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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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United States

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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

Alex Needs Your Help

1/12/2018
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Ahead of the release of Alex, Inc. on March 28, we're putting out a curated binge listen of the best Startup episodes about our company, Gimlet Media. And we want your help. Tell us your favorite Gimlet StartUp episode, and let us know if you have any questions about it—or anything else! You can vote here: www.startuplistener.com/binge

Duration: 00:04:09


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 the...

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


The Grand Challenge (Season 6, Episode 7)

10/27/2017
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In 2004, the U.S. government held a race unlike anything that had come before it. It was called the DARPA Grand Challenge, and it followed a 150-mile route through the rugged Mojave Desert. The participants were cars, trucks, ATVs, and one motorcycle. The catch? Each vehicle was required to drive itself—no remote control, no human intervention. Dozens of engineers and robot enthusiasts worked relentlessly to make it happen. The Carnegie Mellon team was a favorite, but every team faced...

Duration: 00:46:36


New Money (Season 6, Episode 6)

10/13/2017
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Kik, a chat app popular with teenagers, launched in 2010. Users flocked to it, and within a few years it was valued at a billion dollars. Then a new competitor came on the chat scene: Facebook. When Kik started struggling to grow their revenue and find new investors, they landed on a wild new idea. Now they’re betting their company’s future on creating their own cryptocurrency. Listen to Gimlet's newest podcast, Uncivil, wherever you get your podcasts Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher...

Duration: 00:30:20


Just Hit Record (Season 6, Episode 5)

10/6/2017
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Earlier this year, we asked listeners to call us with questions for Gimlet Founder Alex Blumberg. Alex answered a bunch of them in an episode last season. But one caller’s question was so big, it needed its own episode. Skyler Gronholz had decided to make a podcast about starting up his life again after several years in prison. But he was anxious about making something bad, and wanted Alex’s advice. In this week’s episode, we find out: can making a podcast about your life actually change...

Duration: 00:57:06


Make China Cool Again (Season 6, Episode 4)

9/29/2017
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China is on a mission to upgrade its international reputation. The government doesn’t want people to see the country as just the world’s factory for socks and toys and cell phones. It wants people around the globe to think China is cool. And it’s tried a bunch of different things to do that, including building a global pop star. But can China change its image through the power of pop music?

Duration: 00:32:22


An Announcement From StartUp and Introducing The Nod

9/22/2017
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Lisa Chow and Alex Blumberg sit down together to talk about the future of StartUp. And, we introduce you to Gimlet Media's newest podcast The Nod. Co-hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, The Nod celebrates and explores the multitudes of Black culture and Black life. For more information, visit gimletmedia.com/thenod.

Duration: 00:41:28


Sell the Apartment, Keep the Startup (Season 6, Episode 3)

9/15/2017
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Jasen Yang gave up the security of a high-paying Wall Street job to launch his company, Polly Portfolio. It’s been three years since then, and Jasen still isn’t taking a salary. It’s put a lot of strain on his family, and made it difficult for Jasen and his wife, Lynn, to make important decisions about their future. So we brought in executive coach Jerry Colonna, who helped Jasen find the unlikely source of his anxiety.

Duration: 00:32:29


Sex Dot Con (Season 6, Episode 2)

9/8/2017
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Gary Kremen owned one of the most valuable domain names in the history of the internet. And then one day, he lost it in the most unusual way. For years, Gary fought to win back his domain “sex dot com." The legal battle transformed the way the courts treat virtual property. But in the end, was his lengthy and expensive crusade worth it?

Duration: 00:33:43


The Domain King (Season 6, Episode 1)

9/1/2017
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StartUp is back for a brand new season, and we're kicking things off with a story about the competitive world of domains. Reporter Amy Standen brings us the story of Rick Schwartz, who earned the title “Domain King” by building a portfolio of dot com web addresses worth millions. But why is a “.com” address worth so much in the first place? And why doesn’t Gimlet own “gimlet.com”? And coming up this season, we'll hear from startups in unexpected places. We'll go to the Mojave Desert for...

Duration: 00:30:13


Introducing Season 6

8/28/2017
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StartUp returns September 1st with a brand new season. Here's a preview of what's coming up in Season 6. And are you looking for more Gimlet in your life? Then click here to view our guide to other Gimlet shows returning this fall.

Duration: 00:03:05


BONUS — Check Out Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty

7/25/2017
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On this episode of Start Up, we're introducing you to a new show from Gimlet Media. It's called Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty. The show charts the career of the hip hop executive, from young hustler in the Bronx, to one of the most powerful men in the music industry.

Duration: 00:38:09

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