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StartUp Podcast


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A series about what it's really like to start a business.
Alex Talks to Sam Esmail

43:16 | Feb 15th

Gimlet has a new show called Without Fail where Alex talks to all kinds of people — including entrepreneurs and business people — about their successes and their failures and what they’ve learned from both.We think these conversations are ones that S...Show More
Arlan Hamilton 6: Going Rogue

28:29 | Jun 8th, 2018

In our final episode of the series, Arlan is on a roll. She’s making new investments, raising her profile in the VC world, and bringing new people into her network. Some of her founders tell us why they really wanted investment from Backstage. And Ar...Show More
Arlan Hamilton 2: The Hustle

31:08 | May 4th, 2018

In this week’s episode we dive into what Silicon Valley considers “hustle” and how it may need to update its definition. We also find out how Arlan first got into venture capital—after months of sleeping on the floor at San Francisco International Ai...Show More
Gimlet 1: How Not to Pitch a Billionaire

29:11 | Apr 6th, 2014

This is a series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. It's called StartUp.  In episode one, Alex Blumberg botches his pitch to Silicon Valley billionaire Chris Sacca.
Alex Talks to a Podcasting Pioneer

48:28 | May 17th

Jeff Ullrich was a struggling business manager with a drinking problem and a waning sense of professional direction when, in 2010, he saw an opportunity: podcasting. It was a brand new medium, and no one had really tapped its potential. Together with...Show More
Alex Talks to a Turnaround Specialist

47:23 | Mar 1st

For many businesses, it’s all about looking forward. New trends, new brands, new verticals. But Sharon Price John sees a different path: one that involves looking to the past. She has made a career of reinvigorating forgotten and failing brands, incl...Show More
Success Academy 1: The Problem

41:06 | Nov 9th, 2018

The Story: Eva Moskowitz wants to fix a really big problem. There are over a million kids in New York City’s public schools. Most can’t read or do math at grade level. Many won’t graduate on time. And it’s largely poor, black and brown kids who are s...Show More
BONUS: Behind The Scenes With Arlan & Amy

36:35 | Jun 22nd, 2018

For seven months, Arlan Hamilton agreed to let StartUp reporter Amy Standen follow her around with a microphone and ask her all kinds of questions — from how much money she had raised for her venture capital firm, Backstage Capital, to where she slep...Show More
Arlan Hamilton 5: Control

37:53 | Jun 1st, 2018

In this week’s episode, Arlan tries to maintain control as investments fall through, she butts heads with a prominent investing platform, and we meet the Thelma to her Louise.This is the fifth episode in a six-part series on Arlan Hamilton and her co...Show More
Arlan Hamilton 1: Silicon Valley, By Invite Only

29:33 | Apr 27th, 2018

Silicon Valley is leaving money on the table, and Arlan Hamilton will go to extremes to prove it. She's a venture capitalist like no other — black, female, gay — and she's out to prove that investors in the Valley are overlooking big returns they cou...Show More
Dear Music Fans… (REBROADCAST)

54:51 | Nov 10th, 2017

When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate how disruptive they would be. Their mission was a noble one: bring an end to online piracy by offering cheap, convenient, and legal access to music....Show More
You Have to Invent Something

39:39 | Apr 14th, 2017

In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit -- one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can be treacherous, and Stuart's big idea left him broke. Now he's back with a new toy and a surprising al...Show More
Dov Charney 1: Labels

37:36 | Nov 4th, 2016

Season 4 of StartUp continues with the story of a well-known entrepreneur who built a widely recognized business, lost it all, and is now starting over—from scratch.Over the next several episodes, we’ll hear as this founder makes his second attempt a...Show More
Alex Talks to Award-Winning Chef Edouardo Jordan

48:00 | May 10th

When Edouardo Jordan’s Seattle restaurant JuneBaby won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant last year, it was the first time that an African American chef had won that particular honor. Edouardo won for a restaurant that reclaims black south...Show More
Alex Talks to an Early Facebook Insider

51:06 | Apr 26th

Dave Morin’s love for the internet began when he was a geeky kid in Montana. By his early 20s, it had led him to Apple and then to Facebook, where he became employee number 29. He helped the company innovate, pursuing a deeply-held mission: letting p...Show More
Alex Talks to the Family Behind A Radio Revolution

42:54 | Feb 22nd

Before 1970, the most popular radio stations in the U.S were run by white people. But that all changed when Percy Sutton helped to form Inner City Broadcasting with the mission of putting black programming in the hands of black people. Together he an...Show More
Introducing Conviction — Part One: The Private Eye

37:33 | Feb 5th

The first episode of Gimlet’s latest release: Conviction. This investigative series explores the dark truths about the criminal justice system in America and the developing case of Pedro Hernandez. Pedro’s case has gained national attention as an egr...Show More
Making a TV Series 1: A Complete Moonshot

31:37 | Oct 19th, 2018

Two years ago, Gimlet released its first fiction podcast: Homecoming. Now, this November, a television series based on the hit podcast and starring Julia Roberts is launching.  Alex Blumberg was behind the scenes as Homecoming went from podcast to TV...Show More
BONUS: Without Fail - Groupon's Andrew Mason, pt. 1

31:38 | Oct 5th, 2018

The Story:Alex is back in the host’s chair to introduce a new show from Gimlet - his own! It's an interview show called Without Fail where Alex talks to people who have made a big bet and either won or lost.When Andrew Mason started Groupon 10 years ...Show More
BONUS: Introducing Without Fail - Sophia Amoruso: From Nasty Gal to Girlboss

45:02 | Oct 5th, 2018

The Story:Alex is back in the host’s chair today to introduce a new show from Gimlet - his own! It's an interview show called Without Fail where he talks to people who have made a big bet and either won.. or lost.When Sophia Amoruso started selling v...Show More
Twitch 1: Almost Famous

28:08 | Sep 21st, 2018

The Story: A group of friends moves across the country to launch an unlikely website that they think could replace television. The media loves them. They just need to figure out how to get their users to feel the same way. This is part one of a two-p...Show More
Arlan Hamilton 4: Hacks

28:39 | May 25th, 2018

Arlan has only a few months left before her cash runs out out when a seemingly perfect opportunity comes along. Is it too good to be true? Also, we take a look at Arlan's past as an entrepreneur, before she became a venture capitalist. What did she l...Show More
Arlan Hamilton 3: Picking Winners

30:58 | May 11th, 2018

Like most venture capitalists, Arlan Hamilton plans to find the next billion dollar company by pattern matching—that's when VCs look to entrepreneurs who've been successful in the past and pick founders that match those qualities. Most VCs pattern ma...Show More
BONUS: An Announcement From StartUp and Introducing The Nod

42:48 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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 cul...Show More
Domains 1: The .com King

30:18 | Sep 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More
How To Invent A New Sport

37:05 | Jun 23rd, 2017

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 ...Show More
Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine

31:31 | May 19th, 2017

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. 
Dov Charney 7: MAGIC

40:15 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Following his ousting from American Apparel, Dov Charney has been eager to restart and launch his new venture—Los Angeles Apparel. He has assembled the fabric, the equipment, and the people to help make his new clothing line. Now he needs to find his...Show More
Dov Charney 6: Anger

1:02:15 | Dec 16th, 2016

In the spring of 2014, the American Apparel board offered Dov Charney two options: forfeit your position as CEO and stay on as a creative consultant or be removed from the company entirely. Charney chose the latter, and it became big news. It’s a sto...Show More
Dov Charney 5: Suits

1:03:59 | Dec 9th, 2016

In 2007, Dov Charney took American Apparel public, placing the company under heightened scrutiny. This meant Charney lost the privacy and autonomy he’d grown accustomed to.  And, as more stories emerged from inside the company, some began to reevalua...Show More
Dov Charney 4: Boundaries

45:39 | Dec 2nd, 2016

While Dov Charney was running American Apparel, he didn’t shy away from unconventionality. And for many entrepreneurs, breaking convention is an essential part of growing an innovative company. But pushing boundaries is one thing. Completely ignoring...Show More
Dov Charney 3: Photos

34:38 | Nov 18th, 2016

In this episode, we trace American Apparel’s rise from the early wholesale days in South Carolina to the booming retail behemoth that the company eventually became. We speak with some of the people closest to Dov Charney along the way, in order to fi...Show More
Dov Charney 2: Workers

28:44 | Nov 11th, 2016

Dov Charney is trying to rebuild a multi-million dollar apparel company from the ground up. But he can’t do it alone. In this episode, we’ll hear from the people who have signed on to work with Charney, the people who have remained loyal to him since...Show More
Gimlet 23: Shadowed Qualities

40:47 | Oct 21st, 2016

This week, Alex receives feedback about his job performance from his co-workers, friends, and family. Some of it is good, some less so. But there is something else that comes up during the review process that shocks him.We explore what happens when y...Show More
ConBody 2: From the Cell to the Sell

47:54 | Jun 17th, 2016

Coss Marte went from running a multi-million dollar drug operation to sitting in solitary confinement. And it’s here, alone in his cell, where he gets the idea for his next business: a fitness company inspired by his time behind bars. But Coss quickl...Show More
Twitch 2: Gaming the System

36:55 | Apr 22nd, 2016

We pick up where we left off in the last episode, and hear how Justin, Emmett, Michael, and Kyle try to extend the life of their video-streaming company by making some risky but important decisions. In the process, their scrappy startup catches the e...Show More
Twitch 1: Almost Famous

30:05 | Apr 15th, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! This season, we’re doing something new. Instead of following one company over many episodes, we’ll be telling the stories of a bunch of different companies. This season, you’ll meet entrepreneurs from differe...Show More
Gimlet 18: Pitch Perfect 2

36:57 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Gimlet is growing fast. We have four shows on the air, and several others in pre-production. If we want to grow faster, though, we could use some more cash. Matt and Alex head back into the world of venture capital, deciding whether or not to raise a...Show More
Dating Ring 1: Origin Story

34:15 | Apr 23rd, 2015

First comes love...then comes equity StartUp is a podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. In Season 1, Alex Blumberg told the story of launching this business, Gimlet Media, a podcast network. In Season 2, Alex is...Show More
Gimlet 13: Fake It Til You Make It

30:56 | Feb 1st, 2015

Episode 13 addresses a question that has been dogging us since the company’s beginnings: Are we a technology company or a content company?This question led to months of debate. Many voices weighed in on either side, including Marco Arment, the lead d...Show More
Gimlet 4: Startups are a Risky Business

29:45 | Sep 24th, 2014

StartUps are a risky business, but there's lots of reasons to write a check. 
Gimlet 3: How To Divide An Imaginary Pie

32:46 | Sep 17th, 2014

How much of your company should you give up when you bring on a partner?
Alex Talks to Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp

42:46 | Jul 26th

As a Democrat from a red state, Senator Heidi Heitkamp built a reputation for her willingness to buck party pressure and reach across the aisle. But when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, she found herself facing a decision between ...Show More
Alex Talks to Elaine Welteroth

34:10 | Jul 19th

When Elaine Welteroth was appointed editor in chief of Teen Vogue in 2015, she was the youngest and first black editor in the publication’s history. She set out to transform Teen Vogue into something more than just a fashion magazine...but Elaine had...Show More
Alex Talks to CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna

46:55 | Jul 12th

Jerry Colonna was a high-flying venture capitalist in New York City at the height of the dot-com boom. He looked like the picture of success—but as time wore on, he felt more and more like a fraud. And when the boom went bust, it all began to unravel...Show More
The Nod's Eric Eddings Talks to Erika Alexander

48:06 | Jun 21st

Actor Erika Alexander came of age at a moment when there were lots of Black TV shows airing in primetime. She got her break in the early ‘90s with a role on the Cosby Show, and found fame as fast-talking lawyer Maxine Shaw in the hit sitcom Living Si...Show More
Alex Talks to Gretchen Carlson

49:15 | Jun 14th

Gretchen Carlson, the long-time co-host of Fox & Friends, set off shockwaves in 2016 when she filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Just two weeks later, he was ousted from the network. But it had taken yea...Show More
Alex Talks to Pose Co-Creator Steven Canals

41:06 | Jun 7th

Steven Canals was a virtual unknown when he co-created the award-winning TV series Pose. Set in the 1980s ballroom scene of New York, the show is unlike any prime time television drama that had come before it — and that is in large part because Steve...Show More
Alex Talks to Actress Anna Chlumsky

41:36 | Apr 19th

Anna Chlumsky became famous virtually overnight at the age of 10, when she starred in the 1991 hit My Girl opposite Macaulay Culkin. And then, a few years later, she disappeared. She left acting completely and decided to become something else: an utt...Show More
Alex Talks to a Tragedy Expert

41:09 | Apr 12th

In the days after September 11, 2001, Kenneth Feinberg took on an unenviable task. Congress had created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and it was his job to figure out who should receive money and how much they should get. But much of h...Show More
Alex Talks to a Cold Case Investigator

46:57 | Mar 29th

Paul Holes was starting out in the field of criminology when, one day in 1994, he spotted a filing cabinet in the library of the crime lab where he was working. He opened a drawer, pulled out some files, and discovered the cold case that he would spe...Show More
Alex Talks to an HR Maverick

40:46 | Mar 22nd

In 1998, Patty McCord joined a new company called Netflix. Her title was chief talent officer. And over the next ten years as Netflix grew (and grew), she and CEO Reed Hastings built a new kind of workplace. They threw out all the usual rules -- no m...Show More
Alex Talks to a Wall Street Outcast

42:30 | Mar 15th

During the dot-com bubble, Henry Blodget was making millions of dollars as a top analyst on Wall Street. But when that bubble burst, his fortunes changed. He became the public face of a corruption investigation that ended with the SEC banning him fro...Show More
Business Wars & The Rap Game’s Biggest Battle

05:00 | Mar 7th

Business Wars brings you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights — or to ruin. Now playing: Death Row Records vs. Bad Boy Records. Subscribe and listen at wonde...Show More
Success Academy 7: The High School

55:46 | Dec 28th, 2018

Eva Moskowitz calls Success Academy's high school the startup within the startup. And, as at any startup, there’s been a lot of chaos in its first few years. Magic five--it’s no longer working. The kids are questioning authority. Teachers are leaving...Show More
Success Academy 6: The Fights

40:35 | Dec 21st, 2018

Over the years, Success Academy has faced many existential threats. Eva has had to battle the most powerful man in New York City to fight for space for her schools. She has also had to defend her organization when a controversial video featuring a Su...Show More
Success Academy 5: Expectations

51:52 | Dec 14th, 2018

It’s no mystery that Success Academy has high expectations — not just for its teachers, but also for its parents and students. Having a high bar is the key to Success’ amazing results. But the charter network’s expectations can make life hard for fam...Show More
Success Academy 4: Growth

53:12 | Dec 7th, 2018

Success Academy has grown quickly — in just 12 years, the network has gone from one school in Harlem to 47 schools across New York City. In order to do this, Success has had to hire many inexperienced teachers, and move them up the ranks quickly. Ami...Show More
Success Academy 3: The Test

45:31 | Nov 30th, 2018

Success Academy’s state test results are truly remarkable — their students score in the top one percent in New York State, often beating out kids from the wealthiest districts. And the network's reputation is built on these results — it’s a big part ...Show More
Success Academy 2: The Founder

50:13 | Nov 17th, 2018

Eva Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, the highest performing and most controversial charter school network in New York City, and the subject of this season of StartUp. To understand Success, you have to understand Eva.So on this ep...Show More
Making a TV Series 4: The Stars of Homecoming

23:22 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Alex Blumberg sits down with the stars of the Homecoming  TV show-- Julia Roberts and Stephan James, and director Sam Esmail-- to talk about how they came to the project and what it was like to film it.This is the final part of a four-part mini-serie...Show More
Making a TV Series 3: The Bird That Launched 1000 Ships

26:04 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Being in charge of a big-budget TV production means having to make decisions. It's a new kind of power for Micah and Eli, and one that's sometimes uncomfortable to exercise. The words they write have real-world, three-dimensional—and sometimes winged...Show More
Making a TV Series 2: Santa's Hollywood Workshop

24:13 | Oct 26th, 2018

Micah and Eli get to work, writing the scripts for the Homecoming TV show. But taking something meant only for the ear, and turning it into something for the eye... proves to be deceptively challenging. Plus, Alex visits the set of the show, to meet ...Show More
Twitch 2: Gaming The System

37:44 | Sep 28th, 2018

The Story:At the end of the last episode, co-founders Justin, Emmett, Michael, and Kyle had a big problem on their hands. Streaming Justin's life 24/7—the very idea their company was founded on—turned out to be kind of boring. Pretty soon people stop...Show More
Church Planting 6: The Woman At The Pulpit

26:48 | Sep 7th, 2018

The Story: In the evangelical world, there are very few female church planters. In 2012 only three percent of all conservative churches had women as lead pastors. In large part because one of their key theological beliefs is that women, according to ...Show More
Church Planting 5: The Retreat

39:40 | Aug 10th, 2018

This is our fifth and final episode following pastor AJ Smith, who has been trying to grow a new church in Philadelphia. It’s a process that has come with all sorts of existential problems, but also… some very practical ones. In order for Restoration...Show More
Church Planting 4: The Conversation

40:00 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Hell, homosexuality, and the role of women in church — these are some of the most sensitive topics in Christian theology today. And the implications are huge: where an individual church stands on these issues can have a major effect on who does or do...Show More
Church Planting 3: The Paradox

38:14 | Jul 20th, 2018

In the world of church planting, every Sunday counts… but there are a couple Sundays each year that can truly change the fate of a church. One of them: Easter. If you want to grab somebody who is open to church, but for whatever reason isn’t going, E...Show More
Church Planting 2: The Pastor

36:24 | Jul 13th, 2018

It takes more than just a calling to start a church. You need a following. You need money. And to get that money, pastors often have to pass a kind of test.  Welcome to the wild world of assessment. There’s  whole industry of professional assessors w...Show More
Church Planting 1: The Movement

36:54 | Jul 6th, 2018

Every year, there’s a movement of thousands of pastors starting new churches — they call them church plants. It’s a world remarkably parallel to the tech industry, with incubators, growth metrics and, well, angel investors. One of these pastors, Wats...Show More
Introducing Church Planters

02:22 | Jun 29th, 2018

For the last six months at StartUp, we have been following a group of pastors and their families who’ve shown us what it’s really like to start a church in modern America. It’s a movement of people trying to disrupt one of the oldest, most bureaucrat...Show More
Alex, Inc. 7: Alex Talks To Zach Braff

37:27 | Apr 13th, 2018

What's it like having Zach Braff play you on TV? Alex gets to ponder that question with the man himself on stage at NYC Podfest. They also talk about Chris Sacca, swearing on podcasts, and crying at work in a conversation moderated by StartUp co-host...Show More
Introducing Season 7

02:51 | Apr 11th, 2018

Season 7 of StartUp is almost here! On April 27th, we’re taking you into the world of venture capital with Silicon Valley’s most unlikely power broker: Arlan Hamilton.  Here’s a sneak peek of our story.And are you looking for more Gimlet in your life...Show More
Alex, Inc. 6: Alex and Matt Pop Quiz

35:01 | Apr 6th, 2018

Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber are pretty much on the same page… right? This week, we put their relationship to the test. Producer Luke Malone got Matt and Alex into separate studios and asked them the same set of questions. Then, M...Show More
Alex, Inc. 5: Alex And Matt, Inc.

56:57 | Mar 23rd, 2018

In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The fifth is: Diversit...Show More
Alex, Inc. 4: Training Day

35:53 | Mar 23rd, 2018

In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The fourth is: We Made...Show More
Alex, Inc. 3: The Name Game

32:56 | Mar 23rd, 2018

In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The third is: How to N...Show More
Alex, Inc. 2: Alex Talks Equity

37:37 | Mar 23rd, 2018

In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The second is: How to ...Show More
Alex, Inc. 1: Sacca Plays Sacca

38:53 | Mar 23rd, 2018

In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our listeners. The first is: How Not ...Show More
Alex Needs Your Help

04:10 | Jan 12th, 2018

Ahead of the release of Alex, Inc. on March 28, we're putting out a curated binge listen of the best StartUp episodes about our company, Gimlet Media. And we want your help. Tell us your favorite Gimlet StartUp episode, and let us know if you have an...Show More
StartupBus 5: Friday

39:33 | Dec 15th, 2017

All this week we’ve been following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there.It’s Friday, the fifth and final da...Show More
StartupBus 4: Thursday

39:20 | Dec 14th, 2017

Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there.It’s Thursday, day four on Startup...Show More
StartupBus 3: Wednesday

35:01 | Dec 13th, 2017

Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there.It’s Wednesday, day three on Start...Show More
StartupBus 2: Tuesday

35:03 | Dec 12th, 2017

Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there.It’s Tuesday, day two on StartupBu...Show More
StartupBus 1: Monday

38:05 | Dec 11th, 2017

This summer, 20 strangers got on a bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For five days, they had one goal: to build and launch companies while on the bus. We’ll be telling this story as it unfolded — with one new episode, every day, over the next ...Show More
Introducing StartupBus

03:18 | Dec 7th, 2017

This past summer, 20 strangers got on a charter bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For three days they had one goal: Build and launch companies from inside the bus. And then? Compete against each other.Reporter Eric Mennel documented it all. An...Show More
Introducing Story Pirates

23:56 | Dec 5th, 2017

Alex is back in the host’s chair today to introduce Gimlet’s first kid’s show—Story Pirates. It’s a podcast where actors, musicians, and comedians turn stories written by kids into hilarious plays and songs.Alex talked with co-host Lee Overtree about...Show More
Driverless Cars 2: The Race for a Self-Driving Future

27:33 | Nov 3rd, 2017

On the last episode of StartUp, we followed the government-sponsored desert race that launched the self-driving car industry. This week, we see what the industry looks like today. You’ve probably heard that Google, Uber, and Tesla are pumping resourc...Show More
Driverless Cars 1: The Grand Challenge

46:10 | Oct 27th, 2017

In 2004, the U.S. government held a race unlike anything that had come before it. It was called the DARPA Grand Challenge, and it followed a 150-mile route through the rugged Mojave Desert. The participants were cars, trucks, ATVs, and one motorcycle...Show More
New Money

29:48 | Oct 13th, 2017

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 fi...Show More
Just Hit Record

57:12 | Oct 6th, 2017

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...Show More
Make China Cool Again

29:21 | Sep 29th, 2017

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 tri...Show More
Sell the Apartment, Keep the Startup

32:33 | Sep 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Domains 2: Sex Dot Con

33:29 | Sep 8th, 2017

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...Show More
Introducing Season 6

03:05 | Aug 28th, 2017

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

35:27 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 powerfu...Show More
BONUS — Check Out The Pitch

35:11 | Jul 20th, 2017

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...Show More
Building The Perfect Cup of Coffee

34:58 | Jul 7th, 2017

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is trying to produce the perfect cup of coffee. And he’s trying to do it with beans grown in the midst of an active war zone in Yemen. Despite those challenges, his company’s first batch earned rave reviews, and sold for $16 a cup...Show More
Gimlet 24: Ask Alex

35:14 | Jun 30th, 2017

You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp.
Life After Startup

41:39 | Jun 16th, 2017

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 ...Show More
BONUS - Introducing The Pitch

34:18 | Jun 14th, 2017

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.Our SponsorsEbay – Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever yo...Show More
Dating Ring 3: Another Side Of The Story (REBROADCAST)

32:58 | Jun 9th, 2017

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. Thi...Show More
Bug Business

29:25 | May 26th, 2017

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 som...Show More
Running a Family and a Business

35:43 | May 12th, 2017

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—h...Show More
BONUS - Introducing Every Little Thing

21:42 | May 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Friendster 2: The Fall

34:14 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 st...Show More
Friendster 1: The Rise

36:53 | Apr 21st, 2017

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?--Ask AlexGot a question ...Show More
BONUS - Introducing Twice Removed

35:00 | Jan 13th, 2017

In episode 2 of this season of StartUp, producer Molly Messick followed producers Eric Mennel and Ngofeen Mputubwele, who were working on creating a new Gimlet show called Twice Removed. That show has now launched. In this special bonus episode, Alex...Show More
BONUS - Introducing Gimlet’s Fall Slate

24:12 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Alex Blumberg interviews Pat Walters, Eli Horowitz, Marc Smerling, and Zac Stuart-Pontier — the creators of Gimlet’s three newest shows. Hear how Gimlet developed these projects and what they are all about. And enjoy some favorite clips as well as sn...Show More
Gimlet 22: You Can't Wear a Suit Here

36:12 | Oct 14th, 2016

Growth. It can be exciting, it can be motivating, and it can be really stressful. In this week’s episode, we take a look at the tensions that Gimlet’s growth spurt is creating. We speak with the team producing one of our upcoming shows to see what it...Show More
Gimlet 21: Diversification of Worry

36:40 | Oct 7th, 2016

StartUp is back! And we’re kicking Season 4 off with an update on what’s happening here at Gimlet Media. Since the start of the year, Gimlet has more than doubled in size. And while growth is often the goal for a startup, it also costs a lot of money...Show More
Introducing Season 4

02:16 | Oct 4th, 2016

Season 4 of StartUp is almost here. Here's a sneak peek of the fourth season, which kicks off with some episodes about the company that makes this podcast: Gimlet Media.Since we last checked in on Gimlet HQ, the company has grown a ton. And with grow...Show More
BONUS - Introducing Heavyweight

30:40 | Sep 27th, 2016

Alex Blumberg sits down with Jonathan Goldstein, host of Gimlet Media's newest show, Heavyweight. They talk about working at This American Life, about Jonathan's previous show, WireTap, about Kermit the Frog. And, they play an excerpt from a Heavywei...Show More
BONUS - Introducing Science Vs

27:39 | Jul 28th, 2016

Alex Blumberg interviews Wendy Zukerman, host of Gimlet Media's newest show, Science Vs. Hear how Wendy found her way to Gimlet and enjoy the first half of the latest episode: Science Vs Attachment Parenting. 
2680 Madison Road

45:33 | Jul 1st, 2016

Something is amiss at 2680 Madison Road. In the thriving Cincinnati neighborhood of Hyde Park, the property is sandwiched between several decades-old Cincinnati staples, and a stone’s throw away from an upscale shopping center. The space is huge, the...Show More
Up in Flames

43:51 | Jun 24th, 2016

Edgar Diaz has dedicated his life to dairy. He sees an incredible beauty in milk and the things that can come from it: soft cheese, rich dulce de leche, and creamy yogurt.He knows that to produce a really good yogurt, the conditions are just as impor...Show More
ConBody 1: Happy Ending

39:06 | Jun 10th, 2016

Coss Marte is getting ready to pitch his company to a panel of prominent entrepreneurs and an audience of hundreds. He’s competing against five other startups for a chance at $100,000. With this money, Coss hopes to grow his small exercise studio in ...Show More
Kitchen Confidential

47:00 | May 27th, 2016

Two men decide to start a company. Everything is going well... until it’s not. That’s the moment they decide to start recording their conversations—painful, awkward, emotional conversations.Jason and Vincent launched Bento about a year ago. Their goa...Show More
The Runway

37:52 | May 20th, 2016

It’s not uncommon for shoppers to walk out of Mary Going’s store feeling on top of the world. Mary runs Saint Harridan, a company that makes custom suits for the gender non-conforming. With her store, Mary has created a space that caters to the needs...Show More
Dear Music Fans...

54:35 | May 13th, 2016

When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate quite how disruptive they would be. Their mission was a noble one: bring an end to online piracy by offering cheap, convenient, and legal access to ...Show More
Pirate Needs Pirate

37:55 | Apr 29th, 2016

Mike is on a mission to bring his customers something they desperately want. Every week, he embarks on a long and unpredictable journey across international borders and smuggles back some highly sought-after goods. And though what he’s doing is techn...Show More
Introducing Season 3

03:18 | Apr 8th, 2016

Season 3 launches Thursday, April 14th
BONUS - Introducing Sampler (#20.5)

32:53 | Jan 28th, 2016

This week, we bring you a special bonus episode. In episode #20.5, Alex shares Gimlet’s latest podcast, Sampler, hosted by Brittany Luse.**Warning, this episode contains content and language not suitable for children.About Sampler:Sampler brings you ...Show More
Gimlet 20: Disorg Chart

34:45 | Jan 8th, 2016

As we wrap up this mini-season, Lisa Chow comes back from maternity leave and notices some big changes at Gimlet. And these changes... they aren't all for the better. Lisa talks to Gimlet employees about concerns over power, accountability, and contr...Show More
Gimlet 19: Diversity Report

45:23 | Dec 18th, 2015

If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ, there are a few things you’d probably notice right off the bat. First, it’s crowded - like a grungy dorm room. Second, the lighting… it’s not great. Not many windows. Third, it’s white. Really white. 24 of Gimlet’s...Show More
Gimlet 17: Words About Words From Our Sponsors

42:04 | Nov 20th, 2015

Gimlet is starting a new line of business, and it’s a complicated one: Branded content. Branded content is a piece of media (a video, a story, a podcast, etc.) paid for by a company that then has editorial control over the product. Lots of companies ...Show More
Gimlet 16: The Secret Formula

47:19 | Nov 4th, 2015

Gimlet is making a big, expensive bet. The kind of bet that could make or break the company. And it’s a bet that comes down to one factor: What is Gimlet’s competitive advantage? As the company launches its fourth new show, “Surprisingly Awesome,” we...Show More
Gimlet 15: Married To Your Business

35:33 | Oct 22nd, 2015

We return to the offices of Gimlet for the start of a new mini-season. It's been a year since the company launched and things are changing... fast. In this episode, Alex and his wife, Nazanin, wrestle with a huge decision that has implications for bo...Show More
BONUS: But Wait, There's More!

28:58 | Jul 17th, 2015

A Gimlet update and a special announcement
Dating Ring 9: Dating Ring Of Fire

29:43 | Jun 25th, 2015

Under pressure, the Dating Ring founders make a big decision
BONUS - Gimlet's Newest Podcast (Season 2, #5.5)

25:53 | May 29th, 2015

This week, we take a break from our usual programming on Dating Ring to bring you this very special bonus episode, featuring Gimlet's newest show.
Gimlet 12: Burnout

27:43 | Jan 19th, 2015

Recovering from a breaking pointThanks to everyone who took our listener survey last week. To see the results, visit: https://hearstartup.typeform.com/report/ofUGcO/wheU 
Gimlet 11: Know Your Customer

26:23 | Jan 5th, 2015

Lessons on building an audience While working on this episode, we realized we want to know more about our audience. So, we created a survey. It takes about two minutes to complete, and you can find it at startuplistener.com  We would be very grateful...Show More
Gimlet 9: We Made A Mistake

29:27 | Dec 7th, 2014

Gimlet Media addresses a company mistake.