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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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    • Business
    • 4.7 • 25.5K 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.

    Khan Academy: Sal Khan

    Khan Academy: Sal Khan

    In 2009, Sal Khan walked away from a high-paying job to start a business that had no way of making money. His idea to launch a non-profit teaching platform was ignited five years earlier, when he was helping his young cousins do math homework over the computer. They loved his clear explanations and soon he was posting free tutorials on Youtube, where they started to attract the attention of thousands of users around the world. Sal realized he could help democratize learning by building a free platform to teach math, science, and the humanities. Today, Khan Academy offers hundreds of free recorded tutorials in dozens of languages. During the pandemic, its popularity has surged to 30 million users a month.

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

    • 1 hr 23 min
    How I Built Resilience: Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble

    How I Built Resilience: Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble

    Last year, the dating app Bumble launched a video chat feature that was initially slow to take off. But that changed after the pandemic hit. Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd tells Guy that many Bumble users are getting to know each other on video before meeting in person—a trend that could change dating for the better. 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

    • 20 min
    How I Built Resilience: Bert and John Jacobs of Life is Good

    How I Built Resilience: Bert and John Jacobs of Life is Good

    Bert and John Jacobs had just come off a $100 million year for their Boston-based apparel company, Life is Good. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended business as usual, forcing the brothers to invest in a new printing model while trying to encourage optimism during this time of economic and social distress. 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

    • 29 min
    Calendly: Tope Awotona

    Calendly: Tope Awotona

    After emigrating from Nigeria to the US to attend college, Tope Awotona worked as a door-to-door salesman and eventually set out to become a tech entrepreneur. He launched a series of e-commerce businesses that quickly fizzled when he realized he had no passion for them. But then he landed on an idea he was truly excited about: designing software that would minimize the hassle and headache of scheduling meetings. In 2013, he cashed in his 401k and went into debt to build Calendly, a scheduling service expected to make about $60 million this year.

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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    How I Built Resilience (Special Edition): Guy Raz

    How I Built Resilience (Special Edition): Guy Raz

    On this special episode, Stacey Vanek Smith interviews Guy about his brand new book, How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World's Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. Stacey asks Guy about growing up with entrepreneurial parents, working overseas as a war reporter, and how elements of entrepreneurship have mirrored the trajectory of his own career. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series.

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

    • 30 min
    How I Built Resilience: Pokimane

    How I Built Resilience: Pokimane

    Imane Anys—who goes by the online moniker Pokimane—is the leading female streamer on Twitch, a popular streaming platform for gamers. Pokimane spoke with Guy about garnering more than 20 million followers across several platforms, and how internet personalities can operate their brands like traditional businesses. 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.

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

    • 26 min

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Perfect for my family

Love this! My husband, tween and college student like to listen . One of the few podcasts that’s always a YES for all family members

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No MUSIC please! Begging 🙏

I emailed the show to let them know that the background music is so anxiety provoking and distracting. Can you do interviews minus the unsolved mystery drama music?

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Insightful

Love this podcast and how insightful it is. Guy is amazing as well.

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