This is Success

This is Success

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Revealing conversations with today’s most inspiring business, sports, entertainment, and government leaders. Candid interviews with the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, LeBron James, and the founders of companies like Lyft and Tinder. Insightful stories and useful advice about how to get to the top.
Bonus Episode: How KFC took over Christmas in Japan
Dec 21, 2018 • 44 min
This week, an unexpected success story. Household Name’s Dan Bobkoff and Sally Herships bring us the tale of how a Japanese businessman made KFC a Christmas tradition… in a country that didn’t celebrate Christmas. Subscribe to Household Name.
IndyCar champion Danica Patrick: Why I wouldn’t race in an all-female league
Dec 14, 2018 • 15 min
Danica Patrick is the most successful female race car driver ever, but she didn’t want to be a trailblazer for women. She got into Nascar and IndyCar racing because she wanted to win. Patrick may have retired from racing earlier this year, but she’s still…
Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack: Put the hours in
Dec 7, 2018 • 31 min
Nick van de Wall, known professionally as Afrojack, is a world-famous Dutch DJ. He writes original music and collaborates with artists like Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and David Guetta. After 15 years of playing everywhere from small clubs to big arenas,…
The Daily Beast CEO Heather Dietrick: Bouncing back from Gawker’s demise
Nov 30, 2018 • 22 min
Heather Dietrick joined news site The Daily Beast in 2017 after rising through the ranks at the now defunct news blog Gawker. As president of Gawker, Dietrick was on the frontlines of the lawsuit with Hulk Hogan that ultimately bankrupted the company.…
Master class: Making business partnerships work
Nov 23, 2018 • 16 min
Some of the world’s top founders, executives and CEOs built their businesses with the help of their family, friends, and coworkers. In this master class episode of “This is Success,” we’re revisiting some of our favorite stories about business…
‘The Da Vinci Code’ author Dan Brown: How trusting my instincts made me one of the world’s bestselling writers
Nov 16, 2018 • 25 min
Dan Brown’s writing career took off in 2003 when his novel “The Da Vinci Code” became an international bestseller. Now, he’s one of the world’s most popular writers — with 250 million books sold — and is passing on his best insights in a new MasterClass…
Burger King CEO Daniel Schwartz: How to develop young talent
Nov 9, 2018 • 29 min
Daniel Schwarz leads Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King, Tim Horton’s, and Popeye’s. He started out his career at the investment firm 3G Capital. In 2013, when he was only 32, the firm’s managing partner, Alex Behring, took…
General Stanley McChrystal: Why it’s time to re-think leadership
Nov 2, 2018 • 31 min
Stanley McChrystal led the United States and its allies in the War in Afghanistan before retiring as a four-star general in 2010. He revolutionized the Joint Special Operations Command, and he’s best known for killing the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.…
Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann: How I made Pinterest a multibillion-dollar company
Oct 26, 2018 • 28 min
Over the last eight years, Ben Silbermann has quietly built Pinterest into a global brand with 250 million active users. He’s the cofounder and CEO of Pinterest, the image search tool that lets users save and share their favorite photos, designs, and…
Former GE and NBC exec Beth Comstock: How I made a career of embracing change
Oct 19, 2018 • 31 min
Beth Comstock spent almost three decades at NBC and General Electric. She left GE last year after rising to one of the corporation’s highest roles: vice chair. Her recent book, “Imagine it Forward,” offered her a chance to look back on her career and nail…
Refinery29 cofounder Christene Barberich: How I built an audience of millions
Oct 12, 2018 • 29 min
Christene Barberich is the cofounder and global editor in chief of Refinery29, a media company focused on empowering women by starting conversations about body image, politics, and careers. Refinery29 says it will connect with 425 million people this year…
AOL founder Steve Case: How I changed the internet and investing
Oct 5, 2018 • 34 min
When Steve Case was in college, he read a book that said a digital revolution was coming. A little over a decade later, he led that revolution as the founding CEO of America Online. AOL became a giant, and Case became a billionaire. Now, Case is focused…
‘Flash Boys’ star Brad Katsuyama: Why I started IEX and took on Wall Street
Sep 28, 2018 • 31 min
Brad Katsuyama never considered himself a maverick, or entrepreneur. He had a cushy job at the Royal Bank of Canada, but he became alarmed the more he learned about high frequency trading, where computers can trade a bunch of stocks in a fraction of a…
Promoter and restaurateur Larry Morrow: How I learned to bet on myself
Sep 21, 2018 • 30 min
If you want to know where to go and who to talk to in New Orleans, Morrow’s your guy. After he dropped out of college, the 27-year old entrepreneur committed full time to his event planning business. Now Morrow’s a million-dollar business owner with a…
Yuengling sisters Jen and Wendy: Taking over the family’s beer
Sep 14, 2018 • 27 min
Jen and Wendy Yuengling are two of the four sisters in charge of the Yuengling beer company. Their father, Dick, took over the family business back in 1985. He was the one who turned it from a local brewery into America’s largest independent craft…
“Say Yes to the Dress” designer Pnina Tornai: How I bounced back from ‘the toughest time of my life’
Sep 7, 2018 • 29 min
Pnina Tornai never imagined she’d become one of the world’s most sought-after bridal gown designers. She spent most of her childhood dreaming of becoming an actress, but by the time she was in her early twenties, that dream felt far-fetched. She was a…
Harry’s cofounder Jeff Raider: How I changed the way men shop
Aug 31, 2018 • 25 min
Jeff Raider is the cofounder and co-CEO of the razor company Harry’s, an online subscription service that sends high-end razors to customers at a low cost. The company raised $112 million earlier this year to move the brand beyond shaving to include all…
Master Class: How to measure success
Aug 24, 2018 • 13 min
Success means something different to everyone, including the world’s top company founders, executives, and CEOs. In this Master Class episode of “This is Success,” we revisit some of the most interesting answers to the question at the heart of our show:…
Drybar founder Alli Webb: How I turned my side hustle into a blowout business
Aug 17, 2018 • 30 min
Alli Webb is the founder and visionary behind Drybar, the hugely popular blowout salon that took a regional trend mainstream. Today, Drybar is a multi-million dollar business with more than 100 locations across North America. But it started out as a side…
Comedy icon Caroline Hirsch: How I brought standup to the masses
Aug 10, 2018 • 30 min
Caroline Hirsch has discovered or helped develop some of comedy’s biggest names—people like Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, and Michelle Wolf. She’s the namesake and cofounder of the iconic New York comedy club Carolines, and the visionary…
Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman: How I made my voice heard
Aug 3, 2018 • 29 min
Adena Friedman has the top job at Nasdaq, one of the world’s biggest stock exchanges. Early in her career, she learned how to impress her bosses by taking initiative, and when she became the boss, she found ways to make the whole company more efficient.…
Special Episode: TGI Fridays was the ‘Tinder of the 1960s’
Jul 27, 2018 • 41 min
This week, we feature the first episode of Business Insider’s new podcast, “Household Name,” which you can find on Apple Podcasts or your favorite app. Before TGI Fridays was the suburban strip mall staple it is today, it was a wild place in Manhattan,…
“Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant: How I went from struggling actor to real estate mogul
Jul 20, 2018 • 31 min
Ryan Serhant moved to New York City when he was 22, hoping to launch a career on Broadway. When that dream didn’t pan out, he found a different route into show business—as a real estate agent. Serhant is now the star of Bravo’s reality TV show “Million…
Business coach Marie Forleo: How I invented my dream job
Jul 13, 2018 • 29 min
Marie Forleo is a life and business coach with hundreds of thousands of followers online. When she first started giving strangers advice almost 20 years ago, Forleo barely had her own life together. She was working two jobs to scrape by, and when she…
Skinnygirl CEO Bethenny Frankel: How ‘drunk people acting crazy’ helped me build my brand
Jul 6, 2018 • 30 min
You may know Bethenny Frankel from her lead role on the “Real Housewives of New York.” But her name is also the driving force behind an expanding empire of brands. She’s the brain behind Skinnygirl cocktails—a company she sold in 2011 for $100 million.…
GOAT CEO Eddy Lu: How my failed startups set me up for the Greatest Of All Time
Jun 29, 2018 • 24 min
For more than a decade, Eddy Lu tried to find the next big thing. Golf apparel, 99-cent smartphone apps, Japanese desserts — they all flopped, but he wasn’t headed back to the Wall Street world he left. Then he got into high-end sneakers, with an online…
Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo: Why I’m not worried about the Boy Scouts becoming co-ed
Jun 22, 2018 • 26 min
Sylvia Acevedo is a trailblazer in business and tech. She was one of the first Hispanic students to get a master’s in engineering from Stanford, she worked for years as a Silicon Valley executive, and on top of that, she’s an actual rocket scientist. As…
Bestselling author David Sedaris: Finding meaning in the mundane
Jun 15, 2018 • 27 min
David Sedaris built a career by sharing his life through essays. He writes about everything from the death of family members to his love of picking up garbage, and his performances are both heart wrenching and hilarious. His comedy albums have been…
Who, What, Wear’s Katherine Power: Why I turned down my dream job to build an empire
Jun 8, 2018 • 26 min
Katherine Power worked for years to land her dream job at Condé Nast. But when an offer came, she turned it down. Instead, she joined with a friend to start what became Clique Brands. It includes a mix of companies, like fashion blog Who, What, Wear and a…
Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert: From buying the Cleveland Cavaliers to rebuilding Detroit
Jun 1, 2018 • 24 min
Dan Gilbert runs a Midwestern empire. In Michigan, he founded Quicken Loans, which made him a billionaire. Now he’s trying to rebuild downtown Detroit. But you may know him as the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James’ NBA team. Our host, Rich…
Ellevest founder Sallie Krawcheck: What I learned as “the most powerful woman on Wall Street”
May 25, 2018 • 26 min
Sallie Krawcheck has run Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, US Trust, and Citi Private Bank, and was Citi’s CFO before that. Now she runs Ellevest, an investment firm that helps women create wealth. She may have been regularly referred to in…
OkCupid founder Sam Yagan: How 3 lucky moments made my career
May 18, 2018 • 28 min
Sam Yagan knows he’s been lucky. He tells us that one of the luckiest moments of his life was meeting his college roommates. Together, they built a study guide website called SparkNotes. Then, they built an online dating empire. They started the site…
Retired SEAL Jocko Willink: How I learned to be a leader in the Navy
May 11, 2018 • 30 min
For Jocko Willink, becoming a Navy SEAL was just like any other career. Willink was the commander of SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser. It was the most highly decorated US special operations unit of the Iraq War — and the one where Chris Kyle, of “American…
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: How I built an empire
May 4, 2018 • 49 min
Business Insider’s US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell was in Berlin last week for the 3rd annual Axel Springer Award, which was an evening honoring Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos sat down with Axel Springer CEO Dr. Mathias Dopfner to talk about…
Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn: How I became a crowdsourcing pioneer
Apr 27, 2018 • 29 min
If you’ve verified you’re not a robot online, you’ve used something Luis von Ahn has created. He tells “Success! How I Did It,” that he doesn’t read stories about himself, and he’s probably the only CEO our host, Rich Feloni, has ever interviewed who…
Audible CEO Don Katz: How I built a storytelling tech company and sold it to Amazon
Apr 20, 2018 • 26 min
Don Katz sounds more like a college English professor than a tech CEO: he’s obsessed with literature and writing. And it’s why he started Audible, the audiobook company now owned by Amazon, in 1995. It was all about the stories, and it was all about the…
Media mogul Tina Brown: How I created and led world class teams
Apr 13, 2018 • 30 min
Tina Brown gets things done. She’s been a leader since her mid-20s, and she’s built the teams that transformed Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. She also created The Daily Beast. Brown grew up in England and became a media mogul in New York. Editors and…
Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards: My career as a ‘troublemaker’
Apr 6, 2018 • 28 min
Cecile Richards has never shied away from controversy. In seventh grade, she got sent to the principal’s office for protesting the Vietnam War. As President of Planned Parenthood, she defended the organization in a heated 2015 congressional hearing.…
Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud: How I’ve found success leaving my comfort zone
Mar 30, 2018 • 25 min
Anjali Sud has always sought opportunities that seem intimidating. That inspired her to leave Flint, Michigan at 14 for the elite Massachusetts boarding school Phillips Academy on a scholarship. And it led her to become the CEO of Vimeo at 34. Vimeo is an…
Edible Arrangements founder Tariq Farid: A fruit basket no one knew they wanted turned into a half billion dollar business
Mar 23, 2018 • 26 min
Tariq Farid was only 13 when his family moved from Pakistan to Connecticut. He started working at a flower shop to make money, and he opened his own at 17. Farid is the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements. He cornered a market that no one knew even…
Astronaut Scott Kelly: How I went from being a bad student to breaking records in space
Mar 16, 2018 • 23 min
Scott Kelly spent a year on board the International Space Station. During that time, his identical twin brother Mark — who’s also an astronaut — was on Earth. Since then, scientists have been watching how differently the two have aged. Kelly’s now…
Startup founder Nat Turner: How I negotiated a $2 billion deal while my wife was in labor, and how breeding snakes turned me into an entrepreneur
Mar 9, 2018 • 23 min
Nat Turner was 24 when he sold his first company for $80 million. He sold his next one this past February – this time, it was for $2 billion. Nat Turner is the cofounder and CEO of Flatiron Health, a company that’s changing the way cancer researchers…
XPRIZE’s Peter Diamandis: How I’m helping humans live longer, and sending more people to space
Mar 2, 2018 • 29 min
Peter Diamandis has made a career of fulfilling his childhood dreams. He’s the man behind companies that make science fiction come true: The XPRIZE, Singularity University, and Human Longevity Inc. They’re as wild as they sound. On this episode of…
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes: how a walk with Mark Zuckerberg changed my life, and why I want millions of Americans to get free cash
Feb 23, 2018 • 22 min
Chris Hughes is a Facebook cofounder, and author of the new book “Fair Shot.” Hughes worked at Facebook for just three years, but his 2% stake in the company made him $500 million. Hughes’ new book reflects on the incredible luck he had early in his…
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark: How I learned not to be a jerk. PLUS: KPMG chairman Lynne Doughtie: How I became one of the few top female CEOs
Feb 16, 2018 • 26 min
This week, we have a double header from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and KPMG chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie. Doughtie spent her entire career working her way up the ladder, and became the first female…
Salesforce President and Deloitte Consulting CEO: How 2 powerful women beat gender pay gaps to reach the top
Feb 9, 2018 • 24 min
Cindy Robbins started at Salesforce 12 years ago, and worked her way up the ranks before getting a life-changing phone from CEO Marc Benioff. Janet Foutty, Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting, has been at Deloitte for 26 years and seen firsthand the…
Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson: How I became the ‘deal maker in chief,’ leading the $26 billion LinkedIn acquisition and 40+ investments
Feb 2, 2018 • 22 min
Peggy Johnson gets paid millions to help make Microsoft billions. Her actual title is executive vice president for business development, and she’s helped lead over 40 investments with Microsoft Ventures. One deal was the acquisition of LinkedIn — for $26…
Shark Tank star Daymond John: How I built a $350 million fashion brand out of my mom’s house in Queens, became a TV star, and learned to go beyond ‘chasing money’
Jan 26, 2018 • 25 min
Entrepreneur and Shark Tank star Daymond John. John grew up in Queens, New York, where he dreamed of making clothes for hip hop stars. He turned his mom’s house into a factory, used graffiti as marketing, and talked his way on to the sets of music videos.…
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini: How I beat out 74 men to land my dream job, and lost a ton of friends in the process
Jan 19, 2018 • 28 min
For a lot of her career, Erika Nardini worked at big companies: Microsoft, AOL, even Fidelity Investments. Then she took a risk by becoming CEO of Barstool Sports. Barstool is a comedy website known for the kinds of things guys talk about over beers:…
Walmart.com CEO Marc Lore: How I sold my 1st startup for $6 million, 2nd startup for $550 million and 3rd startup for $3+ billion
Jan 12, 2018 • 30 min
Marc Lore’s first big startup sold diapers, and it was bought by Amazon for more than $500 million. Instead of celebrating, Lore felt a let down. After Amazon, he went on to found a competitor, called Jet.com, which he recently sold to Walmart for $3…
Former Gilt Groupe CEO Susan Lyne: How I took down Patty Hearst, took over Martha Stewart’s empire while she was in prison, and now empower women entrepreneurs
Jan 5, 2018 • 32 min
Susan Lyne dropped out of college and lived in a commune. She wrote for magazines and founded her own movie magazine. She green-lighted Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and The Bachelor while leading ABC Entertainment. She led Martha Stewart…
Startup founders: The one key moment that led our companies to take off
Dec 29, 2017 • 10 min
For startups on the path to success, there’s often one moment or decision that catapults them from obscurity to the big leagues. This year on “Success! How I Did It,” founders of companies such as PayPal, Lyft, and Dropbox shared how they built their…
Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard: How I went from a PhD in genetics to being called “the happiest man in the world”
Dec 22, 2017 • 29 min
On this episode, a different view of how to “make it.” Business Insider’s senior strategy reporter Richard Feloni spoke with Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard while he was promoting his new book “Beyond the Self,” which he co-authored…
Venus Williams: How I overcame personal and physical challenges to stay at the top of my game for 20 years
Dec 15, 2017 • 21 min
Venus Williams is one of the most dominant players in tennis, and has been for over two decades. A tennis prodigy who turned pro at age 14, she’s broken through barriers to win four Olympic gold medals and seven Grand Slam singles titles. On this episode…
Max Levchin: How I cofounded and built PayPal into a payments monster after 6 pivots
Dec 8, 2017 • 30 min
Max Levchin cofounded PayPal with Peter Thiel and built it into a Silicon Valley success with the help of Reid Hoffman and Elon Musk. They took it public and sold to eBay in 2002, then all four left the company. But Levchin couldn’t let go. He’d still…
BONUS: Reporters Jodi Kantor, Irin Carmon, and Kim Masters: How we exposed harassment and started a national reckoning
Dec 6, 2017 • 29 min
Business Insider’s US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell sits down with three of the journalists whose reporting led to a national reckoning with sexual harassment. Jodi Kantor is one of two New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein harassment…
Megyn Kelly: How I battled sexual harassment at Fox and a year of Trump trolls, then settled for more at NBC
Dec 1, 2017 • 30 min
Megyn Kelly was already a rising star at Fox News when she hit the big time by taking on a Presidential candidate named Donald Trump. Then, we learned Kelly had been sexually harassed by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. He was fired — the first volley in a…
Master Class: How to become a successful leader
Nov 24, 2017 • 11 min
It takes a lot of hard work to become an effective leader. In this Master Class episode of “Success! How I Did It,” top executives and tech CEOs reveal their secrets to being a successful leader in any industry. Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti, Lyft’s John…
Tim Ferriss: The human guinea pig doesn’t want to be your role model
Nov 17, 2017 • 26 min
Tim Ferriss first found fame with his 2007 book “The 4-Hour Workweek.” After taking a break from writing in 2012, he became an accidental podcast star with “The Tim Ferriss Show,” which is approaching 200 million downloads. He sat down for an interview…
LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman: How I went from board games to the board room
Nov 10, 2017 • 26 min
People talk about Reid Hoffman as the philosopher of Silicon Valley. That’s by design. Before starting his career as an investor and master of social networks, he planned to be a “public intellectual.” Hoffman says his philosophical training guides his…
‘Shark Tank’ star Barbara Corcoran: How I went from a 10-kid household and over 20 odd jobs to being a real estate mogul
Nov 3, 2017 • 30 min
Before finding fame on “Shark Tank,” and before building her New York real-estate empire, Barbara Corcoran was one of 10 kids in a working-class New Jersey family. If nothing else, she learned how to take a risk. She started with a $1,000 loan from her…
Fox News’ Dana Perino: How I went from Wyoming to the White House, and then got a hit show on Fox News
Oct 27, 2017 • 32 min
Dana Perino didn’t crave the limelight. Then she landed one of the most public jobs — as George W. Bush’s White House press secretary. Now Perino is at Fox News, where her star has been rising in the wake of sexual-harassment scandals at the network. The…
Zillow and Hotwire founder: How I led two companies back from crises
Oct 20, 2017 • 29 min
Spencer Rascoff knows a lot about running a company during a crisis. He’s the CEO of Zillow, which he ran through the housing crash. That was after he ran Hotwire, which survived the dot com crash only to learn it sold plane tickets to the 9/11 hijackers.…
Lyft’s John Zimmer: How I went from sleeping on a friend’s couch eating frozen Trader Joe’s meals to running a $7.5 billion company
Oct 13, 2017 • 27 min
John Zimmer is the cofounder and president of the ride-hailing service Lyft, which has faced a fierce competitor in Uber since the beginning. Lyft is valued at $7.5 billion, covers 94% of the US population, and one of its biggest advantages seems to be…
Chef Jose Andres: How I became a celebrity chef, won 2 Michelin stars, and took on Donald Trump
Oct 6, 2017 • 29 min
When Chef Jose Andres arrived in the United States 26 years ago, few Americans had heard of tapas. Since then, Americans have warmed up to Spanish small plates and Andrés has gone on to lead 26 restaurants and win two Michelin stars. He even claims to…
Life coach Tony Robbins: How I came from a broken household to build a $6 billion empire, and coach business legends like Marc Benioff and Paul Tudor Jones
Sep 29, 2017 • 24 min
Tony Robbins has used his commanding presence to build a career as the world’s most famous life and business coach, helping people like President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and the Golden State Warriors. He recently hosted the winners of the Shopify…
Hearst’s Joanna Coles: How a dogged reporter became Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo and Snap’s board member
Sep 22, 2017 • 26 min
Joanna Coles is the Chief Content Officer at Hearst, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo and Marie Claire before that. She’s also the executive producer of a hit show on Freeform and a member of Snap’s board. Coles told Business Insider’s US…
EX-CIA Director John Brennan: How I rose through the ranks and ran top-secret missions for multiple presidents
Sep 15, 2017 • 29 min
John Brennan is the former director of the CIA, a position he held until this past January. Now he’s attempting to retire for the second time. In April, Brennan was invited to speak at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta by Intersport for a summit on…
Group Nine CEO: How I turned an email for ‘civilized bros’ into a $600 million empire
Sep 1, 2017 • 30 min
Ben Lerer spent his 20s co-founding Thrillist, a local recommendation site for “civilized bros.” He’s now the CEO of digital holding company Group Nine, which is a merger of four brands: Thrillist, The Dodo, video news network NowThis, and Discovery’s…
Fortune 500 execs: How to set yourself up for success in your 20s and 30s
Aug 22, 2017 • 11 min
In this Master Class episode of “Success! How I Did It,” Fortune 500 CEOs and top executives reveal what it takes to reach the top, and how to set yourself up for eventual business world domination in your 20s and 30s. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer,…
PayPal CEO: How I went from a $14,000 salary to running 3 public companies
Aug 16, 2017 • 29 min
Dan Schulman is the CEO of PayPal. But his career began at AT&T, where he was paid an annual salary of about $14,000 a year. He rose through the ranks to run its core consumer business, then went on to run three public companies including Priceline,…
John Sculley: How I built Pepsi and Apple, and am now disrupting the healthcare industry
Aug 9, 2017 • 30 min
John Sculley is the former CEO of Pepsi and Apple. He was brought on to be Steve Jobs’ adult supervision, and to teach him marketing. But the job was tough, and working with Apple’s brilliant founder was, too. During one particularly tense moment, Scully…
Investor Jason Calacanis: How I was broke, then rich, then broke, and now have $100 million
Aug 3, 2017 • 28 min
Jason Calacanis founded Silicon Alley Reporter, Weblogs Inc, Mahalo, and Inside.com. He made an early bet on Uber that paid off, and he’s now an investor and has his own syndicate. But he had a hard time getting there, including a huge fall from grace…
Steve Ballmer: How I became Microsoft’s CEO then bought the LA Clippers
Jul 25, 2017 • 34 min
Steve Ballmer spent more than 30 years at Microsoft where he rose to become CEO. But his decade at the helm was full of challenges, ranging from the rise of Google to learning how to manage around Microsoft’s cofounder, Bill Gates. Ballmer became a…
Box CEO: I built a $2.5 billion company and took it public at age 29, but it was insanely hard
Jul 13, 2017 • 22 min
Aaron Levie is co-founder and CEO of Box, a cloud-based file sharing service. He took Box public when he was 29, and now it has a $2.5 billion market cap. But it took a lot of work to get there, including sleepless nights on yoga mats in the office, and…
Robinhood CEO: How I was rejected by 75 investors but still built a $1.3 billion app
Jul 6, 2017 • 22 min
Vlad Tenev is co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood, a mobile app that lets you trade stocks free of charge. It’s only a few years old and millennials are all over it – the average age of the app’s two million users is 30. The latest fundraising round valued…
ClassPass founder: How I built a $470 million fitness craze, then resigned as CEO
Jun 19, 2017 • 29 min
Payal Kadakia is the founder of ClassPass, a fitness class booking company that can be found in 39 cities around the world. ClassPass has generated more than 30 million class reservations since 2013 and its new valuation is about $470 million. Kadakia…
Dropbox CEO: How I built a $10 billion company in my 20s
Jun 12, 2017 • 25 min
Drew Houston is the founder and CEO of DropBox, an online file storage and sharing service that just turned ten years old. DropBox has grown to over 500 million users, has been valued at about $10 billion, and generates over a billion dollars in…
BuzzFeed and Huffington Post founder Jonah Peretti: How I turned an Instant Messenger bot into a $1.5 billion media empire
Jun 1, 2017 • 40 min
Jonah Peretti is the founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, a digital media empire that started as an Instant Messenger bot. The bot spotted trending links across the web and sent them to groups of friends. Peretti grew that into a $1.5 billion media company that’s…
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: Career secrets I used to reach the top
May 26, 2017 • 32 min
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has taken a series of smart risks throughout his career that have helped him reach the top. He began as a college student in Boston who managed a strawberry farm. He later became a hotshot Internet advertising salesman who sold the…
LeBron James: What I eat, how I lead and how I win
May 11, 2017 • 25 min
LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. He sat down with Business Insider’s US Editor-in-Chief, Alyson Shontell, for a video interview to discuss his team’s epic comeback in the 2016 NBA finals, what he eats, how he works out,…
Sheryl Sandberg: How to become resilient after a tragedy
May 5, 2017 • 22 min
Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Two years ago, her husband Dave Goldberg suddenly died at age 47. She founder herself in a dark place, but had to figure out how to live in this new reality — “Option B” — without him. Sandberg…
Gary Vaynerchuk: How I became a social media star and built big businesses
May 2, 2017 • 34 min
Gary Vaynerchuk has millions of followers on social media, and has built two businesses to tens of millions in revenue. The “Planet of the Apps” star, investor and best-selling author reveals how he built his career, what it’s like to eat dinner with Mark…
About.com: How CEO Neil Vogel is saving the site by killing it
Apr 25, 2017 • 30 min
Neil Vogel is the CEO of About.com, a beloved website from the 1990s. He’s trying to modernize it by doing something that sounds crazy: He’s shutting down the site, and launching a half dozen new brands in its place. Neil is also the founder of the Webby…
TheSkimm: How Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg built an email empire
Apr 21, 2017 • 32 min
TheSkimm is a morning email newsletter that tells 5 million subscribers — including Oprah — the news they need to know. But it was not easy for founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg to get TheSkimm off the ground. The two were roommates who had a…
Warby Parker: How to run a billion-dollar brand with 2 CEOs
Apr 13, 2017 • 32 min
Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal met while getting their MBAs at Wharton. They cofounded a glasses retailer, Warby Parker, and couldn’t decide who should become CEO, so they both took the job. The Co-CEOs sat down with Business Insider’s US Editor in Chief…
Scott Belsky: How a founder built a $150 million company and turned half of his employees into millionaires
Mar 17, 2017 • 45 min
Scott Belsky began his career at Goldman Sachs. But he didn’t like it, so he saved $18,000 and bootstrapped a startup, Behance. He later sold it to Adobe for $150 million and made sure half his employees became millionaires. He also put early money in…
Bustle and Bleacher Report founder: How I built 2 startups worth $200+ million by age 33
Feb 24, 2017 • 36 min
Bryan Goldberg, 33, is the founder of Bustle, a digital-media startup with 55 million monthly readers that covers everything from politics to “The Bachelor.” Its latest valuation puts it on par with Goldberg’s last startup, Bleacher Report, which sold for…
Tinder founder: What it’s really like to build a $3 billion startup in your 20s
Feb 14, 2017 • 34 min
Sean Rad, the founder of dating app Tinder, knew right away he had a hit app on his hands. In an interview with Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell, Rad discusses the highs and lows of building a business. He explains how he came up with the…