Raising the Bar with Alli and Adrian

Raising the Bar with Alli and Adrian

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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.


Baby2Baby: Hollywood’s Favorite Philanthropy
May 1 • 58 min
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…
Emily and Meritt: Fashion’s Favorite Friendship
Apr 24 • 31 min
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…
Anine Bing: Influencer-Turned-Designer
Apr 10 • 45 min
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…
Chriselle Lim: Fashion’s Busiest Superinfluencer
Mar 27 • 55 min
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…
Laura Wasser: Hollywood Divorce Attorney Turned Entrepreneur
Mar 20 • 51 min
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…
Ritual: Disrupting The Vitamin Industry with Katerina Schneider
Mar 13 • 35 min
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,…
Midland Shop: Staying Authentic As A Small Business In L.A. with Co-Owner Paige Appel
Mar 6 • 44 min
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…
LIVELY: How A Former Victoria’s Secret Exec Disrupted the $13B Lingerie World
Feb 28 • 35 min
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…
Ramy Brook: Day-To-Night Fashion From a Self-Trained Designer
Feb 21 • 38 min
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…
Take New Ground: The Secret Weapon of the Leaders You Admire Most with Adrian Koehler
Feb 7 • 69 min
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…
Gabby Reece: The Former Model and Pro Volleyball Player Dispels the Myth of the Personal Brand
Jan 31 • 57 min
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,…
Private Equity: Learn How to Raise Capital with Drybar’s Largest Investor
Jan 24 • 63 min
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…
Argent: The Pantsuit Startup Outfitting Hillary Clinton & Kamala Harris
Jan 17 • 43 min
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…
Brittany Driscoll: What It’s Really Like To Leap Into Entrepreneurship
Jan 10 • 44 min
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…
Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars (Re-Release)
Dec 27, 2019 • 44 min
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…
Tappan: Reinventing the Art Scene For a Digital Generation
Dec 20, 2019 • 39 min
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,…
Nekter Juice Bar: Creating The Starbucks of Juice
Dec 13, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Belly Bandit: Supporting Moms With Stylish Shapewear
Dec 6, 2019 • 48 min
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…
Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere (re-release)
Nov 29, 2019 • 57 min
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…
Kentucky Straight Ice: Converting Ice Cubes Into Cash
Nov 22, 2019 • 41 min
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…
Supergoop!: Turning SPF Into $40 Million
Nov 15, 2019 • 44 min
Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard is the queen of sunscreen. She never intended to build a $40-million company sold in Sephora, Nordstrom, and Bluemercury until a close friend of hers was diagnosed with skin cancer. In 2007, she launched her brand…
The Giving Keys: Unlocking A Social Impact Company
Nov 8, 2019 • 39 min
The Giving Keys are repurposed key necklaces stamped with inspirational words like FEARLESS, HOPE, STRENGTH, and COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message—they are encouraged to give it away and share…
Sugar Paper: On Becoming The Best Stationery Company In The World
Nov 1, 2019 • 55 min
Sugar Paper, Los Angeles’s premier goods shop and custom letterpress stationery company, was born in 2003 when college pals Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker started designing custom letterpress cards after graduation as a hobby. Now, Sugar Paper is…
The Clear Cut: Selling Diamonds In Your DMs
Oct 25, 2019 • 34 min
Engagement ring company the Clear Cut has sold millions of dollars in diamonds over Instagram’s direct messages since launching in 2018. By creating tailor-made jewelry and demystifying the buying process for a new generation, they’ve disrupted an…
Maya Brenner: Spinning Success Out of 14k Gold
Oct 18, 2019 • 47 min
Maya Brenner’s eponymous jewelry line first caught the public’s attention more than 20 years ago, while the jeweler was still creating pieces out of her studio apartment and working full-time as a social worker. Specializing in fine, 14K gold…
Afterpay: The Millennial’s Answer to Buy Now, Pay Later
Oct 11, 2019 • 41 min
Five years ago, Nick Molnar had a theory that recession-scarred Millennials would prefer to spend their own money and spread their purchases across a series of payments rather than use a loan or credit card. His Australian company Afterpay—which…
Three Day Rule: Modern Day Matchmaking
Oct 4, 2019 • 46 min
Talia Goldstein officially started her matchmaking company Three Day Rule in 2010, but she’s been setting people up since she was in high school. Today, Three Day Rule employs 50 matchmakers who arrange dates in 10 major cities in the U.S….
S2 Ep. 26 Grow Marketing: Two Ex-Rivals Make Peace & PR
Sep 27, 2019 • 43 min
For years, Cassie Hughes and Gabrey Means were rivals in the cutthroat world of corporate publicity campaigns, trying to outdo each other with store launches, press events, and stunts, all before experiential marketing was barely a standard marketing…
S2 Ep. 25 Sweet Laurel Bakery: Why Instagram Came First For This Bakeshop
Sep 20, 2019 • 48 min
As a lifelong amateur baker, Laurel Gallucci had to remove gluten, dairy, and refined sugar from her diet when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s. She had to re-learn how to eat, and applied this newfound knowledge to her love…
S2 Ep. 24 Inner Glow Circle: Money-Making Life Coaching
Sep 13, 2019 • 79 min
Death, disease, and…spray tanning? All of these things led Katie DePaola to leave her 9-to-5 job and grow her company Inner Glow Circle into a globally recognized training program for coaches and entrepreneurs. Katie’s journey to…
S2 Ep. 23 Jen Gotch: Ban.do, Mental Health, Authenticity
Sep 6, 2019 • 45 min
Don’t ask Jen Gotch how to describe her 11-year-old business Ban.do. What began as a hair accessories company has evolved into a lifestyle brand that can be found at more than 3,000 department stores and boutiques around the world and count Starbucks…
S2 Ep. 22 Zookies Cookies: A Shark Tank Success Story
Aug 30, 2019 • 54 min
When Justin Miller and Tom Simon pitched their bake-at-home cookie mix on Shark Tank, they may have tricked Alli into eating their dog treats (made from human-grade ingredients) but that didn’t stop a bidding war. Alli beat out fellow Shark Kevin…
S2 Ep. 21 Year & Day: Direct-To-Consumer Tableware
Aug 23, 2019 • 54 min
Year & Day is changing the way people shop for tableware. With its modern, minimalist dishes, flatware, and glassware at attainable prices, the year-old, direct-to-consumer startup has already made fans out of Eva Chen and Mandy Moore. Founder and…
S2 Ep. 20 Toni Ko: Banking On Beauty With NYX Cosmetics
Aug 16, 2019 • 50 min
Toni Ko was just 25 when she founded the affordable beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. With $250,000 in seed money from her parents, the Korean-born entrepreneur started out small, with makeup pencils, but made $2 million in sales her first year. After…
S2 Ep. 19 Jamie Kern Lima: How To Negotiate a $1.2 Billion Aquisition
Aug 9, 2019 • 62 min
It Cosmetics has been a true disruptor in the cosmetics industry since its launch in 2008. After years of hustling on QVC and landing shelf space in Sephora and Ulta, founder Jamie Kern Lima sold her problem-solving makeup line of 300 products to…
S2 Ep. 18 Rachel Pally: A Biz For All Body Types
Aug 2, 2019 • 47 min
Rachel Pally’s Cali-cool maxi dresses have been photographed on everyone from SJP and Beyoncé to Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry, but it was a stint at a university costume department and a chance encounter in DTLA’s Chinatown that truly changed…
S2 Ep. 17 Sophia Rossi: How To Go From Assistant to CEO
Jul 26, 2019 • 53 min
Sophia Rossi has been a babysitter, an assistant, a TV producer, a founder, a CEO, and now…city councilwoman? But that’s for the future. As a former producer on MTV’s The Hills and The City, Sophia went on to co-found HelloGiggles (alongside…
S2 Ep. 16 Clare V.: The LA Based Brand With Global Appeal
Jul 19, 2019 • 50 min
The made-in-LA success of Clare Vivier’s handbags and accessories company is going international. Since starting Clare V. in 2008, Clare has translated buzz into business growth and cornered the accessories market through online, wholesale, and…
S2 Ep. 15 Shower Toga: Alli Webb and Mark Cuban’s Big Bet
Jul 12, 2019 • 65 min
When “Shark Tank” investors Alli Webb and Mark Cuban made an $80,000 gamble on national television, they were not only buying into Shower Toga but also its feisty and fearless founder, Kressa Peterson. Shower Toga—a wearable, water-resistant garment…
S2 Ep. 14 Sara Happ: The Lip Expert
Jul 5, 2019 • 42 min
The original Lip Scrub—loved by early supporters Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon—was never meant to kickstart Sara Happ’s beauty career. She just whipped up a product in her kitchen one cold winter to combat chapped lips. Sara talks with her…
S2 Ep. 13 U-Nify: Building and Branding a Mental Health Gym
Jun 28, 2019 • 54 min
A fitness studio, but for your mental health. This is the idea behind U-Nify, a company offering affordable workshops led by therapists, life coaches, and wellness experts. U-Nify wants to lower the barrier of entry and make mental health a part of the…
S2 Ep. 12 Lunya: Elevating Luxury Sleepwear with Founder Ashley Merrill
Jun 21, 2019 • 44 min
Ashley Merrill launched Lunya with a conviction that women’s sleepwear was overdue for a fresh perspective. Wearing her husband’s old clothes like pajamas, Ashley realized that although people will spend one-third of their lives in bed, good sleepwear was…
S2 Ep. 11 Karen Fairchild: Country Music Icon and Trailblazer
Jun 14, 2019 • 50 min
Alli lives out her country girl fantasy and visits Nashville to interview Karen Fairchild, one-fourth of the Grammy Award-winning band, Little Big Town. Together, Alli and Karen find similarities between running a business and running a band, from…
S2 Ep. 10 Jaime Schmidt: Turning Natural Deoderant into Gold
Jun 7, 2019 • 34 min
Jaime Schmidt, founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, created her natural deodorant when she was pregnant and concerned about the widespread use of unnatural ingredients in deodorant. So she created a better alternative! Her products went from farmers’ market…
S2 Ep. 09 Emily and Meritt: Fashion’s Favorite Friendship
May 31, 2019 • 29 min
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…
S2 Ep. 08 Baby2Baby: Hollywood’s Favorite Philanthropy
May 24, 2019 • 54 min
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…
S2 Ep.7 Alexa von Tobel: Becoming Financially Fearless
May 17, 2019 • 42 min
Alexa von Tobel dropped out of Harvard Business School in 2008 to start LearnVest, the online financial planning service designed for the average American that sold in 2015 to Northwestern Mutual. Today, she is the founder and managing partner of Inspired…
S2 Ep. 6 Sarah Gibson Tuttle: Upending The Manicure Industry
May 10, 2019 • 43 min
In a lightbulb moment to create “the Drybar for nails,” Sarah Gibson Tuttle ditched her finance career to and open Olive & June, the Instagram-perfect nail salon. After opening three shops, her focus is on democratizing nail-care with her line of at-home…
S2 Ep. 6 Anine Bing: Influencer-Turned-Designer
May 3, 2019 • 41 min
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…
S2 Ep. 5 Brooklyn Decker: Rethinking Retail, Tech, and Your Closet
Apr 26, 2019 • 47 min
Brooklyn Decker has made a name for herself on the pages of Sports Illustrated and Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” but now her mission as a tech co-founder is to help women digitize and simplify their closets. She sat down with Alli and Michael to talk…
S2 Ep. 4 How Pocket.watch Is Changing Kids’ Content with Chris Williams
Apr 19, 2019 • 41 min
Chris Williams is the founder and CEO of Pocket.watch, a digital-first studio that creates global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha (kids born in 2011-2025). Chris talks to Alli and Michael about “kidfluencers,”…
S2 Ep. 3 Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars
Apr 12, 2019 • 44 min
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…
S2 Ep. 2 Brittany Driscoll: From Drybar Exec to Squeeze CEO
Apr 5, 2019 • 45 min
For years, Alli and Michael sat on their million-dollar idea to create the Goldilocks massage experience—not too pricey, not too cheap—while they were busy building Drybar. But when their VP of Marketing Brittany Driscoll needed a new challenge, their…
S2 Ep.1 Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere
Mar 29, 2019 • 53 min
Emily Schuman has built a thriving 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…
Raising The Bar Season 2 Trailer
Mar 15, 2019 • 2 min
Alli and Michael are back and better than ever with a brand new group of entrepreneurs you will not want to miss! Season 2 begins March 29th!
Elmo Lovano: Build a Band
Oct 3, 2018 • 37 min
Before Jammcard, a job platform for musicians didn’t really exist. So after working as a drummer for years and recognizing the need for it, Elmo decided to build it himself, and he told us all about it. This is the last episode of this season of Raising…
Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut: What’s On Your Plate?
Sep 26, 2018 • 38 min
This episode features Platefit founders Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut. Platefit is a boutique exercise company that provides classes designed around the use of Power Plates. The plates, originally developed to help Russian cosmonauts recover after…
Ellen Bennett: Apron Queen
Sep 19, 2018 • 41 min
This episode features Hedley & Bennett founder and CEO Ellen Bennett. When Ellen was working as a chef in restaurants, she couldn’t believe bad the aprons were. They were ill-fitting, poorly constructed, and everyone hated wearing them. So she decided to…
Patrice Banks: Lady Mechanics
Sep 12, 2018 • 43 min
This episode features Girls Auto Clinic founder Patrice Banks. Patrice had a great job as an engineer when she decided give it all up to become a mechanic and open a female-run shop. Her goal? To educate and empower women through their cars. If you have…
Jaclyn Johnson: Creating and Cultivating
Sep 5, 2018 • 38 min
This episodes features Create & Cultivate’s Jaclyn Johnson! Jaclyn noticed women entrepreneurs needed a space to gather to create their dream careers and her business was born! She’s seen it all, from building a wildly successful festival, going through a…
Joey Gonzalez: From Client to CEO
Aug 29, 2018 • 38 min
This episode features Barry’s Bootcamp CEO Joey Gonzalez. Joey first fell in love with the high-intensity fitness studio as a customer. He worked his way up the Barry’s ladder, going from instructor to manager to partner and finally, to CEO. Joey talked…
Itika Oldwine and Talmadge Lowe: A Flower Shop and a Liquor Store
Aug 22, 2018 • 51 min
This episode features two guests. First, we talked to Itika Oldwine, founder of Oldvine Florals, a high end flower shop in Los Angeles. She talked to us about the decision to go out on her own, how she moved her business from her house to a store, and how…
Joy Cho: Jump for Joy
Aug 15, 2018 • 41 min
This episode features designer Joy Cho. Her lifestyle brand, Oh Joy, grew from a tiny blog into a successful business with a huge following. She talked about developing brand recognition, why she’s hesitant to expand her business, and how she set herself…
Johnny Ray Zone: Do One Thing Well
Aug 8, 2018 • 38 min
This episode features celebrity chef Johnny Ray Zone, the founder and operator of Howlin’ Rays, a Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant in Los Angeles. Howlin’ Rays is so popular, Johnny’s main problem early on was dealing with long lines (seriously, it…
Hillary Kerr: Who What Wear, Why Not?
Aug 1, 2018 • 34 min
On today’s episode, Hillary Kerr is joining us. She’s the cofounder of Clique Brands, which has three brands - Who What Wear, MyDomaine, and Byrdie. We’re also here to answer your question, including one we get asked all the time - what are you obsessed…
Curtis Stone: Cooking with Gas
Jul 25, 2018 • 36 min
This episode features celebrity chef Curtis Stone. He’s had a ton of success, including television shows, cookbooks, and famed LA restaurants, Maude and Gwen. He talked about Anthony Bourdain, his worst kitchen disaster and taught us a new business…
Phil Landau: The First Entrepreneur in Our Lives
Jul 25, 2018 • 38 min
It’s our dad! They may have raised us, but for years Alli and Michael’s parents ran a chain of clothing stores in South Florida, Flip’s. It was a family business, and they grew up watching this business grow. And - Alli goes out to Venice Beach and…
Sarah Michelle Gellar: From Vampires to Empires
Jul 25, 2018 • 34 min
When Alli Webb and Michael Landau started Drybar 8 years ago, they had no idea what would happen, but that’s the life of every entrepreneur. Risk everything and you could gain… or lose… everything. So they’re talking to business owners of all kinds -…
Introducing Raising The Bar
Jul 10, 2018 • 1 min
Premieres July 25th