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eBay / Gimlet Creative

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Open For Business

Open For Business

eBay / Gimlet Creative

30
Followers
13
Plays
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Open For Business is a branded podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative, about building a business from the ground up.

Latest Episodes

Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture

A big part of building a business is hiring and then creating a workplace culture where your team members want to stay and grow with you. Maybe you're a business of one, and you're thinking about making your first few hires. Or maybe you’re a team of 20 trying to double your staff to meet new demand. Whatever your situation, how you hire can impact who you hire and who you hire can impact your company culture in a big way. In this episode of Open for Business recorded before a live audience in Austin: How to create a company where people want to work and then scale that culture as your company grows.

42 min2017 APR 27
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Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture

#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell

Every company knows what they sell. What’s harder to define sometimes is why? What motivates you beyond...money? A great mission captures that reason behind why your business exists today. But it also leaves room for your company to aspire for more in the future. It can guide every single decision you make - whether you’re a business of one or one-thousand. In this episode we hear two very different businesses who have figured out how to present their company to the world and one that’s just starting out. This episode features: Andrew Linderman - founder of The Story Source David Malott - co-founder of Space Factory David Riedel - co-founder of Space Factory Michael Bently - co-founder of Space Factory Tanya Moss - owner and founder of Tanya Moss jewelry Stephanie Shore - Chief Marketing Officer of Moo For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. Thanks so much to Natalya Sverjensky, partner at Within People. Learn more ...

27 min2017 APR 20
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#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell

#11 Embrace the Place

Recent research indicates that U.S. entrepreneurship is increasingly clustered in just a few metro areas. What can we learn from entrepreneurs outside those hubs? We hear from entrepreneurs in three very different places about how to make the most of wherever your business is located. This episode features: Chris Henry, Owner of Ear Candy Music Marty Babayov, Founder and Owner of The Suit Depot Channing Moreland, Co-Founder and CEO of EVAMore Makenzie Stokel, Co-Founder and COO of EVAMore Marcus Whitney, Founding Partner of JumpStart Foundry This episode also cites facts and information from the studies and research:Economic Innovation Group: “The New Map of Economic Recovery”The Brookings Institution: “Metro Monitor: An index of inclusive economic growth in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas”eBay Public Policy Lab: “Platform-Enabled Small Businesses and the Geography of Recovery” For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/open...

31 min2017 APR 13
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#11 Embrace the Place

#10 Surviving Failure

EWhat happens if it all falls apart? Learn how to weather the storms of failure from two entrepreneurs who refused to give up, and have survived to tell their stories. Episode Notes: This episode features: Andrea Gönner - Co-founder of Garnwelt Bo Fishback - Founder and CEO of Zaarly Jamin Jantz - Director of Marketing at Zaarly Jeff Morris - Early Zaarly employee, currently the Director of Project Management - Revenue at Tinder For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. Thanks so much to Mashable, watch the clip that we featured in the episode here. This episode is brought to you by BigCommerce-- get a free, three-month premium store subscription by visiting bigcommerce.com/openforbusiness This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. Try it free for 30 days and get an additional month free by visiting visit ShipStation.com, clicking on the microphone at the top of the homepage and typing in “ebay”.

28 min2017 APR 6
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#10 Surviving Failure

#9 Bootstrapping 101

Less than 1% of companies get seed money from either venture capital or angel investors. So, how do regular people find the money they need to get their businesses off the ground? We bring you stories of how three entrepreneurs did it, complete with all the nitty gritty financial details.

32 min2017 MAR 30
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#9 Bootstrapping 101

#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era

It’s easy to satisfy your customers when everything’s going well, but how do you handle it when things go wrong? We’ve got stories from small business owners who’ve learned the hard way about how to get customer service right. Episode Notes: This episode features: Laura Raposa, baker/owner of The Foodsmith in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Jim "Griff" Griffith, seller engagement, community, and education at eBayKarida Collins, founder of Neighborhood Fiber Co. in BaltimoreTony Brocato, co-owner of Frederickson’s Tire & Appliance in Sheffield, Alabama. For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. This episode is brought to you by BigCommerce-- get a free, three-month premium store subscription by visiting bigcommerce.com/openforbusiness This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. Try it free for 30 days and get an additional month free by visiting visit ShipStation.com, clicking on the microphone at the top of the home...

28 min2017 MAR 23
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#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era

#7 How to Reinvent Your Business

In this episode, we hear stories and lessons from two entrepreneurs who had to reinvent their companies in order to survive. This episode features: Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Council Betsy Helmuth, Founder, Affordable Interior Design Ray Wayman, Founder, JR Boutique. For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. Thanks so much to CEO and Cofounder of Homepolish, Noa Santos. Thanks also to Kim Shanahan, founder of Book Bouquet and to Paulina Grzechnik, designer at Affordable Interior Design. Read more about the ‘hidden competition curve’ here and the concept of the ‘USP’ here. Sponsors: This episode is brought to you by BigCommerce— get a free, three-month premium store subscription by visiting bigcommerce.com/openforbusiness This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. Try it free for 30 days and get an additional month free by visiting visit ShipStation.com, clicking ...

31 min2017 MAR 16
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#7 How to Reinvent Your Business

Season 2 Trailer

From eBay and Gimlet Creative, we return with season two of Open for Business, a show about building your business from the ground up. This season, we’re diving even deeper and exploring essential topics from financing to how to kill it at customer service to how to pivot when things don’t go as planned.

2 min2017 MAR 10
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Season 2 Trailer

We're back, and we’d love your ideas!

We'll be returning in March with Season Two of Open for Business, and we'd love to hear what you want us to cover. Visit ofblistener.com to share your thoughts.

1 min2016 DEC 12
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We're back, and we’d love your ideas!

#6 The Future of Work

The gig economy is growing so fast, it might just be the future of entrepreneurship as we know it — but it is also still a work in progress. We explore its past, present, and future with two entrepreneurs who ditched the traditional idea of work to launch their own companies on gig economy platforms. This episode features: Redd Horrocks, voice over artist on Fiverr Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director of theHamilton Projectat the Brookings Institution Cori O'Steen, Founder and CFO ofUPakNShip Laura Chambers, Vice President of Consumer Selling at eBay

24 min2016 AUG 5
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#6 The Future of Work

Latest Episodes

Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture

A big part of building a business is hiring and then creating a workplace culture where your team members want to stay and grow with you. Maybe you're a business of one, and you're thinking about making your first few hires. Or maybe you’re a team of 20 trying to double your staff to meet new demand. Whatever your situation, how you hire can impact who you hire and who you hire can impact your company culture in a big way. In this episode of Open for Business recorded before a live audience in Austin: How to create a company where people want to work and then scale that culture as your company grows.

42 min2017 APR 27
Comments
Live Show - Hiring, Firing, and Scaling: Creating a Workplace Culture

#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell

Every company knows what they sell. What’s harder to define sometimes is why? What motivates you beyond...money? A great mission captures that reason behind why your business exists today. But it also leaves room for your company to aspire for more in the future. It can guide every single decision you make - whether you’re a business of one or one-thousand. In this episode we hear two very different businesses who have figured out how to present their company to the world and one that’s just starting out. This episode features: Andrew Linderman - founder of The Story Source David Malott - co-founder of Space Factory David Riedel - co-founder of Space Factory Michael Bently - co-founder of Space Factory Tanya Moss - owner and founder of Tanya Moss jewelry Stephanie Shore - Chief Marketing Officer of Moo For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. Thanks so much to Natalya Sverjensky, partner at Within People. Learn more ...

27 min2017 APR 20
Comments
#12 Who You Are, Not What You Sell

#11 Embrace the Place

Recent research indicates that U.S. entrepreneurship is increasingly clustered in just a few metro areas. What can we learn from entrepreneurs outside those hubs? We hear from entrepreneurs in three very different places about how to make the most of wherever your business is located. This episode features: Chris Henry, Owner of Ear Candy Music Marty Babayov, Founder and Owner of The Suit Depot Channing Moreland, Co-Founder and CEO of EVAMore Makenzie Stokel, Co-Founder and COO of EVAMore Marcus Whitney, Founding Partner of JumpStart Foundry This episode also cites facts and information from the studies and research:Economic Innovation Group: “The New Map of Economic Recovery”The Brookings Institution: “Metro Monitor: An index of inclusive economic growth in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas”eBay Public Policy Lab: “Platform-Enabled Small Businesses and the Geography of Recovery” For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/open...

31 min2017 APR 13
Comments
#11 Embrace the Place

#10 Surviving Failure

EWhat happens if it all falls apart? Learn how to weather the storms of failure from two entrepreneurs who refused to give up, and have survived to tell their stories. Episode Notes: This episode features: Andrea Gönner - Co-founder of Garnwelt Bo Fishback - Founder and CEO of Zaarly Jamin Jantz - Director of Marketing at Zaarly Jeff Morris - Early Zaarly employee, currently the Director of Project Management - Revenue at Tinder For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. Thanks so much to Mashable, watch the clip that we featured in the episode here. This episode is brought to you by BigCommerce-- get a free, three-month premium store subscription by visiting bigcommerce.com/openforbusiness This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. Try it free for 30 days and get an additional month free by visiting visit ShipStation.com, clicking on the microphone at the top of the homepage and typing in “ebay”.

28 min2017 APR 6
Comments
#10 Surviving Failure

#9 Bootstrapping 101

Less than 1% of companies get seed money from either venture capital or angel investors. So, how do regular people find the money they need to get their businesses off the ground? We bring you stories of how three entrepreneurs did it, complete with all the nitty gritty financial details.

32 min2017 MAR 30
Comments
#9 Bootstrapping 101

#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era

It’s easy to satisfy your customers when everything’s going well, but how do you handle it when things go wrong? We’ve got stories from small business owners who’ve learned the hard way about how to get customer service right. Episode Notes: This episode features: Laura Raposa, baker/owner of The Foodsmith in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Jim "Griff" Griffith, seller engagement, community, and education at eBayKarida Collins, founder of Neighborhood Fiber Co. in BaltimoreTony Brocato, co-owner of Frederickson’s Tire & Appliance in Sheffield, Alabama. For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. This episode is brought to you by BigCommerce-- get a free, three-month premium store subscription by visiting bigcommerce.com/openforbusiness This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. Try it free for 30 days and get an additional month free by visiting visit ShipStation.com, clicking on the microphone at the top of the home...

28 min2017 MAR 23
Comments
#8 Customer Service in the Digital Era

#7 How to Reinvent Your Business

In this episode, we hear stories and lessons from two entrepreneurs who had to reinvent their companies in order to survive. This episode features: Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Council Betsy Helmuth, Founder, Affordable Interior Design Ray Wayman, Founder, JR Boutique. For tools and information about how to start or grow a business on eBay, visit ebay.com/openforbusiness. Thanks so much to CEO and Cofounder of Homepolish, Noa Santos. Thanks also to Kim Shanahan, founder of Book Bouquet and to Paulina Grzechnik, designer at Affordable Interior Design. Read more about the ‘hidden competition curve’ here and the concept of the ‘USP’ here. Sponsors: This episode is brought to you by BigCommerce— get a free, three-month premium store subscription by visiting bigcommerce.com/openforbusiness This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. Try it free for 30 days and get an additional month free by visiting visit ShipStation.com, clicking ...

31 min2017 MAR 16
Comments
#7 How to Reinvent Your Business

Season 2 Trailer

From eBay and Gimlet Creative, we return with season two of Open for Business, a show about building your business from the ground up. This season, we’re diving even deeper and exploring essential topics from financing to how to kill it at customer service to how to pivot when things don’t go as planned.

2 min2017 MAR 10
Comments
Season 2 Trailer

We're back, and we’d love your ideas!

We'll be returning in March with Season Two of Open for Business, and we'd love to hear what you want us to cover. Visit ofblistener.com to share your thoughts.

1 min2016 DEC 12
Comments
We're back, and we’d love your ideas!

#6 The Future of Work

The gig economy is growing so fast, it might just be the future of entrepreneurship as we know it — but it is also still a work in progress. We explore its past, present, and future with two entrepreneurs who ditched the traditional idea of work to launch their own companies on gig economy platforms. This episode features: Redd Horrocks, voice over artist on Fiverr Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director of theHamilton Projectat the Brookings Institution Cori O'Steen, Founder and CFO ofUPakNShip Laura Chambers, Vice President of Consumer Selling at eBay

24 min2016 AUG 5
Comments
#6 The Future of Work
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