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Former Groupon Founder Andrew Mason On Latest Endeavor, Descript

Andrew Mason shares how he came up with the idea for the trailblazing juggernaut, Groupon, how the company hurt itself and his latest and greatest -- Descript, a company he founded to help people in the audio business both transcribe and audio edit their recordings fast and affordably (without looking at audio waveforms -- just words). 

00:48:00 1/16/2018

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Laura Behrens-Wu had no interest in entrepreneurism nor shipping - and yet here she is, entrepreneur supreme, as cofounder and CEO of Shippo, a company dedicated to ease up the complicated, costly yet necessary field of getting stuff where it needs to go. Shippo has big customers, like eBay Canada, but it mostly caters to small and medium size businesses, like ecommerce stores operating out of bedrooms. The company has recently raised $30 million and is zipping along with 65 employees. Hear Behrens-Wu talk about the setbacks, the inspiration and lessons learned as she dived into the very thing she never knew she wanted to do.
00:53:00 1/9/2018
Brad Katsuyama is the CEO of IEX, the newest stock exchange in the U.S. Katsuyama made a big splash when he outed the traditional exchanges for their practice of high-speed trading, that to his mind ultimately hurt the everyday investor. Hear Katsuyama share the latest about IEX, his daring choice to start a new stock exchange and his thoughts on whether regulation is a good or bad thing.
00:33:00 1/2/2018
Hear from the man himself, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, about how he saved Flight 1549 when he landed his Airbus A320 on the Hudson river. Also, how to thrive under pressure in business and life, how to build a team that manages risk and the future of transportation and self-driving cars.
01:03:00 12/26/2017
Sam Shank, serial entrepreneur and travel industry vet, set out to make an app-only business that appealed to the spontaneous traveler with Hotel Tonight in 2010. That was a time when relying solely on a mobile-device audience was a novel idea. An easy-to-use interface allows travelers to book their stays the day of arrival (and up to seven days in advance). The company sells unsold rooms at boutique and independent hotels and capitalizes on the millennial prioritization of experience over material possession. Hear Shank talk about what inspired the idea, how he built up the app - and why the company that tried to outsmart Hotel Tonight failed to do so.
00:54:00 12/19/2017
Laurie Segall is senior technology correspondent for CNN and editor-at-large for CNN Tech where she dives into the intersection of tech and culture. Her six-part investigative series, "Mostly Human" explores the deep and darker questions that arise out of humans' integration of tech - tackling topics including sex, love and death. In this episode, recorded at WebSummit in Portugal, Segall and host Steve Bertoni, talk about the impact tech and social media are having on our day-to-day lives as veteran observers of the tech and start-up scene. Plus, hear Segall share how her custom-made AI bot went terribly wrong.
00:54:00 12/12/2017
About twenty years ago, Simon Segars started out as a design engineer at ARM Holdings, then a scrappy start-up tech company. Now, ARM is a dominant force in designing the processing data on chips and Segars leads as CEO. The company's reach is far. In the past 25 years, 100 billion chips containing ARM technology have been shipped. Hear Segars talk about the company's unique culture, its approach to innovating tech and his predictions for the future of tech security.
00:36:50 12/5/2017
Jon Oringer started out with 30 thousand photos of his own that he sold subscription-style to members who wanted access to stock images. Now, Shutterstock has 160 million images and has branched into video, AI and machine learning. Hear how this serial entrepreneur figured out how to run a company though he's never worked for one, what it meant to take the company public and his predictions for the future.
00:46:04 11/28/2017
An early investor in Uber and many other startups, Jason Calacanis seems to have an eye for money-making companies. Hear about how he built wealth and influence from nothing, his work ethic and ways in which he thinks people can change their financial status.
01:07:22 11/21/2017
What are investors excited about in technology? How do VCs evaluate start-up founders? How do investors decide to bet millions of dollars on unproven companies? Hear Megan Quinn and Jeremy Philips, both general partners at Spark Capital give us a rare look into the competitive and ever-shifting world of high stakes venture capital. Also hear Quinn and Philips, who have backed start-ups like Slack, Tumblr and Foursquare, talk about their career paths, how they curate their investments and why they lead with collaborative decision making.
00:43:19 11/14/2017
Free and open to the public is a touring installation displaying legendary artist Robert Wilson's take on a Van Cleef & Arpels high jewelry art display. We sat down with both Wilson and the CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, Nicolas Bos, to hear about their collaboration to create a Noah's Ark-inspired exhibition that features brooches in the shape of animals. Each piece costs up to $500 thousand. We hear ruminations on the intersection of art and commerce, Wilson's approach to tackling projects and his startling act of kindness that led him onto his theatrical path. If you're able to experience the exhibition, it's said to be so immersive and theatrical, you might even forget to upload a photo to your Insta.
01:41:21 11/7/2017

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Andrew Mason shares how he came up with the idea for the trailblazing juggernaut, Groupon, how the company hurt itself and his latest and greatest -- Descript, a company he founded to help people in the audio business both transcribe and audio edit their recordings fast and affordably (without looking at audio waveforms -- just words). 

00:48:00 1/16/2018
Laura Behrens-Wu had no interest in entrepreneurism nor shipping - and yet here she is, entrepreneur supreme, as cofounder and CEO of Shippo, a company dedicated to ease up the complicated, costly yet necessary field of getting stuff where it needs to go. Shippo has big customers, like eBay Canada, but it mostly caters to small and medium size businesses, like ecommerce stores operating out of bedrooms. The company has recently raised $30 million and is zipping along with 65 employees. Hear Behrens-Wu talk about the setbacks, the inspiration and lessons learned as she dived into the very thing she never knew she wanted to do.
00:53:00 1/9/2018
Brad Katsuyama is the CEO of IEX, the newest stock exchange in the U.S. Katsuyama made a big splash when he outed the traditional exchanges for their practice of high-speed trading, that to his mind ultimately hurt the everyday investor. Hear Katsuyama share the latest about IEX, his daring choice to start a new stock exchange and his thoughts on whether regulation is a good or bad thing.
00:33:00 1/2/2018
Hear from the man himself, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, about how he saved Flight 1549 when he landed his Airbus A320 on the Hudson river. Also, how to thrive under pressure in business and life, how to build a team that manages risk and the future of transportation and self-driving cars.
01:03:00 12/26/2017
Sam Shank, serial entrepreneur and travel industry vet, set out to make an app-only business that appealed to the spontaneous traveler with Hotel Tonight in 2010. That was a time when relying solely on a mobile-device audience was a novel idea. An easy-to-use interface allows travelers to book their stays the day of arrival (and up to seven days in advance). The company sells unsold rooms at boutique and independent hotels and capitalizes on the millennial prioritization of experience over material possession. Hear Shank talk about what inspired the idea, how he built up the app - and why the company that tried to outsmart Hotel Tonight failed to do so.
00:54:00 12/19/2017

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