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On Masters of Scale, iconic business leaders share lessons and strategies that have helped them grow the world's most fascinating companies. Founders, CEOs, and dynamic innovators join candid conversations about their triumphs and challenges with a set of luminary hosts, including founding host Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner). From navigating early prototypes to expanding brands globally, Masters of Scale provides priceless insights to help anyone grow their dream enterprise.

Masters of Scale Masters of Scale

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 3.9K Ratings

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On Masters of Scale, iconic business leaders share lessons and strategies that have helped them grow the world's most fascinating companies. Founders, CEOs, and dynamic innovators join candid conversations about their triumphs and challenges with a set of luminary hosts, including founding host Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner). From navigating early prototypes to expanding brands globally, Masters of Scale provides priceless insights to help anyone grow their dream enterprise.

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    Meet “Reid-ish”: The Story of Cloning Reid Hoffman’s Voice

    Meet “Reid-ish”: The Story of Cloning Reid Hoffman’s Voice

    Masters of Scale goes under the hood of powerful AI in audio, unveiling a full vocal clone for founding host Reid Hoffman. Our CEO Jeff Berman, the Masters of Scale staff, and Reid himself tell the story of creating a synthetic voice we call “Reid-ish.” The company Respeecher is behind the technology, and its CEO Alex Serdiuk walks us through the speech replication process. Through “Reid-ish” we grapple with authenticity, disclosure, labor, and evolving norms around AI in media. Reid ponders what’s possible for greater sharing and learning through this audio technology, as well as what listeners should know about its use.

    For more on our team’s principles and practices, go to mastersofscale.com/pledge for our proposed Listener’s Bill of Rights in the Age of AI.

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    • 32 min
    Rapid Response: What campus protests mean for business, w/Ken Frazier and Ken Chenault

    Rapid Response: What campus protests mean for business, w/Ken Frazier and Ken Chenault

    Amid college campus protests over Palestine and Israel, stark US political divides, and legal challenges to diversity initiatives, business leaders face new pressure on whether to speak out and take action on issues of our time. Ken Frazier, former CEO of Merck, and Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express, offer their unfiltered advice, as board members of the Harvard Corporation and two of America’s most prominent Black executives. It’s a candid conversation about the most controversial topics in American business, from DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) to January 6th.

    The pair collaborate at the venture capital firm, General Catalyst. Ken Chenault is the Chairman and a Managing Director, while Ken Frazier is the firm’s Chairman of Health Assurance initiatives.

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    • 30 min
    Grit-scaling with Angela Duckworth

    Grit-scaling with Angela Duckworth

    Success looks different for everybody. But author and psychologist Angela Duckworth has found that whether we achieve success, or even seek it, may hinge on a characteristic that she calls “grit.” Angela’s 2016 bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance quickly became a must-read for business leaders. On Masters of Scale she describes her unlikely path to scaling the impact of her work, through becoming a public intellectual. We hear why she studied commonalities among high-achieving individuals, her top advice for founders, and why grit alone is not enough. Plus we get the scoop on Angela’s next book!

    Angela discussed her inspiration for distilling complex ideas into accessible wisdom: psychologist William James and his Talks to Teachers. 

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    • 33 min
    Rapid Response: Airbnb reimagined (Part 1), w/CEO Brian Chesky

    Rapid Response: Airbnb reimagined (Part 1), w/CEO Brian Chesky

    As Rapid Response begins a twice-weekly cadence, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky returns to reveal how the company’s new Icons initiative points toward a surprising new chapter ahead. Host Bob Safian gets Chesky to open up about the mental struggles of being a high-profile CEO, plus the inside story behind Airbnb’s recent ad campaign targeting hotels. The pair cover so much, we’ve split the episode into two parts. Part 2 drops this Friday exclusively in the Rapid Response podcast feed. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

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    • 32 min
    Trendspotting with Ron Shaich: Panera, Cava, and Beyond

    Trendspotting with Ron Shaich: Panera, Cava, and Beyond

    Some business leaders have a seemingly psychic ability to spot trends, and take them mainstream at just the right moment. Ron Shaich is one of those. As a pioneering force behind fast-casual dining, Shaich saw that a growing number of Americans craved higher quality food in a relaxed yet speedy setting. His first major company, Au Bon Pain, paved the way for the meteoric rise of Panera Bread, with more than 2,000 locations nationwide. An accidental start running a convenience store first showed Ron the power of business to enact change. And his curiosity about trends and pattern recognition has fueled the growth of his businesses for decades. These forces have led to Ron Shaich upending how we eat like few others. 

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    Read Ron's latest book, "Know What Matters": https://store.hbr.org/product/know-what-matters-lessons-from-a-lifetime-of-transformations/10660

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    • 27 min
    Rapid Response: Caitlin Clark and the new WNBA, w/Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

    Rapid Response: Caitlin Clark and the new WNBA, w/Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

    We’ve reached a radical inflection point in the growth of women’s sports, particularly the WNBA. As college stars like Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese enter the league, fans are clamoring for tickets and on social media, generating unprecedented excitement and business potential. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert joins Rapid Response host Bob Safian to share how she plans to capitalize on this newfound buzz, and how NIL deals have transformed the business of sports for players and owners alike. Plus, Engelbert peels back the curtain on how she led the league through the Brittney Griner crisis and the tumult of COVID. 

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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

Benjamin Leyland ,

Ultimate Sidekick

I absolutely adore this podcast. Entertaining, engaging, informative. The use of sound design, humor, parotic, TV, and radio style segments keeps me listening to the very end. Probably my highest completion rate podcast.

SLS808 ,

Super interesting

Lots of unexpected stories on here. The anecdote about trying new recipes with AI was particularly interesting.

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Incredible Talent @ every position

Such an amazing business podcast! I am a loyal listener and listen every week! It’s had such a positive Impact on me as a person both professionally and personally. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything the masters of scale team does and I highly recommend anyone who is Interested in business. ✅🙌🤝🦉🪑🌎👊🏼🧠👔💪🏼💯🦾📱📚

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