StartUp Podcast

Gimlet 1: How Not to Pitch a Billionaire

29:11 | Apr 6th, 2014

3 recommendations

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 ...Show More


mm recommended:May 16th, 2019

Listening to Alex Blumberg on his first pitch to shows how even founders with successful exits don’t always start perfectly. Was hilarious hearing him cringe hearing himself. So meta.

mmJun 20th, 2019

@klavender - Welcome! This series is really good. It's about Alex Blumberg when he was first started to build out Gimlet Media (like the HBO of podcasts). They recently got acquired by Spotify.

amelia recommended:May 13th, 2019

Raw and hilarious and brillant. And also made me feel better about my own trials as a founder!

mmMay 14th, 2019

@amelia Definitely putting this on my to listen list. Gimlet has gone far since this botched pitch!

ameliaMay 14th, 2019

@mm oh it's such an excellent series, and yeah even more poignant looking back now given where they've grown to!

mmMay 14th, 2019

@amelia Have you listened to the 5-part Arlan Hamilton series on StartUp? It's so good.

ameliaMay 14th, 2019

@mm No! Wow thanks for the recommendation :) I'm new to the community and this was a great welcome.

mmMay 14th, 2019

@amelia You’re welcome! Let me know what you think via echo (I’ll see it) after you listen to the Arlan Hamilton series. @aliceko and I have so many thoughts about it. It gets pretty dramatic towards middle and end.

ameliaMay 15th, 2019

@mm Thank you so much!! :)

mmMay 16th, 2019

@amelia Just listened to this! They both made a pretty good exit since that first pitch. A lot of “shits” and “douchebags”. I wonder what this would sound like if one or both were women.

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