Rank #1: Seth Godin
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a marketer, an author and a speaker. People have called him the godfather of modern marketing and the best marketing brain on the planet. He joins HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe on this episode of The Growth Show to talk about building a business that will last, the importance of trust in hiring, and why you should think about being better vs. being bigger. Seth also shares the process behind his writing, including how he makes time to blog every day and why he doesn’t believe the excuse that you don’t have the time.
May 04 2015
Rank #2: Cracking The Culture Code
Culture happens. Whether you plan for it or not, all companies have a culture. An no one knows more about how culture works than New York Times’s best-selling author Daniel Coyle.
Daniel talks about his latest work, The Culture Code, where he goes inside the world’s most successful organizations - Pixar, San Antonio Spurs, SEAL Team Six, and more - to find out what makes them tick.
Dec 12 2018
Rank #3: Gimlet Media Co-Founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber
Last year, former This American Life producer and Planet Money co-host Alex Blumberg launched a business of his own: Gimlet Media. In true journalistic fashion, Alex decided to document the entire process of starting Gimlet — from botching a pitch to legendary VC Chris Sacca all the way through finding his business partner Matt Lieber — and released it as a podcast of it’s own called StartUp. Fast forward to today, and Gimlet has 20 full-time employees, $2M in revenue, and three shows (including StartUp) that are routinely in the top 30 on iTunes, attracting an audience of over four million people each month.
Jul 27 2015
Rank #4: The Turnaround: Kristen Kish
Kristen Kish’s road to Season 10 of Top Chef was winding, to say the least. She tried out business school for a spell, got in way over her head as an executive chef, and ended up working for one of the best-known culinary icons in the world. And the entire time, she was struggling with her own identity.
In the last episode of The Turnaround season, we explain why appearing on Top Chef was only the second biggest turnaround in Kristen’s life.
Apr 10 2018
Rank #5: Why a Side Hustle Shouldn't Actually Take That Much Hustle
Projects fail. Side-projects fail even more. A lot more, in fact. But every once in awhile, a project comes along that shatters expectations (and maybe even a Google Sheet in the process). Yet all too often, we’re left wondering the same question: Why
Mikael Cho, the CEO and founder of Unsplash, knows the answers to this question. And why shouldn’t he? Unsplash was once a side project itself. In today’s episode, Mikael explains which signs to keep a sharp eye on when you’re exploring side projects, and how he transitioned his own into the company it is today.
Jul 25 2017
Rank #6: What Great Bosses Do Differently
When was the last time you held back valuable feedback for fear of being mean? We've all done this before. We think we're being kind. But, we aren't. Turns out, this behavior can have drastic consequences when you do this at work - especially when you're a manager. In this episode of The Growth Show, Kim Scott, an author who's previously worked with companies like Twitter, Apple, Google, and Dropbox, outlines her framework for radical candor, and gives tips for making a change in your own management style to build a more productive, happy team.
Jan 19 2016
Rank #7: How to Build a Brand When No One Understands What You Do
The first rule of branding is to nail down a solid story. But what if your story is extremely complicated and technical? That's the situation Mike Troiano walked into when he become the CMO of Actifio. His solution? Forget the technicalities - instead, pretend you're talking to a 12-year-old about what your company does. That's just one of the branding tips Mike shares in this episode of The Growth Show. Mike also talks with us about some of the challenges he's run into and the specific growth tactics he's seen work along the way.
Mar 24 2016
Rank #8: Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway: Eye-Opening Lessons for Working (and Living) Adventurously
At Patagonia, transparency isn't convenient. "Transparency is telling the good and the bad," says Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia's VP of Environmental Affairs. "It is having the moxie to openly tell our customers and other external stakeholders about the harm that we are doing." But how does transparency work in reality? In this episode of The Growth Show, Rick gives us a true behind-the-scenes view of what it's like working at one of the most transparent companies in the world. He also shares some refreshing and eye-opening advice about life. Recently, he was in an accident with his longtime friend, Doug Tompkins (Founder of The North Face), and on this episode, Rick shares some of the life lessons he's learned in the aftermath. This is a special episode, folks. We hope you enjoy it.
Mar 01 2016
Rank #9: Episode 100: Guy Kawasaki's Unconventional Advice on Growth
The year was 2015. It was a cold January morning, and HubSpot HQ was buried under record snowfall. The Growth Show launched our first few episodes -- but our team had no idea whether people would listen to them.
Fast-forward to today. We've released 100 episodes with some of the top minds in business, and thousands of people listen to the show each week.
To thank all the people who've helped us get here, we wanted to do something special.
Today, we're bringing back one of our listeners' all-time favorite guests: Guy Kawasaki.
(Quick refresher for anyone not familiar with his incredible career: Guy's the Former Chief Evangelist at Apple, famed author, seasoned startup investor, and current Chief Evangelist at Canva.)
In January 2015, Guy Kawasaki came on the show to talk about some of his counterintuitive social media strategies. Today, he joins us to talk about what's changed since then: the Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories debate; making the most of Facebook Live; and lessons from his book, The Art of the Start 2.0, on building great businesses.
We hope you enjoy this special recording.
And from all of us here at The Growth Show: Thanks for listening.
Sep 20 2016
Rank #10: Guy Kawasaki on Unconventional Social Media Strategies
Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist at Apple and now Chief Evangelist at Canva joins us to talk about his latest book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, and a few of his unconventional social media strategies that have helped him drive traffic and build an audience of millions of followers. Learn more at hubspot.com/podcast.
Feb 10 2015
Rank #11: The Happiness Equation: How to Design a More Fulfilling Life
Most people think happiness is a destination. You work hard. You become successful. Then, you're happy. Rinse and repeat for a happy life...right? Not exactly. According to Neil Pasricha, we've got this all backward. In his recently released book, "The Happiness Equation," Neil dives into research about what makes people happy at work and in life. In this episode, Neil joins us to share his findings, including how to avoid burnout, why you should never retire, and how to identify your true passions in life.
Mar 19 2016
Rank #12: How one entrepreneur added 700+ people to her network
Every single day at 9:15 AM, Molly Beck reaches out to a new person in her network. And if you’re trying to get to the next level in your career, you might want to consider doing the same thing.
Molly is an entrepreneur and the author of a book called ‘Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence.’ She tells us how she starts genuine professional relationships, why we need to move beyond the coffee date, and the story of the worst reach out experience she’s had recently.
Oct 03 2017
Rank #13: The Turnaround: Nintendo
Nintendo is known for constantly reinventing the video game landscape. But a few years ago, they had just released their slowest-selling product of all time. Sales were so bad that the president of the company cut his salary in half. And for the first time since entering the video game market, they were operating at a loss.
In today’s episode, we look at how they got there. And how they managed to turn things around.
Mar 20 2018
Rank #14: How to Become an Influential Leader: Tips on Hiring, Growth & Management From Charlene Li
Technology has completely changed the way people work -- especially leaders at high-growth companies. How should managers approach hiring, growth, and management today? This week, we sit down with Charlene Li, Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group, to chat about her philosophy on these top leadership concerns.
Oct 27 2015
Rank #15: Boston Red Sox SVP of Brand and Marketing, Adam Grossman
The concept of growth is a little different when you run marketing for a professional sports team. For Adam Grossman, SVP of marketing and brand development for the Boston Red Sox, success is often dictated by two things he can’t control: wins and losses. But he still has to fill seats, sell merchandise, and drive revenue for the organization. That presents a unique challenge for his marketing team: How do you measure success, exactly? How do you know if you’re doing a good job? Adam joins Mike on this episode of The Growth Show to talk about his experience running marketing for the Red Sox - and, previously, his experience as SVP of public affairs for the Miami Dolphins.
May 17 2015
Rank #16: Product Market Fit Should Be Emotional
Many ecommerce companies face the same two problems: the cost of keeping inventory, and the money they have to swallow when a customer returns an item. Shan-Lyn Ma, the CEO and co-founder of Zola, has dodged both of those problems.
Zola is an update on the wedding registry. In today’s episode, Shan-Lyn tells us about what she learned from her time working at the shopping website Gilt, her view on the future of ecommerce, and why it’s a really good thing if a customer gets emotional when you’re doing user research.
Mar 21 2017
Rank #17: What One Entrepreneur Learned From 100 Days of Rejection
Getting turned down is painful, whether it’s in your personal or your professional life. After a particularly harsh rejection, Jia Jiang decided to go out and face that pain head on. He purposefully tried to get rejected every day for 100 days in a row.
In this episode, Jia tells us about how this experiment led him to fly a plane, drive a police car, give a college lecture, buy some specialty donuts, and much more.
Dec 20 2016
Rank #18: What Most Managers Get Wrong About Hiring
On paper, the hiring process appears fairly straightforward: read applications, interview, hire top talent, and then rinse and repeat … right? Well, not exactly. The thing is, the conventional hiring process is broken -- and Jon Bischke, CEO of Entelo, has made it his mission to mend it. In this episode, Jon schools us on the top mistakes managers make in the hiring process and the tactics you can employ to be better at recruiting the right talent to grow your team.
Jun 14 2016
Rank #19: Gimlet Media Co-Founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber *Rebroadcast*
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This holiday has everything to do with relationships. And there’s one type of relationship that we talk about a lot on this show: the relationship between co-founders. In the spirit of the day, we’re bringing back one of our favorite episodes with the co-founders of Gimlet Media.
Alex and Matt tell us why they decided to document their entire experience starting Gimlet in a podcast called StartUp, how they got away with “sucking” at marketing, and how they got listeners to love (like, really love) their ads.
Feb 14 2017
Rank #20: Should Everyone Have an Executive Coach?
To Jerry Colonna, accepting leadership means accepting to work on yourself. Because if you’re struggling personally, your company is probably struggling as well.
Jerry is the founder of Reboot, a coaching company that’s helped some of the tech industry’s most well-known leaders. In this episode, he tells us the first step he takes with all of his clients, how he got into this industry, and where he thinks we’re headed when it comes to mental health in the workplace.
Aug 01 2017