42 episodes

Every week on What’s Your Problem, entrepreneurs and engineers talk about the future they’re trying to build – and the problems they have to solve to get there.

How do you take a drone delivery service you’ve built in Rwanda and make it work in North Carolina? How do you convince people to buy a house on the Internet? How do you sell thousands of dog ramps to weiner dogs all across America when a pandemic breaks the global supply chain? 

Hosted by former Planet Money host Jacob Goldstein, What’s Your Problem helps listeners understand the problems really smart people are trying to solve right now.

iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

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    • Business
    • 4.5 • 157 Ratings

Every week on What’s Your Problem, entrepreneurs and engineers talk about the future they’re trying to build – and the problems they have to solve to get there.

How do you take a drone delivery service you’ve built in Rwanda and make it work in North Carolina? How do you convince people to buy a house on the Internet? How do you sell thousands of dog ramps to weiner dogs all across America when a pandemic breaks the global supply chain? 

Hosted by former Planet Money host Jacob Goldstein, What’s Your Problem helps listeners understand the problems really smart people are trying to solve right now.

iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

    How to Save the Most Lives

    How to Save the Most Lives

    Farzad Mostashari is the co-founder and CEO of Aledade. Farzad's problem is this: How can we pay doctors to keep us healthy, rather than treating us after we get sick?

    People have been struggling to solve this problem for decades. But for a bunch of reasons you'll hear about on the show, Farzad and his colleagues may be the ones to finally solve it.

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    • 38 min
    From Story of the Week with Joel Stein: Billionaires Prepping for the Apocalypse

    From Story of the Week with Joel Stein: Billionaires Prepping for the Apocalypse

    This bonus episode is from Story of the Week with Joel Stein, a new Pushkin podcast. On Story of the Week, journalist Joel Stein chooses an article that fascinates him, convinces the writer to tell him about it, and then interrupts a good conversation by talking about himself.  

    This episode is about the Medium story “Survival of the Richest” by Douglas Rushkoff. In it, Rushkoff discovers a whole industry catering to billionaires looking to buy things to prepare for the apocalypse. 

    You can read the full story here: https://onezero.medium.com/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

    And you can subscribe to Story of the Week here: https://www.pushkin.fm/podcasts/story-of-the-week 
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    • 13 min
    The Investors Everybody Ignored

    The Investors Everybody Ignored

    Sallie Krawcheck is the founder and CEO of Ellevest, an investment firm for women that has over $1 billion in assets under management.

    In her career in finance, Sallie was often one of the only women in the room. But even she had to be convinced that women would benefit from an investment firm created just for them.

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    • 31 min
    Sam Bankman-Fried Revisited

    Sam Bankman-Fried Revisited

    In May of this year, we interviewed Sam Bankman-Fried, the young billionaire philanthropist who started the crypto exchange FTX.

    Last week, in a matter of a few days, FTX collapsed and filed for bankruptcy, and Sam resigned. It's unclear if customers or investors will ever get their money back.

    In light of the news, we are replaying the episode -- and trying to figure out what to make of everything Sam told us earlier this year.

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    • 25 min
    Machiavelli's Tips for Getting Ahead at Work

    Machiavelli's Tips for Getting Ahead at Work

    Stacey Vanek Smith is the author of "Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace." Her problem is this: How do women get ahead in a workplace that is stacked against them?

    Stacey is my old co-host from Planet Money. Today, she brings us strategies from the 16th-century writer for how to thrive in an unjust world. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience.

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    • 35 min
    Google's Journey to the Edge of Search

    Google's Journey to the Edge of Search

    Cathy Edwards is vice president and GM of Search at Google. Cathy's problem is this: how do you teach computers to tell people what they want to know, even if they don't know how to ask?

    Google's last leap: Moving from search results based on keywords to search results based on concepts. The next step: Figuring out how to let people search using not just words, but combinations of words and images.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

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Like excellent content but like really like fix your vocabulary

If you edited out the superfluous "likes" in your vocabulary you would sound more knowledgeable and less like bubble headed teens. I suggest playing some episodes back and count how many times you use that verbal tick. Like really.

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Love this show!

The combination of cutting edge tech and entrepreneurship is fascinating! Favorite podcast of the week!

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The Quilting episode!!!

Long time listener…and I almost skipped this one because, well, quilts sound boring. But - wow - what an amazing story, and an episode that feels like it could be an entire MBA course. Love hearing about innovation that doesn’t involve a “platform”. A must listen - along with the rest of episodes - such a good take on meeting challenges.

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