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34:27 | Aug 23rd

Yeardley Smith has been the voice of Lisa Simpson since “The Simpsons” first started airing in the ‘80s. More than 30 years later, the animated series is now the longest-running American sitcom. Smith never planned to become a voice actor, and was ev...Show More

30:43 | Jul 26th

Fashion designer Alexander Wang started his own label at just 20 years old. Today, his brand is worn all over the world and recognized by some of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. Over the last decade and a half, Wang has learned ...Show More

35:15 | Jun 28th

Ray Dalio is the billionaire founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Dalio is as well known for his unique philosophy as he is for his investing prowess. Dalio takes us through key moments fr...Show More

21:07 | May 24th

Melinda Gates is one of the world’s most influential philanthropists. In her new book, “The Moment of Lift,” Gates argues that empowering women is the ultimate solution to eliminating poverty. Gates spoke with Business Insider about how her time as a...Show More

26:58 | Apr 5th

Mark Hurd joined Oracle in 2010 and almost immediately dramatically changed how the tech company does business. He saw a need for a shift to cloud computing, and transformed the way his team built and sold products. It wasn’t easy. Hurd tells us why ...Show More

44:59 | Dec 21st, 2018

This week, an unexpected success story. Household Name's Dan Bobkoff and Sally Herships bring us the tale of how a Japanese businessman made KFC a Christmas tradition… in a country that didn’t celebrate Christmas. Subscribe to Household Name.

15:30 | Dec 14th, 2018

Danica Patrick is the most successful female race car driver ever, but she didn't want to be a trailblazer for women. She got into Nascar and IndyCar racing because she wanted to win. Patrick may have retired from racing earlier this year, but she's ...Show More

31:05 | Dec 7th, 2018

Nick van de Wall, known professionally as Afrojack, is a world-famous Dutch DJ. He writes original music and collaborates with artists like Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and David Guetta. After 15 years of playing everywhere from small clubs to big arenas, A...Show More

22:41 | Nov 30th, 2018

Heather Dietrick joined news site The Daily Beast in 2017 after rising through the ranks at the now defunct news blog Gawker. As president of Gawker, Dietrick was on the frontlines of the lawsuit with Hulk Hogan that ultimately bankrupted the company...Show More

16:48 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Some of the world's top founders, executives and CEOs built their businesses with the help of their family, friends, and coworkers. In this master class episode of "This is Success," we’re revisiting some of our favorite stories about business partne...Show More

25:25 | Nov 16th, 2018

Dan Brown’s writing career took off in 2003 when his novel “The Da Vinci Code” became an international bestseller. Now, he's one of the world's most popular writers — with 250 million books sold — and is passing on his best insights in a new MasterCl...Show More

29:23 | Nov 9th, 2018

Daniel Schwarz leads Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King, Tim Horton’s, and Popeye’s. He started out his career at the investment firm 3G Capital. In 2013, when he was only 32, the firm’s managing partner, Alex Behring,...Show More

31:11 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Stanley McChrystal led the United States and its allies in the War in Afghanistan before retiring as a four-star general in 2010. He revolutionized the Joint Special Operations Command, and he’s best known for killing the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. ...Show More

28:46 | Oct 26th, 2018

Over the last eight years, Ben Silbermann has quietly built Pinterest into a global brand with 250 million active users. He's the cofounder and CEO of Pinterest, the image search tool that lets users save and share their favorite photos, designs, and...Show More

31:03 | Oct 19th, 2018

Beth Comstock spent almost three decades at NBC and General Electric. She left GE last year after rising to one of the corporation’s highest roles: vice chair. Her recent book, “Imagine it Forward,” offered her a chance to look back on her career and...Show More

29:24 | Oct 12th, 2018

Christene Barberich is the cofounder and global editor in chief of Refinery29, a media company focused on empowering women by starting conversations about body image, politics, and careers. Refinery29 says it will connect with 425 million people this...Show More

34:39 | Oct 5th, 2018

When Steve Case was in college, he read a book that said a digital revolution was coming. A little over a decade later, he led that revolution as the founding CEO of America Online. AOL became a giant, and Case became a billionaire. Now, Case is focu...Show More

31:11 | Sep 28th, 2018

Brad Katsuyama never considered himself a maverick, or entrepreneur. He had a cushy job at the Royal Bank of Canada, but he became alarmed the more he learned about high frequency trading, where computers can trade a bunch of stocks in a fraction of ...Show More

30:42 | Sep 21st, 2018

If you want to know where to go and who to talk to in New Orleans, Morrow’s your guy. After he dropped out of college, the 27-year old entrepreneur committed full time to his event planning business. Now Morrow’s a million-dollar business owner with ...Show More

27:16 | Sep 14th, 2018

Jen and Wendy Yuengling are two of the four sisters in charge of the Yuengling beer company. Their father, Dick, took over the family business back in 1985. He was the one who turned it from a local brewery into America’s largest independent craft br...Show More

29:25 | Sep 7th, 2018

Pnina Tornai never imagined she’d become one of the world’s most sought-after bridal gown designers. She spent most of her childhood dreaming of becoming an actress, but by the time she was in her early twenties, that dream felt far-fetched. She was ...Show More

25:55 | Aug 31st, 2018

Jeff Raider is the cofounder and co-CEO of the razor company Harry’s, an online subscription service that sends high-end razors to customers at a low cost. The company raised $112 million earlier this year to move the brand beyond shaving to include ...Show More

13:32 | Aug 24th, 2018

Success means something different to everyone, including the world's top company founders, executives, and CEOs. In this Master Class episode of "This is Success," we revisit some of the most interesting answers to the question at the heart of our s...Show More

30:29 | Aug 17th, 2018

Alli Webb is the founder and visionary behind Drybar, the hugely popular blowout salon that took a regional trend mainstream. Today, Drybar is a multi-million dollar business with more than 100 locations across North America. But it started out as a ...Show More

30:30 | Aug 10th, 2018

Caroline Hirsch has discovered or helped develop some of comedy’s biggest names—people like Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, and Michelle Wolf. She's the namesake and cofounder of the iconic New York comedy club Carolines, and the visiona...Show More

29:24 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Adena Friedman has the top job at Nasdaq, one of the world's biggest stock exchanges. Early in her career, she learned how to impress her bosses by taking initiative, and when she became the boss, she found ways to make the whole company more efficie...Show More

41:53 | Jul 27th, 2018

This week, we feature the first episode of Business Insider's new podcast, "Household Name," which you can find on Apple Podcasts or your favorite app. Before TGI Fridays was the suburban strip mall staple it is today, it was a wild place in Manhatt...Show More

31:53 | Jul 20th, 2018

Ryan Serhant moved to New York City when he was 22, hoping to launch a career on Broadway. When that dream didn’t pan out, he found a different route into show business—as a real estate agent. Serhant is now the star of Bravo’s reality TV show “Milli...Show More

29:01 | Jul 13th, 2018

Marie Forleo is a life and business coach with hundreds of thousands of followers online. When she first started giving strangers advice almost 20 years ago, Forleo barely had her own life together. She was working two jobs to scrape by, and when she...Show More

30:02 | Jul 6th, 2018

You may know Bethenny Frankel from her lead role on the "Real Housewives of New York." But her name is also the driving force behind an expanding empire of brands. She’s the brain behind Skinnygirl cocktails—a company she sold in 2011 for $100 millio...Show More

24:12 | Jun 29th, 2018

For more than a decade, Eddy Lu tried to find the next big thing. Golf apparel, 99-cent smartphone apps, Japanese desserts — they all flopped, but he wasn’t headed back to the Wall Street world he left. Then he got into high-end sneakers, with an onl...Show More

26:37 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Sylvia Acevedo is a trailblazer in business and tech. She was one of the first Hispanic students to get a master's in engineering from Stanford, she worked for years as a Silicon Valley executive, and on top of that, she's an actual rocket scientist....Show More

27:02 | Jun 15th, 2018

David Sedaris built a career by sharing his life through essays. He writes about everything from the death of family members to his love of picking up garbage, and his performances are both heart wrenching and hilarious. His comedy albums have been n...Show More

26:02 | Jun 8th, 2018

Katherine Power worked for years to land her dream job at Condé Nast. But when an offer came, she turned it down. Instead, she joined with a friend to start what became Clique Brands. It includes a mix of companies, like fashion blog Who, What, Wear ...Show More

24:59 | Jun 1st, 2018

Dan Gilbert runs a Midwestern empire. In Michigan, he founded Quicken Loans, which made him a billionaire. Now he’s trying to rebuild downtown Detroit. But you may know him as the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James’ NBA team. Our host, Ri...Show More

26:45 | May 25th, 2018

Sallie Krawcheck has run Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, US Trust, and Citi Private Bank, and was Citi’s CFO before that. Now she runs Ellevest, an investment firm that helps women create wealth. She may have been regularly referred to...Show More

28:53 | May 18th, 2018

Sam Yagan knows he’s been lucky. He tells us that one of the luckiest moments of his life was meeting his college roommates. Together, they built a study guide website called SparkNotes. Then, they built an online dating empire. They started the site...Show More

30:25 | May 11th, 2018

For Jocko Willink, becoming a Navy SEAL was just like any other career. Willink was the commander of SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser. It was the most highly decorated US special operations unit of the Iraq War — and the one where Chris Kyle, of “Ameri...Show More

49:41 | May 4th, 2018

Business Insider's US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell was in Berlin last week for the 3rd annual Axel Springer Award, which was an evening honoring Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos sat down with Axel Springer CEO Dr. Mathias Dopfner to talk a...Show More

29:13 | Apr 27th, 2018

If you’ve verified you’re not a robot online, you’ve used something Luis von Ahn has created. He tells "Success! How I Did It," that he doesn’t read stories about himself, and he’s probably the only CEO our host, Rich Feloni, has ever interviewed who...Show More

26:41 | Apr 20th, 2018

Don Katz sounds more like a college English professor than a tech CEO: he’s obsessed with literature and writing. And it’s why he started Audible, the audiobook company now owned by Amazon, in 1995. It was all about the stories, and it was all about ...Show More

30:09 | Apr 13th, 2018

Tina Brown gets things done. She’s been a leader since her mid-20s, and she’s built the teams that transformed Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. She also created The Daily Beast. Brown grew up in England and became a media mogul in New York. Editors an...Show More

28:48 | Apr 6th, 2018

Cecile Richards has never shied away from controversy. In seventh grade, she got sent to the principal’s office for protesting the Vietnam War. As President of Planned Parenthood, she defended the organization in a heated 2015 congressional hearing. ...Show More

25:19 | Mar 30th, 2018

Anjali Sud has always sought opportunities that seem intimidating. That inspired her to leave Flint, Michigan at 14 for the elite Massachusetts boarding school Phillips Academy on a scholarship. And it led her to become the CEO of Vimeo at 34. Vimeo ...Show More

26:48 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Tariq Farid was only 13 when his family moved from Pakistan to Connecticut. He started working at a flower shop to make money, and he opened his own at 17. Farid is the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements. He cornered a market that no one knew eve...Show More

23:51 | Mar 16th, 2018

Scott Kelly spent a year on board the International Space Station. During that time, his identical twin brother Mark — who's also an astronaut — was on Earth. Since then, scientists have been watching how differently the two have aged. Kelly's now re...Show More

23:17 | Mar 9th, 2018

Nat Turner was 24 when he sold his first company for $80 million. He sold his next one this past February – this time, it was for $2 billion. Nat Turner is the cofounder and CEO of Flatiron Health, a company that's changing the way cancer researchers...Show More

29:24 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Peter Diamandis has made a career of fulfilling his childhood dreams. He’s the man behind companies that make science fiction come true: The XPRIZE, Singularity University, and Human Longevity Inc. They’re as wild as they sound. On this episode of "S...Show More

22:04 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Chris Hughes is a Facebook cofounder, and author of the new book "Fair Shot." Hughes worked at Facebook for just three years, but his 2% stake in the company made him $500 million. Hughes' new book reflects on the incredible luck he had early in his ...Show More

26:36 | Feb 16th, 2018

This week, we have a double header from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and KPMG chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie. Doughtie spent her entire career working her way up the ladder, and became the first f...Show More

24:35 | Feb 9th, 2018

Cindy Robbins started at Salesforce 12 years ago, and worked her way up the ranks before getting a life-changing phone from CEO Marc Benioff. Janet Foutty, Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting, has been at Deloitte for 26 years and seen firsthand ...Show More

22:51 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Peggy Johnson gets paid millions to help make Microsoft billions. Her actual title is executive vice president for business development, and she's helped lead over 40 investments with Microsoft Ventures. One deal was the acquisition of LinkedIn — for...Show More

25:49 | Jan 26th, 2018

Entrepreneur and Shark Tank star Daymond John. John grew up in Queens, New York, where he dreamed of making clothes for hip hop stars. He turned his mom's house into a factory, used graffiti as marketing, and talked his way on to the sets of music vi...Show More

28:30 | Jan 19th, 2018

For a lot of her career, Erika Nardini worked at big companies: Microsoft, AOL, even Fidelity Investments. Then she took a risk by becoming CEO of Barstool Sports. Barstool is a comedy website known for the kinds of things guys talk about over beers:...Show More

30:37 | Jan 12th, 2018

Marc Lore's first big startup sold diapers, and it was bought by Amazon for more than $500 million. Instead of celebrating, Lore felt a let down. After Amazon, he went on to found a competitor, called Jet.com, which he recently sold to Walmart for $3...Show More

32:19 | Jan 5th, 2018

Susan Lyne dropped out of college and lived in a commune. She wrote for magazines and founded her own movie magazine. She green-lighted Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and The Bachelor while leading ABC Entertainment. She led Martha Stewar...Show More

10:31 | Dec 29th, 2017

For startups on the path to success, there's often one moment or decision that catapults them from obscurity to the big leagues. This year on "Success! How I Did It," founders of companies such as PayPal, Lyft, and Dropbox shared how they built their...Show More

29:07 | Dec 22nd, 2017

On this episode, a different view of how to "make it." Business Insider’s senior strategy reporter Richard Feloni spoke with Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard while he was promoting his new book "Beyond the Self," which he co-autho...Show More

21:13 | Dec 15th, 2017

Venus Williams is one of the most dominant players in tennis, and has been for over two decades. A tennis prodigy who turned pro at age 14, she’s broken through barriers to win four Olympic gold medals and seven Grand Slam singles titles. On this epi...Show More

30:03 | Dec 8th, 2017

Max Levchin cofounded PayPal with Peter Thiel and built it into a Silicon Valley success with the help of Reid Hoffman and Elon Musk. They took it public and sold to eBay in 2002, then all four left the company. But Levchin couldn't let go. He'd stil...Show More

29:42 | Dec 6th, 2017

Business Insider's US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell sits down with three of the journalists whose reporting led to a national reckoning with sexual harassment. Jodi Kantor is one of two New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein harass...Show More

30:22 | Dec 1st, 2017

Megyn Kelly was already a rising star at Fox News when she hit the big time by taking on a Presidential candidate named Donald Trump. Then, we learned Kelly had been sexually harassed by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. He was fired — the first volley in a ...Show More

11:08 | Nov 24th, 2017

It takes a lot of hard work to become an effective leader. In this Master Class episode of "Success! How I Did It," top executives and tech CEOs reveal their secrets to being a successful leader in any industry. Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti, Lyft’s John ...Show More

26:23 | Nov 17th, 2017

Tim Ferriss first found fame with his 2007 book "The 4-Hour Workweek." After taking a break from writing in 2012, he became an accidental podcast star with "The Tim Ferriss Show," which is approaching 200 million downloads. He sat down for an intervi...Show More

26:44 | Nov 10th, 2017

People talk about Reid Hoffman as the philosopher of Silicon Valley. That’s by design. Before starting his career as an investor and master of social networks, he planned to be a "public intellectual." Hoffman says his philosophical training guides h...Show More

30:46 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Before finding fame on "Shark Tank," and before building her New York real-estate empire, Barbara Corcoran was one of 10 kids in a working-class New Jersey family. If nothing else, she learned how to take a risk. She started with a $1,000 loan from h...Show More

32:00 | Oct 27th, 2017

Dana Perino didn’t crave the limelight. Then she landed one of the most public jobs — as George W. Bush's White House press secretary. Now Perino is at Fox News, where her star has been rising in the wake of sexual-harassment scandals at the network....Show More

29:18 | Oct 20th, 2017

Spencer Rascoff knows a lot about running a company during a crisis. He’s the CEO of Zillow, which he ran through the housing crash. That was after he ran Hotwire, which survived the dot com crash only to learn it sold plane tickets to the 9/11 hijac...Show More

27:49 | Oct 13th, 2017

John Zimmer is the cofounder and president of the ride-hailing service Lyft, which has faced a fierce competitor in Uber since the beginning. Lyft is valued at $7.5 billion, covers 94% of the US population, and one of its biggest advantages seems to ...Show More

29:47 | Oct 6th, 2017

When Chef Jose Andres arrived in the United States 26 years ago, few Americans had heard of tapas. Since then, Americans have warmed up to Spanish small plates and Andrés has gone on to lead 26 restaurants and win two Michelin stars. He even claims t...Show More

24:34 | Sep 29th, 2017

Tony Robbins has used his commanding presence to build a career as the world's most famous life and business coach, helping people like President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and the Golden State Warriors. He recently hosted the winners of the Shopif...Show More

26:55 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Joanna Coles is the Chief Content Officer at Hearst, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo and Marie Claire before that. She's also the executive producer of a hit show on Freeform and a member of Snap's board. Coles told Business Insider's US Editor-...Show More

29:44 | Sep 15th, 2017

John Brennan is the former director of the CIA, a position he held until this past January. Now he’s attempting to retire for the second time. In April, Brennan was invited to speak at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta by Intersport for a summit...Show More

30:21 | Sep 1st, 2017

Ben Lerer spent his 20s co-founding Thrillist, a local recommendation site for “civilized bros.” He's now the CEO of digital holding company Group Nine, which is a merger of four brands: Thrillist, The Dodo, video news network NowThis, and Discovery’...Show More

11:05 | Aug 22nd, 2017

In this Master Class episode of "Success! How I Did It," Fortune 500 CEOs and top executives reveal what it takes to reach the top, and how to set yourself up for eventual business world domination in your 20s and 30s. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ball...Show More

29:43 | Aug 16th, 2017

Dan Schulman is the CEO of PayPal. But his career began at AT&T, where he was paid an annual salary of about $14,000 a year. He rose through the ranks to run its core consumer business, then went on to run three public companies including Priceline, ...Show More

30:30 | Aug 9th, 2017

John Sculley is the former CEO of Pepsi and Apple. He was brought on to be Steve Jobs’ adult supervision, and to teach him marketing. But the job was tough, and working with Apple’s brilliant founder was, too. During one particularly tense moment, Sc...Show More

28:54 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Jason Calacanis founded Silicon Alley Reporter, Weblogs Inc, Mahalo, and Inside.com. He made an early bet on Uber that paid off, and he’s now an investor and has his own syndicate. But he had a hard time getting there, including a huge fall from grac...Show More

34:09 | Jul 25th, 2017

Steve Ballmer spent more than 30 years at Microsoft where he rose to become CEO. But his decade at the helm was full of challenges, ranging from the rise of Google to learning how to manage around Microsoft's cofounder, Bill Gates. Ballmer became a b...Show More

22:20 | Jul 13th, 2017

Aaron Levie is co-founder and CEO of Box, a cloud-based file sharing service. He took Box public when he was 29, and now it has a $2.5 billion market cap. But it took a lot of work to get there, including sleepless nights on yoga mats in the office, ...Show More

22:41 | Jul 6th, 2017

Vlad Tenev is co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood, a mobile app that lets you trade stocks free of charge. It's only a few years old and millennials are all over it – the average age of the app’s two million users is 30. The latest fundraising round v...Show More

29:18 | Jun 19th, 2017

Payal Kadakia is the founder of ClassPass, a fitness class booking company that can be found in 39 cities around the world. ClassPass has generated more than 30 million class reservations since 2013 and its new valuation is about $470 million. Kadaki...Show More

25:44 | Jun 12th, 2017

Drew Houston is the founder and CEO of DropBox, an online file storage and sharing service that just turned ten years old. DropBox has grown to over 500 million users, has been valued at about $10 billion, and generates over a billion dollars in annu...Show More

40:05 | Jun 1st, 2017

Jonah Peretti is the founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, a digital media empire that started as an Instant Messenger bot. The bot spotted trending links across the web and sent them to groups of friends. Peretti grew that into a $1.5 billion media company t...Show More

32:30 | May 26th, 2017

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has taken a series of smart risks throughout his career that have helped him reach the top. He began as a college student in Boston who managed a strawberry farm. He later became a hotshot Internet advertising salesman who sold ...Show More

25:37 | May 11th, 2017

LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. He sat down with Business Insider's US Editor-in-Chief, Alyson Shontell, for a video interview to discuss his team's epic comeback in the 2016 NBA finals, what he eats, how he works...Show More

22:20 | May 5th, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Two years ago, her husband Dave Goldberg suddenly died at age 47. She founder herself in a dark place, but had to figure out how to live in this new reality — "Option B" — without him. Sandb...Show More

34:33 | May 2nd, 2017

Gary Vaynerchuk has millions of followers on social media, and has built two businesses to tens of millions in revenue. The "Planet of the Apps" star, investor and best-selling author reveals how he built his career, what it's like to eat dinner with...Show More

30:46 | Apr 25th, 2017

Neil Vogel is the CEO of About.com, a beloved website from the 1990s. He's trying to modernize it by doing something that sounds crazy: He's shutting down the site, and launching a half dozen new brands in its place. Neil is also the founder of the W...Show More

32:28 | Apr 21st, 2017

TheSkimm is a morning email newsletter that tells 5 million subscribers — including Oprah — the news they need to know. But it was not easy for founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg to get TheSkimm off the ground. The two were roommates who had ...Show More

32:33 | Apr 13th, 2017

Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal met while getting their MBAs at Wharton. They cofounded a glasses retailer, Warby Parker, and couldn't decide who should become CEO, so they both took the job. The Co-CEOs sat down with Business Insider's US Editor in ...Show More

45:18 | Mar 17th, 2017

Scott Belsky began his career at Goldman Sachs. But he didn't like it, so he saved $18,000 and bootstrapped a startup, Behance. He later sold it to Adobe for $150 million and made sure half his employees became millionaires. He also put early money i...Show More

36:50 | Feb 24th, 2017

Bryan Goldberg, 33, is the founder of Bustle, a digital-media startup with 55 million monthly readers that covers everything from politics to "The Bachelor." Its latest valuation puts it on par with Goldberg's last startup, Bleacher Report, which sol...Show More

34:55 | Feb 14th, 2017

Sean Rad, the founder of dating app Tinder, knew right away he had a hit app on his hands. In an interview with Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell, Rad discusses the highs and lows of building a business. He explains how he came up with...Show More