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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.

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How I Built Resilience: Live with Sharon Chuter

Jul 9, 2020
22 min
In 2018, Sharon Chuter left her job at a legacy beauty brand to start UOMA Beauty, a cosmetics company that caters to a wide variety of skin tones. She recently launched a social media campaign called Pull Up or Shut Up, which asks beauty brands to...
Jul 9, 2020 • 22 MIN

Tempur-Pedic: Bobby Trussell (2018)

Jul 6, 2020
59 min
At age 40, Bobby Trussell's promising career in horse racing hit a dead end. With bills to pay and a family to support, he stumbled across a curious product that turned into a lifeline: squishy-squashy memory foam. He jumped at the chance to...
Jul 6, 2020 • 59 MIN

ClassPass: Payal Kadakia

Jun 29, 2020
79 min
In the late 2000s, Payal Kadakia was working a corporate job and running an Indian dance company on the side. When a search for a ballet class yielded a confusing jumble of computer tabs, she had an idea: create the Open Table of the fitness...
Jun 29, 2020 • 79 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Melanie Perkins and Bill Creelman

Jun 27, 2020
28 min
This week, the online design platform Canva closed a new round of funding, bringing the company's valuation to $6 billion. Founder Melanie Perkins is also focused on helping her employees work from home, while supporting more than 30 million users...
Jun 27, 2020 • 28 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Deval Patrick

Jun 25, 2020
20 min
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick talks to Guy about how the protests for racial justice have resonated with him personally, and how this moment can spark meaningful change for African Americans — in the world of business and beyond. These...
Jun 25, 2020 • 20 MIN

Ring: Jamie Siminoff

Jun 22, 2020
91 min
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...
Jun 22, 2020 • 91 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Sadie Lincoln

Jun 20, 2020
25 min
While 70 percent of Barre3's locations remain closed, founder Sadie Lincoln is noticing a surge in subscriptions for their online workout platform. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with...
Jun 20, 2020 • 25 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Cathy Hughes

Jun 18, 2020
25 min
Cathy Hughes is the founder of Urban One, the largest African American-owned broadcast network with 54 radio stations around the United States. Cathy spoke with Guy about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and how Black entrepreneurs can...
Jun 18, 2020 • 25 MIN

Shake Shack: Danny Meyer

Jun 15, 2020
57 min
Back in 2001, as part of an initiative to revitalize Madison Square Park, Danny Meyer set up a simple hot dog cart. At that time, he had been a leader in New York City's fine dining scene for years, and the hot dog cart was just a side project,...
Jun 15, 2020 • 57 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Y-Vonne Hutchinson

Jun 13, 2020
23 min
Y-Vonne Hutchinson is the founder of ReadySet, a consulting firm that helps companies make authentic commitments to diversity and inclusion. Y-Vonne spoke with Guy about the progress she's starting to see on these issues, and the substantial work...
Jun 13, 2020 • 23 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Kevin Hart

Jun 11, 2020
18 min
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart speaks to Guy about the Black Lives Matter protests and offers advice to future activists, entertainers and entrepreneurs. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online...
Jun 11, 2020 • 18 MIN

Supergoop!: Holly Thaggard

Jun 8, 2020
73 min
In 2005, the trajectory of Holly Thaggard's life completely changed when a good friend of hers was diagnosed with skin cancer. Holly realized that most people weren't taking sunscreen seriously, so she sidelined her vocation as a harpist to dive...
Jun 8, 2020 • 73 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Troy Carter

Jun 6, 2020
24 min
Troy Carter, the founder of Q&A and Atom Factory, speaks to Guy about the painful events of the past few months—and especially the past two weeks—and how they've affected the music industry and him personally. These conversations are excerpts from...
Jun 6, 2020 • 24 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Jenn Hyman

Jun 4, 2020
23 min
As Rent the Runway faces the economic challenges of the pandemic, co-founder Jenn Hyman is focused on recovery and empowering women's lives through clothing. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks...
Jun 4, 2020 • 23 MIN

Sub Pop Records: Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman

Jun 1, 2020
90 min
Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman were two rock-and-roll fans who met at exactly the right time and place: Seattle in the early 1980s, where a raw hybrid of metal and punk was finding its voice in dingy clubs. With borrowed money and bounced checks,...
Jun 1, 2020 • 90 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Alli Webb and Andy Puddicombe & Rich Pierson

May 30, 2020
31 min
Alli Webb, co-founder of Drybar, talks with Guy about why she believes that investing time into fashion and beauty is still worthwhile, even though many of us aren't going out much. Founders of the meditation app Headspace, Andy Puddicombe and Rich...
May 30, 2020 • 31 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Kyle Connaughton and Daniel Humm

May 28, 2020
25 min
Kyle Connaughton's restaurant has been impacted by wildfires, floods, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle spoke with Guy about keeping SingleThread Farms afloat while giving back to his community with free meals. When Eleven Madison Park closed its...
May 28, 2020 • 25 MIN

reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

May 25, 2020
66 min
In 2000, Luis von Ahn was starting his PhD in computer science when he attended a talk and happened to learn about one of Yahoo's biggest problems: automated bots were signing up for millions of free Yahoo email accounts, and generating tons of...
May 25, 2020 • 66 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Sarah LaFleur

May 23, 2020
18 min
When Sarah LaFleur started M.M.LaFleur, she wanted to help women dress efficiently and comfortably for the office. Now that most of her customers are working from home, Sarah has to rethink her brand and her marketing to stay relevant. These...
May 23, 2020 • 18 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Tony Xu and Marcia Kilgore

May 21, 2020
32 min
When Tony Xu started DoorDash in 2013, he wanted to help local restaurants stay afloat by introducing them to online delivery. Today, his quest remains the same, now that DoorDash has become an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marcia...
May 21, 2020 • 32 MIN

Jo Malone London: Jo Malone

May 18, 2020
83 min
As a girl in 1970s London, Jo Malone learned how to make face creams by going to work with her mom at a private skin care clinic. By the time she was in her 20's, Jo was running her own skin care and cosmetics business, which eventually grew to...
May 18, 2020 • 83 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Tobias Lütke and Jon Stein

May 16, 2020
29 min
When Tobias Lütke started Shopify, he wanted to empower merchants to start small and build resilience. Tobi spoke with Guy about the relevance of those principles in 2020, as he explains the rise of Shopify sign-ups during the pandemic. Jon Stein...
May 16, 2020 • 29 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Samin Nosrat and Alice Waters & Fanny Singer

May 14, 2020
27 min
Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, talks with Guy about unintentionally writing the ultimate quarantine cookbook, and how she's been inspired by the camaraderie among fellow home cooks. Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters and her...
May 14, 2020 • 27 MIN

Impossible Foods: Pat Brown

May 11, 2020
65 min
When he was nearly 60, Pat Brown left a dream job to pursue an ambitious mission: to create delicious meat from plants. As a biochemist, he'd become alarmed at the destructive impact of meat production on the environment, so he set out to make a...
May 11, 2020 • 65 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Stewart Butterfield and Steve Holmes

May 9, 2020
22 min
Slack's co-founder Stewart Butterfield wonders what the future of work will look like for his 12 million customers. Springfree Trampoline's co-founder Steve Holmes says the company has seen a 300 percent increase in demand for its products. These...
May 9, 2020 • 22 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live with Christina Tosi and Gary Erickson & Kit Crawford

May 7, 2020
30 min
Since March, only five of Milk Bar's 18 locations have been up and running, but founder Christina Tosi tells Guy she is determined to bring the joy of baking to the doorsteps of family, friends, and healthcare workers. Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford...
May 7, 2020 • 30 MIN

Cotopaxi: Davis Smith

May 4, 2020
67 min
By his mid-30's, Davis Smith had co-founded two businesses. The first ended well, but the second was such a disappointment that he wondered if he should even bother trying again. But he did. In 2014, he launched Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear company...
May 4, 2020 • 67 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live With Guy and José Andrés

Apr 30, 2020
28 min
When chef José Andrés isn't running Michelin-starred restaurants, he's feeding the masses through World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit he founded that brings food to people during humanitarian crises. The COVID-19 crisis has shut down his restaurants...
Apr 30, 2020 • 28 MIN

Fitbit: James Park

Apr 27, 2020
66 min
In 2006, James Park had what he describes as a "lightning bolt" moment when he first used a Nintendo Wii. Fascinated by its motion-tracking controller, James wondered if you could take the technology out of the living room and into the streets....
Apr 27, 2020 • 66 MIN

How I Built Resilience: Live With Guy and Simon Sinek

Apr 23, 2020
19 min
Each week, Guy is hosting online conversations with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating these turbulent times. Today's conversation is with Simon Sinek, whose books about business — including "Start with Why," and "The Infinite...
Apr 23, 2020 • 19 MIN