconsin. If you have any information on the cases of Rae, Sarah, or Katelyn, call 715-994-13…
 
When he became CEO on the eve of the pandemic, Nike's John Donahoe starting game plan revolved around listening and being out in the marketplace. But when lockdowns began rolling through, he quickly adjusted, assuming what he calls a "wartime" approach to leadership. Donahoe's view is that top-down stewardship matters now more than ever. To not onl…
 
Successful daredevils aren't really winging it, even if it looks that way from the outside. They have a method. No one knows this better – or does this better – than Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. Sir Richard has been willing to take death-defying entrepreneurial leaps again and again, into new markets and industries, establishin…
 
In February 2005, Tania Herman brutally attacked and attempted to kill Maria Korp, the wife of her boyfriend. As Maria lay in a coma in the hospital, Tania confessed that she had committed the crime but pointed the finger at her boyfriend Joe Korp as the mastermind. Would anyone believe her? Book Recommendation: The Maria Korp Case by Carly Crawfor…
 
Coming February 23: An all-new season of Masters of Scale, with iconic leaders and rising stars of scale companies. This season, Reid Hoffman trades theories with Disney CEO Bob Iger, model/mogul Tyra Banks, investor Mark Cuban, Houzz founder Adi Tatarko, Beyond Meat founder Ethan Brown, Sir Richard Branson – and many more. Plus, we’ve got Live epi…
 
Maintaining high performance in business has become harder than ever, between health challenges, economic obstacles, and political uncertainty. But we all still work to win. Jerry Stackhouse, coach of the Vanderbilt University men’s basketball team and former NBA all-star, is focused on winning – in the near-term, and the long term. His experience …
 
Call him the unofficial U.S. ambassador to Silicon Valley. As director of the Defense Innovation Unit within the U.S. Department of Defense, Mike Brown is tasked with bridging the gap between technology innovators and the U.S. government. Formerly CEO of Symantec, Brown knows the significant opportunity public-private partnerships can offer entrepr…
 
Maria Korp spent the end of 2004 and the start of 2005 weighing her options. She didn’t want to end her marriage to her philandering husband Joe, but she also was tired of how she was being treated. In February 2005, the choice was taken from her when she was brutally attacked. This sparked one of the most sensational cases in Victoria, Australia. …
 
The pandemic era has ushered in a new wave of food insecurity, with some 50 millions Americans hungry for food aid. How could Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, meet the moment? CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot describes the immense challenge: volunteers unavailable, mass-distribution centers untenable, resources unreliable. But with…
 
How do you build expertise in new tech like quantum, crypto and AI? How much attention should you be paying to the stock market right now? How do you keep your company's culture fresh if you don't have an influx of fresh talent? Host Reid Hoffman and editor-at-large Bob Safian dig into the most-often-whispered questions of entrepreneurs right now –…
 
Over a decade before Holly Bobo disappeared from a town outside Decaturville, Tennessee, another young woman went missing. But after Holly’s kidnapping, the sheriff went on TV and said things like this don’t happen in that area. It left the family of Kristie Moon to ask, had she been forgotten? If you have any information, please call the Decatur C…
 
As we grapple with pandemic-charged change in business and as a society, we’ve become more fractured, more divisive, and more vulnerable. Adam Grant, best-selling author and professor at the Wharton School, argues that recognizing what we don't know is the key step on the road to insight, competitive advantage, and community peace. In his new book,…
 
Great entrepreneurs aren't just product obsessed; they're impact obsessed. Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, has spent most of her career thinking about how to project – and steward – the possible uses of artificial intelligence. Affectiva uses AI to read people's emotional states, but Rana won't put her software to work for just a…
 
When Pamela Butler disappeared in February 2009, two persons of interest rose to the top of the list. But the investigation stalled until a cold case detective took a look at the file in 2017 and found that he wasn’t setting out to solve one cold case. He was going to solve two. Sponsors: betterhelp.com/crimelines Molekule.com promo code: CRIMELINE…
 
Expectations for solar are high under a Biden administration, says Lynn Jurich, CEO of the solar power company Sunrun. While Sunrun's stock price has quadrupled in the past year, Jurich faces not only high-profile competition but the complexities of a new-style energy utility and the vagaries of politics and policy in the most partisan environment …
 
Originally streamed live on Jan 14th, 2021, cast members Alex Brightman, Andrew Barth Feldman, Lesli Margherita, Michael Urie, Lillias White, James Monroe Iglehart, Ramin Karimloo and a few surprise guests joined us for a fun chat about episodes 1 through 8. Watch the original video here: https://youtu.be/hbnguUYIHnM For the full cast & creatives l…
 
The biggest challenge for founders often isn’t winning the strategic game – it’s winning the mental game. For a master class in mastering your emotions, we turn to Sam Harris, author, neuroscientist, and philosopher. His podcast “Making Sense,” his app “Waking Up,” and his many books have drawn a devoted following among entrepreneurs in Silicon Val…
 
In January 2016, Linda Skeek disappeared from her home in Anchorage, Alaska. The state pursued a rare no-body murder trial in her case. But before the trial occurred, Linda’s sister-in-law Shirley Skeek went missing. The cases are not linked, except by the grief of the family who has lost so much. If you have any information in either case, call th…
 
It's been an epic journey for iconic New York City restaurateur and Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer. Forced by the pandemic into closures and layoffs last spring, as he poignantly shared in two previous episodes, Danny stayed optimistic and was rewarded through the summer and fall, as new menu innovations and new dining protocols brought back custo…
 
Google has succeeded by innovating again and again. Their secret? They don’t tell their employees how to innovate; they manage the chaos. Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google since 2001 and now chair of parent company Alphabet, shares the controversial management techniques he created to lead an environment of free-flowing ideas – and the disciplined de…
 
When a vicious custody battle ends in murder, the police initially suspect the angry ex. But the clues began to point elsewhere--at an overprotective family member. The investigators sorted through the evidence to decide who they thought was to blame but could the prosecutor prove it beyond a reasonable doubt? Book recommendation: Kathryn Casey’s D…
 
Stavros is taking the Avvatar team by storm—and Emma Olivia couldn’t be more thrilled! Well, no, but she’s an actress and she can pretend! Speaking of pretending, Bobby and Kay are busy pretending that Thomas isn’t a problem, Steve and Cheryl are pretending they were never worried, and ambitious Maxwell Fernsby comes up against a brick wall. (That’…
 
Amidst the devastating effects of the pandemic, one in five women has left the workforce, and the gender pay gap and wealth gap are expanding. There's a long-term cost to that inequity, says Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, a fintech platform dedicated to serving women investors – and businesses can help to address that cost. A lon…
 
Rent the Runway co-founder Jenn Hyman knows: Behind every successful business is another business backstage, one you might not expect. Rent the Runway is known for creating a glamorous "closet in the cloud,” but as Hyman explains, it achieved unicorn status by mastering a few less glamorous businesses — including the world’s largest dry-cleaning op…
 
When Fred Jablin and Piper Rountree began dating, people couldn’t help but think it was a case of opposites attract. But when their difference strained their marriage to the breaking point, an expensive and drawn out divorce followed and ended in murder. Podcast recommendation: Women and Murder Live stream schedule: https://getvokl.com/channel/char…
 
If 2021 is even half as unpredictable as 2020 was, you'll need to dig deep into your resilience and wisdom to get through. We've pulled together this special episode of Masters of Scale to serve as a sort of primer for the new year, full of lessons learned from the sometimes devastating, sometimes inspiring year we just put behind us. These lessons…
 
On December 16, 2004, a woman pulled up outside Bobbie Jo Stinnett's house in Skidmore, Missouri. The pretense was to look at some puppies Bobbie Jo had for sale. But when the woman left, Bobbie Jo was dead. Time stamp to skip details of severe abuse: 39:22 Thank you to today's sponsor Better Help Music by Scott Buckley Cover art by Lars Hacking of…
 
I answered your questions about podcasting, true crime, and work/life balance yesterday on a live stream. I cleaned up the audio but this was an off the cuff live discussion so a little different than usual. Link for tomorrow's NYE live stream. I'm going to hop on and say hi for a few minutes. You can also watch at the Crimeline's Facebook page htt…
 
In 2000, 2001, and 2004, the same family living in small town, Missouri experienced three separate tragedies: two murders and one disappearance. This week, I will bring you the stories of two of those cases--the murder of Wendy Gillenwater and the disappearance of Branson Perry. Next week, we will cover the murder and fetal abduction case of Bobbie…
 
Our host, Reid Hoffman, and our editor at large, Bob Safian, in conversation about a pandemic-disrupted year filled with unexpected twists and lessons. From the rise (and risks) of remote work to accelerations in tech; from supply-chain disruption to opportunities in manufacturing; from stock-market fluctuations to social justice demonstrations, 20…
 
In March of 2020, Oklahoma Legislature passed Ida’s Law to make it easier for law enforcement to investigate the cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people. This month, we are going to cover four of those cases. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Ida Beard, call the El Reno Police Department at 405-262-2121 If you have …
 
Auditions for Avvatar are finally here—how many blue-themed songs can one creative team hear? As many as the auditioners want to sing, frankly. But just as hope seems lost… a miracle of muscle and ability sweeps into Ripley-Grier and blows everyone away. And diva Emma-Olivia may be the most surprised and thrown of them all. For the full cast & crea…
 
Salesforce's much-buzzed-about deal to acquire Slack for $28 billion goes back a decade, when Friendfeed founder Bret Taylor met Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield. Now Taylor is Salesforce's president, while Butterfield runs Slack. In this episode, Taylor talks about how the pandemic helped the two friends bring their businesses together, and what…
 
The secret to massive scale? Be a platform. Build a virtuous cycle where everyone wins, and you’ll emerge the biggest winner of all. This is what Tobi Lütke did when he built Shopify – and then opened it up to the world. Cameo appearances by: Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt (Google), Julia Hartz (Eventbrite), and Gustav Söderström (Spotify). Read a transc…
 
The most important aspect of Avvatar is finally being discussed: No, not the new script from Thomas (which Kay is still fuming over privately). The marketing campaign! As producers Cheryl and Steve—and science consultant Andrew Barth Feldman—take meetings, Kay and Bobby try to make it work with Thomas, and Emma Olivia is enticed by Maxwell Fernsby,…
 
Why leave a storied tech icon to lead a troubled brand? As the pandemic deepened this summer, Peggy Johnson left a safe perch at Microsoft to take the helm of one-time startup darling Magic Leap, which had just barely avoided bankruptcy. Yet with CEO roles for women in tech still unfortunately rare, Johnson felt compelled to take a risk. Now she's …
 
Onboarding isn't just about employees. The often overlooked step-by-step process – to join a product or company – lays the foundation for everything that follows. No one knows this better than Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. From the moment she started the Australia-based graphic design platform, she knew she had to engage newcomers w…
 
Barry and Honey Sherman had it all--wealth, respect, successful children, and loving friends. When they were found dead in their home in December 2017, the search for who hated them began and, three years later, it continues. Thank you to today's sponsor: Better Help Save 10% of your first month Podcast recommendation: Excuse Me, That's Illegal Mus…
 
This is the loneliest century, says economist Noreena Hertz. Even before the pandemic forced us to stay home, loneliness was snaking its way through our lives, affecting everything from how we vote to how we work. Professor at University College London and author of the upcoming book, The Lonely Century, Noreena has some sage advice for businesses:…
 
The team takes drives of shame home after the Staten Island debacle. Emma Olivia and Cheryl find themselves too close for comfort; Kay gives Bobby the silent treatment; Maxwell Fernsby has an interesting proposition for director-choreographer-cheerleader Zoey—and Steve may already have his next musical project lined up with Andrew Barth Feldman. No…
 
Scaling isn’t only about scaling UP – it’s about scaling OUT: to new products, new verticals, new customers. And to do this, you’ll need to build bridges. No one knows this better than Daniel Lubetzky, the founder and executive chair of snack food company KIND. Daniel has spent his whole life working to bring together disparate supply chains, produ…
 
A couple was watching for deer on a rural road in Tennessee when they saw the unimaginable, the lifeless body of 23-year-old Brooke Gregg Morris. As the police backtrack her movements on the day of her death, they slowly built a circumstantial case pointing at one person. But would it be enough for a conviction? Music by Scott Buckley Learn more ab…
 
After suffering record shattering drops in revenue from Covid-19, JetBlue has had to rethink every plan and every assumption. Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue's president and chief operating officer, explains how the airline built a new system for flexing the business, to ramp up only when demand arises, deploying cost cuts but no furloughs, and looking fo…
 
The best business ideas often seem laughable at first glance. So if you’re hearing a chorus of “no’s” – it may actually be a good sign. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb – they all sounded crazy before they scaled spectacularly. So don’t be discouraged by rejection. Instead, learn to hear the nuance in the different kinds of “no.” That’s what Tris…
 
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