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The Reid Hoffman Story (Part 1) — Make everyone a hero
In this special episode, we turn the tables on host Reid Hoffman. He’s the guest and we tell his story, while proving a theory that’s perfect for Reid: You can chart an epic journey to scale, if you make everyone a hero along the way. Guest Host is June Cohen, Executive Producer of Masters of Scale, CEO of WaitWhat, and former Executive Producer of TED. Cameo Apperance: Matthew Mercer, host of the web series Critical Role.
More scooter dollars, Slack’s revenue projections, and the IPO traffic jam
Equity TechCrunch
access_time4 days ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
E894: How do you know when to hire a CEO? Owl Labs Co-founder & outgoing CEO Max Makeev & new CEO Frank Weishaupt on applying robotics thinking to transform video conferencing, shaping the future of distributed teams, & hitting the gas on growth by handing over the reigns
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E893: All #AskJason! Working in VC, prospects for non-revenue projects, cliche entrepreneur phrases, effective networking tips, recession-proof industries, what makes a great investment, negotiating co-founder title, misguided startup advice, SV v. NYC
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E892: News Roundtable! Peter Rojas & Monique Woodard: CES (5G, bread robots, double standards & more!), tech backlashes & what lies beneath, the dilemmas of regulation, have we reached peak Apple?, political deja vu, online harassment & the rise of fake internet
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Let your customers be your scouts – w/Eventbrite's Julia Hartz
That constant roar of customer feedback? Be thankful for it. It holds all the secrets to your success, if you learn how to read the signs. Listen to what users say, sure. But also watch what they do and interpret what they need. Eventbrite's Julia Hartz embodies this principle. She believes passionately in learning from her customers, and has made rapid response to user feedback the driving force behind Eventbrite’s strategy — as it grew from a simple ticketing app to a full-service platform for event creators, offering everything from ticket sales to custom-made RFID readers.
E891: #AllAskJason Call-In: right approach to metrics, customer acquisition & retention, landing qualified leads & true feedback from the front lines, to take or not to take investor money, relentless focus as a strategy
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E890: #StartupTuneup: 16 founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback on scaling: from social networks to smart contact lenses, flying on-demand to subscription freelancers, multi-purpose boxes to blockchain for litigants & many more @ LAUNCH SCALE
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E889: Union Square Ventures Partner Brad Burnham shares insights on market forces, innovation impinged by dominant players & consolidating network effects, the enduring benefits of open systems, potential for distributed trust, & continued conviction for crypto to create a platform that is not evil
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Bradley Tusk on mobile voting, Uber's IPO race with Lyft and the Dems taking over the House
Equity TechCrunch
access_time25 days ago
With everyone logging valuable family time this week and wondering if it's worth returning that sweater, we decided to do something a little different and run a special holiday episode, one that features just Connie Loizos in conversation with Bradley Tusk, a venture capitalist, philanthropist, book author and, earlier in his career, a trusted aid to billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
E888: Honor CEO & Co-founder Seth Sternberg (prev. Meebo, Google) turns his tech expertise toward human betterment, combining caregivers with machine learning for quality home care; shares lessons as serial entrepreneur, raising money, assembling teams, navigating execution & market risks
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SoftBank's triple, Pinterest is going public, and the market meltdown
Equity TechCrunch
access_time1 month ago
This week we had 75 percent of the core crew on hand to chat: Connie Loizos, Danny Crichton, and myself. Kate will be back on the show early next year, we promise. We were also joined by Menlo Ventures' Venky Ganesan who was a super great addition to the team.
E887: #StartupTuneup @ TWiST Live! Jason’s candid feedback to founders on teledentistry as a service, tax management for cannabis, stylish activewear bras, data science for software engineering, online 3D printing, integrated traveling platform
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To scale, you must master the skill of storytelling w/Charity: Water’s Scott Harrison
You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty.
111: ep 94 Open Source Tools for Creatives - Jason Van Gumster
Welcome to episode number 94 of MyKitaab Podcast. Our guest today is Jason Van Gumster. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, he is a creative professional, an author and an advocate of open source programs. His books include the GIMP Bible and Blender for Dummies He is also the creator and the host of the Open Source Creative Podcast.  We had used Skype for recording this call, and occasionally you may hear a drop in the audio quality, particularly after the call had dropped around two thirds of the recording. We had originally recorded this interview in April 2017, and we are publishing it in December 2018. You can find the shownotes and links mentioned in this episode at gaathastory.com/jason-van-gumster
E886: Samasource Founder & CEO Leila Janah is reducing poverty by training people in Africa in AI & future technologies to earn 400% more; shares her LXMI organic skincare products, the rewards & challenges of running two startups, raising VC, & the art of doing more with less
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Ridesharing IPOs and $850M for Luckin, Plaid and Zymergen
Equity TechCrunch
access_time1 month ago
This week we had the regular crew back together which was good fun. Connie took point, we had Danny mic'd up in New York, and I was onsite to help the crew natter along with Bubba Murarka, a former VC and founder who now cuts checks on his own. Thematically, this was a week of mega rounds so we had little choice but to go over more than a few. And Uber is out there doing its IPO thing. So, we started with cars and pivoted into rounds.
E885: Year-end special TWiST! Top 2018 trends, prominent players & 2019 predictions for products, AI, podcasting, platforms, entertainment, politics & much more – with Nick Abouzeid, Lon Harris, Rob May, Skye Pillsbury & Austin Smith
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E884: News Roundtable! Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital & Ryan Carson, Treehouse talk IPO heat: Uber & Lyft file, more on deck, effects to ricochet across transportation & housing; diversity in tech & the future of education; the latest in Facebook & Google moral bankruptcy
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E883: #AllAskJason: low-cost marketing, protecting stealable ideas, decacorns & superunicorns, early-traction momentum, advice for non-tech founders, transparency best practices, unique ideas, advice for kid entrepreneurs, running out of money – with LAUNCH CMO Presh
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Lyft's going public, Uber's eyeing Bird, Utah's tech scene, and trade tensions
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
Your Plan B Needs a Plan B — w/Nancy Lublin of Do Something and Crisis Text Line
[A favorite episode returns!] To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need grit. But grit is more than persistence. You’re not just charging up the same hill over and over. You're generating an endless supply of Plans B. And Nancy Lublin always has a Plan B, and C, and D. It’s this kind of grit that fueled her success scaling three not-for-profits: Dress for Success, DoSomething.org and Crisis Text Line. With practical wisdom and wicked humor, she shares the innovative approach to technology, financing, volunteers and staff development that helped her organizations scale.
Asana raises $50M, Airbnb gets a new CFO, and a 2019 IPO preview
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Asana raises $50 million. Airbnb gets a new CFO. And there are a number of private tech companies worth $10 billion or more (10x unicorns, or, ahem, decacorns) that will probably try to go public next year.
A Thanksgiving-ish special episode
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. It's the day after Thanksgiving, so if you are reading this in America I hope there is a pet leaned up against your legs and that you are sitting next to a fire while staring down one more plate of leftovers. We made this episode for just such a moment. Welcome to our take on a relaxed episode of Equity, a show normally featuring four people arguing about this or that. This week, it's just TechCrunch's Kate Clark and myself digging into some of the strangest and most interesting rounds of the year. Thus far, at least.
The Millennial Episode — with Brit + Co’s Brit Morin
You can marshal the power of millennials to grow your company, but you have to redefine your concept of loyalty. To keep millennials as users (and employees), you’ll need to keep evolving — and help them evolve. No one understands this better than Brit + Co Founder Brit Morin. As a maker and media creator, Brit is constantly co-evolving with her (mostly millennial) audience—and team. It’s a secret to scale with the generation adapted to a world of constant change. | With a cameo appearance by relationship therapist Esther Perel (Bestselling author and Host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin”). Esther has lately turned her eye toward work relationships; her perspective on the millennial generation — and the broad social trends that have shaped their collective character — may give you an “Aha!” moment.
Uber's financials, Qualtric's $8B exit, and what's going on at WeWork
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
This week, Uber was first in line due to the scale of its results. The firm disclosed its third-quarter results including slowing growth (in percentage terms), steep losses on a GAAP basis (GAAP means that all costs were counted) and adjusted losses that fell in the period. Next up was the big deal of the week, effectively. The Qualtrics exit to SAP for $8 billion in cash, a portion of which it borrowed, as we point out. The deal meant that the company didn't actually go public (boo), but it still made a hell of a splash all the same.
SoftBank's debt, Ford buys Spin, and Chinese coffee is huge money
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a blast. Connie and I were in the studio with our guest, True Ventures's Tony Conrad, while Danny repped the other side of the country, dialing in from New York.
The elusive formula for great hiring w/Workday's Aneel Bhusri
Your first hires = cultural cofounders. And it’s worth your time to get every one right. Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri personally interviewed his first FIVE HUNDRED employees at Workday. He knows how to map back from the culture he wants, to employee attributes to interview questions. Today, with 8000+ employees and $2b in annual revenue, Workday is consistently rated one of the best places to work. With cameo appearances by Danny Meyer (Founder, Shake Shack), Arianna Huffington (founder, Thrive Global), Michael Bush (CEO, Great Place to Work) and Joyce Nethry (founder of Jeptha Creed Distillery).
Fortnight’s funding royale, China struggles, and Coinbase gets a boost to $8 billion
Equity TechCrunch
access_time3 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, we missed Alex Wilhelm, who was sunning himself somewhere (vitamin D deficit), but we had a rollicking time nonetheless with TC's very excellent VC reporter Kate Clark, along with our always dependable co-host Danny Crichton and, in a bit of perfect timing, investor Brad Twohig of Lightspeed Venture Partners, whose firm participated in one of the week's biggest financings, a $1.25 billion round for Epic Games, maker of the gaming smash hit "Fortnite."
Market turmoil, billion dollar funds, and the Qualtrics IPO
Equity TechCrunch
access_time3 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week the normal band was together, with Connie Loizos, Danny Crichton, and myself on hand along with IVP investor Jules Maltz.
Biz Stars Transforming Fitness: Chris and Heidi Powell
Your Business MSNBC Interactive News LLC
access_time3 months ago
Chris and Heidi Powell have been in the business of transforming lives for a long time. Their television show Extreme Weight Loss helped people lose weight and transform their lifestyles. Since the show, they have put their weight training effort into building a fitness and lifestyle app- The Transformation App. See how they went digital with their workouts and weight training. 
Social Native: The Uber of Creating Content
Your Business MSNBC Interactive News LLC
access_time4 months ago
When it comes to social media marketing, it is important to keep your content full of fresh pictures and stories, which can quickly become expensive. The founder of Social Native has created a way to keep up the content and keep down the cost. He’s enlisting customers to supply the content and earn money for themselves. See how he’s built what is being called “the uber of content.”
From Reality TV Star to Successful Entrepreneur: Kristin Cavallari
Your Business MSNBC Interactive News LLC
access_time4 months ago
You know Kristin Cavallari from reality TV, but she has recently become a well-known name as an entrepreneur. She founded lifestyle brand Uncommon James and opened her first brick and mortar store in Nashville, Tennessee. She shows us how she launched her company and became a business owner. 
Clear for Takeoff
Your Business MSNBC Interactive News LLC
access_time4 months ago
Speeding through airport security is easier than ever thanks to Caryn Seidman-Becker and the CLEAR lanes at your airport. Becker took a leap of faith when she bought the company out of Bankruptcy in 2010. She is now the CEO of the successful business that is being implemented to theme parks and stadiums. She talks with us about the risks she took and where the future of CLEAR is headed.
Forbes India Cover Story # 198: Big Shopping Days
Inside Forbes India Forbes India
access_time4 months ago
As Amazon, Walmart and Alibaba gear up to shape Indian retail in the next decade, the ecommerce checkout queue may just get longer. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Forbes India Cover Story # 199: Can Nokia relive its glory days
Inside Forbes India Forbes India
access_time4 months ago
As one time mainstream favourite Nokia attempts a comeback with models like the 7 plus. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Forbes India Cover Story # 200: Let there be light
Inside Forbes India Forbes India
access_time4 months ago
How the Uttamchandanis are transforming the 11,500 crore rupee group from a predominantly trading firm into a fast moving electrical goods maker. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Forbes India Cover Story # 201: Artificial Intelligence at work
Inside Forbes India Forbes India
access_time4 months ago
From education to automobiles to health care, a clutch of nascent Indian ventures is using artificial Intelligence and machine learning to change the way we live and work. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com

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