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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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    • 4.7 • 421 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: Surviving a close shave, with Harry's co-CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield

    Rapid Response: Surviving a close shave, with Harry's co-CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield

    Harry's took a one-two punch in 2020 – right on the chin. First, the federal government blocked a $1.37 billion acquisition of the shaving and consumer products company; then Covid-19 lockdowns hit. Rather than reeling from the abrupt change in plans, though, Harry's kept its balance. Co-founder and co-CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield explains how the team launched new brands amid the pandemic, tapped into unexpected pockets of demand, and, most recently, raised fresh capital at a valuation well above the blocked merger deal. Now, with a war chest at their disposal, Andy and co-founder and co-CEO Jeff Raider, are looking to acquire brands, having switched from seller to buyer. It is a classic entrepreneurial feat, finding strength and new opportunities out of disappointment and disruption.

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

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    • 24 min
    30. The elusive formula for great hiring, w/Workday's Aneel Bhusri

    30. The elusive formula for great hiring, w/Workday's Aneel Bhusri

    Your first hires are your cultural cofounders. And it’s worth your time to get every one right. That's why Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri personally interviewed his first 500 employees. Today, with 12,500 employees and over $4b in annual revenue, Workday is consistently rated one of the best places to work. Learn the interview questions that can help you find the right employees to build your culture. With cameo appearances by Danny Meyer (founder, Shake Shack), Arianna Huffington (founder, Thrive Global), Michael Bush (CEO, Great Place to Work) and Joyce Nethry (founder of Jeptha Creed Distillery).

    Read a transcript of this interview at: https://mastersofscale.com/aneel-bhusri-the-elusive-formula-for-great-hiring/

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    • 40 min
    Rapid Response: "A crucible moment for Instacart," with founder & CEO Apoorva Mehta

    Rapid Response: "A crucible moment for Instacart," with founder & CEO Apoorva Mehta

    Five years of growth in five weeks. That's how Covid-19 lockdowns accelerated Instacart's business last spring. Now, a year later, the company faces another "crucible moment," says Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta. He's leaning into what he describes as a four-sided market – including software services for grocers and advertising for product vendors – to amplify the appeal of tech-enabled shopping, even as vaccinations proliferate and in-store buying revives. Instacart's focus, he says, will help it outpace a rising field of competitors, and create a distinctive advantage even against behemoth Amazon.

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

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    • 22 min
    A Strategy Session w/A-Rod + Reid: Build a team of mentors

    A Strategy Session w/A-Rod + Reid: Build a team of mentors

    To win at scale, you need more than great players – you need a team of great coaches. This Strategy Session episode is full of great advice and tactics for building that deep bench of mentors, each with a role to play. Working with great coaches is a skill that Alex Rodriguez learned in his first career in baseball, working with legendary skippers like Lou Piniella, and he's brought that skill to his work as an investor at A-Rod Corp., where he has struck up a firm friendship with none other than Warren Buffet. Answering questions from the two co-leads of HBS Class of 2021, Alex and Reid, along with special guests Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox and Mihir Desai of the HBS faculty, show you how to get the most out of mentorship – and how to make sure your mentors also get something out of the deal too.

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

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    • 29 min
    Rapid Response: A pandemic is not a business model, w/Blue Apron's Linda Findley Kozlowski

    Rapid Response: A pandemic is not a business model, w/Blue Apron's Linda Findley Kozlowski

    With the pandemic, cooking at home got a renewed boost, and meal kit outfits saw a rise in demand. But a year in, the trend toward at-home dining now faces a new inflection point. We're talking with Linda Findley Kozlowski, CEO of meal-kit pioneer Blue Apron, because she’s on the frontlines of assessing which pandemic-fueled behaviors will persist, and in what ways. Early on, Linda made the choice NOT to sop up every ounce of demand, instead focusing on what she calls sustainable growth. Blue Apron has seen a flood of new competitors come onto the market, but her bet is that long-term trends and a differentiated product will matter more than crisis opportunity. As she puts it, a pandemic is not a business model.

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

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    • 25 min
    87. Frustration is your friend, w/Houzz founder Adi Tatarko

    87. Frustration is your friend, w/Houzz founder Adi Tatarko

    Frustration is an important signal: it indicates an opportunity, a problem to be solved. And if your solution also builds a community, you've unlocked a path to scale. Adi Tatarko founded the online home-design site Houzz with her husband as a hacked-together tool to find and share home design ideas, after their own home renovation turned into a frustrating time-waster. But by flipping frustration on its head, Houzz has grown into a bustling platform and marketplace with more than 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts, an essential (and delightful!) resource for homeowners, designers, architects, craftspeople. Learn how to identify frustration – and flip it. Special guests: Puzzle master Karen Kavett, Eventbrite cofounder Julia Hartz.

    Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com

    Listen to our episode featuring Julia Hartz, "Let Your Customers Be Your Scouts": http://listen.mastersofscale.com/EventbriteJuliaHartz 

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
421 Ratings

421 Ratings

jay-double-m ,

Absolutely Brilliant!

The episode with General Stanley McChrystal is mind blowing and absolutely brilliant! 🤯

小杰杰大海大山 ,

Too many sound effects!

It’s great content but there are too many unnecessary side effects. It’s distracting and makes it unpleasant. I only listen to a few episodes but I would listen to every episode of it didn’t have sound effects.

C.B.888 ,

Really interesting speakers...slightly sensationalised?

Enjoyed the first episode I listened to. Not a huge fan of the second which was ‘8 lessons’ one, and is like a child’s movie glamourising World War II...I didn’t listen to a business podcasts to be reminded of why we should hate the Germans! 😂 The show is less sensitive and nuanced than Tim Ferriss, for example. You might enjoy this if you are a bit more “macho”.

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