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Inc. Uncensored is a lively weekly podcast exploring the fast-moving world of startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and high-growth businesses—all through the eyes of the veteran business journalists of Inc. and Inc.com. We’ll keep you up to date on industry trends, best practices, and cool companies. With host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Inc.’s senior writer, along with frequent appearances from staff writers Kevin Ryan, Emily Canal, executive editor Kimberly Weisul and more.

Inc. Uncensored Inc. Magazine / Panoply

    • Business
    • 4.0 • 119 Ratings

Inc. Uncensored is a lively weekly podcast exploring the fast-moving world of startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and high-growth businesses—all through the eyes of the veteran business journalists of Inc. and Inc.com. We’ll keep you up to date on industry trends, best practices, and cool companies. With host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Inc.’s senior writer, along with frequent appearances from staff writers Kevin Ryan, Emily Canal, executive editor Kimberly Weisul and more.

    Michael Horvath of Strava: Take Care of Your People

    Michael Horvath of Strava: Take Care of Your People

    When Michael Horvath, the co-founder and CEO of Strava, meets with employees, he doesn’t just start saying what he’s thinking. Instead, the first thing out of his mouth is: “what’s on your mind?” His company, Strava, is an app that serves 100 million athletes, to help motivate their movement, connect them with a community, and improve their safety. And these days, it’s a company of more than 400 people–which has both informed, and necessitated, Michael’s leadership style–which is a lot about listening, and letting employees grow into their passions and skills.

    • 45 min
    Ben Lamm of Colossal: Value Your Critics

    Ben Lamm of Colossal: Value Your Critics

    By the time he teamed up with Harvard geneticist George Church to found Colossal Biosciences, Ben Lamm had founded, built, and sold five companies. This one would be the most audacious yet: Its goal is to create disruptive conservation technologies, including, to de-extinct the woolly mammoth. Yes, it is actively working to edit elephant genes to create a cold-hearty herbivore to help decelerate melting of the arctic permafrost, and, thus, prevent release of 600 tons of carbon a year. It’s also working with existing species-conservation efforts globally–and hopes to apply its technology to save animal populations from going extinct. But with the audacious mission comes a lot of questions–and many critics. Lamm told host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin that he learns more from his detractors than from his supporters–and he welcomes both hearing from them, and, in a couple cases, he’s actually hired them to work with him.

    • 51 min
    Tal Chitayat of Full Circle: People Want to Be Part of Something Bigger

    Tal Chitayat of Full Circle: People Want to Be Part of Something Bigger

    He and his co-founder dreamed up their company over an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner in Shanghai. In 2009, they launched Full Circle, a line of sustainable household goods–and set out to change consumer perception about “eco” products. Today, they run three brands, including Full Circle, For Good, a line of household disposables, like compostable bags, and Soma, a line of filtration, pitchers, and bottles. He spoke with host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin about building a sustainable supply chain, bootstrapping his business from the start, and why his companies’ giving-back pledges of profits are so meaningful to their teams.

    • 44 min
    What I Know Best: Toni Ko Does a Tiny Thing to Overhaul Her Outlook

    What I Know Best: Toni Ko Does a Tiny Thing to Overhaul Her Outlook

    If there was a super-simple way to tweak the whole way you think about an experience…would you do it? Serial entrepreneur Toni Ko, the woman behind NYX Cosmetics, Perverse Sunglasses, and, most recently, Bespoke Beauty Brands, explains to host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin how she changes her wording to change her perspective.

    • 4 min
    Toni Ko: The Way Out of Worry

    Toni Ko: The Way Out of Worry

    Her family emigrated from Korea when she was 13 years old, and serial entrepreneur Toni Ko has since founded three different–each totally fascinating–companies. Her first, NYX Cosmetics, made $4 million in its first year, and, within a decade, was in beauty aisles of Target nationwide. But with growth, came some sacrifices–and, within years, she sold it to L’Oreal for a reported $500 million. A non-compete agreement meant Ko was locked out of the beauty industry for five years, a time during which she learned some of her most important life and entrepreneurial lessons–including how to stop worrying and focus on finding simple solutions to her own complex problems. Host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin explores with Ko how she coped with selling her company, what she created (sunglasses company Perverse) in the meantime, and how she’s back with a new company that’s creating brand new cosmetics in partnership with influencers, celebrities, and designers. It’s called Bespoke Beauty Brands, and for Toni, building it came with its own new learning curve.

    • 46 min
    Trinity Mouzon of Golde: Grow at Your Own Pace

    Trinity Mouzon of Golde: Grow at Your Own Pace

    There’s Silicon Valley’s playbook…and then there’s Trinity Mouzon Wofford’s radical bootstrapping. The founder of Golde, the maker of superfood powders that can be blended to make lattes or facemasks, and which is sold at Target and Goop, as well as direct-to-consumer. Trinity explains how she built her company herself, mixing turmeric lattes in her kitchen, and pounding the pavement of New York City trying to get her self-designed pouches of blends onto cafe shelves. As a super-small, scrappy, brand, growth was happening naturally–online, and off–and the level of control she had over it was not something she wanted to give up. Trinity tells host Christine Lagorio-Chafkin about how she reacted when investors came calling–and when major retailers proposed deals. 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

dame19216 ,

Inc

Great show. Listen every episode. Please work on the mic levels. Very often 1 person’s mic is way too loud.

Arlie K ,

Engaging + Empowering!

If you’re currently a business owner, entrepreneur, or want to be one in the future, this podcast should be part of your weekly content diet. It's such a fantastic resource for learning from the very best in the world of business. Highly recommend!!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to have on the world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Christine and the entire Inc team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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