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Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

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The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.

On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 

With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.

Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

Latest Episodes

Special: A new playbook for new times, w/ Ford Foundation president Darren Walker

"This was like 1918, 1929 and 1968 in one week," says Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. With the pandemic, economic crisis, and civil unrest all coming together after George Floyd's death, Walker found himself flooded with calls from CEOs struggling for how to respond. Walker's advice mixes clear-eyed messages — denying the trauma borne by communities of color is no longer option — with optimism about the opportunities ahead. At the Ford Foundation, they've accelerated giving and even exceeded their own KPIs. With more leaders dedicated to making a positive impact, he says, the wind is changing, for people of color and for America. Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse/ Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

26 MIN2 d ago
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Special: A new playbook for new times, w/ Ford Foundation president Darren Walker

Stephen Colbert + DonorsChoose's Charles Best — The power of small goals

Startups are audacious. They’re big. They’re world-changing. But you can’t achieve scale on day one. Sometimes the best way to achieve that monumental success tomorrow is to take a teeny tiny step today. This is what Charles Best did when he founded one of the world’s first crowdfunding platforms, DonorsChoose. For 20 years, the nonprofit has been helping public school teachers get funding and supplies for classroom projects and it all started with just a handful of projects in the Bronx, where Charles was a public school teacher. Now it funds thousands of projects in all 50 states, raising almost a billion dollars in the process. Charles did it by adeptly creating a flywheel that matches for donors and grantees, allowing them to connect directly with one another, and doing it all one small step at a time. Cameo: Stephen Colbert. Visit DonorsChoose.org Learn more about US campaign funding laws: https://www.fec.gov/introduction-campaign-finance/understanding-ways-support-federal-...

48 MIN4 d ago
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Stephen Colbert + DonorsChoose's Charles Best — The power of small goals

Special: Burning cash, accepting turbulence w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian

A surprisingly candid and upbeat interview on the industry hardest hit by the pandemic. Delta saw seat bookings fall to less than 5% of normal, had 40,000 employees go on unpaid leave, and raised $14 billion in funding – all to withstand a cash burn that still stands at $30 million a day. To rebuild traveler trust, Delta CEO Ed Bastian has enacted a slew of new safety standards, including capping flight loads at 60 percent and using hospital-grade HEPA filters on board –in fact, Bastian contends there's not a safer time to be on a plane than right now. He's also sped up forward-facing company initiatives, like phasing out less-efficient planes, building out airport terminals, and installing better wifi. Bastian acknowledges there will be fewer planes in the sky in years to come, but he believes Delta will come out of the pandemic as strong and essential as ever. Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse/ Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly ne...

33 MIN1 w ago
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Special: Burning cash, accepting turbulence w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian

Liberating the human spirit, w/Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity, Morehouse Commencement), Recorded live at Summit LA 2019

Every great founder has a second purpose — something outside their main business they're trying to get done in the world. And every successful company is like a Trojan Horse, carrying this second purpose forward. No one knows this better than Robert F. Smith. You may know him for his legendary Morehouse commencement speech (in which he promised to pay off the student loan debt of the entire graduating class), but Robert's scaling success and philanthropic work go far beyond that. As founder, chair, and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert finds profound ways to serve both his business and his second purpose — liberating people to reach their true potential — at scale. Recorded live at Summit LA 2019.

59 MIN1 w ago
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Liberating the human spirit, w/Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity, Morehouse Commencement), Recorded live at Summit LA 2019

Special: How business can engage against racism, w/Shellye Archambeau (MetricStream, Nordstrom, Verizon)

What can your business do right now in the struggle against racism? More than you think, says Shellye Archambeau, former CEO of MetricStream, now a board member at Verizon, Nordstrom and Okta. She returns to the show with her all-too-rare perspective as a Black woman at the top of some of the world’s largest businesses. The struggle is a marathon, but businesses are uniquely poised to demand accountability and transparency from their communities. Whether you're a CEO or a citizen, Shellye has heartfelt and hard-earned wisdom for us all. Learn more about Shellye’s upcoming book Unapologetically Ambitious at unapologeticallyshellye.com Follow Shellye on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ShelArchambeau Read the full transcript of this episode at mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse

39 MIN2 w ago
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Special: How business can engage against racism, w/Shellye Archambeau (MetricStream, Nordstrom, Verizon)

Test. Measure. Repeat. — w/Eric Ries (Lean Startup; Long-Term Stock Exchange)

Forget writing that business plan. Design an experiment instead. So many products and companies fail because the assumptions in their beautiful business plans were just wrong. So stop writing and start testing. No one knows this better than Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup and founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange. After his first product failed, he developed a new method of product design based on running small, fast experiments, measuring the results, and learning from them. It’s a system built on data, not assumptions, and it works with almost everything, from app development to airplane design. It starts with establishing your own measure of success — then experimenting, improving, and trying over and over again. The feedback loop never stops. Learn more about the Long Term Stock Exchange: ltse.com Learn more about The Lean Startup: leanstartup.co Read Eric’s blog, Startup Lessons Learned: startuplessonslearned.com Listen to Eric’s new podcast, Out of the Crisis, on A...

45 MIN2 w ago
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Test. Measure. Repeat. — w/Eric Ries (Lean Startup; Long-Term Stock Exchange)

Special: GM's Mary Barra: "Deep, profound sadness" and "going ventilator fast"

GM is now reopening auto plants, after shutting them in March, temporarily reducing pay for 69,000 employees, and making a fast pivot to produce masks and ventilators. But with the killing of George Floyd, things are hardly back to normal. Chair and CEO Mary Barra speaks to her “profound feeling of sadness,” but also to her optimism that the country and her company will bounce back. Though there is work to be done, says Mary, we're poised for transformation.

28 MIN3 w ago
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Special: GM's Mary Barra: "Deep, profound sadness" and "going ventilator fast"

Strategy Session: The Post-Pandemic Business

How do you find new markets when your old ones stall? How do you stay agile when your team is overwhelmed? And do constraints always lead to creativity — really? In this Strategy Session recorded in the height of the global pandemic, Reid fields smart questions from six entrepreneurs with Village Global, an early stage VC that’s backed by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

39 MIN3 w ago
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Strategy Session: The Post-Pandemic Business

Special: BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: Record-high audience, record-low revenue

BuzzFeed audience is at record highs. But the pandemic's economic effects have crushed the bottom line. BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti shares how his company is making hard decisions to build long-term stability. “But the transition is painful,” he says. While BuzzFeed is leaning into food vertical Tasty, new e-commerce habits, and BuzzFeed News, he worries that businesses like his don't have more resources to support staffers of color. But, he says, there's a clarity of purpose in crisis, in bearing witness to the things that are happening in the world.

31 MINJUN 6
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Special: BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: Record-high audience, record-low revenue

Reid’s 2020 Commencement Speech: In a crisis, steer toward the emerging opportunities

New graduates are like entrepreneurs — standing on the edge of that cliff, ready to build their own plane and fly. But what if the blue skies and calm winds disappear? In a commencement speech for 2020 graduates — and anyone embarking on something new — our host Reid Hoffman says: Be optimistic. Be bold. But most of all, steer toward the opportunities emerging in this new world. How do you find them? Cultivate a network of people smart, curious people. This network creates a map of the world. And at uncertain times like these, you’ll definitely need that map.

28 MINJUN 4
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Reid’s 2020 Commencement Speech: In a crisis, steer toward the emerging opportunities

Latest Episodes

Special: A new playbook for new times, w/ Ford Foundation president Darren Walker

"This was like 1918, 1929 and 1968 in one week," says Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. With the pandemic, economic crisis, and civil unrest all coming together after George Floyd's death, Walker found himself flooded with calls from CEOs struggling for how to respond. Walker's advice mixes clear-eyed messages — denying the trauma borne by communities of color is no longer option — with optimism about the opportunities ahead. At the Ford Foundation, they've accelerated giving and even exceeded their own KPIs. With more leaders dedicated to making a positive impact, he says, the wind is changing, for people of color and for America. Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse/ Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

26 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Special: A new playbook for new times, w/ Ford Foundation president Darren Walker

Stephen Colbert + DonorsChoose's Charles Best — The power of small goals

Startups are audacious. They’re big. They’re world-changing. But you can’t achieve scale on day one. Sometimes the best way to achieve that monumental success tomorrow is to take a teeny tiny step today. This is what Charles Best did when he founded one of the world’s first crowdfunding platforms, DonorsChoose. For 20 years, the nonprofit has been helping public school teachers get funding and supplies for classroom projects and it all started with just a handful of projects in the Bronx, where Charles was a public school teacher. Now it funds thousands of projects in all 50 states, raising almost a billion dollars in the process. Charles did it by adeptly creating a flywheel that matches for donors and grantees, allowing them to connect directly with one another, and doing it all one small step at a time. Cameo: Stephen Colbert. Visit DonorsChoose.org Learn more about US campaign funding laws: https://www.fec.gov/introduction-campaign-finance/understanding-ways-support-federal-...

48 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Stephen Colbert + DonorsChoose's Charles Best — The power of small goals

Special: Burning cash, accepting turbulence w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian

A surprisingly candid and upbeat interview on the industry hardest hit by the pandemic. Delta saw seat bookings fall to less than 5% of normal, had 40,000 employees go on unpaid leave, and raised $14 billion in funding – all to withstand a cash burn that still stands at $30 million a day. To rebuild traveler trust, Delta CEO Ed Bastian has enacted a slew of new safety standards, including capping flight loads at 60 percent and using hospital-grade HEPA filters on board –in fact, Bastian contends there's not a safer time to be on a plane than right now. He's also sped up forward-facing company initiatives, like phasing out less-efficient planes, building out airport terminals, and installing better wifi. Bastian acknowledges there will be fewer planes in the sky in years to come, but he believes Delta will come out of the pandemic as strong and essential as ever. Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse/ Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly ne...

33 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Special: Burning cash, accepting turbulence w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian

Liberating the human spirit, w/Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity, Morehouse Commencement), Recorded live at Summit LA 2019

Every great founder has a second purpose — something outside their main business they're trying to get done in the world. And every successful company is like a Trojan Horse, carrying this second purpose forward. No one knows this better than Robert F. Smith. You may know him for his legendary Morehouse commencement speech (in which he promised to pay off the student loan debt of the entire graduating class), but Robert's scaling success and philanthropic work go far beyond that. As founder, chair, and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert finds profound ways to serve both his business and his second purpose — liberating people to reach their true potential — at scale. Recorded live at Summit LA 2019.

59 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Liberating the human spirit, w/Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity, Morehouse Commencement), Recorded live at Summit LA 2019

Special: How business can engage against racism, w/Shellye Archambeau (MetricStream, Nordstrom, Verizon)

What can your business do right now in the struggle against racism? More than you think, says Shellye Archambeau, former CEO of MetricStream, now a board member at Verizon, Nordstrom and Okta. She returns to the show with her all-too-rare perspective as a Black woman at the top of some of the world’s largest businesses. The struggle is a marathon, but businesses are uniquely poised to demand accountability and transparency from their communities. Whether you're a CEO or a citizen, Shellye has heartfelt and hard-earned wisdom for us all. Learn more about Shellye’s upcoming book Unapologetically Ambitious at unapologeticallyshellye.com Follow Shellye on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ShelArchambeau Read the full transcript of this episode at mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse

39 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Special: How business can engage against racism, w/Shellye Archambeau (MetricStream, Nordstrom, Verizon)

Test. Measure. Repeat. — w/Eric Ries (Lean Startup; Long-Term Stock Exchange)

Forget writing that business plan. Design an experiment instead. So many products and companies fail because the assumptions in their beautiful business plans were just wrong. So stop writing and start testing. No one knows this better than Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup and founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange. After his first product failed, he developed a new method of product design based on running small, fast experiments, measuring the results, and learning from them. It’s a system built on data, not assumptions, and it works with almost everything, from app development to airplane design. It starts with establishing your own measure of success — then experimenting, improving, and trying over and over again. The feedback loop never stops. Learn more about the Long Term Stock Exchange: ltse.com Learn more about The Lean Startup: leanstartup.co Read Eric’s blog, Startup Lessons Learned: startuplessonslearned.com Listen to Eric’s new podcast, Out of the Crisis, on A...

45 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Test. Measure. Repeat. — w/Eric Ries (Lean Startup; Long-Term Stock Exchange)

Special: GM's Mary Barra: "Deep, profound sadness" and "going ventilator fast"

GM is now reopening auto plants, after shutting them in March, temporarily reducing pay for 69,000 employees, and making a fast pivot to produce masks and ventilators. But with the killing of George Floyd, things are hardly back to normal. Chair and CEO Mary Barra speaks to her “profound feeling of sadness,” but also to her optimism that the country and her company will bounce back. Though there is work to be done, says Mary, we're poised for transformation.

28 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Special: GM's Mary Barra: "Deep, profound sadness" and "going ventilator fast"

Strategy Session: The Post-Pandemic Business

How do you find new markets when your old ones stall? How do you stay agile when your team is overwhelmed? And do constraints always lead to creativity — really? In this Strategy Session recorded in the height of the global pandemic, Reid fields smart questions from six entrepreneurs with Village Global, an early stage VC that’s backed by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Strategy Session: The Post-Pandemic Business

Special: BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: Record-high audience, record-low revenue

BuzzFeed audience is at record highs. But the pandemic's economic effects have crushed the bottom line. BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti shares how his company is making hard decisions to build long-term stability. “But the transition is painful,” he says. While BuzzFeed is leaning into food vertical Tasty, new e-commerce habits, and BuzzFeed News, he worries that businesses like his don't have more resources to support staffers of color. But, he says, there's a clarity of purpose in crisis, in bearing witness to the things that are happening in the world.

31 MINJUN 6
Comments
Special: BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: Record-high audience, record-low revenue

Reid’s 2020 Commencement Speech: In a crisis, steer toward the emerging opportunities

New graduates are like entrepreneurs — standing on the edge of that cliff, ready to build their own plane and fly. But what if the blue skies and calm winds disappear? In a commencement speech for 2020 graduates — and anyone embarking on something new — our host Reid Hoffman says: Be optimistic. Be bold. But most of all, steer toward the opportunities emerging in this new world. How do you find them? Cultivate a network of people smart, curious people. This network creates a map of the world. And at uncertain times like these, you’ll definitely need that map.

28 MINJUN 4
Comments
Reid’s 2020 Commencement Speech: In a crisis, steer toward the emerging opportunities
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