Sunday, March 26, 2017

#PodcastPD: Lessons Learned from How I Built This

I love the show Shark Tank! Early in my viewing history, my boys and I watched it together. Now, I am lucky to have them sit through a few short segments, but I never grow tired of their expressions of awe when the entrepreneurs talk numbers with the sharks, especially when they talk valuation of the startup.

When I discovered that NPR would be producing a new podcast called How I Built This, I immediately downloaded the first episode, which featured Spanx creator, Sara Blakely. I was hooked from the first episode and quickly discovered that my boys are hooked too. When I asked them about their favorite episodes my oldest immediately named the Warby Parker episode while my little guy predictably stated he liked the Atari/Chuck E. Cheese show. Each and every episode has been fascinating. If you like origin stories, this podcast is for you!  If you teach classes in design, STEAM, or business, this podcast is for you! If you or someone you know is a budding entrepreneur, this podcast is for you!

Tonight I share with you the Warby Parker episode, which I recall listening to during winter break. It was an eye opening conversation between host, Guy Raz, and co-founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa. Be sure to listen through to the end, as Guy always features someone trying to breakout with their business.

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This article has really jogged my mind and how I have been thinking. I am a big fan of Shark Tank too but I have never thought of it in the perspective you gave here.

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