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Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

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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 … read more

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When to Zoom In, When to Zoom Out, with Josh Silverman (Evite / eBay / Skype / Etsy)

January 23rd, 2020


When do you see the forest? And when do you see the trees? Building a company to scale requires a delicate balance of macro and micro focus – and the skill to know where to focus when. Josh Silverman has built that …

Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

January 17th, 2020


When's the right time for hypergrowth? Should you take investment when you don’t need the money? How do you deal with an exhausted team? Global …

Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

January 13th, 2020


How do you find joy in your life? Our host, Reid Hoffman, finds it through friendship, and the genuine, honest, and intimate conversations it brings. In this special episode of Meditative Story, from the same producers …

What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

January 9th, 2020


Rent the Runway co-founder Jenn Hyman knows: Behind every successful business is another business backstage, one you might not expect. Rent the …

How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

January 3rd, 2020


To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, …

Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

December 26th, 2019


You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott …

Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

December 20th, 2019


In part two of this special two-part episode with Bill Gates, we’re talking about the biggest success story ever told on the podcast – and not just …

How to solve an impossible challenge w/Megan Smith (U.S. CTO, Google, shift7)

December 13th, 2019


Faced with an impossible challenge? Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find someone who’s already solved the problem – and help those inventors keep …

LIVE! All founders have a Trojan Horse w/Robert F. Smith

December 5th, 2019


Recorded live at Summit LA: Every great founder has a second purpose — something outside their main business they're trying to get done in the world. …

Ray Dalio - How to embrace conflict

November 26th, 2019


Want to improve any idea? Find someone who disagrees with it. This is something legendary investor Ray Dalio knows. But there’s a difference between constructive and destructive conflict – and Dalio is a master at …

The Money Episode w/Minted's Mariam Naficy

November 21st, 2019


Every founder faces the same question when they start their entrepreneurial journey: How much money do I need to raise? And the answer is: A lot more than you think – but not for the reasons you think. In this classic …

LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner – How to set the drumbeat

November 15th, 2019


Every leader has to set the drumbeat for their company — the culture, mission, and values that get the entire team in sync. And the rhythm has to be …

Bill Gates — How to accelerate history

November 7th, 2019


How did Bill Gates scale BOTH a global business and a global philanthropy? He spotted an inflection point in history — and accelerated it. What does that take? A great idea, great timing and also: Great partners. …

Make it epic — with

October 31st, 2019


What can entrepreneurs learn from a genre-crossing, multi-platinum musician? How to take a big opportunity — and leverage it into something epic. …

LIVE! Tory Burch: Patience or Speed? Both.

October 17th, 2019


Tory Burch built a billion-dollar business from the ground up, by speeding forward when others might have hit pause, and showing watchful patience …

Keep humans in the equation — with TaskRabbit's Stacy Brown-Philpot

October 10th, 2019


You may think that to scale you need to cut humans out of the equation. The opposite is true. You can harness the power of the "human cloud" to solve …

A Strategy Session with Reid Hoffman

September 26th, 2019


In this special episode, host Reid Hoffman answers questions from early-stage entrepreneurs – people in the trenches of startup life all over the world. How do you gain your users' trust? How do you build a team and …

How to Build Your Company to Last w/Fiat's John Elkann

September 12th, 2019


Forget being a unicorn. Learn to be a “Phoenix.” Your company can last 100+ years – but you'll need the resilience to rise and fall, and rise again. Fiat’s Chairman John Elkann shares the principles that allow the …

Dropbox's Drew Houston: How to take on Goliaths and win

September 5th, 2019


When Drew Houston founded Dropbox, he knew he faced some fierce competition (hello, Google, Apple and Microsoft). But he didn’t back down. Why? Because he believed in his product, and he knew he had an advantage those …

Special: Recharge your brain with a Meditative Story by Arianna Huffington

August 6th, 2019


As an entrepreneur, you have to find a way to recharge. This new podcast -- from the creators of Masters of Scale - was designed to create calm amid …

23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki: Embrace the gatekeepers

August 1st, 2019


When Anne Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe, she carved out a brand-new space in personal health -- helping people become experts on their bodies right …

Introducing Meditative Story

July 30th, 2019


This short trailer offers a taste of a new podcast from the team that created Masters of Scale. And just like MoS, it's unlike anything you've heard before. In each episode of Meditative Story, you'll hear a storyteller …

The Big Pivot w/Slack's Stewart Butterfield

July 26th, 2019


Slack's Stewart Butterfield knows: There’s more to a pivot than a sharp left turn. First, there’s the opportunity you’re pivoting toward. Can you see it clearly enough to navigate toward it? Can you convince others to …

Small Changes for Big Impact w/Bumble's Whitney Wolfe Herd

July 18th, 2019


Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd knows: The smallest feature can make or break your product. The challenge is recognizing the impact of that feature …

Entrepreneurship as a Second Act w/Gwyneth Paltrow

July 2nd, 2019


Would-be entrepreneurs, this one's for you. It’s never too late to join the entrepreneurial party. We've all heard the stories of young geniuses, but …

10 New Rules for Big Career Changes (The Graduation Episode) w/ Jordan Harbinger

June 21st, 2019


On Masters of Scale, we talk a lot about how businesses grow. But we also talk about how people grow: How key decisions (and happy accidents) can shape your future, and how your setbacks can actually set you up for …

How pirates become the navy w/Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

June 5th, 2019


Early-stage startups are a lot like pirate ships – they need a buccaneering spirit to survive. But every startup needs to shed its pirate nature at …

The case for bootstrapping w/Mailchimp’s Ben Chestnut

May 21st, 2019


You can bootstrap your business to scale, but you'll have to make your own luck. Nobody knows this better than Mailchimp's Ben Chestnut. He used a …

Open or closed? The answer is both—w/Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab Director

April 30th, 2019


No organization that’s entirely closed – or entirely open – can scale as successfully as an organization that combines both. Yes, organizations that …

When your invention becomes a weapon – from Should This Exist

April 11th, 2019


When former Wired Editor Chris Anderson launched DIY drones — an open source community for makers — drones were still considered a military …

Take bigger risks w/Shellye Archambeau

March 26th, 2019


If you try to avoid risk, you actually risk total failure. Or worse: mediocrity. Take it from Shellye Archambeau. She led the most stunning Silicon …

Check your blindspot w/Sallie Krawcheck (Ellevest)

March 12th, 2019


If your company's dominated by one type of person, you run the risk of tunnel vision. You might move fast — but you'll often drive straight into …

Build a more human internet — w/ Caterina Fake (Host of “Should This Exist?")

March 5th, 2019


How do you build a thriving online community? One human connection at a time. Caterina Fake is the host of our spinoff series "Should This Exist?” …

The Reid Hoffman Story (Part 2) — Make everyone a hero

February 26th, 2019


We’re back with Part 2 of our special turn-the-tables episode with Reid Hoffman. In this episode, we follow Reid through PayPal, LinkedIn, the …

Introducing: Should This Exist?

February 21st, 2019


Introducing a brand new show from the team behind Masters of Scale: Should This Exist?

Neuroscientist Daniel Chao created a headset that hacks your …

The Reid Hoffman Story (Part 1) — Make everyone a hero

January 22nd, 2019


In this special episode, we turn the tables on host Reid Hoffman. He’s the guest and we tell his story, while proving a theory that’s perfect for Reid: You can chart an epic journey to scale, if you make everyone a hero …

Let your customers be your scouts – w/Eventbrite's Julia Hartz

January 8th, 2019


That constant roar of customer feedback? Be thankful for it. It holds all the secrets to your success, if you learn how to read the signs. Listen to …

To scale, you must master the skill of storytelling w/Charity: Water’s Scott Harrison

December 18th, 2018


You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott …

Your Plan B Needs a Plan B — w/Nancy Lublin of Do Something and Crisis Text Line

December 4th, 2018


[A favorite episode returns!] To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need grit. But grit is more than persistence. You’re not just charging up the same hill over and over. You're generating an endless supply of Plans B. And …

The Millennial Episode — with Brit + Co’s Brit Morin

November 19th, 2018


You can marshal the power of millennials to grow your company, but you have to redefine your concept of loyalty. To keep millennials as users (and …

The elusive formula for great hiring w/Workday's Aneel Bhusri

November 5th, 2018


Your first hires = cultural cofounders. And it’s worth your time to get every one right. Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri personally interviewed his first …

Shake Shack's Danny Meyer — When to ignore conventional wisdom

October 22nd, 2018


To revolutionize an industry, you have to cast off received wisdom. Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer knows this well. When he opened his first high-end …

Arianna Huffington—What great founders do at night

October 3rd, 2018


To survive your entrepreneurial journey, you have to learn to recharge. In fact, knowing when to turn the lights OUT may be the only way to keep the lights on. You need a sustainable strategy that maximizes your team's …

Spotify's Daniel Ek — How to build trust FAST

September 19th, 2018


Normally, trust = consistency + time. But when you're scaling fast — you have to find shortcuts, with your partners and your users. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek knows a thing or two about this. When he founded Spotify, he did …

Instagram's Kevin Systrom — Keep it simple while scaling big

September 6th, 2018


You can scale big with a simple idea (and a tiny team!) — but only if you catch the prevailing winds. That's what Kevin Systrom did when he co-founded Instagram: The simple photo app tapped the right trends, built on …

Marissa Mayer — How to make the star employees you need

August 8th, 2018


Can't find the star employees you need? Then make them. That's what Marissa Mayer did when she founded the Associate Product Manager program at Google — one of the company's crown jewels. She mentored a team of young, …

How to kill your bad ideas w/ Zynga's Mark Pincus

July 25th, 2018


To succeed, you have to be relentless about pursuing a big opportunity — and ruthless about killing your own bad ideas along the way. Zynga founder Mark Pincus up-ended the gaming industry with social games like …

Keep Humans In the Equation w/ TaskRabbit's Stacy Brown-Philpot

July 11th, 2018


You may think that to scale you need to cut humans out of the equation. The opposite is true. You can harness the power of the "human cloud" to solve …

Introducing Season 3

July 9th, 2018


Masters of Scale returns on Wed July 11th with Season 3, featuring the entrepreneurs who wrote the rule book of Silicon Valley - as well as the ones …

How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

March 21st, 2018


To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, …

How To Do Good And Do Good Business with Starbucks' Howard Schultz

March 7th, 2018


You can make your social impact and your bottom line work hand-in-hand. But you'll have to be as creative and innovative about your company's values …

BONUS: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Guest Host Tim Ferriss

February 28th, 2018


Guest host Tim Ferriss shares advice you'll want to etch into stone: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success. We teamed up with Tim's eponymous podcast, the Tim Ferriss Show, to bring you this special remix. You'll hear …

Never Underestimate Your First Idea w/ Twitter/Medium's Ev Williams

February 21st, 2018


Never put a limit on your first idea. It could span your entire career. Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Medium (and Blogger, before that), …

How to Price Your Product to Scale w/ ClassPass' Payal Kadakia

February 14th, 2018


The price that bleeds your business could also save it. When you invent something innovative, you can’t know how to price it on day one. First, get …

How To Build Your Company To Last w/ Fiat's John Elkann

February 7th, 2018


Forget being a unicorn. Learn to be a “Phoenix.” Your company can last 100+ years — but you'll need the resilience to rise and fall, and rise again. Fiat’s Chairman John Elkann shares the principles that allow the …

Why Customer Love is All You Need w/ Y Combinator's Sam Altman

January 31st, 2018


Better to have 100 users love you than 1 million that kinda like you. The true seed of scale is love, and you can't buy it, hack it, or game it. Ask Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's legendary …

Model Behavior w/ entrepreneur/investor Caterina Fake (Etsy, Kickstarter, Flickr)

January 24th, 2018


Whatever you are when you're small gets amplified when you grow. So if you're staring any kind of online community (social media, e-commerce, …

Learn to Unlearn (Part 2) w/ IAC's Barry Diller

December 13th, 2017


To move from one success to another, you have to learn to unlearn. Take everything that helped you win the first time, then discard it and learn a …

Infinite Learner (Part I) w/ IAC's Barry Diller

December 6th, 2017


Tinder. Top Gun. Roots. The Simpsons. What do they have in common? Media icon Barry Diller. Barry is what we call an "infinite learner." He’s only interested in things he's never done before. And if they’ve never been …

Learn From Every 'No' w/ Bevel Razor's Tristan Walker

November 29th, 2017


“If you’re laughed out of the room, it might actually be a good sign.” Entrepreneurs inevitably face a lot of rejection — as does anyone championing …

The Big Pivot with Slack's Stewart Butterfield

November 15th, 2017


In your company’s darkest moment, remember: You CAN pivot from failure to success. But only if you slash and burn everything that isn’t working. Slack’s co-founder and CEO, Stewart Butterfield, has twice navigated this …

Look sideways with Google / VMware’s Diane Greene

November 10th, 2017


Business plan not entirely clear? Not sure how you’ll make enough money or find your users? That's OK. Really. The most scalable ideas often come at you sideways. You'll find yourself crabwalking from a small market to …

Escape the Competition w/ PayPal's Peter Thiel

November 8th, 2017


If you want to grow your business, your goal isn’t to beat the competition — it’s to escape the competition altogether. No one knows this better than Paypal founder Peter Thiel. “Competition is for losers,” he’s been …

BONUS: Seven Lesser Known Laws of Leadership

August 26th, 2017


The Masters of Scale team brings you a special blend of leadership tips from season one guests — including clips we haven’t aired yet. In this bonus episode, we’ll share our favorite insights from Facebook’s Mark …

Let Fires Burn w/ Gixo's Selina Tobaccowala

July 19th, 2017


If you try to put out every fire, you’ll only burn yourself out. The best entrepreneurs? They let fires burn. Knowing which problems not to solve is …

The Next Silicon Valley Is...? W/ Endeavor's Linda Rottenberg

July 12th, 2017


What’s the secret to Silicon Valley? And can any other region nurture such a thriving startup scene? Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor, makes the …

Bonus Episode: The Ten Commandments of Startup Success

July 5th, 2017


Guest host Tim Ferriss shares advice you’ll will want to etch into stone: the Ten Commandments of Startup Success. We teamed up with Tim’s eponymous podcast, the Tim Ferriss Show, to bring you this special remix of …

BONUS: Uncut interview w/ Netflix's Reed Hastings

June 29th, 2017


Host Reid Hoffman visits Netflix's headquarters for an extended interview with the company's founding CEO, Reed Hastings. They discuss the …

Netflix's Reed Hastings in Culture Shock

June 28th, 2017


I believe strong company cultures only emerge when every employee feels they own the culture — and this begins even before the first job interview. …

BONUS: Uncut Interview w/ Crisis Text Line's Nancy Lublin

June 15th, 2017


In this extended interview, Nancy Lublin, founding CEO of Crisis Text Line, shares insights from her restless career as a serial entrepreneur, …

Grit Happens with Crisis Text Line's Nancy Lublin

June 14th, 2017


To succeed, entrepreneurs need a good idea, timing, money, luck. But more than anything, they need grit. Don’t confuse grit with sheer persistence; it’s not about charging up the same hill, again and again. The sort of …

Google/Alphabet's Eric Schmidt in Innovation = Managed Chaos

June 7th, 2017


Google has succeeded by innovating again and again. Not just search, but Gmail and Google Docs and even self-driving cars. Their secret? They don’t tell their employees how to innovate; they manage the chaos. Eric …

BONUS: Uncut Interview w/ Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg

June 1st, 2017


Host Reid Hoffman met Sheryl in a conference room at One Facebook Way to discuss a vexing subject: How does she lead an organization that doubles or triples in size each year? She also reveals previously unaired …

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg in Lead, Lead Again

May 31st, 2017


In just 6 years, Facebook grew to 2 billion users and 14,000 employees. How? Well first, they hired COO Sheryl Sandberg. And she knew that to lead a fast-changing organization, you have to be as skilled at breaking …

BONUS: Uncut interview w/ Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

May 25th, 2017


This is the extended, uncut version of Reid Hoffman's rare, hour-long interview with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Ep. 4 “Imperfect is Perfect". Our recommendation: Listen to the episode first. Then …

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in Imperfect is Perfect

May 24th, 2017


If you’re Steve Jobs, you can wait for your product to be perfect. But there are almost no Steve Jobs’ in the world. For the rest of us, If you’re not embarrassed by your first product release, you’ve released it too …

Beauty of A Bad Idea w/ Walker & Company's Tristan Walker

May 17th, 2017


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 …

The Money Episode w/ Minted's Mariam Naficy

May 10th, 2017


Think you've raised enough money for your startup? Think again. You have to run through a minefield of unexpected expenses as an entrepreneur. And you never know where the big opportunity will come from. So always, …

BONUS: Uncut Interview w/ Airbnb's Brian Chesky

May 4th, 2017


Host Reid Hoffman interviews Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. In this extended interview, Chesky explains how a willingness to work with his hands laid the foundation for Airbnb’s growth. He also shares …

Airbnb's Brian Chesky in Handcrafted

May 3rd, 2017


If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve …

Coming Soon: Masters of Scale

April 18th, 2017


Coming May 3rd, Reid Hoffman, legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, explains how famous founders take their companies from zero to a gazillion. In this trailer for Season One, a taste of this …

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