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Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. In each episode, founders reveal deep, intimate moments of doubt and failure, and share insights on their eventual success. How I Built This is a master-class on innovation, creativity, leadership and how to navigate challenges of all kinds.
New episodes on Mondays and Thursdays. Listen to How I Built This on the Wondery App or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting https://wondery.com/links/how-i-built-this now. Get your How I Built This merch at WonderyShop.com/HowIBuiltThis.

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    • 4.7 • 29.2K Ratings

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Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. In each episode, founders reveal deep, intimate moments of doubt and failure, and share insights on their eventual success. How I Built This is a master-class on innovation, creativity, leadership and how to navigate challenges of all kinds.
New episodes on Mondays and Thursdays. Listen to How I Built This on the Wondery App or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting https://wondery.com/links/how-i-built-this now. Get your How I Built This merch at WonderyShop.com/HowIBuiltThis.

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    Spin Master/PAW Patrol: Ronnen Harary (2021)

    Spin Master/PAW Patrol: Ronnen Harary (2021)

    Ronnen Harary built a 4 billion dollar toy company without relying on market research or focus groups. Instead, he believed wholeheartedly in intuition: the "ah-hah" moment that comes from thinking like a 7-year old. Over a 25-year period, he and his Spin Master partners launched innumerable hit toys and amusements, including Air Hogs, Bakugan, and the smash hit franchise PAW Patrol. Spin Master's journey began in the mid-1990s, when Ronnen and his friend Anton Rabie began selling the Earth Buddy, a chia-pet-like novelty gift made of pantyhose, sawdust, and grass seed. Today, it's a publicly traded company with a portfolio that includes TV shows, video games, and toys ranging from puzzles to plush.

    This episode was produced by Casey Herman, with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

    Edited by Neva Grant, with research help from Claire Murashima.

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    Advice Line with Sarah Kauss of S'well

    Advice Line with Sarah Kauss of S'well

    S’well founder Sarah Kauss joins Guy on the Advice Line, where they answer questions from three early-stage founders about positioning their products in competitive markets.

    Today we meet Chiara, a recent college grad who invented a protein-packed chickpea hot cereal. Then Jesús, who left his tech job to go all-in on a line of greeting cards inspired by his Latino heritage. And Adam, a former X Games gold medalist who launched a brand of razors for men who shave their legs.

    If you’d like to be featured on a future Advice Line episode, leave us a one minute message that tells us about your business and a specific question you’d like answered. Send a voice memo to hibt@id.wondery.com or call 1-800-433-1298.

    And be sure to listen to S’well’s founding story as told by Sarah on the show in 2020.

    This episode was produced by Chris Maccini with music by Ramtin Arablouei. It was edited by John Isabella. Our audio engineer was Neal Rauch.

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    The Cronut and Dominique Ansel Bakery: Dominique Ansel

    The Cronut and Dominique Ansel Bakery: Dominique Ansel

    Dominique Ansel’s invention of the Cronut — an inspired liaison between croissant and donut — was supposed to be a one-time indulgence for Mother’s Day. But once word spread about the perfect hybrid pastry, his Manhattan bakery was overwhelmed by endless lines and Cronut scalpers. Dominique eventually learned to manage the hype and grow his business while maintaining his craft. Named the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017, he has found an entrepreneurial sweet spot in three brick-and-mortar locations and a mail-order business, which will overnight a Cronut to your door, sans the line, and scalpers be damned.  




    This episode was produced by Carla Esteves with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by Neva Grant with research help from Katherine Sypher. Our audio engineer was Robert Rodriguez.




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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Advice Line with Randy Goldberg of Bombas

    Advice Line with Randy Goldberg of Bombas

    Bombas co-founder and Chief Brand Officer Randy Goldberg joins Guy on the Advice Line, where they answer questions from three early-stage founders about building brands and reaching new communities.

    Today we meet Rivky, an Orthodox Jewish woman who's redefining modest clothing for plus-size women. Then Shyam, a rocket engineer who wants to introduce Americans to a popular South Asian tabletop game. And Änna, a boutique owner who wants to translate her hip brick-and-mortar vibes into the digital space.




    If you’d like to be featured on a future Advice Line episode, leave us a one minute message that tells us about your business and a specific question you’d like answered. Send a voice memo to hibt@id.wondery.com or call 1-800-433-1298.

    And check out Bombas's founding story from Randy’s first appearance on the show in 2022.




    This episode was produced by Alex Cheng with music by Ramtin Arablouei. It was edited by John Isabella. Our audio engineer was Cena Loffredo.

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    • 49 min
    Dave’s Hot Chicken: Arman Oganesyan

    Dave’s Hot Chicken: Arman Oganesyan

    Dave’s Hot Chicken began as a tiny pop-up, selling spicy chicken tenders and fries from a tent in East Hollywood. Their homemade take on Nashville Hot Chicken was an overnight sensation in a city that had barely heard of it, and within days, co-founder Arman Oganesyan and his partners were working frantically to serve the long lines out front. Since launching seven years ago, the pop-up has grown into a chain of 200 stores, with franchises across the country, and a beloved rubber chicken mascot.




    This episode was produced by Sam Paulson with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

    It was edited by Neva Grant with research help from Katherine Sypher. Our audio engineers were Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Murray.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Advice Line with Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey (April 2024)

    Advice Line with Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey (April 2024)

    In case you missed it, we’re rerunning our Advice Line launch episode from a few weeks ago. Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey founder Fawn Weaver joins Guy on the Advice Line, where they answer questions from three early-stage entrepreneurs about telling their brand story. 




    In this episode, we’ll meet Kevin, the owner of a coffee trailer and roastery who grew up on a coffee farm in Honduras. Then Elisabeth, whose jewelry company aims to make a difference in the developing world. And finally, Joanne, a home baker looking to turn her love of pecan pie into a full-time business. 




    If you’d like to be featured on a future Advice Line episode, leave us a one minute message that tells us about your business and a specific question you’d like answered. Send a voice memo to hibt@id.wondery.com or call 1-800-433-1298.




    And check out the origin story of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, told by Fawn on the show in 2021.




    This episode was produced by Chris Maccini with music by Ramtin Arablouei. It was edited by John Isabella. Our audio engineer was Neal Rauch.




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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29.2K Ratings

29.2K Ratings

CJK3001 ,

Interesting Show, But…

Even though these shows are interesting and informative, this show, along with the new trend with podcasts, now requires a subscription of 5.99 per month in order to listen to the last couple of shows. If I now have pay for every podcast I enjoy, it will bankrupt me. I don’t pay for podcasts. Even if I had all that money, I wouldn’t pay unless they offered a donation. I would gladly pay more if that were the case and I had the money. I just believe in including everybody, especially when it comes to information sharing. Throwing adds in is ok, I suppose, providing they are not excessive and are distributed equally among all
listeners regardless of their ability to pay.

MadtownJP ,

Let them tell their story

I love the guests and their stories, but to me, it seems like the interviewer interrupts the flow and inserts his assumptions about what happened, sometimes correct and sometimes not. I just want to hear the guest tell their story! The interviewer’s questions are good and often reveal more behind-the-scenes and business-relevant info, but it seems like they aren't being asked at a relevant time in the interview.

Megan13570 ,

Powerful stories

Grateful for all of the conversations that offer real insights and inspiration to all of us working to build something. And loving the Advice Line episodes!!!

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