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Raising the Bar with Alli and Michael

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A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business. Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?

A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business. Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?
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United States

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A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business. Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?

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English


Episodes

S2 Ep. 16 Clare V.: The LA Based Brand With Global Appeal

7/19/2019
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The made-in-LA success of Clare Vivier's handbags and accessories company is going international. Since starting Clare V. in 2008, Clare has translated buzz into business growth and cornered the accessories market through online, wholesale, and brick-and-mortar retail (she just opened her 9th store). With a signature brand of Cali-Parisian chic and affordable luxury, Clare has ventured beyond handbags into clothing, footwear, jewelry, and beauty. Today, she employs 70 people and continues to...

Duration:00:50:19

S2 Ep. 15 Shower Toga: Alli Webb and Mark Cuban's Big Bet

7/12/2019
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When "Shark Tank" investors Alli Webb and Mark Cuban made an $80,000 gamble on national television, they were not only buying into Shower Toga but also its feisty and fearless founder, Kressa Peterson. Shower Toga—a wearable, water-resistant garment that allows users to strip and wash off while keeping their modesty in check—is touted as a saving grace after beach days, obstacle races, music festivals, and even emergency events and elderly assistance. Kressa visited Alli and Michael to dish...

Duration:01:05:21

S2 Ep. 14 Sara Happ: The Lip Expert

7/5/2019
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The original Lip Scrub—loved by early supporters Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon—was never meant to kickstart Sara Happ's beauty career. She just whipped up a product in her kitchen one cold winter to combat chapped lips. With her scrub, she had stumbled into a blank space in the beauty industry—lip scrubs and lip care—and said goodbye to her job at ESPN to become a full-blown entrepreneur. Sara talks with her longtime friends Alli and Michael about gaining a cult following and...

Duration:00:42:45

S2 Ep. 13 U-Nify: Building and Branding a Mental Health Gym

6/28/2019
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A fitness studio, but for your mental health. This is the idea behind U-Nify, an early-stage company offering affordable workshops led by therapists, life coaches, spiritual leaders, and wellness experts. U-Nify wants to lower the barrier of entry and make mental health a part of the everyday wellness routine, just like going to the gym or meditating. Alli and Michael sat down with U-Nify founders Sandra Kusnnir and Kevin Lehtinen to offer the budding entrepreneurs advice on honing their...

Duration:00:54:46

S2 Ep. 12 Lunya: Elevating Luxury Sleepwear with Founder Ashley Merrill

6/21/2019
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Ashley Merrill launched Lunya in 2014 with a conviction that women's sleepwear was overdue for a fresh, modern perspective. As an MBA student wearing her husband's old clothes like pajamas, Ashley realized that although people will spend one-third of their lives in bed, sleepwear still tended to be the most undervalued part of a wardrobe. So, she set out to create a new brand of luxury PJs that were both stylish and functional. Today, Lunya (a play on "lugna," the Swedish word for...

Duration:00:44:14

S2 Ep. 11 Karen Fairchild: Country Music Icon and Trailblazer

6/14/2019
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Alli lives out her country girl fantasy and visits Nashville to interview Karen Fairchild, one-fourth of the Grammy Award-winning band, Little Big Town. Together, Alli and Karen find similarities between running a business and running a band, from deal-making and leadership to public performances and building a national brand. They also touch on the gender disparities within the country recording industry, the songwriting process, and country culture. Keep up with Karen at @karenfairchild...

Duration:00:50:46

S2 Ep. 10 Jaime Schmidt: Turning Natural Deoderant into Gold

6/7/2019
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Jaime Schmidt, founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, created her award-winning natural deodorant when she was pregnant and concerned about the widespread use of unnatural ingredients in deodorant. So she created a better alternative for herself and others. From farmers' market tables, her products—which came to include soaps and toothpaste—stormed the shelves of CVS, Walmart, Costco, and Whole Foods. By 2017, when Schmidt sold her company to Unilever for an undisclosed amount, Schmidt's Naturals...

Duration:00:34:56

S2 Ep. 09 Emily and Meritt: Fashion's Favorite Friendship

5/31/2019
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You can thank Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for bringing boyfriend jeans into your closet. After making the jump from styling to designing, the two started Current/Elliott and became denim darlings of the fashion world. Since selling their namesake line in 2011, Emily and Meritt have expanded their brand into home decor (with an ongoing partnership at Pottery Barn) and launched The Great, a multi-category line that embodies their trademark "whimsical Americana" aesthetic. The designer duo...

Duration:00:29:25

S2 Ep. 08 Baby2Baby: Hollywood's Favorite Philanthropy

5/24/2019
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Michael and Alli sit down with Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, co-presidents of Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides low-income children ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing, and other basic necessities every child deserves to start life off right. Known for its stylish galas and A-list ambassadors (Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, and Drew Barrymore, among others), Baby2Baby has become one of L.A.'s most high-profile philanthropies since its founding in 2011. Kelly and Norah...

Duration:00:54:57

S2 Ep.7 Alexa von Tobel: Becoming Financially Fearless

5/17/2019
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Alexa von Tobel dropped out of Harvard Business School in 2008 to start LearnVest, the online financial planning service designed for the average American that sold in 2015 to Northwestern Mutual. Today, she is the founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital and the New York Times-Bestselling Author of "Financially Fearless" and "Financially Forward." Alexa caught up with Alli and Michael to break down her entrepreneurial journey and the latest trends in venture capital and financial...

Duration:00:42:06

S2 Ep. 6 Sarah Gibson Tuttle: Upending The Manicure Industry

5/10/2019
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Inspired by a lightbulb moment to create "the Drybar for nails," Sarah Gibson Tuttle ditched her NYC finance career to take a risk and open Olive & June, the Instagram-perfect nail salon. Now, after opening three shops, her focus is on democratizing nail-care with Olive & June's line of at-home manicure products. Sarah sat down with Michael and her BFF Alli to relive her early days with one salon and zero business plan, how she and Alli came to work together, and why Olive & June's is...

Duration:00:43:35

S2 Ep. 6 Anine Bing: Influencer-Turned-Designer

5/3/2019
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Anine Bing has become the go-to designer for models and actresses off-duty since leveraging her social media platform into a namesake label in 2012. Like all great founder stories, the Danish-born model and former rock 'n' roll singer launched her online fashion line from the garage of her Los Angeles home. Now, she's expanding to children's wear and opening brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S., U.K, and Europe. Anine sat down with Alli and Michael to talk about the origins of her...

Duration:00:41:21

S2 Ep. 5 Brooklyn Decker: Rethinking Retail, Tech, and Your Closet

4/26/2019
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Brooklyn Decker has made a name for herself on the pages of Sports Illustrated and Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," but now her mission as a tech co-founder is to help women digitize and simplify their closets. She sat down with Alli and Michael to talk about Finery—a virtual closet that generates outfits, styling inspo, and sale alerts— and how the app is saving users time and money with items they already own. Learn more at @brooklyndecker, @yourfinery, and finery.com. And don't forget to...

Duration:00:47:42

S2 Ep. 4 How Pocket.watch Is Changing Kids' Content with Chris Williams

4/19/2019
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Chris Williams is the founder and CEO of Pocket.watch, a digital-first studio that creates global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha (kids born in 2011-2025). Chris stops by the studio to talk to Alli and Michael about "kidfluencers," monetizing an online audience, and the future of kids' entertainment. Launched in 2017, Pocket.watch has raised $21 million in funding to develop and launch children’s media brands and spin-off content into books,...

Duration:00:41:19

S2 Ep. 3 Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars

4/12/2019
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Kelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding schedules. Kelly unveils to Alli and Michael the inner workings of her consulting business and how she went from mapping genomes for oncologists to staking her claim as one of Hollywood's most sought-after nutrition experts. Plus, she shares her secret wellness and diet tips, including the ones she uses as Alli's health coach. Learn more about...

Duration:00:44:13

S2 Ep. 2 Brittany Driscoll: From Drybar Exec to Squeeze CEO

4/5/2019
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For years, Alli and Michael sat on their million-dollar idea to create the Goldilocks massage experience—not too pricey, not too cheap—while they were busy building Drybar. But when their VP of Marketing Brittany Driscoll needed a new challenge, their massage concept was reborn. This is the story of how Brittany, Alli, and Michael launched Squeeze, the on-demand massage chain and app disrupting the self-care industry. Learn more about Squeeze by visiting squeezemassage.com or on...

Duration:00:45:30

S2 Ep.1 Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere

3/29/2019
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Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's trajectory, from making the tough decision between staying at AOL or diving headfirst into her burgeoning blog (spoiler alert: she took the risk) to eventually licensing products and launching an e-commerce platform. She maps out the do's and don'ts of building a personal brand and...

Duration:00:53:21

Raising The Bar Season 2 Trailer

3/15/2019
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Alli and Michael are back and better than ever with a brand new group of entrepreneurs you will not want to miss! Season 2 begins March 29th!

Duration:00:02:01

Elmo Lovano: Build a Band

10/3/2018
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Before Jammcard, a job platform for musicians didn’t really exist. So after working as a drummer for years and recognizing the need for it, Elmo decided to build it himself, and he told us all about it. We also answered listener questions about pitch decks, whether to go to business school, whether Dry Bar plans to expand internationally, and social media. This is the last episode of this season of Raising the Bar. But you can still reach out to us! If you have questions for us, you can DM...

Duration:00:37:55

Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut: What's On Your Plate?

9/26/2018
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This episode features Platefit founders Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut. Platefit is a boutique exercise company that provides classes designed around the use of Power Plates. The plates, originally developed to help Russian cosmonauts recover after spending time in zero gravity, vibrate to increase muscle contractions during workouts. Rachael and Yuval met while teaching exercise classes at the same gym, eventually becoming business partners -- and life partners, too. Today, they are...

Duration:00:38:07