Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
How do companies grow from zero to a gazillion? Legendary Silicon Valley investor / entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders. Guests include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Spanx’s Sara Blakely. With original music and hilariously honest stories, the show sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. Masters of Scale is a WaitWhat original series in association with Stitcher.
#15 Infinite Learner (Part 2) – with IAC’s Barry Diller
Dec 12 • 36 min
To move from one success to another, you have to learn to unlearn. Take everything that helped you win the first time, then discard it and learn a new way. That’s how Barry Diller, titan of “old” media (ABC, Paramount, Fox), mastered the new dot-com…
#14 Infinite Learner (Part I) — with IAC’s Barry Diller
Dec 5 • 51 min
Tinder. Top Gun. Roots. The Simpsons. What do they have in common? Media icon Barry Diller. Barry is what we call an “infinite learner.” He’s only interested in things he’s never done before. And if they’ve never been done by ANYONE? Better yet. He…
#3 Learn From Every ‘No’— with Bevel Razor’s Tristan Walker
Nov 28 • 34 min
“If you’re laughed out of the room, it might actually be a good sign.” Entrepreneurs inevitably face a lot of rejection — as does anyone championing a big new idea. But the different ways that investors say “no” could reveal valuable clues about your…
#13 The Big Pivot — with Slack’s Stewart Butterfield
Nov 14 • 43 min
In your company’s darkest moment, remember: You CAN pivot from failure to success. But only if you slash and burn everything that isn’t working. Slack’s Co-Founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield has twice navigated this kind of Big Pivot. He launched two…
#12 Look Sideways — with Google / VMware’s Diane Greene
Nov 9 • 40 min
Business plan not entirely clear? Not sure how you’ll make enough money or find your users? That’s OK. Really. The most scalable ideas often come at you sideways. You’ll find yourself crabwalking from a small market to a bigger to one of unimaginable…
#11 Escape the Competition — with PayPal’s Peter Thiel
Nov 7 • 52 min
If you want to grow your business, your goal isn’t to beat the competition — it’s to escape the competition altogether. No one knows this better than Paypal founder Peter Thiel. “Competition is for losers,” he’s been known to say. Thiel is a former…
BONUS: Seven Lesser Known Laws of Leadership
Aug 26 • 9 min
The Masters of Scale team brings you a special blend of leadership tips from season one guests — including clips we haven’t aired yet. In this bonus episode, we’ll share our favorite insights from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman,…
#10 Let Fires Burn — with Gixo’s Selina Tobaccowala
Jul 19 • 37 min
If you try to put out every fire, you’ll only burn yourself out. The best entrepreneurs? They let fires burn. Knowing which problems not to solve is just as critical as knowing which problems must be solved. You won’t have time to sit down and assess…
#9 The Next Silicon Valley Is…? With Endeavor’s Linda Rottenberg
Jul 12 • 47 min
What’s the secret to Silicon Valley? And can any other region nurture such a thriving startup scene? Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor, makes the case that a startup culture can be nurtured almost anywhere, so long as you have the raw ingredients —…
Bonus Episode: The Ten Commandments of Startup Success
Jul 5 • 94 min
Guest host Tim Ferriss shares advice you’ll will want to etch into stone: the Ten Commandments of Startup Success. We teamed up with Tim’s eponymous podcast, the Tim Ferriss Show, to bring you this special remix of actionable lessons from every episode of…
BONUS: Uncut interview — Netflix’s Reed Hastings
Jun 29 • 55 min
Host Reid Hoffman visits Netflix’s headquarters for an extended interview with the company’s founding CEO, Reed Hastings. They discuss the distinctive culture that enabled Netflix to leap from DVD’s to online streaming to becoming a content-production…
#8 Netflix’s Reed Hastings in Culture Shock
Jun 28 • 40 min
I believe strong company cultures only emerge when every employee feels they own the culture — and this begins even before the first job interview. CEO Reed Hastings has built an adaptive, high-performing culture at NetFlix by being unabashedly upfront…
BONUS: Uncut Interview — Crisis Text Line’s Nancy Lublin
Jun 15 • 64 min
In this extended interview, Nancy Lublin, founding CEO of Crisis Text Line, shares insights from her restless career as a serial entrepreneur, recruiting armies of volunteers to the causes she’s passionate about.
#7 Grit Happens with Crisis Text Line’s Nancy Lublin
Jun 14 • 39 min
To succeed, entrepreneurs need a good idea, timing, money, luck. But more than anything, they need grit. Don’t confuse grit with sheer persistence; it’s not about charging up the same hill, again and again. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is…
#6 Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt in Innovation = Managed Chaos
Jun 7 • 36 min
Google has succeeded by innovating again and again. Not just search, but Gmail and Google Docs and even self-driving cars. Their secret? They don’t tell their employees how to innovate; they manage the chaos. Eric Schmidt—CEO of Google since 2001 and now…
BONUS: Uncut Interview — Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg
Jun 1 • 51 min
Host Reid Hoffman met Sheryl in a conference room at One Facebook Way to discuss a vexing subject: How does she lead an organization that doubles or triples in size each year? She also reveals previously unaired insights from her new book, Option B, and…
#5 Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in Lead, Lead Again
May 31 • 38 min
In just 6 years, Facebook grew to 2 billion users and 14,000 employees. How? Well first, they hired COO Sheryl Sandberg. And she knew that to lead a fast-changing organization, you have to be as skilled at breaking plans as you are at making them. Great…
BONUS: Uncut interview — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
May 25 • 68 min
This is the extended, uncut version of Reid Hoffman’s rare, hour-long interview with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Ep. 4 “Imperfect is Perfect”. Our recommendation: Listen to the episode first. Then enjoy the full interview, with its…
#4 Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Imperfect is Perfect
May 24 • 34 min
If you’re Steve Jobs, you can wait for your product to be perfect. But there are almost no Steve Jobs’ in the world. For the rest of us, If you’re not embarrassed by your first product release, you’ve released it too late. Imperfect is perfect. Why?…
#3 Beauty of A Bad Idea — with Walker & Company’s Tristan Walker
May 17 • 34 min
The best business ideas often seem laughable at first glance. So if you’re hearing a chorus of “No’s” it may actually be a good sign… Google, Facebook, LInkedIn, Airbnb — they all sounded crazy before they scaled spectacularly. So don’t be discouraged by…
#2 The Money Episode — with Minted’s Mariam Naficy
May 10 • 33 min
Think you’ve raised enough money for your startup? Think again. You have to run through a minefield of unexpected expenses as an entrepreneur. And you never know where the big opportunity will come from. So always, always raise more money than you think…
BONUS: Uncut Interview — Airbnb’s Brian Chesky
May 4 • 84 min
Host Reid Hoffman interviews Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. In this extended interview, Chesky explains how a willingness to work with his hands laid the foundation for Airbnb’s growth. He also shares previously unaired stories about…
#1 Airbnb’s Brian Chesky in Handcrafted
May 3 • 34 min
If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don’t scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one-by-one. And don’t stop until you know exactly what they want. That’s what Brian Chesky…
Coming Soon: Masters of Scale
Apr 18 • 2 min
Coming May 3rd, Reid Hoffman, legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, explains how famous founders take their companies from zero to a gazillion. In this trailer for Season One, a taste of this straight-from-Silicon Valley podcast.