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Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. In each episode, founders reveal deep, intimate moments of doubt and failure, and share insights on their eventual success. How I Built This is a master-class on innovation, creativity, leadership and how to navigate challenges of all kinds.
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How I Built This with Guy Raz Wondery

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    • 4.8 • 2.1K Ratings

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Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. In each episode, founders reveal deep, intimate moments of doubt and failure, and share insights on their eventual success. How I Built This is a master-class on innovation, creativity, leadership and how to navigate challenges of all kinds.
New episodes on Mondays and Thursdays for free. Listen 1-week early and to all episodes ad-free with Wondery+ or Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.
Get your How I Built This merch at WonderyShop.com/HowIBuiltThis

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    Supercharging Lithium-Ion Batteries with Gene Berdichevsky of Sila Nanotechnologies

    Supercharging Lithium-Ion Batteries with Gene Berdichevsky of Sila Nanotechnologies

    Gene Berdichevsky and his team have been working for over a decade to solve a major problem: Lithium-ion batteries are not getting any better. They power our cell phones and laptops and nearly every other modern, rechargeable device—and at this point have reached their energy-storing limit.

    This week on How I Built This Lab, Gene discusses a new approach that could eventually make lithium-ion batteries 40% more efficient, unlocking a future where electric vehicles and other battery-powered products are cheaper, recharge faster and last longer on a single charge.

    This episode was researched and produced by Chris Maccini with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by John Isabella. Our audio engineer was Neal Rauch.

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    The peril (and promise) of AI with Tristan Harris: Part 2

    The peril (and promise) of AI with Tristan Harris: Part 2

    What if you could no longer trust the things you see and hear?

    Because the signature on a check, the documents or videos presented in court, the footage you see on the news, the calls you receive from your family … They could all be perfectly forged by artificial intelligence.

    That’s just one of the risks posed by the rapid development of AI. And that’s why Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology is sounding the alarm.

    This week on How I Built This Lab: the second of a two-episode series in which Tristan and Guy discuss how we can upgrade the fundamental legal, technical, and philosophical frameworks of our society to meet the challenge of AI.

    To learn more about the Center for Humane Technology, text “AI” to 55444.




    This episode was researched and produced by Alex Cheng with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by John Isabella. Our audio engineer was Neal Rauch.




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    • 32 min
    Poshmark: Manish Chandra

    Poshmark: Manish Chandra

    When the iPhone 4 was released in 2010, Manish Chandra was dazzled by its picture quality, and saw an opportunity for a new type of mobile marketplace. A year later, he and three co-founders launched Poshmark, a shopping app for second-hand clothes and accessories, meant to capture the feel of going thrifting with your friends. The online community grew quickly and vocally—when Poshmark raised shipping fees, users lobbied furiously to lower them, and won. The company faced many more growing pains before being acquired by the Naver Corporation for $1.2 billion in 2023. It now has over 100 million registered users around the world.




    This episode was produced by Sam Paulson with music composed by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by Neva Grant with research help from Katherine Sypher.

    Our engineers were Robert Rodriguez and Josh Newell.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The peril (and promise) of AI with Tristan Harris: Part 1

    The peril (and promise) of AI with Tristan Harris: Part 1

    When Tristan Harris co-founded the Center for Humane Technology in 2018, he was trying to educate tech leaders and policymakers about the harms of social media.

    But today, he’s sounding the alarm about a different technology — one that he says could pose an existential threat to the entire world …

    Artificial intelligence.

    This week on How I Built This Lab: the first of a two-episode series in which Tristan and Guy examine the serious risks posed by the rapid development and deployment of AI — and what we can do to make sure this powerful technology is used for good.

    You can learn more about “The Social Dilemma,” the 2020 Emmy-winning docudrama featuring Tristan, here: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/.




    This episode was researched and produced by Alex Cheng with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by John Isabella. Our audio engineer was Neal Rauch.




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    • 28 min
    Sonos: John MacFarlane

    Sonos: John MacFarlane

    In 2002, John MacFarlane and his co-founders began tinkering on what was then an ambitious idea: create a new way to enjoy music throughout the home, without wires. At the time, streaming and the iPod were brand new, and smart speakers were over a decade away. But the team at Sonos engineered a top-quality wireless sound system, and–with many fits and starts–integrated it with mobile technology and, eventually, Siri and Alexa. Along the way, John and his team contended with the early unreliability of WiFi, and faced stiff competition from much bigger companies. But today, Sonos is an established player in music, with projected sales of over $1.5 billion this year. 

    This episode was produced by Katherine Sypher with music composed by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by Neva Grant with research help from Sam Paulson.

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    • 1 hr
    Powering cars with solar energy with Steve Fambro of Aptera Motors (2023)

    Powering cars with solar energy with Steve Fambro of Aptera Motors (2023)

    There’s a new car coming to market that will probably make its owners search out the sunniest spots in the parking lot… Aptera Motors is designing and manufacturing this car: a plug-in electric hybrid that can run up to 40 miles on a single, solar-powered charge. This week on How I Built This Lab, Steve Fambro shares how he and his co-CEO revived their once-defunct auto company thanks to the promise of solar energy. Plus, Steve’s take on why today’s vehicles require so much energy, and how Aptera’s novel design could change the way we think about cars forever…

    This episode was produced by Kerry Thompson and edited by John Isabella, with music by Ramtin Arablouei. Our audio engineer was Neal Rauch. 

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

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Guy seems great, reviews are great — but I can’t listen

I heard an ad for this show and Guy’s voice was SO squeaky and cute, I’m gonna NOT listen! Honestly, if you’re smart and you keep it moving and you keep it genuine — that’s going to be more attractive!

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Simply the best! I’ve listened to some of these interviews 3 or 4x.

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