How I Built This with Guy Raz


Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Order the How I Built This book at
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Best Episodes

Author and Podcaster: Tim Ferriss

Dec 21, 2020




By the time he turned 30, Tim Ferriss had figured out how to succeed at things that many people fail at—from growing a business to dancing the tango to marketing a best-selling book. He approached these and numerous other challenges by breaking them down into manageable chunks, carefullyRead more

Remembering Tony Hsieh of Zappos

Nov 30, 2020




The former CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh has died. He was 46 years old. We are grateful that Tony shared his story with us in 2017 and we are republishing it as a tribute to his life and career. Tony was a computer scientist whose first company made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn't make hisRead more

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Zappos: Tony Hsieh

May 20, 2019



Computer scientist Tony Hsieh made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn't make his mark until he built Zappos — a customer service company that "happens to sell shoes." Now Zappos is worth over a billion dollars and known for its completely unorthodox management style. PLUS in our postscriptRead more

Calendly: Tope Awotona

Sep 14, 2020

"Calendly raised $500k and is now generating $60M a year in revenue 🤯"


After emigrating from Nigeria to the US to attend college, Tope Awotona worked as a door-to-door salesman and eventually set out to become a tech entrepreneur. He launched a series of e-commerce businesses that quickly fizzled when he realized he had no passion for them. But then he landed on anRead more

Dropbox: Drew Houston

Nov 9, 2020

" When Dropbox met Apple"


In 2006, Drew Houston got on a bus from Boston heading to New York. He planned to use the three-hour ride to get some work done, so he opened his laptop, and realized he had left his thumb drive with all of his work files at home. Drew decided he never wanted to have that problem again. On that busRead more

Shopify: Tobias Lütke

Aug 5, 2019

" Tobi Lutke on building company culture"


In 2004, German programmer Tobias Lütke was living in Ottawa with his girlfriend. An avid snowboarder, he wanted to launch an online snowboard shop, but found the e-commerce software available at the time to be clunky and expensive. So he decided to write his own e-commerce software. After heRead more

Ring: Jamie Siminoff

Jun 22, 2020

"Being human isn’t a sign of weakness! It deserves admiration!"



Jamie Siminoff spent much of his twenties and thirties as a serial entrepreneur, launching three tech businesses you've probably never heard of. When he finally landed on a breakthrough idea, he didn't realize it at first; he was just trying to solve his own frustration of not being able to hearRead more

Riot Games: Bonus Episode

Dec 15, 2020

"Boredom fosters Creativity "


There were so many interesting moments in Guy's conversation with the co-founders of Riot Games that we decided to put them into this short bonus episode. In it, Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill talk about kids, screens, and the importance of boredom. They answer Guy's questions about why some gamersRead more

How I Built Resilience: Sonia Gil of Fluenz

Oct 22, 2020

" Check this out "


Fluenz helps English speakers learn new languages, both online and with in-person immersion programs. With travel restrictions and a global pandemic, CEO and founder Sonia Gil had to scrap her in-person immersion programs, and create a new system for teaching students remotely. These conversationsRead more

The Lip Bar: Melissa Butler

Nov 23, 2020

"Love hearing about the moments when everything changes"

While working long hours as a Wall Street analyst, Melissa Butler started making lipstick in her kitchen as a hobby. But it soon turned into an obsession, costing thousands of dollars. She was frustrated by the lack of diversity in the cosmetics industry, and as a Black woman, wanted to createRead more
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