152 episodes

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

StartUp Podcast Gimlet Media

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.8, 812 Ratings

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

    Introducing Motherhacker

    Introducing Motherhacker

    We’re sharing the first episode of Motherhacker. It’s a fiction podcast about a mother who gets involved in an identity theft ring in order to support her family. The series stars Carrie Coon, Pedro Pascal, Alan Cumming, Lucas Hedges, Tavi Gevinson and Alex Goldman.

    • 13 min
    Alex Talks to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

    Alex Talks to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

    Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

    • 38 min
    Alex Talks to Voting Rights Activist Desmond Meade

    Alex Talks to Voting Rights Activist Desmond Meade

    When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he started a campaign that very few people thought was winnable: amending the Florida constitution to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. His unusual path to success on this politicized issue? Avoid politics, and appeal to principles.

    • 40 min
    Alex Talks to Cycling Whistleblower Jonathan Vaughters

    Alex Talks to Cycling Whistleblower Jonathan Vaughters

    Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, Jonathan knew there was something else fueling those wins: performance enhancing drugs — something the entire team was using, including himself. The deception weighed heavy on his conscience, and Jonathan found himself at a crossroads: live with the lie or come clean and become a traitor to his friends, colleagues, and the most powerful man in cycling, Lance Armstrong.

    • 56 min
    Alex Talks to Country Songwriter Shane McAnally

    Alex Talks to Country Songwriter Shane McAnally

    Ever since he was young, Shane McAnally knew he wanted to be a country music star. But as a gay man, he didn’t fit the Nashville mold, and so he hid his true identity for years as he struggled to break through. Little did he know that coming out would prove the key to his success. 
    We created a playlist of Shane McAnally hits, from artists like Kenny Chesney and Kacey Musgraves. You can find it at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ixldv7V7QUegFLYo3k5RN?si=Slqyo5ypQO6LiRydT-PbTQ

    • 49 min
    Alex Talks to Rom-Com Revolutionary Aline Brosh McKenna

    Alex Talks to Rom-Com Revolutionary Aline Brosh McKenna

    Aline Brosh McKenna got her big break as the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. But even after successful box office hits and many years in Hollywood, she found herself having to compromise her vision over and over again. So she took matters into her own hands.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
812 Ratings

812 Ratings

ladypicnic ,

My favourite

I have been listening since the first episode and this show is seriously wonderful—have become a fan of so many of Gimlet’s shows as they’ve come out (RIP Mystery Show! Reply All forever!). The best eps and seasons are the ones that follow Gimlet, and a few of the other entrepreneur stories lost me, but every episode focusing on the creation and growing of the actual company and team is super compelling. Laughed and cried in public so many times commuting to and from grad school then one job then another, and the final mini-series about the acquisition felt very rewarding and very, very emotional. Thank you for letting me into your world and creating and inspiring so many amazing stories, you guys. xo

JA Adams ,

Perfect to learn and be inspired

I listened to this podcast 3 years ago as stepped out and started my own business. I found so much encouragement in the honesty of this story. I learned a lot, sometimes it just got me excited again when things weren’t the way I wanted them to be. My business has grown to be a million dollar business, nothing compared to the success of gimlet, I feel I owe some small part of the beginning of my journey to this podcast.

Flamingbird5000 ,

Thank you

Start Up was the very first podcast that I ever listened to. From the first episode I was completely hooked and Gimlet podcasts soon became my favourite form of interesting and informative entertainment. Thank you so much for creating this company. Congrats on your Spotify acquisition- super inspiring to see what can happen when you out your heart and soul into something!

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