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The real adventures behind pioneering businesses, from the people who lived them. Brought to you by Virgin Atlantic and Gimlet Creative.

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The real adventures behind pioneering businesses, from the people who lived them. Brought to you by Virgin Atlantic and Gimlet Creative.

    Live in L.A. with Tinder and WeWork

    Live in L.A. with Tinder and WeWork

    Our season finale! Advice on turning simple ideas into business adventures from a panel of L.A.-based entrepreneurs and Virgin Group founder and author Richard Branson.
    Featuring:
    Sean Rad, Founder and CEO of Tinder
    Miguel McKelvey, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeWork
    Cassey Ho, Founder of Blogilates
    To learn more about The Venture, go to virginatlantic.com/theventure

    • 19 min
    Live in Seattle with Sir Richard Branson

    Live in Seattle with Sir Richard Branson

    This week, something a little different. A panel discussion featuring Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, along with Seattle entrepreneurs:
    Nadia Shouraboura, founder and CEO of Hointer
    Jonathan Sposato, chairman and co-founder of GeekWire, CEO of PicMonkey
    Chase Jarvis, founder and CEO of CreativeLive
    Moderated by Mimi Jung, morning anchor for King 5 News Seattle
    To learn more about The Venture, go to virginatlantic.com/theventure

    • 27 min
    Girls Who Code: Be Brave Not Perfect

    Girls Who Code: Be Brave Not Perfect

    She’d never written a line of code in her life -- but she had the guts to take on one of tech’s biggest problems. Meet Reshman Saujani: a daughter of refugees, a Yale Law graduate, a former Wall Street lawyer, and an ex-candidate for Congress. Today, she runs Girls Who Code, an organization she founded to disrupt the tech talent pipeline, by closing the gender gap. Through all of it, she’s learned that sometimes the best way to succeed is to fail. The Venture is hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte.
    This episode features:
    Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code and author of Women Who Don’t Wait in Line 
    Beth Comstock, Vice Chair at GE
    Andy Gonzalez and Sophie Houser, Co-creators of Tampon Run
    Trina DasGupta, Founder & CEO of Single Palm Tree Productions and founding board member of Girls Who Code
    Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures
    To learn more about The Venture, go to virginatlantic.com/theventure

    • 26 min
    Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap: Embracing Eccentricity

    Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap: Embracing Eccentricity

    Before organic products were trendy, before “hippie chic” was a popular Pinterest search term, there was Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Company. For decades, Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid soap was affiliated with counter-culture folks drawn to its simplicity and “We are All-One!” messaging. And while it was founded by a German immigrant in the 1940’s, the generations that came after him -- his sons and grandsons -- turned a small, loyal following into the $100 million business it is today. Essentially, Dr. Bronner’s has cracked the code for balancing social activism with a command of global business. In this episode, we visit the company’s headquarters in Southern California, to see the close-knit family business in action. And we learn how “the soap that cleans everything” embodies a spirit of invention, and a commitment to ethical business practices, allowing it to stand out in the health and beauty industry.
    The Venture is hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte.
    This episode features:
    - Mike, David and Trudy Bronner - family of Dr. Bronner and current heads of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Company
    - Brian Obach - Professor at SUNY New Paltz and author of Organic Struggle
    - Sarah Lamm - Director of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox

    To learn more about The Venture, go to virginatlantic.com/theventure

    • 28 min
    The Onion: Challenging Convention

    The Onion: Challenging Convention

    It all started with coupons -- and it’s become a multi-million dollar, multi-platform media empire. It’s The Onion: A worldwide source for witty news satire. The Onion was started by a few college kids at the University of Wisconsin in the late ‘80s. Now it’s so engrained in our culture that we point out when the real news “looks like an Onion headline.”  The Onion has both observed the world, and changed it -- and become a must-read for millions of people every day. The Onion has had a profound influence on the business of comedy, and survived and thrived in a chaotic media landscape.  This is a story about a company that is unafraid to challenge convention, and is adamant about honoring its vision above everything else.
    The Venture is hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte.
    This episode features:
    Mike Sacks, contributor, Vanity Fair, and author of Stinker Lets Loose! and Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy WritersBaratunde Thurston, former Onion director of digital, author of How to Be BlackSarah Pappalardo & Beth Newell, co-founders and editors of Reductress, and authors of How to Win at Feminism: The Definitive Guide to Having it All - And Then Some!Scott Dikkers, former Onion editor-in-chief, and author of Trump’s America: Buy This Book And Mexico Will Pay For It, and How to Write FunnyMarnie Shure, managing editor of The OnionMike McAvoy, president and CEO of The Onion
    To learn more about The Venture, go to virginatlantic.com/theventure

    • 28 min
    The Real World: Disrupting the Status Quo

    The Real World: Disrupting the Status Quo

    It all started when Jon Murray, a TV and documentary producer, and Mary-Ellis Bunim, a soap opera writer, approached MTV with an idea that ultimately changed television forever. The Real World popularized a new genre of television known as “reality TV.” Today, reality TV has splintered into innumerable forms, but its backbone was built with The Real World, and Bunim/Murray Productions continues to be at the forefront of the industry. They’re the team behind The Simple Life, Born This Way, and Keeping up with the Kardashians. In this episode, we talk to former cast members and industry experts, about the show that dared to be different, and the team that turned entertainment as we know it, on its head.
    The Venture is hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte.
    This episode features:
    Jon Murray, creator of The Real World & co-founder of Bunim/Murray Productions 
    George Verschoor, producer and director of The Real World seasons 1-4. Current executive producer and showrunner at Critical Content
    Julie Gentry, original cast member of The Real World season 1.
    Tony DiSanto, former MTV president and founder of DiGa Studio
    Meredith Blake, entertainment reporter with the LA Times
    Special thanks to all of The Real World cast and crew members we spoke to for this episode, including Andre Comeau, Eric Neis, Jon Brennan, Pam Ling and Adam Beckman.

    To learn more about The Venture, go to virginatlantic.com/theventure

    • 29 min

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