29 episodes

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

StartUp Podcast Gimlet Media

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.8 • 457 Ratings

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

    Introducing StartUp

    Introducing StartUp

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

    • 1 min


    As acquisition talks with Spotify continue, Alex and Matt face their hopes and fears about what might lie ahead.

    • 40 min
    Thanksgiving in Stockholm

    Thanksgiving in Stockholm

    Just days before Thanksgiving, Alex and Matt board a red-eye to Stockholm for a conversation that could change everything.

    • 39 min
    Our Company Has Problems

    Our Company Has Problems

    It's the spring of 2018, four years after Alex and Matt launched Gimlet, and things are not going well. Audiences are flat, ad sales are flagging, and the company is burning through cash at an alarming rate. And with all of those pressures, Alex and Matt have started to fight.

    • 33 min
    Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter

    Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter

    Five years ago, StartUp began chronicling the life of a fledgling Brooklyn-based podcasting company called Gimlet Media. This year, the streaming giant Spotify bought that company. In the final season of StartUp, what it's really like to sell a business.

    • 2 min
    Gimlet 24: Ask Alex

    Gimlet 24: Ask Alex

    You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
457 Ratings

457 Ratings

Michael Maestro ,

At last! A humble, engaging show about business!

I’ve just discovered this wonderful podcast from searching for a “business- related term.

This was a revelation. A business podcast host that is not full of himself and shouting “awesome” every three minutes.

Thank God for some humility and taste in the startup podcast space.

Rather than shouting at me how to follow a specific business model based on the host’s millions in successful revenue (aka the “look at the size of my...sales” humble brag fest), the host was engagingly humble, and is taking us along for the rise in a real fly-on-the-wall documentary style.

SO much more engaging than your average business podcast.

The host somehow persuaded his wife and a pretty major investor to allow what sounds like a pretty unstaged recordings of their actual conversations. (If they were staged I’m not complaining; it feels authentic and that’s what matters as a listener, at least to this listener).

Despite the host clearly having little to no business acumen, and it being from 2014, I’m absolutely sold on following this journey and immediately subscribed.

It probably helps that although clearly an amateur businessman (at least at the start of the journey in the first episode), he’s clearly a very fine podcast/radio producer. No surprise that he was a producer for “This American Life”.

This is how a business podcast should be done. A pleasure to listen to, a strangely gripping story and real business education. All at once.

Alex just so you know- I’d pay for content this good. The fact that it’s free is another bonus. (And no I’m not a friend of the host- he wouldn’t know me from Adam).

So impressed.

nazzy ,

Absolutely fantastic

I’m by no means a Gimlet fanboy but this is yet another impeccably produced podcast with amazing content.

It’s a must have for your podcast subscription.

SamtheMan117 ,

Ruined by an ever increasing quantity and length of advertisements.

The content is great for the first 20 or 30 episodes and it doesn’t taper off much as time goes on (though there is an argument to say it has become less focused on actual startups).

Unfortunately, the sheer volume of ads has forced me to call it quits. I’m sure this won’t bother some people and I’m not knocking the podcast for monetising (that is the point after all) but the balance between quality, entertainment and ads has become too skewed in the wrong direction in my opinion.

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