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A series about what it's really like to start a business.
128 Episodes
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 comedian Scott Aukerman, Jeff founded Earwolf, one of the first podcast networks, and developed shows like How Did This Get Made? and Comedy Bang! Bang!. Jeff was one of the biggest names in the industry — and then he made a decision that got him erased from the history books.
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 southern food and proclaims its history. But he had spent years overlooking his culinary roots as he trained in high-end kitchens. It was a path he started down when, as a lowly cook in Tampa, Florida, he talked himself into a job at the famed restaurant The French Laundry.
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 people be themselves and share their lives on the internet. But when Facebook began to shift, deprioritizing user privacy, Dave left the company. And he tried to create his own social media utopia.
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 utterly normal college student, who set off on an utterly normal career. Anna tells Alex about that time in her life, about her eventual return to acting, and about playing Amy Brookheimer on the HBO show Veep. She’s earned five Emmy nominations in that role. 
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 his time was spent doing something else: listening to people’s stories. Nearly two decades later, he’s still the person we turn to in the wake of our worst catastrophes.
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 spend his entire career trying to solve. He did it through a trial and error process that involved old-fashioned detective work, new technology, and countless wrong turns before he finally found himself at the Golden State Killer’s front door. 
Alex Talks to an HR Maverick

Alex Talks to an HR Maverick


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 more expense authorization forms or vacation requests -- and focused on creating a culture of excellence. But that culture of excellence didn’t come only through hiring the right people. Patty had to get good at firing, too. 
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 from the securities industry — for life. Henry tells Alex about the supreme shame of that moment, and about how he eventually started over by founding a new venture, Business Insider.
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
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, including Nerf, Stride Rite, and Barbie Fashions. But her career hasn’t been all success all the time. Alex talks to Sharon about a bet she made that went very wrong, and about her biggest turnaround yet, as the CEO and President of Build-a-Bear Workshop.
Comments (38)

Elisee Kamanzi

This guy has the voice and intonation of a movie trailer narrator.

May 15th


Why has this become a mirror for Without Fail? I'm not a fan at all, I wish they'd bring StartUp back.

Apr 30th

solomon osinloye

There are no words to describe how valuable these words are to anyone who seeks investment for a startup 🙌🏽💯

Apr 29th

Rick Bryant

great episode, unique view and perspective that rarely if ever reaches the general public.

Apr 28th

Raymond Isaac Martinez

I hate that it’s all without fail Edison’s now

Apr 20th

Tzafit Tirkel

תחת פיתמיד וחצי בס סבבה זה זב ב עככס

Apr 20th

Lj Calixte

was Startup cancelled? it seems to be updating with episodes of Without Fail

Apr 7th


Very boring episode. It was more about Mary's personal story rather than her business. We didn't get to hear almost anything about "what it's really like to start a business".

Mar 31st

Khashayar Thn

I passionately hate the way that guy repeats 3 times in a row! that's

Mar 28th

anj tram

why are all the 'without fail' episodes double posted?

Mar 1st

Katri Valkamo

anj tram wondering the same thing! same episode as in without fail....

Mar 1st

Fed X


Feb 21st

Achour Amazouz

that's cheating. without fail was already advertised in this channel...

Feb 16th

Kate Hess

it seems like the commercials are long and repetitive. does this happen in Reply-All? sometimes I forget what I was listening to they go so long.

Feb 11th

Dan Rioux


Feb 7th

Douglas Van Aartsen

I've been listening to the podcast of the Success Academy. I must say that the podcast is imminently fair. It provides the strengths of a place like Success Academy who does a great job with lots of kids and especially lots of kids who would not ordinarily have a shot at college or even a basic education. But it speaks about the limitations of there regemented style as well. Not everyone is going to thrive under a high demand formula, and not every parent/family is willing to make the priority of their children more important than their own comfort and peace of mind. So with vast improvement Success Academy is able to achieve in outcomes for many children there will be some students who will be left outside of that success along the way. It also shows the strength of the 'normal" public school. It is able to make allowances for some behavior and effort that a high demand and high functioning school cannot. Unfortunately that means making the lowest functioning children the standard by which the classroom will be measured." I was a public school teacher in the late 70's in rural Iowa, and even then we teachers would say to each other (and this was in a school system where more than half of the students would attend college) that if we could get back to seeing education as a privelege rather than a right and be able to move some of the disruptive children out of the normal education classrooms the level of education and accomplishment for the majority of the children would be much improved. If that was so then, I can only imagine how much more it must be true today. Given the oppositon to raising taxes and the iron fist of the teacher's union, I'm afraid we are going to have to choose our maxim. Will we strive for the best education for the majority of our students or will we allow the most needy children to lower the quality of the education for the majority of the students so that these more needy students can succeed at a higher level. I have never seen an answer that rewards and challenges the average and superior students, while not leaving the others behind. I've heard of a few really, really, gifted teachers who can pull this off for their own classroom, but their techniques were not transferable to a teachr of more modest gifts. Thanks for your good work and helping me to think constructively about this. I just wish that there were some easy answer.

Dec 18th

Logan Maddox

This is my new favorite podcast! I love the moment that you are starting!

Nov 4th

Patrick McKinney

If people are interested in hearing some good arguments against the complementarian view and for women leadership in churches, check out the Almost Heretical podcast. they have a series on this topic.

Sep 5th

Ashish Abraham

can u tell please John to watch a guy called Alpha M and read How to win friends and influence People by Dale Carnegie. I know it not directly related but I think it will help man. Thanks guys

Aug 30th

Douglas Van Aartsen

I am a retired pastor who helped start several churches. I enjoy the honesty in this series. This is a very brave church planting couple. The theological battles spoken about in episode four are difficult for many established conservative and some evangelical churches.

Aug 8th

Kathryn Whitbourne

Im loving this series on the church plant. It really captures the tension between working for God and for yourself

Aug 2nd
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