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Scott Harrison Is Hacking Dirty Water

Scott Harrison has a gravitas born of growing up too fast watching...Scott Harrison has a gravitas born of growing up too fast watching his beloved mother chronically suffer of carbon monoxide poisoning. Then, perhaps to reclaim his youth, as a 20-something club promoter in Manhattan he turned to a life of debauchery. Finally, forced to grapple with his self-destruction, he didn't just clean up his own circumstances, he started to clean up one of the planet's dirtiest problem: drinking water. He founded charity: water, an organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Since 2006, charity: water's efforts have changed the lives of over seven million people in 24 countries with over 24 thousand projects funded.   Show More

57:02 10/17/2017

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Serial entrepreneurs Matt Meeker and Henrik Werdelin have mixed an obsession with dogs and the current subscription box craze to build Bark. The company started out as a monthly subscription service that delivers a box full of trendy dog toys and treats loved by both pets and people. Now, its products are carried in Target.

Many might think this idea is for the dogs, but the team has turned a loyal following, sleek online retail strategy and whimsical products into a $100 billion business. Hear how they created the brand and their future plans for our four-legged friends.
43:32 10/10/2017
Meet Brad Hargreaves, CEO and founder of Common, a company that rents co-living spaces. Dwellers share the chef-caliber kitchen, free on-site laundry and high-end furniture with beautiful interior design in exchange for a cost-conscious rent. Hear how this not-your-everyday-property management company wants to change the way you live by making the community-driven places affordable, fun and effortless.
51:32 10/3/2017
Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick spent ten years making their ten-part PBS documentary series, "The Vietnam War." To do it, they spent countless hours poring over endless footage, documents, photos and interviews (from all sides of the conflict) to produce a film that delivers a 360 degree look at one of the most divisive and influential periods in American history.

On this episode of "The Forbes Interview" podcast, hear Burns and Novick talk storytelling, technology and how to make long-form films in this short-attention-spanned, digital world. The first episode of the series aired on PBS on September 17.
54:12 9/26/2017
Elliott Bisnow's Summit started off as a more or less traditional conference and has evolved into a colossal experience: festivals loaded with a mishmash of celebrities, thought-leaders, billionaires and politicians and caters to attendees that have to apply to be selected to attend. Bisnow says his business mission at its core is to create deep connections between people, so it made perfect sense to buy a mountain in Utah and build a town on it populated with like-minded people.
60:07 9/19/2017
For close to ten years, Tim Chen's NerdWallet has helped everyday people navigate the complicated and often overwhelming world of personal financial choices. Hear how Chen annually visits people in their homes to get an intimate understanding of American's relationship to money, how he applies those insights to craft customized advice and tools and humble admissions of business fails he made and from which he learned. Plus, Chen shares the one money mistake you are probably making.
46:03 9/12/2017
Jeff Raider, formerly of Warby Parker, took his success at the eyeglass startup and leveraged it to launch a razor company -- a crazy endeavor considering the space is dominated by industry giant Gillette and online rival, Dollar Shave Club. But cofounder Raider felt Harry's could infuse soul into the shaving experience combined with great attention to craft going out of his way to purchase a 100-year-old razor company in Germany because the cofounders felt it made the best blades in the world. Hear Raider talk about how he's tackling the shaving industry prioritizing customer experience and quality product.
51:51 9/5/2017
You could call Jim Koch the father of the modern American beer movement. In 1984 he quit a stable career as a consultant to start a craft brewery with the aim of adding flavor to the watery U.S. beer market. His first beer, Sam Adams, launched an entire craft beer movement that has inspired professionals and hobbyists a like. On this episode, hear Koch talk about the ways in which he disrupted the beer industry. Also, Koch shares some of the wildest beer recipes he has tried, plus, some professional tips on avoiding a hangover when you've had a few too many cold ones.
60:14 8/29/2017
Ethan Brown, CEO and founder of Beyond Meat has developed a non-frozen, plant-based patty that attempts to taste like beef without all of the negative impacts of red meat. Beyond Meat, which is backed by Bill Gates and others, wants to disrupt the $48 trillion global meat industry. Hear exactly how the vegan burger is made and how Brown is building his business in the face of the powerful meat industry.
45:14 8/22/2017
Football season is imminent, and in that spirit we have DraftKings CEO Jason Robbins on to talk about how he turned his passion for sports stats into a billion-dollar daily fantasy start-up.
51:31 8/15/2017

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Scott Harrison has a gravitas born of growing up too fast watching his beloved mother chronically suffer of carbon monoxide poisoning. Then, perhaps to reclaim his youth, as a 20-something club promoter in Manhattan he turned to a life of debauchery. Finally, forced to grapple with his self-destruction, he didn't just clean up his own circumstances, he started to clean up one of the planet's dirtiest problem: drinking water. He founded charity: water, an organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Since 2006, charity: water's efforts have changed the lives of over seven million people in 24 countries with over 24 thousand projects funded.
57:02 10/17/2017
Serial entrepreneurs Matt Meeker and Henrik Werdelin have mixed an obsession with dogs and the current subscription box craze to build Bark. The company started out as a monthly subscription service that delivers a box full of trendy dog toys and treats loved by both pets and people. Now, its products are carried in Target.

Many might think this idea is for the dogs, but the team has turned a loyal following, sleek online retail strategy and whimsical products into a $100 billion business. Hear how they created the brand and their future plans for our four-legged friends.
43:32 10/10/2017
Meet Brad Hargreaves, CEO and founder of Common, a company that rents co-living spaces. Dwellers share the chef-caliber kitchen, free on-site laundry and high-end furniture with beautiful interior design in exchange for a cost-conscious rent. Hear how this not-your-everyday-property management company wants to change the way you live by making the community-driven places affordable, fun and effortless.
51:32 10/3/2017
Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick spent ten years making their ten-part PBS documentary series, "The Vietnam War." To do it, they spent countless hours poring over endless footage, documents, photos and interviews (from all sides of the conflict) to produce a film that delivers a 360 degree look at one of the most divisive and influential periods in American history.

On this episode of "The Forbes Interview" podcast, hear Burns and Novick talk storytelling, technology and how to make long-form films in this short-attention-spanned, digital world. The first episode of the series aired on PBS on September 17.
54:12 9/26/2017
Elliott Bisnow's Summit started off as a more or less traditional conference and has evolved into a colossal experience: festivals loaded with a mishmash of celebrities, thought-leaders, billionaires and politicians and caters to attendees that have to apply to be selected to attend. Bisnow says his business mission at its core is to create deep connections between people, so it made perfect sense to buy a mountain in Utah and build a town on it populated with like-minded people.
60:07 9/19/2017

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