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When a couple of CEOs get in a room together, what do they talk about? Listen in as dot.LA founder Spencer Rascoff hosts the kinds of conversations that can only happen when peers get real: tackling tough questions, sharing hard-won insights, defining what leadership means in the digital age. And maybe even revealing the people behind the title.

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When a couple of CEOs get in a room together, what do they talk about? Listen in as dot.LA founder Spencer Rascoff hosts the kinds of conversations that can only happen when peers get real: tackling tough questions, sharing hard-won insights, defining what leadership means in the digital age. And maybe even revealing the people behind the title.

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Very enjoyable

By Anthony S Johnson - Sep 09 2018
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I very enjoyed listening to your podcast while on the road. Thx.

Great insights into companies

By Good stuff 100 - Dec 28 2016
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If you like filling your head with interesting thoughts this podcast is probably for you.

iTunes Ratings

74 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
1
2
0
2

Very enjoyable

By Anthony S Johnson - Sep 09 2018
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I very enjoyed listening to your podcast while on the road. Thx.

Great insights into companies

By Good stuff 100 - Dec 28 2016
Read more
If you like filling your head with interesting thoughts this podcast is probably for you.
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Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

Latest release on Nov 15, 2018

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When a couple of CEOs get in a room together, what do they talk about? Listen in as dot.LA founder Spencer Rascoff hosts the kinds of conversations that can only happen when peers get real: tackling tough questions, sharing hard-won insights, defining what leadership means in the digital age. And maybe even revealing the people behind the title.

Rank #1: Satya Nadella: CEO of Microsoft

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Companies that transform our lives with one innovation (like Microsoft Windows) often find it difficult to repeat the same feat because everything - from product to revenue to culture - is built on top of that one big idea. This is the challenge Satya Nadella faced when he took over the reins at Microsoft. How could he ensure that the 43-year-old company seized new opportunities and warded off potential threats? The answer: Build the ability to hit refresh into the culture by focusing on mission, leadership and growth mindset.

Mar 01 2018

30mins

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Rank #2: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

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Dara Khosrowshahi is CEO of Uber, a company that’s become a household name for transportation. Uber’s dominance hasn’t come without controversy, however. Uber’s reputation as an innovator has often been overshadowed by negative revelations about its culture. In 2017, Dara left his role as CEO of Expedia to take over the reins at Uber from founder Travis Kalanick. His mission: Get the company on the path to cultural reform, profitability and, eventually, IPO. In this episode, Dara and Spencer discuss why he made the move to Uber, what he’s learning – and the role of “flying taxis” in Uber’s future.

May 15 2018

34mins

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Rank #3: Bill Gurley: Venture Capitalist and General Partner at Benchmark

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The companies within Bill Gurley's investment portfolio have some clear similarities: great user-generated content, a reliance on the network effect and a "power to the people" mentality, meaning they put consumers first. But companies don't succeed solely because of their business model or mission - they also need strong leadership. According to Bill, great leaders tend to be unafraid, innately curious and bold. He looks for these qualities in the founder pitching the investment opportunity because - while the idea is important - it's the person who is going to execute it. In this episode, Bill references his 2012 essay, "The Dangerous Seduction of the Lifetime Value (LTV) Formula." You can read it in its entirety here.

Jun 30 2017

27mins

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Rank #4: Aaron Levie: CEO of Box

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About this episode's guest: Founded Box at age 20 with three friends from high school. Prolific user of social media, with 678,000+ followers. Known for wearing bright-colored sneakers. Topics covered in this episode: Why Levie chooses to be outspoken politically. How the future of work is changing. Which types of companies will and won't be disrupted -- and why. The benefits of being a publicly traded company. Differences between the San Francisco and Seattle tech and venture capital scenes.

Oct 20 2016

34mins

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Rank #5: Scott Svenson: CEO of MOD Pizza

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Scott Svenson believes in second chances. The serial entrepreneur's latest venture, MOD Pizza, embraces what he calls "enlightened capitalism." Yes, the company aims for profitability, but not at the expense of its greatest asset -- its employees. Many MOD Squaders find the fresh start that they need at the company, earning a level of trust that in turn creates a great customer experience.

Aug 09 2016

22mins

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Rank #6: Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook

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Dubbed Silicon Valley's "oddest couple" by The New York Times, together Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg have driven Facebook's astronomical growth and supported one another along the way. The keys to their successful COO-CEO partnership: open communication, commitment to their relationship and shared values.

May 11 2017

17mins

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Rank #7: From The Vault: Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines

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Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden is in the midst of his "what's next" agenda following the company's successful acquisition of Virgin America. Acquisitions, no matter how well executed, are almost always tough on companies. But the commonalities between Alaska and Virgin - their focus on customers and building alignment among employees - lays the foundation for the former competitors to work together and adopt the best features of both airlines as they move forward under a single brand.

May 31 2018

30mins

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Rank #8: Cindy Whitehead, CEO and founder, The Pink Ceiling

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It’s no wonder Fortune Magazine called Cindy a “tireless force of nature.” She’s the entrepreneur behind the first-ever FDA approved drug to treat decreased libido in women, and she’s built two businesses from the ground up, selling them for over $1.5 billion. After securing FDA approval for ADDYI, dubbed “female Viagra” by numerous media outlets, Cindy founded The Pink Ceiling, an incubator and venture capital firm dedicated to helping women-focused businesses. In this episode, she and Spencer discuss the importance of empathy in product design, how the #MeToo movement will alter the venture capital landscape and why Cindy is an unapologetic proponent of the color pink.

Apr 26 2018

27mins

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Rank #9: Sallie Krawcheck: CEO of Ellevest

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With her longstanding Wall Street career (Citigroup, Merrill Lynch) and unique perspective as a woman in a predominantly male industry, Sallie Krawcheck is tackling a question that has mystified investment banks for decades: how to successfully market wealth management services to women. As CEO of digital financial investment platform Ellevest, she sees diversity as the greatest advantage in cracking the code. Krawcheck encourages each employee to bring their "whole self" to work, and emphasizes hiring the best fit for the team, which in some cases could be a different choice than the person who traditionally would be considered the best fit for the role.

Sep 07 2016

28mins

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Rank #10: Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq

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Adena Friedman is president and chief executive officer of Nasdaq, which operates the second-largest stock exchange in the world by market cap. Named one of Forbes’ most powerful women, Adena built her career at Nasdaq, starting as an intern straight out of an MBA program. Outside of a three-year stint as chief financial officer at The Carlyle Group, she’s been with Nasdaq ever since. In this episode, Spencer joins Adena in New York City to discuss the power of mentorship, the future of the U.S. capital markets and why going public can spark innovation.

Jul 05 2018

23mins

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Rank #11: Arianna Huffington: Founder, Thrive Global & Co-Founder, The Huffington Post

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Arianna Huffington needs little introduction. The author of 15 books, including best-sellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution, Arianna has been named to Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list. In 2016, she stepped down from her namesake Huffington Post (now HuffPost) to launch Thrive Global, which aims to eliminate the stress and burnout that leave so many of us in survival mode. Arianna also joined Uber as its first woman board member, advocating for a culture where “brilliant jerks” aren’t tolerated. In this episode, Arianna joins Spencer at Zillow Group’s New York City office to discuss her newest venture, why leaders need to model balance for their employees and why we all need to prioritize downtime.

Apr 11 2018

26mins

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Rank #12: Kevin Demoff: COO of the Los Angeles Rams

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With managing a relocation, a mammoth real estate development and significant leadership changes on the coaching staff, L.A. Rams COO Kevin Demoff has a had a tumultuous couple of years. So how does he measure his organization's success? It's all about confidence in the coaching leadership - from the players, the front office and the fans.

Mar 23 2017

26mins

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Rank #13: From the Vault: John MacFarlane, Founder and Former CEO, Sonos

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John MacFarlane served as CEO of Sonos from 2002 to 2017 and was instrumental in building the company’s loyal customer base. Just last week, Sonos filed to go public in a $100 million initial public offering, and the company is on track to do $1 billion in revenue this year alone. In this episode, John discusses Sonos’s decision to partner with competitors like Google and Amazon, why he stepped down as CEO and why it’s important to be relentlessly progressive.

Jul 13 2018

28mins

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Rank #14: General David Petraeus

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With a storied career that includes leading coalition forces and counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus definitely knows a thing or two about leadership. According to Petraeus, effective leaders don't dictate the tactics; they establish the mission, boundaries and direction, then empower the team to determine the best route. Great leaders also understand that, sometimes, big ideas need to evolve — whether they're running a military operation or private-sector company.

Apr 20 2017

26mins

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Rank #15: John MacFarlane: Co-founder of Sonos

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When John MacFarlane and his co-founders started Sonos in 2002, they knew nothing about audio or hardware. They simply had an inspiring mission: Fill every home with music. And they knew that the future of music wasn't CDs - it was wireless, digital and connected. In order to stay competitive in an industry that's changing, you have to lead with disruption and never stop improving, and it's this commitment to continuous improvement that has propelled Sonos to outsell some of the world's biggest tech companies in the home audio category.

Jun 02 2017

28mins

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Rear Admiral Michael Wettlaufer

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Earlier this year, Spencer had an opportunity through the Navy’s Distinguished Visitors Program to visit the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier. During his time aboard the ship, Spencer met Rear Admiral Michael Wettlaufer, who’s spent 32 years serving in the Navy. Throughout his career, Admiral Wettlaufer has received multiple medals for his service, logged 3,500 flying hours, flown 49 different aircraft types and made over 800 arrested landings. To say he’s a brave and accomplished leader is an understatement. In this episode, Spencer returns to the USS Stennis for a conversation with Admiral Wettlaufer about leadership. The two cover a lot of ground, including the admiral’s impressive career in the Navy, the importance of teamwork and how to build a culture that’s committed to excellence.

Nov 15 2018

30mins

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Nick Huzar: Co-founder and CEO of OfferUp

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Nick Huzar is co-founder and CEO of OfferUp, the largest mobile marketplace in the U.S. The company has reinvented the model for local, peer-to-peer commerce, and its engagement metrics are incredible. In 2017, the company reported that it had over 60 million downloads and 43 million users who use the platform as frequently as popular social media apps. Today, OfferUp is one of the highest valued private companies in the Pacific Northwest, officially gaining “unicorn” status. In this episode, Nick offers advice for leaders about scaling a company, the importance of building trust and how his leadership style has evolved with OfferUp’s growth.

Oct 25 2018

25mins

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Russell Wilson: Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Entrepreneur

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In this episode, Russell Wilson joins Spencer at Zillow Group’s Seattle headquarters for a live recording in front of employees. Russell is the starting quarterback for the Seahawks, leading the team to its first Super Bowl win in 2014. He’s also one of the NFL’s most charitable athletes. Russell founded the Why Not You Foundation, which has raised millions to support Strong Against Cancer and other children’s charities. When he’s not on the field or engaged in philanthropy, Russell is also an entrepreneur; he founded TraceMe, a social media platform, and Limitless Minds, a leadership development company. In this episode, Russell and Spencer discuss Russell’s approach to leadership on and off the field, how to overcome adversity, his latest business ventures – and even his proposal to Ciara.

Sep 25 2018

35mins

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Van Jones, CNN host and nonprofit founder

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Van Jones hosts his own show on CNN, and he’s the founder of The Dream Corps, an accelerator that supports economic and environmental innovation. Its #YesWeCode initiative aims to help 100,000 young people from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector. Van is an important voice on social justice and STEM education, and Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. In this episode, Van joins Spencer at Zillow Group’s New York office for a live recording in front of employees. The two discuss Van’s impressive background working in communities and promoting green jobs, how to increase diversity in tech and why young people have the power to change the world.

Aug 30 2018

35mins

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Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder and CEO of Slack

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Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Slack, a collaboration hub beloved by more than eight million daily active users. In this episode, Spencer joins Stewart at Slack’s San Francisco headquarters to discuss their recent partnership with Atlassian, Slack’s unique origin story, managing through growth and adversity, and how Slack is fundamentally changing communication at work.

Aug 09 2018

31mins

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From the Vault: John MacFarlane, Founder and Former CEO, Sonos

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John MacFarlane served as CEO of Sonos from 2002 to 2017 and was instrumental in building the company’s loyal customer base. Just last week, Sonos filed to go public in a $100 million initial public offering, and the company is on track to do $1 billion in revenue this year alone. In this episode, John discusses Sonos’s decision to partner with competitors like Google and Amazon, why he stepped down as CEO and why it’s important to be relentlessly progressive.

Jul 13 2018

28mins

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Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq

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Adena Friedman is president and chief executive officer of Nasdaq, which operates the second-largest stock exchange in the world by market cap. Named one of Forbes’ most powerful women, Adena built her career at Nasdaq, starting as an intern straight out of an MBA program. Outside of a three-year stint as chief financial officer at The Carlyle Group, she’s been with Nasdaq ever since. In this episode, Spencer joins Adena in New York City to discuss the power of mentorship, the future of the U.S. capital markets and why going public can spark innovation.

Jul 05 2018

23mins

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Emily Chang: Author, “Brotopia” & Host/Executive Producer, Bloomberg Technology

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Emily Chang is a best-selling author and host and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology. Earlier this year, she made waves with her book “Brotopia,” an expose on how sexism became pervasive in Silicon Valley, despite its utopian ideals. Drawing on interviews with some of tech’s biggest names, Emily shines a bright light on a big problem. In this episode, Emily joins Spencer at Zillow Group’s San Francisco office to discuss her inspiration for the book, how the tech community got to this point and what we can do about it.

Jun 21 2018

31mins

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From The Vault: Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines

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Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden is in the midst of his "what's next" agenda following the company's successful acquisition of Virgin America. Acquisitions, no matter how well executed, are almost always tough on companies. But the commonalities between Alaska and Virgin - their focus on customers and building alignment among employees - lays the foundation for the former competitors to work together and adopt the best features of both airlines as they move forward under a single brand.

May 31 2018

30mins

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Stuart Miller, Executive Chairman, Lennar Corporation

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What will the home of the future look like? Imagine built-in Wi-Fi, voice-activated digital assistants and other technological innovations that will render older homes obsolete before long. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest homebuilder, Lennar, took a big swing in this direction, announcing that all of its new homes will include smart locks, Wi-Fi, thermostats and lights — all controlled by Amazon Alexa. In this episode, Lennar’s former CEO Stuart Miller, who now serves as its executive chairman, joins Spencer to discuss how technology will impact homebuilding and design — and how he helped create a culture that embraces innovation at the 60-plus-year-old company.

May 24 2018

22mins

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From the Vault: Robert Carlock: Emmy Winner & Co-Creator of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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Comedy writer and producer Robert Carlock's spectacular career includes writing and producing credits on iconic shows such as "Saturday Night Live," "Friends" and "30 Rock." Most recently he co-created the Netflix original series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,". As a leader in a creative field, Robert doesn't rely on data to make decisions. Instead, he draws largely from his intuition and simply knowing what's going to be funny. And untethering creativity is a lesson all companies and industries can learn from.

May 17 2018

29mins

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Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

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Dara Khosrowshahi is CEO of Uber, a company that’s become a household name for transportation. Uber’s dominance hasn’t come without controversy, however. Uber’s reputation as an innovator has often been overshadowed by negative revelations about its culture. In 2017, Dara left his role as CEO of Expedia to take over the reins at Uber from founder Travis Kalanick. His mission: Get the company on the path to cultural reform, profitability and, eventually, IPO. In this episode, Dara and Spencer discuss why he made the move to Uber, what he’s learning – and the role of “flying taxis” in Uber’s future.

May 15 2018

34mins

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From the Vault: Eric Holder: Former U.S. Attorney General

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We revisit our conversation with Eric Holder. Eric knows a thing or two about introspection. In his current role, companies tap the former U.S. Attorney General to ask difficult questions and help businesses improve everything from diversity to how they work with foreign governments. With the democratization of information and the rise of social media, today's leaders and companies can no longer hide behind a great PR team. According to Holder, "Companies can always be introspective in the same way that we can be as individuals and ask tough questions of ourselves or as corporate entities. What are our strengths? What are our weaknesses? How can we do better?"

May 03 2018

27mins

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Cindy Whitehead, CEO and founder, The Pink Ceiling

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It’s no wonder Fortune Magazine called Cindy a “tireless force of nature.” She’s the entrepreneur behind the first-ever FDA approved drug to treat decreased libido in women, and she’s built two businesses from the ground up, selling them for over $1.5 billion. After securing FDA approval for ADDYI, dubbed “female Viagra” by numerous media outlets, Cindy founded The Pink Ceiling, an incubator and venture capital firm dedicated to helping women-focused businesses. In this episode, she and Spencer discuss the importance of empathy in product design, how the #MeToo movement will alter the venture capital landscape and why Cindy is an unapologetic proponent of the color pink.

Apr 26 2018

27mins

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Arianna Huffington: Founder, Thrive Global & Co-Founder, The Huffington Post

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Arianna Huffington needs little introduction. The author of 15 books, including best-sellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution, Arianna has been named to Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list. In 2016, she stepped down from her namesake Huffington Post (now HuffPost) to launch Thrive Global, which aims to eliminate the stress and burnout that leave so many of us in survival mode. Arianna also joined Uber as its first woman board member, advocating for a culture where “brilliant jerks” aren’t tolerated. In this episode, Arianna joins Spencer at Zillow Group’s New York City office to discuss her newest venture, why leaders need to model balance for their employees and why we all need to prioritize downtime.

Apr 11 2018

26mins

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Sukhinder Singh Cassidy: Founder & Chairman of theBoardlist

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Sukhinder is a serial entrepreneur and longtime technology executive who had stints at both Google and Amazon. In 2015, she founded theBoardlist, a talent marketplace for leaders to find highly qualified women to join their boards. Among startups, 57 percent have no women in executive positions. On boards, more than three-quarters of privately funded tech companies have no women, and the picture is even worse among public companies. In this episode, Sukhinder discusses why the tech community should add more women partners, executives and board seats – and why she’s optimistic about the future of women in tech.

Mar 15 2018

23mins

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Satya Nadella: CEO of Microsoft

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Companies that transform our lives with one innovation (like Microsoft Windows) often find it difficult to repeat the same feat because everything - from product to revenue to culture - is built on top of that one big idea. This is the challenge Satya Nadella faced when he took over the reins at Microsoft. How could he ensure that the 43-year-old company seized new opportunities and warded off potential threats? The answer: Build the ability to hit refresh into the culture by focusing on mission, leadership and growth mindset.

Mar 01 2018

30mins

Play

Eric Holder: Former U.S. Attorney General

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Eric Holder knows a thing or two about introspection. In his current role, companies tap the former U.S. Attorney General to ask difficult questions and help businesses improve everything from diversity to how they work with foreign governments. With the democratization of information and the rise of social media, today's leaders and companies can no longer hide behind a great PR team. According to Holder, "Companies can always be introspective in the same way that we can be as individuals and ask tough questions of ourselves or as corporate entities. What are our strengths? What are our weaknesses? How can we do better?"

Nov 09 2017

27mins

Play

Bill Gurley: Venture Capitalist and General Partner at Benchmark

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The companies within Bill Gurley's investment portfolio have some clear similarities: great user-generated content, a reliance on the network effect and a "power to the people" mentality, meaning they put consumers first. But companies don't succeed solely because of their business model or mission - they also need strong leadership. According to Bill, great leaders tend to be unafraid, innately curious and bold. He looks for these qualities in the founder pitching the investment opportunity because - while the idea is important - it's the person who is going to execute it. In this episode, Bill references his 2012 essay, "The Dangerous Seduction of the Lifetime Value (LTV) Formula." You can read it in its entirety here.

Jun 30 2017

27mins

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Joel Spolsky: CEO of Stack Overflow

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As a founding member of several successful companies (Fog Creek, Trello) in the software development space, you could say that Joel Spolsky knows a bit about developers. On his popular online forum, Stack Overflow, developers ask more than 8,000 questions a day to a community of roughly 40 million developers who visit the site every month. Joel talks about software developers with a reverence normally reserved for philosophers: "Every day, developers get a chance to make a decision that's going to impact the world," he says. But with that power comes great responsibility, and managers have an important role to play in helping developers consider unintended consequences and use their power for good.

Jun 16 2017

30mins

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iTunes Ratings

74 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
1
2
0
2

Very enjoyable

By Anthony S Johnson - Sep 09 2018
Read more
I very enjoyed listening to your podcast while on the road. Thx.

Great insights into companies

By Good stuff 100 - Dec 28 2016
Read more
If you like filling your head with interesting thoughts this podcast is probably for you.