104 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

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    • 4.6 • 88 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.

    Andrew Cherng

    Andrew Cherng

    Panda Express is an American Chinese food chain with 2,000 restaurants located in airports, malls, universities, military bases, amusement parks, among other locations. Andrew started Panda Express with his wife Peggy in 1983. Panda’s first restaurant was located in a mall in Glendale, California.

    Andrew speaks with Jessica Harris about how he built Panda Express, from scratch.

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    • 19 min
    John Zimmer

    John Zimmer

    Lyft is a transportation network company with a peer-to-peer mobile app that enables passengers to request rides with their smartphones. Prior to starting Lyft, John co-founded Zimride in 2007, a carpooling ride-share company available predominantly in college communities. Zimride was sold to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 2013. Lyft is available across the United States and through partnerships with ride-sharing companies throughout Asia.

    John speaks with Jessica Harris about founding Lyft, from scratch.

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    • 30 min
    Ayah Bdeir

    Ayah Bdeir

    littleBits is a hardware company that aims to put the power of electronics in everyone’s hands. The company sells electronic modules that snap together with magnets, making them accessible to both adults and children. Ayah earned a degree in computer engineering from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon and has a Masters from the MIT Media Lab. She is also an interactive artist.

    Ayah speaks with Jessica Harris about how she built littleBits, from scratch.

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    • 19 min
    Uri Levine

    Uri Levine

    Waze is a crowd sourced traffic navigation app. Drivers share real-time traffic and road information to help other users on the same route. Uri founded Waze in Israel in 2007 and the company was sold to Google in 2013 for $1.1 Billion. Uri is also the founder of FeeX, which also uses crowd sourced information— this time to uncover hidden fees in people’s financial accounts.

    Uri speaks with Jessica Harris about how the public is building maps around the world using Waze, from scratch.

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    • 29 min
    Jason Ackerman

    Jason Ackerman

    Fresh Direct is an online grocer that disrupted the traditional food supply chain by sourcing food where it’s produced and delivering it to consumers without going through additional retailers. Fresh Direct launched in 2002 from its headquarters in a former paper plant in Long Island City, Queens.

    Jason speaks with Jessica Harris about how he launched Fresh Direct, from scratch.

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    • 30 min
    Essie Weingarten

    Essie Weingarten

    Essie started her eponymous brand in 1981 with $10,000 after working in the hosiery business. When Essie launched, there were very few companies making nail polish, and nail salons were rare. Essie nail polish is now available in roughly 25,000 salons in more than 100 countries. The company was bought by L’Oreal in 2010.



    Essie speaks with Jessica Harris about how she launched Essie, from scratch.

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

clare roos ,

Fun

I really like this podcast because the host,Jessica Harris asks really great questions!

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 :)

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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