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How I Built This

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How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight -- told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands. If you've ever built something from nothing, something you really care about -- or even just dream about it -- check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz. Follow the show @HowIBuiltThis.

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight -- told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands. If you've ever built something from nothing, something you really care about -- or even just dream about it -- check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz. Follow the show @HowIBuiltThis.
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How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight -- told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands. If you've ever built something from nothing, something you really care about -- or even just dream about it -- check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz. Follow the show @HowIBuiltThis.

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Episodes

Coming Soon: How I Built This

9/2/2016
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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.

Duration:00:03:00

Spanx: Sara Blakely

9/12/2016
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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.

Duration:00:27:44

Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger

9/19/2016
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Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched their photo-sharing app with a server that crashed every other hour. Despite a chaotic start, Instagram became one of the most popular apps in the world.

Duration:00:30:05

Radio One: Cathy Hughes

9/26/2016
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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 largest African-American owned broadcasting company.

Duration:00:33:16

Clif Bar: Gary Erickson

10/3/2016
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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 one of the most popular energy bars in the U.S.

Duration:00:28:36

VICE: Suroosh Alvi

10/10/2016
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Suroosh Alvi was a recovering addict when he started a scrappy underground magazine in Montreal. It grew into VICE Media — a multi-billion dollar company that has shaken up the world of journalism.

Duration:00:37:19

Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

10/17/2016
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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.

Duration:00:42:36

Samuel Adams: Jim Koch

10/31/2016
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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 helped kickstart the craft beer movement in America.

Duration:00:34:55

Music Mogul: L.A. Reid

11/7/2016
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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.

Duration:00:33:28

Celebrity Chef: José Andrés

11/14/2016
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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 restaurant empire that would transform the way many Americans dine out.

Duration:00:29:06

Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher

11/21/2016
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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.

Duration:00:35:13

Serial Entrepreneur: Mark Cuban

12/5/2016
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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.

Duration:00:35:23

Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein

12/19/2016
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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.

Duration:00:37:52

Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman

1/2/2017
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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 biggest fitness brands in the world.

Duration:00:39:36

Drybar: Alli Webb

1/9/2017
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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 locations, Drybar is testament to Webb's motto: Focus on one thing and be the best at it.

Duration:00:34:21

Honest Tea: Seth Goldman

1/16/2017
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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 kitchen, and turned it into Honest Tea.

Duration:00:31:58

Zappos: Tony Hsieh

1/23/2017
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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 "happens to sell shoes." Now Zappos is worth over a billion dollars and known for its completely unorthodox management style.

Duration:00:30:14

Virgin: Richard Branson

1/30/2017
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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.

Duration:00:35:04

Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade

2/6/2017
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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.

Duration:00:42:15

Lyft: John Zimmer

2/13/2017
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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 cars on the road, and eventually led him to co-found Lyft, a company that has helped make ridesharing a way of life.

Duration:00:41:21