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A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business.
Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?

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A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business.
Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?

    Ramy Brook: Day-To-Night Fashion From a Self-Trained Designer

    Ramy Brook: Day-To-Night Fashion From a Self-Trained Designer

    Though Ramy Brook Sharp's high school wasn't too happy about her shortening her skirts and restyling her jeans, this was the beginning of Ramy's self-trained foray into fashion designing. Fast-forward to 2010 and she's creating prototypes of six tops and one dress and debuting them at a trunk show at her sister’s home in New Jersey. This eventually leads to Bergdorf Goodmans placing their first order. Since then, Ramy Brooks has become a national fashion label known for its signature use of silk fabrics, lively colors, and sophisticated silhouettes, and day-to-night solutions in women’s wardrobes. Ramy visits Raising The Bar to dish up all her secrets on fashion designing, from how she nabbed high-end retailers like Saks and Bloomies to running a flagship store on Madison Ave. and focusing on e-tailers like Shopbop and Revolve. Keep up with Ramy at @ramybrook and @ramybsharp.  And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode, don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us!
     
     
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    Take New Ground: The Secret Weapon of the Leaders You Admire Most with Adrian Koehler

    Take New Ground: The Secret Weapon of the Leaders You Admire Most with Adrian Koehler

    Executive coaching is at the forefront of business culture today. From founders in the startup stage to senior executives at multinational corporations, more people in leadership positions are seeking out "coaches" to help them take their performance to a new level, and Adrian Koehler has been involved at every stage of the business ladder. Adrian coaches executives and entrepreneurs in the art and science of personal engagement for themselves, their teams, and clients. He joins Alli and Michael to break down all the questions swirling around his industry, when to hire an executive coach, and his circuitous journey from healthcare professional to executive coach and everything in between. Learn more at takenewground.com and follow Adrian on LinkedIn and Instagram. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode please don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us!
     
     
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    Gabby Reece: The Former Model and Pro Volleyball Player Dispels the Myth of the Personal Brand

    Gabby Reece: The Former Model and Pro Volleyball Player Dispels the Myth of the Personal Brand

    Though it's been decades since Gabby Reece first started out as a pro-beach volleyball star and Nike's first female spokesperson, the 6' 3” powerhouse hasn't slowed down. As a wife, mother, author, business entrepreneur, and fitness professional, Gabby is taking her influence to new heights with a podcast called "The Gabby Reece Show," all about life's biggest questions and obstacles. Gabby meets up with Alli and Michael to talk about life as a teenage model, what it was like during the era when her Nike shoe outsold the Air Jordan, as well as raising kids and building businesses with her pro-surfer husband Laird Hamilton. Keep up with her at @gabbyreece. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!
     
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    • 57 min
    Private Equity: Learn How to Raise Capital with Drybar’s Largest Investor

    Private Equity: Learn How to Raise Capital with Drybar’s Largest Investor

    In 2012, two years after its first store opened, Drybar announced that it had closed $16 million in financing with private equity firm Castanea Partners. Since then, Drybar has raised more than $50 million in venture capital to date. And just last month, Drybar sold its product line for $255 million in cash to Helen of Troy, a consumer group with a portfolio that includes OXO, Braun, and Hot Tools. It's been a long journey, and there's no one better to discuss the ups and downs of Drybar's money story than Steve Berg, Castanea's managing partner. Steve catches up with Michael and Alli to discuss the early days of raising money at Drybar, finding new investments and working with beauty companies, and his new firm called Stride Partners. Plus, he answers the most common money questions Alli's gets from entrepreneurs in her DMs. Learn more @castaneapartners. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!
     
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    Argent: The Pantsuit Startup Outfitting Hillary Clinton & Kamala Harris

    Argent: The Pantsuit Startup Outfitting Hillary Clinton & Kamala Harris

    Sali Christeson spent a decade in the Bay Area's fin-tech scene where she struggled to find clothes that were bold, practical, and professional. In 2016 she founded Argent, a workwear company for women focused on function and style. As CEO, Sali has one goal in mind—to tackle the workwear-joy gap. Today, Argent has raised $4 million in seed money and gained fans from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. Pieces feature functional elements like reversible suits, media and stylus pockets for everything from credit cards to lip gloss, microfiber pocket bags (for cleaning glasses and iPhones), and even belt clips for ID badges. Sali sat down with Alli to talk about gender inequality in the workplace, revving up marketing and partnerships in 2020, and the pros and cons of the DTC business model. Learn more @argent and @salichristeson. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!
     
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    • 43 min
    Brittany Driscoll: What It's Really Like To Leap Into Entrepreneurship

    Brittany Driscoll: What It's Really Like To Leap Into Entrepreneurship

    It's been 10 months since Squeeze opened their books to usher in the next generation of affordable massage studios and begin #TheFeelGoodRevolution. But it all hasn't been oohs and aahs. Co-founder and CEO Brittany Driscoll rejoins the podcast to break down the real struggles (and rewards) of starting a business from the ground up and making sure it flourishes. Alli and Brittany sit down to swap personal stories about how their lives have changed since opening Squeeze, life lessons learned along the way, and what's in store for 2020 and beyond. Keep up at @britdrisc and @squeeze. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!
     
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