Open For Business

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Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up.

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Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture

41:42 | Apr 27th, 2017

A big part of building a business is hiring and then creating a workplace culture where your team members want to stay and grow with you.Maybe you're a business of one, and you're thinking about making your first few hires. Or maybe you’re a team of ...Show More

#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell

22:10 | Apr 20th, 2017

Every company knows what they sell. What’s harder to define sometimes is why? What motivates you beyond...money?  A great mission captures that reason behind why your business exists today. But it also leaves room for your company to aspire for more ...Show More

#11 Embrace the Place

28:09 | Apr 13th, 2017

Recent research indicates that U.S. entrepreneurship is increasingly clustered in just a few metro areas. What can we learn from entrepreneurs outside those hubs? We hear from entrepreneurs in three very different places about how to make the most of...Show More

#10 Surviving Failure

25:57 | Apr 6th, 2017

What happens if it all falls apart? Learn how to weather the storms of failure from two entrepreneurs who refused to give up, and have survived to tell their stories. Episode Notes:This episode features:Andrea Gönner - Co-founder of GarnweltBo Fishba...Show More

#9 Bootstrapping 101

28:58 | Mar 30th, 2017

Less than 1% of companies get seed money from either venture capital or angel investors. So, how do regular people find the money they need to get their businesses off the ground? We bring you stories of how three entrepreneurs did it, complete with ...Show More

#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era

25:26 | Mar 23rd, 2017

It’s easy to satisfy your customers when everything’s going well, but how do you handle it when things go wrong? We’ve got stories from small business owners who’ve learned the hard way about how to get customer service right. Episode Notes: This epi...Show More

#7 How to Reinvent Your Business

28:44 | Mar 16th, 2017

In this episode, we hear stories and lessons from two entrepreneurs who had to reinvent their companies in order to survive. This episode features:Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business CouncilBetsy Helmuth, Founder, ...Show More

Season 2 Trailer

02:26 | Mar 9th, 2017

From eBay and Gimlet Creative, we return with season two of Open for Business, a show about building your business from the ground up.  This season, we’re diving even deeper and exploring essential topics from financing to how to kill it at customer ...Show More

We're back, and we’d love your ideas!

01:22 | Dec 12th, 2016

We'll be returning in March with Season Two of Open for Business, and we'd love to hear what you want us to cover. Visit ofblistener.com to share your thoughts. 

#6 The Future of Work

23:30 | Aug 4th, 2016

The gig economy is growing so fast, it might just be the future of entrepreneurship as we know it — but it is also still a work in progress. We explore its past, present, and future with two entrepreneurs who ditched the traditional idea of work to l...Show More

#5 How to Make It in America

23:08 | Jul 28th, 2016

Immigrants to the United States make up about 13% of the U.S. population. And yet, from Silicon Valley to Main Street America, they make up a disproportionately large number of American business owners. In this episode, we explore why this is.This ep...Show More

#4 Every Launch Is a Movement

25:08 | Jul 14th, 2016

How do you tell your company’s story in a way that resonates with customers? In this episode, we learn marketing lessons from a failed Silicon Valley pioneer and two entrepreneurs who gained major success with minimal marketing budgets.This episode f...Show More

#3 Price Is Right?

24:35 | Jul 7th, 2016

Setting your prices is harder than it sounds and making a mistake can be costly. We outline concrete steps to get to the right number, starting with one of the most incredible wins in game show history.This episode features:Terry Kniess, Price Is Rig...Show More

#2 How to Hire

29:29 | Jun 23rd, 2016

No one hires the wrong person on purpose. In this episode, we hear some hiring horror stories and about how to learn from our mistakes.This episode features:Jordan Insley, Co-founder of QuickShip ElectronicsElana Krieger, Head of HR at BoxedAdam Robi...Show More

#1 The Entrepreneurial Mind

26:18 | Jun 16th, 2016

What makes a successful entrepreneur? If you are one, were you born that way?**Warning, this episode contains adult language.**This episode features: Corri McFadden, owner and founder of eDrop-Off Nsi Obotetukudo, co-founder Alley NYCScott Shane, aut...Show More


02:21 | Jun 8th, 2016

Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up. Open For Business launches Thursday, June 16th.