151 episodes

A series about what it's really like to start a business.

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    • Entrepreneurship

A series about what it's really like to start a business.

    Alex Talks to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

    Alex Talks to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

    Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

    • 38 min
    Alex Talks to Voting Rights Activist Desmond Meade

    Alex Talks to Voting Rights Activist Desmond Meade

    When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he started a campaign that very few people thought was winnable: amending the Florida constitution to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. His unusual path to success on this politicized issue? Avoid politics, and appeal to principles.

    • 40 min
    Alex Talks to Cycling Whistleblower Jonathan Vaughters

    Alex Talks to Cycling Whistleblower Jonathan Vaughters

    Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, Jonathan knew there was something else fueling those wins: performance enhancing drugs — something the entire team was using, including himself. The deception weighed heavy on his conscience, and Jonathan found himself at a crossroads: live with the lie or come clean and become a traitor to his friends, colleagues, and the most powerful man in cycling, Lance Armstrong.

    • 56 min
    Alex Talks to Country Songwriter Shane McAnally

    Alex Talks to Country Songwriter Shane McAnally

    Ever since he was young, Shane McAnally knew he wanted to be a country music star. But as a gay man, he didn’t fit the Nashville mold, and so he hid his true identity for years as he struggled to break through. Little did he know that coming out would prove the key to his success. 
    We created a playlist of Shane McAnally hits, from artists like Kenny Chesney and Kacey Musgraves. You can find it at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ixldv7V7QUegFLYo3k5RN?si=Slqyo5ypQO6LiRydT-PbTQ

    • 49 min
    Alex Talks to Rom-Com Revolutionary Aline Brosh McKenna

    Alex Talks to Rom-Com Revolutionary Aline Brosh McKenna

    Aline Brosh McKenna got her big break as the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. But even after successful box office hits and many years in Hollywood, she found herself having to compromise her vision over and over again. So she took matters into her own hands.

    • 40 min
    Alex Talks to Billion-Dollar Business CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd

    Alex Talks to Billion-Dollar Business CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd

    Janice Bryant Howroyd’s company started in the front of a rug shop with just a phone, a fax machine, and a lot of hustle. 40 years later, that company is a huge multinational serving some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the world. It earns over a billion dollars in revenue, making Janice the first African-American woman to start and run a billion dollar business. But her journey to CEO wasn’t an easy one. Janice talks with Alex about the people who encouraged her down that path, and her realization that being brilliant and owning your brilliance are two different things.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

53mnro ,

So good.

From the first season of Startup I was hooked. I binged every episode catching up. So inspiring for anyone wanting to go out and do your own thing, no matter how hard. Highly recommended to everyone.

Dragonlady Gigi ,

One of the initial Gimlet shows

I have never heard anything like this podcast - following the start of a business through the years was an amazing ride! Absolute delight to listen to.

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Lisa Chow - Wow

Lisa is the best story teller and podcaster I’ve had the joy of listening to. I was deeply moved by the Success Academy story. Very balanced coverage. I kept flipping my opinion throughout. So good, I’m hooked.

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