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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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198 Ratings
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IGC episode

By maggienroberts - Sep 17 2019
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Loved the IGC episode with Liv Chapman and Katie Depaola! Great listen!

Inner Glow Circle

By I <3 Emergenetics! - Sep 17 2019
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Loved the episode with IGC!! It was so inspiring and REAL. Becoming a coach changed my life ❤️

iTunes Ratings

198 Ratings
Average Ratings
134
17
18
15
14

IGC episode

By maggienroberts - Sep 17 2019
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Loved the IGC episode with Liv Chapman and Katie Depaola! Great listen!

Inner Glow Circle

By I <3 Emergenetics! - Sep 17 2019
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Loved the episode with IGC!! It was so inspiring and REAL. Becoming a coach changed my life ❤️
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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?

Rank #1: 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

34mins

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Rank #2: 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

44mins

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Rank #3: 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 #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: 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 #6: 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

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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!

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Sep 13 2019

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: S2 Ep. 26 Grow Marketing: Two Ex-Rivals Make Peace & PR

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For years, Cassie Hughes and Gabrey Means were rivals in the cutthroat world of corporate publicity campaigns, trying to outdo each other with store launches, press events, and stunts, all before experiential marketing was barely a standard marketing practice. The competition ended one day over a bottle of wine, as Cassie and Gabrey realized they could build the agency they longed for but never found. Since starting Grow in 2001, Gabrey and Cassie have built Grow from a two-person consultancy into an award-winning agency that counts Google, Target, Sephora, Levi’s, Nike, and more as clients. The two marketing whizzes sat down with Michael and Alli to talk about what makes their strategies unique, how to execute an experiential event, and why brands are engaging in the culture more than ever before. Learn more at grow-marketing.com, and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

Sep 27 2019

43mins

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Rank #12: S2 Ep. 6 Sarah Gibson Tuttle: Upending The Manicure Industry

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Inspired by a lightbulb moment to create "the Drybar for nails," Sarah Gibson Tuttle ditched her NYC finance career to take a risk and open Olive & June, the Instagram-perfect nail salon. Now, after opening three shops, her focus is on democratizing nail-care with Olive & June's line of at-home manicure products. Sarah sat down with Michael and her BFF Alli to relive her early days with one salon and zero business plan, how she and Alli came to work together, and why Olive & June's is tackling the national at-home market. Keep up with Sarah Gibson Tuttle at @gibsontuttle and @oliveandjune. Don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

May 10 2019

43mins

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Rank #13: S2 Ep. 25 Sweet Laurel Bakery: Why Instagram Came First For This Bakeshop

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As a lifelong amateur baker, Laurel Gallucci had to remove gluten, dairy, and refined sugar from her diet when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's. She had to re-learn how to eat, and applied this newfound knowledge to her love of baking. Eventually, Laurel teamed up with her partner Claire Thomas to create Sweet Laurel Bakery, an Instagram and marketing phenomenon that has lead to two cookbooks and brick-and-mortar bakeshop in the Palisades Village. Tune in to hear Laurel discuss the origins of Sweet Laurel (hint: branding came before business) and how her business is presently scaling to cater to its rapidly growing, niche fan base. Keep up with Laurel at @sweetlaurelbakery, and don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

Sep 20 2019

48mins

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Rank #14: S2 Ep. 09 Emily and Meritt: Fashion's Favorite Friendship

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You can thank Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for bringing boyfriend jeans into your closet. After making the jump from styling to designing, the two started Current/Elliott and became denim darlings of the fashion world. Since selling their namesake line in 2011, Emily and Meritt have expanded their brand into home decor (with an ongoing partnership at Pottery Barn) and launched The Great, a multi-category line that embodies their trademark "whimsical Americana" aesthetic. The designer duo joined Alli and Michael to trace their early styling days to how they're building their current lifestyle label. Learn more at emilyandmeritt.com and @emilyandmeritt. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

May 31 2019

29mins

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Rank #15: S2 Ep. 13 U-Nify: Building and Branding a Mental Health Gym

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A fitness studio, but for your mental health. This is the idea behind U-Nify, an early-stage company offering affordable workshops led by therapists, life coaches, spiritual leaders, and wellness experts. U-Nify wants to lower the barrier of entry and make mental health a part of the everyday wellness routine, just like going to the gym or meditating. Alli and Michael sat down with U-Nify founders Sandra Kusnnir and Kevin Lehtinen to offer the budding entrepreneurs advice on honing their elevator pitch, finding investors, and opening a brick-and-mortar in Los Angeles. Learn more at unifylosangeles.com and @unifyla. And don't forget to follow @alliwebb for #BTS of Raising The Bar and subscribe and rate us!

Jun 28 2019

54mins

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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.

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Apr 05 2019

45mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: Jaclyn Johnson: Creating and Cultivating

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This episodes features Create & Cultivate’s Jaclyn Johnson! Jaclyn noticed women entrepreneurs needed a space to gather to create their dream careers and her business was born! She’s seen it all, from building a wildly successful festival, going through a business partner breakup and captivating those ever-elusive 'millennials'. After that, we’re answering more of YOUR questions. You can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or email us your questions at RTB@wondery.com.

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Sep 05 2018

38mins

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Rank #19: 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 #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

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