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Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

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Rank #187 in Management category

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Spencer Rascoff is a New York Times bestselling author who co-founded four tech companies, invested in over 50, and was CEO of Zillow for a decade. His first startup, Hotwire, sold to Expedia for $685 million, and his second startup, Zillow, is now a real estate colossus, worth around $10 billion dollars. Now, he’s cofounded dot.LA, a media company covering the cutting-edge LA tech scene. Hear Spencer discuss with other CEOs and business leaders – with a special focus on his hometown of Los Angeles -- how to manage, how to lead, and how to win in business.

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Spencer Rascoff is a New York Times bestselling author who co-founded four tech companies, invested in over 50, and was CEO of Zillow for a decade. His first startup, Hotwire, sold to Expedia for $685 million, and his second startup, Zillow, is now a real estate colossus, worth around $10 billion dollars. Now, he’s cofounded dot.LA, a media company covering the cutting-edge LA tech scene. Hear Spencer discuss with other CEOs and business leaders – with a special focus on his hometown of Los Angeles -- how to manage, how to lead, and how to win in business.

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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

76 Ratings
Average Ratings
71
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 Jul 09, 2020

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Rank #9: Van Jones, CNN host and nonprofit founder

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Rank #10: Christa Quarles: CEO of OpenTable

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Rank #11: From The Vault: Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines

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Rank #12: Sallie Krawcheck: CEO of Ellevest

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