105 episodes

From Scratch is a weekly radio show about the entrepreneurial life.



We meet with leading pioneers from the business world, the social sector, entertainment, and the arts. From Scratch personalizes the lives of entrepreneurs by providing listeners with a candid, first-hand view of the launching process. Guests speak openly about their sources of inspiration, set backs, helpful allies, and break though moments.



Featuring business, social and cultural leaders in all stages of the building process, From Scratch informs those who are either initiating their own entrepreneurial lives or simply feeling curious about those who make new ideas happen.

From Scratch with Jessica Harris Jessica Harris

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.6 • 80 Ratings

From Scratch is a weekly radio show about the entrepreneurial life.



We meet with leading pioneers from the business world, the social sector, entertainment, and the arts. From Scratch personalizes the lives of entrepreneurs by providing listeners with a candid, first-hand view of the launching process. Guests speak openly about their sources of inspiration, set backs, helpful allies, and break though moments.



Featuring business, social and cultural leaders in all stages of the building process, From Scratch informs those who are either initiating their own entrepreneurial lives or simply feeling curious about those who make new ideas happen.

    Jay Kimmelman

    Jay Kimmelman

    Bridge International Academies is a private network of nursery and primary schools educating the poorest students in developing countries including Kenya, Uganda and India. Bridge charges families roughly six dollars per month for a pupil to attend school and uses economies of scale to keep costs low across its more than 400 academies.

    Jay speaks with Jessica Harris about how he and his wife Shannon are building their network of schools, from scratch.

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    • 30 min
    Bertha González Nieves

    Bertha González Nieves

    Casa Dragones is a luxury sipping tequila, made from 100% blue agave. Bob Pittman, founder of MTV, is Bertha’s partner. Madonna, Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Le Bernadin Chef Eric Ripert are among Casa Dragones’ celebrity fans. The first batch of Casa Dragones, about 12,000 bottles, was launched in 2009.

    Bertha speaks with Jessica Harris about how she launched Casa Dragones, from scratch.

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    • 19 min
    Luis von Ahn

    Luis von Ahn

    Luis is an inventor and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. He is one of the creators of CAPTCHA, a system that allows websites to determine whether you’re a human or a computer. CAPTCHAs are wavy, distorted words that people need to type out when they’re submitting a form to a website. Luis’ company ReCAPTCHA proved users were humans while also digitizing books. The company was sold to Google in 2009. He also founded the language learning app Duolingo, attracting over 150 million users in its first four years. Luis won a Macarthur Genius Grant in 2006.

    Luis speaks with Jessica Harris about how he launched ReCaptcha and Duolingo, from scratch.

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    • 30 min
    Orion Hindawi

    Orion Hindawi

    Tanium is a cybersecurity company that focuses on providing internet safety for the US government and Fortune 500 companies. Clients include Amazon, Target, Best Buy and the Department of Defense. Orion started Tanium with his father David.

    Orion speaks with Jessica Harris about how he launched Tanium, from scratch.

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    • 19 min
    Mick Mountz

    Mick Mountz

    Kiva Systems is a mobile robotics company that automates the warehouse fulfillment process.  Kiva robots deliver inventory shelves to stationary human operators who then pick and pack the product. Mick started Kiva Systems in 2003, and the company was acquired by Amazon for $775 Million in Spring, 2012. Customers include Diapers.com and Zappos (both owned by Amazon), Saks Fifth Avenue, Staples, Toys ‘R Us, and the Gap, among others.

    Mick speaks with Jessica Harris about how he has pioneered the transformation of the traditional warehouse, from scratch.

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    • 30 min
    Mike Krieger

    Mike Krieger

    Instagram is a photo sharing app that was released through the Apple App Store in October, 2010 and reached one million users in just three months. Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for one billion dollars. Mike and his partner, Kevin Systrom, are both graduates of Stanford University.

    Mike speaks with Jessica Harris about how he launched Instagram, from scratch.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Barrelrider1070 ,

Very well done, and a great host!

Thank you Jessica for sharing these conversations. I’ve listened to many of your episodes over the years. Clear, crisp, and interesting! I know it’s a lot of work to make this happen :)

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Jessica, host of the From Scratch podcast, highlights all aspects of business, entrepreneurship and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Katie Joy B. ,

Insight for all!

Jessica and her incredibly knowledgeable guests shine the brightest of lights on what it means to be an entrepreneur through the good and the bad! Engaging, inspiring, and informative are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show Jessica - keep up the great work!

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