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Inc. Uncensored is a lively weekly podcast exploring the fast-moving world of startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and high-growth businesses—all through the eyes of the veteran business journalists of Inc. and Inc.com. We’ll keep you up to date on industry trends, best practices, and cool companies. The host is Inc. editor James Ledbetter (formerly of Reuters, TIME and The Industry Standard) and regular participants include: Executive editor Jon Fine, longtime BusinessWeek columnist and Inc.’s technology editor; Senior writer Christine Lagorio, who covers technology, startups and the sharing economy; Staff writer Will Yakowicz, who covers management, cryptocurrency and the grey economy; PLUS special guests, including authors, industry experts, and the founders of businesses that are reshaping our world.






#130 Are Business Leaders Done Playing Nice With Trump?

This week, Inc. writers and editors discuss the launch of the Inc. 5000, the annual list of the fastest-growing, private companies in America by revenue growth. Plus, they explore the departure of several CEOs from President Trump's business councils--and the subsequent dissolution of those councils--and why 2017 may be the year of the European tech IPO.

Duration: 00:33:14

#129 Why the Gig Economy May Be Shrinking

This week, Inc. writers and editors discuss how a shift in the so-called 'gig economy' impacts companies that depend on short-term labor. They also examine why Netflix, the DVD rental service-turned-streaming giant, just made its first acquisition to date. Finally, they explore the power that the big digital platforms of today wield over media--and what one new high-profile essay on the topic gets so wrong.

Duration: 00:32:45

#128 Whatever Happened to the Tech IPO?

This week, Inc. writers and editors talk about the somewhat dire state of tech IPOs as Snap and Blue Apron valuations dip below their initial public offering prices. The group also explores how many women entrepreneurs are juggling their businesses while running for Congress and other political positions. Lastly, the crew talks about how bitcoin split into two different virtual currencies.

Duration: 00:40:53

#127 Why Snapchat's Augmented Reality Hotdog Matters.

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how Snapchat's augmented reality filters are worrisome to Facebook, how Daimler and Bosch made the first autonomous valet parking garage in Germany, and how startups are trying to hack the perfect cup of coffee.

Duration: 00:31:34

#126 A Conversation With Warby Parker’s Founders—and the Booming Business of a Solar Eclipse

This week, Inc. editors and writers welcome Warby Parker cofounders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa into the studio to talk about how the company is growing up, embracing physical retail, and disrupting opthamologists. The group also talks about how Amazon has been making bets on the food delivery space since 1999 and how solar eclipse mania has become a full-blown industry as millions of people plan to travel to 12 states to watch the celestial event on Aug. 21.

Duration: 00:41:11

#125 Researchers Use Cognitive Psychology to Find Out Why Robots Make Decisions

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how the Trump administration has delayed a rule that would allow some foreign entrepreneurs to live in the U.S. to build companies and how Silicon Valley is responding. The crew dives into the new field of robot psychology as researchers at Alphabet's DeepMind analyze why artificial intelligence neural networks make specific decisions and study AI’s inherent biases. Lastly, the group discusses how Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs Mark Pincus...

Duration: 00:29:53

#124 Sexism, Trade and Family Businesses

This week, Inc. editors and writers discuss the mounting problem of sexism on the part of Silicon Valley VCs. Plus, they look at how new trade deals could impact U.S. businesses, and how the second and third generation of family companies can transform their businesses.

Duration: 00:43:48

#123 Is a Business Owner's Right to Religious Freedom a Form of Discrimination?

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about how a Colorado bakery denied service to a same-sex couple, citing religious beliefs—is it discrimination or should religious people be exempt from serving people who do not fit into their religious views? The gang also talks about how Florida, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Virginia have all passed laws to allow robot delivery. Lastly, we talk about how Ryan Frayne, the co-founder and CEO of Windcatcher,...

Duration: 00:37:00

#122 What Travis Kalanick's Departure Means For Uber

This week, Inc. editors and writers discuss the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick from Uber, and how this could impact the company moving forward. They also debate the future of London as a business hub as Brexit negotiations get underway, and why Berlin might soon take its place. Finally, executive director of editorial Jon Fine interviews host James Ledbetter about his recently published book, One Nation Under Gold.

Duration: 00:45:24

#121 How Warby Parker Could Put All Optometrists Out of Business

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how David Whitford’s piece in the June issue about how Warby Parker is opening up dozens of physical retail locations across the U.S. and optometrists are worried. The group also talks about Troll Cakes, a small New York City-based business that is making cakes decorated with messages from online trolls. For an extra $30 Troll Cakes will send the cake to the person bullying you online. Lastly, the group interviews serial entrepreneur Noah Kagan.

Duration: 00:26:07

#120: Apple’s HomePod Hopes to Compete With Amazon Echo

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how a group of tech companies like Amazon, Etsy, and Kickstarter are coming together to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s move to deregulate the telecom and cable industries by removing Net Neutrality protections. Apple announces its HomePod, a Siri-powered home assistant and speaker, but will it be able to best the Amazon Echo or the Google Home? Lastly, the crew interviews Oliver and Leo Kramer, the founders of Dos Toros...

Duration: 00:23:52

#119: How This Company's Fight To Reuse Printer Cartridges Could Affect Your Business

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about this week's Supreme Court decision on a case between printer and inkjet cartridge manufacturer Lexmark and a small company that refills old Lexmark cartridges to sell at a discount. The ruling states that patent laws cannot be used to prevent reselling and has broad implications across the business world. The team also talks about the the coolest startups that snagged funding on Shark Tank this year. Lastly, the crew interviews Matt Gillin...

Duration: 00:31:05

# 118: How Business Owners Are Dealing With the Uncertainty of Trump

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how business owners are dealing with the massive uncertainty stemming from President Trump’s proposed budget and the obstacles his White House is hitting in its efforts to roll back financial regulations. The group also discusses how Cirrus Aircraft is betting its future on its new single engine luxury jet. Lastly, the crew interviews Brock Weatherup about how he co-found and sold PetCoach.

Duration: 00:32:11

#117: How Product Design Can Make or Break Your Business

This week, Inc. editors and writers discuss the winners of the magazine's annual 'Design Awards' package. They also explore why Maple, the New York City food delivery service, shut down earlier this month-- and why other food businesses should take note. Lastly, the crew interviews Ross Mason, a co-founder of MuleSoft, who recently took his cloud computing company public in March.

Duration: 00:43:02

#116: WeWork’s Growing Pains Could Include Labor Violations

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how WeWork employees claim the company ran afoul of labor laws and how an entrepreneur launched a crowdfunding platform to fund researchers at prestigious medical schools conducting FDA-approved clinical trials on hallucinogens in an effort to develop prescription medications. Lastly, the crew interviews Wiley Cerilli about how he founded and sold SinglePlatform

Duration: 00:43:57

#115: How a First Date Led to a Prototype, a Startup, and a Marriage

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about this year’s batch of 30 entrepreneurs under 30 years old disrupting food, transportation, pet care, and more. The crew also talks about Trailer Park, a company that makes theatrical trailers for film and television, and the trailer-making industry as a whole. Lastly, the crew interviews Kayne Grau about how he co-found Drivin and sold it for $43 million.

Duration: 00:39:34

#114: Robots Took 75% of Jobs at This Company But No One Got Fired

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how bulk grocery mobile app Boxed automated its warehouse with robots and displaced 75 percent of its employees. But instead of firing its staff, CEO Chieh Huang decided to retrain employees for new jobs. The group also talks about a casting call for Shark Tank in Manhattan and how a few sharks revealed tips to snagging some investment dollars. Lastly, the crew interviews Adrian Cable about how he founded and sold Light Blue Optics.

Duration: 00:32:20

#113: The Queen of Edible Weed

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about Nancy Whiteman, co-founder of the $8 million edibles manufacturer Wana Brands, who went from a career as an insurance marketing executive to running a business in the expanding legal marijuana industry. The group also discusses PetSmart's $3.35 billion, history-making acquisition of Chewy.com, the pet food and supplies online retailer, and whether it may signal a resurgence in niche e-commerce companies. Lastly, the crew interviews Paul...

Duration: 00:40:49

#112: After Battling Depression, Cosmetics Entrepreneur Michelle Phan Is Ready for a Fresh Start

This week, Inc. editors and writers discuss Michelle Phan's re-launch of EM Cosmetics, and what it took for her to overcome the company's first failed attempt. The group also talks about startups that make anti-drone technology to protect infrastructure and national security companies from errant drones or from terror attacks launched via unmanned aerial vehicles. Lastly, the crew interviews Marla Malcolm Beck about how she sold her cosmetics store chain Bluemercury to Macy’s for over $210...

Duration: 00:38:38

#111: When a Founder Gets Ousted From Her Eponymous Company, Who Keeps the Name?

This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about how the founder of the vegan eatery by Chloe. was forced out of her own company. Then the crew discusses Boom, the supersonic jet company hoping to revolutionize air travel. Lastly, we have an Exit Interview with Anil Chakravarthy, the CEO of Informatica, on the strategic reasons the company went from public back to private.

Duration: 00:33:49

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