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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. Order the How I Built This book at https://www.guyraz.com/

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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. Order the How I Built This book at https://www.guyraz.com/

    Cisco Systems & Urban Decay: Sandy Lerner (2018)

    Cisco Systems & Urban Decay: Sandy Lerner (2018)

    In the pre-Internet 1970's, Sandy Lerner was part of a loosely-knit group of programmers that was trying to get computers to talk to each other. Eventually, she and Len Bosack launched Cisco Systems, making the routing technology that helped forge the plumbing of the Internet. But when things turned sour at the company, she was forced to leave, giving her the chance to start something entirely new: an edgy line of cosmetics called Urban Decay.

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    Live Episode! Clubhouse: Paul Davison and Rohan Seth

    Live Episode! Clubhouse: Paul Davison and Rohan Seth

    After selling both of their social app companies and rethinking their day jobs, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth knew they should not get into the volatile business of social media again. Despite exploring more practical ideas in other industries, they were found themselves drawn to the potential of live social audio, and decided they had to build another social app. What they didn't know was that, as they launched Clubhouse in March 2020, a global pandemic would create a new market of people looking for virtual spaces to connect. Today, despite issues with chat moderation, an invitation-only launch and increasing competition from established media companies, Clubhouse has continued to grow and now has over 10 million users. This interview was recorded live as part of a virtual event in April 2021.

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    Eleven Madison Park: Daniel Humm

    Eleven Madison Park: Daniel Humm

    Daniel Humm dropped out of school at 14 to become a competitive cyclist, and supported himself by cutting vegetables and making soup stock at fine restaurants in Switzerland. When he eventually realized he'd never become a world-class cyclist, he pivoted to the equally competitive world of fine dining, and soon became a rising young chef in Switzerland, and then San Francisco. In 2006, he was wooed to New York to re-imagine the restaurant Eleven Madison Park, and began drawing raves for his painterly presentations of duck, foie gras, and suckling pig. The restaurant was recognized in 2017 as the world's best, but was forced to shut down during the pandemic. When it reopens in June, it will generate a new buzz in gastronomy: this time by revamping its menu to be entirely plant-based.

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    Live Episode! Wellness Coach and Podcaster: Jay Shetty

    Live Episode! Wellness Coach and Podcaster: Jay Shetty

    Jay Shetty was living the life of a rebellious teen in London when a friend talked him into attending a talk by a Hindu monk. It was a life-changing event, and started Jay on a path to become a monk himself and join an ashram in India. He left monastic life after three years, but took many of its lessons with him, and decided to share them with others. His YouTube videos began to spread on social media and eventually evolved into a podcast, and the best-selling book Think Like a Monk. Today Jay runs a wellness and coaching business, and provides life guidance to millions of people around the world. This interview was recorded live as part of a virtual event in March 2021.

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    Pipcorn: Jennifer and Jeff Martin

    Pipcorn: Jennifer and Jeff Martin

    While working at a farmers market in Chicago, Jennifer Martin had a Jack-in-the-Beanstalk moment—a chance encounter with some tiny kernels, which wound up growing into a small giant of a business: Pipcorn, snacks made of heirloom corn. Along with her brother Jeff and sister-in-law Teresa, Jennifer launched the brand in 2012, hand-popping mounds of popcorn and hand-stamping the packaging. Within a few months, the team was featured on Oprah, and within a few years, they were on Shark Tank, but each time the publicity nearly derailed them, forcing them to scramble to meet demand. Today, Pipcorn has expanded to include crackers, dippers, and cheese balls, and is sold in more than 10,000 stores across the country.

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    How I Built Resilience: Bayard Winthrop of American Giant

    How I Built Resilience: Bayard Winthrop of American Giant

    Bayard Winthrop is the CEO and founder of American Giant, known for its American-made hoodies, t-shirts and jeans. When the pandemic brought on production holds and storefront closures, Bayard found himself working from his car parked in front of his house. He speaks with Guy about the growth American Giant saw last year due to the increased demand for comfortable work-from-home clothing, and he offers advice on how to incentivize other companies to produce their clothing in the US. 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.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27K Ratings

27K Ratings

ciodz ,

C.O.Z

Last episode with Daniel Humm is a 10 plus interview and story.
He sounds very humble and doing extraordinary things.
I wish you would of ask him if the relationship with his father changed in a positive way.
The potential someone has evolves even receiving negative comments.
I truly enjoyed the conversation and I am vegan, well done!!!
Thank you!!

the blob of death ,

Was good, but not anymore

I used to love this podcast but now it has lost that “zing” when you listen to it. However I would recommend episode #15 for people that are new to this podcast.

aimeescottie ,

My Go-To Podcast

Extremely well-done! The guests are very inspirational, it is so fun to hear the behind-the-scenes of businesses’ failures and success. Guy Raz does an excellent job creating engaging interviews that you want to replay over and over.

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