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Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Greylock partner, explains how famous founders take their companies from zero to a gazillion. In each episode, he offers an unconventional theory about scale, and proves it, detective-style, through conversations with iconic entrepreneurs. Original music and hilariously honest stories make this straight from Silicon Valley podcast unlike anything you’ve heard. Season One guests include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google), Sara Blakely (Spanx), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor), Kara Goldin (Hint Water).

Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Greylock partner, explains how famous founders take their companies from zero to a gazillion. In each episode, he offers an unconventional theory about scale, and proves it, detective-style, through conversations with iconic entrepreneurs. Original music and hilariously honest stories make this straight from Silicon Valley podcast unlike anything you’ve heard. Season One guests include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google), Sara Blakely (Spanx), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor), Kara Goldin (Hint Water).
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Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Greylock partner, explains how famous founders take their companies from zero to a gazillion. In each episode, he offers an unconventional theory about scale, and proves it, detective-style, through conversations with iconic entrepreneurs. Original music and hilariously honest stories make this straight from Silicon Valley podcast unlike anything you’ve heard. Season One guests include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google), Sara Blakely (Spanx), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor), Kara Goldin (Hint Water).

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#22 How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

3/20/2018
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To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed.. With cameos by National Geographic explorer Andrés Ruzo, former Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg.

Duration:00:45:02

#21 How To Do Good And Do Good Business with Starbucks' Howard Schultz

3/6/2018
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You can make your social impact and your bottom line work hand-in-hand. But you'll have to be as creative and innovative about your company's values as you are about the business itself. Howard Schultz, chairman and former CEO of Starbucks, not only changed how America wakes up, but set new standards for employee benefits. From offering free college tuition to American employees, to providing health care for employees' parents in China, Howard has always been one step ahead of the social...

Duration:00:46:54

#21 The 10 Commandments of Startup Sucess with Guest Host Tim Ferriss

2/27/2018
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Guest host Tim Ferriss shares advice you'll want to etch into stone: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success. We teamed up with Tim's eponymous podcast, the Tim Ferriss Show, to bring you this special remix. You'll hear actionable lessons from every episode of Masters of Scale Season One, including previously unaired insights from Airbnb's Brian Chesky, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Endeavor's Linda Rottenberg, and more.

Duration:01:34:23

#20 Twitter/Medium's Ev Williams — Never Underestimate Your First Idea

2/20/2018
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Never put a limit on your first idea. It could span your entire career. Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Medium (and Blogger, before that), shares what he learned in every iteration of his grand vision to connect the world’s brains. A reminder that passion and perseverance can be paths to scale. Cameos: "grit" expert Angela Duckworth, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Duration:00:48:09

#19 How To Price Your Product To Scale with ClassPass' Payal Kadakia

2/13/2018
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The price that bleeds your business could also save it. When you invent something innovative, you can’t know how to price it on day one. First, get people in the door — get a LOT of people in the door — even if you have to price your product fatally low at first. In this episode, ClassPass Founder and Chair Payal Kadakia shares their winding path to pricing and how it revealed what was invaluable about their service.

Duration:00:46:22

#18 How To Build Your Company To Last — with Fiat's John Elkann

2/6/2018
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Forget being a unicorn. Learn to be a “Phoenix.” Your company can last 100+ years — but you'll need the resilience to rise and fall, and rise again. Fiat’s Chairman John Elkann shares the principles that allow the "horseless carriage" company founded by his great-grandfather survive the ups and downs of a century of business (including competitor attacks, leader shakeups, financial crises and more). One key: Resilience. Another: Deciding which company traditions to keep, and which to leave...

Duration:00:51:16

#17 Why Customer Love is All You Need — with Y Combinator's Sam Altman

1/30/2018
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Better to have 100 users love you than 1 million that kinda like you. The true seed of scale is love, and you can't buy it, hack it, or game it. Ask Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's legendary startup accelerator. He knows that a product that's deeply loved — even by a tiny base of users — is one that can scale. We also hear an epic story of customer love from Chef Dominique Ansel, famed inventor of the Cronut. Plus cameos from Sara Blakely of Spanx and Aubrie...

Duration:00:45:07

#16 Model Behavior — with entrepreneur/investor Caterina Fake (Etsy, Kickstarter, Flickr)

1/23/2018
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Whatever you are when you're small gets amplified when you grow. So if you're staring any kind of online community (social media, e-commerce, crowd-funding...) be careful what you cultivate. Caterina Fake has founded or invested in companies with the most interesting and influential communities - Flickr, Etsy, Kickstarter, Stack Overflow, even Blue Bottle Coffee. Her wise words for every founder: You have has a responsibility to shape the community from day one -- because the tone you set...

Duration:00:45:05

#15 Learn to Unlearn — with Barry Diller, Media Titan & Infinite Learner

12/12/2017
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To move from one success to another, you have to learn to unlearn. Take everything that helped you win the first time, then discard it and learn a new way. That's how Barry Diller, titan of "old" media (ABC, Paramount, Fox), mastered the new dot-com world—with everything from Expedia to Match.com. Part 2 of "Be an Infinite Learner." With Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi and serial entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan.

Duration:00:34:15

#14 Infinite Learner (Part I) — with IAC's Barry Diller

12/5/2017
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How did Barry Diller revive an ailing movie studio, create a television network from scratch, reinvent home shopping and then become the world's first online dating mogul? By acknowledging—and embracing—that he was, in fact, a master of nothing. Barry Diller shares insights from a lifelong career of infinite learning.

Duration:00:46:12

#3 Learn From Every 'No'— with Bevel Razor's Tristan Walker

11/28/2017
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“If you’re laughed out of the room, it might actually be a good sign.” Entrepreneurs inevitably face a lot of rejection — as does anyone championing a big new idea. But the different ways that investors say “no” could reveal valuable clues about your idea’s potential. Sometimes, it's proof you’re in a space that’s ripe for the taking. Featuring Bevel Razor/walker & Co's Tristan Walker, The Muse's Kathryn Minshew & Hint Water's Kara Goldin.

Duration:00:32:18

#13 The Big Pivot — with Slack's Stewart Butterfield

11/14/2017
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In your company’s darkest moment, remember: You CAN pivot from failure to success. But only if you slash and burn everything that isn’t working. Slack’s Co-Founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield has twice navigated this kind of Big Pivot. He launched two different game companies, which turned into game-changing communications platforms (Flickr and Slack).

Duration:00:41:47

#12 Look Sideways — with Google / VMware’s Diane Greene

11/9/2017
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Business plan not entirely clear? Not sure how you’ll make enough money or find your users? That's OK. Really. The most scalable ideas often come at you sideways. You'll find yourself crabwalking from a small market to a bigger to one of unimaginable scale. We talk to the master of the entrepreneurial crabwalk, Diane Greene, who brought us into the age of cloud computing. As the founding CEO of VMWare and now the head of Google’s cloud division, she shares how she scampered sideways into a...

Duration:00:39:07

#11 Escape the Competition — with PayPal's Peter Thiel

11/7/2017
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If you want to grow your business, your goal isn’t to beat the competition — it’s to escape the competition altogether. No one knows this better than Paypal founder Peter Thiel. “Competition is for losers,” he’s been known to say. Thiel is a former colleague, frequent co-investor and long-time intellectual sparring partner with Host Reid Hoffman. Their combined thinking on the competitive landscape is unmissable.

Duration:00:46:46

BONUS: Uncut interview — Netflix's Reed Hastings

9/19/2017
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Host Reid Hoffman visits Netflix's headquarters for an extended interview with the company's founding CEO, Reed Hastings. They discuss the distinctive culture that enabled Netflix to leap from DVD's to online streaming to becoming a content-production studio that blends the wisdom of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

Duration:00:54:41

BONUS: Uncut Interview — Crisis Text Line's Nancy Lublin

9/12/2017
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In this extended interview, Nancy Lublin, founding CEO of Crisis Text Line, shares insights from her restless career as a serial entrepreneur, recruiting armies of volunteers to the causes she’s passionate about.

Duration:01:03:51

BONUS: Uncut Interview — Airbnb's Brian Chesky

9/6/2017
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Host Reid Hoffman interviews Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. In this extended interview, Chesky explains how a willingness to work with his hands laid the foundation for Airbnb’s growth. He also shares previously unaired stories about pitches that went terribly awry and a guest appearance on a reality television series.

Duration:01:23:13

BONUS: Uncut Interview — Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg

8/30/2017
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Host Reid Hoffman met Sheryl in a conference room at One Facebook Way to discuss a vexing subject: How does she lead an organization that doubles or triples in size each year? She also reveals previously unaired insights from her new book, Option B, and how her first book, Lean In, morphed into a grassroots movement.

Duration:00:49:41

BONUS: Seven Lesser Known Laws of Leadership

8/26/2017
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The Masters of Scale team brings you a special blend of leadership tips from season one guests — including clips we haven’t aired yet. In this bonus episode, we’ll share our favorite insights from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, Zynga’s Mark Pincus and more.

Duration:00:09:41

BONUS: Uncut interview — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

8/23/2017
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This is the extended, uncut version of Reid Hoffman's rare, hour-long interview with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Ep. 4 “Imperfect is Perfect". Our recommendation: Listen to the episode first. Then enjoy the full interview, with its previously unheard material — including our Masters of Scale “Lightning Round.”

Duration:01:04:56

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