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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/

    Expedia & Zillow: Rich Barton

    Expedia & Zillow: Rich Barton

    In the early 90s, Rich Barton arrived to work at Microsoft just as the world wide web was taking off. He wound up pitching Bill Gates on an idea that was transformative at the time: to let everyday travelers book their own flights and hotels by giving them online access to previously hidden reservation systems. Expedia launched from inside Microsoft but was so successful at transforming the travel industry that it was spun out into a public company with Rich as CEO. Then in 2005, Rich moved on to a new idea with some Expedia colleagues, co-founding Zillow as a way to "turn on all the lights" in another sprawling industry: real estate. When the site launched in 2006, so many people tried to look up their home-value "Zestimates" that the site crashed within hours. By 2020, pandemic-era interest in housing saw Zillow accessed almost 10 billion times.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jovial Foods: Carla Bartolucci

    Jovial Foods: Carla Bartolucci

    Carla Bartolucci grew up in an Italian-American household, eating fresh gnocchi and ravioli made by her mother, and lobster caught by her father. She met her husband Rodolfo while studying abroad in Italy; and by the early 1990's, the two of them were running a small sandwich shop in Mystic, Connecticut. They eventually partnered with the Italian company Bionaturae to sell whole wheat pastas, sauces and olive oil in the U.S. When that partnership ended in a lawsuit, Carla decided to launch her own brand of pasta, made from gluten-free grains and a prehistoric wheat called Einkorn. Jovial Foods has since grown into a multi-million dollar brand that includes organic tomatoes, olive oil, and snacks.

    Very sadly, Carla passed away unexpectedly last month after a brief illness. We're sharing this interview in celebration of her remarkable life and career.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman (2019)

    JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman (2019)

    In the mid-90s, David Neeleman wanted to launch a new airline. He had already co-created a regional airline out of Salt Lake City that was acquired by Southwest. And despite his admiration of Southwest's business model, Neeleman felt there was a market for a different kind of budget airline. He envisioned flights to cities other budget airlines avoided and excellent customer service, with high-tech amenities. In 2000, he launched JetBlue and in its first year, the company flew over 1 million people, and cultivated a loyal customer following. Then came the 2007 Valentine's Day ice storm.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Dinesh Tadepalli & Jennifer Zeitler

    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Dinesh Tadepalli & Jennifer Zeitler

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to all of them. In this episode: Dinesh Tadepalli is the co-founder of Incredible Eats, which he hopes will reduce plastic use, and reinvent the way we eat. Also, Jennifer Zeitler founded Let's Goat Buffalo, to offer a natural alternative to harmful chemicals and heavy machinery for land management; that solution: goats.

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    • 25 min
    Policygenius: Jennifer Fitzgerald

    Policygenius: Jennifer Fitzgerald

    Some of the world's biggest industries sell products that we all need...but don't want to think about. That's what drew Jennifer Fitzgerald to insurance: she wanted to help people understand the often bewildering world of protecting themselves in case of emergencies. In 2013, she and her partner Francois de Lame left their stable and lucrative consulting jobs to create Policygenius, an online marketplace for insurance that lets consumers compare rates and learn everything they need to know to make informed decisions about their financial future. At the beginning, Jennifer couldn't convince investors to take a chance on the company, and faced rejection after rejection as she tried to hold on to a handful of customers. But by building a relationship with the financial blogging community—and leaning in to a few well-placed financial technology puns—Policygenius got a foot in the door. By 2020, Jennifer and her team had raised over $100 million, and the company now has more than 30 million users.

    How I Built This Summit - information and tickets at:
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Kaitlin McGreyes & Nicole Argüelles

    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Kaitlin McGreyes & Nicole Argüelles

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to each of them. In this episode: Kaitlin McGreyes founded Be Her Village to be a gift registry for expectant families that provides more than just...stuff. And Nicole Argüelles founded Alli to address period poverty and provide easy access to personal care and hygiene products in public spaces.

    How I Built This Summit - information and tickets at:
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    • 26 min

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The show is well structured and the idea behind it is fantastic. The guests are super engaging. I appreciate the amount of research that Guy does, and I wonder how much more fun the show would be if he asked open ended questions instead of “Did you …” or speaking for his guests so often “I’m assuming you did/said X.”

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Amazingly Inspiring!

This is an absolutely wonderful podcast. Something I really love and appreciate is that many of the entrepreneurs being interviewed are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (widely known as Mormons). I am a Mormon and strongly appreciate how much Guy respects these businessmen and women and how he emphasizes the smarts, talent, and values so prevalent in the church. Amazing topics and conversations—please keep doing what you are doing!!

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