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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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    • 4.6 • 449 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.

    Rapid Response: Fashioning a greener closet, w/Rent the Runway's Jenn Hyman

    Rapid Response: Fashioning a greener closet, w/Rent the Runway's Jenn Hyman

    Fashion became secondary amid Covid lockdowns. Sweatpants-only life pressed apparel-subscription service Rent the Runway into layoffs and furloughs. But as co-founder and CEO Jenn Hyman explains, the business saw a surprising rebound early this year, fueled by new customers in unexpected places – and by a renewed consumer focus on sustainability. Building a “closet in the cloud,” as Jenn describes Rent the Runway, may not have been an essential pandemic service, but as we move into the next phase, her experience illuminates how accelerated change is remaking the marketplace.

    Read a transcript of this interview at: mastersofscale.com

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    • 30 min
    91. Build the right flywheel, w/Teach for America / Teach for All's Wendy Kopp

    91. Build the right flywheel, w/Teach for America / Teach for All's Wendy Kopp

    Not every platform turns into a flywheel for scale. Wendy Kopp founded two networks that each became flywheels for change: Teach for America and Teach for All, where she's currently CEO. Yet the shape of the two networks are surprisingly different. While they both feed similar goals – helping educators find what they need, share what they learn, build enthusiasm, and motivate talent – the two organizations operate under different rules and assumptions. Kopp's journey illuminates how listening, adjusting, and open rethinking are key to building a network that thrives. And how hard-won lessons can produce extraordinary impact.

    Read a transcript of this interview at: mastersofscale.com

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    • 39 min
    Rapid Response: The promise and peril of engineering biology, w/Ginkgo Bioworks Reshma Shetty

    Rapid Response: The promise and peril of engineering biology, w/Ginkgo Bioworks Reshma Shetty

    Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine would not have scaled without Ginkgo Bioworks. Reshma Shetty, co-founder and COO of Ginkgo – slated to go public via SPAC acquisition at a reported $15 billion valuation – explains how biotech innovation can build a better future now. Ginkgo's platform already serves industries from food and agriculture, to materials, to healthcare. Shetty acknowledges that engineering genes is a high stakes pursuit, and says Ginkgo is trying to pair the ambition of Silicon Valley with a "higher level of care" than consumer tech companies like social media have demonstrated. The key, Shetty says, is creating an unstable equilibrium – propelling progress but not at the expense of principles.

    Read a transcript of this interview at: mastersofscale.com

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    • 25 min
    5 essential moves for post-pandemic success, featuring Airbnb, Etsy, Sunrun, and more

    5 essential moves for post-pandemic success, featuring Airbnb, Etsy, Sunrun, and more

    Shift your mindset. Tighten your focus. Map your future. In this special episode, Reid Hoffman presents a five-step playbook for post-crisis success. Moving from chaos to calm requires a revised agenda, whether the pandemic crushed your business or boosted it. Peace-time strategies need to be just as sharp as wartime strategies. Featuring Airbnb's Brian Chesky, Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, NBA all-star Jerry Stackhouse, and more.

    Read a transcript of this interview at: mastersofscale.com.

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    • 34 min
    Rapid Response: Upskilling and the war for talent, w/Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson

    Rapid Response: Upskilling and the war for talent, w/Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson

    How do you win the post-pandemic war for talent? Send your frontline workers to online school. That's the pitch that Rachel Carlson has made – successfully – to big businesses from Chipotle to Disney, Walmart to Waste Management. As co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, Carlson runs a digital platform that enables workers to get degrees and certifications as a free employee benefit. Though virtual schooling for kids is under fire, virtual education for adults has caught on over the last year like never before. To meet the ongoing need for “upskilling” in the modern economy, Carlson says, company-sponsored digital classes should be as ubiquitous as company-sponsored health plans. The ROI, she explains, is astonishingly high.

    Read a transcript of this interview at: mastersofscale.com

    Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

    • 28 min
    90. Alex Rodriguez: How mentorship provides an edge

    90. Alex Rodriguez: How mentorship provides an edge

    Even all-star athletes are coached. So why not you? Alex Rodriguez, former professional baseball player, leaned into outside advice at the most challenging moments in his career – and in building his enormously successful business, A-Rod Corp. Rodriguez shares what he's learned from mentors like investing guru Warren Buffett and NBA icon Magic Johnson, and how mentorship can help sharpen your skills and open up opportunities. We spoke with A-Rod twice this year, including in a live Strategy Session that we released as an episode previously. Here, we dive deep into Alex's story, to explore how great mentors can be a driving force on your journey to scale – and how the best way to find great mentors is to always be learning and to have the mindset of a mentor yourself.

    Read a transcript of this interview at: mastersofscale.com

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
449 Ratings

449 Ratings

america.turner ,

I LOVE THIS SHOW

I listen to every episode religiously!

Their production is so good. You get lots of actionable advice mixed with storytelling. The topics are always relevant and up to date, guests are interesting and the audio quality is HIGH.

I can’t get enough 😁

Amazing show!! Highly recommend.

kearney871 ,

Good content but overproduced

Of course great content and interviews but the sound effects and scripting just make it way too overproduced. There’s a reason colloquial podcasts are the most popular. Surprised Reid hasn’t listened to all this customer feedback yet...

Kobi Yamada ,

Chester

I absolutely love this podcast, I just recently discovered it and I am working through the many podcasts. I am a serial entrepreneur, and love learning the different insights that Reid talks about....love it

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