123 episodes

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.
On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 
With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.
Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

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    • 4.6 • 3.5K Ratings

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.
On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 
With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.
Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

    Rapid Response: Healthy offices and the myth of remote-work productivity, w/Diane Hoskins (Gensler)

    Rapid Response: Healthy offices and the myth of remote-work productivity, w/Diane Hoskins (Gensler)

    Is your office safe to re-open? How much space do you need? Is remote-work really more productive? Diane Hoskins is co-CEO of architecture firm Gensler, which advises businesses from Google to Bank of America. With the pandemic, Hoskins explains, now is a critical moment to ask important questions about what your team needs to work smarter and successfully, and to build a physical space that is not just healthy but enables both collaboration and individual work. From new technology tools to insightful data, Hoskins shares insights that help us move toward the answers we need.

    Read the full survey from Gensler: https://www.gensler.com/research-insight/blog/insights-from-genslers-u-s-work-from-home-survey-2020

    Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse/

    Coming soon: Season 7 of Masters of Scale! Our new season begins Sept. 29.

    • 38 min
    Rapid Response: Nothing matters but this. w/Eric Schmidt (frmr Google CEO)

    Rapid Response: Nothing matters but this. w/Eric Schmidt (frmr Google CEO)

    "Until this problem gets fixed, all the other things that I care about, that you care about, are on hold.” In this must-hear interview, Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO (and now co-founder of Schmidt Futures) shares why he's 100% focused on addressing the challenges of Covid-19. From vaccines and testing protocols to best practices for businesses, Schmidt shares a clear-eyed roadmap for moving toward a healthy, just, and economically vibrant post-pandemic world.

    Listen to the "Reimagine" podcast: https://www.reimaginepod.org

    Download the transcript for this episode: http://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse

    • 36 min
    Rapid Response: What you can learn from how schools are pivoting, w/ Success Academy's Eva Moskowitz

    Rapid Response: What you can learn from how schools are pivoting, w/ Success Academy's Eva Moskowitz

    The first day of school doesn't look the way it used to – in some cases, it might not be happening at all. As schools across the country start a new year, we're kicking off a new season with Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy, a charter school network that serves 20,000 kids across New York City. In the spring, Success Academy pivoted to remote learning days before the City shut down schools and as they start a new semester, Success Academy is pivoting to "Remote Learning 2.0." Though Eva runs charter schools, any leader or entrepreneur can learn from her experience: how and when to make decisions in an uncertain environment, how and why to communicate with constituents, why to celebrate remote work – and who we should all prioritize.

    • 31 min
    70. Peloton’s John Foley — How to turn skeptics into fans

    70. Peloton’s John Foley — How to turn skeptics into fans

    Casual fans come and go. But converts stick with you — and spread the word. The trick is knowing how — and WHEN — to convert skeptics into super-fans. No one knows this better than Peloton co-founder and CEO John Foley, who has one of the most epic “No-to-Yes” stories in startup history. When he founded the company in 2012, skeptics abounded — especially among investors. But John pushed forward, convincing co-founders, angel investors, and then riders, one at a time. As he converted those skeptical customers — in their flagship fitness studio, in their stores, and on their at-home bikes — the feedback loops kicked in. After pedaling in place for years, Peloton rocketed up the hill to its 2019 IPO. Cameo appearances: Melanie Curtis (professional skydiver).

    Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/john-foley/

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    • 44 min
    69: Why your company needs new rituals w/Shishir Mehrotra (YouTube, Coda)

    69: Why your company needs new rituals w/Shishir Mehrotra (YouTube, Coda)

    You need more than a good product to scale – you need strong rituals. All companies have rituals, from holding all-hands meetings to measuring KPIs. The right rituals in the right places help build your culture, cohere your team, and home in on your targets. The wrong ones can lead you horribly astray. Shishir Mehrotra, former head of YouTube and co-founder of Coda, learned this when he scaled YouTube to a billion hours of watch time each day. He kept the team focused on that audacious goal by establishing fresh new rituals. And in his new role as CEO and founder of Coda, he's learned to constantly ask: What old rituals are holding us back? And what new rituals can we create together that will be inclusive, empowering — and keep us all moving forward? Cameo appearances: George Kembel (Stanford's d.School), Tobi Lütke (Shopify), and Dr. Akhila Cadet (Change Cadet).  

    Read more about the rituals at Coda — and add your own here: https://coda.io/@shishir/masters-of-scale-rituals

    Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/shishir-mehrotra/

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    • 41 min
    Classic: The infinite learner, w/Barry Diller (Part 1 of our interview)

    Classic: The infinite learner, w/Barry Diller (Part 1 of our interview)

    Tinder. Top Gun. Roots. The Simpsons. What do they have in common? Media icon Barry Diller. We're re-airing a classic episode with some wise words. Barry is what we call an "infinite learner." He’s only interested in things he's never done before. And if they’ve never been done by ANYONE? Better yet. He succeeds by embracing that he is, in fact, a master of nothing. Entrepreneurs, take note: You just might be an infinite learner yourself, and Barry shares a lesson or two you can use.

    Listen to Part 2 of this interview, "Learn to unlearn": https://mastersofscale.com/learn-to-unlearn/

    Read a transcript of this interview at: https://mastersofscale.com/barry-diller-infinite-learner/

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

Masher281 ,

A pure gold mine!!

I honestly came across this podcast through the pure twist of timing and exactness many people consider chance. A couple weeks ago I was in the midst of a week long dopamine detox (which in short is just no social media, tv, netflix, youtube, alcohol, sweets, etc.) and I needed to find some form of informational entertainment that fit within the parameters I challenged myself with. Enter, Masters of Scale! What originally started as me searching for ways to keep my mind occupied during any downtime from studying and trading has slowly ignited a passion for entrepreneurship in myself that I never knew existed. Every episode is filled with rich little nuggets of ideas that not only can be applied to business, but also to your personal life. I say this because one could argue that a business is very much a living organism with a brain at its center who’s job is to carry out the many functions of the entire organization. As of now, I am only 20 episodes in but fully plan to tackle this series with the same ferocity that enables me to binge watch all 9 seasons of The Office in less than 3 weeks! A huge shout out to Reid and the people putting their time behind making this podcast possible!! You guys have helped start me on the path of entrepreneurship, Thank you!!

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Burning cash, accepting turbulence Ed Bastien

I’ve listened to Ed on his weekly townhalls and he is always optimistic, confidant, motivating, honest, concerned for his employees and passengers, and is leading an exceptional group of top executives. Listening to this podcast is just another example of why he is our “steady Eddie” CAPTAIN through these turbulent times. His vision, priorities, and game plan will get Delta through these bumps. He speaks from the heart with MUCH thought on every angle and so fluent on any subject brought up. A true example of exceptional leadership.

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Valuable Content Inside and Outside The Tech Industry

As an exec in the tech industry, I often find myself looking for inspiration and ideas on how to approach my work. This podcast provides wisdom and insights that help propel me toward sound professional decisions. At times, I am also able to apply lessons learned to my personal life. Double win.

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