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The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.

On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. 

With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.

Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

Latest Episodes

Strategy Session: When to replace the founder, how to be a learn-it-all, when to take the "venture bet"

Growth vs innovation, scale vs stability, founders vs CEOs? Entrepreneurs want to know! We’re back with another Strategy Session episode, featuring fast-growing, high-performing scale-ups from around the world, and they’re asking Reid their biggest questions. They want to know: What do they do next? Co-hosted by Bob Safian (previously editor-in-chief at Fast Company magazine).

50 MIN5 d ago
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Strategy Session: When to replace the founder, how to be a learn-it-all, when to take the "venture bet"

Shopify's Tobi Lütke: Be a platform

The secret to massive scale? Be a platform. Build a virtuous cycle where everyone wins, and you’ll emerge the biggest winner of all. This is what Tobi Lütke did when he built Shopify – and then opened it up to the world.Cameo appearances by: Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt (Google), Julia Hartz (Eventbrite), and Gustav Söderström (Spotify).

32 MIN1 w ago
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Shopify's Tobi Lütke: Be a platform

Netflix’s Reed Hastings: Why culture matters

Classic episode: You need a strong culture to build a company that will scale beyond the early days of start up. And strong company cultures only emerge when every employee feels they own the culture from day one. Here's how Reed Hastings did it – and made Netflix culture (and its “culture deck”) famous in the process.Cameo appearances: Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn), Aneel Bhusri (Workday), Margaret Heffernan (entrepreneur), Tristan Walker (Walker & Co.), Mariam Naficy (Minted).

43 MIN2 w ago
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Netflix’s Reed Hastings: Why culture matters

When to Zoom In, When to Zoom Out, with Josh Silverman (Etsy / eBay / Skype / Evite)

When do you see the forest? And when do you see the trees? Building a company to scale requires a delicate balance of macro and micro focus – and the skill to know where to focus when. Josh Silverman has built that skill in leadership roles at Evite, eBay, Skype, and now Etsy. What he’s learned: Success isn’t just about zooming in on the details or taking the long view – but about knowing when to switch between perspectives. Read Nik Money's book The Selfish Ape: Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction. Watch Scott Suko topple dominoes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IuUp-rI0VU&feature=youtu.be Read the weekly Masters of Scale newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

39 MINJAN 24
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When to Zoom In, When to Zoom Out, with Josh Silverman (Etsy / eBay / Skype / Evite)

Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

When's the right time for hypergrowth? Should you take investment when you don’t need the money? How do you deal with an exhaustedteam? Global entrepreneurs facing hyperfast growth ask Reid their questions about raising capital, pivoting their product, bootstrapping vs. blitzscaling and more. Featuring some of the highest-performing scale entrepreneurs from Endeavor, and cohosted by Harvard professor Youngme Moon, of the great HBS podcast After Hours.

38 MINJAN 17
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Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

How do you find joy in your life? Our host, Reid Hoffman, finds it through friendship, and the genuine, honest, and intimate conversations it brings. In this special episode of Meditative Story, from the same producers as Masters of Scale, Reid shares his passion for connecting with others by asking big questions.

28 MINJAN 14
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Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

Rent the Runway co-founder Jenn Hyman knows: Behind every successful business is another business backstage, one you might not expect. Rent the Runway is known for creating a glamorous "closet in the cloud,” but as Hyman explains, it achieved unicorn status by mastering a few less glamorous businesses — including the world’s largest dry-cleaning operation and a data insights practice that’s changing the fashion industry. Cameo appearance: Kevin Venardos (Venardos Circus); Stewart Butterfield (Slack). Read Jenn Hyman's essay on the making of this episode: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mastering-businesses-behind-our-business-jennifer-hyman/ Learn more about the Venardos Circus: https://www.venardoscircus.com/ Listen to Stewart Butterfield on Masters of Scale: http://listen.mastersofscale.com/StewartButterfield Subscribe to the weekly Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MINJAN 9
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What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed. With cameos by National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo, former director of the US Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg. LINKS: Learn more about The Boiling River Project: http://www.boilingriver.org Read "The Boiling River" by Andrés Ruzo: https://amzn.to/36iHHNF Learn more about the US patent system: https://www.uspto.gov/ Meet Andre, who dresses Oprah Winfrey: https://andrewalkerhair.com Listen to Linda Rottenberg on Masters of Scale: https://mastersofscale.com/linda-rottenberg-the-next-silicon-valley-is/ Get the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MINJAN 3
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How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty. Cameo appearance: Jonathan Gottschall (fellow at Washington & Jefferson College & author).

47 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

In part two of this special two-part episode with Bill Gates, we’re talking about the biggest success story ever told on the podcast – and not just for Bill Gates, but for humanity. And it was achieved not through Microsoft, but through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill & Melinda Gates have built the foundation into one of the world’s single largest private philanthropies and they’ve done it by taking lessons learned at Microsoft – on how to massively capitalize on inflection points – and applied them to the nonprofit world. Here's how.

41 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

Latest Episodes

Strategy Session: When to replace the founder, how to be a learn-it-all, when to take the "venture bet"

Growth vs innovation, scale vs stability, founders vs CEOs? Entrepreneurs want to know! We’re back with another Strategy Session episode, featuring fast-growing, high-performing scale-ups from around the world, and they’re asking Reid their biggest questions. They want to know: What do they do next? Co-hosted by Bob Safian (previously editor-in-chief at Fast Company magazine).

50 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Strategy Session: When to replace the founder, how to be a learn-it-all, when to take the "venture bet"

Shopify's Tobi Lütke: Be a platform

The secret to massive scale? Be a platform. Build a virtuous cycle where everyone wins, and you’ll emerge the biggest winner of all. This is what Tobi Lütke did when he built Shopify – and then opened it up to the world.Cameo appearances by: Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt (Google), Julia Hartz (Eventbrite), and Gustav Söderström (Spotify).

32 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Shopify's Tobi Lütke: Be a platform

Netflix’s Reed Hastings: Why culture matters

Classic episode: You need a strong culture to build a company that will scale beyond the early days of start up. And strong company cultures only emerge when every employee feels they own the culture from day one. Here's how Reed Hastings did it – and made Netflix culture (and its “culture deck”) famous in the process.Cameo appearances: Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn), Aneel Bhusri (Workday), Margaret Heffernan (entrepreneur), Tristan Walker (Walker & Co.), Mariam Naficy (Minted).

43 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Netflix’s Reed Hastings: Why culture matters

When to Zoom In, When to Zoom Out, with Josh Silverman (Etsy / eBay / Skype / Evite)

When do you see the forest? And when do you see the trees? Building a company to scale requires a delicate balance of macro and micro focus – and the skill to know where to focus when. Josh Silverman has built that skill in leadership roles at Evite, eBay, Skype, and now Etsy. What he’s learned: Success isn’t just about zooming in on the details or taking the long view – but about knowing when to switch between perspectives. Read Nik Money's book The Selfish Ape: Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction. Watch Scott Suko topple dominoes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IuUp-rI0VU&feature=youtu.be Read the weekly Masters of Scale newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

39 MINJAN 24
Comments
When to Zoom In, When to Zoom Out, with Josh Silverman (Etsy / eBay / Skype / Evite)

Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

When's the right time for hypergrowth? Should you take investment when you don’t need the money? How do you deal with an exhaustedteam? Global entrepreneurs facing hyperfast growth ask Reid their questions about raising capital, pivoting their product, bootstrapping vs. blitzscaling and more. Featuring some of the highest-performing scale entrepreneurs from Endeavor, and cohosted by Harvard professor Youngme Moon, of the great HBS podcast After Hours.

38 MINJAN 17
Comments
Strategy Session: When not to blitzscale, how to persuade your board to let you slow down, and: Are you in a Glengarry Glen Ross market?

Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

How do you find joy in your life? Our host, Reid Hoffman, finds it through friendship, and the genuine, honest, and intimate conversations it brings. In this special episode of Meditative Story, from the same producers as Masters of Scale, Reid shares his passion for connecting with others by asking big questions.

28 MINJAN 14
Comments
Special: A Meditative Story from Reid Hoffman

What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

Rent the Runway co-founder Jenn Hyman knows: Behind every successful business is another business backstage, one you might not expect. Rent the Runway is known for creating a glamorous "closet in the cloud,” but as Hyman explains, it achieved unicorn status by mastering a few less glamorous businesses — including the world’s largest dry-cleaning operation and a data insights practice that’s changing the fashion industry. Cameo appearance: Kevin Venardos (Venardos Circus); Stewart Butterfield (Slack). Read Jenn Hyman's essay on the making of this episode: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mastering-businesses-behind-our-business-jennifer-hyman/ Learn more about the Venardos Circus: https://www.venardoscircus.com/ Listen to Stewart Butterfield on Masters of Scale: http://listen.mastersofscale.com/StewartButterfield Subscribe to the weekly Masters of Scale newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MINJAN 9
Comments
What’s the hidden business behind your business? w/Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman

How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed. With cameos by National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo, former director of the US Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg. LINKS: Learn more about The Boiling River Project: http://www.boilingriver.org Read "The Boiling River" by Andrés Ruzo: https://amzn.to/36iHHNF Learn more about the US patent system: https://www.uspto.gov/ Meet Andre, who dresses Oprah Winfrey: https://andrewalkerhair.com Listen to Linda Rottenberg on Masters of Scale: https://mastersofscale.com/linda-rottenberg-the-next-silicon-valley-is/ Get the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtX

40 MINJAN 3
Comments
How to find your big idea w/ Spanx's Sara Blakely

Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty. Cameo appearance: Jonathan Gottschall (fellow at Washington & Jefferson College & author).

47 MIN2019 DEC 26
Comments
Master the art of storytelling w/charity: water's Scott Harrison

Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

In part two of this special two-part episode with Bill Gates, we’re talking about the biggest success story ever told on the podcast – and not just for Bill Gates, but for humanity. And it was achieved not through Microsoft, but through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill & Melinda Gates have built the foundation into one of the world’s single largest private philanthropies and they’ve done it by taking lessons learned at Microsoft – on how to massively capitalize on inflection points – and applied them to the nonprofit world. Here's how.

41 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Bill Gates — The biggest success story you haven't heard

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