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How Piera Gelardi is Refining 29Rooms

Piera Gelardi founded Refinery29 as a catalyst for women to claim their power. And today, she leads a digital media and entertainment empire. Piera talks about the important role her customers play in Refinery29 and 29Rooms, and how being a new mother impacts her creativity. Listen to Weird Work and subscribe now before the new season!


Bringing Transparency to Women’s Health

When Katerina Schneider set out to raise funding for her company Ritual, she was four months pregnant. And she was given the choice: Start a company. Or start a family. You cannot do both. Kat talks about the early struggles in securing funding, how the mysteries behind vitamins made her launch the company, and why women’s health is essential to the company’s focus. Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your business at


How The Success of Canned Wine Nearly Cost Its Founder Everything

Ryan Harms and his Union Wine Company were the toast of Oregon. They’d done something so crazy, they figured it was only a matter of time until the novelty wore off. Ryan and his team were responsible for putting wine in a can. And people went crazy for it. But just as things were going well for Ryan and the business, his personal life was falling apart. Ryan shares the mistakes he made along the way, and offers insight into what other first time founders can do to manage their own...


Hipcamp Is a Breath of Fresh Air. Literally.

Whether you prefer glamping, treehouses, or the trusty old tent, camping is all about getting outside. But navigating the trail to book public or private camping spots is a hassle. So Alyssa Ravasio founded Hipcamp, an online booking site connecting campers with landowners. Alyssa talks about the strength and confidence she found in camping at a young age and the three questions she needed to answer before deciding whether or not to found Hipcamp. Learn more about how HubSpot can help...


The Platform Revolution Is Here

Uber. Amazon. Airbnb. Today’s top platforms all understand the power of connection. And Geoffrey Parker believes the greatest exchange in value comes from companies that put their customers first. Geoffrey’s latest work, “Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You,” charts out the future of platforms and reveals how they will change the lives and careers of millions. Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your...


Taking Care/of Your Health Just Got Easier

Let’s be honest. There’s no such thing as a magic pill. But the vitamin industry sure makes it seem like a miracle cure is right there inside every bottle. Akash Shah co-founded Care/of, a subscription vitamin company, to make personalized healthy habits simple and transparent. He talks about how Care/of generates word of mouth marketing and where companies can build more trust with their customers. Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your business at


The Case for Cubes: Closing the Door on Open Offices

There’s a new trend in office design. And its common enemy? The open office floor plan. Phone booths that once littered our sidewalks have been given new life inside our modern offices. Producer Matt Brown joins us to break down why so many companies are answering the call to install private rooms in the office.


Brace Yourself, Quip Is Changing Everything About Dental Care

You know the drill. Quick brush in the morning, neglect the afternoon floss, and win your week with a second brush a few nights a week. Changing habits is hard, especially when it comes to dental care. Simon Enever founded Quip to fix oral care. He talks about the role of messaging in the early years, how customers are helping influence new products, and the company’s recent foray into selling offline. Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your business at...


Finding Humanity in Technology

Artificial Intelligence. Automation. Bots. Technology has disrupted nearly every aspect of our daily lives. But author Kate O’Neill asks the question, where is all this technology headed? And are we steering that technology to create the best future, for the most people? In her latest work “Tech Humanist: How Data and Technology Shape the Future of Meaningful Human Experiences,” Kate explores how we can create more meaningful, intentional, and integrated experiences that better align with...


Outdoor Apparel Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly

[Mini Episode] Topo Designs president Jedd Rose believes outdoor apparel design deserves better. And this week, producer Matt Brown helps us unpack how the company designs for urban and outdoor life. Jedd talks about the company’s design principles and tells us why the best outdoor gear has more to do with memories than fabrics.


Hims: Baldness. Cold Sores. ED. Optional.

Hims founder Andrew Dudum knew that less than 10 percent of men feel comfortable talking about their looks and health with their doctor. But even getting people to the doctor meant conflicting work schedules, travel, and countless more headaches along the way. So Andrew decided to not only destigmatize men’s self-care, but make access to prescriptions, products and medical advice easier and more affordable. Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your business at...


Why ThirdLove's Heidi Zak Called Out Victoria’s Secret for Not Supporting Women

When Ed Razek, the CMO of Victoria’s Secret, made disparaging comments about Heidi Zak’s company ThirdLove, she stood up for herself and all women. Her response? An Open Letter to Victoria’s Secret in The New York Times. We talk with Heidi about the open letter, the aftermath that followed, and share the story of lingeries’ most interesting challenger brand. Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your business at


How Brandless Is Democratizing Access to Quality

For most shoppers, fair trade, organic, non-GMO products means paying a premium. And the amount of choices? Endless. But conscious consumerism doesn't have to equal uninformed decisions and an empty bank account. Brandless, which charges $3 for a variety of products, is changing this equation. Founder Tina Sharkey talks about her mission to democratize access to high-quality goods, redefine what brand means, and scale the Brandless business alongside its community.


Cracking The Culture Code

Culture happens. Whether you plan for it or not, all companies have a culture. An no one knows more about how culture works than New York Times’s best-selling author Daniel Coyle. Daniel talks about his latest work, The Culture Code, where he goes inside the world’s most successful organizations - Pixar, San Antonio Spurs, SEAL Team Six, and more - to find out what makes them tick.


Why Rejecting $30 Million From Mark Cuban Was Her Best Business Move

It was the largest offer in Shark Tank history. Mark Cuban offered Arum Kang $30 million for her dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. But she and her sisters swiped left, and that decision made them the targets of keyboard cowboys who labeled them “foolish” and “greedy”. There was a specter of self-doubt, a discovery of the company’s real values, and a final rise above all the noise. Three years later, Kang feels zero regret for her decision to pass on the Shark’s tantalizing offer.


Building an Outdoors Brand Around People

Davis Smith grew up like every other kid -- spearfishing piranhas in the Amazon, eating wild coconuts for snacks, and taking family adventures around Central and South America. During these early years, Davis also saw the abject poverty that others lived in first-hand. So he founded Cotopaxi, an outdoor brand committed to alleviating poverty and empowering communities through entrepreneurship.


How Spartan is Growing a 100 Million Warrior Movement

Joe De Sena founded Spartan with a single purpose: to change people’s lives. But growing the company has been the toughest race of Joe’s life. Its meant persevering through a near death experience, pivoting after a decade of failing business models, and setting one of the most ambitious growth goals ever. Check out HubSpot’s new documentary BRILLIANT, which tells the untold stories of brilliant people and the things that make them human. The first episode follows Joe De Sena and his...


Amazon Has Spoken. And the HQ2 Winners are… Amazon.

[News] Amazon has officially announced the locations for the company’s second headquarters -- Crystal City, Virginia, and Long Island City, New York. But with the announcement comes controversy. HubSpot’s resident news writer Amanda Zantal-Wiener joins us to break it all down. Read Amanda’s news article on the HQ2 announcement here.


Your Next Insurance Agent Is a Bot

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s how much they loathe insurance companies. And yet, despite every technological revolution, the insurance industry continues to operate basically the same way it did in the Middle Ages. Dan Schreiber, co-founder of Lemonade, saw the fundamental wrong of insurance: If people don’t get paid for claims, insurance companies make more money. So he aligned the company with its customers and created a bot to make the process surprisingly more human.


Beep Boop Chop Chop: Robot Chefs Are Taking Over

[Mini Episode] The robots have arrived. Welcome! First stop: the kitchen. So we asked, is that really all that bad a thing? We sit down with robot restaurateur Michael Farid of Spyce to hear about why standing over hot stoves, endlessly stirring, chopping, and plating food might just be a thing of the past.