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A series about what it's really like to start a business.
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast2 days ago
As acquisition talks with Spotify continue, Alex and Matt face their hopes and fears about what might lie ahead.
Exit, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast9 days ago
Just days before Thanksgiving, Alex and Matt board a red-eye to Stockholm for a conversation that could change everything.
Thanksgiving in Stockholm, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast16 days ago
It's the spring of 2018, four years after Alex and Matt launched Gimlet, and things are not going well. Audiences are flat, ad sales are flagging, and the company is burning through cash at an alarming rate. And with all of those pressures, Alex and Matt have started to fight.
Our Company Has Problems, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast23 days ago
Five years ago, StartUp began chronicling the life of a fledgling Brooklyn-based podcasting company called Gimlet Media. This year, the streaming giant Spotify bought that company. In the final season of StartUp, what it's really like to sell a business.
Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter, Gimlet
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Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcastlast month
Alex introduces an episode of The Journal. about companies monitoring their workers. It's common, it's legal. And it can lead to employers having surprisingly personal information about the people who work for them.
Introducing The Journal., Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast2 months ago
Jenny Doan and her husband, Ron, lost most of their savings in the 2008 financial crisis. Retirement was just around the corner, and they didn’t know how they would make it through. That’s when the family went all-in on an unlikely business—a quilt shop.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast3 months ago
As a Democrat from a red state, Senator Heidi Heitkamp built a reputation for her willingness to buck party pressure and reach across the aisle. But when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, she found herself facing a decision between her principles and her political fate.
Alex Talks to Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast3 months ago
When Elaine Welteroth was appointed editor in chief of Teen Vogue in 2015, she was the youngest and first black editor in the publication’s history. She set out to transform Teen Vogue into something more than just a fashion magazine...but Elaine had taken the helm of a publication in crisis.
Alex Talks to Elaine Welteroth, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast3 months ago
Jerry Colonna was a high-flying venture capitalist in New York City at the height of the dot-com boom. He looked like the picture of success—but as time wore on, he felt more and more like a fraud. And when the boom went bust, it all began to unravel for him. Alex talks to Jerry about that struggle, and about how it led him to his current life as one of the most in-demand executive coaches—who just happens to be Alex’s own executive coach. This episode discusses suicide and mental illness. If you’re feeling depressed or you just need to talk to someone, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is 1-800-273-8255. The StartUp episode referenced in this conversation — the episode that includes one of Alex and Jerry’s sessions — is called “Shadowed Qualities.”
Alex Talks to CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast4 months ago
Actor Erika Alexander came of age at a moment when there were lots of Black TV shows airing in primetime. She got her break in the early ‘90s with a role on the Cosby Show, and found fame as fast-talking lawyer Maxine Shaw in the hit sitcom Living Single. But then the number of Black sitcoms airing on the major networks dwindled, and so did roles for Black actors. In this conversation with The Nod’s Eric Eddings, Erika talks about navigating Hollywood after that Black entertainment boom went bust.
The Nod's Eric Eddings Talks to Erika Alexander, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast4 months ago
Gretchen Carlson, the long-time co-host of Fox & Friends, set off shockwaves in 2016 when she filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Just two weeks later, he was ousted from the network. But it had taken years of enduring abusive behavior before the former Miss America spoke out — and she's not done yet.
Alex Talks to Gretchen Carlson, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast4 months ago
Steven Canals was a virtual unknown when he co-created the award-winning TV series Pose. Set in the 1980s ballroom scene of New York, the show is unlike any prime time television drama that had come before it — and that is in large part because Steven Canals is unlike most other show creators in Hollywood. But getting Pose to the screen meant more than breaking down barriers for Steven; it meant coming to understand that the story could not be told without him.
Alex Talks to Pose Co-Creator Steven Canals, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast5 months ago
Jeff Ullrich was a struggling business manager with a drinking problem and a waning sense of professional direction when, in 2010, he saw an opportunity: podcasting. It was a brand new medium, and no one had really tapped its potential. Together with comedian Scott Aukerman, Jeff founded Earwolf, one of the first podcast networks, and developed shows like How Did This Get Made? and Comedy Bang! Bang!. Jeff was one of the biggest names in the industry — and then he made a decision that got him erased from the history books.
Alex Talks to a Podcasting Pioneer, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast5 months ago
When Edouardo Jordan’s Seattle restaurant JuneBaby won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant last year, it was the first time that an African American chef had won that particular honor. Edouardo won for a restaurant that reclaims black southern food and proclaims its history. But he had spent years overlooking his culinary roots as he trained in high-end kitchens. It was a path he started down when, as a lowly cook in Tampa, Florida, he talked himself into a job at the famed restaurant The French Laundry.
Alex Talks to Award-Winning Chef Edouardo Jordan, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast6 months ago
Dave Morin’s love for the internet began when he was a geeky kid in Montana. By his early 20s, it had led him to Apple and then to Facebook, where he became employee number 29. He helped the company innovate, pursuing a deeply-held mission: letting people be themselves and share their lives on the internet. But when Facebook began to shift, deprioritizing user privacy, Dave left the company. And he tried to create his own social media utopia.
Alex Talks to an Early Facebook Insider, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast6 months ago
Anna Chlumsky became famous virtually overnight at the age of 10, when she starred in the 1991 hit My Girl opposite Macaulay Culkin. And then, a few years later, she disappeared. She left acting completely and decided to become something else: an utterly normal college student, who set off on an utterly normal career. Anna tells Alex about that time in her life, about her eventual return to acting, and about playing Amy Brookheimer on the HBO show Veep. She’s earned five Emmy nominations in that role.
Alex Talks to Actress Anna Chlumsky, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast6 months ago
In the days after September 11, 2001, Kenneth Feinberg took on an unenviable task. Congress had created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and it was his job to figure out who should receive money and how much they should get. But much of his time was spent doing something else: listening to people’s stories. Nearly two decades later, he’s still the person we turn to in the wake of our worst catastrophes.
Alex Talks to a Tragedy Expert, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast7 months ago
Paul Holes was starting out in the field of criminology when, one day in 1994, he spotted a filing cabinet in the library of the crime lab where he was working. He opened a drawer, pulled out some files, and discovered the cold case that he would spend his entire career trying to solve. He did it through a trial and error process that involved old-fashioned detective work, new technology, and countless wrong turns before he finally found himself at the Golden State Killer’s front door.
Alex Talks to a Cold Case Investigator, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast7 months ago
In 1998, Patty McCord joined a new company called Netflix. Her title was chief talent officer. And over the next ten years as Netflix grew (and grew), she and CEO Reed Hastings built a new kind of workplace. They threw out all the usual rules -- no more expense authorization forms or vacation requests -- and focused on creating a culture of excellence. But that culture of excellence didn’t come only through hiring the right people. Patty had to get good at firing, too.
Alex Talks to an HR Maverick, Gimlet
Gimlet
Gimletadded an audiobook to the bookshelfStartUp Podcast7 months ago
During the dot-com bubble, Henry Blodget was making millions of dollars as a top analyst on Wall Street. But when that bubble burst, his fortunes changed. He became the public face of a corruption investigation that ended with the SEC banning him from the securities industry — for life. Henry tells Alex about the supreme shame of that moment, and about how he eventually started over by founding a new venture, Business Insider.
Alex Talks to a Wall Street Outcast, Gimlet
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