Who Runs That?

Who Runs That?

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Have you ever seen a product you love and thought about what goes on in the company behind it? Enjoy surprising conversations with the people in charge of some of America’s most interesting businesses.
Food52 Co-Founder Merrill Stubbs
Apr 15 • 40 min
In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Merrill Stubbs, co-founder and president of Food52. In their conversation, Stubbs talks about her time in cooking school, the interesting demographics of Food52’s customer base, and the balance of combining web…
Reductress Co-Founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo
Apr 8 • 34 min
In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, co-founders of the satirical feminist website Reductress. In their conversation, Newell and Pappalardo poke fun at some of the tropes of internet writing and explain what it’s like…
Bonobos CEO Micky Onvural
Apr 1 • 35 min
In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Mick Onvural, CEO of the menswear brand Bonobos. In their conversation Onvural talks about the value of brick-and-mortar shops, the challenges of marketing to men, and why marketers make great chief executives. This…
Zola Co-Founders Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi
Mar 25 • 46 min
In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi, co-founders of the wedding planning and registry site, Zola. Ma and Nakaguchi started the company when they realized their friends’ wedding registries were difficult to navigate. Now…
Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser
Mar 18 • 40 min
In this episode, Seth Stevenson talks to Mario Schlosser CEO and co-founder of the health insurance company Oscar. In their discussion, Schlosser talks about what it’s like to start a business in a sector that’s rife with regulation and bureaucracy, about…
NerdWallet CEO Tim Chen
Mar 11 • 34 min
In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Tim Chen, found and CEO of NerdWallet. During their conversation Chen talks about what inspired him to found the company, how millennials think about money choices, and what he thinks the U.S. government should be…
Merge Records Co-Founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan
Mar 4 • 43 min
Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, co-founders of Merge Records, talk to Seth Stevenson about running a record label in the era of streaming music, the advantages of operating in Chapel Hill, NC, and what goes into a record contract with a band these days.
Coffee Meets Bagel CEO Dawoon Kang
Feb 25 • 35 min
Coffee Meets Bagel CEO Dawoon Kang talks to Seth Stevenson about founding the company with her sisters, turning down $30 million from Mark Cuban, and her effort to make online dating less overwhelming.
Harry’s CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield
Jan 7 • 38 min
Seth Stevenson talks to Andy Katz-Mayfield, co-founder and CEO of the razor and skincare company, Harry’s. In their conversation, Katz-Mayfield talks about some of his early business decisions, the ebb and flow of facial hair trends, and how he wants to…
Chirps CEO Rose Wang
Dec 31, 2018 • 33 min
Seth Stevenson talks to Rose Wang, CEO and co-founder of Chirps. In their conversation, Wang talks about going on Shark Tank, the environmental advantages of eating bugs, and whether crickets can feel pain.
Field Notes Co-Founder Aaron Draplin
Dec 24, 2018 • 31 min
Seth Stevenson chats with co-founder and chief designer of Field Notes, Aaron Draplin. In their conversation, Draplin talks about the inspiration for Field Notes, his use of locally sourced paper and staples, and the timeless appeal of the Futura Bold…
E.L.F. CEO Tarang Amin
Dec 17, 2018 • 31 min
Seth Stevenson chats with Tarang Amin, CEO of the cosmetics company E.L.F. In their conversation, Amin talks about what it’s like to be a man running a makeup company, about makeup trends in the YouTube era, and about what it’s like to test products on…
Carnival CEO Arnold Donald
Dec 10, 2018 • 35 min
Seth Stevenson talks to Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald about what it’s like to oversee nine different cruise lines at once. In their conversation, Donald talks about some of the trends in cruising, explains how a business insight helped his…
Kickee Pants CEO Aerin Nicole
Dec 3, 2018 • 34 min
Seth Stevenson talks to Kickee Pants CEO Aerin Nicole about her search for the perfect baby clothes material. In their conversation, Nicole talks about scouting for a bamboo-based textile, her line of gender-free baby clothes, and what it’s like when…
DoSomething CEO Aria Finger
Nov 27, 2018 • 34 min
For a special Giving Tuesday episode of the show, Seth talks to Aria Finger, CEO and “Chief Old Person” of DoSomething. Finger talks about why she’s spent her whole career at a non-profit, what it’s like to be a grown-up trying to reach young people, and…
Betterment CEO Jon Stein
Nov 26, 2018 • 35 min
Seth Stevenson talks to Betterment CEO Jon Stein about the democratization of financial services. In the interview, Stein talks about the role he feels financial companies should play in treating investors fairly, about Betterment’s preparedness for a…
Big Gay Ice Cream Co-Founder Douglas Quint
Nov 24, 2018 • 35 min
In this special Small Business Saturday edition of the show, Seth Stevenson talks to Douglas Quint, co-founder of Big Gay Ice Cream. Quint was a professional bassoonist who got his start in ice cream when he spent a summer driving a soft-serve truck…
Cuyana CEO Karla Gallardo
Nov 19, 2018 • 31 min
Seth Stevenson talks to Cuyana CEO Karla Gallardo about her upbringing in Ecuador and how it inspired her to make products that last. Gallardo also explains why she focused on women investors when she started the company and what it was like to see Meghan…
Coming Nov. 19th: Who Runs That?
Oct 22, 2018 • 1 min
Have you ever seen a product you love and thought about what goes on in the company behind it? Enjoy surprising conversations with the people in charge of some of America’s most interesting businesses. Episode 1 drops Nov. 19th.