25 episodes

It's Not Magic is a podcast about building things, without the pretense. Our host is David Stiepleman, Co-Founder and Co-President of Sixth Street, a leading global investment firm. We talk to founders and industry leaders and get them to explain, in plain English, what they do and how they do it. Building a business is a lot of things, but…It’s Not Magic.
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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

It's Not Magic is a podcast about building things, without the pretense. Our host is David Stiepleman, Co-Founder and Co-President of Sixth Street, a leading global investment firm. We talk to founders and industry leaders and get them to explain, in plain English, what they do and how they do it. Building a business is a lot of things, but…It’s Not Magic.
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    A Conversation with Steve Kerr at the 15th Annual Sixth Street Offsite

    A Conversation with Steve Kerr at the 15th Annual Sixth Street Offsite

    Steve Kerr has won nine NBA championships as a member of three different dynasties: as Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors and as a player for the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. 
     
    Earlier this month at the Sixth Street Offsite, he was gracious enough to spend time with our team and share what he’s learned about leadership and life over the course of his career.
     
    His conversation with Sixth Street’s David Stiepleman covered Steve’s approach to leadership, building strong cultures, and performing at the highest level of his craft, including what went through his head when Michael Jordan gave him the ball for the go-ahead shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
     
    He also walked us through how, after a career playing for legendary coaches like Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich, he developed his own individual coaching philosophy.
     
    Steve’s message to aspiring leaders was clear: be genuine.
     
    “You can’t be anyone but yourself. Your players will see right through it.”
     
    He has nine rings to show for it. 

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    • 45 min
    The Polling Edge with John Anzalone and Phil Cox

    The Polling Edge with John Anzalone and Phil Cox

    During Sixth Street’s annual MaSH CxO Summit, David Stiepleman recorded our latest episode with two longtime political experts who have run dozens of statewide and national campaigns for Republicans and Democrats. The conversation was in front of a live audience of CEOs and other leaders from across our growth equity portfolio, and we dove into current political, geopolitical, and macro trends in this election year affecting their markets and companies.
    Our guests are John Anzalone, one of the nation’s top Democratic pollsters and strategists, and founder of Impact Research, and Phil Cox, known as a “Republican kingmaker,” long-time political operative and founder of GP3 Partners, one of the largest corporate communications and public affairs firms in the nation.
    Phil and John helped us separate signal from noise in the upcoming presidential and down-ballot elections here in the U.S., as well as what company leaders and individuals should be watching for as the year unfolds. The conversation sheds light on key challenges, opportunities, and nuances that shape our political discourse and is a key listen for business leaders looking for insight into how to navigate the next nine months.

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    • 56 min
    Lessons in Soccer with Danielle Slaton and Ed Foster-Simeon

    Lessons in Soccer with Danielle Slaton and Ed Foster-Simeon

    Sixth Street Co-founder and Partner Vijay Mohan sat down in our San Francisco office with two accomplished executives in the professional soccer world for a conversation about the power of accessibility in sports and how it can influence communities.
     
    On this episode of It’s Not Magic, Vijay guest hosted a discussion with Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and Danielle Slaton, a former USWNT player and co-founding member of Bay FC.
     
    During the discussion, Danielle and Ed shared their career journeys at the highest level of soccer, the opportunities and challenges the game has presented both professionally and personally, and the type of legacy they hope to leave behind through their work. Although the conversation focused on soccer, it was clear that they were discussing something much bigger than just a game.
     
    This conversation is sure to leave you feeling inspired and eagerly anticipating the rest of the season.

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    • 1 hr
    Richard Hurowitz, Author of In the Garden of the Righteous

    Richard Hurowitz, Author of In the Garden of the Righteous

    During a time of unspeakable evil, there were very few, very brave people who risked their own lives to save others. Richard Hurowitz’s most recent book, In the Garden of the Righteous, brings forward 10 little-known stories of those who went above and beyond to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. An Italian Tour de France champion. A Portuguese diplomat. A circus ringmaster. Why did these people decide to act when others didn’t? Our host David Stiepleman talks to Richard about how he researched and wrote his compelling book, the reaction he’s gotten around the country, and what kinds of environments produce people who are spurred to act and take big risks to do what’s right. National cultures are the aggregation of the rules and norms of our families, schools, towns and businesses, and cultivating those building blocks really matters.
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    • 50 min
    Michael Gerstenzang, Managing Partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Michael Gerstenzang, Managing Partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Two seasoned dealmakers, business builders, and friends of over twenty-five years sit down to have a frank discussion about the evolution of business, law, culture, and management. David Stiepleman, Co-Founder and Co-President of global investment firm Sixth Street, and Michael Gerstenzang, Managing Partner of global law firm Cleary Gottlieb, discuss the art of commercialism, the best ways to get buy-in from high-achieving groups, and the potential for generative AI to upend how lawyers advise clients, just as the iPhone did. David and Michael first met in the late 90s and have been working together in various capacities ever since. Find out all they’ve learned together on this special episode of It’s Not Magic.
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    • 53 min
    Sixth Street Live from Dallas: Maj. Gen. Rod Lewis, Clarence Bethea, and Sean Mendy

    Sixth Street Live from Dallas: Maj. Gen. Rod Lewis, Clarence Bethea, and Sean Mendy

    Our Sixth Street team plus friends from across our Dallas network came together for a night of conversation to discuss business leadership, culture, and connections. We were honored to be joined by our great friends United States Air Force Major General (ret.), Rod Lewis, True Ventures EIR and Investor Clarence Bethea, and Westbound Equity Partners co-founder Sean Mendy in a discussion led by Sixth Street Founder and Co-President David Stiepleman. Our panelists discussed their remarkable career trajectories, how they set their teams up for success, and how to adapt skills and mindsets for the different seasons of a career.
    Note: Westbound Equity Partners, formerly known as Concrete Rose Capital

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

DavisCleveland1989 ,

Insightful and down to earth

Great podcast in the business rotation! Interesting info without jargon. And such a fun host.

ocmer6 ,

Great piece. We need this newspaper in NJ!

Well done. Great questions. This is what our country needs in every county!

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