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Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Order the How I Built This book at https://www.guyraz.com/

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    • 4.8 • 82 Ratings

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Order the How I Built This book at https://www.guyraz.com/

    Patreon: Jack Conte and Sam Yam

    Patreon: Jack Conte and Sam Yam

    As part of the band Pomplamoose, musician Jack Conte had a sizeable fan base in the late 2000s and was making thousands of dollars a month from iTunes sales. But when streaming services like Spotify took over the music scene, Jack's income dwindled. So he called up his college roommate Sam Yam, who had spent his post-college years launching startup after startup. Together, Sam and Jack created Patreon, a platform where artists' most passionate fans can sponsor them for just a few dollars a month. Following a Covid-era surge in new members, Patreon is now valued at over a billion dollars and supports over 200,000 musicians, artists, and content creators.

    Order the How I Built This book at: https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Chipotle: Steve Ells (2017)

    Chipotle: Steve Ells (2017)

    In 1992, Steve Ells was a classically trained chef working in a high-end restaurant in San Francisco. But after eating a burrito at a local taqueria, he got an idea: to sell burritos and earn enough money to open his own gourmet restaurant. The first Chipotle opened in Denver the following year. Bringing his culinary training to taqueria-style service, Steve Ells helped transform the way we eat fast food.

    Order the How I Built This book at: https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis

    • 48 min
    ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd (2018)

    ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd (2018)

    In the late 1970s Janice Bryant Howroyd moved to Los Angeles and began temping as a secretary. She soon realized there were many other young people in situations similar to hers. So with $1,500 in her pocket, Janice rented an office in Beverly Hills and created the staffing company ACT-1. Today, ActOne Group is an international workforce management company, making Janice Bryant Howroyd the first African-American woman to own a billion-dollar business.

    Order the How I Built This book at: https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis

    • 47 min
    How I Built Resilience: Morra Aarons-Mele of Women Online

    How I Built Resilience: Morra Aarons-Mele of Women Online

    Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of Women Online and hosts The Anxious Achiever podcast. Morra shares how her agency pivoted during the pandemic after losing 30% of its business overnight, and how anxious entrepreneurs like herself can lead effectively in a world full of stress and uncertainty. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating turbulent times.

    Order the How I Built This book at:
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    • 31 min
    Author and Podcaster: Tim Ferriss

    Author and Podcaster: Tim Ferriss

    By the time he turned 30, Tim Ferriss had figured out how to succeed at things that many people fail at—from growing a business to dancing the tango to marketing a best-selling book. He approached these and numerous other challenges by breaking them down into manageable chunks, carefully documenting his own progress, and taking copious notes. That formula is now wrapped into a hugely successful personal brand that blends optimism with discipline and includes five books and a popular podcast.

    Order the How I Built This book at: https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis

    • 1 hr 29 min
    How I Built Resilience: Daniela Corrente of Reel

    How I Built Resilience: Daniela Corrente of Reel

    Reel is a digital savings platform that helps people people make big purchases without racking up credit card debt. CEO and co-founder Daniela Corrente says the company has added new savings plans during the pandemic in response to consumers looking for new ways to buy and save. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating turbulent times.

    Order the How I Built This book at:
    https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

SingHass ,

Best in Class

I listen to about 8 podcasts regularly and ‘How I Built This’ is my favorite. I find inspiration from the different experiences of these many founders. I love how Guy Raz gets to the bottom of their business success while also tapping into the personal life of each particular individual that led to their success.

Always informative, mostly entertaining and very often touching.

yiyihaohaoyouyou ,

Great questions asked by Guy

Cotopaxi is not inspiring. The value propositions are meh. Digitally native companies succeed because they are innovative not because they are digital. Digital tools are available to everyone now.

Jrrylac85 ,

Best Podcast Ever

The only reason I got into the habit of listening to podcasts was because of THIS Podcast.

Got hooked on the first few episodes and I’ve become a Long time fan.

Really love the inspirational stories of all the entrepreneurs here.

Keep ‘em coming Guy!

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