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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. Pre-order the How I Built This book at https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis.

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    • 4.7 • 25.8K 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. Pre-order the How I Built This book at https://smarturl.it/HowIBuiltThis.

    How I Built Resilience: Sonia Gil of Fluenz

    How I Built Resilience: Sonia Gil of Fluenz

    Fluenz helps English speakers learn new languages, both online and with in-person immersion programs. With travel restrictions and a global pandemic, CEO and founder Sonia Gil had to scrap her in-person immersion programs, and create a new system for teaching students remotely. 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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    • 19 min
    McBride Sisters Wine (Part 1 of 2): Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John

    McBride Sisters Wine (Part 1 of 2): Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John

    When we first spoke with Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John, we were so blown away by their story that we decided to turn it into two episodes.

    With hardly any money or connections, they built one of the biggest Black-owned wine companies in the world — a journey that began with an extraordinary family discovery: Robin and Andréa are half-sisters who didn't know of each other's existence until they were both young women.

    Robin grew up in California, and at the age of 25, she received a letter with life-changing news: she had a younger sister living in New Zealand. The sisters met for the first time in 1999, formed an instant bond, and soon realized they shared a deep interest in the art of winemaking. They began dreaming about building their own company—one that would open up the wine industry to people who often feel shut out of it.

    Order the How I Built This book at:
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    • 53 min
    method: Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan (2018)

    method: Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan (2018)

    In the late 1990s, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan took on the notion that "green doesn't clean" by setting out to make soap that could clean a bathtub without harming the environment. Adam started experimenting with baking soda, vinegar, and scented oils, while Eric worked on making sleek bottles that looked good on a kitchen counter. Just a few years later, Adam and Eric were selling Method cleaning products in stores throughout the country, after a bold gamble got them on the shelves of Target.

    Order the How I Built This book at:
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    • 54 min
    How I Built Resilience: Cynt Marshall of Dallas Mavericks

    How I Built Resilience: Cynt Marshall of Dallas Mavericks

    When a Sports Illustrated article exposed internal abuse and harassment in the Dallas Mavericks organization, owner Mark Cuban knew he had a culture problem. So he hired Cynt Marshall as CEO, and she tells Guy how she started to turn things around, and how she's leading the organization through this unprecedented moment. 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

    • 24 min
    How I Built Resilience: Aishetu Dozie of Bossy Cosmetics

    How I Built Resilience: Aishetu Dozie of Bossy Cosmetics

    Aishetu Dozie had a successful career in finance before she took a leap and launched Bossy, a makeup brand that has exploded in popularity over the past six months, despite the challenges of the pandemic. 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

    • 23 min
    Lush Cosmetics: Mark Constantine

    Lush Cosmetics: Mark Constantine

    Working at a high-end beauty salon in the south of England in the early 1970's, Mark Constantine concocted natural shampoos and conditioners in a tiny room above his kitchen, and soon met another young entrepreneur who was eager to buy his products: Anita Roddick of The Body Shop. Their partnership flourished for a while, then soured; so Mark went on to start a mail-order cosmetics business with his wife and several others. After that business went bust and Mark was nearly broke, he decided to take one more leap to launch Lush, a cosmetics shop whose distinctive soaps and bath bombs developed a passionate following. Today, Lush has about 900 stores around the world and is adapting to pressures of a pandemic economy.

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

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25.8K Ratings

25.8K Ratings

financegrl21 ,

Best podcast ever

Been a fan for years now, attended a live podcast, this show is so inspirational and incredible!!

Drew LS ,

My Favorite Podcast

Guy does an incredible job facilitating entrepreneurs’ telling their stories. I have listened to every episode and yes I bought his book, which is excellent.

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Keeps getting better and better...

Guy and his show keeps getting better and better...there’s his new book “How I Built This,” which is a great real read and then the “Resilience Edition,” each week of how entrepreneurs are surviving and thriving and having a hard time during the pandemic. Guy, we love you!

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