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For Starters with Alexa von Tobel
For Starters with Alexa von Tobel
Inc. Magazine

For Starters brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building our future. Hosted by Alexa von Tobel (Founder/CEO of LearnVest and now... more

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Episodes

How to Own the Problem with Hari Ravichandran of Aura

When serial entrepreneur Hari Ravichandran discovered that his credit score had taken a hit due to identity fraud, he realized... more

22 May 2024 · 30 minutes
How to Harness the Power of Curiosity with Trevor Martin of Mammoth Biosciences

While Trevor Martin was an undergraduate at Princeton, he decided on a whim to take a class called Integrated Science,... more

15 May 2024 · 33 minutes
How to Prepare for the Future of AI-Workers with Nami Baral of Niural

As the world of work becomes increasingly global, how can technology fuel the transfer of funds around the world? In... more

08 May 2024 · 30 minutes
How to Build Conviction with Jett McCandless of project44

From selling everything he owned to meet payroll to achieving a $2.7 billion valuation, Jett McCandless' journey with leading logistics... more

01 May 2024 · 30 minutes
How to Go Slow to Go Fast with Sami Inkinen of Virta Health

Growing up on a farm in Finland and training as a physicist, the path to entrepreneurship might not have been... more

24 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
How to Raise Powerful Girls with Jes Wolfe of Rebel Girls

When Jes Wolfe was in highschool her dad and grandfather taught her how to invest. Fast forward to today, Jes... more

17 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
How to Balance Vision and Timing with Naveen Rao of MosaicML

Armed with a PhD in computational neuroscience, Naveen Rao has built not one, but two, AI companies at the forefront... more

10 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
How to Reimagine the Entrepreneur's Playbook with Melissa Bernstein of Lifelines

There are a special few founders whose contributions are so prolific that they are better known as inventors. Melissa Bernstein is... more

03 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
Introducing For Starters with Alexa Von Tobel

After five seasons, sometimes a rebrand is in order. Join host and repeat entrepreneur Alexa Von Tobel for a new... more

01 Apr 2024 ·
How to Build a Differentiated Product with Shiza Shahid of Our Place

Shiza's career path has been one of pivots: she went from a childhood in Pakistan to college at Stanford. Post-college,... more

20 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Create a Beloved Consumer Brand with Andrew Dudum of Hims and Hers

As the co-founder of Atomic, a venture fund that builds new companies, Andrew was no stranger to being a founder.... more

13 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Be Forward-Thinking with Greg Williams of Acrisure

What does it take to build the fastest-growing insurance brokerage in industry history? According to Greg Williams, it’s all about... more

06 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
How to Adapt Beyond Your Vision with Grant LaFontaine of Whatnot

What does it take to start one of the fastest-growing consumer marketplaces? According to repeat founder Grant LaFontaine, it starts... more

29 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
How to Keep Moving Forward with Jim McCann of 1-800-Flowers.com

In 1976, Jim McCann had spent a decade working in a group home for boys and was bartending on the... more

22 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Follow Your Insatiable Curiosity with Nigel Morris of QED and Capital One

Capital One is such an iconic brand that it is hard to imagine a time before it. But when Nigel... more

15 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Flashback: How to build a 100-year company with Harley Finkelstein

Harley Finkelstein first encountered Shopify as a user. Back in 2006, while in law school, he was one of the... more

08 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Have a Customer-First Mindset with Chen Amit of Tipalti

Approaching a new industry as an outsider and as a team of one would be daunting for most founders. But... more

01 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Build a Lasting Brand with Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker

Over the past 13 years, Warby Parker has become synonymous with offering stylish eyewear at revolutionary prices. The company was... more

25 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
FROM INC STUDIOS AND SAP - Growth Agents: How Pink Lily went from a side hustle to a multimillion-dollar company

The company’s director of finance explains how her job goes well beyond accounting. Tina Hetzer, director of finance at Pink... more

24 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
How to Identify Your Growth Factor with Daniel Yanisse of Checkr

In 2014, as an engineer at a delivery startup, Daniel Yanisse identified an opportunity to improve a part of the... more

18 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
FROM INC STUDIOS AND SAP - Growth Agents: Duolingo’s CFO on how the company took over the language learning space

Duolingo’s freemium subscription model, beloved brand and strategic investments have allowed it to execute its educational mission and become a... more

17 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Pave Your Own Way with Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon

Athena Calderone is a multi-hyphenate creator through and through. She is widely known as an interior designer, author, chef, and... more

11 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
FROM INC STUDIOS AND SAP - Growth Agents: The inside story of Sweetgreen’s rapid rise to the top

Mitch Reback, CFO of Sweetgreen, is one of the rising corporate financial stars who is helping to take their companies... more

10 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
How to Stay Open-Minded with Girish Mathrubootham of Freshworks

In 2010, after a bad customer support experience for a TV delivery, Girish Mathrubootham decided to build a better solution.... more

04 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Flashback: How to Build a Vertical Product with Andrew Bialecki of Klaviyo

What if brands were empowered to deliver personalized experiences online, just as well as they could do in a store?... more

27 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Unlock Employee Ownership with Michael Brown of Teamshares

Michael Brown started his career in investment banking, meeting two colleagues who would go on to become his co-founders. After... more

20 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Evolve with Your Audience with Max Lytvyn of Grammarly

What if someone told you they could help you communicate better? That's the mission Max Lytvyn, co-founder of Grammarly, has... more

13 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Keep Learning with Euan Blair of Multiverse

Euan Blair started his career in finance, but he had a nagging interest at the intersection of education and employment.... more

06 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Be Industry-Oriented with Sajith Wickramasekara of Benchling

In 2012, Saji Wickramasekara took a bold leap: he took a leave of absence from his undergraduate studies at MIT... more

30 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Build the Right Team with John Colgrove of Pure Storage

At his core, John Colgrove, aka "Coz," doesn't consider himself an entrepreneur. He sees himself as an engineer who loves... more

23 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Channel Your Creative Spirit with Godard Abel of G2

To build one successful company is a feat. But to do it over and over again? Over the course of... more

16 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Follow Your Curiosity with Virgilio Bento of Sword Health

Growing up, V watched his older brother suffer an accident and struggle to access the intensive physical therapy he needed... more

09 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Live Your Values with Melinda French Gates of Pivotal Ventures

Melinda is the Founder of Pivotal Ventures in addition to co-chairing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has spent... more

02 Aug 2023 · 39 minutes
How to Operate with No Regrets with Greg Jackson of Octopus Energy

As a serial tech entrepreneur, Greg Jackson entered a new arena in his career in 2016. He decided to shift... more

26 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Build a Global Company with Scott Farquhar of Atlassian

At some point in every tech employee's career, one likely comes into contact with an Atlassian product, from Jira to... more

19 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Run Toward Problems with Vikram Kapoor of Lacework

Vikram has spent much of his career as an engineer, managing database storage at Oracle and earning several patents. But... more

12 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Solve Climate Change with Kurt House of KoBold

For decades, Kurt House, a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science, has been at the forefront of climate tech. He... more

05 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Cut Your Own Path with Julia Hartz of Eventbrite

In 2006, Julia Hartz and her cofounders launched Eventbrite, the global self-service ticketing platform for live experiences. Since its start, the company... more

28 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Turn Your Users into Fans with Leif Abraham of Public

In 2019, serial founders Leif Abraham and Jannick Malling came together to launch Public.com, the popular investing platform that allows... more

21 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Put Kindness First with Sarah Friar of Nextdoor

Do you know your neighbors? When Nextdoor was founded in 2008, 50% of Americans knew one or none of their... more

14 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
How to Bring Creativity to Market with Jo Malone of Jo Loves

For anyone who's ever smelled one of her iconic scents, Jo Malone needs no introduction. Described as an "English scent... more

07 Jun 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Follow Your Intuition with Sara Blakely of SPANX

In 1998, Sara Blakely set out with a big idea to revolutionize the undergarment industry. Overnight, she went from being... more

31 May 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Communicate Visually at Work with Joe Thomas of Loom

What does the rise of video-forward platforms like TikTok and Snapchat mean for how we work? That's the question Joe... more

24 May 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Build a Company around People with Julie Rice of Peoplehood

Julie Rice is no stranger to building massive brands. In 2006, she co-founded the fitness phenomenon, SoulCycle, with her business... more

17 May 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Operate with Speed with Dave Rogenmoser of Jasper

In 2021, Dave Rogenmoser got access to the OpenAI beta. He quickly spotted a giant opportunity: using GPT-3 to help... more

10 May 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Treat Every Day Like Day One with Divya Gokulnath of BYJU'S

Over the course of her career, Divya Gokulnath has gone from teacher to cofounder of the world's largest edtech company.... more

03 May 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Build a Lasting Company with John Berkowitz of OJO

John Berkowitz's default is to be in problem-solving mode. So after selling his first company Yodle for $340 million, he... more

26 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Engage Your User Community with Trina Spear of FIGS

Over lunch with a nurse friend, Heather Hasson realized that the whole experience of buying scrubs—from the shopping process to... more

19 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
How to Deliver Quality Results with AI with Jason Boehmig of Ironclad

What if lawyers could work 10x more efficiently? That's the problem Jason Boehmig set out to solve in 2014 at... more

12 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
How to Be Exuberantly Optimistic with Vlad Magdalin of Webflow

Today, Webflow is a company valued at over $4 billion. But it took Vlad and his cofounders repeated attempts to... more

05 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
How to Deliver Value Through High Quality Products with Jeff Raider of Harry's

While in business school, Jeff Raider co-founded Warby Parker and watched the iconic glasses company take off. So when his... more

29 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
How to Walk with Purpose with Reese Witherspoon of Hello Sunshine

At fourteen, Reese Witherspoon’s acting career kicked off. In the ensuing decades, she has become an A-list star, earning an... more

22 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
How to Measure Time by Impact with Jyoti Bansal of Harness and Traceable

Jyoti Bansal is a serial entrepreneur, through and through. In 2008, he first made the leap from startup engineer to... more

15 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
How to Scale via Product-Led Growth with Eugenio Pace of Auth0 and Okta

Over his decade-plus at Microsoft, Eugenio Pace became an expert in cloud computing and identity management, co-authoring several books on... more

08 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
How to Stay Emotionally Calibrated with Tim Chen of NerdWallet

In 2009, Tim Chen found himself laid off from his Wall Street job and was trying to figure out his... more

01 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Create a Design-Centric Platform with James Hirschfeld of Paperless Post

While a sophomore at Harvard, James Hirschfeld put lots of time into planning his 21st birthday party—but when it came... more

22 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Build an Evidence-Based Business with George Fraser of Fivetran

In 2012, George Fraser teamed up with his lifelong friend, Taylor Brown, to build Fivetran. Their initial vision was completely... more

15 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Execution is More Powerful Than Ideas with Allon Bloch of K Health

Allon Bloch is no stranger to starting companies, but when he launched K Health, he was new to healthcare. Before... more

08 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Be the Customer with Anthony Casalena of Squarespace

Nearly twenty years ago, Anthony Casalena was a student at the University of Maryland who wanted to build himself a... more

01 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Deliver Real Value with Ara Mahdessian of ServiceTitan

Growing up, Ara saw firsthand how hard his father worked as a contractor running a trade business. When he met... more

21 Dec 2022 · 34 minutes
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At fourteen, Reese Witherspoon’s acting career kicked off. In the ensuing decades, she has become an A-list star, earning an Academy Award... more