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A series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Planet Money.

A series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Planet Money.
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Gimlet Media

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A series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Planet Money.

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English


Episodes

Arlan Hamilton 3: Picking Winners

5/11/2018
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Like most venture capitalists, Arlan Hamilton plans to find the next billion dollar company by pattern matching—that's when VCs look to entrepreneurs who've been successful in the past and pick founders that match those qualities. Most VCs pattern match for people like Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, but Arlan pattern matches for something different. How does Arlan predict who will be successful? And does she have the runway to prove out her theory? This is the third episode in a six-part...

Duration:00:29:48

Arlan Hamilton 2: The Hustle

5/4/2018
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In this week’s episode we dive into what Silicon Valley considers “hustle” and how it may need to update its definition. We also find out how Arlan first got into venture capital—after months of sleeping on the floor at San Francisco International Airport. Plus, meet one venture capitalist who really gets Arlan’s goat. This is the second episode in a six-part series on Arlan Hamilton and her company, Backstage Capital. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to...

Duration:00:31:23

Arlan Hamilton 1: Silicon Valley, By Invite Only

4/27/2018
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Silicon Valley is leaving money on the table, and Arlan Hamilton will go to extremes to prove it. She's a venture capitalist like no other — black, female, gay — and she's out to prove that investors in the Valley are overlooking big returns they could tap into by investing in more outsiders. Arlan calls them "underestimated" founders, and she's planning to get as rich as Richard Branson by investing in them. But her thesis is still untested, and she's running out of time to show Silicon...

Duration:00:29:11

Alex, Inc. 7: Alex Talks To Zach Braff

4/13/2018
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What's it like having Zach Braff play you on TV? Alex gets to ponder that question with the man himself on stage at NYC Podfest. They also talk about Chris Sacca, swearing on podcasts, and crying at work in a conversation moderated by StartUp co-host Lisa Chow. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Duration:00:39:54

Introducing Season 7

4/11/2018
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Season 7 of StartUp is almost here! On April 27th, we’re taking you into the world of venture capital with Silicon Valley’s unlikeliest power broker: Arlan Hamilton. Here’s a sneak peek of her story. And are you looking for more Gimlet in your life? Then click here to view our guide to other Gimlet shows coming this spring.

Duration:00:02:51

Alex, Inc. 6: Alex and Matt Pop Quiz

4/6/2018
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Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber are pretty much on the same page… right? This week, we put their relationship to the test. Producer Luke Malone got Matt and Alex into separate studios and asked them the same set of questions. Then, Matt and Alex listened back to each other’s answers and find out if they’re really as in sync as they thought. Do the same things keep them up at night? Do they want the same things for the company? And what were their first impressions of one...

Duration:00:33:49

Alex, Inc. 5: Alex And Matt, Inc.

3/23/2018
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In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The fifth is: Diversity Report. If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ in 2015, there’s something you’d notice right off the bat. It was very white. In this episode, Alex talks to his coworkers about diversity at Gimlet—what it means, and what the company can do to...

Duration:00:56:30

Alex, Inc. 4: Training Day

3/23/2018
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In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The fourth is: We Made a Mistake. Gimlet Media makes a mistake—one that plunges the young company into the center of an internet controversy. In the after show, Alex takes one last listener call, and is challenged by one of his producers. For a list of our...

Duration:00:36:31

Alex, Inc. 3: The Name Game

3/23/2018
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In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The third is: How to Name Your Company. Alex and Matt need a company name. But finding one they both like proves to be a challenge. In this after show, Alex takes a listener question about naming the company. For a list of our sponsors and show related offer...

Duration:00:32:33

Alex, Inc. 2: Alex Talks Equity

3/23/2018
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In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The second is: How to Divide an Imaginary Pie. Alex decides that he can't build the company by himself, so he links up with co-founder Matt Lieber. But before Alex and Matt can lock in their partnership, they need to discuss one pesky little detail… equity. In the...

Duration:00:36:55

Alex, Inc. 1: Sacca Plays Sacca

3/23/2018
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In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The first is: How Not to Pitch a Billionaire. In this episode, Alex explains how he got the idea to document the start of his own company. He talks with his wife Nazanin about what shoes to wear to his first investor pitch. And then, there’s that… infamous first...

Duration:00:41:04

StartupBus Part 5: Friday

12/15/2017
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All this week we’ve been following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there. It’s Friday, the fifth and final day of StartupBus. By the end of today, one company will be crowned the winner of the competition. But before the final pitches take place, a mysterious opponent emerges to challenge the five finalists.

Duration:00:39:25

StartupBus Part 4: Thursday

12/14/2017
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Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there. It’s Thursday, day four on StartupBus. The bus has finally arrived in New Orleans, where teams from all six buses will go up against one another and pitch for a spot in the finals. By the end of the day, only five teams will be left standing. And a behind-the-scenes look at...

Duration:00:38:59

StartupBus Part 3: Wednesday

12/13/2017
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Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there. It’s Wednesday, day three on StartupBus. Teams have just 24 hours left to refine their pitches before the competition begins. And reporter Eric Mennel sits down with some of the bus riders to learn more about why they signed up for this unusual hackathon in the first place.

Duration:00:35:47

StartupBus Part 2: Tuesday

12/12/2017
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Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there. It’s Tuesday, day two on StartupBus. Now that teams have settled on ideas for their companies, it’s time to start building. But when tension runs high, one company considers kicking one of their own members off the team.

Duration:00:37:02

StartupBus Part 1: Monday

12/11/2017
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This summer, 20 strangers got on a bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For five days, they had one goal: to build and launch companies while on the bus. We’ll be telling this story as it unfolded — with one new episode, every day, over the next five days. Today’s episode: Monday. Day One.

Duration:00:38:52

Coming Next Week: StartupBus

12/7/2017
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This past summer, 20 strangers got on a charter bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For three days they had one goal: Build and launch companies from inside the bus. And then? Compete against each other. Reporter Eric Mennel documented it all. And next week, it drops as a five-day, in-real-time miniseries.

Duration:00:03:17

Introducing Story Pirates

12/5/2017
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Alex is back in the host’s chair today to introduce Gimlet’s first kid’s show—Story Pirates. It’s a podcast where actors, musicians, and comedians turn stories written by kids into hilarious plays and songs. Alex talked with co-host Lee Overtree about the process of making the Story Pirates podcast, and the amazing, wacky ideas that children come up with. And gather your kids: After the chat, we’ll be playing one of our favorite episodes of Story Pirates.

Duration:00:24:15

Dear Music Fans… (Season 3, Episode 4)

11/10/2017
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When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate how disruptive they would be. Their mission was a noble one: bring an end to online piracy by offering cheap, convenient, and legal access to music. Their execution, however, was less than thorough. And when you’re dealing with protective music labels, forgetting to dot an “i” or cross a “t” can mean being one lawsuit away from the swift and unceremonious collapse of your company. This is...

Duration:00:55:34

The Race for a Driverless Future (Season 6, Episode 8)

11/3/2017
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On the last episode of StartUp, we followed the government-sponsored desert race that launched the self-driving car industry. This week, we see what the industry looks like today. You’ve probably heard that Google, Uber, and Tesla are pumping resources into developing autonomous vehicles. But there are plenty of smaller, younger companies in the space. What are they doing to keep up with the major players?

Duration:00:28:28

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