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This Is Success

Revealing conversations with today's most inspiring business, sports, entertainment, and government leaders. Candid interviews with the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, LeBron James, and the founders of companies like Lyft and Tinder. Insightful stories and useful advice about how to get to the top.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Business Insider's US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell was in Berlin last week for the 3rd annual Axel Springer Award, which was an evening honoring Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos sat down with Axel Springer CEO Dr. Mathias Dopfner to talk about his career and future ambitions. (Axel Springer is Business Insider's parent company.) After an intro from Fiat Chrysler chairman John Elkann, Jeff and Mathias spoke about Amazon, and Jeff's investments in journalism and space exploration. This week's episode of "Success! How I Did It" features that conversation in full.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

4 May 2018

Rank #1

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Dropbox CEO: How I built a $10 billion company in my 20s

Drew Houston is the founder and CEO of DropBox, an online file storage and sharing service that just turned ten years old. DropBox has grown to over 500 million users, has been valued at about $10 billion, and generates over a billion dollars in annualized revenue. The company is probably planning to go public soon. In this episode of "Success! How I Did It," Drew Houston and Business Insider’s US Editor-in-Chief, Alyson Shontell, discuss the creation of DropBox on a bus, meeting Steve Jobs, and the advice he would give to young entrepreneurs.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

25mins

12 Jun 2017

Rank #2

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'Million Dollar Listing' star Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant moved to New York City when he was 22, hoping to launch a career on Broadway. When that dream didn’t pan out, he found a different route into show business—as a real estate agent. Serhant is now the star of Bravo’s reality TV show “Million Dollar Listing” and the Serhant Team is one of the top real estate groups in the United States.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

31mins

20 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Megyn Kelly: How I battled sexual harassment at Fox and a year of Trump trolls, then settled for more at NBC

Megyn Kelly was already a rising star at Fox News when she hit the big time by taking on a Presidential candidate named Donald Trump. Then, we learned Kelly had been sexually harassed by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. He was fired — the first volley in a national reckoning. Kelly left for NBC News, where she now hosts the third hour of the Today Show. It’s a departure for the former lawyer. At Fox, she faced criticism for being too outspoken and prosecutorial. At NBC, critics say she’s too soft. For this episode of “Success! How I Did It,” Business Insider's US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell interviewed Megyn Kelly at BI’s annual IGNITION conference. They spoke just hours after Kelly's colleague and longtime Today Show host Matt Lauer was fired for alleged sexual harassment. Subscribe to "Success! How I Did It" on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, RadioPublic, or your favorite app so you don't miss interviews with leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and LeBron James. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

30mins

1 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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Skinnygirl CEO Bethenny Frankel

You may know Bethenny Frankel from her lead role on the "Real Housewives of New York." But her name is also the driving force behind an expanding empire of brands. She’s the brain behind Skinnygirl cocktails—a company she sold in 2011 for $100 million. And in her spare time she runs B Strong, a charity which provided disaster relief aid to Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria. Frankel says she doesn’t always have a grand plan, but she knows a good opportunity when she sees one.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

30mins

6 Jul 2018

Rank #5

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini: How I beat out 74 men to land my dream job, and lost a ton of friends in the process

For a lot of her career, Erika Nardini worked at big companies: Microsoft, AOL, even Fidelity Investments. Then she took a risk by becoming CEO of Barstool Sports. Barstool is a comedy website known for the kinds of things guys talk about over beers: news, sports, and girls. On this episode of "Success! How I Did It," Nardini tells us what attracted her to a site some say is sexist, why as many as 8 million so-called "Stoolies" check out the site multiple times a day, and why she likes to text prospective hires on the weekend.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

28mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Fortune 500 execs: How to set yourself up for success in your 20s and 30s

In this Master Class episode of "Success! How I Did It," Fortune 500 CEOs and top executives reveal what it takes to reach the top, and how to set yourself up for eventual business world domination in your 20s and 30s. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and others share the career advice that was invaluable to them on their journeys.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

11mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #7

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Life coach Tony Robbins: How I came from a broken household to build a $6 billion empire, and coach business legends like Marc Benioff and Paul Tudor Jones

Tony Robbins has used his commanding presence to build a career as the world's most famous life and business coach, helping people like President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and the Golden State Warriors. He recently hosted the winners of the Shopify Build a Bigger Business competition at his Fiji resort, Namale, where he also sat down with Business Insider senior strategy reporter Richard Feloni. They talked about how his childhood experiences made him want to help other people, and how he was able to scale that interest into a multibillion-dollar empire.We've turned that interview into a special episode of “Success How I Did It.”See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

24mins

29 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Walmart.com CEO Marc Lore: How I sold my 1st startup for $6 million, 2nd startup for $550 million and 3rd startup for $3+ billion

Marc Lore's first big startup sold diapers, and it was bought by Amazon for more than $500 million. Instead of celebrating, Lore felt a let down. After Amazon, he went on to found a competitor, called Jet.com, which he recently sold to Walmart for $3 billion in cash, plus stock. This time, he's had a number of reasons to celebrate. Now he's the president and CEO of Walmart eCommerce in the U.S. The stock is way up. On this episode of "Success! How I Did It," Lore describes how he founded several companies with his childhood friends, and what made the Walmart deal different than Amazon's.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

30mins

12 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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Master Class: How to become a successful leader

It takes a lot of hard work to become an effective leader. In this Master Class episode of "Success! How I Did It," top executives and tech CEOs reveal their secrets to being a successful leader in any industry. Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti, Lyft’s John Zimmer, Fox News’ Dana Perino, and more share their insights and best tips.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

11mins

24 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd

Mark Hurd joined Oracle in 2010 and almost immediately dramatically changed how the tech company does business. He saw a need for a shift to cloud computing, and transformed the way his team built and sold products. It wasn’t easy. Hurd tells us why he believed his plan would work even when hundreds of employees pushed back, and what the experience taught him about leadership.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

26mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Bonus Episode: How KFC took over Christmas in Japan

This week, an unexpected success story. Household Name's Dan Bobkoff and Sally Herships bring us the tale of how a Japanese businessman made KFC a Christmas tradition… in a country that didn’t celebrate Christmas.Subscribe to Household Name.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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LeBron James: What I eat, how I lead and how I win

LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. He sat down with Business Insider's US Editor-in-Chief, Alyson Shontell, for a video interview to discuss his team's epic comeback in the 2016 NBA finals, what he eats, how he works out, and how he leads on and off the court. As it looks more and more likely that LeBron will be heading to another finals soon, we've taken that audio from that August 2016 interview and turned it into a special episode of "Success! How I Did It."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

25mins

11 May 2017

Rank #13

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Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann

Over the last eight years, Ben Silbermann has quietly built Pinterest into a global brand with 250 million active users. He's the cofounder and CEO of Pinterest, the image search tool that lets users save and share their favorite photos, designs, and recipes. Pinterest could hit $1 billion in ad revenue this year, and it is valued at $13-15 billion. But Silbermann doesn’t want to be just like all the other big tech brands. He wants his site to feel like a real community, even as it grows larger than he ever expected.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

28mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Fashion designer Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang started his own label at just 20 years old. Today, his brand is worn all over the world and recognized by some of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. Over the last decade and a half, Wang has learned whose criticism matters, how to balance the business and the creative, and what it means to create meaningful work.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

30mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Business coach Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is a life and business coach with hundreds of thousands of followers online. When she first started giving strangers advice almost 20 years ago, Forleo barely had her own life together. She was working two jobs to scrape by, and when she wasn’t bartending or teaching dance, she collected emails for her newsletter. As Forleo’s business grew and she learned what it took to be an entrepreneur, she shared those lessons with her audience. Today she’s managed to incorporate all of her passions—including dance—into her YouTube channel, podcast, performances, and online lessons. And she’s found followers who want to be there every step of the way.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

29mins

13 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink

For Jocko Willink, becoming a Navy SEAL was just like any other career. Willink was the commander of SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser. It was the most highly decorated US special operations unit of the Iraq War — and the one where Chris Kyle, of “American Sniper,” served. Willink retired from the SEALs in 2010 and started a consulting company called Echelon Front, which he founded with another SEAL named Leif Babin. He and Babin co-wrote the bestselling book “Extreme Ownership” in 2014. He’s also got a hit podcast, a line of jiu jitsu products, and even two bestselling children’s books. Willink says that passing on leadership lessons, whether to executives or kids, is just a continuation of what he did in the SEALs. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

30mins

11 May 2018

Rank #17

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PayPal CEO: How I went from a $14,000 salary to running 3 public companies

Dan Schulman is the CEO of PayPal. But his career began at AT&T, where he was paid an annual salary of about $14,000 a year. He rose through the ranks to run its core consumer business, then went on to run three public companies including Priceline, American Express, and Virgin Mobile. Schulman told Business Insider's Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell how he built his career, and how practicing Krav Maga martial arts helped him find success on this podcast interview for "Success! How I Did It."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

29mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #18

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Master class: Making business partnerships work

Some of the world's top founders, executives and CEOs built their businesses with the help of their family, friends, and coworkers. In this master class episode of "This is Success," we’re revisiting some of our favorite stories about business partnerships, and how our guests have made them work. Featuring John Zimmer (Lyft), Jeff Raider (Harry's), Alli Webb (Drybar), Eddy Lu (GOAT), and restaurateur and event planner Larry Morrow.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

16mins

23 Nov 2018

Rank #19