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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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English


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#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


Let Fires Burn — with Gixo's Selina Tobaccowala

7/19/2017
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If you try to put out every fire, you’ll only burn yourself out. The best entrepreneurs? They let fires burn. Knowing which problems not to solve is just as critical as knowing which problems must be solved. You won’t have time to sit down and assess every blaze burning around you. And good luck ranking your startup’s problems from most to least severe. The reality is problems flare up unexpectedly and on a daily basis — yesterday’s whisp of smoke might be today’s five-alarm fire. So you...

Duration: 00:37:16


The Next Silicon Valley Is...? With Endeavor's Linda Rottenberg

7/12/2017
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What’s the secret to Silicon Valley? And can any other region nurture such a thriving startup scene? Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor, makes the case that a startup culture can be nurtured almost anywhere, so long as you have the raw ingredients — namely, a few initial entrepreneurs with access to capital and a willingness to pay it forward. Bear in mind that Silicon Valley is so much more than an archipelago of thriving tech companies. It’s actually an ecosystem — one that’s deeply...

Duration: 00:45:23


Bonus Episode: The Ten Commandments of Startup Success

7/5/2017
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Guest host Tim Ferriss shares advice you’ll will want to etch into stone: the Ten Commandments of Startup Success. We teamed up with Tim’s eponymous podcast, the Tim Ferriss Show, to bring you this special remix of actionable lessons from every episode of Masters of Scale, Season One, including previously unaired insights from Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Endeavor’s Linda Rottenberg. Tim is an accomplished speaker who’s given multiple TED Talks and author of The 4...

Duration: 01:31:00


Netflix's Reed Hastings in Culture Shock

6/28/2017
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I believe strong company cultures only emerge when every employee feels they own the culture — and this begins even before the first job interview. CEO Reed Hastings has built an adaptive, high-performing culture at NetFlix by being unabashedly upfront about who they are and who they aren’t. The company’s famous “culture deck” offers a 100-slide description of how NetFlix sees itself — not a “family” but a high performing sports team. It won’t appeal to everyone — and that’s the point. If...

Duration: 00:39:27


Grit Happens with Crisis Text Line's Nancy Lublin

6/14/2017
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To succeed, entrepreneurs need a good idea, timing, money, luck. But more than anything, they need grit. Don’t confuse grit with sheer persistence; it’s not about charging up the same hill, again and again. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is less reliant on brute force. It’s actually one part determination and one part ingenuity — the ability to generate an endless supply of Plans B. And Nancy Lublin has a boundless supply of grit, which fueled her success scaling three...

Duration: 00:37:23


Google/Alphabet's Eric Schmidt in Innovation = Managed Chaos

6/7/2017
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Google has succeeded by innovating again and again. Not just search, but Gmail and Google Docs and even self-driving cars. Their secret? They don’t tell their employees how to innovate; they manage the chaos. Eric Schmidt—CEO of Google since 2001 and now Chairman of parent company Alphabet—shares the controversial management techniques he created to cultivate an environment of free-flowing ideas plus disciplined decision making that lead to breakthrough ideas. He reveals the hidden secret...

Duration: 00:34:51


Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg in Lead, Lead Again

5/31/2017
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In just 6 years, Facebook grew to 2 billion users and 14,000 employees. How? Well first, they hired COO Sheryl Sandberg. And she knew that to lead a fast-changing organization, you have to be as skilled at breaking plans as you are at making them. Great scale leaders know how to pivot. Every day, there are new competitors, new threats, new opportunities. There’s no simple, straightforward set of marching orders. It’s more like a dogfight. You and your team will be flying upside down and at...

Duration: 00:37:12


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in Imperfect is Perfect

5/24/2017
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If you’re Steve Jobs, you can wait for your product to be perfect. But there are almost no Steve Jobs’ in the world. For the rest of us, If you’re not embarrassed by your first product release, you’ve released it too late. Imperfect is perfect. Why? Because your assumptions about what people want are never exactly right. Most entrepreneurs create great products through a tight feedback loop with real customers using a real product. So don’t fear imperfections; they won’t make or break your...

Duration: 00:32:03

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