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StartUp Podcast

A series about what it's really like to start a business.

Entrepreneurship
Society & Culture
How To
1
Alex Talks to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
When tragedy struck Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley was suddenly in the spotlight.
32 min
2
Alex Talks to Voting Rights Activist Desmond Meade
How Desmond Meade transcended politics and won back voting rights for 1.4 million.
34 min
3
Alex Talks to Cycling Whistleblower Jonathan Va...
How cyclist Jonathan Vaughters fell under the spell of doping, and then joined a crusade to get it out of the sport.
50 min
4
Alex Talks to Country Songwriter Shane McAnally
How Shane McAnally went from a failed country star to one of the biggest hitmakers in Nashville
43 min
5
Alex Talks to Rom-Com Revolutionary Aline Brosh...
Why Aline Brosh McKenna would rather write 'crazy ex-girlfriends' than 'girls next door.'
34 min
6
Alex Talks to Billion-Dollar Business CEO Janic...
How Janice Bryant Howroyd learned to own her brilliance.
25 min
7
Alex Talks to Nick Kroll
With his hit show Big Mouth, Nick Kroll is trying out some new material: his own story.
43 min
8
Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel
The famed couples therapist takes on the world of work.
52 min
9
Alex Talks to Ira Glass
How the host of This American Life shaped an entire industry.
48 min
10
Alex Talks to Hollywood Hitmaker Nina Jacobson
The “Crazy Rich Asians” producer says your failures are just as important as your successes.
40 min
11
Alex Talks to Fashion Icon Dapper Dan
How a Harlem street hustler built a booming business with his own rogue take on high-end fashion.
46 min
12
Exit
Sleepless nights, $10 cantaloupes, and a 3 a.m. board meeting
36 min
13
Thanksgiving in Stockholm
Alex and Matt head to Stockholm for a meeting that could change everything.
36 min
14
Our Company Has Problems
Four years in, Gimlet Media is struggling.
30 min
15
Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter
What an acquisition looks like from the inside
2 min
16
Introducing The Journal.
A new daily podcast about money, business and power from Gimlet and The Wall Street Journal
23 min
17
Alex Talks to Missouri Star Quilt Company Co-Fo...
How an unlikely business snowballed and rebuilt a town.
25 min
18
Alex Talks to Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp
With her re-election on the line, Senator Heidi Heitkamp faced a decision that put on her political in jeopardy.
36 min
19
Alex Talks to Elaine Welteroth
How Elaine Welteroth won and lost in her bid to shake up an industry.
28 min
20
Alex Talks to CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna
Why Jerry Colonna believes running a company takes reckoning with your past.
40 min
21
The Nod's Eric Eddings Talks to Erika Alexander
A 90s Sitcom Star's Fight for the Future of Black TV
42 min
22
Alex Talks to Gretchen Carlson
How the former Fox News anchor is fighting to put stories of sexual harassment on the record.
43 min
23
Alex Talks to Pose Co-Creator Steven Canals
How Steven Canals made his way from the Bronx to Hollywood and created the groundbreaking series Pose.
35 min
24
Alex Talks to a Podcasting Pioneer
How Jeff Ullrich built out the business of podcasting, only to be left out of its history
42 min
25
Alex Talks to Award-Winning Chef Edouardo Jordan
How chef Edouardo Jordan went from fry cook to The French Laundry to starting his own restaurants
42 min
26
Alex Talks to an Early Facebook Insider
How Dave Morin fell in and out of love with Silicon Valley
45 min
27
Alex Talks to Actress Anna Chlumsky
What it’s like to disappear from the spotlight, and then come back again
35 min
28
Alex Talks to a Tragedy Expert
When the nation’s worst calamities strike, we turn to Kenneth Feinberg.
35 min
29
Alex Talks to a Cold Case Investigator
The decades-long hunt for the Golden State Killer
40 min
30
Alex Talks to an HR Maverick
Patty McCord invented a new kind of work culture at Netflix, and then it came for her
34 min
31
Alex Talks to a Wall Street Outcast
How Henry Blodget got banned from the industry that made him a star.
35 min
32
Business Wars & The Rap Game’s Biggest Battle
5 min
33
Alex Talks to a Turnaround Specialist
Sharon Price John corrects course at the bearquarters.
40 min
34
Alex Talks to the Family Behind A Radio Revolution
A community-minded radio station’s unlikely success
36 min
35
Alex Talks to Sam Esmail
How the man behind Mr. Robot finally became famous
36 min
36
Success Academy 7: The High School
“The revolution is coming.”
49 min
37
Success Academy 6: The Fights
"The word on the street was, ‘It’s over Eva.’"
35 min
38
Success Academy 5: Expectations
“Success is not the place for you.”
46 min
39
Success Academy 4: Growth
"I was 26 when I took over as principal."
48 min
40
Success Academy 3: The Test
Is it test prep, or is it darn good instruction?
40 min
41
Success Academy 2: The Founder
"I felt like I was in a Godfather movie, and I had never been in a Godfather movie before."
44 min
42
Success Academy 1: The Problem
And a bold attempt to fix it
36 min
43
Making a TV Series 4: The Stars of Homecoming
Julia Roberts, Stephan James, and Sam Esmail
18 min
44
Making a TV Series 3: The Bird That Launched 10...
"We gotta have the bird."
21 min
45
Making a TV Series 2: Santa's Hollywood Workshop
"I have 100 phones."
19 min
46
Making a TV Series 1: A Complete Moonshot
Gimlet Goes to Hollywood
26 min
47
Twitch 2: Gaming The System
31 min
48
Twitch 1: Almost Famous
23 min
49
Church Planting 6: The Woman At The Pulpit
Ignoring the pastor, listening to God
20 min
50
Church Planting 5: The Retreat
A trip to the woods to explore the fate of Restoration Church
33 min
51
Church Planting 4: The Conversation
Hell, homosexuality and the role of women in church
34 min
52
Church Planting 3: The Paradox
Hustle Vs. Faith
33 min
53
Church Planting 2: The Pastor
What makes a good church planter?
31 min
54
Church Planting 1: The Movement
How to start a church
32 min
55
Introducing Church Planters
StartUp is born-again on July 6th
2 min
56
BONUS: Behind The Scenes With Arlan & Amy
Getting real at GimletFest
31 min
57
Arlan Hamilton 6: Going Rogue
“We’re building Wakanda”
23 min
58
Arlan Hamilton 5: Control
"It Kinda Sucks Here"
33 min
59
Arlan Hamilton 4: Hacks
How to hack venture capital
23 min
60
Arlan Hamilton 3: Picking Winners
Searching for unicorns in rural Mississippi
26 min
61
Arlan Hamilton 2: The Hustle
"Wait till they get a load of me"
26 min
62
Arlan Hamilton 1: Silicon Valley, By Invite Only
The $84 billion opportunity
24 min
63
Alex, Inc. 7: Alex Talks To Zach Braff
Alex Blumberg in conversation with his TV doppelgänger, Zach Braff, at NYC Podfest
32 min
64
Introducing Season 7
StartUp returns with a brand new season on April 27th.
2 min
65
Alex, Inc. 6: Alex and Matt Pop Quiz
How well do Alex and Matt actually know each other?
30 min
66
Alex, Inc. 5: Alex And Matt, Inc.
The five best StartUp episodes about Gimlet, as voted by our listeners. With brand-new after shows. This is Part 5 of 5.
52 min
67
Alex, Inc. 4: Training Day
The five best StartUp episodes about Gimlet, as voted by our listeners. With brand-new after shows. This is Part 4 of 5.
31 min
68
Alex, Inc. 3: The Name Game
The five best StartUp episodes about Gimlet, as voted by our listeners. With brand-new after shows. This is Part 3 of 5.
28 min
69
Alex, Inc. 2: Alex Talks Equity
The five best StartUp episodes about Gimlet, as voted by our listeners. With brand-new after shows. This is Part 2 of 5.
32 min
70
Alex, Inc. 1: Sacca Plays Sacca
The five best StartUp episodes about Gimlet, as voted by our listeners. With brand-new after shows. This is Part 1 of 5.
33 min
71
StartupBus 5: Friday
You just gotta enjoy the ride.
34 min
72
StartupBus 4: Thursday
I'm just like my comp'ny, I'm young, scrappy, and hungry.
34 min
73
StartupBus 3: Wednesday
"The more you know, the more you realize 'I don't know sh*t'"
30 min
74
StartupBus 2: Tuesday
Life's a pitch
30 min
75
StartupBus 1: Monday
The road rules.
33 min
76
Introducing StartupBus
"Why am I on this bus right now?"
3 min
77
Dear Music Fans… (REBROADCAST)
Business ain’t Yeezy.
50 min
78
Driverless Cars 2: The Race for a Self-Driving ...
When will we get robotaxis, anyway?
22 min
79
Driverless Cars 1: The Grand Challenge
When the driverless future began
41 min
80
New Money
A company bets big on cryptocurrency
25 min
81
Just Hit Record
Can making a podcast about your life change the way you live it?
52 min
82
Make China Cool Again
One country's quest to create a global pop star.
24 min
83
BONUS: An Announcement From StartUp and Introdu...
An announcement about the future of StartUp and a preview of Gimlet's latest show about Blackness' biggest fans.
38 min
84
Sell the Apartment, Keep the Startup
Getting hung up on the truth can be bad for business.
27 min
85
Domains 2: Sex Dot Con
How the battle over a domain name nearly destroyed one man's life.
28 min
86
Domains 1: The .com King
Why the dot com still reigns supreme.
25 min
87
Introducing Season 6
StartUp returns with a brand new season on September 1st.
3 min
88
Building The Perfect Cup of Coffee
Two suitcases, a tiny boat, and a $25 billion industry.
30 min
89
Gimlet 24: Ask Alex
A Gimlet update.
30 min
90
How To Invent A New Sport
The saga of Slamball.
32 min
91
Life After Startup
Where are they now?
36 min
92
Dating Ring 3: Another Side Of The Story (REBRO...
28 min
93
Bug Business
Can one entrepreneur worm her way into the snack food aisle?
24 min
94
Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine
How much does a pig cost in Guatemala?
26 min
95
Running a Family and a Business
A founder struggles with a difficult balancing act.
30 min
96
Friendster 2: The Fall
Why aren’t we all logging onto Friendster today?
29 min
97
Friendster 1: The Rise
In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. But it didn't take long for things to fall apart.
32 min
98
You Have to Invent Something
In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit -- one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But then it all fell apart.
34 min
99
Dov Charney 7: MAGIC
"In America, if you're making money, everything is forgiven. Trust me." - Dov Charney
35 min
100
Dov Charney 6: Anger
How does a founder get fired from his own company?
57 min