StartUp Podcast

StartUp Podcast

United States

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

Episodes

#20 Disorg Chart  

As we wrap up this mini-season, Lisa Chow comes back from maternity leave and notices some big changes at Gimlet. And these changes... they aren't all for the better. Lisa talks to Gimlet employees about concerns over power, accountability, and control - things that crop up when you go from startup, to regular company. And she takes those concerns to the bosses. Music for the episode from the band Hot Mom's Dot Gov. Our theme song was composed and performed by Mark Phillips. Ad music from the band Build Buildings. Thanks to our sponsors Audible.com and Naturebox.

#19 Diversity Report  

If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ, there are a few things you’d probably notice right off the bat. First, it’s crowded - like a grungy dorm room. Second, the lighting… it’s not great. Not many windows. Third, it’s white. Really white. 24 of Gimlet’s 27 employees are white. In this episode, we look at diversity (or lack thereof) at Gimlet. And we try to figure out what diversity should mean for the company going forward. The Facts: Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. John Kimbrough composed music for this episode. More music written and performed by John Delore along with his band mates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick and Isamu McGregor. Our Sponsors: PC Does What?! Audible.com

#18 Pitch Perfect 2  

Gimlet is growing fast. We have four shows on the air, and several others in pre-production. If we want to grow faster, though, we could use some more cash. Matt and Alex head back into the world of venture capital, deciding whether or not to raise another round of financing, this time, much bigger. Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. John Kimbrough composed music for this episode. More music written and performed by John Delore along with his band mates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrickand Isamu McGregor. Our Sponsors Ministry Of Supply: Menswear made smarter. PC Does What?!: This week, we feature PC user Stamps.com: Postage on demand.

#17 Words About Words From Our Sponsors  

Gimlet is starting a new line of business, and it’s a complicated one: Branded content. Branded content is a piece of media (a video, a story, a podcast, etc.) paid for by a company that then has editorial control over the product. Lots of companies have been asking Gimlet to make podcasts for them. But, as we see in this episode, there are some very real anxieties about how to do this right. As part of this episode, we’ve put together Gimlet Media’s Advertising Guidelines. You can find them on our website. Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. John Kimbrough composed music for this episode. More music written and performed by John Delore along with his band mates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick and Isamu McGregor. Our Sponsors: Ministry Of Supply: Menswear made smarter. PC Does What?!: This week, we feature PC user (and podcaster) Matt Freedman.

#16 The Secret Formula  

Gimlet is making a big, expensive bet. The kind of bet that could make or break the company. And it’s a bet that comes down to one factor: What is Gimlet’s competitive advantage? As the company launches its fourth new show, “Surprisingly Awesome,” we take a deep dive in to how the show was made. From the kernel of an idea to the final product. And, along the way, we look at what we believe is Gimlet’s secret formula for making podcasts. The Facts: Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. John Kimbrough composed music for this episode. More music written and performed by John Delore along with his band mates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrickand Isamu McGregor. Our Sponsors: Squarespace – This week, we featured Squarespace user Lumio. PC Does What? – This week, we featured PC user Ministry Of Supply

#15 Married To Your Business  

We return to the offices of Gimlet for the start of a new mini-season. It's been a year since the company launched and things are changing... fast. In this episode, Alex and his wife, Nazanin, wrestle with a huge decision that has implications for both the company and their family.

BONUS: But Wait, There's More!  

A Gimlet update and a special announcement

116 Men and a Baby (S2 Ep10)  

Lessons learned in business and love

Dating Ring Of Fire (S2 Ep9)  

Under pressure, the Dating Ring founders make a big decision

Til Debt Do Us Part (S2 Ep8)  

Lauren and Emma visit the CEO Whisperer

Survival's a Pitch (S2 Ep7)  

A golden opportunity sows seeds of doubt

Profiled (S2 Ep6)  

In online dating, love is not blind

BONUS - Gimlet's Newest Podcast (Season 2, #5.5)  

This week, we take a break from our usual programming on Dating Ring to bring you this very special bonus episode, featuring Gimlet's newest show.

Playing With Matches (S2 Ep5)  

Inside Dating Ring's Matchmaking System

Save The Date (S2 Ep4)  

Save The Date (S2 Ep4) by Gimlet

Another Side Of The Story (S2 Ep3)  

Welcome to fundraising

Grow Big Or Go Home (S2 Ep2)  

Inside the Startup School Y Combinator

Origin Story (S2 Ep1)  

First comes love...then comes equity StartUp is a podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. In Season 1, Alex Blumberg told the story of launching this business, Gimlet Media, a podcast network. In Season 2, Alex is joined by co-Host Lisa Chow, to follow an entirely new company. The business is Dating Ring, a dating company that combines technology with old-fashioned matchmaking. The founders are women in their 20s, outsiders in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley. And over the 10 episodes, we'll take you inside that world. Some of the challenges they face are different from Alex’s: founder disagreements, hellish fundraising, and sexism. But just like Gimlet's story, theirs is also a transparent account of something that happens everyday in America, but we rarely get to see firsthand: starting a business.

#14 Where We Are  

An end and a beginning

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