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Raising the Bar with Alli and Adrian

70 EpisodesProduced by Alli Webb & Adrian KoehlerWebsite

The stuff you wished entrepreneurs really talked about. Drybar founder Alli Webb joins forces with her executive coach (and boyfriend) Adrian Koehler to pull back the curtain on the entrepreneurial life—the good, the bad, and the messy. Together, they tackle the conversations people in leadership ra… read more

70 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

1. Guy Raz: Curiosity, Telling Human Stories, & The Lost Episodes of “How I Built This”

October 30th, 2020


You probably know Guy Raz from hosting one of the most popular podcasts ever, NPR’s How I Built This. You might even have started following Alli …

Baby2Baby: Hollywood's Favorite Philanthropy

May 1st, 2020


Michael and Alli sit down with Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, presidents of Baby2Baby, a group that provides low-income children with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities. Known for its stylish galas and …

Emily and Meritt: Fashion's Favorite Friendship

April 24th, 2020


You can thank Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for the boyfriend jeans in your closet. After making the jump from styling to designing, they started Current/Elliott and became denim darlings of the fashion world. Since …

Anine Bing: Influencer-Turned-Designer

April 10th, 2020

Anine Bing has become the go-to designer for models and actresses off-duty since leveraging her social media platform into a namesake label. Like all …

Chriselle Lim: Fashion's Busiest Superinfluencer

March 27th, 2020


Chriselle Lim is one of those OG influencers who joined YouTube in 2010 and now counts 3.2 million followers across social media with a staff of 13 …

Laura Wasser: Hollywood Divorce Attorney Turned Entrepreneur

March 20th, 2020


Dubbed "the disso queen" by TMZ, Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser has represented everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Kim Kardashian to Stevie …

Ritual: Disrupting The Vitamin Industry with Katerina Schneider

March 13th, 2020


Katerina Schneider was four-months pregnant when she set out to raise money for her subscription-based vitamin company aimed at delivering clean, …

Midland Shop: Staying Authentic As A Small Business In L.A. with Co-Owner Paige Appel

March 6th, 2020


Midland Shop is known for its curations of ethically-made, artisan, quality goods. With two locations in Los Angeles, Midland now has its eye on ramping up its e-commerce division and expanding beyond the coastal …

LIVELY: How A Former Victoria's Secret Exec Disrupted the $13B Lingerie World

February 28th, 2020


In just 48 months, founder and CEO Michelle Cordeiro Grant flipped her “leisurée” (lingerie and leisure) startup and sold the fledgling company for …

Ramy Brook: Day-To-Night Fashion From a Self-Trained Designer

February 21st, 2020


Though Ramy Brook Sharp's high school wasn't too happy about her shortening her skirts and restyling her jeans, this was the beginning of Ramy's …

Take New Ground: The Secret Weapon of the Leaders You Admire Most with Adrian Koehler

February 7th, 2020

Executive coaching is at the forefront of business culture today. From founders in the startup stage to senior executives at multinational …

Gabby Reece: The Former Model and Pro Volleyball Player Dispels the Myth of the Personal Brand

January 31st, 2020


Though it's been decades since Gabby Reece first started out as a pro-beach volleyball star and Nike's first female spokesperson, the 6' 3” …

Private Equity: Learn How to Raise Capital with Drybar’s Largest Investor

January 24th, 2020


In 2012, two years after its first store opened, Drybar announced that it had closed $16 million in financing with private equity firm Castanea Partners. Since then, Drybar has raised more than $50 million in venture …

Argent: The Pantsuit Startup Outfitting Hillary Clinton & Kamala Harris

January 17th, 2020


Sali Christeson spent a decade in the Bay Area's fin-tech scene where she struggled to find clothes that were bold, practical, and professional. In …

Brittany Driscoll: What It's Really Like To Leap Into Entrepreneurship

January 10th, 2020


It's been 10 months since Squeeze opened their books to usher in the next generation of affordable massage studios and begin #TheFeelGoodRevolution. …

Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars (Re-Release)

December 27th, 2019


Kelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding …

Tappan: Reinventing the Art Scene For a Digital Generation

December 20th, 2019

Founded in 2012 by painter Chelsea Neman Nassib, Tappan is a slick, modern platform for emerging artists to display and sell their work …

Nekter Juice Bar: Creating The Starbucks of Juice

December 13th, 2019

After a successful career in the infomercial industry, founder and CEO Steve Schulze turned his attention to the nascent juicing trend and opened the …

Belly Bandit: Supporting Moms With Stylish Shapewear

December 6th, 2019


Moms all over the world have the Caden sisters to thank for normalizing post-pregnancy shapewear. It all started in 2008 when Lori Caden's sisters were sick of hearing complaints about the new mom's post-baby belly. So …

Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere (re-release)

November 29th, 2019


Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's …

Kentucky Straight Ice: Converting Ice Cubes Into Cash

November 22nd, 2019


Entrepreneur Rich Finck could sell ice to an Eskimo, literally. That's because his company Kentucky Straight Ice specializes in handcrafted, …

Supergoop!: Turning SPF Into $40 Million

November 15th, 2019


Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard is the queen of sunscreen. She never intended to build a $40-million company sold in Sephora, Nordstrom, and …

The Giving Keys: Unlocking A Social Impact Company

November 8th, 2019

The Giving Keys are repurposed key necklaces stamped with inspirational words like FEARLESS, HOPE, STRENGTH, and COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message—they are encouraged to …

Sugar Paper: On Becoming The Best Stationery Company In The World

November 1st, 2019

Sugar Paper, Los Angeles's premier goods shop and custom letterpress stationery company, was born in 2003 when college pals Chelsea Shukov and Jamie …

The Clear Cut: Selling Diamonds In Your DMs

October 25th, 2019


Engagement ring company the Clear Cut has sold millions of dollars in diamonds over Instagram's direct messages since launching in 2018. By creating …

Maya Brenner: Spinning Success Out of 14k Gold

October 18th, 2019


Maya Brenner’s eponymous jewelry line first caught the public’s attention more than 20 years ago, while the jeweler was still creating pieces out of …

Afterpay: The Millennial's Answer to Buy Now, Pay Later

October 11th, 2019


Five years ago, Nick Molnar had a theory that recession-scarred Millennials would prefer to spend their own money and spread their purchases across a …

Three Day Rule: Modern Day Matchmaking

October 4th, 2019


Talia Goldstein officially started her matchmaking company Three Day Rule in 2010, but she’s been setting people up since she was in high school. …

S2 Ep. 26 Grow Marketing: Two Ex-Rivals Make Peace & PR

September 27th, 2019


For years, Cassie Hughes and Gabrey Means were rivals in the cutthroat world of corporate publicity campaigns, trying to outdo each other with store launches, press events, and stunts, all before experiential marketing …

S2 Ep. 25 Sweet Laurel Bakery: Why Instagram Came First For This Bakeshop

September 20th, 2019


As a lifelong amateur baker, Laurel Gallucci had to remove gluten, dairy, and refined sugar from her diet when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's. She had to re-learn how to eat, and applied this …

S2 Ep. 24 Inner Glow Circle: Money-Making Life Coaching

September 13th, 2019


Death, disease, and...spray tanning? All of these things led Katie DePaola to leave her 9-to-5 job and grow her company Inner Glow Circle into a …

S2 Ep. 23 Jen Gotch:, Mental Health, Authenticity

September 6th, 2019


Don't ask Jen Gotch how to describe her 11-year-old business What began as a hair accessories company has evolved into a lifestyle brand that …

S2 Ep. 22 Zookies Cookies: A Shark Tank Success Story

August 30th, 2019


When Justin Miller and Tom Simon pitched their bake-at-home cookie mix on Shark Tank, they may have tricked Alli into eating their dog treats (made from human-grade ingredients) but that didn't stop a bidding war. Alli …

S2 Ep. 21 Year & Day: Direct-To-Consumer Tableware

August 23rd, 2019


Year & Day is changing the way people shop for tableware. With its modern, minimalist dishes, flatware, and glassware at attainable prices, the …

S2 Ep. 20 Toni Ko: Banking On Beauty With NYX Cosmetics

August 16th, 2019


Toni Ko was just 25 when she founded the affordable beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. With $250,000 in seed money from her parents, the Korean-born entrepreneur started out small, with makeup pencils, but made $2 million in …

S2 Ep. 19 Jamie Kern Lima: How To Negotiate a $1.2 Billion Aquisition

August 9th, 2019


It Cosmetics has been a true disruptor in the cosmetics industry since its launch in 2008. After years of hustling on QVC and landing shelf space …

S2 Ep. 18 Rachel Pally: A Biz For All Body Types

August 2nd, 2019


Rachel Pally's Cali-cool maxi dresses have been photographed on everyone from SJP and Beyoncé to Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry, but it was a stint …

S2 Ep. 17 Sophia Rossi: How To Go From Assistant to CEO

July 26th, 2019


Sophia Rossi has been a babysitter, an assistant, a TV producer, a founder, a CEO, and councilwoman? But that's for the future. As a former producer on MTV's The Hills and The City, Sophia went on to …

S2 Ep. 16 Clare V.: The LA Based Brand With Global Appeal

July 19th, 2019


The made-in-LA success of Clare Vivier's handbags and accessories company is going international. Since starting Clare V. in 2008, Clare has translated buzz into business growth and cornered the accessories market …

S2 Ep. 15 Shower Toga: Alli Webb and Mark Cuban's Big Bet

July 12th, 2019


When "Shark Tank" investors Alli Webb and Mark Cuban made an $80,000 gamble on national television, they were not only buying into Shower Toga but also its feisty and fearless founder, Kressa Peterson. Shower Toga—a …

S2 Ep. 14 Sara Happ: The Lip Expert

July 5th, 2019


The original Lip Scrub—loved by early supporters Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon—was never meant to kickstart Sara Happ's beauty career. She …

S2 Ep. 13 U-Nify: Building and Branding a Mental Health Gym

June 28th, 2019


A fitness studio, but for your mental health. This is the idea behind U-Nify, an early-stage company offering affordable workshops led by therapists, life coaches, spiritual leaders, and wellness experts. U-Nify wants …

S2 Ep. 12 Lunya: Elevating Luxury Sleepwear with Founder Ashley Merrill

June 21st, 2019


Ashley Merrill launched Lunya in 2014 with a conviction that women's sleepwear was overdue for a fresh, modern perspective. As an MBA student wearing …

S2 Ep. 11 Karen Fairchild: Country Music Icon and Trailblazer

June 14th, 2019


Alli lives out her country girl fantasy and visits Nashville to interview Karen Fairchild, one-fourth of the Grammy Award-winning band, Little Big Town. Together, Alli and Karen find similarities between running a …

S2 Ep. 10 Jaime Schmidt: Turning Natural Deoderant into Gold

June 7th, 2019


Jaime Schmidt, founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, created her award-winning natural deodorant when she was pregnant and concerned about the widespread use of unnatural ingredients in deodorant. So she created a better …

S2 Ep. 09 Emily and Meritt: Fashion's Favorite Friendship

May 31st, 2019


You can thank Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for bringing boyfriend jeans into your closet. After making the jump from styling to designing, the two started Current/Elliott and became denim darlings of the fashion …

S2 Ep. 08 Baby2Baby: Hollywood's Favorite Philanthropy

May 24th, 2019


Michael and Alli sit down with Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, co-presidents of Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides low-income children ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing, and other basic …

S2 Ep.7 Alexa von Tobel: Becoming Financially Fearless

May 17th, 2019


Alexa von Tobel dropped out of Harvard Business School in 2008 to start LearnVest, the online financial planning service designed for the …

S2 Ep. 6 Sarah Gibson Tuttle: Upending The Manicure Industry

May 10th, 2019


Inspired by a lightbulb moment to create "the Drybar for nails," Sarah Gibson Tuttle ditched her NYC finance career to take a risk and open Olive …

S2 Ep. 6 Anine Bing: Influencer-Turned-Designer

May 3rd, 2019


Anine Bing has become the go-to designer for models and actresses off-duty since leveraging her social media platform into a namesake label in 2012. Like all great founder stories, the Danish-born model and former rock …

S2 Ep. 5 Brooklyn Decker: Rethinking Retail, Tech, and Your Closet

April 26th, 2019


Brooklyn Decker has made a name for herself on the pages of Sports Illustrated and Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," but now her mission as a tech co-founder is to help women digitize and simplify their closets. She sat …

S2 Ep. 4 How Is Changing Kids' Content with Chris Williams

April 19th, 2019


Chris Williams is the founder and CEO of, a digital-first studio that creates global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha (kids born in 2011-2025). Chris stops by the …

S2 Ep. 3 Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars

April 12th, 2019


Kelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding …

S2 Ep. 2 Brittany Driscoll: From Drybar Exec to Squeeze CEO

April 5th, 2019


For years, Alli and Michael sat on their million-dollar idea to create the Goldilocks massage experience—not too pricey, not too cheap—while they …

S2 Ep.1 Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere

March 29th, 2019


Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's …

Raising The Bar Season 2 Trailer

March 15th, 2019


Alli and Michael are back and better than ever with a brand new group of entrepreneurs you will not want to miss! Season 2 begins March 29th!

Elmo Lovano: Build a Band

October 3rd, 2018


Before Jammcard, a job platform for musicians didn’t really exist. So after working as a drummer for years and recognizing the need for it, Elmo …

Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut: What's On Your Plate?

September 26th, 2018


This episode features Platefit founders Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut.

Platefit is a boutique exercise company that provides classes designed around the use of Power Plates. The plates, originally developed to help …

Ellen Bennett: Apron Queen

September 19th, 2018


This episode features Hedley & Bennett founder and CEO Ellen Bennett.

When Ellen was working as a chef in restaurants, she couldn’t believe bad …

Patrice Banks: Lady Mechanics

September 12th, 2018


This episode features Girls Auto Clinic founder Patrice Banks.

Patrice had a great job as an engineer when she decided give it all up to become a mechanic and open a female-run shop. Her goal? To educate and empower …

Jaclyn Johnson: Creating and Cultivating

September 5th, 2018


This episodes features Create & Cultivate’s Jaclyn Johnson! Jaclyn noticed women entrepreneurs needed a space to gather to create their dream …

Joey Gonzalez: From Client to CEO

August 29th, 2018


This episode features Barry’s Bootcamp CEO Joey Gonzalez. Joey first fell in love with the high-intensity fitness studio as a customer. He worked his way up the Barry’s ladder, going from instructor to manager to …

Itika Oldwine and Talmadge Lowe: A Flower Shop and a Liquor Store

August 22nd, 2018


This episode features two guests. First, we talked to Itika Oldwine, founder of Oldvine Florals, a high end flower shop in Los Angeles. She talked to us about the decision to go out on her own, how she moved her …

Joy Cho: Jump for Joy

August 15th, 2018


This episode features designer Joy Cho. Her lifestyle brand, Oh Joy, grew from a tiny blog into a successful business with a huge following. She …

Johnny Ray Zone: Do One Thing Well

August 8th, 2018


This episode features celebrity chef Johnny Ray Zone, the founder and operator of Howlin’ Rays, a Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant in Los …

Hillary Kerr: Who What Wear, Why Not?

August 1st, 2018


On today's episode, Hillary Kerr is joining us. She’s the cofounder of Clique Brands, which has three brands - Who What Wear, MyDomaine, and Byrdie. We're also here to answer your question, including one we get asked …

Curtis Stone: Cooking with Gas

July 25th, 2018


This episode features celebrity chef Curtis Stone. He’s had a ton of success, including television shows, cookbooks, and famed LA restaurants, Maude and Gwen. He talked about Anthony Bourdain, his worst kitchen disaster …

Phil Landau: The First Entrepreneur in Our Lives

July 25th, 2018


It’s our dad! They may have raised us, but for years Alli and Michael's parents ran a chain of clothing stores in South Florida, Flip’s. It was a family business, and they grew up watching this business grow. And - Alli …

Sarah Michelle Gellar: From Vampires to Empires

July 25th, 2018


When Alli Webb and Michael Landau started Drybar 8 years ago, they had no idea what would happen, but that’s the life of every entrepreneur. Risk …

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