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How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

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ClassPass: Payal Kadakia

June 29th, 2020

1:19:02

In the late 2000s, Payal Kadakia was working a corporate job and running an Indian dance company on the side. When a search for a ballet class yielded a confusing jumble of computer tabs, she had an idea: create the …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Melanie Perkins and Bill Creelman

June 27th, 2020

28:02

This week, the online design platform Canva closed a new round of funding, bringing the company's valuation to $6 billion. Founder Melanie Perkins is also focused on helping her employees work from home, while …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Deval Patrick

June 25th, 2020

20:07

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick talks to Guy about how the protests for racial justice have resonated with him personally, and how this …

Ring: Jamie Siminoff

June 22nd, 2020

1:31:31

Jamie Siminoff spent much of his twenties and thirties as a serial entrepreneur, launching three tech businesses you've probably never heard of. When he finally landed on a breakthrough idea, he didn't realize it at …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Sadie Lincoln

June 20th, 2020

25:49

While 70 percent of Barre3's locations remain closed, founder Sadie Lincoln is noticing a surge in subscriptions for their online workout platform. …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Cathy Hughes

June 18th, 2020

25:16

Cathy Hughes is the founder of Urban One, the largest African American-owned broadcast network with 54 radio stations around the United States. Cathy spoke with Guy about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement …

Shake Shack: Danny Meyer

June 15th, 2020

57:13

Back in 2001, as part of an initiative to revitalize Madison Square Park, Danny Meyer set up a simple hot dog cart. At that time, he had been a leader in New York City's fine dining scene for years, and the hot dog cart …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Y-Vonne Hutchinson

June 13th, 2020

23:26

Y-Vonne Hutchinson is the founder of ReadySet, a consulting firm that helps companies make authentic commitments to diversity and inclusion. Y-Vonne …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Kevin Hart

June 11th, 2020

18:46

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart speaks to Guy about the Black Lives Matter protests and offers advice to future activists, entertainers and entrepreneurs. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience

Supergoop!: Holly Thaggard

June 8th, 2020

1:13:22

In 2005, the trajectory of Holly Thaggard's life completely changed when a good friend of hers was diagnosed with skin cancer. Holly realized that …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Troy Carter

June 6th, 2020

24:13

Troy Carter, the founder of Q&A and Atom Factory, speaks to Guy about the painful events of the past few months—and especially the past two …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Jenn Hyman

June 4th, 2020

23:42

As Rent the Runway faces the economic challenges of the pandemic, co-founder Jenn Hyman is focused on recovery and empowering women's lives through clothing. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built …

Sub Pop Records: Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman

June 1st, 2020

1:28:47

Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman were two rock-and-roll fans who met at exactly the right time and place: Seattle in the early 1980s, where a raw …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Alli Webb and Andy Puddicombe & Rich Pierson

May 30th, 2020

31:47

Alli Webb, co-founder of Drybar, talks with Guy about why she believes that investing time into fashion and beauty is still worthwhile, even though many of us aren't going out much. Founders of the meditation app …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Kyle Connaughton and Daniel Humm

May 28th, 2020

25:59

Kyle Connaughton's restaurant has been impacted by wildfires, floods, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle spoke with Guy about keeping SingleThread Farms afloat while giving back to his community with free meals. When …

reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

May 25th, 2020

1:06:02

In 2000, Luis von Ahn was starting his PhD in computer science when he attended a talk and happened to learn about one of Yahoo's biggest problems: automated bots were signing up for millions of free Yahoo email …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Sarah LaFleur

May 23rd, 2020

17:56

When Sarah LaFleur started M.M.LaFleur, she wanted to help women dress efficiently and comfortably for the office. Now that most of her customers are working from home, Sarah has to rethink her brand and her marketing …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Tony Xu and Marcia Kilgore

May 21st, 2020

32:20

When Tony Xu started DoorDash in 2013, he wanted to help local restaurants stay afloat by introducing them to online delivery. Today, his quest remains the same, now that DoorDash has become an essential business during …

Jo Loves: Jo Malone CBE

May 18th, 2020

1:23:58

As a girl in 1970s London, Jo Malone learned how to make face creams by going to work with her mom at a private skin care clinic. By the time she was in her 20's, Jo was running her own skin care and cosmetics business, …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Tobias Lütke and Jon Stein

May 16th, 2020

29:48

When Tobias Lütke started Shopify, he wanted to empower merchants to start small and build resilience. Tobi spoke with Guy about the relevance of those principles in 2020, as he explains the rise of Shopify sign-ups …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Samin Nosrat and Alice Waters & Fanny Singer

May 14th, 2020

27:12

Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, talks with Guy about unintentionally writing the ultimate quarantine cookbook, and how she's been …

Impossible Foods: Pat Brown

May 11th, 2020

1:04:27

When he was nearly 60, Pat Brown left a dream job to pursue an ambitious mission: to create delicious meat from plants. As a biochemist, he'd become alarmed at the destructive impact of meat production on the …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Stewart Butterfield and Steve Holmes

May 9th, 2020

21:59

Slack's co-founder Stewart Butterfield wonders what the future of work will look like for his 12 million customers. Springfree Trampoline's …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Christina Tosi and Gary Erickson & Kit Crawford

May 7th, 2020

30:17

Since March, only five of Milk Bar's 18 locations have been up and running, but founder Christina Tosi tells Guy she is determined to bring the joy of baking to the doorsteps of family, friends, and healthcare workers. …

Cotopaxi: Davis Smith

May 4th, 2020

1:06:54

By his mid-30's, Davis Smith had co-founded two businesses. The first ended well, but the second was such a disappointment that he wondered if he …

How I Built Resilience: Live with José Andrés

April 30th, 2020

28:50

When chef José Andrés isn't running Michelin-starred restaurants, he's feeding the masses through World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit he founded that brings food to people during humanitarian crises. The COVID-19 crisis …

Fitbit: James Park

April 27th, 2020

1:05:16

In 2006, James Park had what he describes as a "lightning bolt" moment when he first used a Nintendo Wii. Fascinated by its motion-tracking …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Simon Sinek

April 23rd, 2020

19:05

Each week, Guy is hosting online conversations with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating these turbulent times. Today's …

Brooklinen: Vicki and Rich Fulop

April 20th, 2020

1:10:15

On the first day of their Vegas vacation in 2012, Rich and Vicki Fulop sat down on their hotel bed and immediately had the same thought: "These …

How I Built Resilience: Live with David Neeleman and Tristan Walker

April 16th, 2020

20:25

Each week, Guy will be hosting brief online conversations with founders and members of the How I Built This community about how they're navigating these uncertain times. This past week, Guy spoke with two former guests: …

Sweetgreen: Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman

April 13th, 2020

1:10:24

Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman met at Georgetown University in 2003 and quickly bonded over their frustration at the lack of healthy food on …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Susan Griffin-Black

April 9th, 2020

13:15

Each week, Guy will be hosting brief online conversations with founders and members of the How I Built This community about how they're navigating these uncertain times. This past Friday, Guy spoke with Susan …

S'well: Sarah Kauss

April 6th, 2020

1:07:56

In 2009, Sarah Kauss had a well-paying job in real estate development, but she was itching to do something more. On a hike in Tucson with her mom, she got an idea for a business while swigging warm water from a metal …

How I Built Resilience: Live with Jeni Britton Bauer

April 2nd, 2020

14:36

Each week, Guy will be hosting brief online conversations with founders and members of the How I Built This community about how they're navigating these uncertain times. This past Friday, Guy spoke with Jeni Britton …

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Ken Grossman

March 30th, 2020

1:07:20

Ken Grossman was experimenting with beer before he was old enough to buy it. As a high school student in the late 1960s, he bought his first home …

Ben & Jerry's: Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield (2017)

March 23rd, 2020

57:04

In the mid-1970s two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield decided to open an ice cream shop in Burlington, Vermont. Their quirky little …

Birchbox: Katia Beauchamp

March 16th, 2020

1:08:06

When Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna launched Birchbox from business school in 2010, they set out to disrupt the beauty industry by delivering …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Stacy Madison of Stacy's Pita Chips

March 12th, 2020

12:26

Our ninth episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features Stacy Madison, co-founder of Stacy's Pita Chips. In this live conversation with Guy, Stacy explains how pita chips became a passion--even though they …

Stripe: Patrick and John Collison (2018)

March 9th, 2020

43:13

Brothers Patrick and John Collison founded and sold their first company before they turned 20. They created software to help eBay users manage …

Video Artist: Casey Neistat

March 2nd, 2020

1:34:33

When Casey Neistat was a teenager, the odds were against him; he had dropped out of high school, was washing dishes to pay rent, and was a father by …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

February 27th, 2020

16:21

Our eighth episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. In this live conversation with Guy, Jeni talks about maintaining authenticity while …

Lululemon Athletica: Chip Wilson (2018)

February 24th, 2020

55:50

After noticing more and more people sign up for yoga in the late 1990s, Chip Wilson bet everything on an athletic apparel company aimed toward young professional women. What started as a small pop-up store in Vancouver …

Eventbrite: Julia Hartz

February 17th, 2020

1:05:54

In the early 2000s, Julia Hartz was helping develop TV shows for MTV and FX Networks, and seemed headed for a promising career in television. All of …

Live From The HIBT Summit: David Neeleman of JetBlue Airways

February 13th, 2020

17:01

Our seventh episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features David Neeleman, the founder of JetBlue Airways. In this live conversation with Guy, David talks about the benefits of having ADD, and why he thinks it's …

Panera Bread/Au Bon Pain: Ron Shaich (2018)

February 10th, 2020

43:56

In the early 1980s, Ron Shaich bought a small, struggling Boston bakery chain called Au Bon Pain, and built it out to 250 locations nationwide. Ron then saw an opportunity to build something even bigger: Panera Bread. …

M.M.LaFleur: Sarah LaFleur

February 3rd, 2020

1:16:26

When she was working corporate jobs in New York City, Sarah LaFleur hated getting dressed in the morning; the choices in her closet felt overwhelming, many items didn't fit right or wore out too quickly. So in 2011 she …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Stewart Butterfield

January 30th, 2020

16:13

Our sixth episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder of Flickr and Slack. Both companies emerged out of failure. In this live conversation with Guy, Stewart describes how …

Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales (2018)

January 27th, 2020

44:37

During the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, Jimmy Wales was running an internet search company. That's when he began to experiment with the idea of an online encyclopedia. In 2001, Wales launched Wikipedia, a website …

Happy Family Organics: Shazi Visram

January 20th, 2020

1:15:09

While she was a student at business school, Shazi Visram ran into an old friend-- a new mother of twins. The friend confided she felt like a bad mom …

Spindrift: Bill Creelman

January 13th, 2020

1:06:42

Bill Creelman graduated from college in 1996 with a business plan — to sell smoked fish from Nantucket. But over time, that idea morphed …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Marcia Kilgore

January 9th, 2020

15:34

Our fifth episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features serial entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore, founder of Bliss, FitFlop, BeautyPie and more. The animating question behind all of Marcia's business ideas is 'So …

Dell Computers: Michael Dell (2018)

January 6th, 2020

49:08

Before it became fashionable to start a tech company in your dorm room, Michael Dell did exactly that. In 1983, he began selling upgrade kits for PC's out of his dorm at UT Austin. A few months later he dropped out of …

Chicken Salad Chick: Stacy Brown (2018)

December 30th, 2019

1:00:01

For many of us, chicken salad is just another sandwich filling, but Stacy Brown turned it into a $75 million business. In 2007, she was a divorced mother of three looking for a way to make ends meet. So she started …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Tariq Farid Of Edible Arrangements

December 26th, 2019

16:25

Our fourth episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements. In a live conversation with Guy, Tariq …

Steve Madden: Steve Madden (2018)

December 23rd, 2019

55:33

Steve Madden fell in love with the shoe business in the 1970's, when he sold platform shoes at a neighborhood store in Long Island, New York; that …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger Of Instagram

December 19th, 2019

22:27

Our third live episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founders of Instagram. They talk to Guy about what they've been doing since they stepped down from the company, …

Tate's Bake Shop: Kathleen King

December 16th, 2019

1:02:22

Kathleen King was 11 years old when she started baking cookies to sell at her family's farm stand on Long Island. After college, she opened a small …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Troy Carter

December 12th, 2019

17:37

Our second episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features founder and investor Troy Carter, who re-started his career in the music business after becoming Lady Gaga's manager. In a live conversation with Guy, he …

Minted: Mariam Naficy

December 9th, 2019

52:42

In 2000, Mariam Naficy sold her first company, an online cosmetics store called Eve.com, for $110 million. Several years later, she got the …

Live From The HIBT Summit: Sara Blakely Of Spanx

December 5th, 2019

20:50

Our first episode from the 2019 How I Built This Summit features Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. In front of a live audience, she tells Guy how she stayed confident in the earliest days of building the business, and why …

Live Episode! OtterBox: Curt Richardson

December 2nd, 2019

1:04:54

In the 1980s and 90s, Curt Richardson started making simple plastic boxes in his garage in Fort Collins, Colorado. They were originally designed to …

Outdoor Voices: Tyler Haney

November 25th, 2019

1:07:18

In 2013, Tyler Haney was a 24-year-old graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York. One day on a jog, she realized that her workout outfits …

Remembering Jake Burton Carpenter

November 21st, 2019

37:12

The founder of Burton Snowboards, Jake Burton Carpenter, has died. He was 65 years old. We are grateful that Jake shared his story with us in 2017 …

Crate & Barrel: Gordon Segal

November 18th, 2019

31:46

In 1962, Gordon Segal—with his wife Carole—opened a scrappy Chicago shop called Crate & Barrel. That store turned into a housewares empire that …

Evite: Selina Tobaccowala

November 11th, 2019

1:05:14

At the height of the first dot-com boom, Selina Tobaccowala and college friend Al Lieb were determined to start a tech company. After a few false …

Live Episode! Luke's Lobster: Luke Holden and Ben Conniff

November 7th, 2019

52:16

Luke Holden grew up in Maine, working on lobster boats and in his father's lobster processing plant. But his parents pushed him to find a more stable …

FUBU: Daymond John

November 4th, 2019

54:35

Daymond John grew up during the 1980s in the heart of hip hop culture: Hollis, Queens. In his early 20s, he was working at Red Lobster and trying to …

LÄRABAR: Lara Merriken

October 28th, 2019

56:08

In 2000, Lara Merriken was 32, recently divorced, and without a job when she decided to make energy bars by mixing cherries, dates, and almonds in her Cuisinart. Eventually, she perfected the recipe and launched her …

Gimlet Media: Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber

October 21st, 2019

1:21:49

Alex Blumberg made his early career by helping build two of the most successful shows in radio and podcasting: Planet Money and This American Life. …

Live Episode! Milk Bar: Christina Tosi

October 14th, 2019

1:07:00

For Christina Tosi, baking wasn't just a delicious childhood hobby – it was a daily creative outlet and a way to blow off steam. After college, she …

The Knot: Carley Roney & David Liu

October 7th, 2019

57:01

When Carley Roney and David Liu got married, they had a seat-of-the-pants celebration on a sweltering Washington rooftop. They never planned to go into the wedding business, but soon saw an opportunity in the market for …

Live Episode! Walker & Company: Tristan Walker

September 30th, 2019

1:03:07

The very first time Tristan Walker shaved, he woke up the next morning with razor bumps all over his face. "I was like, what is this?" he remembers saying. "I am never shaving again—ever." He soon discovered that like …

Headspace: Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson

September 23rd, 2019

1:14:06

Andy Puddicombe is not your typical entrepreneur – in his early twenties, he gave away everything he owned to train as a Buddhist monk. But after ten years, he decided he wanted to bring the benefits of his meditation …

Stitch Fix: Katrina Lake

September 16th, 2019

54:05

In 2010, Katrina Lake recruited 20 friends for an experiment: she wanted to see if she could choose clothes for them that accurately matched their …

Dippin' Dots: Curt Jones

September 9th, 2019

1:08:22

In the late 1980s, Curt Jones was working in a Kentucky lab, using liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze animal feed. He wondered if he could re-invigorate …

The Life Is Good Company: Bert and John Jacobs

September 2nd, 2019

1:03:32

In the late 80s, brothers Bert and John Jacobs were living as nomads, traveling from college to college selling t-shirts out of their van. It wasn't …

Aden + Anais: Raegan Moya-Jones

August 26th, 2019

51:02

Cotton muslin baby blankets are commonplace in Australia, where Raegan Moya-Jones grew up. But when she started a new life and family in NYC, she …

Stonyfield Yogurt: Gary Hirshberg

August 19th, 2019

1:01:00

In 1983, two hippie farmers decided to sell homemade organic yogurt to help raise money for their educational farm in New Hampshire. As the enterprise grew into a business, it faced one near-death experience after …

Serial Entrepreneur: Marcia Kilgore

August 12th, 2019

57:19

After high school, Marcia Kilgore moved to New York City with $300 in her pocket and no real plan. One step at a time, she became a successful serial …

Shopify: Tobias Lütke

August 5th, 2019

1:07:15

In 2004, German programmer Tobias Lütke was living in Ottawa with his girlfriend. An avid snowboarder, he wanted to launch an online snowboard shop, but found the e-commerce software available at the time to be clunky …

Live Episode! Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP: Angie & Dan Bastian

July 29th, 2019

1:05:52

Angie and Dan Bastian weren't trying to disrupt an industry or build a massive company – they just wanted to put aside some money for their kids' …

Dyson: James Dyson

July 22nd, 2019

46:19

In 1979, James Dyson had an idea for a new vacuum cleaner — one that didn't use bags. It took him five years to perfect the design, building more than 5,000 prototypes in his backyard shed. He then tried to convince the …

EO Products: Susan Griffin-Black & Brad Black

July 15th, 2019

1:02:18

In the early 1990s, Susan Griffin-Black was working for Esprit in San Francisco. On a business trip to London, she walked into a Covent Garden apothecary shop, picked up a bottle of lavender oil and took a whiff. The …

Teach For America: Wendy Kopp

July 8th, 2019

46:03

In 1989, college senior Wendy Kopp was trying to figure out how to improve public education in the US. For her senior thesis, she proposed creating a …

Dave's Killer Bread: Dave Dahl

July 1st, 2019

1:09:26

Dave Dahl's entrepreneurial journey began in prison. In 1987, he was addicted to drugs and incarcerated for home burglary. For 15 years he bounced from one sentence to the next. But in the mid-2000s, Dave returned to …

Yelp: Jeremy Stoppelman

June 24th, 2019

1:02:18

In 2004, two former Paypal engineers, Jeremy Stoppelman and Russ Simmons, were spit-balling new internet ideas. Out of their brainstorm came a site …

Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu

June 17th, 2019

44:58

Twenty-five years ago, after Mei Xu emigrated from China to the U.S., she loved going to Bloomingdale's to gaze at their housewares. She eventually started making candles in her basement with Campbell's Soup cans, an …

Allbirds: Tim Brown & Joey Zwillinger

June 10th, 2019

1:11:51

Growing up, Tim Brown discovered he was very good at two things: design and soccer. While playing professional soccer in New Zealand, he was turned off by the flashy logos on most athletic gear. He started making simple …

Live Episode! Tofurky: Seth Tibbott

June 3rd, 2019

48:07

Seth Tibbott may be the only founder in the world who grew his business while living in a barn, a teepee, and a treehouse. His off-the-grid lifestyle helped him save money as he started to sell tempeh, a protein made of …

Stacy's Pita Chips: Stacy Madison

May 27th, 2019

1:06:03

In the 1990's, Stacy Madison and her boyfriend Mark Andrus were selling pita sandwiches from a converted hot dog cart in Boston. They decided to bake the leftover pita into chips, adding a dash of parmesan or …

Zappos: Tony Hsieh

May 20th, 2019

34:40

Computer scientist Tony Hsieh made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn't make his mark until he built Zappos — a customer service company that …

Belkin International: Chet Pipkin

May 13th, 2019

54:56

Chet Pipkin was the kind of kid who loved to take things apart and put them back together. As a young man in the early 1980s, he started hanging out …

Framebridge: Susan Tynan

May 6th, 2019

1:00:37

Susan Tynan's experience in the ephemeral e-market of LivingSocial made her want to start a business that she could touch and feel. After being …

Live Episode! Peloton: John Foley

April 29th, 2019

56:13

John Foley started climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder at a young age, first as a fast food server and eventually as an e-commerce executive. …

Bumble: Whitney Wolfe

April 22nd, 2019

44:52

At age 22, Whitney Wolfe helped launch Tinder, one of the world's most popular dating apps. But a few years later, she left Tinder and filed a …

Men's Wearhouse: George Zimmer

April 15th, 2019

1:05:29

In 1970, George Zimmer was a college graduate with no real job prospects and little direction. That's when his father, an executive at a boy's …

Chez Panisse: Alice Waters

April 8th, 2019

1:02:27

In the 1960s, Alice Waters studied abroad in France – and discovered a culinary world far from the processed food popular in America. When she …

Springfree Trampoline: Keith Alexander & Steve Holmes

April 1st, 2019

1:03:03

In the late 1980s, a New Zealand engineer named Keith Alexander wanted to buy a trampoline for his kids. After his wife said trampolines were too …

Compaq Computers: Rod Canion

March 25th, 2019

41:13

In 1981, engineer Rod Canion left Texas Instruments and co-founded Compaq, which created the first IBM-compatible personal computer. This opened the …

Away: Jen Rubio

March 18th, 2019

1:08:52

In early 2015, Jen Rubio was racing through an airport to catch a flight when her suitcase broke, leaving a trail of clothing behind her. She tried to replace it with a stylish, durable, affordable suitcase — but she …

Logic: Logic & Chris Zarou

March 11th, 2019

1:14:45

In 2010, Logic the rapper, born as Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, released his first official mixtape titled "Young, Broke & Infamous." At 20 years …

Squarespace: Anthony Casalena

March 4th, 2019

55:17

Like many classic technology stories, Squarespace started in a college dorm room. In 2003, 21-year-old Anthony Casalena created a website-building …

Eileen Fisher: Eileen Fisher

February 25th, 2019

46:53

In 1983, Eileen Fisher signed up for a fashion trade show with no experience, no garments, no patterns or sketches – nothing but a few ideas for a women's clothing line focused on simplicity. Within three weeks, she …

Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby

February 18th, 2019

1:00:27

In the 1970s, Roxanne Quimby was trying to live a simpler life – one that rejected the pursuit of material comforts. She moved to Maine, built a cabin in the woods, and lived off the grid. By the mid-80s, she met a …

TOMS: Blake Mycoskie

February 11th, 2019

56:20

Blake Mycoskie started and sold four businesses before age 30. But only in Argentina did he discover the idea he'd want to pursue long term. After …

JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman

February 4th, 2019

1:10:25

In the mid-90s, David Neeleman wanted to launch a new airline. He had already co-created a regional airline out of Salt Lake City that was acquired by Southwest. And despite his admiration of Southwest's business model, …

Canva: Melanie Perkins

January 28th, 2019

49:27

When she was just 19 years old, Melanie Perkins dreamt of transforming the graphic design and publishing industries. But she started small, launching …

Bonobos: Andy Dunn

January 21st, 2019

1:11:57

When Andy Dunn was in business school, his housemate Brian Spaly created a new type of men's pants: stylish, tailored trousers that fit well in both …

Five Guys: Jerry Murrell

January 14th, 2019

39:02

Jerry Murrell's mother used to tell him, you can always make money if you know how to make a good burger. In 1986 — after failing at a number of business ideas — Murrell opened a tiny burger joint in Northern Virginia …

SoulCycle: Julie Rice & Elizabeth Cutler

January 7th, 2019

57:50

Before Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice met, they shared a common belief: New York City gyms didn't have the kind of exercise classes they craved, and …

Remembering Herb Kelleher

January 4th, 2019

31:27

The co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, has died. He was 87. We are grateful Herb shared his story with us in 2016. We …

Kickstarter: Perry Chen

December 31st, 2018

42:57

In the early 2000s, Perry Chen was trying to put on a concert in New Orleans when he thought, what if fans could fund this in advance? His idea …

The Chipmunks: Ross Bagdasarian Jr. & Janice Karman

December 24th, 2018

1:00:43

Years after his father created a hit singing group of anthropomorphic rodents called The Chipmunks, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. made it his mission to revive his dad's beloved characters. Over the last 40 years, Ross Jr. and …

Lisa Price Of Carol's Daughter At The HIBT Summit

December 20th, 2018

19:35

It's our final episode in our series from this year's How I Built This Summit! Today, we're featuring Lisa Price of the beauty brand Carol's …

Live Episode! Dollar Shave Club: Michael Dubin

December 17th, 2018

51:13

At the end of 2010, Michael Dubin was working in marketing when he met a guy named Mark Levine at a holiday party. Mark was looking for ideas to get …

Stitch Fix's Katrina Lake At The HIBT Summit

December 13th, 2018

15:29

Today we have another live episode from the How I Built This Summit, featuring Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix. Katrina sat down with Guy Raz in front of a live audience in San Francisco in October to discuss building …

Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter

December 10th, 2018

48:12

In 1977, 23-year-old Jake Carpenter set out to design a better version of the Snurfer, a stand-up sled he loved to ride as a teenager. Working by …

Airbnb's Joe Gebbia At The HIBT Summit

December 6th, 2018

17:04

Next in our series of episodes from the How I Built This Summit: Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb. Joe sat down with Guy Raz in front of a live audience in San Francisco, and talked about why he and his co-founders …

ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd

December 3rd, 2018

52:52

In the late 1970s Janice Bryant Howroyd moved to Los Angeles and began temping as a secretary. She soon realized there were many other young people in situations similar to hers. So with $1,500 in her pocket, Janice …

Lyft's John Zimmer At The HIBT Summit

November 29th, 2018

18:24

Next up in our series of episodes from the How I Built This Summit: John Zimmer, co-founder of Lyft. John sat down with Guy Raz in front of a live audience in San Francisco last month to talk about Lyft's visions for …

Live Episode! Glossier: Emily Weiss

November 26th, 2018

52:14

In 2010, while working as a fashion assistant at Vogue, Emily Weiss started a beauty blog called Into The Gloss. She quickly attracted a following of …

Method's Adam Lowry And Eric Ryan At The HIBT Summit

November 22nd, 2018

16:34

This episode from the How I Built This Summit features Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, co-founders of Method cleaning products. Adam and Eric joined Guy Raz live on stage at the Summit in San Francisco, to talk the highs and …

Whole Foods Market: John Mackey

November 19th, 2018

46:34

In 1978, college drop-out John Mackey scraped together $45,000 to open his first health food store, "Safer Way." A few years later he co-founded …

Rent The Runway's Jenn Hyman At The HIBT Summit

November 15th, 2018

15:41

Our first episode from the How I Built This Summit features Jenn Hyman, co-founder of Rent The Runway, a designer clothing rental service that pulls …

DoorDash: Tony Xu

November 12th, 2018

52:00

In 2013, Tony Xu was brainstorming ideas for a business school project when he identified a problem he wanted to solve: food delivery. For most …

Barre3: Sadie Lincoln

November 5th, 2018

49:21

Sadie Lincoln and her husband, Chris, had what seemed like the perfect life – well-paying jobs, a house in the Bay Area, two kids. But one day they …

Betterment: Jon Stein

October 29th, 2018

56:36

When Jon Stein realized he couldn't stand the sight of blood, he gave up the idea of becoming a doctor. Instead, he went into finance, but soon grew …

Tempur-Pedic: Bobby Trussell

October 22nd, 2018

1:03:36

At age 40, Bobby Trussell's promising career in horse racing hit a dead end. With bills to pay and a family to support, he stumbled across a curious product that turned into a lifeline: squishy-squashy memory foam. He …

Rent The Runway: Jenn Hyman

October 15th, 2018

57:05

Jenn Hyman got the idea for Rent the Runway in 2008, after she watched her sister overspend on a new dress rather than wear an old one to a party. …

method: Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan

October 8th, 2018

57:36

In the late 1990s, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan took on the notion that "green doesn't clean" by setting out to make soap that could clean a bathtub …

Cisco Systems & Urban Decay: Sandy Lerner

October 1st, 2018

1:01:58

In the pre-Internet 1970's, Sandy Lerner was part of a loosely-knit group of programmers that was trying to get computers to talk to each other. Eventually, she and Len Bosack launched Cisco Systems, making the routing …

Power Rangers: Haim Saban

September 24th, 2018

44:08

As a refugee growing up in Tel Aviv, Haim Saban remembers not having enough money to eat. As an adult, he hustled his way into the entertainment …

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: Bobbi Brown

September 17th, 2018

53:11

Bobbi Brown started out as a makeup artist in New York City, but hated the gaudy color palette of the 1980s. She eventually shook up the industry by …

Live Episode! New Belgium Brewing Company: Kim Jordan

September 10th, 2018

46:12

In 1991 newlyweds Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch took out a second mortgage on their home in Fort Collins, Colorado to start a craft brewery in their …

WeWork: Miguel McKelvey

September 3rd, 2018

53:11

In 2007, architect Miguel McKelvey convinced his friend Adam Neumann to share an office space in Brooklyn. That was the beginning of WeWork: a shared workspace for startups and freelancers looking for an inspiring …

TRX: Randy Hetrick

August 27th, 2018

44:42

In 1997, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick was deployed in Southeast Asia, where he was stationed in a remote warehouse for weeks with no way to exercise. So …

Angie's List: Angie Hicks

August 20th, 2018

33:50

In 1995, Angie Hicks spent months going door-to-door in Columbus, Ohio, trying to get people to sign up for a new home services referral business. …

Live Episode! RXBAR: Peter Rahal

August 13th, 2018

48:50

In 2013, Peter Rahal was obsessed with CrossFit, but noticed it didn't sell any snacks to align with its pro-paleo philosophy. So instead of joining his family's business, Rahal Foods, he recruited his friend Jared …

Carol's Daughter: Lisa Price

August 6th, 2018

43:06

Lisa Price worked in television but had a passion for beauty products. At her mother's suggestion, she began selling her homemade moisturizer at a …

Slack & Flickr: Stewart Butterfield

July 30th, 2018

1:04:44

In the early 2000s, Stewart Butterfield tried to build a weird, massively multiplayer online game, but the venture failed. Instead, he and his …

Drybar: Alli Webb

July 23rd, 2018

34:59

A decade ago, full-time mom Alli Webb noticed a gap in the beauty market: there was no place that just focused on blow-drying hair. Now with more …

Steve Madden: Steve Madden

July 16th, 2018

52:47

Steve Madden fell in love with the shoe business in the 1970's, when he sold platform shoes at a neighborhood store in Long Island, New York. That …

Lonely Planet: Maureen & Tony Wheeler

July 9th, 2018

38:44

In 1972, Maureen and Tony Wheeler bought a beat-up car and drove from London "as far east as we could go." They wound up in Australia, by way of …

Chicken Salad Chick: Stacy Brown

July 2nd, 2018

57:27

For many of us, chicken salad is just another sandwich filling, but Stacy Brown turned it into a $75 million business. In 2007, she was a divorced mother of three looking for a way to make ends meet. So she started …

Lyft: John Zimmer

June 25th, 2018

42:18

In 2006, John Zimmer was a college student and ride-hailing wasn't yet "a thing." But a class on green cities got him thinking about the glut of …

Lululemon Athletica: Chip Wilson

June 18th, 2018

53:51

After noticing more and more people sign up for yoga in the late 1990s, Chip Wilson bet everything on an athletic apparel company aimed toward young professional women. What started as a small pop-up store in Vancouver …

Honest Tea: Seth Goldman

June 11th, 2018

31:07

In 1997, after going for a long run, Seth Goldman was frustrated with the sugar-filled drinks at the corner market. So he brewed up a beverage in his …

Remembering Kate Spade

June 5th, 2018

36:20

We are incredibly saddened by the loss of the brilliant designer and entrepreneur Kate Spade. We are grateful she and her husband Andy Spade shared …

Minted: Mariam Naficy

June 4th, 2018

51:23

In 2000, Mariam Naficy sold her first company, an online cosmetics store called Eve.com, for $110 million. Several years later, she got the …

Lady Gaga & Atom Factory: Troy Carter

May 28th, 2018

49:36

As a kid, Troy Carter dreamed of being a rapper, but soon discovered he was a better manager than a musician. He took Lady Gaga from obscurity to stardom – helping shape both her music and her brand. Then he turned his …

Bob's Red Mill: Bob Moore

May 21st, 2018

46:46

In the 1960s, Bob Moore read a book about an old grain mill and was inspired to start his own. Using giant quartz stones from the 19th century, he …

Real Estate Mogul: Barbara Corcoran

May 14th, 2018

52:52

Barbara Corcoran grew up in a working-class Irish Catholic family in Jersey – with nine brothers and sisters. But she used her charisma to conquer …

Stripe: Patrick and John Collison

May 7th, 2018

43:14

Brothers Patrick and John Collison founded and sold their first company before they turned 20. They created software to help eBay users manage …

Panera Bread/Au Bon Pain: Ron Shaich

April 30th, 2018

43:52

In the early 1980s, Ron Shaich bought a small, struggling Boston bakery chain called Au Bon Pain, and built it out to 250 locations nationwide. Ron then saw an opportunity to build something even bigger: Panera Bread. …

Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand

April 23rd, 2018

41:34

Jane Wurwand moved to Los Angeles with a suitcase and a beauty school diploma. She started what would become Dermalogica, an international beauty …

Wayfair: Niraj Shah & Steve Conine

April 16th, 2018

48:23

After selling their first small business and shuttering their second, former college roommates Niraj Shah and Steve Conine thought about getting …

FUBU: Daymond John

April 9th, 2018

54:00

Daymond John grew up during the 1980s in the heart of hip hop culture: Hollis, Queens. In his early 20s, he was working at Red Lobster and trying to …

Stitch Fix: Katrina Lake

April 2nd, 2018

53:13

In 2010, Katrina Lake recruited 20 friends for an experiment: she wanted to see if she could choose clothes for them that accurately matched their …

Atari & Chuck E. Cheese's: Nolan Bushnell

March 26th, 2018

51:07

Before he turned 40, Nolan Bushnell founded two brands that permanently shaped the way Americans amuse themselves: the iconic video game system …

LÄRABAR: Lara Merriken

March 19th, 2018

55:26

In 2000, Lara Merriken was 32, recently divorced, and without a job when she decided to make energy bars by mixing cherries, dates, and almonds in her Cuisinart. Eventually, she perfected the recipe and launched her …

The Knot: Carley Roney & David Liu

March 12th, 2018

56:32

When Carley Roney and David Liu got married, they had a seat-of-the-pants celebration on a sweltering Washington rooftop. They never planned to go into the wedding business, but soon saw an opportunity in the market for …

1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore

March 5th, 2018

41:56

Brian Scudamore didn't dream of a life hauling away other people's trash. But when he needed to pay for college, he bought a $700 pickup truck, …

Live Episode! Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: Jeni Britton Bauer

February 28th, 2018

48:04

Even as a kid, Jeni Britton Bauer knew she was going to start a business one day. But she had no idea that her love for perfume would inspire her to …

Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales

February 26th, 2018

43:48

During the dot com boom of the late 1990s, Jimmy Wales was running an internet search company. That's when he began to experiment with the idea of an online encyclopedia. In 2001, Wales launched Wikipedia, a website …

Warby Parker: Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal

February 19th, 2018

32:52

In 2008, it was nearly impossible to buy a fashionable, affordable pair of glasses online. That simple frustration inspired the idea behind Warby Parker – and disrupted the eyewear industry. PLUS for our postscript "How …

Dyson: James Dyson

February 12th, 2018

44:44

In 1979, James Dyson had an idea for a new vacuum cleaner — one that didn't use bags. It took him five years to perfect the design, building more than 5,000 prototypes in his backyard shed. He then tried to convince the …

Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein

February 5th, 2018

39:38

Melissa and Doug Bernstein's first success was a wooden 'fuzzy puzzle' of farm animals. Today, Melissa & Doug makes over 2,000 kinds of toys and serves as an antidote to the rise of digital toys. PLUS for our …

Dell Computers: Michael Dell

January 29th, 2018

50:31

Before it became fashionable to start a tech company in your dorm room, Michael Dell did exactly that. In 1983, he began selling upgrade kits for PC's out of his dorm at UT Austin. A few months later he gave up his plan …

Serial Entrepreneur: Marcia Kilgore

January 22nd, 2018

54:25

After high school, Marcia Kilgore moved to New York City with $300 in her pocket and no real plan. One step at a time, she became a successful serial …

LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman

January 15th, 2018

43:11

In the early 1990s, Reid Hoffman had a vision for the future of the Internet: people would connect through social networks using their real names, …

Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade

January 8th, 2018

41:34

We're hard at work planning our next live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Kate Spade. A 1991 conversation at a Mexican restaurant led Kate & Andy Spade to ask, "What's missing in designer …

Clif Bar: Gary Erickson

January 1st, 2018

33:06

We're taking a break for the holidays, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Clif Bar. Gary Erickson asked his mom, "Can you make a …

Live Episode! The Home Depot: Arthur Blank

December 28th, 2017

33:11

In 1978, Arthur Blank and his business partner Bernie Marcus were running a successful chain of hardware stores called Handy Dan – but then, they …

Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard

December 25th, 2017

28:17

We're taking a break for the holidays, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Patagonia. In 1973, Yvon Chouinard started the company to …

LearnVest: Alexa von Tobel

December 18th, 2017

41:57

When Alexa von Tobel was just 14, her father passed away unexpectedly, leaving her mother to manage the family's finances. The tragedy made Alexa determined to understand money – and help others plan for periods of …

Live Episode! Black Entertainment Television: Robert Johnson

December 14th, 2017

42:08

In 1979, Robert Johnson was a lobbyist for the burgeoning cable industry. That's when he got an idea for a channel called Black Entertainment Television. He started small, just a few hours of programming a week. But by …

Tom's Of Maine: Tom Chappell

December 11th, 2017

38:37

In 1970, Tom Chappell took out a $5000 loan to launch a natural products company called Tom's of Maine. Working out of a warehouse in Kennebunk, Maine, he created soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste free from added …

Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman

December 4th, 2017

42:53

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Zumba. Zumba began as a mistake: aerobics teacher Beto Perez brought the wrong music to class, then improvised a …

Framebridge: Susan Tynan

November 27th, 2017

59:10

Susan Tynan's experience in the ephemeral e-market of LivingSocial made her want to start a business that she could touch and feel. She got her idea …

Ben & Jerry's: Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield

November 20th, 2017

58:35

In the mid-1970s two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield decided to open an ice cream shop in Burlington, Vermont. Their quirky little …

Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger

November 13th, 2017

33:32

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live shows, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Instagram. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched their photo-sharing app with a server that crashed every other …

Eileen Fisher: Eileen Fisher

November 6th, 2017

48:51

In 1983, Eileen Fisher signed up for a fashion trade show with no experience, no garments, no patterns or sketches – nothing but a few ideas for a women's clothing line focused on simplicity. Within three weeks, she …

Chipotle: Steve Ells

October 30th, 2017

52:43

In 1992, Steve Ells was a classically trained chef working in a high-end restaurant in San Francisco. But after eating a burrito at a local taqueria, he got an idea: to sell burritos and earn enough money to open his …

Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter

October 23rd, 2017

46:49

In 1977, 23-year-old Jake Carpenter set out to design a better version of the Snurfer, a stand-up sled he loved to ride as a teenager. Working by …

Bumble: Whitney Wolfe

October 16th, 2017

42:56

At age 22, Whitney Wolfe helped launch Tinder, one of the world's most popular dating apps. But a few years later, she left Tinder and filed a …

Teach For America: Wendy Kopp

October 9th, 2017

45:18

In 1989, college senior Wendy Kopp was trying to figure out how to improve American public schools. For her senior thesis, she proposed creating a …

Stonyfield Yogurt: Gary Hirshberg

October 2nd, 2017

1:01:15

In 1983, two hippie farmers decided to sell homemade organic yogurt to help raise money for their educational farm in New Hampshire. As the enterprise grew into a business, it faced one near-death experience after …

Live Episode! Starbucks: Howard Schultz

September 28th, 2017

49:18

During his first visit to Seattle in 1981, Howard Schultz walked into a little coffee bean shop called Starbucks and fell in love with it. A few …

Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher

September 25th, 2017

37:43

We're hard at work planning more live shows, so we bring you one of our favorites from last year: Southwest Airlines. In 1968, competitors sued to keep Herb Kelleher's new airline grounded. After a 3-year court fight, …

The Chipmunks: Ross Bagdasarian Jr. & Janice Karman

September 18th, 2017

58:38

Years after his father created a hit singing group of anthropomorphic rodents called The Chipmunks, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. made it his mission to revive his dad's beloved characters. Over the last 40 years, Ross Jr. and …

Barre3: Sadie Lincoln

September 11th, 2017

48:01

Sadie Lincoln and her husband, Chris, had what seemed like the perfect life – well-paying jobs, a house in the Bay Area, two kids. But one day they …

VICE: Suroosh Alvi

September 4th, 2017

40:43

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: VICE. Suroosh Alvi was a recovering addict when he started a scrappy underground magazine in Montreal. It grew into a …

Live Episode! Reddit: Alexis Ohanian & Steve Huffman

August 31st, 2017

53:40

With $12,000 and a mascot named Snoo, two former college roommates designed a web site they hoped would become "the front page of the Internet." …

Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

August 28th, 2017

44:42

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Airbnb. A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea grew into a …

Edible Arrangements: Tariq Farid

August 21st, 2017

49:46

When Tariq Farid was 12, he emigrated from Pakistan to the U.S. – and quickly found a job at a local flower shop. Eventually he opened his own shop, which eventually led to the crazy idea to make flower bouquets out of …

Radio One: Cathy Hughes

August 14th, 2017

38:09

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Radio One. As a kid, Cathy Hughes practiced her DJ routine while her siblings banged on the bathroom door. As an …

Rent The Runway: Jenn Hyman

August 7th, 2017

56:43

Jenn Hyman got the idea for Rent the Runway in 2008, after she watched her sister overspend on a new dress rather than wear an old one to a party. …

Kickstarter: Perry Chen

July 31st, 2017

43:03

In the early 2000s, Perry Chen was trying to put on a concert in New Orleans when he thought, what if fans could fund this in advance? His idea …

Live Episode! BuzzFeed: Jonah Peretti

July 27th, 2017

49:33

In 2001, when most of us had no idea what it meant to "go viral," Jonah Peretti shared an email prank among his friends — and saw it spread to millions. That began his fascination with how information spreads, and set …

Samuel Adams: Jim Koch

July 24th, 2017

38:08

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live shows, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Samuel Adams. In 1984, Jim Koch felt …

Aden + Anais: Raegan Moya-Jones

July 17th, 2017

43:20

Cotton muslin baby blankets are commonplace in Australia, where Raegan Moya-Jones grew up. But when she started a new life and family in NYC, she …

Rolling Stone: Jann Wenner

July 10th, 2017

48:52

After being involved in Berkeley's Free Speech Movement, Jann Wenner wanted to start a publication to capture the exploding counterculture scene of …

Spanx: Sara Blakely

July 3rd, 2017

31:23

We're hard at work planning our upcoming live shows, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Spanx. At 27, Sara Blakely was selling fax machines and desperate to reinvent her life. So she came up with Spanx — …

TRX: Randy Hetrick

June 26th, 2017

44:49

In 1997, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick was deployed in Southeast Asia, where he was stationed in a remote warehouse for weeks with no way to exercise. So …

WeWork: Miguel McKelvey

June 19th, 2017

48:10

In 2007, architect Miguel McKelvey convinced his friend Adam Neumann to share an office space in Brooklyn. That was the beginning of WeWork: a shared workspace for startups and freelancers looking for an inspiring …

Carol's Daughter: Lisa Price

June 12th, 2017

43:52

Lisa Price worked in television but had a passion for beauty products. At her mother's suggestion, she began selling her homemade moisturizer at a …

Five Guys: Jerry Murrell

June 5th, 2017

36:40

Jerry Murrell's mother used to tell him, you can always make money if you know how to make a good burger. In 1986 — after failing at a number of business ideas — Murrell opened a tiny burger joint in Northern Virginia …

TOMS: Blake Mycoskie

May 29th, 2017

54:44

Blake Mycoskie started and sold four businesses before age 30. But only in Argentina did he discover the idea he'd want to pursue long term. After …

Compaq Computers: Rod Canion

May 22nd, 2017

40:17

In 1981, engineer Rod Canion left Texas Instruments and co-founded Compaq, which created the first IBM-compatible personal computer. This opened the …

Whole Foods Market: John Mackey

May 15th, 2017

47:08

In 1978, college drop-out John Mackey scraped together $45,000 to open his first health food store, "Safer Way." A few years later he co-founded …

Lonely Planet: Maureen & Tony Wheeler

May 8th, 2017

41:29

In 1972, Maureen and Tony Wheeler bought a beat-up car and drove from London "as far east as we could go." They wound up in Australia, by way of …

Lady Gaga & Atom Factory: Troy Carter

May 1st, 2017

45:53

As a kid, Troy Carter dreamed of being a rapper, but soon discovered he was a better manager than a musician. He took Lady Gaga from obscurity to stardom – helping shape both her music and her brand. Then he turned his …

Real Estate Mogul: Barbara Corcoran

April 24th, 2017

52:11

Barbara Corcoran grew up in a working-class Irish Catholic family in Jersey – with nine brothers and sisters. But she used her charisma to conquer …

1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore

April 17th, 2017

41:30

Brian Scudamore didn't dream of a life hauling away other people's trash. But when he needed to pay for college, he bought a $700 pickup truck, …

Instacart: Apoorva Mehta

April 10th, 2017

40:33

App developer Apoorva Mehta almost gave up on being an entrepreneur until he figured out what he really wanted to do: find a hassle-free way to buy groceries. Five years after launch, the grocery delivery app Instacart …

AOL: Steve Case

April 3rd, 2017

34:21

When Steve Case started out in the tech business in the mid-80s, the idea of the internet — as we think of it today — didn't exist. But with AOL, Case saw an opportunity to connect millions of people, through chat …

Power Rangers: Haim Saban

March 27th, 2017

43:11

As a refugee growing up in Tel Aviv, Haim Saban remembers not having enough money to eat. As an adult, he hustled his way into the entertainment …

Kendra Scott: Kendra Scott

March 20th, 2017

44:23

Ever since she was a little girl playing dress-up in her aunt's closet, Kendra Scott loved fashion. Her first business was a hat shop, which she started at 19 – it failed. A few years later, she started a jewelry …

5-Hour Energy: Manoj Bhargava

March 13th, 2017

35:52

After living as a monk in India and running a plastics company in Florida, Manoj Bhargava decided to launch something new: a one-shot energy drink in a bright, battery-shaped bottle. Today, 5-Hour ENERGY is one of the …

Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu

March 6th, 2017

42:43

Twenty-five years ago, when Mei Xu emigrated from China to the U.S., she loved going to Bloomingdale's to gaze at their housewares. She eventually started making candles in her basement with Campbell's Soup cans, an …

Atari & Chuck E. Cheese's: Nolan Bushnell

February 27th, 2017

50:56

Before he turned 40, Nolan Bushnell founded two brands that permanently shaped the way Americans amuse themselves: the iconic video game system …

Crate & Barrel: Gordon Segal

February 20th, 2017

31:05

In 1962, Gordon Segal — with his wife Carole — opened a scrappy Chicago shop called Crate & Barrel. That store turned into a housewares empire …

Live Episode! Beyond Meat: Ethan Brown

February 16th, 2017

26:14

As founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown believes he can turn peas and lentils into protein that tastes — and feels – exactly like beef and chicken. He says they're not quite there yet, but after 8 years in …

Lyft: John Zimmer

February 13th, 2017

41:00

Ridesharing wasn't a thing 12 years ago when John Zimmer was in college. But a class on green cities got him thinking about the glut of underused …

Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade

February 6th, 2017

41:58

A 1991 conversation at a Mexican restaurant led Kate & Andy Spade to ask, "What's missing in designer handbags?" Kate's answer was a simple modern-shaped handbag that launched the iconic fashion brand: Kate Spade.

Virgin: Richard Branson

January 30th, 2017

34:54

Richard Branson took a record shop and built it into a label, a bank, an airline, space tourism, and 200 other businesses — all under the name Virgin. But the serial entrepreneur has also had his share of failures.

Zappos: Tony Hsieh

January 23rd, 2017

30:03

Computer scientist Tony Hsieh made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn't make his mark until he built Zappos — a customer service company that …

Honest Tea: Seth Goldman

January 16th, 2017

31:44

In 1997, after going for a long run, Seth Goldman was frustrated with the sugar-filled drinks at the corner market. So he brewed up a beverage in his …

Drybar: Alli Webb

January 9th, 2017

34:02

A decade ago, full-time mom Alli Webb noticed a gap in the beauty market: there was nowhere that just focused on blow-drying hair. Now with 70 …

Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman

January 2nd, 2017

39:24

Zumba began as a mistake: aerobics teacher Beto Perez brought the wrong music to class, then improvised a dance routine to go with it. For his students, it was more fun than work — and it eventually grew into one of the …

Warby Parker: Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal

December 26th, 2016

32:07

In 2008, it was nearly impossible to buy a fashionable, affordable pair of glasses online. That simple frustration inspired the idea behind Warby Parker – and disrupted the eyewear industry.

Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein

December 19th, 2016

37:40

Melissa and Doug Bernstein's first success was a wooden 'fuzzy puzzle' of farm animals. Today, Melissa & Doug makes over 2,000 kinds of toys and serves as an antidote to the rise of digital toys.

Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard

December 12th, 2016

27:16

In 1973, Yvon Chouinard started Patagonia to make climbing gear he couldn't find elsewhere. Over decades of growth, he has implemented a unique …

Serial Entrepreneur: Mark Cuban

December 5th, 2016

35:10

Mark Cuban made millions off of tech startups, then billions off of stocks — and later went on to buy and revive the Dallas Mavericks. He has come to define the persona of the serial entrepreneur.

Angie's List: Angie Hicks

November 28th, 2016

30:43

In 1996, Angie Hicks spent hours reading contractor reviews to members over the phone. Today, the online review and referral service, Angie's List, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher

November 21st, 2016

35:01

In 1968, competitors sued to keep Herb Kelleher's new airline grounded. After a 3-year court fight, the first plane took off from Dallas. Today Southwest Airlines operates nearly 4,000 flights a day.

Celebrity Chef: José Andrés

November 14th, 2016

28:53

As a kid, José Andrés tended fires for his father's backyard paella cookouts. Later, he trained with the best Spanish chefs, and began building a …

Music Mogul: L.A. Reid

November 7th, 2016

33:17

L.A. Reid began his music career as a drummer. Then he co-founded LaFace Records, discovering dozens of future pop superstars. Reid is now one of the most influential executives in the music industry.

Samuel Adams: Jim Koch

October 31st, 2016

34:41

In 1984, Jim Koch felt suffocated by his cushy but boring corporate job. So he left, dusted off an old family beer recipe, started Sam Adams, and …

Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand

October 24th, 2016

40:08

Jane Wurwand moved to Los Angeles with a suitcase and a beauty school diploma. She started what would become Dermalogica, an international beauty …

Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

October 17th, 2016

42:24

A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea turned into Airbnb — a company that now has more rooms than the biggest hotel chain in the world.

VICE: Suroosh Alvi

October 10th, 2016

37:04

Suroosh Alvi was a recovering addict when he started a scrappy underground magazine in Montreal. It grew into VICE Media — a multi-billion dollar …

Clif Bar: Gary Erickson

October 3rd, 2016

28:26

Gary Erickson asked his mom, "Can you make a cookie without butter, sugar or oil?" The result was Clif Bar, an energy bar named after his dad — now …

Radio One: Cathy Hughes

September 26th, 2016

33:07

As a kid, Cathy Hughes practiced her DJ routine while her siblings banged on the bathroom door. As an adult, she founded Radio One, the country's …

Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger

September 19th, 2016

29:55

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched their photo-sharing app with a server that crashed every other hour. Despite a chaotic start, Instagram …

Spanx: Sara Blakely

September 12th, 2016

30:00

At 27, Sara Blakely was selling fax machines and desperate to reinvent her life. So she came up with Spanx — hosiery that eliminates panty lines — and set to work building her business.

Coming Soon: How I Built This

September 2nd, 2016

2:59

On September 12, NPR launches a new podcast, How I Built This, hosted by Guy Raz. The show features innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built.

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