StartUp Podcast

StartUp Podcast

United States

A series about what it's really like to start a business.

Episodes

BONUS — Check Out Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty  

On this episode of StartUp, we're introducing you to a new show from Gimlet Media. It's called Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty. The show charts the career of the hip hop executive, from young hustler in the Bronx, to one of the most powerful men in the music industry.

BONUS — Check Out The Pitch  

Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars behind his idea.

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Building The Perfect Cup of Coffee (Season 5, Episode 10)  

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is trying to produce the perfect cup of coffee. And he’s trying to do it with beans grown in the midst of an active war zone in Yemen. Despite those challenges, his company’s first batch earned rave reviews, and sold for $16 a cup at one of the fanciest coffee chains around. But can he turn that early success into a profitable business, or will the challenges of trying to achieve perfection using a supply chain that starts in a war zone halfway around the world do his young company in?

Our Sponsors: .future | Squarespace | Trunk Club | Fiverr

Ask Alex (Season 5, Episode 9)  

You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp.

Our Sponsors:Squarespace Cloudflare Microsoft 

How To Invent A New Sport (Season 5, Episode 8)  

Mason Gordon’s dream is to create a new global team sport, something that hasn’t happened since basketball came on the scene in the 1890s. But Mason is determined. He invented Slamball—an amped up combination of basketball and football that’s played on trampolines—nearly twenty years ago. He had some splashy early success and got two seasons on TV. And then Slamball seemingly disappeared. But Mason is still at it, and now Slamball is surging in popularity on the other side of the globe.

Our Sponsors:Pipedrive – Pipedrive is an easy-to-use sales management tool designed with small teams in mind. Check out pipedrive.com/startup to learn moreSquarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get 10% off your first purchase.Virgin Atlantic - Listen to their podcast, The Venture, wherever you get your podcasts or go to virginatlantic.com/theventure





















Life After Startup (Season 5, Episode 7)  

Jason from Bento started a business that prepared and delivered pan-Asian meals on demand. Lauren and Emma from Dating Ring wanted to reinvent online dating. Mary from Saint Harridan made sharp suits for masculine women and trans men. And Mike moved food across international borders, evading employees of a large grocery store chain. This episode, we return to some of the companies we followed in previous seasons and find out how their founders are doing—and what the label “entrepreneur” means to them now.

Our Sponsors:Ebay – Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsPipedrive – Pipedrive is an easy-to-use sales management tool designed with small teams in mind. Check out pipedrive.com/startup to learn moreSquarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get 10% off your first purchase.












BONUS - Introducing The Pitch  

Alex and Matt talk to Josh Muccio, the host of Gimlet's newest show, about his path to podcasting. Then we sample the first half of the latest episode of Josh's show, The Pitch.

Our SponsorsEbay – Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsSonos – Sonos is a smart wireless speaker system. To learn more go to sonos.comSquarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get 10% off your first purchase.Ziprecruiter – start posting jobs for free at Ziprecruiter.com/startup




Another Side Of The Story (Season 2, Episode 3 REBROADCAST)  

Hello, there! This week we’re rebroadcasting an episode from way back in Season 2 when we were following Dating Ring, a company that was different from other dating sites and apps because it used matchmakers to help its customers go out on dates. This episode picks up just after the co-founders of the company, Lauren and Emma, finished Y Combinator and started pitching angel investors. You’ll hear them struggle to raise money—while wondering if their company was floundering for reasons completely outside of their control. 

Bug Business (Season 5, Episode 6)  

Researchers who think about the thorny problem of feeding our growing global population have started to point at one possible solution: bugs. They’re protein-rich and ecologically sustainable—but can bug entrepreneurs get lots of Americans to eat something they’re kinda grossed out by?

Our SponsorsPipedrive - Pipedrive is an easy-to-use sales management tool designed with small teams in mind. Check out pipedrive.com/startup to learn moreSquarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get 10% off your first purchase.Virgin Atlantic - Listen to their podcast, The Venture, wherever you get your podcasts or go to virginatlantic.com/theventureAmazon Launchpad - shop now at amazon.com/launchpadfordad

Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine (Season 5, Episode 5)  

Jake Glanville and his small biotech startup are trying to beat big pharmaceutical companies and major research institutions to a potentially game-changing medical breakthrough: the universal flu vaccine.

Our SponsorsPipedrive - Pipedrive is an easy-to-use sales management tool designed with small teams in mind. Check out pipedrive.com/startup to learn moreSquarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get 10% off your first purchase.Virgin Atlantic - Listen to their podcast, The Venture, wherever you get your podcasts or go to virginatlantic.com/theventureZiprecruiter - start posting jobs for free at Ziprecruiter.com/startup














Running a Family and a Business (Season 5, Episode 4)  

This week on StartUp we’re listening in as executive coach Jerry Colonna sits down with Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate company called Cissé Cocoa. In the episode, they tackle something that many founders struggle with—how to balance entrepreneurship and parenthood.

 Our SponsorsBlue Apron – Get 3 free meals with free shipping at blueapron.com/startupEbay – Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsSoFi – Visit SoFi.com/replyall to get a $100 welcome bonus when you refinance your student loans.Squarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get 10% off your first purchase.

BONUS - Introducing Every Little Thing  

Gimlet launched a new podcast this month. It's called "Every Little Thing"and it searches for the extraordinary lurking in the ordinary. It's hosted by science journalist Flora Lichtman, who on this recent episode of the show found the extraordinary in office plants. 

StartUp will be back with a new episode next week.

Friendster: Part 2 (Season 5, Episode 3)  

After a turbulent start and the firing of its founder, Friendster looked like it was back on track. It was still the biggest social network around and its board—which was packed with some of the biggest names in venture capital—quickly assembled a star-studded executive team. So, why couldn’t all that talent deliver on the company’s promise?

Why aren’t we all logging onto Friendster today?

Ask Alex
Got a question for Alex Blumberg? Leave us a message at 812-641-1231, and your question could end up on the show.

The Facts
Mark Phillips wrote and performed our theme song.
Build Buildings wrote and performed our special ad music.
Additional music by Typhoon, Jupyter, Marley Carrol and the band Hot Moms Dot Gov.
David Herman, Ian Scott, and Rick Kwan mixed the episode.

Our Sponsors
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Friendster: Part 1 (Season 5, Episode 2)  

In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. He and his website were at the forefront of an industry that would eventually be worth more than $400 billion. So, what went wrong?

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Ask Alex
Got a question for Alex Blumberg? Leave us a message at 812-641-1231, and your question could end up on the show.

Our Sponsors
Blue Apron - Get 3 free meals with free shipping at blueapron.com/startup
Pipedrive - Pipedrive is an easy-to-use sales management tool designed with small teams in mind. Check out pipedrive.com/startup to learn more
Sonos - Sonos is a smart wireless speaker system. To learn more go to sonos.com
Subaru - Meet real Subaru owners and hear their stories on MeetAnOwner.com













You Have to Invent Something (Season 5, Episode 1)  

In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit -- one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can be treacherous, and Stuart's big idea left him broke. Now he's back with a new toy and a surprising ally.


Our Sponsors
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BONUS - Introducing Twice Removed  

In episode 2 of this season of StartUp, producer Molly Messick followed producers Eric Mennel and Ngofeen Mputubwele, who were working on creating a new Gimlet show called Twice Removed. That show has now launched. In this special bonus episode, Alex Blumberg catches up with Eric and Ngofeen, to see how things have been going since Molly spoke with them this past summer. Enjoy this update from the Twice Removed team and then listen to the first half of a new episode, which features Alex's wife Nazanin Rafsanjani as a special guest. 

Part 7: MAGIC (Season 4, Episode 10)  

Following his ousting from American Apparel, Dov Charney has been eager to restart and launch his new venture—Los Angeles Apparel. He has assembled the fabric, the equipment, and the people to help make his new clothing line. Now he needs to find his customer base.

In this, the season finale of StartUp, Charney debuts his product to a group of people that knows his history well. But will his past prove to be an obstacle, or become part of what leads his new business to success?


Our Sponsors

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Part 6: Anger (Season 4, Episode 9)  

In the spring of 2014, the American Apparel board offered Dov Charney two options: forfeit your position as CEO and stay on as a creative consultant or be removed from the company entirely. Charney chose the latter, and it became big news.

It’s a story that has followed Charney as he starts his new business. But there are two accounts of what happened at American Apparel: Dov’s and the board’s. In this episode, we explore the moments that led up to Charney’s ousting, and the fallout from a founder’s firing.

Our Sponsors

Adobe XD - Shape the future of Adobe XD by downloading the beta. To get started go to adobe.ly/xdstartup

Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day.

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Part 5: Suits (Season 4, Episode 8)  

In 2007, Dov Charney took American Apparel public, placing the company under heightened scrutiny. This meant Charney lost the privacy and autonomy he’d grown accustomed to.  And, as more stories emerged from inside the company, some began to reevaluate the man they’d chosen to work with.

Our Sponsors
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Part 4: Boundaries (Season 4, Episode 7)  

While Dov Charney was running American Apparel, he didn’t shy away from unconventionality. And for many entrepreneurs, breaking convention is an essential part of growing an innovative company. But pushing boundaries is one thing. Completely ignoring them is another.

In this episode, we explore the nebulous lines between Charney’s professional and personal relationships. We ask the the women of American Apparel what it was like to work for the former CEO and how, in a company where the boundaries aren’t clear, they could determine what was—and wasn’t—appropriate in the workplace.




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Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day.

Vimeo – To learn more about Vimeo Business,  go to vimeo.com/StartUp10 and enter the promo code StartUp10 to save 10 percent on your Vimeo Business account.

Wealthsimple – Investing made easy. Get your first $10,000 managed for free.

Zenefits – To learn more about Zenefts and to schedule a free demo, go to zenefits.com/startup.






















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