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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

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 the...

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


BONUS — Check Out The Pitch

7/20/2017
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Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars behind his idea. Our Sponsors: Trunk Club | Virgin Atlantic

Duration: 00:38:27


Building The Perfect Cup of Coffee (Season 5, Episode 10)

7/7/2017
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Mokhtar Alkhanshali is trying to produce the perfect cup of coffee. And he’s trying to do it with beans grown in the midst of an active war zone in Yemen. Despite those challenges, his company’s first batch earned rave reviews, and sold for $16 a cup at one of the fanciest coffee chains around. But can he turn that early success into a profitable business, or will the challenges of trying to achieve perfection using a supply chain that starts in a war zone halfway around the world do his...

Duration: 00:34:40


Ask Alex (Season 5, Episode 9)

6/30/2017
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You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp. Our Sponsors:SquarespaceCloudflareMicrosoft

Duration: 00:34:49


How To Invent A New Sport (Season 5, Episode 8)

6/23/2017
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Mason Gordon’s dream is to create a new global team sport, something that hasn’t happened since basketball came on the scene in the 1890s. But Mason is determined. He invented Slamball—an amped up combination of basketball and football that’s played on trampolines—nearly twenty years ago. He had some splashy early success and got two seasons on TV. And then Slamball seemingly disappeared. But Mason is still at it, and now Slamball is surging in popularity on the other side of the...

Duration: 00:36:57


Life After Startup (Season 5, Episode 7)

6/16/2017
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Jason from Bento started a business that prepared and delivered pan-Asian meals on demand. Lauren and Emma from Dating Ring wanted to reinvent online dating. Mary from Saint Harridan made sharp suits for masculine women and trans men. And Mike moved food across international borders, evading employees of a large grocery store chain. This episode, we return to some of the companies we followed in previous seasons and find out how their founders are doing—and what the label “entrepreneur”...

Duration: 00:42:19


BONUS - Introducing The Pitch

6/14/2017
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Alex and Matt talk to Josh Muccio, the host of Gimlet's newest show, about his path to podcasting. Then we sample the first half of the latest episode of Josh's show, The Pitch. Our SponsorsEbayOpen for BusinessSonossonos.comSquarespaceZiprecruiter.com/startup

Duration: 00:39:57


Another Side Of The Story (Season 2, Episode 3 REBROADCAST)

6/9/2017
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Hello, there! This week we’re rebroadcasting an episode from way back in Season 2 when we were following Dating Ring, a company that was different from other dating sites and apps because it used matchmakers to help its customers go out on dates. This episode picks up just after the co-founders of the company, Lauren and Emma, finished Y Combinator and started pitching angel investors. You’ll hear them struggle to raise money—while wondering if their company was floundering for reasons...

Duration: 00:34:12


Bug Business (Season 5, Episode 6)

5/26/2017
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Researchers who think about the thorny problem of feeding our growing global population have started to point at one possible solution: bugs. They’re protein-rich and ecologically sustainable—but can bug entrepreneurs get lots of Americans to eat something they’re kinda grossed out by? Our SponsorsPipedrivepipedrive.com/startupSquarespacevirginatlantic.com/theventure- amazon.com/launchpadfordad

Duration: 00:30:23


Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine (Season 5, Episode 5)

5/19/2017
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Jake Glanville and his small biotech startup are trying to beat big pharmaceutical companies and major research institutions to a potentially game-changing medical breakthrough: the universal flu vaccine. Our SponsorsPipedrivepipedrive.com/startupSquarespacevirginatlantic.com/theventureZiprecruiter.com/startup

Duration: 00:31:52


Running a Family and a Business (Season 5, Episode 4)

5/12/2017
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This week on StartUp we’re listening in as executive coach Jerry Colonna sits down with Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate company called Cissé Cocoa. In the episode, they tackle something that many founders struggle with—how to balance entrepreneurship and parenthood.

Duration: 00:36:37


BONUS - Introducing Every Little Thing

5/5/2017
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Gimlet launched a new podcast this month. It's called "Every Little Thing"and it searches for the extraordinary lurking in the ordinary. It's hosted by science journalist Flora Lichtman, who on this recent episode of the show found the extraordinary in office plants. StartUp will be back with a new episode next week.

Duration: 00:24:33

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