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      Fri 10 Nov 2017

      Dear Music Fans… (Season 3, Episode 4) 54m play

      When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate how disruptive they would be. Their mission was a noble one: bring an end to online piracy by offe... 73 more words

      Fri 03 Nov 2017

      The Race for a Driverless Future (Season 6, Episode 8) 27m play

      On the last episode of StartUp, we followed the government-sponsored desert race that launched the self-driving car industry. This week, we see what the industry looks like today. You’ve probably he... 35 more words

      Fri 27 Oct 2017

      The Grand Challenge (Season 6, Episode 7) 46m play

      In 2004, the U.S. government held a race unlike anything that had come before it. It was called the DARPA Grand Challenge, and it followed a 150-mile route through the rugged Mojave Desert.  The parti... 64 more words

      Fri 13 Oct 2017

      New Money (Season 6, Episode 6) 25m play

      Kik, a chat app popular with teenagers, launched in 2010. Users flocked to it, and within a few years it was valued at a billion dollars. Then a new competitor came on the chat scene: Facebook. When K... 48 more words

      Fri 06 Oct 2017

      Just Hit Record (Season 6, Episode 5) 52m play

      Earlier this year, we asked listeners to call us with questions for Gimlet Founder Alex Blumberg. Alex answered a bunch of them in an episode last season. But one caller’s question was so big, it ne... 101 more words

      Fri 29 Sep 2017

      Make China Cool Again (Season 6, Episode 4) 24m play

      China is on a mission to upgrade its international reputation. The government doesn’t want people to see the country as just the world’s factory for socks and toys and cell phones. It wants people aro... 37 more words

      Fri 22 Sep 2017

      An Announcement From StartUp and Introducing The Nod 38m play

      Lisa Chow and Alex Blumberg sit down together to talk about the future of StartUp. And, we introduce you to Gimlet Media's newest podcast The Nod. Co-hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, The Nod ... 16 more words

      Fri 15 Sep 2017

      Sell the Apartment, Keep the Startup (Season 6, Episode 3) 27m play

      Jasen Yang gave up the security of a high-paying Wall Street job to launch his company, Polly Portfolio. It’s been three years since then, and Jasen still isn’t taking a salary. It’s put a lot of stra... 39 more words

      Fri 08 Sep 2017

      Sex Dot Con (Season 6, Episode 2) 28m play

      Gary Kremen owned one of the most valuable domain names in the history of the internet. And then one day, he lost it in the most unusual way. For years, Gary fought to win back his domain “sex dot com... 24 more words

      Fri 01 Sep 2017

      The Domain King (Season 6, Episode 1) 25m play

      StartUp is back for a brand new season, and we're kicking things off with a story about the competitive world of domains. Reporter Amy Standen brings us the story of Rick Schwartz, who earned the titl... 81 more words

      Mon 28 Aug 2017

      Introducing Season 6 3m play

      StartUp returns September 1st with a brand new season. Here's a preview of what's coming up in Season 6. And are you looking for more Gimlet in your life? Then click here to view our guide to other ... 5 more words

      Tue 25 Jul 2017

      BONUS — Check Out Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty 35m play

      On this episode of StartUp, we're introducing you to a new show from Gimlet Media. It's called Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty. The show charts the career of the hip hop executive, from youn... 16 more words

      Thu 20 Jul 2017

      BONUS — Check Out The Pitch 35m play

      Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he j... 20 more words

      Fri 07 Jul 2017

      Building The Perfect Cup of Coffee (Season 5, Episode 10) 30m play

      Mokhtar Alkhanshali is trying to produce the perfect cup of coffee. And he’s trying to do it with beans grown in the midst of an active war zone in Yemen. Despite those challenges, his company’s first... 67 more words

      Fri 30 Jun 2017

      Ask Alex (Season 5, Episode 9) 30m play

      You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp. Our Sponso... 4 more words

      Fri 23 Jun 2017

      How To Invent A New Sport (Season 5, Episode 8) 32m play

      Mason Gordon’s dream is to create a new global team sport, something that hasn’t happened since basketball came on the scene in the 1890s. But Mason is determined. He invented Slamball—an amped up com... 116 more words

      Fri 16 Jun 2017

      Life After Startup (Season 5, Episode 7) 36m play

      Jason from Bento started a business that prepared and delivered pan-Asian meals on demand. Lauren and Emma from Dating Ring wanted to reinvent online dating. Mary from Saint Harridan made sharp suits ... 114 more words

      Wed 14 Jun 2017

      BONUS - Introducing The Pitch 34m play

      Alex and Matt talk to Josh Muccio, the host of Gimlet's newest show, about his path to podcasting. Then we sample the first half of the latest episode of Josh's show, The Pitch. Our Sponsors Ebay – L... 62 more words

      Fri 09 Jun 2017

      Another Side Of The Story (Season 2, Episode 3 REBROADCAST) 28m play

      Hello, there! This week we’re rebroadcasting an episode from way back in Season 2 when we were following Dating Ring, a company that was different from other dating sites and apps because it used matc... 51 more words

      Fri 26 May 2017

      Bug Business (Season 5, Episode 6) 24m play

      Researchers who think about the thorny problem of feeding our growing global population have started to point at one possible solution: bugs. They’re protein-rich and ecologically sustainable—but can ... 88 more words

      Fri 19 May 2017

      Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine (Season 5, Episode 5) 26m play

      Jake Glanville and his small biotech startup are trying to beat big pharmaceutical companies and major research institutions to a potentially game-changing medical breakthrough: the universal flu vacc... 77 more words

      Fri 12 May 2017

      Running a Family and a Business (Season 5, Episode 4) 30m play

      This week on StartUp we’re listening in as executive coach Jerry Colonna sits down with Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate company called Cissé Cocoa. In the episode, they t... 12 more words

      Fri 05 May 2017

      BONUS - Introducing Every Little Thing 21m play

      Gimlet launched a new podcast this month. It's called "Every Little Thing"and it searches for the extraordinary lurking in the ordinary. It's hosted by science journalist Flora Lichtman, who on this r... 21 more words

      Fri 28 Apr 2017

      Friendster: Part 2 (Season 5, Episode 3) 29m play

      After a turbulent start and the firing of its founder, Friendster looked like it was back on track. It was still the biggest social network around and its board—which was packed with some of the bigge... 135 more words

      Fri 21 Apr 2017

      Friendster: Part 1 (Season 5, Episode 2) 32m play

      In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. He and his website were at the forefront of an industry that would eventually be worth more than $400 bill... 91 more words

      Fri 14 Apr 2017

      You Have to Invent Something (Season 5, Episode 1) 34m play

      In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit -- one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can be treacherous, and Stuart's big idea left him broke... 12 more words

      Fri 13 Jan 2017

      BONUS - Introducing Twice Removed 35m play

      In episode 2 of this season of StartUp , producer Molly Messick followed producers Eric Mennel and Ngofeen Mputubwele, who were working on creating a new Gimlet show called Twice Removed . That show... 60 more words

      Thu 22 Dec 2016

      Part 7: MAGIC (Season 4, Episode 10) 35m play

      Following his ousting from American Apparel, Dov Charney has been eager to restart and launch his new venture—Los Angeles Apparel. He has assembled the fabric, the equipment, and the people to help ma... 98 more words

      Fri 16 Dec 2016

      Part 6: Anger (Season 4, Episode 9) 57m play

      In the spring of 2014, the American Apparel board offered Dov Charney two options: forfeit your position as CEO and stay on as a creative consultant or be removed from the company entirely. Charney ch... 112 more words

      Fri 09 Dec 2016

      Part 5: Suits (Season 4, Episode 8) 59m play

      In 2007, Dov Charney took American Apparel public, placing the company under heightened scrutiny. This meant Charney lost the privacy and autonomy he’d grown accustomed to.  And, as more stories emerg... 115 more words

      Fri 02 Dec 2016

      Part 4: Boundaries (Season 4, Episode 7) 40m play

      While Dov Charney was running American Apparel, he didn’t shy away from unconventionality. And for many entrepreneurs, breaking convention is an essential part of growing an innovative company. But pu... 159 more words

      Wed 23 Nov 2016

      BONUS - Introducing Gimlet’s Fall Slate 24m play

      Alex Blumberg interviews Pat Walters, Eli Horowitz, Marc Smerling, and Zac Stuart-Pontier — the creators of Gimlet’s three newest shows. Hear how Gimlet developed these projects and what they are all ... 124 more words

      Fri 18 Nov 2016

      Part 3: Photos (Season 4, Episode 6) 29m play

      In this episode, we trace American Apparel’s rise from the early wholesale days in South Carolina to the booming retail behemoth that the company eventually became. We speak with some of the people cl... 163 more words

      Fri 11 Nov 2016

      Part 2: Workers (Season 4, Episode 5) 23m play

      Dov Charney is trying to rebuild a multi-million dollar apparel company from the ground up. But he can’t do it alone. In this episode, we’ll hear from the people who have signed on to work with Charne... 176 more words

      Fri 04 Nov 2016

      Part 1: Labels (Season 4, Episode 4) 32m play

      Season 4 of StartUp continues with the story of a well-known entrepreneur who built a widely recognized business, lost it all, and is now starting over—from scratch. Over the next several episodes, we... 142 more words

      Fri 21 Oct 2016

      Shadowed Qualities (Season 4, Episode 3) 36m play

      This week, Alex receives feedback about his job performance from his co-workers, friends, and family. Some of it is good, some less so. But there is something else that comes up during the review proc... 164 more words