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Miguel McKelvey

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HIBT Lab! WeWork: Miguel McKelvey

How I Built This with Guy Raz

When Miguel McKelvey was first featured on How I Built This in 2017, his company was growing at an astounding rate. WeWork was considered the unicorn of unicorns. But after reaching a $47 billion valuation in 2019, WeWork’s tide began to turn. Investors raised concerns about the company’s rapid expansion and unsustainable spending. Miguel’s co-founder Adam Neuman faced accusations of mismanagement and was forced to resign. The company withdrew a long-anticipated IPO filing, and not long after, Miguel left the company he had worked so hard to build.Since then, the cautionary tale of WeWork has become a bit of a cultural obsession, retold on podcasts, a Hulu documentary, and even an Apple TV series this year. This week on How I Built This Lab, Miguel McKelvey returns to reflect on his experience at WeWork, the lessons he’s learned, and what he’s working on now. Listen to Miguel’s original How I Built This episode: https://wondery.com/shows/how-i-built-this/episode/10386-wework-miguel-mckelvey/ Listen to the WeCrashed podcast from Wondery: https://wondery.com/shows/we-crashed/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


21 Apr 2022

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WeWork Cofounder Miguel McKelvey: Blind Spots in Leadership

Race at Work with Porter Braswell

WeWork grew from a scrappy co-working startup to a tech darling with more than 800 locations around the world, before their well-documented undoing in late 2019. Cofounder Miguel McKelvey helped build the first WeWork in New York City with his bare hands, and later became the company’s Chief Culture Officer. McKelvey left WeWork in June 2020, a few months before taping this episode. When he looks back on his decade-long tenure there, he acknowledges that the blind spots he had, as a white male executive, affected WeWork’s diversity and inclusion right from the beginning. He joins host Porter Braswell to talk about using his position as a business leader to speak up in support of Black Lives Matter, why so many start-ups struggle with diversity and inclusion, and what senior leaders can learn from what went wrong with WeWork’s culture.


11 Nov 2020

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Miguel McKelvey [London, UK]


We imbibe with Miguel McKelvey, formerly of WeWork, who joins us all the way from London. Miguel enjoys barril from El Jogorio, while host Stephen Torres samples the same agave from Real Minero. We speak about the NBA, Tado Ando, the hospitality industry, and WeWork.  Give us a follow at https://instagram.com/criollodeoaxaca. You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, and beyond! Got a question? Want to share some thoughts on the show? Email us at s@criollodeoaxaca.com.  This was produced by Greg Tilton and Eric Rice, you can check out their work at http://gregtilton.com and https://ersoundworks.com.  The intro music was provided Francois Comtois. Always remember to drink responsibly.  This episode was recorded on August 25th, 2020. 

2hr 49mins

1 Nov 2020

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Stay @ Home With Miguel McKelvey

Business of HYPE

Today's "Stay @ Home" series is with Miguel McKelvey (previously S6, E8) Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork. Calling in from London, he updates on his current work situation from the UK and what changes and values WeWork as a company is going through during this time. He stresses how the pandemic has seen an increase for the desire and understated importance of human connection.  Thank you so much for tuning into our special Stay @ Home Series. We hope you guys stay safe, wash your hands, practice social distancing and find ways to still stay inspired during this time.  As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please don't forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other show. Miguel McKelvey: https://anchor.fm/businessofhype/episodes/Miguel-McKelvey-of-WeWork-e4h6ev/a-a1l7n0n https://www.instagram.com/wework/ https://www.instagram.com/miguelmckelvey/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/businessofhype/support


20 Apr 2020

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Miguel McKelvey of WeWork

Business of HYPE

Earlier in the year, jeff sat down with the Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork, Miguel McKelvey.  What started as a single office in New York to now being located in 100 cities globally, the former architect details how he built his massive company. Despite current shortcomings, he stresses that WeWork was founded upon the “fundamental human need for connection” and shares its foundational beliefs on creativity, collaboration and connection. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please don't forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other shows MIC/LINE, The Anthropology, The HYPE Report and HYPETALKS. Also check out our affiliated site, HYPEBAE and the launch of their new radio platform HYPEBAE Radio at https://hypebae.com/radio or on https://anchor.fm/schoolofsustainability Editor’s Note: This episode of the Business of HYPE was recorded earlier this season, prior to the developing news on the company. The information shared within the episode has been unedited since its recording and is being released as is. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/businessofhype/support

1hr 3mins

13 Oct 2019

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Miguel McKelvey Is Reimagining The Workplace — How Design Fuels Human Connection

The Rich Roll Podcast

“What I really care about is connecting people.”Miguel McKelveyThe tectonic plates of the workplace landscape are rapidly shifting. Gone are the days of multi-decade corporate allegiance, replaced with project-based careers. The rapid rise of the freelance economy. And a labor core increasingly distributed across the globe.What are the economic and social implications of this trend? How can the traditional office be re-imagined to fit this escalating movement? And what role can architecture and design play to deepen community and foster personal happiness?There is no better steward to explore these important questions than this week's guest, Miguel McKelvey.A talented, multi-disciplinary designer and entrepreneur, Miguel is the Co-Founder of WeWork — the ubiquitous, communal co-working space company — where he currently serves as the Chief Culture Officer, directing construction, architecture and web design for the business.Raised on a commune in Oregon, Miguel earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, where he played on the Oregon Ducks basketball team for two years. Prior to WeWork, Miguel created the design framework and led the national retail roll-out for 170 American Apparel stores. Subsequently, he was involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, Versation, and English, Baby!Because Miguel shares responsibility for creating and leading one of the world's most successful companies, one might predictably suspect this is a conversation about business. It is not. To be sure, we track his entrepreneurial journey. But this man's success has less to do with commerce and more to do with purpose. A deep commitment to community. And an intentional life devoted to fostering meaningful human connection.Over the course of two and a half hours, we explore how Miguel's unusual upbringing in a five-mother commune and his experience playing NCAA Division I basketball created the ‘Communitarian' philosophy that would later inform the cultural foundation for WeWork.We discuss Miguel's love of architecture and the important role design plays in modeling our professional and personal lives. How growing up in the town that produced Nike inspired an entrepreneurial drive to create an aspirational brand. And what his career at American Apparel taught him about engaging consumer culture at scale.But more than anything, this is a conversation with a remarkably humble man driven by gratitude and purpose to create new and original habitats that fuel a more connected world — and ultimately more fulfilling lives.The visually inclined can watch our entire conversation on YouTube here: bit.ly/miguelmckelvey452 (please subscribe!) and the podcast is of course available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.Final Thing (and it's a big one): I'm excited to announce my first LIVE SHOW will take place on the evening of Friday, September 27, 2019 at the gorgeous and historic 1,100 seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will entail a live podcast with special guests (to be announced), and promises to be an immersive, entertaining experience tailored to a live audience. As a gesture of thanks, Patreon subscribers will have exclusive access (by way of a code sent to you and available in my latest Patreon post) for two days to grab the best seats before tickets are made available to the public See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 40mins

8 Jul 2019

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S2 Ep 6 Work: Miguel McKelvey Co-Founder of WeWork

The Idea Fountain: Life Changing Conversations

The Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of We Work discusses his DIY mentality in business and changing the world.

1hr 24mins

24 Jun 2019

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Miguel McKelvey — The Story of the Rat

The Black Sheep Podcast

Miguel McKelvey came to NYC just over a decade ago, working at the bottom of a pyramid in an architectural design firm. Today life looks a lot different as co-founder of WeWork with a global passion, and billions of net-worth. But he’s the same idealistic guy he was when he had to outsmart a large NYC rat over many days of toil and struggle. And, outsmarting that rat is an analogy for how Miguel finds purpose and meaning in life much more-so than any accolade. 


18 Jun 2019

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Episode 16 - Miguel McKelvey, Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork

Cornell Tech At Bloomberg Podcast

In this discussion about workplace culture, Miguel McKelvey talks about the shifting perspectives of what an office should be, as well as WeWork’s ambition, expansion and valuation.


23 May 2019

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Can Miguel McKelvey Build the “Culture Operating System” at WeWork?

Cold Call

How deeply does the culture of a startup matter? Can it be shaped? Harvard Business School professor Jeffrey Rayport discusses his case “WeWork” regarding cofounder Miguel McKelvey’s innovative role in building a company culture to support rapid growth.


9 Jan 2019