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The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.
On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 
With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.
Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

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    • Management
    • 4.5, 25 Ratings

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.
On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 
With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.
Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

    Special: Fast pivots for changing needs w/DonorsChoose Charles Best

    Special: Fast pivots for changing needs w/DonorsChoose Charles Best

    People are altruistic – even more so in times of uncertainty. This is what Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose, has learned through 20 years of leading his nonprofit through the terrorist attacks of 9/11, multiple recessions, and now a pandemic. Through it all, he’s learned how to listen what to donors – and grantees – really want, and how to pivot to address changing needs. In the last few weeks DonorsChoose has completely reimagined how it connects grantees with the resources they need, and built a new platform to do it. Because the value of a donation, he says, goes far beyond what money can buy.

    • 18 min
    Special: Relief funding & crowdfunding in a crisis w/Karen Cahn of IFundWomen

    Special: Relief funding & crowdfunding in a crisis w/Karen Cahn of IFundWomen

    What are your options for emergency funding in the US? Can you use the U.S. CARES Act to get financial assistance? Should you consider crowdfunding? We talk to Karen Cahn, CEO of IFundWomen, about what you need to know. Who qualifies for the forgivable and traditional loans within this $2.2 trillion stimulus package? Do you have to apply today? How much money could you get? And is a loan a good idea? Karen gives us the details – and makes the case that now is the best time to crowdfund. Hosted by editor-at-large Bob Safian. 

    Learn what IFW is doing to help entrepreneurs during COVID: ifundwomen.com/covid-19

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    • 34 min
    Special: Pay attention to crisis data, because it's the story of our times, says Nancy Lublin

    Special: Pay attention to crisis data, because it's the story of our times, says Nancy Lublin

    "Anxiety," "grief," "mom": these are the words that are coming up at this extreme moment in time. That data comes from Crisis Text Line’s Nancy Lublin, whose online counselors are using both empathy and aggregated data to help people through this pandemic. Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential crisis counseling via text, 24/7. To help counselors meet the moment, they anonymize and analyze real-time data on how their users are feeling – and that data is telling them the story of right now. Hosted by editor-at-large Bob Safian.

    Jaw-dropping data reporting here: "How Is America Feeling?" Read: https://www.crisistextline.org/everyday-empathy/

    Want to support Crisis Text Line? Here's what Nancy suggests:SEND US MORE PEOPLE IN PAIN. We want to help. Share CrisisTextLine.orgSEND US MORE PARTNERS. We want more people to know we are here and 100% operational. Media partners, companies, influencers, hotlines. Find us at CrisisTextLine.orgSEND US MORE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO VOLUNTEER. People can be part of a solution, from their couch, in their jammies. CrisisTextLine.org/volunteer

    • 27 min
    Special: Hourly workers are a ‘hero class’ w/Cue Ball’s Tony Tjan

    Special: Hourly workers are a ‘hero class’ w/Cue Ball’s Tony Tjan

    Hourly workers are the 'hero class' says VC Tony Tjan. And the pandemic is wreaking havoc on their financial stability. At Boston’s Cue Ball Group, Tony’s portfolio includes companies that employ hundreds of nail care workers, cooks and servers, and he's asking: How can we protect hourly workers and help them prepare for an uncertain future? And how can we plan for the long term, when the daily keeps changing? Co-hosted by Masters of Scale editor-at-large Bob Safian. 

    • 37 min
    Special: First, be human – Thoughts on the crisis from Reid Hoffman

    Special: First, be human – Thoughts on the crisis from Reid Hoffman

    Can you blitzscale when the world grinds to a halt? How do you do right by your team AND your investors? What will the entrepreneurial world look like on the other side of this? In this special episode, our host Reid Hoffman, sits on the other side of the mic, contextualizing the crisis and offering a hopeful viewpoint. Hosted by Masters of Scale editor-at-large Bob Safian.

    • 33 min
    Special: Danny Meyer on the wrenching decision to do layoffs

    Special: Danny Meyer on the wrenching decision to do layoffs

    Last week, Danny Meyer laid off 2,000 people – that's 80 percent of staff at Union Square Hospitality Group, representing 20+ restaurants across the country. It was a heartbreaking decision made with full understanding of the impacts, short and long-term – or as much as can possibly be known in this volatile time. In this special episode, Danny returns to the show to share why and how he acted so quickly, the process he and his team used to make this decision, the impact of the layoff, and what comes next for his industry. Co-hosted by Masters of Scale editor at large Bob Safian.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

svale245 ,

Helpful to the Core!

Keep up the great work “Masters of scale”. Being a founder myself I found your podcast an encyclopaedia of knowledge to help entrepreneurs navigate the cyclones and challenges of the future. Thank you so much!

Steve Goud ,

Inspiration boost (in a fun way)

Hi Reid, team and guests,
The show you offer us is amazingly inspiring and help me to generate disrupting ideas (working as product manager in EU telco industry).
Time spent is traffic jam is flying thanks to the quality of the interviews, the story telling way of presenting and mix of music/quotes/...

One tip: could you reduce a bit the time of the ads or make them slightly more relevant to a specific podcast ?

Thanks a lot!

MorningCoffeeYes ,

Great App to start the Day!

Hi Reid, I started listening to your show every morning, you really give an inspiration boost! Really like the back ground and animation sounds :) great stuff!

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