• How I Built This with Guy Raz

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  • Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Order the How I Built This book at https://www.guyraz.com/
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  • Live Episode! Tofurky: Seth Tibbott (2019)

    Nov 29 2021
    Seth Tibbott may be the only founder in the world who grew his business while living in a barn, a teepee, and a treehouse. His off-the-grid lifestyle helped him save money as he started to sell tempeh, a protein made of fermented soybeans. Throughout the 1980s he barely scraped by, but things took a turn in 1995, when he discovered a stuffed tofu roast made in Portland, Oregon. Knowing vegetarians had few options at Thanksgiving, Seth named the roast Tofurky and started selling it at co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. Nearly 25 years later, Tofurky sells plant-based protein around the world, and has estimated sales of $40 million a year. This show was recorded live at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon.
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    50 mins
  • Stasher and Modern Twist: Kat Nouri

    Nov 22 2021
    As a mother of three, Kat Nouri was dismayed at the amount of single-use plastic she was using to pack her kids' school lunches. She had already launched a successful brand called Modern Twist, which sold placemats and baby bibs made of silicone. So Kat wondered: why not use silicone to make durable food storage bags, which—instead of being used once, could be used thousands of times? In 2016 she launched Stasher, and was soon persuading retailers that an $11 reusable bag was better for the planet—and ultimately, more cost-effective for the big-box shopper. Kat successfully sold the brand to S.C. Johnson just a few years after launch, but her short tenure at Stasher's helm was marked by growing pains and gnawing moments of anxiety, including an unexpected scuffle with the sharks on Shark Tank.
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    1 hr and 9 mins
  • Coinbase: Brian Armstrong

    Nov 15 2021
    Brian Armstrong wanted to be a tech entrepreneur since he was in high school, but his first serious venture—a tutoring website—never quite took off. Around 2010, while looking to get a job in Silicon Valley, he stumbled across an intriguing idea for a peer-to-peer digital currency called Bitcoin, which quickly turned into his obsession. Brian's initial prototype for a hosted Bitcoin wallet got him accepted into the prestigious Y Combinator program, and he launched Coinbase soon thereafter. Many experts warned that cryptocurrency was no more reliable than Monopoly money, but the startup prevailed, surviving wild swings in the crypto market and steadily building a user base. Today, Coinbase is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, with 7.4 million monthly users, 2,700 employees and over 80 cryptocurrencies traded on its platform.
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    1 hr and 25 mins

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  • 13-11-21

I absolutely loved this Story

I absolutely loved every second of this story. The passion and amazing work ethic that she has is the reason why she has all these amazing breakthroughs in her life? I cannot recommend you listen to this story enough. I downloaded it to my phone because I'm going to listen to it again right now. Thank you for taking the time to interview this great woman, and thank you so much Christina for sharing your story. It's beyond inspiring!

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  • Jennifer Crosby
  • 24-01-21

I can't get enough!

Love listening to these stories of entrepreneurs. The struggles before the success that we don't see!

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  • CCMG
  • 28-11-21

great: inspiring and insightful

having shared a similar journey it was great to hear validation from a team who followed their bliss and exited well

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  • Kartik
  • 11-11-21

awesome

an episode much awaited. the man behind machine revealing the creation and sustenance of audible, a product we love ♥

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  • Pedro Garcia
  • 20-10-21

most sad when I'm done with the newest episodes

I've been listening to Guy for the past couple of years, now. Although I fall off at times. I'm ahead happy to come back and find the new interviews that he and the NPR team has put together. The podcast enlightens my inner entrepreneur and fills me with inspiration.