Protect the Hustle

Protect the Hustle
What ever happened to “Hustle”.

G2’s Godard Abel on the Importance of an Entrepreneurial Family
Jun 9 • 49 min
In this episode of Protect the Hustle, Godard shares how he prioritized the power of people to spearhead multiple exits and lead a team steeped in trust and loyalty.
B-Side E05: Let’s talk about it
Jun 5 • 39 min
When facing a nationwide and significant movement, what role do corporations play—how do you start those much needed, but difficult conversations? And, company statements vs. action—which one is louder and longer-lasting?
Measuring the Subscription Economy with Zuora’s Tien Tzuo
Jun 2 • 53 min
In this episode of Protect the Hustle Tien shares ideas on the delineation of ownership and how one big idea can evolve into years of runway for your startup.
B-Side E04: Mandated vs. unlimited time off—which is more effective?
May 29 • 32 min
In a time where most are working from home and the separation between work and home can be difficult to distinguish, time off seems more essential than ever. But should company leadership decide when you should take that time off, or should we be able to…
SurveyMonkey’s Leela Srinivasan on Powering the Curious
May 26 • 44 min
Leela Srinivasan powers the curious at SurveyMonkey, as the first Chief Marketing Officer at the survey software titan.
B-Side E03: Big tech, big buttons, & big break ups
May 21 • 32 min
What does Joe Rogan’s move to Spotify mean? Will this “acquisition strategy” by Spotify prove to actually be a long-term strategy to change people’s behavior?
Chief Instigator, Dan Martell, on the Power of Authentic Relationships
May 19 • 48 min
Serial entrepreneur Dan Martell shares how he went from landing in jail twice to founding multiple SaaS companies, now using his expertise to help budding founders.
B-Side E02: What is the road to redemption?
May 14 • 38 min
When it comes to people’s past mistakes or fallacies, is redemption dependent on the magnitude of the deed? Or does everyone deserve a second chance? And who decides what type of actions deem redemption? A recent story of now, former CEO of Banjo, Inc.,…
Gainsight’s Nick Mehta on Orchestrating Harmonious CS
May 12 • 42 min
Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight, says customer success involves not only acquiring a customer, but expanding their usage and dollar amount over time. Nick compares customer success to an orchestra — where everyone is playing their own instruments, but…
Moz & Sparktoro’s Rand Fishkin on How Early-Stage Failure Bred Future Success
May 5 • 40 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Rand Fishkin speaks with radical transparency—about the difficulties he saw as a first-time founder, and how past hardship helped him achieve future success.
B-Side E01: Are we overreacting or not doing enough?
Apr 24 • 32 min
We’re currently living through unprecedented and very bizarre times—a worldwide pandemic. Alongside massive contraction and churn, there’s a noticeable (and distasteful) increase in virtue signaling. Are businesses leveraging the crisis to increase…
Revisiting: HubSpot’s Brian Halligan and the Difficulty of Scaling Up
Aug 8, 2019 • 27 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, we talk to Brian about the process of scaling up, staying motivated with lofty goals, and tackling big meaty problems. He also shares the story of getting the “Wolf” guitar made famous by Jerry Garcia.
New show preview: Tradeoffs with Hiten Shah
Aug 6, 2019 • 17 min
If you’re digging what we’re doing with Protect the Hustle, we want to let you in on another one we’re cooking up. It’s called Tradeoffs, and it features product pro Hiten Shah with our very own Patrick Campbell. It’s a show for people who nerd out over…
Revisiting: Netflix’s Patty McCord on Building a Great Place to Be From
Aug 1, 2019 • 41 min
Company culture is rooted in hiring the right people, nurturing the right behaviors, and letting people go when they’re not longer a fit. As a group, we’re pretty terrible at all of this. But Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, redefined…
Qordoba’s CEO, May Habib, Talks Total Market Transition
Jul 25, 2019 • 24 min
May Habib played a pivotal role in the market transition of content intelligence platform, Qordoba. She’s steadfast in the mindset that training is everything, and you must prioritize heavy coaching, transparency, and feedback in the process.
CEO of, Mike Volpe: Without Great People, You Will Fail
Jul 18, 2019 • 33 min
We sit down with Mike Volpe, CEO of, to chat about how he went from helping companies IPO to building one of the best marketing teams during his time at HubSpot.
Yesware’s Matthew Bellows on Growth and Success Stemming from Unrelenting Focus
Jul 12, 2019 • 39 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, the origins of Yesware, where Yesware is today, keeping product and sales focus via your team, and the characteristics of a great salesperson. All that and more featuring Matthew Bellows, the Chairman of the Board…
HubSpot’s Katie Burke on Building Culture and Embracing the Skeptics
Jun 28, 2019 • 27 min
If you ask someone to define “culture” in your office, you might get a response about ping-pong tables or beers on tap. But we know culture constitutes something so much greater. This is where your skeptics come in. They are key to building a solid…
Protect the Hustle Season 2 Trailer
Jun 13, 2019 • 3 min
Hustle has a negative connotation. But it hasn’t always been that way. We’re back with season 2 of Protect the Hustle, where we hear from some of the greatest minds in business who are in the trenches, actually doing the work, and repping the true meaning…
Wistia’s Brendan Schwartz on the Self-Aware Business Model
Oct 24, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, we talk about being self-aware of one’s strengths, trusting the convictions of the entire company, and hiring the right team to compliment those strengths helped Wistia become a video-marketing hub. Wistia Co-Founder…
Freshworks’ Girish Mathrubootham on Building a Multi-Product Future
Oct 18, 2018 • 37 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, we talk multi-product expansion, the value of team alignment, and leveraging a market chalk-full of competitors. We discover how Girish, founder and CEO of Freshworks, has successfully tackled some of the most…
Mike Troiano, Partner at G20, on the Power of Brand
Oct 11, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode, we dive into how Mike Troiano views the importance of brand. Mike, in addition to working for Coca Cola and Taco Bell, was able to grow Actifio’s revenue 80% per year from 2012 to 2017 as CMO, elevating the company from an obscure…
Hardship, Cancer, and the Operational Struggle
Oct 4, 2018 • 9 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick Campbell and members of the ProfitWell crew, share some of their own hardships and how they navigated them. If you share this episode on twitter with the hashtag #ProtectIt, we’ll hook you up with some nice…
Kayak and Lola’s Founder Paul English on Why Design is Never Finished
Sep 20, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick Campbell and Ben Hillman talk to Paul English and how he uses simplicity and straightforward design to tackle the world of travel first with B2C giant and now B2B darling Lola. If you share this…
Steve Blank and Intercom’s Des Traynor | Customer Research
Sep 13, 2018 • 46 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick Campbell goes deep on customer and product relationship, the shift in the market, how data fits into the market, and more… Including excerpts from Steve Blank and Intercom’s Des Traynor.
Drift’s David Cancel on Whoever Gets Closer to Their Customer Wins
Sep 4, 2018 • 44 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick Campbell and Ben Hillman Interview David Cancel, CEO of Drift, a company paving the way for conversational marketing. We talk to David about his beginnings as a college dropout, the change of purchasing…
HubSpot’s Brian Halligan, CrazyEgg’s Hiten Shah, the ProfitWell Crew | Feedback is Non-negotiable
Aug 30, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick examines what is involved with giving and receiving feedback. This episode features interviews with CrazyEgg’s Hiten Shah, ProfitWell Chief Product Officer Facundo Chamut, and interviews with various…
HubSpot’s Brian Halligan on the Key to Scaling Up
Aug 21, 2018 • 27 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick Campbell and Ben Hillman interview Brian Halligan, Co-Founder and CEO of HubSpot, the leader in marketing automation software. On this episode, we talk to Brian about the process of scaling up, staying…
Diversity: Try Harder
Aug 14, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of Protect the Hustle, Patrick takes a closer look at the crucial topic of diversity, including why diversity is so important, why as a sector we’re pretty bad at creating truly diverse teams, and ultimately how we can make sure we’re…
Netflix’s Patty McCord on Building a Great Place to Be From
Aug 6, 2018 • 41 min
On this episode of Protect The Hustle, we interview Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, and one of the most prolific talent leaders our industry has ever seen. In this episode, we discuss how Patty McCord went from Texas border towns and…
Protect the Hustle: Premiering August 6th, 2018
Jul 26, 2018 • 1 min
Hustle used to mean something. Hustle meant shoe leather and elbow grease. But somewhere along the lines, it changed. Hustle became nothing, a tossed aside relic dismantled by the charlatans and hucksters of our generation. This is not ok. Those…