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Raising the Bar with Alli and Adrian

Author: Alli Webb

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The stuff you wished entrepreneurs really talked about. Drybar founder Alli Webb joins forces with her executive coach (and boyfriend) Adrian Koehler to pull back the curtain on the entrepreneurial life—the good, the bad, and the messy. Together, they tackle the conversations people in leadership rarely have in public, interviewing other entrepreneurs and founders along the way to find out what it takes to overcome the obstacles that make most people quit. This is a study on perseverance. So, whether you're just starting out or weighed down by the stress of success, tune in. You might not be as alone as you think.
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Michael and Alli sit down with Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, presidents of Baby2Baby, a group that provides low-income children with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities. Known for its stylish galas and A-list ambassadors (Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore, among others), Baby2Baby has become one of L.A.'s most high-profile philanthropies! Kelly and Norah discuss the inception of Baby2Baby, the "diaper divide," and how everyone can help children living in poverty. Learn more at baby2baby.org www.TryCaliper.com/BAR with code: BAR for 20% off your first order! www.Causebox.com/BAR with code: BAR for 30% off plus Free Shipping! Produced by Dear Media
You can thank Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for the boyfriend jeans in your closet. After making the jump from styling to designing, they started Current/Elliott and became denim darlings of the fashion world. Since selling their line, the ladies have expanded their brand into home decor and launched The Great, a multi-category line that embodies their trademark "whimsical Americana" aesthetic. The duo joined Alli and Michael to trace their early styling days to how they're building their current label. Visit www.Causebox.com/BAR and use code: BAR for 30% off Plus FREE SHIPPING! Produced by Dear Media
Anine Bing has become the go-to designer for models and actresses off-duty since leveraging her social media platform into a namesake label. Like all great founder stories, the Danish-born model and former rock 'n' roll singer launched her fashion line from the garage of her Los Angeles home. Now, she's opening brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. and Europe. Anine sat down with Alli and Michael to discuss building a business with your spouse, and how she turned Insta-fame into a brand.     Get 20% off your first order when you use promo code bar at trycaliper.com/bar.   Use my code​ iconicbar (​one word and all lowercase) to ​get 25% OFF your first order of Iconic Protein when you buy on Drinkiconic.com and Amazon.   Go to w​ww.causebox.com​/​bar ​and use the code​ b​ar ​to get your first box for 30% off!   Get the best in clean makeup at Sephora – online and in store now.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Chriselle Lim is one of those OG influencers who joined YouTube in 2010 and now counts 3.2 million followers across social media with a staff of 13 people in her downtown L.A. office. What sets her apart, though, is how she's been able to translate that following into a diverse business portfolio. The Korean-American influencer, who started the popular blog and YouTube channel The Chriselle Factor, has gone on to found the branded content studio CINC studios, a namesake fashion label, and Bumo, a digital and physical community for Millennial parents. Chriselle joined Michael and Alli to share how she went from personal stylist to famous multihyphenate, the daily rigors of being a mom-slash-influencer-slash-entrepreneur, and creating the first co-working center with fully-licensed childcare. Keep up with her at @chrisellelim and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us! DrinkIconic.com with code: iconicbar for 25% off your order TryCaliper.com/bar with code: Bar for 20% off your order Get the best in clean makeup at Sephora - online and in stores now Produced by Dear Media
Dubbed "the disso queen" by TMZ, Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser has represented everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Kim Kardashian to Stevie Wonder. In her 20+ years practicing Family Law in Hollywood, the one thing she’s certain of is that all is fair in love and war. While known for handling high-profile, high-net-worth dissolutions, Laura is also the founder of It's Over Easy, an online divorce platform that gives divorcing couples an accessible and affordable resource to dissolve their marriage. She joined Alli and guest host Adrian Koehler to discuss her rise to the top of family law, life during and after a breakup, and her work to substantially reduces the pain, stigma, and cost of divorce. Keep up with Laura at @laurawasserofficial and itsovereasy.com. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode please don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us! Produced by Dear Media
Katerina Schneider was four-months pregnant when she set out to raise money for her subscription-based vitamin company aimed at delivering clean, science-backed, vegan-certified multivitamins made for women, by women. Since it's founding in 2015, Ritual has sold more than 1 million bottles of vitamins to become the first direct-to-consumer brand in the vitamin supplement industry. Founder and CEO Katerina joins Raising The Bar to talk fundraising while pregnant, being a "habit company," traceable ingredients and radical transparency, and raising $40.5M to date. Keep up with the brand at ritual.com and @ritual. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode please don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us!   Produced by Dear Media.
Midland Shop is known for its curations of ethically-made, artisan, quality goods. With two locations in Los Angeles, Midland now has its eye on ramping up its e-commerce division and expanding beyond the coastal market. And while co-founder Paige Appel jokes that this is her third career (she was in film and event planning before Midland blossomed), the shop is ready as ever to learn how to scale the brand to a larger, online market. Alli sat down with her longtime BFF Paige to hear all about Midland's evolution. From fertility and divorce to friendship and business, Paige and Alli reflect on how they've changed as moms and entrepreneurs, the personal hurdles they've overcome, and the tools and resources that have helped them get through it. Keep up with Paige at @midland_shop and @paigeappel.  And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode please don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us!     Produced by Dear Media.
In just 48 months, founder and CEO Michelle Cordeiro Grant flipped her “leisurée” (lingerie and leisure) startup and sold the fledgling company for $85 million. As a former Victoria's Secret executive, Michelle realized that the $13 billion lingerie category in the U.S. alone was dominated by this one brand with one point of view. So she decided to create an inclusive, digital brand to redefine what comfort and sexiness meant to the Millennial woman. Michelle joined Raising The Bar to talk about LIVELY's meteoric three-year rise, the power and persuasion of brand ambassadors, inclusivity playing a big role in the company's identity, and how body positivity is at the forefront of everything they do. Keep up with Michelle at @the_michellegrant and @wearlively. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode, don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us! Shop all the amazing looks at www.wearlively.com !   Produced by Dear Media.   
Though Ramy Brook Sharp's high school wasn't too happy about her shortening her skirts and restyling her jeans, this was the beginning of Ramy's self-trained foray into fashion designing. Fast-forward to 2010 and she's creating prototypes of six tops and one dress and debuting them at a trunk show at her sister’s home in New Jersey. This eventually leads to Bergdorf Goodmans placing their first order. Since then, Ramy Brooks has become a national fashion label known for its signature use of silk fabrics, lively colors, and sophisticated silhouettes, and day-to-night solutions in women’s wardrobes. Ramy visits Raising The Bar to dish up all her secrets on fashion designing, from how she nabbed high-end retailers like Saks and Bloomies to running a flagship store on Madison Ave. and focusing on e-tailers like Shopbop and Revolve. Keep up with Ramy at @ramybrook and @ramybsharp.  And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode, don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us!     Produced by Dear Media.     
Executive coaching is at the forefront of business culture today. From founders in the startup stage to senior executives at multinational corporations, more people in leadership positions are seeking out "coaches" to help them take their performance to a new level, and Adrian Koehler has been involved at every stage of the business ladder. Adrian coaches executives and entrepreneurs in the art and science of personal engagement for themselves, their teams, and clients. He joins Alli and Michael to break down all the questions swirling around his industry, when to hire an executive coach, and his circuitous journey from healthcare professional to executive coach and everything in between. Learn more at takenewground.com and follow Adrian on LinkedIn and Instagram. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS. If you enjoyed this episode please don't hesitate to subscribe and rate us!     Get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in 'Bar'.     Produced by Dear Media.
Though it's been decades since Gabby Reece first started out as a pro-beach volleyball star and Nike's first female spokesperson, the 6' 3” powerhouse hasn't slowed down. As a wife, mother, author, business entrepreneur, and fitness professional, Gabby is taking her influence to new heights with a podcast called "The Gabby Reece Show," all about life's biggest questions and obstacles. Gabby meets up with Alli and Michael to talk about life as a teenage model, what it was like during the era when her Nike shoe outsold the Air Jordan, as well as raising kids and building businesses with her pro-surfer husband Laird Hamilton. Keep up with her at @gabbyreece. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Produced by Dear Media. 
In 2012, two years after its first store opened, Drybar announced that it had closed $16 million in financing with private equity firm Castanea Partners. Since then, Drybar has raised more than $50 million in venture capital to date. And just last month, Drybar sold its product line for $255 million in cash to Helen of Troy, a consumer group with a portfolio that includes OXO, Braun, and Hot Tools. It's been a long journey, and there's no one better to discuss the ups and downs of Drybar's money story than Steve Berg, Castanea's managing partner. Steve catches up with Michael and Alli to discuss the early days of raising money at Drybar, finding new investments and working with beauty companies, and his new firm called Stride Partners. Plus, he answers the most common money questions Alli's gets from entrepreneurs in her DMs. Learn more @castaneapartners. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Produced by Dear Media. 
Sali Christeson spent a decade in the Bay Area's fin-tech scene where she struggled to find clothes that were bold, practical, and professional. In 2016 she founded Argent, a workwear company for women focused on function and style. As CEO, Sali has one goal in mind—to tackle the workwear-joy gap. Today, Argent has raised $4 million in seed money and gained fans from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. Pieces feature functional elements like reversible suits, media and stylus pockets for everything from credit cards to lip gloss, microfiber pocket bags (for cleaning glasses and iPhones), and even belt clips for ID badges. Sali sat down with Alli to talk about gender inequality in the workplace, revving up marketing and partnerships in 2020, and the pros and cons of the DTC business model. Learn more @argent and @salichristeson. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Produced by Dear Media. 
It's been 10 months since Squeeze opened their books to usher in the next generation of affordable massage studios and begin #TheFeelGoodRevolution. But it all hasn't been oohs and aahs. Co-founder and CEO Brittany Driscoll rejoins the podcast to break down the real struggles (and rewards) of starting a business from the ground up and making sure it flourishes. Alli and Brittany sit down to swap personal stories about how their lives have changed since opening Squeeze, life lessons learned along the way, and what's in store for 2020 and beyond. Keep up at @britdrisc and @squeeze. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Produced by Dear Media.
Kelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding schedules. Kelly unveils to Alli and Michael the inner workings of her consulting business and how she went from mapping genomes for oncologists to staking her claim as one of Hollywood's most sought-after nutrition experts. Plus, she shares her secret wellness and diet tips, including the ones she uses as Alli's health coach.
Founded in 2012 by painter Chelsea Neman Nassib, Tappan is a slick, modern platform for emerging artists to display and sell their work online. Since its launch in 2012, Tappan has successfully democratized the art scene for a digital generation, fostering the careers of emerging artists by giving them an online platform to sell their work, tell their story and reach collectors worldwide. Chelsea caught up with Michael and Alli to talk about how she went from student to Millennial founder, setting out to create a platform to connect collectors to emerging artists around the globe, and the breaking down barriers within the insular art world. Keep up at @tappancollective and @chelsea_nn_. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Get 45 days of Acuity Scheduling absolutely free - no credit card required - by going to acuityscheduling.com/bar !  Go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in BAR to get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale. No long-term commitments or contracts.   Produced by Dear Media.
After a successful career in the infomercial industry, founder and CEO Steve Schulze turned his attention to the nascent juicing trend and opened the first Nekter Juice Bar in 2010. Today, the all-natural juice and smoothie franchise boasts more than 150 locations in 15 states and has grown in revenue to over $40 million. Steve sat down with Alli and Michael to explain how a fresh product and franchise model have helped it expand, tech innovation and partnerships at Nekter, and running a business with your ex-spouse. Keep up at @nekterjuicebar and @steve_schulze_official. Don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Use coupon code " " for $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com   Produced by Dear Media.
Moms all over the world have the Caden sisters to thank for normalizing post-pregnancy shapewear. It all started in 2008 when Lori Caden's sisters were sick of hearing complaints about the new mom's post-baby belly. So Lori, Jodi, and Kari developed the first doctor-recommended, postpartum compression wrap, the Belly Bandit. Thanks to its list of die-hard celeb fans like the Kardashian sisters, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba and more, Belly Bandit products now include C-Section Recovery Undies, Belly Wraps, and Mother Tucker Leggings and are sold in over 1,000 retailers and 86 countries. The Caden sisters joined Michael and Alli to talk about Belly Bandit's 10 years in the maternity industry, helping women feel their best before, during and after pregnancy, and the power of women-focused, solutions-based business. Learn more at @bellybandit and bellybandit.com. Don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Use coupon code " " for $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com   Get 45 days of Acuity Scheduling absolutely free - no credit card required - by going to acuityscheduling.com/bar.   Produced by Dear Media.  
Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's trajectory, from making the tough decision between staying at AOL or diving headfirst into her burgeoning blog (spoiler alert: she took the risk) to eventually licensing products and launching an e-commerce platform. She maps out the do's and don'ts of building a personal brand and how to lean on social media, properly.    Check out more of Emily at: @emilyschuman @shopcupcakesandcashmere cupcakesandcashmere.com
Entrepreneur Rich Finck could sell ice to an Eskimo, literally. That's because his company Kentucky Straight Ice specializes in handcrafted, stunningly clear, luxury beverage-ice. A family-owned company based in Louisville, KY since 2015, Kentucky Straight Ice is designed to enhance the "on the rocks" experience for Bourbon, Scotch, Whiskey, and the entire premium spirits class. Rich visited Alli and Michael to talk all things Kentucky bourbon and how he came up with his crystal-clear business idea, the science behind Kentucky Straight Ice's trademark freezing and melting process, and why companies are spending boatloads on ice cubes. Learn more at @kystraightice and kentuckystraightice.com. Don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   NetSuite is offering you valuable insights with a FREE guide – “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” at NetSuite.com/bar    Get 45 days of Acuity Scheduling absolutely free - no credit card required - by going to acuityscheduling.com/bar   Produced by Dear Media.
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Austin Peek

If you're looking for another podcast with entrepreneurs teaching ya then check out the Millionaire Interviews Podcast. Wondery does a good job with these initial podcasts and then they seem to just give up. I've got 100+ episodes of interviews with entrepreneurs that should help ya! 😜

Feb 1st
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Austin Peek

Surprised this podcast doesn't get more love. Really enjoy it. Keep raising that bar!

Nov 7th
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