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Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

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How do companies grow from zero to a gazillion? Legendary Silicon Valley investor / entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders. Guests include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Spanx's Sara Blakely. With original music and hilariously honest stories, the show sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. Masters of Scale is a WaitWhat original series in association with Stitcher.

Customer Reviews

Water hooked me

I stumbled upon the episode with Charity Water after I read an article online about Masters of Scale. A wonderful introduction to your show. Love the format and tempo.

An amazing show with useful lessons!!!

As a leader of a software product development team, my role is to build an innovative, high performance team. Continuous learning about engineering practices and product development becomes a must, for me to be able to fulfil my role. I'm an active listener of and, an active reader (and writer) of medium, quora and stackoverflow. Being a father of a now 11-month baby, I have to fit my learning to small period of free time during the day. Sometimes it is 30 minutes at night after my baby sleeps, sometimes during 15-minute train to work. Gradually I realise that listening to podcast is much more easier, as I can listen while cleaning the floor or washing the dishes. I came to know about masterofscale podcast only 1 month ago but since then it's been part of my daily learning.

The best thing about masterofscale, is I get to hear from the successful and famous leaders from startups and corporations around the world. It is really exciting to hear from top leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, Reed Hastings, and of course Reid Hoffman talking about topics of my interests. After all, my goal is to build a successful, scalable product and a high performance team, and I've learnt a lot from the show lessons which help me to achieve that goal. The most recent lesson I learnt from the show is from the CEO of Y Combinator "love is better than like".

In general, the content is good, the structure is good, the narrator is good, the explanation is good. Especially, in assessing a statement of guest speakers, Reid often relates it to relevant real stories from other companies or leaders, or relates it to previous episode content of the show. This is a great way to dive deep into a statement and assess it. Some people say that the sounds and animations are a bit too much. At first I am unfamiliar with it and have almost the same feeling, but after few episodes I start to think it is one of the factor distinguishing this show with others. Most other professional podcasts I listen to have no musics in the middle - only the interviewer and the guests speaking. The minus point of the show with a person using English as 2nd language like myself, is that sometimes there are formal (and probably not commonly used) words - but it is not so much of trouble as I can re-listen or find the transcript in the webpage.

The ads played during episode is surprisingly not annoying at all. As a person who thrives to learn and know about new things, I actually find it fascinated to hear about how other innovative companies solving real life problems. It goes in sync with the content of the show and purpose of the show. If it plays some ads for the purpose of e.g. encourage sales of KFC or Cocacola or such things like that then it'll become annoying and funny. Please, keep the ads about innovative companies. Another comment about monetization, if I was asked would I pay for subscription, my answer is yes, provided that it comes together with some kind of real live interactions with guest speakers or masterofscale team.

After I finish one episode, I often follow up by Googling the name of the speakers, read wikipedia about them, find some more relevant Youtube video of them speaking, and adding or following them in Linkedin. So far, I followed almost all the speakers I listened, and surprisingly one famous speaker actually accepted my invitation to connect. I plan to follow their posts and articles on Linkedin and comment and discuss my ideas with them in their articles - although I still couldn't find time to do it and although they might not have any time to response to unknown guests. I do like discussion and sharing of knowledge. I posted on my Faccebook and Linkedin to introduce about this show to my friends. I promoted this show in Engineering Tech Talk Slack channel of my company, as the admin of the channel and one of organizers of our Tech talk. I wish one day I could bring a famous guest to our engineering talk.

I hope I've done my best to give my honest review about this show. I described my persona, good things, bad things, my position about common feedback, suggestions about ads and monetization, my behavior of listening and following up - pretty much all the helpful things I can think of to feedback to the team. Hope it helps on your decision to improve the show, and hope that I'll get the Blitz scaling book signed by Reid. Good luck for myself, and congratulation to Masterofscale team for your excellent work. Thank you.

More about persona if you'd like to know:
Vietnamese expat living in Malaysia
Junior manager level, aged 29.
Industry: Software, Fintech

Masters of Podcast!

Listen to Masters of Scale avidly! Always anticipating new episodes and listen to it over and over again. Keep up the good work!

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
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