StartUp Podcast

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

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      episode 6: New Money


      Kik, a chat app popular with teenagers, launched in 2010. Users flocked to it, and within a few years it was valued at a billion dollars. Then a new competitor came on the chat scene: Facebook. When Kik started struggling to grow their revenue and find new investors, they landed on a wild new idea. Now they’re betting their company’s future on creating their own cryptocurrency.

      Listen to Gimlet's newest podcast, Uncivil, wherever you get your podcasts
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      episode 5: Just Hit Record


      Earlier this year, we asked listeners to call us with questions for Gimlet Founder Alex Blumberg. Alex answered a bunch of them in an episode last season. But one caller’s question was so big, it needed its own episode. Skyler Gronholz had decided to make a podcast about starting up his life again after several years in prison. But he was anxious about making something bad, and wanted Alex’s advice. In this week’s episode, we find out: can making a podcast about your life actually change the ...


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      episode 4: Make China Cool Again


      China is on a mission to upgrade its international reputation. The government doesn’t want people to see the country as just the world’s factory for socks and toys and cell phones. It wants people around the globe to think China is cool. And it’s tried a bunch of different things to do that, including building a global pop star. But can China change its image through the power of pop music?


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      An Announcement From StartUp and Introducing The Nod


      Lisa Chow and Alex Blumberg sit down together to talk about the future of StartUp.

      And, we introduce you to Gimlet Media's newest podcast The Nod. Co-hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, The Nod celebrates and explores the multitudes of Black culture and Black life. For more information, visit gimletmedia.com/thenod.


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      episode 3: Sell the Apartment, Keep the Startup


      Jasen Yang gave up the security of a high-paying Wall Street job to launch his company, Polly Portfolio. It’s been three years since then, and Jasen still isn’t taking a salary. It’s put a lot of strain on his family, and made it difficult for Jasen and his wife, Lynn, to make important decisions about their future. So we brought in executive coach Jerry Colonna, who helped Jasen find the unlikely source of his anxiety.


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       2017-09-15

      episode 2: Sex Dot Con


      Gary Kremen owned one of the most valuable domain names in the history of the internet. And then one day, he lost it in the most unusual way. For years, Gary fought to win back his domain “sex dot com." The legal battle transformed the way the courts treat virtual property. But in the end, was his lengthy and expensive crusade worth it?


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       2017-09-08

      episode 1: The Domain King


      StartUp is back for a brand new season, and we're kicking things off with a story about the competitive world of domains.

      Reporter Amy Standen brings us the story of Rick Schwartz, who earned the title “Domain King” by building a portfolio of dot com web addresses worth millions. But why is a “.com” address worth so much in the first place? And why doesn’t Gimlet own “gimlet.com”?

      And coming up this season, we'll hear from startups in unexpected places.  We'll go to the Moj...


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       2017-09-01

      Introducing Season 6


      StartUp returns September 1st with a brand new season. Here's a preview of what's coming up in Season 6.

      And are you looking for more Gimlet in your life? Then click here to view our guide to other Gimlet shows returning this fall.


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       2017-08-28

      BONUS — Check Out Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty


      On this episode of StartUp, we're introducing you to a new show from Gimlet Media. It's called Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty. The show charts the career of the hip hop executive, from young hustler in the Bronx, to one of the most powerful men in the music industry.


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       2017-07-26

      BONUS — Check Out The Pitch


      Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars behind his idea.

      Our Sponsors: Trunk Club | Virgin Atlantic


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       2017-07-20