How I Built This with Guy Raz

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Serial Entrepreneur: Marcia Kilgore

After high school, Marcia Kilgore moved to New York City with $300 in her pocket and no real plan. One step at a time, she became a successful serial entrepreneur. First, she used her high school bodybuilding experience to find work as a personal trainer. Then she taught herself to give facials, and eventually started her own spa and skincare line, Bliss. The spa became so popular that it was booked months in advance with a list of celebrity clientele. After selling her shares in Bliss, Marcia went on to start four new successful companies: Soap & Glory, FitFlop, Soaper Duper, and Beauty Pie. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," we check back with Emma Cohen, who explains how she helped develop and market The Final Straw, a collapsible metal drinking straw.

Aug 11, 2019 • 00:57:19

Shopify: Tobias Lütke

In 2004, German programmer Tobias Lütke was living in Ottawa with his girlfriend. An avid snowboarder, he wanted to launch an online snowboard shop, but found the e-commerce software available at the time to be clunky and expensive. So he decided to write his own e-commerce software. After he launched his online snowboard business, called Snowdevil, other online merchants were so impressed with what he built that they started asking to license Tobi's software to run their own stores. Tobi and his co-founder realized that software had more potential than snowboards, so they launched the e-commerce platform Shopify in 2006. Since then, it has grown into a publicly-traded company with over 4,000 employees and $1 billion in revenue. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," after Barb Heilman invented a device that easily releases child car seat buckles, she started a business with her daughter Becca Davison called Unbuckle Me.

Aug 4, 2019 • 01:07:15

Live Episode! Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP: Angie & Dan Bastian

Angie and Dan Bastian weren't trying to disrupt an industry or build a massive company – they just wanted to put aside some money for their kids' college fund. In 2001, Dan stumbled across an internet ad touting kettle corn as a lucrative side-business, so he and Angie decided to take the plunge, investing $10,000 in equipment. At first, they popped kettle corn in front of local supermarkets in the Twin Cities and at Minnesota Vikings games. Eventually, they moved indoors to Trader Joe's, Target, and Costco – and got a crash course in how to run a business along the way. Angie's Kettle Corn eventually took on a bold new name: BOOMCHICKAPOP. And in 2017, the company was acquired for a reported $250 million. Recorded live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jul 28, 2019 • 01:05:52

EpisodeTimeReleased
Dyson: James Dyson 00:46:19 Jul 21, 2019
EO Products: Susan Griffin-Black & Brad Black 01:02:18 Jul 14, 2019
Teach For America: Wendy Kopp 00:46:03 Jul 7, 2019
Dave's Killer Bread: Dave Dahl 01:09:26 Jun 30, 2019
Yelp: Jeremy Stoppelman 01:02:18 Jun 23, 2019
Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu 00:44:58 Jun 16, 2019
Allbirds: Tim Brown & Joey Zwillinger 01:11:51 Jun 9, 2019
Live Episode! Tofurky: Seth Tibbott 00:48:07 Jun 2, 2019
Stacy's Pita Chips: Stacy Madison 01:06:03 May 26, 2019
Zappos: Tony Hsieh 00:34:40 May 19, 2019
Belkin International: Chet Pipkin 00:54:56 May 12, 2019
Framebridge: Susan Tynan 01:00:37 May 5, 2019
Live Episode! Peloton: John Foley 00:56:13 Apr 28, 2019
Bumble: Whitney Wolfe 00:44:52 Apr 22, 2019
Men's Wearhouse: George Zimmer 01:05:29 Apr 14, 2019
Chez Panisse: Alice Waters 01:02:27 Apr 7, 2019
Springfree Trampoline: Keith Alexander & Steve Holmes 01:03:03 Mar 31, 2019
Compaq Computers: Rod Canion 00:41:13 Mar 24, 2019
Away: Jen Rubio 01:08:52 Mar 17, 2019
Logic: Logic & Chris Zarou 01:14:45 Mar 10, 2019
Squarespace: Anthony Casalena 00:55:17 Mar 3, 2019
Eileen Fisher: Eileen Fisher 00:46:53 Feb 24, 2019
Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby 01:00:27 Feb 17, 2019
TOMS: Blake Mycoskie 00:56:20 Feb 10, 2019
JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman 01:10:25 Feb 3, 2019
Canva: Melanie Perkins 00:49:27 Jan 27, 2019
Bonobos: Andy Dunn 01:11:57 Jan 20, 2019
Five Guys: Jerry Murrell 00:39:02 Jan 13, 2019
SoulCycle: Julie Rice & Elizabeth Cutler 00:57:50 Jan 6, 2019
Remembering Herb Kelleher 00:31:27 Jan 4, 2019
Kickstarter: Perry Chen 00:42:57 Dec 30, 2018
The Chipmunks: Ross Bagdasarian Jr. & Janice Karman 01:00:43 Dec 23, 2018
Lisa Price Of Carol's Daughter At The HIBT Summit 00:19:35 Dec 19, 2018
Live Episode! Dollar Shave Club: Michael Dubin 00:51:13 Dec 16, 2018
Stitch Fix's Katrina Lake At The HIBT Summit 00:15:29 Dec 12, 2018
Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter 00:48:12 Dec 9, 2018
Airbnb's Joe Gebbia At The HIBT Summit 00:17:04 Dec 5, 2018
ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd 00:52:52 Dec 2, 2018
Lyft's John Zimmer At The HIBT Summit 00:18:24 Nov 28, 2018
Live Episode! Glossier: Emily Weiss 00:52:14 Nov 25, 2018
Method's Adam Lowry And Eric Ryan At The HIBT Summit 00:16:34 Nov 21, 2018
Whole Foods Market: John Mackey 00:46:34 Nov 18, 2018
Rent The Runway's Jenn Hyman At The HIBT Summit 00:15:41 Nov 14, 2018
DoorDash: Tony Xu 00:52:00 Nov 11, 2018
Barre3: Sadie Lincoln 00:49:21 Nov 4, 2018
Betterment: Jon Stein 00:56:36 Oct 28, 2018
Tempur-Pedic: Bobby Trussell 01:03:36 Oct 21, 2018
Rent The Runway: Jenn Hyman 00:57:05 Oct 14, 2018
method: Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan 00:57:36 Oct 7, 2018
Cisco Systems & Urban Decay: Sandy Lerner 01:01:58 Sep 30, 2018
Power Rangers: Haim Saban 00:44:08 Sep 23, 2018
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: Bobbi Brown 00:53:11 Sep 16, 2018
Live Episode! New Belgium Brewing Company: Kim Jordan 00:46:12 Sep 9, 2018
WeWork: Miguel McKelvey 00:53:11 Sep 2, 2018
TRX: Randy Hetrick 00:44:42 Aug 26, 2018
Angie's List: Angie Hicks 00:33:50 Aug 19, 2018
Live Episode! RXBAR: Peter Rahal 00:48:50 Aug 12, 2018
Carol's Daughter: Lisa Price 00:43:06 Aug 5, 2018
Slack & Flickr: Stewart Butterfield 01:04:44 Jul 29, 2018
Drybar: Alli Webb 00:34:59 Jul 22, 2018
Steve Madden: Steve Madden 00:52:47 Jul 15, 2018
Lonely Planet: Maureen & Tony Wheeler 00:38:44 Jul 8, 2018
Chicken Salad Chick: Stacy Brown 00:57:27 Jul 1, 2018
Lyft: John Zimmer 00:42:18 Jun 24, 2018
Lululemon Athletica: Chip Wilson 00:53:51 Jun 17, 2018
Honest Tea: Seth Goldman 00:31:07 Jun 10, 2018
Remembering Kate Spade 00:36:20 Jun 5, 2018
Minted: Mariam Naficy 00:51:23 Jun 3, 2018
Lady Gaga & Atom Factory: Troy Carter 00:49:36 May 27, 2018
Bob's Red Mill: Bob Moore 00:46:46 May 20, 2018
Real Estate Mogul: Barbara Corcoran 00:52:52 May 13, 2018
Stripe: Patrick and John Collison 00:43:14 May 6, 2018
Panera Bread/Au Bon Pain: Ron Shaich 00:43:52 Apr 29, 2018
Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand 00:41:34 Apr 22, 2018
Wayfair: Niraj Shah & Steve Conine 00:48:23 Apr 15, 2018
FUBU: Daymond John 00:54:00 Apr 8, 2018
Stitch Fix: Katrina Lake 00:53:13 Apr 1, 2018
Atari & Chuck E. Cheese's: Nolan Bushnell 00:51:07 Mar 25, 2018
LÄRABAR: Lara Merriken 00:55:26 Mar 18, 2018
The Knot: Carley Roney & David Liu 00:56:32 Mar 11, 2018
1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore 00:41:56 Mar 4, 2018
Live Episode! Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: Jeni Britton Bauer 00:48:04 Feb 27, 2018
Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales 00:43:48 Feb 25, 2018
Warby Parker: Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal 00:32:52 Feb 18, 2018
Dyson: James Dyson 00:44:44 Feb 11, 2018
Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein 00:39:38 Feb 4, 2018
Dell Computers: Michael Dell 00:50:31 Jan 28, 2018
Serial Entrepreneur: Marcia Kilgore 00:54:25 Jan 21, 2018
LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman 00:43:11 Jan 14, 2018
Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade 00:41:34 Jan 7, 2018
Clif Bar: Gary Erickson 00:33:06 Dec 31, 2017
Live Episode! The Home Depot: Arthur Blank 00:33:11 Dec 27, 2017
Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard 00:28:17 Dec 24, 2017
LearnVest: Alexa von Tobel 00:41:57 Dec 17, 2017
Live Episode! Black Entertainment Television: Robert Johnson 00:42:08 Dec 13, 2017
Tom's Of Maine: Tom Chappell 00:38:37 Dec 10, 2017
Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman 00:42:53 Dec 3, 2017
Framebridge: Susan Tynan 00:59:10 Nov 26, 2017
Ben & Jerry's: Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield 00:58:35 Nov 19, 2017
Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger 00:33:32 Nov 12, 2017
Eileen Fisher: Eileen Fisher 00:48:51 Nov 5, 2017
Chipotle: Steve Ells 00:52:43 Oct 29, 2017
Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter 00:46:49 Oct 22, 2017
Bumble: Whitney Wolfe 00:42:56 Oct 15, 2017
Teach For America: Wendy Kopp 00:45:18 Oct 8, 2017
Stonyfield Yogurt: Gary Hirshberg 01:01:15 Oct 1, 2017
Live Episode! Starbucks: Howard Schultz 00:49:18 Sep 27, 2017
Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher 00:37:43 Sep 24, 2017
The Chipmunks: Ross Bagdasarian Jr. & Janice Karman 00:58:38 Sep 17, 2017
Barre3: Sadie Lincoln 00:48:01 Sep 10, 2017
VICE: Suroosh Alvi 00:40:43 Sep 3, 2017
Live Episode! Reddit: Alexis Ohanian & Steve Huffman 00:53:40 Aug 30, 2017
Airbnb: Joe Gebbia 00:44:42 Aug 27, 2017
Edible Arrangements: Tariq Farid 00:49:46 Aug 20, 2017
Radio One: Cathy Hughes 00:38:09 Aug 13, 2017
Rent The Runway: Jenn Hyman 00:56:43 Aug 6, 2017
Kickstarter: Perry Chen 00:43:03 Jul 30, 2017
Live Episode! BuzzFeed: Jonah Peretti 00:49:33 Jul 26, 2017
Samuel Adams: Jim Koch 00:38:08 Jul 23, 2017
Aden + Anais: Raegan Moya-Jones 00:43:20 Jul 16, 2017
Rolling Stone: Jann Wenner 00:48:52 Jul 9, 2017
Spanx: Sara Blakely 00:31:23 Jul 2, 2017
TRX: Randy Hetrick 00:44:49 Jun 25, 2017
WeWork: Miguel McKelvey 00:48:10 Jun 18, 2017
Carol's Daughter: Lisa Price 00:43:52 Jun 11, 2017
Five Guys: Jerry Murrell 00:36:40 Jun 4, 2017
TOMS: Blake Mycoskie 00:54:44 May 28, 2017
Compaq Computers: Rod Canion 00:40:17 May 21, 2017
Whole Foods Market: John Mackey 00:47:08 May 14, 2017
Lonely Planet: Maureen & Tony Wheeler 00:41:29 May 7, 2017
Lady Gaga & Atom Factory: Troy Carter 00:45:53 Apr 30, 2017
Real Estate Mogul: Barbara Corcoran 00:52:11 Apr 23, 2017
1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore 00:41:30 Apr 16, 2017
Instacart: Apoorva Mehta 00:40:33 Apr 9, 2017
AOL: Steve Case 00:34:21 Apr 2, 2017
Power Rangers: Haim Saban 00:43:11 Mar 26, 2017
Kendra Scott: Kendra Scott 00:44:23 Mar 19, 2017
5-Hour Energy: Manoj Bhargava 00:35:52 Mar 12, 2017
Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu 00:42:43 Mar 5, 2017
Atari & Chuck E. Cheese's: Nolan Bushnell 00:50:56 Feb 26, 2017
Crate & Barrel: Gordon Segal 00:31:05 Feb 19, 2017
Live Episode! Beyond Meat: Ethan Brown 00:26:14 Feb 15, 2017
Lyft: John Zimmer 00:41:00 Feb 12, 2017
Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade 00:41:58 Feb 5, 2017
Virgin: Richard Branson 00:34:54 Jan 29, 2017
Zappos: Tony Hsieh 00:30:03 Jan 22, 2017
Honest Tea: Seth Goldman 00:31:44 Jan 15, 2017
Drybar: Alli Webb 00:34:02 Jan 8, 2017
Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman 00:39:24 Jan 1, 2017
Warby Parker: Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal 00:32:07 Dec 25, 2016
Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein 00:37:40 Dec 18, 2016
Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard 00:27:16 Dec 11, 2016
Serial Entrepreneur: Mark Cuban 00:35:10 Dec 4, 2016
Angie's List: Angie Hicks 00:30:43 Nov 27, 2016
Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher 00:35:01 Nov 20, 2016
Celebrity Chef: José Andrés 00:28:53 Nov 13, 2016
Music Mogul: L.A. Reid 00:33:17 Nov 6, 2016
Samuel Adams: Jim Koch 00:34:41 Oct 30, 2016
Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand 00:40:08 Oct 23, 2016
Airbnb: Joe Gebbia 00:42:24 Oct 16, 2016
VICE: Suroosh Alvi 00:37:04 Oct 9, 2016
Clif Bar: Gary Erickson 00:28:26 Oct 2, 2016
Radio One: Cathy Hughes 00:33:07 Sep 25, 2016
Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger 00:29:55 Sep 18, 2016
Spanx: Sara Blakely 00:30:00 Sep 11, 2016
Coming Soon: How I Built This 00:02:59 Sep 2, 2016