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Open for Business

Gimlet Media

Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up. Open For Business launches Thursday, June 16th.

Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up. Open For Business launches Thursday, June 16th.
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Gimlet Media


Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up. Open For Business launches Thursday, June 16th.




Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture

A big part of building a business is hiring and then creating a workplace culture where your team members want to stay and grow with you. Maybe you're a business of one, and you're thinking about making your first few hires. Or maybe you’re a team of 20 trying to double your staff to meet new demand. Whatever your situation, how you hire can impact who you hire and who you hire can impact your company culture in a big way. In this episode of Open for Business recorded before a live...


#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell

Every company knows what they sell. What’s harder to define sometimes is why? What motivates you A great mission captures that reason behind why your business exists today. But it also leaves room for your company to aspire for more in the future. It can guide every single decision you make - whether you’re a business of one or one-thousand. In this episode we hear two very different businesses who have figured out how to present their company to the world and one that’s...


#11 Embrace the Place

Recent research indicates that U.S. entrepreneurship is increasingly clustered in just a few metro areas. What can we learn from entrepreneurs outside those hubs? We hear from entrepreneurs in three very different places about how to make the most of wherever your business is located. This episode features: Chris Henry, Owner of Ear Candy Music Marty Babayov, Founder and Owner of The Suit Depot Channing Moreland, Co-Founder and CEO of EVAMore Makenzie Stokel, Co-Founder and COO of...


#10 Surviving Failure

What happens if it all falls apart? Learn how to weather the storms of failure from two entrepreneurs who refused to give up, and have survived to tell their stories. Episode Notes: This episode features: Andrea Gönner - Co-founder of Garnwelt Bo Fishback - Founder and CEO of Zaarly Jamin Jantz - Director of Marketing at Zaarly Jeff Morris - Early Zaarly employee, currently the Director of Project Management - Revenue at Tinder For tools and information about how to start or grow a...


#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era

It’s easy to satisfy your customers when everything’s going well, but how do you handle it when things go wrong? We’ve got stories from small business owners who’ve learned the hard way about how to get customer service right. Episode Notes: This episode features: Laura Raposa, baker/owner of The Foodsmith in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Jim "Griff" Griffith, seller engagement, community, and education at eBayKarida Collins, founder of Neighborhood Fiber Co. in BaltimoreTony Brocato, co-owner...


#7 How to Reinvent Your Business

In this episode, we hear stories and lessons from two entrepreneurs who had to reinvent their companies in order to survive. This episode features: Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Council Betsy Helmuth, Founder, Affordable Interior Design Ray Wayman, Founder, JR Boutique. For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit Thanks so much to CEO and Cofounder of Homepolish, Noa Santos. Thanks...


Season 2 Trailer

From eBay and Gimlet Creative, we return with season two of Open for Business, a show about building your business from the ground up. This season, we’re diving even deeper and exploring essential topics from financing to how to kill it at customer service to how to pivot when things don’t go as planned.


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#6 The Future of Work

The gig economy is growing so fast, it might just be the future of entrepreneurship as we know it — but it is also still a work in progress. We explore its past, present, and future with two entrepreneurs who ditched the traditional idea of work to launch their own companies on gig economy platforms. This episode features: Redd Horrocks, voice over artist on Fiverr Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution Cori O'Steen, Co-Founder and...


#5 How to Make It in America

Immigrants to the United States make up about 13% of the U.S. population. And yet, from Silicon Valley to Main Street America, they make up a disproportionately large number of American business owners. In this episode, we explore why this is. This episode features: Chinedu Echeruo, CEO and founder of Gigameet Samuel Lu, Owner of New Green Nutrition


#4 Every Launch Is a Movement

How do you tell your company’s story in a way that resonates with customers? In this episode, we learn marketing lessons from a failed Silicon Valley pioneer and two entrepreneurs who gained major success with minimal marketing budgets. This episode features: Chodi McReynolds, former Vice President of Operations at Osborne Computer Corporation John C. Dvorak, author of Hypergrowth: The Rise and Fall of Osborne Computer Corporation and host of No Agenda John Lawson, CEO of 3rd Power...


#3 Price Is Right?

Setting your prices is harder than it sounds and making a mistake can be costly. We outline concrete steps to get to the right number, starting with one of the most incredible wins in game show history. This episode features: Terry Kniess, Price Is Right contestant and author of Cause and Effects Zoher Karu, Chief Data Officer at eBayMickey Goodman, Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Savannah College of Art and Design and Co-Founder/Partner at e2Advisors Jonathan Wirt, Head...


#2 How to Hire

No one hires the wrong person on purpose. In this episode, we hear some hiring horror stories and about how to learn from our mistakes.


#1 The Entrepreneurial Mind

What makes a successful entrepreneur? If you are one, were you born that way?



A branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative about building a business from the ground up.