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Business Schooled


In this new podcast by Synchrony, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Initialized Capital and Reddit, meets the OG generation of entrepreneurs and learns how they started their own booming businesses.
Lesson 1: Stitching it all together

20:43 | Nov 24th, 2018

Quilting, one of America's oldest pastimes, is now also a great American success story. Alexis Ohanian visits Hamilton, Missouri, to meet Jenny Doan, founder of Missouri Star Quilt Company and her son, Al, to learn how they rebuilt their life, their ...Show More
Lesson 2: Practicing joy (and medicine)

32:05 | Nov 24th, 2018

Sometimes overnight success can be a business' biggest problem. Alexis Ohanian travels to Katy, Texas, to meet Dr. Anastasia Gentles and Zawadi Bryant, co-founders of NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care, to uncover their unique approach to growing a thr...Show More
Lesson 3: Scaling in perfect harmony

21:34 | Nov 24th, 2018

Move over Austin and Nashville, there’s another music capital in the US. Alexis Ohanian touches down in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to meet Chuck Surack, CEO and founder of Sweetwater, to learn how he went from doing business out of the back of a VW van to ...Show More
Lesson 4: Carrying on with conviction

28:00 | Nov 24th, 2018

How does a 60-something with a PhD in Social Welfare reinvent herself and the travel bag industry? Alexis Ohanian visits Lo & Sons’ Brooklyn headquarters to meet its convention-defying CEO, Helen Lo. Along with her two sons, Helen reveals how they tu...Show More
Lesson 5: Pricing it right

23:10 | Nov 24th, 2018

How does someone who is camera-shy become one of the most recognizable faces in Southern California? Alexis Ohanian visits San Diego to meet Jerry Navarra and Brian Woods of Jerome’s Furniture and discuss TV-commercial stardom, family-business succes...Show More
Lesson 6: Restarting your engines

23:15 | Nov 24th, 2018

Going from 0 to 60 mph isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Alexis Ohanian stops by West Palm Beach, Florida, to meet Vinnie DeVito—founder, and CEO of Resurrection Muscle Cars. Vinnie describes his comeback from financial despair, parting with a belov...Show More
Lesson 7: Raising a unicorn

17:21 | Nov 24th, 2018

Who said 50 cents and unbeatable customer service isn’t enough to start a booming business? Alexis Ohanian visits Long Island, New York, to learn how the American Dream has become reality for Gregg Richard, CEO of P.C. Richard & Son, and his family. 
Lesson 8: Minding your dad's business

31:27 | Nov 24th, 2018

As he concludes his journey across the country learning from OG Gen-X and Boomer entrepreneurs, Alexis admits he’s never talked business with the man he credits for getting him started. Alexis heads to Baltimore, Maryland, to sit down with his father...Show More
Business Schooled Sneak Peek

01:55 | Nov 21st, 2018

Catch a preview of some of the lessons Alexis Ohanian learns on his 8-episode journey across the United States. All episodes drop November 24, 2018.
Business Schooled: Premiering November 24

00:41 | Nov 8th, 2018

People tend to think that all the innovation is happening by founders under 40. Fact is, Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers are building twice as many businesses as Millennials. In Business Schooled, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Initialized Capital and Redd...Show More