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Go one-on-one with CEOs, company founders and head honchos of some of the world's great companies. How do they turn their ambitions into business success? Find out what drives them, what their passions are, and how they view the world from their place at the top. From American Public Media's Marketplace.

Go one-on-one with CEOs, company founders and head honchos of some of the world's great companies. How do they turn their ambitions into business success? Find out what drives them, what their passions are, and how they view the world from their place at the top. From American Public Media's Marketplace.


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Go one-on-one with CEOs, company founders and head honchos of some of the world's great companies. How do they turn their ambitions into business success? Find out what drives them, what their passions are, and how they view the world from their place at the top. From American Public Media's Marketplace.




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What it's like to do business with family

When Rebecca Minkoff asked her dad for a loan to expand her eponymous fashion brand, he said no. Instead, he told her to call her brother, Uri, who has a background in tech. That's how Rebecca and Uri Minkoff ended up running the luxury fashion brand together. They talk to host Kai Ryssdal about why they like using technology to augment the shopping experience, their strategy for overcoming retail's recent slump, and what it's actually like working with your brother or sister (there's...


Chronicle Books is the quirky publisher that made a big bet on retail

You've seen Chronicle Books whether you know it or not — they often pop up at unexpected retail outlets, like Sur La Table and Urban Outfitters. Tyrrell Mahoney is the newly appointed president of the company, but she's been with it for nearly two decades. She talks to host Kai Ryssdal about Chronicle Books' complicated relationship with Amazon, Grumpy Cat and the need for speed, and the flip side of selling your merchandise outside of a bookstore. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast...


Why aren't there more female CEOs?

The number of female CEOs may be higher today than it was 10 years ago, but it's still not great. And in the last couple of months, some high-profile female CEOs have been forced out of their jobs. Julie Creswell at the New York Times and Jena McGregor at the Washington Post have both written about why corporate America has been so slow to hire women for C-suite positions and what happens once women get to those positions. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.


Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount, reflects on her career in show business

For a good long while, Sherry Lansing was the highest-ranking woman in the entertainment industry, both as the head of production at 20th Century Fox and then later as the CEO of Paramount. Under her tenure, Paramount saw huge success with "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart," "Titanic," "Saving Private Ryan" and the launch of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. We talked about her life and career, which is also documented in Stephen Galloway's new biography "Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the...


Is it the golden age for cruising? Carnival's CEO thinks so

It's officially summer, as you may have heard, so this week’s Corner Office is all about the business of vacations. Cruises, actually, under the umbrella of Carnival Corp. Carnival is one of the biggest travel and leisure companies in the world. Its brands include Carnival, of course, but also Princess and Holland America. This week, Kai talks with Arnold Donald, who’s been president and CEO of Carnival since 2013.


Yes, airports have CEOs too

Los Angeles International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the country and the fourth-busiest airport in the world. Oh, and it's also in the middle of a multibillion dollar renovation project. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Deborah Flint, the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, about it. Wait, airports have CEOs? Yes, she had that question at first, too. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.


Mobile banking could ruin retail, or save it

Venmo. Bitcoin. If there's one company that's become synonymous with digital money, it's PayPal. On this episode of the Corner Office, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Dan Schulman, the who became CEO of PayPal in 2014. They talked about the future of digital money, how PayPal keeps closes tabs on its users in order to prevent fraud and how mobile banking could change the landscape of small businesses. According to Schulman, mobile banking may not destroy brick-and-mortar stores but...


Redfin CEO on why he'll never be in it for the money again

Glenn Kelman has been the CEO of Redfin since almost beginning of the online real estate brokerage. In this interview with Kai Ryssdal, Kelman talks about why technology hasn't disrupted the real estate market like it has other industries, what "Love in the Time of Cholera" has to do with his leadership style, and what he learned from his previous job at a tech startup. "I started a software company with a couple other folks, it went public, we made plenty of money. And I thought it was...


Could we power our economy with old buildings?

If we focused on preserving old buildings instead of building new ones, could we make our economy bigger and stronger? Stephanie Meeks is the CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit that protects historic sites in the United States. In this interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal, Meeks talks about why our economy needs old buildings, what types of places we need to do a better job protecting and how they prioritize what gets saved and what doesn't. Subscribe...


23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki on the collective power of health data

You probably already know of 23andMe as the company that will analyze your DNA and then send you back a report on your ancestry. But whether or not you have a little bit of Neanderthal in your family tree is by far not the only thing your DNA can tell you. With new clearances from the Food and Drug Administration, 23andMe can now look at your genetic makeup and tell you your risk for some pretty widespread diseases, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's among them. Kai Ryssdal spoke with 23andMe CEO...


Donna Karan reflects on her fashion journey

In 2015, fashion icon Donna Karan stepped down from her role as chief designer of Donna Karan International and released a memoir, "My Journey," about her career and personal life. She talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about why fashion designers need to talk to their customers more; the person who advised her to get into fragrance; and the one item every man and woman should have in their wardrobe. Enjoy this interview from the Marketplace archives. Subscribe to the Corner Office...


TaskRabbit is what work will look like in the future, CEO says

Stacy Brown-Philpot took over as CEO at TaskRabbit less than a year ago. Today, she's announcing that the on-demand chore and handyman service will double the number of cities it operates in over the next six months. The first five include Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Brown-Philpot also talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the changing nature of work and why she thinks working for companies like TaskRabbit is the future. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on...


Uncertainty over Trump's travel ban is a cloud for the industry, Expedia CEO says

In this episode of Corner Office, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia and an Iranian immigrant, talks about Trump's travel ban and the travel industry. "Companies don't like uncertainty, travelers don't like uncertainty," Khosrowshahi said. Also, how Ticketmaster helped him convince Barry Diller to get into the online travel business and why those cheap United airline tickets might be a good thing for Expedia. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.


What Sallie Krawcheck learned about being a woman on Wall Street

Sallie Krawcheck was one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street. She was at Citigroup when the financial crisis hit, and she tried to convince her bosses to refund their clients some of the money they lost. That didn't go so well, and she was fired. After that, she ran Merrill Lynch, which had been acquired by Bank of America. Her division did well, but she was still pushed out. Now she's the CEO of Ellevest, a company she founded and which provides digital investment services for...

Moog CEO says analog synths are here to stay

In the 1960s, Bob Moog started making synthesizers. His company, Moog Music is still thriving, thanks to Mr. Moog’s ability to engineer instruments musicians love to play. Mike Adams heads up the company now and has done so for the last 14 years. Earlier this year he talked about Moog Music's legacy and enduring appeal to musicians with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes. This episode was produced by Robert Garrova. Bridget Bodnar contributed.


Why aren't there more female CEOs?

There weren't many female CEOs in 1994 when Ann Drake took over running DSC Logistics. In an interview with Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal, she explains why she signed on to Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of CEOs who want to help get more women hired in corporate leadership. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.


Inside three very different small businesses in Los Angeles

We're doing something a little different with the Corner Office podcast this week and sharing interviews with three small business owners, all located in Los Angeles. You're about to hear from a married couple who had a dream to open an ice cream shop, the CEO of a small manufacturing company making doors and windows, and the woman who returned to her hometown to start a tire recycling facility. This episode was also produced by Daisy Palacios and Robert Garrova. Subscribe to the Corner...


The CEO of YouTube on her "lightbulb moment" about video

Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube. She talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the video that made her realize how powerful the medium would be, being in Palo Alto before it was cool, and whether she'd say "yes" to a promotion. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.


Full Interview: Tristan Walker and the significance of shaving

Tristan Walker left Foursquare to found Walker & Co. Brands and to create Bevel, a shaving system for people of color. Two years after his first interview with Kai Ryssdal, Walker's company has passed some important milestones. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.


Full Interview: Angie's List CEO has futuristic plans for the company

Scott Durchslag took over the CEO position at Angie's List less than a year ago. He's already introduced a free membership for the reviews website and has big plans for its future. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.