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

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      How To Invent A New Sport (Season 5, Episode 8)


      Mason Gordon’s dream is to create a new global team sport, something that hasn’t happened since basketball came on the scene in the 1890s. But Mason is determined. He invented Slamball—an amped up combination of basketball and football that’s played on trampolines—nearly twenty years ago. He had some splashy early success and got two seasons on TV. And then Slamball seemingly disappeared. But Mason is still at it, and now Slamball is surging in popularity on the other side of the...


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      Life After Startup (Season 5, Episode 7)


      Jason from Bento started a business that prepared and delivered pan-Asian meals on demand. Lauren and Emma from Dating Ring wanted to reinvent online dating. Mary from Saint Harridan made sharp suits for masculine women and trans men. And Mike moved food across international borders, evading employees of a large grocery store chain. This episode, we return to some of the companies we followed in previous seasons and find out how their founders are doing—and what the label...


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      BONUS - Introducing The Pitch


      Alex and Matt talk to Josh Muccio, the host of Gimlet's newest show, about his path to podcasting. Then we sample the first half of the latest episode of Josh's show, The Pitch.

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      Another Side Of The Story (Season 2, Episode 3 REBROADCAST)


      Hello, there! This week we’re rebroadcasting an episode from way back in Season 2 when we were following Dating Ring, a company that was different from other dating sites and apps because it used matchmakers to help its customers go out on dates. This episode picks up just after the co-founders of the company, Lauren and Emma, finished Y Combinator and started pitching angel investors. You’ll hear them struggle to raise money—while wondering if their company was floundering for reasons...


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      Bug Business (Season 5, Episode 6)


      Researchers who think about the thorny problem of feeding our growing global population have started to point at one possible solution: bugs. They’re protein-rich and ecologically sustainable—but can bug entrepreneurs get lots of Americans to eat something they’re kinda grossed out by?

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      Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine (Season 5, Episode 5)


      Jake Glanville and his small biotech startup are trying to beat big pharmaceutical companies and major research institutions to a potentially game-changing medical breakthrough: the universal flu vaccine.

      Our SponsorsPipedrive - Pipedrive is an easy-to-use sales management tool designed with small teams in mind. Check out pipedrive.com/startup to learn moreSquarespace– The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “STARTUP” to get...


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       2017-05-19

      Running a Family and a Business (Season 5, Episode 4)


      This week on StartUp we’re listening in as executive coach Jerry Colonna sits down with Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate company called Cissé Cocoa. In the episode, they tackle something that many founders struggle with—how to balance entrepreneurship and parenthood.

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       2017-05-12

      BONUS - Introducing Every Little Thing


      Gimlet launched a new podcast this month. It's called "Every Little Thing"and it searches for the extraordinary lurking in the ordinary. It's hosted by science journalist Flora Lichtman, who on this recent episode of the show found the extraordinary in office plants. 

      StartUp will be back with a new episode next week.


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       2017-05-05

      Friendster: Part 2 (Season 5, Episode 3)


      After a turbulent start and the firing of its founder, Friendster looked like it was back on track. It was still the biggest social network around and its board—which was packed with some of the biggest names in venture capital—quickly assembled a star-studded executive team. So, why couldn’t all that talent deliver on the company’s promise?

      Why aren’t we all logging onto Friendster today?

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      29m
       2017-04-28

      Friendster: Part 1 (Season 5, Episode 2)


      In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. He and his website were at the forefront of an industry that would eventually be worth more than $400 billion. So, what went wrong?

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      32m
       2017-04-21