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Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

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When a couple of CEOs get in a room together, what do they talk about? Listen in as Zillow Group’s Spencer Rascoff has 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 Zillow Group’s Spencer Rascoff has 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.
Cover image of Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

Updated 6 days ago

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When a couple of CEOs get in a room together, what do they talk about? Listen in as Zillow Group’s Spencer Rascoff has 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: 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

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Rank #2: 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

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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

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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: Scott Svenson: CEO of MOD Pizza

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Aug 09 2016

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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: 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

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Rank #8: 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

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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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Rank #12: 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.

Apr 06 2017

31mins

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Rank #13: Brandon Beck: CEO of Riot Games

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Gaming is big business - a fact that perhaps no one knows better than Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. Riot's League of Legends is an eSports juggernaut and ushered in a new era of competitive gaming where events draw tens of thousands of spectators and hundreds of thousands more via streaming. Riot hires exclusively gamers, something Brandon admits can be a pain point, but a policy that's essential in understanding League's audience and creating a product that will keep players entertained and challenged over the long term.

Mar 09 2017

23mins

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

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During her 27 years in the private sector, Secretary Penny Pritzker started five companies, led dozens of businesses and served on the boards of big corporations like Hyatt Hotels, LaSalle National Bank and the William Wrigley Company. When she answered President Obama's call to serve her country, Pritzker's arena switched from private to public, but her objectives and challenges as a leader didn't change.

Dec 16 2016

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