Been There. Built That.
By JJ Ramberg, MSNBC Your Business
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Peek behind the scenes for the honest, informal chats we have before and after the cameras roll on MSNBC’s Your Business. Hosted by journalist and entrepreneur JJ Ramberg, the show features in-depth interviews with successful founders, CEO’s and decision makers about the challenges and triumphs of building and growing a business and answers questions like how to turn a no into a yes and how to pivot in a crisis.
||CleanBigg Biz: Kareem "Biggs" Burke||"Biggs" made his name along with Jay Z and Damon Dash when the three teen age friends founded Roc-A-Fella Records, launched Jay-Z's career and built the clothing line Rocawear which has had annual sales of $700 million. Eventually they went their separate ways but Biggs took the profits he earned and the lessons he learned to created a series of businesses in marketing, fashion, beverages, entertainment and food. He's a self-taught millionaire who triumphed over the handicaps of a disadvantaged childhood.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Small Business Saturday Tribute - Honoring 3 Amazing Founders||In honor of Small Business Saturday, we sat down with three founders of small businesses that we've profiled in the past to talk about their unique stories. Bruce Schoenberg, founder and CEO of Oasis Spa had a fire that decimated one of his locations. Jen Rozenbaum, is a self-taught boudoir photographer and founder of Jenerations Photography. She overcame breast cancer and uses her photography skills to help other women build confidence. Finally, Scott Edwards is a New York firefighter and Co-Founder of a neighborhood shop called Surfside Bagels that was almost lost during Hurricane Sandy.||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe House that Zillow built: Spencer Rascoff||In 2006, Spencer Rascoff co-founded the real estate company Zillow, known for their "Zestimate" for figuring out the value of a home. Before that, he co-founded Hotwire that was later acquired by Expedia. He shared with us his management style which includes leading authentically and with transparency and the fact that if he wasn't running Zillow, he'd be a cowboy spending his days outside.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Monkey Business: Mailchimp's Ben Chestnut||Mailchimp's Ben Chestnut never imagined a side hustle would become what it is today, a company with almost a thousand employees making half a billion dollars in revenue. Still 100% privately-owned, Ben shares why he feels like king of the misfits and his unique view on work life balance.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe future is Clear: Caryn Seidman-Becker||In 2010, Caryn Seidman-Becker took a calculated risk and bought biometric pioneer, Clear out of bankruptcy. She rebuilt the company's reputation and network of Clear lanes that speed customers through security with a quick fingerprint or iris scan. Now exceeding two million customers with availability at dozens of airports and sports venues around the country -- Clear is preparing for a future where your wallet may be obsolete.||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLifeway's Fearless Leader: Julie Smolyansky||Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held company when her father died unexpectedly, leaving her in charge. Under her leadership, the company has grown its revenue from 12 million dollars to more than 130 million dollars today.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUp, Up & Away: A "case" study in brand building with Away Luggage co-founder, Jen Rubio||Jen Rubio has built her career connecting people to brands. First at Warby Parker and then at All Saints. Her A-ha moment came from a pain point, a broken suitcase. And while she had no experience in the luggage industry, she saw an enormous opportunity to change the market when she couldn't find stylish and affordable travel gear. She shares her journey of creating a consumer lifestyle business that is more about travel then it is about luggage.||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeautycounter's better, safer mission: Gregg Renfrew||When entrepreneur, Gregg Renfrew, learned that the US has not passed any major legislation about the safety of ingredients in personal care products since 1939, she became determined to make the business of beauty, better. For the past 5 years, Gregg's been at the helm of Beautycounter, bringing millions of cleaner, safer skincare products and cosmetics, to people everywhere. But her mission doesn't stop there. Gregg is a major advocate for change, on the frontlines in Washington, trying reform legislation and bring stricter laws, to an industry that is virtually unregulated.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrybar's founder Alli Webb: How her blowout business blew up big-time!||Alli Webb never planned to run a multi-million dollar national brand. She was simply ready to go back to work after staying home with her kids and started a little blowout business. The concept caught on quickly and with the help and advice of her brother and her husband, she grew the business into a nationally known giant. Today, Alli sits down to talk to me about how she made that happen!||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGusto's intensely thoughtful founder: Joshua Reeves||Joshua Reeves seems to hold himself and everyone around him to impossibly high standards, and the payoff has been huge! His company, Gusto may not be a household name but the innovative payroll system he developed and markets has impacted an enormous number of households across the country. How he keeps his focus and where he goes for inspiration are very private topics that he candidly shares with quiet passion.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStella & Dot: Jessica Herrin||Stella & Dot is a direct sales accessories, skincare and makeup company has given tens of thousands of women across six countries the opportunity to launch their own careers and has more than a billion dollars in sales. Jessica Herrin is at the helm of this growing company that has already paid out nearly $500 million in commissions to their independent business owners. She chats with JJ about why she's running her second business differently than her first, her true north and how something a taxi driver said to her in her early 20's has shaped the way she views risk.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreathe in, stress out: Dr. Deepak Chopra||Dr. Deepak Chopra is one of the best-known alternative medicine experts in the world. He's the author of more than 80 books and the founder of The Chopra Foundation. He sits down with JJ to talk about why stress is a saber-tooth tiger, workplace productivity and why your body is the best pharmacy in the world.||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA powerful partnership that's more than skin deep: Katie Rodan & Kathy Fields||Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields are the co-creators of two billion dollar skincare companies -- Proactiv Solution and Rodan + Fields. Their unconventional approach to sales via informercials with Proactiv and through an army of consultants with Rodan + Fields has made their skincare products some of the best selling of all time. They read to us the one paragraph contract typed on a typewriter that is the basis of their entire partnership as well as how they sold and then bought back their namesake brand from Estée Lauder.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarking up the right tree: BARK co-founder and COO Carly Strife||Carly Strife has always been a dog lover, which is why BARK is the perfect fit. We speak with the company's co-founder about how her stops at Deloitte and Uber prepared her to launch a business like Barkbox. We also hear about her chop shop in Brooklyn and why working on motorcycles actually helps her relax.||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom online dating to online shopping: ShopRunner CEO Sam Yagan||Sam Yagan became a serial digital entrepreneur starting in college. He took online dating to new levels as head of OKCupid and Match. Now CEO of ShopRunner he talks to JJ about what he's learned about consumer engagement, relationships with co-founders and work-life balance.||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom e-commerce to Walmart: Why Andy Dunn thinks it's a good fit||Andy Dunn rode the clothing e-commerce boom, creating online menswear brand Bonobos. He talks to JJ about how he was influenced by Tony Hsieh of Zappos, how he influenced the creation of Warby Parker and why he doesn't see Walmart acquiring his company as having "sold out".||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Creative Chocolatier: Katrina Markoff||Exotic chocolate may seem commonplace now but the inspired combinations with ingredients like curry, bacon and Tallegio cheese revolutionized the industry when Katrina Markoff launched Vosges Haut-Chocolat and its sister brand Wild Ophelia. Katrina talks to us about taking risks and why she prefers to bootstrap rather than take money from investors.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting the Hint: How Kara Goldin's health concerns lead to the creation of Hint Water||After Kara Goldin left AOL she discovered that she was pre-diabetic. She kicked her Diet Coke addiction and with her husband launched Hint Water. Find out how as she was in labor she discovered that her product was about to become a major hit with consumers.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStrange Brew: Boston Beer's Jim Koch's Raises the Bar||Jim Koch quit Harvard Business School, joined Outward Bound and used that experience to start the Sam Adam's brand. Along the way he learned about making a better product, having a partner to share the entrepreneurial ride and the difference between selling and marketing. *Note: some mild mature language and content.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeloton's Ride to the Top: John Foley||John Foley spent the first three years hearing no after no from thousands of investors as he tried to raise money for his indoor fitness company Peloton. Now investors are coming to him because they want to go for a spin and millions of people are taking cycling and soon-to-be treadmill classes at home.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Your Business: Been There. Built That." is BACK with a brand new season!||In this season of “Your Business: Been There. Built That.” JJ explores how successful business people deal with the dark corners of ambiguity. We talk to Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company, John Foley of Peloton, Kara Goldin of Hint, Andy Dunn of Bonobos, Sam Yagan founder of OK Cupid and others about how they have gotten through the tough times in their companies both personally and at work to ultimately build amazing brands.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJust Bobbi: Bobbi Brown||When Bobbi Brown launched her company in 1991 her signature look emphasizing a woman’s natural beauty shook up the cosmetics industry. A few years later, Estee Lauder came calling and bought the company. Brown remained in charge of the business until last year, when she decided she was ready to do something entirely new. Now Bobbi Brown is in startup mode all over again and loving it with her new wellness and lifestyle brand, Just Bobbi.||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Visionary Behind Warby Parker: Neil Blumenthal||Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder at Warby Parker, the company that revolutionized the way you buy glasses. Offering stylish options without the designer price tag, Warby Parker turned the industry upside down with their “Home Try-On Program” and $95 starting price. The company also has a social mission, donating more than 3 million pairs of glasses to those in need through their “Buy A Pair, Give A Pair” program.||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe It Cosmetics Girl: Jaime Kern Lima||A former news anchor with rosacea, Jaime Kern Lima created IT cosmetics to solve her skin problems and started a beauty revolution. After two years of courting QVC – when she finally got her 10 minute make it or break it moment – she made it, becoming a staple on the network and one of their most frequent pitchers. With over a thousand appearances on the flagship shopping channel, her company was recently purchased by L'Oreal for more than a billion dollars.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Tough Mudder: Will Dean||Will Dean is the co-founder of the extreme obstacle course company they call the “toughest event on the planet.” A former British counter-terrorism expert, the idea for Tough Mudder came to him while attending Harvard Business School. His professors weren’t impressed, but he persevered creating a 100 million dollar company built on mud, sweat, and tears.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Little Pink Pill: Cindy Whitehead||Cindy Whitehead may be one of the most successful entrepreneurs you’ve never heard of. A female pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, Cindy is responsible for shepherding the little pink pill called Addyi also known as the “female Viagra” to the market. She then sold the company, for 1 billion dollars and started The Pink Ceiling, a firm that helps women scale their companies.||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing - Your Business: Been There. Built That.||On December 3rd , MSNBC launches a new podcast, Your Business: Been There. Built That. The show features in-depth interviews with successful founders, CEO’s and decision makers about the challenges and triumphs of building and growing a business.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Looking for the extra help from your PodCast
Hi JJ, I am a small business owner who has built 2 successful businesses with no experience. I have watched your show for years and have used the strategies that I have learned. I am 60 years old and now own a successful preschool/private school ages 3yrs through 7 years old called Brownsville Preparatory Institute. I found my niche market and I am best known for teaching 3 year olds how to read. In taking the advice of your program, I put people in place who add value based on what I don’t know. We moved into a larger space 1 1/2 years ago and are now outgrowing this space and need to scale to a space that can give us more time in the space or open another location #goodproblem. I am looking forward to continued listening and learning for the answers. I have yet to see a school model on your show get help. Hmmm...hope that’s an idea you could look at. We are interested in being a model for that. Children need early starts that prepare them fir the future.
FYI my only experience in this was that I home schooled my kids at different times throughout the years and when they were off to college needed something else to do. Daughter: Business Professor Son: Private Wealth Banker Son: Engineer. God is good.
Love everything about these podcasts!
I watch your show every weekend and love it. I have zero entrepreneurial abilities however I so enjoy listening to these podcasts and admire the ambition of everyone including you that make up the content.
The podcasts, separately, are informative and helpful to understand problems and solutions, but it's the collection of guests and the variety in products and services discussed that deliver the greatest value. Each individual highlights a unique perspective about the common themes of challenge and therefore help to really round-out learning so that I can personalize and utilize. Thanks for all of that.