Open For Business

Open For Business
A branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up.

Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture
Apr 27, 2017 • 42 min
A big part of building a business is hiring and then creating a workplace culture where your team members want to stay and grow with you. Maybe you’re a business of one, and you’re thinking about making your first few hires. Or maybe you’re a team of 20…
#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell
Apr 20, 2017 • 27 min
Every company knows what they sell. What’s harder to define sometimes is why? What motivates you beyond…money? A great mission captures that reason behind why your business exists today. But it also leaves room for your company to aspire for more in the…
#11 Embrace the Place
Apr 13, 2017 • 31 min
Recent research indicates that U.S. entrepreneurship is increasingly clustered in just a few metro areas. What can we learn from entrepreneurs outside those hubs? We hear from entrepreneurs in three very different places about how to make the most of…
#10 Surviving Failure
Apr 6, 2017 • 28 min
What happens if it all falls apart? Learn how to weather the storms of failure from two entrepreneurs who refused to give up, and have survived to tell their stories. Episode Notes: This episode features: Andrea Gönner - Co-founder of Garnwelt Bo Fishback…
#9 Bootstrapping 101
Mar 30, 2017 • 32 min
Less than 1% of companies get seed money from either venture capital or angel investors. So, how do regular people find the money they need to get their businesses off the ground? We bring you stories of how three entrepreneurs did it, complete with all…
#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era
Mar 23, 2017 • 28 min
It’s easy to satisfy your customers when everything’s going well, but how do you handle it when things go wrong? We’ve got stories from small business owners who’ve learned the hard way about how to get customer service right. Episode Notes: This episode…
#7 How to Reinvent Your Business
Mar 16, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode, we hear stories and lessons from two entrepreneurs who had to reinvent their companies in order to survive. This episode features: Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Council Betsy Helmuth, Founder,…
Season 2 Trailer
Mar 9, 2017 • 2 min
From eBay and Gimlet Creative, we return with season two of Open for Business, a show about building your business from the ground up. This season, we’re diving even deeper and exploring essential topics from financing to how to kill it at customer…
We’re back, and we’d love your ideas!
Dec 12, 2016 • 1 min
We’ll be returning in March with Season Two of Open for Business, and we’d love to hear what you want us to cover. Visit to share your thoughts.
#6 The Future of Work
Aug 4, 2016 • 24 min
The gig economy is growing so fast, it might just be the future of entrepreneurship as we know it — but it is also still a work in progress. We explore its past, present, and future with two entrepreneurs who ditched the traditional idea of work to launch…
#5 How to Make It in America
Jul 28, 2016 • 23 min
Immigrants to the United States make up about 13% of the U.S. population. And yet, from Silicon Valley to Main Street America, they make up a disproportionately large number of American business owners. In this episode, we explore why this is. This…
#4 Every Launch Is a Movement
Jul 14, 2016 • 25 min
How do you tell your company’s story in a way that resonates with customers? In this episode, we learn marketing lessons from a failed Silicon Valley pioneer and two entrepreneurs who gained major success with minimal marketing budgets. This episode…
#3 Price Is Right?
Jul 7, 2016 • 25 min
Setting your prices is harder than it sounds and making a mistake can be costly. We outline concrete steps to get to the right number, starting with one of the most incredible wins in game show history. This episode features: Terry Kniess, Price Is Right…
#2 How to Hire
Jun 23, 2016 • 29 min
No one hires the wrong person on purpose. In this episode, we hear some hiring horror stories and about how to learn from our mistakes. This episode features: Jordan Insley, Co-founder of QuickShip Electronics Elana Krieger, Head of HR at Boxed Adam…
#1 The Entrepreneurial Mind
Jun 16, 2016 • 26 min
What makes a successful entrepreneur? If you are one, were you born that way? **Warning, this episode contains adult language.** This episode features: Corri McFadden, owner and founder of eDrop-Off Nsi Obotetukudo, co-founder Alley NYC Scott Shane,…
Jun 8, 2016 • 2 min
Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up. Open For Business launches Thursday, June 16th.