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Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

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    • 4.8, 1.4K Ratings

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

    Sub Pop Records: Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman

    Sub Pop Records: Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman

    Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman were two rock-and-roll fans who met at exactly the right time and place: Seattle in the early 1980s, where a raw hybrid of metal and punk was finding its voice in dingy clubs. With borrowed money and bounced checks, the two friends started Sub Pop Records, the iconic label that launched Nirvana, defined the grunge movement, and helped transform Seattle into a mecca for music.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    How I Built Resilience: Live with Alli Webb and Andy Puddicombe & Rich Pierson

    How I Built Resilience: Live with Alli Webb and Andy Puddicombe & Rich Pierson

    Alli Webb, co-founder of Drybar, talks with Guy about why she believes that investing time into fashion and beauty is still worthwhile, even though many of us aren't going out much. Founders of the meditation app Headspace, Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson, talk about taking their business remote, and give some tips on how to approach meditation, even with an unquiet mind. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating these turbulent times.

    • 31 min
    How I Built Resilience: Live with Kyle Connaughton and Daniel Humm

    How I Built Resilience: Live with Kyle Connaughton and Daniel Humm

    Kyle Connaughton's restaurant has been impacted by wildfires, floods, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle spoke with Guy about keeping SingleThread Farms afloat while giving back to his community with free meals. When Eleven Madison Park closed its doors on March 21, nobody expected chef Daniel Humm to turn the Michelin 3-star restaurant into a commissary kitchen. Daniel spoke to Guy about serving 5,000 meals daily and what the future of fine dining could look like in a post-pandemic world. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating these turbulent times.

    • 25 min
    reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

    reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

    In 2000, Luis von Ahn was starting his PhD in computer science when he attended a talk and happened to learn about one of Yahoo's biggest problems: automated bots were signing up for millions of free Yahoo email accounts, and generating tons of spam. Luis' idea to solve this problem became CAPTCHA, the squiggly letters we type into a website to prove we're human. He gave away that idea for free, but years later, that same idea had evolved into a new way to monetize language learning on the web, and became Duolingo. Today, the popular app is valued at $1.5 billion, and is seeing a big spike in growth while people are confined to their homes.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How I Built Resilience: Live with Sarah LaFleur

    How I Built Resilience: Live with Sarah LaFleur

    When Sarah LaFleur started M.M.LaFleur, she wanted to help women dress efficiently and comfortably for the office. Now that most of her customers are working from home, Sarah has to rethink her brand and her marketing to stay relevant. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating these turbulent times.

    • 17 min
    How I Built Resilience: Live with Tony Xu and Marcia Kilgore

    How I Built Resilience: Live with Tony Xu and Marcia Kilgore

    When Tony Xu started DoorDash in 2013, he wanted to help local restaurants stay afloat by introducing them to online delivery. Today, his quest remains the same, now that DoorDash has become an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marcia Kilgore's footwear brand, FitFlop, is experiencing a downturn in sales as retail stores stay closed. However, Beauty Pie – her direct-to-consumer cosmetics brand – is thriving as the beauty industry goes digital. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating these turbulent times.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

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Wow

Great podcast and super inspiring for those who want to start their own business!

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Outstanding

Guy Raz does a fantastic job of interviewing the world’s top entrepreneurs. Audio dynamite for budding entrepreneurs.

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My favourite entrepreneurial podcast

Guy is a fantastic host/interviewer, he knows just the right questions to ask and his guests offer brilliant and useful insights into how they and their business became a success. One of my favourite podcasts, period.

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