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Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

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The best startup advice from Silicon Valley and beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories and strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands. On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast. Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Bumble, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23andMe, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley and beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories and strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands. On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast. Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Bumble, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23andMe, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

 

#204

Rapid Response: How Harley-Davidson set a foundation for the long term with CEO Jochen Zeitz

Even an 118-year-old company needs an entrepreneurial jolt. When Jochen Zeitz took over as CEO of motorcycle maker Harley Davidson in early 2020, he moved quickly to restructure the business – even in the midst of the pandemic's highest uncertainty. That defiance paid off, settling investors and refocusing the company. He's trimmed the product line, set up equity grants for employees including factory workers, and doubled-down on Harley’s brand power. Challenges persist, including ongoing supply chain delays, but Zeitz has his eyes on the road ahead. As a longtime motorcycle rider and a longtime champion of sustainability, he is setting out to square those two passions – and lead the company through an expansive second century. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

22 MINS

22:07

29 Jul 2021


#203

95. The beauty of emphasizing the obvious, w/Birchbox's Katia Beauchamp

Unconventional ideas define entrepreneurship: They fuel dreams but also spur naysayers and obstacles. Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and CEO of Birchbox, has repeatedly found ways to recast the unconventional as something obvious, enabling ongoing growth through repeated challenges. When Katia and her co-founder introduced Birchbox, its novel business model went against many beauty-industry norms. Then, as it caught on, competitors from Amazon to Sephora took direct aim by copying Birchbox's approach – and crushing margins in the process. To navigate the ups and downs, wooing investors, suppliers, and customers, Katia discovered how describing an industry-flipping idea in conventional terms could both accelerate and extend Birchbox's appeal. The road to differentiating the brand, it turned out, required emphasizing the obvious. Read a transcript of this episode: [https://mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

27 Jul 2021

31 MINS

31:48

27 Jul 2021


#202

Rapid Response: Inside J.Crew's purposeful pivot, with CEO Libby Wadle

"We have to reignite the energy and the fire and the love," says CEO Libby Wadle of J.Crew Group, which launched Madewell Forever this week, a dynamic bet on sustainability. The resale platform, in partnership with ThredUp, is part of a purpose-led pivot that Wadle first sparked as head of Madewell. Wadle takes us inside that journey, looking back to J.Crew's heyday and forward to the opportunities that she believes purpose can unlock. From a visit to a fair-trade factory in Vietnam to new insights on in-store versus online, Wadle says, "I've never felt more inspired and excited and invigorated." Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

22 MINS

22:29

22 Jul 2021


#201

Strategy Session: When should founders step aside? Where can you find investors? Were pandemic pivot...

When should you hire your replacement as CEO? Is blitzscaling still the best strategy, in today's context of uncertainty? What are the best fundraising options if you can't access a major VC firm? How do you balance long-term growth with short-term pressures? In this all-new Strategy Session, Reid answers critical in-the-moment questions from six entrepreneurs – all in different industries and at different stages of scale. "When you're in a crisis, everyone recognizes that you have to make a bunch of sharp decisions," Reid explains. "The key thing is building into the future. It's less focusing on the pandemic and more on the game in front of us." Co-hosted by Anne Kave, Capital One Business. Read a transcript of this episode: [https://mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

20 Jul 2021

25 MINS

25:34

20 Jul 2021


#200

Rapid Response: Scaling a mission w/TAAF's Sonal Shah

"Hate is not a one community issue," says Sonal Shah, president of The Asian American Foundation, a nonprofit launched by business leaders in May, dedicated to addressing discrimination against Asian Americans. In just its first few weeks, TAAF raised $1 billion – and is now grappling with what all start-ups face: how to iterate fast, pivot, lose what's not working, and scale what is working, fast. Sonal, who launched the White House Office of Social Innovation in the Obama Administration, is applying the philosophy of business startups to the new effort, building networks between government, businesses, and other nonprofits to amplify impact. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

26 MINS

26:03

15 Jul 2021


#199

22. How to find your big idea w/Spanx's Sara Blakely

To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed. With cameos by National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo, former director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg. LINKS: Learn more about The Boiling River Project: [http://www.boilingriver.org] (http://www.boilingriver.org/) Read "The Boiling River" by Andrés Ruzo: [https://amzn.to/36iHHNF] (https://amzn.to/36iHHNF) Learn more about the U.S. patent system: [https://www.uspto.gov/] (https://www.uspto.gov/) Meet Andre, who dresses Oprah Winfrey: [https://andrewalkerhair.com] (https://andrewalkerhair.com/) Listen to Linda Rottenberg on Masters of Scale: [http://listen.mastersofscale.com/LindaRottenbergMoS] (http://listen.mastersofscale.com/LindaRottenbergMoS) Read a transcript of this episode: [https://mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

40 MINS

40:16

13 Jul 2021


#198

Rapid Response: How BuzzFeed Bounced Back, w/Jonah Peretti

Millennials and Gen Z want different experiences, different content, different opportunities. But catering to those distinct needs wasn't enough, says BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti; the digital-media outfit also needed to create a flywheel for value. When the pandemic trimmed tens of millions in revenue, Peretti cut back on costs – but kept the flywheel spinning. By the end of 2020 his team had engineered a rebound, finishing the year with record profitability. Now, the company has announced plans to go public via SPAC at a $1.5 billion valuation. With the acquisitions of HuffPost and Complex Networks, Peretti has shown that his ambitions are just beginning. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

26 MINS

26:41

08 Jul 2021


#197

94. How to accelerate expertise, with Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments, chair of Starbuck...

To move at the speed of opportunity, you need to accelerate expertise. Mellody Hobson is co-CEO of Ariel Investments, the first Black-owned asset management firm in the United States, as well as board chair of Starbucks. Her incredible entrepreneurial journey – punctuated by deep societal and business impact –has been fueled by an intense attention to learning from every mentor, every opportunity, and every mistake. Mellody discovered early on the power of adapting both quickly and well, that rather than trading off between speed and accuracy, she needed both. Becoming both a fast and deep learner is rarely something you're born with, but as Mellody's story demonstrates, it’s a practice we can all develop and rely on. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

06 Jul 2021

35 MINS

35:40

06 Jul 2021


#196

Rapid Response: Tapping into generosity (via Bitcoin), w/Charity: Water's Scott Harrison

The art of promotion can advance any enterprise, as Scott Harrison demonstrated even during the pandemic. As founder and CEO of Charity Water, Scott faced fundraising trouble a year ago but now the nonprofit is on track to bring in a record $100 million in 2021. Over the last 15 years, Scott has dramatically grown Charity Water’s footprint by taking far-sighted and often unconventional strategic steps. Just recently, he launched a Bitcoin Water Trust, to tap into a new community of potential donors. Scott’s success flows from an unwavering belief that there’s no better investment in people and communities than clean water. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

27 MINS

27:50

01 Jul 2021


#195

93. Asking the uncomfortable questions, w/ Michael Seibel, Y Combinator

Barreling full-speed ahead isn't always the key to scale. For Michael Seibel, managing director at Y Combinator and co-founder of Justin.tv and Socialcam, action sometimes needs to take a back seat to asking: "Is this working?" Michael learned early on that by stopping to ask the counterintuitive question, he gained the wisdom – and avoided time lost to big mistakes – that ultimately propelled him forward. At Y Combinator, he's helping other founders ask themselves uncomfortable questions. The answers aren't always obvious, and sometimes they seem downright irrational. But following where they lead, he says, feeds efficiency, confidence, and ambition. That's why the ability to ask the right questions at the right times of the right people is an essential skill for every entrepreneur. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

29 Jun 2021

33 MINS

33:07

29 Jun 2021


#194

Rapid Response: Fighting through headwinds at Marriott, w/President Stephanie Linnartz

With Marriott's business already reeling due to Covid, beloved CEO Arne Sorenson was lostto cancer earlier this year. Stephanie Linnartz, president of Marriott International, shares how she and newCEO Tony Capuano have picked up the reins in the most challenging travel environment in modern times. Stephanie’s journey, and her prescriptions for Marriott’s future, reveal an unrelenting entrepreneurial spirit and an inspiring dedication to Sorenson's legacy. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

24 Jun 2021

25 MINS

25:47

24 Jun 2021


#193

Unfiltered with Reid & Bob: Crypto craziness, ransomware attacks, "smart risks" & more

"Will some people lose their shirts with crypto? Absolutely. Will new great industries be built upon this? Absolutely," Reid Hoffman tells Rapid Response host Bob Safian, in a new, unfiltered conversation. The co-hosts dive into cryptocurrency strategy, why cybersecurity "is an emperor-has-no-clothes situation," weighing Target vs. the corner store, what's driving new climate-change habits, and more. Plus: What Reid missed most in the pandemic. Cameos: Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

22 Jun 2021

31 MINS

31:46

22 Jun 2021


#192

Rapid Response: Why business must be a force for good, w/former American Express CEO Ken Chenault

"Corporations can be a force for good – and they can also be very successful," says Ken Chenault, chair of investment firm General Catalyst and former longtime CEO of American Express. During the past year, Ken has been an outspoken advocate for business leaders to actively engage in societal matters. After George Floyd’s death, he and Merck CEO Ken Frazier launched OneTen, a coalition to create 1 million jobs for Black Americans that now includes major brands from IBM to Nike to Walmart. Chenault has pushed corporate chiefs to use their leverage to protect voting rights, and he's come out with a platform for Responsible Innovation that puts what he calls “social due diligence” alongside financial due diligence. Standing up for what's right, Ken says, fuels long-term success: "The most important thing is the quest for truth, character, and values." Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

17 Jun 2021

25 MINS

25:32

17 Jun 2021


#191

92. J.J. Abrams: Make room for magic

You can’t predict your next a-ha moment. but you can create favorable circumstances for serendipity to happen – for you, and for your team. No one knows this better than J.J. Abrams, director, producer, screenwriter, and co-founder and co-CEO of Bad Robot Productions, which has been behind some of the most successful TV series and films of the last 20 years, from Lost to Star Trek to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. J.J. explains how creativity and collaboration are things you cultivate, not conjure; and that making room for magic isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential part of entrepreneurship. Building the conditions for discovery emboldens and energizes a team, he shows, helping to accelerate the arrival of the next surprise-and-delight solution. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

15 Jun 2021

36 MINS

36:36

15 Jun 2021


#190

The Complete Interviews from Masters of Scale

The never-before-released, original and uncut conversations between host Reid Hoffman and Masters of Scale guests. Each intimate, unedited conversation includes 60 minutes or more of content, including stories not included in Masters of Scale episodes. Subscribers will gain access to the archive, and to every new uncut interview, released in tandem with each new Masters of Scale episode.Now available via subscription on Apple Podcasts and via membership to Masters of Scale. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

14 Jun 2021

02 MINS

02:19

14 Jun 2021


#189

Rapid Response: Fashioning a greener closet, w/Rent the Runway's Jenn Hyman

Fashion became secondary amid Covid lockdowns. Sweatpants-only life pressed apparel-subscription service Rent the Runway into layoffs and furloughs. But as co-founder and CEO Jenn Hyman explains, the business saw a surprising rebound early this year, fueled by new customers in unexpected places – and by a renewed consumer focus on sustainability. Building a “closet in the cloud,” as Jenn describes Rent the Runway, may not have been an essential pandemic service, but as we move into the next phase, her experience illuminates how accelerated change is remaking the marketplace. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

10 Jun 2021

30 MINS

30:13

10 Jun 2021


#188

91. Build the right flywheel, w/Teach for America / Teach for All's Wendy Kopp

Not every platform turns into a flywheel for scale. Wendy Kopp founded two networks that each became flywheels for change: Teach for America and Teach for All, where she's currently CEO. Yet the shape of the two networks are surprisingly different. While they both feed similar goals – helping educators find what they need, share what they learn, build enthusiasm, and motivate talent – the two organizations operate under different rules and assumptions. Kopp's journey illuminates how listening, adjusting, and open rethinking are key to building a network that thrives. And how hard-won lessons can produce extraordinary impact. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

08 Jun 2021

39 MINS

39:20

08 Jun 2021


#187

Rapid Response: The promise and peril of engineering biology, w/Ginkgo Bioworks Reshma Shetty

Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine would not have scaled without Ginkgo Bioworks. Reshma Shetty, co-founder and COO of Ginkgo – slated to go public via SPAC acquisition at a reported $15 billion valuation – explains how biotech innovation can build a better future now. Ginkgo's platform already serves industries from food and agriculture, to materials, to healthcare. Shetty acknowledges that engineering genes is a high stakes pursuit, and says Ginkgo is trying to pair the ambition of Silicon Valley with a "higher level of care" than consumer tech companies like social media have demonstrated. The key, Shetty says, is creating an unstable equilibrium – propelling progress but not at the expense of principles. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

03 Jun 2021

25 MINS

25:54

03 Jun 2021


#186

5 essential moves for post-pandemic success, featuring Airbnb, Etsy, Sunrun, and more

Shift your mindset. Tighten your focus. Map your future. In this special episode, Reid Hoffman presents a five-step playbook for post-crisis success. Moving from chaos to calm requires a revised agenda, whether the pandemic crushed your business or boosted it. Peace-time strategies need to be just as sharp as wartime strategies. Featuring Airbnb's Brian Chesky, Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, NBA all-star Jerry Stackhouse, and more. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) . Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) . See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

29 May 2021

34 MINS

34:58

29 May 2021


#185

Rapid Response: Upskilling and the war for talent, w/Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson

How do you win the post-pandemic war for talent? Send your frontline workers to online school. That's the pitch that Rachel Carlson has made – successfully – to big businesses from Chipotle to Disney, Walmart to Waste Management. As co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, Carlson runs a digital platform that enables workers to get degrees and certifications as a free employee benefit. Though virtual schooling for kids is under fire, virtual education for adults has caught on over the last year like never before. To meet the ongoing need for “upskilling” in the modern economy, Carlson says, company-sponsored digital classes should be as ubiquitous as company-sponsored health plans. The ROI, she explains, is astonishingly high. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

27 May 2021

28 MINS

28:22

27 May 2021


#184

90. Alex Rodriguez: How mentorship provides an edge

Even all-star athletes are coached. So why not you? Alex Rodriguez, former professional baseball player, leaned into outside advice at the most challenging moments in his career – and in building his enormously successful business, A-Rod Corp. Rodriguez shares what he's learned from mentors like investing guru Warren Buffett and NBA icon Magic Johnson, and how mentorship can help sharpen your skills and open up opportunities. We spoke with A-Rod twice this year, including in a live Strategy Session that we released as an episode previously. Here, we dive deep into Alex's story, to explore how great mentors can be a driving force on your journey to scale – and how the best way to find great mentors is to always be learning and to have the mindset of a mentor yourself. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

25 May 2021

34 MINS

34:12

25 May 2021


#183

Rapid Response: Why real estate matters more than ever, with Compass founder & CEO Robert Reffkin

"We may not be able to survive this," remarked Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of real estate platform Compass, after pandemic lockdown rules essentially outlawed U.S. home selling. Yet today the housing market is booming, and Compass has successfully IPO'ed. Reffkin shares how he kept his team together, why he stayed optimistic, and what businesses lucky enough to have benefited from Covid times owe their communities. He also shares insights on housing prices – after correctly predicting last year that summer 2020 would be the most successful in the history of the real estate market – and on the future of big cities. It’s a house tour worth taking. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

20 May 2021

28 MINS

28:07

20 May 2021


#182

89. President Barack Obama, part 2: How to adapt to changing rules

Creating a prototype in your garage isn't the same as leading a team of thousands. You need to keep your mission constant, but your tactics fluid as you scale. This is exactly the challenge President Barack Obama faced after winning the 2008 election. In the second episode of our two-part mini-series, we dive into how Obama grappled with the Great Recession once in office, what it took to secure the Affordable Care Act, and what was behind the disastrous roll out of the healthcare.gov website. Through it all, President Obama learned to let first principles guide the way, even as he and his staff adapted to new realities and changing rules. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

18 May 2021

35 MINS

35:22

18 May 2021


#181

Rapid Response: Inside Google’s Pandemic Safety Squad, w/Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Google search may be the world’s most powerful public health platform. Dr Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer, has built a team of doctors, scientists and clinicians who — alongside engineers and designers – determine what information and advice shows up when we search for answers about Covid-19, the pandemic, vaccines and more. She also heads Google’s employee health-safety efforts and leads external in-the-field efforts to broaden vaccine access in the US and across the globe. Her message to businesses is that we all have a role to play in combating the virus – and that, when it comes to return-to-work, our own personal risk assessment can’t be discounted. Read a transcript of this interview at: [mastersofscale.com] (https://mastersofscale.com/) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at [http://eepurl.com/dlirtX] (http://eepurl.com/dlirtX) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

13 May 2021

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13 May 2021