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Raising the Bar with Alli and Michael

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A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business.Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?

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A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business.Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?

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Helpful, funny and inspiring

By Cliff & Callahan - Jan 31 2020
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Love this pod - love Alli’s vibe. And love the mix of aspirational and attainable stories from cool guests, and actual advice and tips we can use. Thank you! Molly @cliffandcallahan

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By ambwulf - Jan 25 2020
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Fun and refreshing take on the typical podcast!!!! @abwulf ❤️

iTunes Ratings

221 Ratings
Average Ratings
152
16
19
18
16

Helpful, funny and inspiring

By Cliff & Callahan - Jan 31 2020
Read more
Love this pod - love Alli’s vibe. And love the mix of aspirational and attainable stories from cool guests, and actual advice and tips we can use. Thank you! Molly @cliffandcallahan

💯

By ambwulf - Jan 25 2020
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Fun and refreshing take on the typical podcast!!!! @abwulf ❤️
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Raising the Bar with Alli and Michael

Latest release on Feb 07, 2020

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Rank #1: S2 Ep. 3 Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars

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Kelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding schedules. Kelly unveils to Alli and Michael the inner workings of her consulting business and how she went from mapping genomes for oncologists to staking her claim as one of Hollywood's most sought-after nutrition experts. Plus, she shares her secret wellness and diet tips, including the ones she uses as Alli's health coach. 

Learn more about Kelly by visiting bewellbykelly.com and @bewellbykelly.  Follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar, and don't forget to subscribe and rate us!

Apr 12 2019

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Rank #2: S2 Ep.1 Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere

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Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's trajectory, from making the tough decision between staying at AOL or diving headfirst into her burgeoning blog (spoiler alert: she took the risk) to eventually licensing products and launching an e-commerce platform. She maps out the do's and don'ts of building a personal brand and how to lean on social media, properly.    Check out more of Emily at: @emilyschuman @shopcupcakesandcashmere cupcakesandcashmere.com   Follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar, and don't forget to subscribe and rate us!

Mar 29 2019

53mins

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Rank #3: Hillary Kerr: Who What Wear, Why Not?

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On today's episode, Hillary Kerr is joining us. She’s the cofounder of Clique Brands, which has three brands - Who What Wear, MyDomaine, and Byrdie. We're also here to answer your question, including one we get asked all the time - what are you obsessed with? Short answer: It's a lot. Have a burning question? You can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or send your questions to RTB@wondery.com.

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Aug 01 2018

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Rank #4: Curtis Stone: Cooking with Gas

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This episode features celebrity chef Curtis Stone. He’s had a ton of success, including television shows, cookbooks, and famed LA restaurants, Maude and Gwen. He talked about Anthony Bourdain, his worst kitchen disaster and taught us a new business mantra. After that we’re answering your questions and direct messages. You can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or send your questions to RTB@wondery.com.

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Jul 25 2018

36mins

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Rank #5: S2 Ep. 16 Clare V.: The LA Based Brand With Global Appeal

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The made-in-LA success of Clare Vivier's handbags and accessories company is going international. Since starting Clare V. in 2008, Clare has translated buzz into business growth and cornered the accessories market through online, wholesale, and brick-and-mortar retail (she just opened her 9th store). With a signature brand of Cali-Parisian chic and affordable luxury, Clare has ventured beyond handbags into clothing, footwear, jewelry, and beauty. Today, she employs 70 people and continues to design and manufacture exclusively in L.A. Clare sat down with her friends Alli and Michael to talk about her pivot from journalism to fashion, strategizing collaborations and partnerships, and how social media and social justice play a key part in her business. Keep up with Clare at clarev.com and @clarevivier. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

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Jul 19 2019

50mins

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Rank #6: S2 Ep. 17 Sophia Rossi: How To Go From Assistant to CEO

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Sophia Rossi has been a babysitter, an assistant, a TV producer, a founder, a CEO, and now...city councilwoman? But that's for the future. As a former producer on MTV's The Hills and The City, Sophia went on to co-found HelloGiggles (alongside BFFs Zooey Deschanel and Molly McAleer) and sell the media company to Time Inc. in 2016. Today, the 36-year-old entrepreneur keeps good company among L.A.'s glitterati and is focusing on her spice company called Hi Note. She met up with Alli and Michael to dish on her Hills days as a young producer, choosing an internship over college, and what the next steps are after selling a company for millions of dollars. Keep up with Sophia at @rivfifi and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Produced by Dear Media.

Jul 26 2019

53mins

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Rank #7: Three Day Rule: Modern Day Matchmaking

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Talia Goldstein officially started her matchmaking company Three Day Rule in 2010, but she’s been setting people up since she was in high school. Today, Three Day Rule employs 50 matchmakers who arrange dates in 10 major cities in the U.S. These matchmakers combine tech with human intuition, meeting with each of their clients and potential matches in person and using facial-recognition software to help improve the search. Founder Talia joined Raising The Bar to share how she went from office matchmaker to CEO, raising money for a startup while pregnant, and how she's found matches for hundreds of clients, including top executives, entrepreneurs, and celebrities. Learn more at threedayrule.com and @threedayrule. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!   Ignite your curiosity and discover SPARKED in select Ulta Stores.  ᐧ

Oct 04 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The Stars (Re-Release)

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Kelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding schedules. Kelly unveils to Alli and Michael the inner workings of her consulting business and how she went from mapping genomes for oncologists to staking her claim as one of Hollywood's most sought-after nutrition experts. Plus, she shares her secret wellness and diet tips, including the ones she uses as Alli's health coach.

Dec 27 2019

44mins

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Rank #9: Supergoop!: Turning SPF Into $40 Million

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Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard is the queen of sunscreen. She never intended to build a $40-million company sold in Sephora, Nordstrom, and Bluemercury until a close friend of hers was diagnosed with skin cancer. In 2007, she launched her brand with the goal of creating an SPF that everyone would want to wear every single day. With sunscreen is at the forefront of Supergoop!, Holly's mission is to prevent skin cancer and premature aging with her products. She met up with Michael and Alli to talk about her first career as a professional harpist, challenges she faced creating an FDA-regulated product, and disrupting the sunscreen industry. Keep up with Holly @hollythaggard and @supergoop. Don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

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Nov 15 2019

44mins

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Rank #10: Sugar Paper: On Becoming The Best Stationery Company In The World

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Sugar Paper, Los Angeles's premier goods shop and custom letterpress stationery company, was born in 2003 when college pals Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker started designing custom letterpress cards after graduation as a hobby. Now, Sugar Paper is carried in 1,500+ shops around the world and has storefronts in Brentwood, Newport Beach, and Marin. With a commitment to bespoke, local, and hand-made pieces, the Sugar Paper brand has won over celebrities from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron and earned them partnerships with brands like Target, J. Crew, and Goop. Chelsea and Jamie stopped by to tell Alli and Michael why handwritten notes are still thriving in the digital age, how their business is like a marriage, and what's next for the ever-growing stationery company. Keep up with Chelsea and Jamie at @sugarpaperla and sugarpaper.com, and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

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Nov 01 2019

55mins

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Rank #11: S2 Ep. 19 Jamie Kern Lima: How To Negotiate a $1.2 Billion Aquisition

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It Cosmetics has been a true disruptor in the cosmetics industry since its launch in 2008. After years of hustling on QVC and landing shelf space in Sephora and Ulta, founder Jamie Kern Lima sold her problem-solving makeup line of 300 products to L'Oreal for a reported $1.2 billion in 2016 and stayed on as CEO, making her the first female CEO in L'Oreal's 108-year-history. Jamie sat down with Michael and Alli to reveal how she started testing makeup to help cover up her rosacea, investing in women-led businesses, and the origins of Drybar and It Cosmetic's collaboration, the Lash Blowout Mascara. Keep up with Jamie at itcosmetics.com and @jamiekernlima. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us! Produced by Dear Media.  Producedᐧ

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #12: Joy Cho: Jump for Joy

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This episode features designer Joy Cho. Her lifestyle brand, Oh Joy, grew from a tiny blog into a successful business with a huge following. She talked about developing brand recognition, why she’s hesitant to expand her business, and how she set herself up for her first million-dollar year. After that, we’re answering your questions and direct messages. You can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or email us your questions at RTB@wondery.com.

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Aug 15 2018

41mins

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Rank #13: The Clear Cut: Selling Diamonds In Your DMs

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Engagement ring company the Clear Cut has sold millions of dollars in diamonds over Instagram's direct messages since launching in 2018. By creating tailor-made jewelry and demystifying the buying process for a new generation, they've disrupted an industry and paved the way to become the next Tiffany & Co. Co-founders Olivia Olivia Landau and Kyle Simon, who met as students at the Gemology Institute of America (aka GIA) and married this year, have grown their business 100% quarter-over-quarter since quitting their day jobs to take on the Clear Cut fulltime. Olivia, a fourth-generation jeweler, and Kyle, a fair-trade diamond mining alum, joined Alli and Michael to talk about how their booming business, the power of organic growth and engagement on Instagram, and redefining a luxury market. Keep up with them @theclearcut and theclearcut.co, and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

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Oct 25 2019

34mins

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Rank #14: S2 Ep. 24 Inner Glow Circle: Money-Making Life Coaching

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Death, disease, and...spray tanning? All of these things led Katie DePaola to leave her 9-to-5 job and grow her company Inner Glow Circle into a globally recognized training program for coaches and entrepreneurs. Katie's journey to entrepreneurial independence took many twists and turns since IGC's founding in 2015, but she's turned her greatest challenges into her greatest opportunities and says her business is what saved her life. Michael and Alli hear Katie's story and find out how Inner Glow Circle teaches and empowers women to work for themselves. Keep up with Katie at @innerglowcircle and @itskatiedepaola, and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

Produced by Dear Media.

Sep 13 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #15: Johnny Ray Zone: Do One Thing Well

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This episode features celebrity chef Johnny Ray Zone, the founder and operator of Howlin’ Rays, a Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant in Los Angeles. Howlin’ Rays is so popular, Johnny’s main problem early on was dealing with long lines (seriously, it was hours.) We learned that Nashville hot chicken was invented as a revenge plot, about Johnny’s storied past as a chef and LA’s top restaurants and why he doesn’t want to expand so stop asking! After that, we answered a listener question and told you what we’re obsessed with lately. If you have a question for us, you can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or email us your questions at RTB@wondery.com.

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Aug 08 2018

38mins

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Rank #16: S2 Ep. 2 Brittany Driscoll: From Drybar Exec to Squeeze CEO

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For years, Alli and Michael sat on their million-dollar idea to create the Goldilocks massage experience—not too pricey, not too cheap—while they were busy building Drybar. But when their VP of Marketing Brittany Driscoll needed a new challenge, their massage concept was reborn. This is the story of how Brittany, Alli, and Michael launched Squeeze, the on-demand massage chain and app disrupting the self-care industry.

Learn more about Squeeze by visiting squeezemassage.com or on @squeeze.

Keep up to date with Brittany's entrepreneurial journey on @britdrisc.

Follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar, and don't forget to subscribe and rate us!

Apr 05 2019

45mins

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Rank #17: Nekter Juice Bar: Creating The Starbucks of Juice

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After a successful career in the infomercial industry, founder and CEO Steve Schulze turned his attention to the nascent juicing trend and opened the first Nekter Juice Bar in 2010. Today, the all-natural juice and smoothie franchise boasts more than 150 locations in 15 states and has grown in revenue to over $40 million. Steve sat down with Alli and Michael to explain how a fresh product and franchise model have helped it expand, tech innovation and partnerships at Nekter, and running a business with your ex-spouse. Keep up at @nekterjuicebar and @steve_schulze_official. Don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

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Dec 13 2019

43mins

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Rank #18: Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere (re-release)

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Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's trajectory, from making the tough decision between staying at AOL or diving headfirst into her burgeoning blog (spoiler alert: she took the risk) to eventually licensing products and launching an e-commerce platform. She maps out the do's and don'ts of building a personal brand and how to lean on social media, properly.    Check out more of Emily at: @emilyschuman @shopcupcakesandcashmere cupcakesandcashmere.com

Nov 29 2019

57mins

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Rank #19: S2 Ep. 23 Jen Gotch: Ban.do, Mental Health, Authenticity

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Don't ask Jen Gotch how to describe her 11-year-old business Ban.do. What began as a hair accessories company has evolved into a lifestyle brand that can be found at more than 3,000 department stores and boutiques around the world and count Starbucks and Taylor Swift as collaborators. Jen has evolved, too. As a co-founder, chief creative officer, mental health advocate, and now, author, Jen joined her old pals Michael and Alli in front of a Ban.do-clad live audience at the Grove to get real about mental health (duh), creative entrepreneurship, and how her brand can stand for more than just fun. Keep up with Jen at @jengotch and @shopbando. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

Sep 06 2019

45mins

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Rank #20: S2 Ep. 20 Toni Ko: Banking On Beauty With NYX Cosmetics

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Toni Ko was just 25 when she founded the affordable beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. With $250,000 in seed money from her parents, the Korean-born entrepreneur started out small, with makeup pencils, but made $2 million in sales her first year. After selling the company in 2014 to L'Oreal for reportedly $500 million, Toni knew retirement wasn't what came next. She sat down with Alli and Michael to swap entrepreneurial war stories and share how she revived her sense of self post-acquisition with a sunglass company, real estate investments, and venture firm for women-led companies. Keep up with Toni at @tonikokoko. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

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Aug 16 2019

50mins

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