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The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.

On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 

With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.

Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

Latest Episodes

Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

When's the right time for hypergrowth? Should you take investment when you don’t need the money? How do you deal with an exhaustedteam? Global entrepreneurs facing hyperfast growth ask Reid their questions about raising capital, pivoting their product, bootstrapping vs. blitzscaling and more. Featuring some of the highest-performing scale entrepreneurs from Endeavor, and cohosted by Harvard professor Youngme Moon, of the great HBS podcast After Hours.

38 MIN21 h ago
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Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

How do you find joy in your life? Our host, Reid Hoffman, finds it through friendship, and the genuine, honest, and intimate conversations it brings. In this special episode of Meditative Story, from the same producers as Masters of Scale, Reid shares his passion for connecting with others by asking big questions.

28 MIN4 d ago
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Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

Rent the Runway co-founder Jenn Hyman knows: Behind every successful business is another business backstage, one you might not expect. Rent the Runway is known for creating a glamorous "closet in the cloud,” but as Hyman explains, it achieved unicorn status by mastering a few less glamorous businesses — including the world’s largest dry-cleaning operation and a data insights practice that’s changing the fashion industry. Cameo appearance: Kevin Venardos (Venardos Circus); Stewart Butterfield (Slack). Read Jenn Hyman's essay on the making of this episode: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mastering-businesses-behind-our-business-jennifer-hyman/ Learn more about the Venardos Circus: https://www.venardoscircus.com/ Listen to Stewart Butterfield on Masters of Scale: http://listen.mastersofscale.com/StewartButterfield Subscribe to the weekly Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MIN1 w ago
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What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed. With cameos by National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo, former director of the US Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg. LINKS: Learn more about The Boiling River Project: http://www.boilingriver.org Read "The Boiling River" by Andrés Ruzo: https://amzn.to/36iHHNF Learn more about the US patent system: https://www.uspto.gov/ Meet Andre, who dresses Oprah Winfrey: https://andrewalkerhair.com Listen to Linda Rottenberg on Masters of Scale: https://mastersofscale.com/linda-rottenberg-the-next-silicon-valley-is/ Get the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MIN2 w ago
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How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty. Cameo appearance: Jonathan Gottschall (fellow at Washington & Jefferson College & author).

47 MIN3 w ago
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Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

In part two of this special two-part episode with Bill Gates, we’re talking about the biggest success story ever told on the podcast – and not just for Bill Gates, but for humanity. And it was achieved not through Microsoft, but through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill & Melinda Gates have built the foundation into one of the world’s single largest private philanthropies and they’ve done it by taking lessons learned at Microsoft – on how to massively capitalize on inflection points – and applied them to the nonprofit world. Here's how.

41 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

How to solve an impossible challenge w/Megan Smith (U.S. CTO, Google, shift7)

Faced with an impossible challenge? Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find someone who’s already solved the problem – and help those inventors keep inventing. Megan Smith calls that technique “scout and scale.” She used it as the United States' CTO. She did it as an exec at Google. She did it as CEO of PlanetOut. And she continues today with the company she co-founded, shift7. Cameo appearance: Monique Sternin (co-founder of the Positive Deviance Approach & Initiative).

32 MIN2019 DEC 14
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How to solve an impossible challenge w/Megan Smith (U.S. CTO, Google, shift7)

LIVE! All founders have a Trojan Horse w/Robert F. Smith

Recorded live at Summit LA: Every great founder has a second purpose — something outside their main business they're trying to get done in the world. And every successful company is like a Trojan horse, carrying this second purpose forward. No one knows this better than Robert F. Smith. You may know him for his legendary Morehouse commencement speech (in which he promised to pay off the student loan debt of the entire graduating class), but Robert's scaling success and philanthropic work go far beyond that. As founder, chairman and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert finds profound ways to serve both his business and his second purpose — liberating people to reach their true potential — at scale. Cameo appearance: Sir Ken Robinson. Live stage photography: Jaime Fernandez (@jaymoxias) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

67 MIN2019 DEC 5
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LIVE! All founders have a Trojan Horse w/Robert F. Smith

Ray Dalio - How to embrace conflict

Want to improve any idea? Find someone who disagrees with it. This is something legendary investor Ray Dalio knows. But there’s a difference between constructive and destructive conflict – and Dalio is a master at spotting the difference. In constructive conflict, a team has a shared goal, whether or not they have differing opinions. And this is the key to success. Cameo appearances: Steve Horgan (USA Field Hockey Director of Umpiring),Daniel Amen (psychiatrist, founder Amen Clinics). Ray's latest book, Principles for Success, is out now. Subscribe to the Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

43 MIN2019 NOV 26
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Ray Dalio - How to embrace conflict

The Money Episode w/Minted's Mariam Naficy

Every founder faces the same question when they start their entrepreneurial journey: How much money do I need to raise? And the answer is: A lot more than you think – but not for the reasons you think. In this classic episode, the founder and CEO of Minted, Mariam Naficy, talks about her decision to raise – and raise again. Not for a rainy-day slush fund, but because she understood that to outmaneuver the competition, to guard against economic downturns, and to take advantage of opportunities that may unfold late in the game, she’d need to have the capital. It was with that foresight that she raised more than $300 million – and grew Minted to the nine-figure revenue company it is today. Cameo appearances: Selina Tobaccowala (Evite, Gixo), Daniel Kahneman (Nobel-winning psychologist), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Amos Kedmey (Wine and Cheese Place).

28 MIN2019 NOV 21
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The Money Episode w/Minted's Mariam Naficy

Latest Episodes

Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

When's the right time for hypergrowth? Should you take investment when you don’t need the money? How do you deal with an exhaustedteam? Global entrepreneurs facing hyperfast growth ask Reid their questions about raising capital, pivoting their product, bootstrapping vs. blitzscaling and more. Featuring some of the highest-performing scale entrepreneurs from Endeavor, and cohosted by Harvard professor Youngme Moon, of the great HBS podcast After Hours.

38 MIN21 h ago
Comments
Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

How do you find joy in your life? Our host, Reid Hoffman, finds it through friendship, and the genuine, honest, and intimate conversations it brings. In this special episode of Meditative Story, from the same producers as Masters of Scale, Reid shares his passion for connecting with others by asking big questions.

28 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

Rent the Runway co-founder Jenn Hyman knows: Behind every successful business is another business backstage, one you might not expect. Rent the Runway is known for creating a glamorous "closet in the cloud,” but as Hyman explains, it achieved unicorn status by mastering a few less glamorous businesses — including the world’s largest dry-cleaning operation and a data insights practice that’s changing the fashion industry. Cameo appearance: Kevin Venardos (Venardos Circus); Stewart Butterfield (Slack). Read Jenn Hyman's essay on the making of this episode: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mastering-businesses-behind-our-business-jennifer-hyman/ Learn more about the Venardos Circus: https://www.venardoscircus.com/ Listen to Stewart Butterfield on Masters of Scale: http://listen.mastersofscale.com/StewartButterfield Subscribe to the weekly Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MIN1 w ago
Comments
What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed. With cameos by National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo, former director of the US Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg. LINKS: Learn more about The Boiling River Project: http://www.boilingriver.org Read "The Boiling River" by Andrés Ruzo: https://amzn.to/36iHHNF Learn more about the US patent system: https://www.uspto.gov/ Meet Andre, who dresses Oprah Winfrey: https://andrewalkerhair.com Listen to Linda Rottenberg on Masters of Scale: https://mastersofscale.com/linda-rottenberg-the-next-silicon-valley-is/ Get the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MIN2 w ago
Comments
How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty. Cameo appearance: Jonathan Gottschall (fellow at Washington & Jefferson College & author).

47 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

In part two of this special two-part episode with Bill Gates, we’re talking about the biggest success story ever told on the podcast – and not just for Bill Gates, but for humanity. And it was achieved not through Microsoft, but through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill & Melinda Gates have built the foundation into one of the world’s single largest private philanthropies and they’ve done it by taking lessons learned at Microsoft – on how to massively capitalize on inflection points – and applied them to the nonprofit world. Here's how.

41 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

How to solve an impossible challenge w/Megan Smith (U.S. CTO, Google, shift7)

Faced with an impossible challenge? Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find someone who’s already solved the problem – and help those inventors keep inventing. Megan Smith calls that technique “scout and scale.” She used it as the United States' CTO. She did it as an exec at Google. She did it as CEO of PlanetOut. And she continues today with the company she co-founded, shift7. Cameo appearance: Monique Sternin (co-founder of the Positive Deviance Approach & Initiative).

32 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
How to solve an impossible challenge w/Megan Smith (U.S. CTO, Google, shift7)

LIVE! All founders have a Trojan Horse w/Robert F. Smith

Recorded live at Summit LA: Every great founder has a second purpose — something outside their main business they're trying to get done in the world. And every successful company is like a Trojan horse, carrying this second purpose forward. No one knows this better than Robert F. Smith. You may know him for his legendary Morehouse commencement speech (in which he promised to pay off the student loan debt of the entire graduating class), but Robert's scaling success and philanthropic work go far beyond that. As founder, chairman and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert finds profound ways to serve both his business and his second purpose — liberating people to reach their true potential — at scale. Cameo appearance: Sir Ken Robinson. Live stage photography: Jaime Fernandez (@jaymoxias) Subscribe to the Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

67 MIN2019 DEC 5
Comments
LIVE! All founders have a Trojan Horse w/Robert F. Smith

Ray Dalio - How to embrace conflict

Want to improve any idea? Find someone who disagrees with it. This is something legendary investor Ray Dalio knows. But there’s a difference between constructive and destructive conflict – and Dalio is a master at spotting the difference. In constructive conflict, a team has a shared goal, whether or not they have differing opinions. And this is the key to success. Cameo appearances: Steve Horgan (USA Field Hockey Director of Umpiring),Daniel Amen (psychiatrist, founder Amen Clinics). Ray's latest book, Principles for Success, is out now. Subscribe to the Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

43 MIN2019 NOV 26
Comments
Ray Dalio - How to embrace conflict

The Money Episode w/Minted's Mariam Naficy

Every founder faces the same question when they start their entrepreneurial journey: How much money do I need to raise? And the answer is: A lot more than you think – but not for the reasons you think. In this classic episode, the founder and CEO of Minted, Mariam Naficy, talks about her decision to raise – and raise again. Not for a rainy-day slush fund, but because she understood that to outmaneuver the competition, to guard against economic downturns, and to take advantage of opportunities that may unfold late in the game, she’d need to have the capital. It was with that foresight that she raised more than $300 million – and grew Minted to the nine-figure revenue company it is today. Cameo appearances: Selina Tobaccowala (Evite, Gixo), Daniel Kahneman (Nobel-winning psychologist), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Amos Kedmey (Wine and Cheese Place).

28 MIN2019 NOV 21
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The Money Episode w/Minted's Mariam Naficy

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