How I Built This with Guy Raz

How I Built This with Guy Raz



362 episodes

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Order the How I Built This book at

  • 02 AUG 2021
    Serial Entrepreneur: Gary Vaynerchuk
    1h 12m 49s

    Growing up in New Jersey in the 1980's and 90's, Gary Vaynerchuk honed his business skills trading baseball cards and selling wine at his dad's liquor store. He discovered the potential of Youtube early on and launched Wine Library TV, an u...

  • 26 JUL 2021
    Robert Reffkin: Compass
    1h 19m 44s

    Robert Reffkin had a hard time fitting in when he was growing up: raised by a single mom in Berkeley California, he was both bi-racial and Jewish, and had to learn to "feel comfortable with being uncomfortable." Even though he was a self-de...

  • 22 JUL 2021
    Live From HIBT Summit: Payal Kadakia, Tristan Walker, and Perry Chen on Innovation
    41m 57s

    Our second episode from the 2021 How I Built This Virtual Summit is from our innovation panel with Payal Kadakia of ClassPass, Tristan Walker of Walker and Company, and Perry Chen of Kickstarter. In this live conversation with Guy, the pane...

  • 19 JUL 2021
    Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: Bobbi Brown (2018)
    47m 51s

    Bobbi Brown started out as a makeup artist in New York City, but hated the gaudy color palette of the 1980s. She eventually shook up the industry by introducing "nude makeup" with neutral colors and a natural tone. In 1995, Estée Lauder acq...

  • 12 JUL 2021
    Mailchimp: Ben Chestnut
    1h 24m 54s

    In the late 1990s, Ben Chestnut was a struggling young designer interning at an appliance company, when somebody suggested that he try designing for the internet instead. A few years later, Ben and two co-founders launched a web design agen...

  • 05 JUL 2021
    Numi Organic Tea: Reem Hassani and Ahmed Rahim
    1h 11m 7s

    When they were in their 20s, Reem Hassani and her brother Ahmed Rahim were not the kind of people you'd expect to launch a multi-million dollar business. Reem was a California artist moonlighting as a substitute teacher, and Ahmed had been...

  • 28 JUN 2021
    Casper: Philip Krim
    1h 22m 53s

    In the early 2000's, Philip Krim launched an e-commerce business out of his college dorm, selling everything from window blinds to eczema cream to yes, mattresses. Years later, inspired by online successes like Warby Parker and Harry's, Phi...

  • 24 JUN 2021
    Live From The HIBT Summit: Cynt Marshall, Chieh Huang, and Sadie Lincoln on Leadership
    35m 47s

    Our first episode from the 2021 How I Built This Virtual Summit is from our leadership panel with Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, Chieh Huang, CEO and co-founder of Boxed, and Sadie Lincoln, CEO and co-founder of Barre3. In this...

  • 21 JUN 2021
    ARRAY: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay
    1h 30m 53s

    By her early thirties, Ava DuVernay was already a successful entrepreneur, having founded her own film publicity agency in Los Angeles. But after years of watching other people make films, she started to get an itch to tell her own stories...

  • 14 JUN 2021
    Expedia & Zillow: Rich Barton
    1h 4m 58s

    In the early 90s, Rich Barton arrived to work at Microsoft just as the world wide web was taking off. He wound up pitching Bill Gates on an idea that was transformative at the time: to let everyday travelers book their own flights and hotel...

  • 07 JUN 2021
    Jovial Foods: Carla Bartolucci
    1h 19m 17s

    Carla Bartolucci grew up in an Italian-American household, eating fresh gnocchi and ravioli made by her mother, and lobster caught by her father. She met her husband Rodolfo while studying abroad in Italy; and by the early 1990's, the two o...

  • 31 MAY 2021
    JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman (2019)
    1h 6m 59s

    In the mid-90s, David Neeleman wanted to launch a new airline. He had already co-created a regional airline out of Salt Lake City that was acquired by Southwest. And despite his admiration of Southwest's business model, Neeleman felt there...

  • 25 MAY 2021
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Dinesh Tadepalli & Jennifer Zeitler
    25m 46s

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to all of them. In this episode: Dinesh Tadepalli is the co-founder of Incredible Eats, which he hopes will reduce plastic u...

  • 24 MAY 2021
    Policygenius: Jennifer Fitzgerald
    1h 20m 32s

    Some of the world's biggest industries sell products that we all need...but don't want to think about. That's what drew Jennifer Fitzgerald to insurance: she wanted to help people understand the often bewildering world of protecting themsel...

  • 20 MAY 2021
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Kaitlin McGreyes & Nicole Argüelles
    26m 22s

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to each of them. In this episode: Kaitlin McGreyes founded Be Her Village to be a gift registry for expectant families that...

  • 18 MAY 2021
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Mark Atlan & Zach Correa
    25m 3s

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to each of them. In this episode: Mark Atlan co-founded ZappCare to help make sure that people living on tribal lands have a...

  • 17 MAY 2021 & Marc Lore
    1h 16m 17s

    Around 2003, after forays into banking, baseball cards, and—believe it or not—bobsledding, Marc Lore landed on an idea for an e-commerce business: a website to make it simple for parents to order diapers. The only problem, as he quickly dis...

  • 13 MAY 2021
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Katie Mitchell & Celena Gill
    24m 49s

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to them over the next couple weeks. In this episode: Katie Mitchell and her mother Katherine opened a book shop in Atlanta c...

  • 11 MAY 2021
    Meet The HIBT Fellows: Pierre Paul & Toby Egbuna
    29m 30s

    As a part of the 2021 How I Built This Summit (At Home) we have selected 10 Fellows, and we'd like to introduce you to them over the next couple weeks. In this episode: Pierre Paul, founder of a company called We Hear You that's developing...

  • 10 MAY 2021
    Cisco Systems & Urban Decay: Sandy Lerner (2018)
    57m 57s

    In the pre-Internet 1970's, Sandy Lerner was part of a loosely-knit group of programmers that was trying to get computers to talk to each other. Eventually, she and Len Bosack launched Cisco Systems, making the routing technology that helpe...

  • 06 MAY 2021
    Live Episode! Clubhouse: Paul Davison and Rohan Seth
    57m 21s

    After selling both of their social app companies and rethinking their day jobs, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth knew they should not get into the volatile business of social media again. Despite exploring more practical ideas in other industrie...

  • 03 MAY 2021
    Eleven Madison Park: Daniel Humm
    1h 13m 49s

    Daniel Humm dropped out of school at 14 to become a competitive cyclist, and supported himself by cutting vegetables and making soup stock at fine restaurants in Switzerland. When he eventually realized he'd never become a world-class cycli...

  • 29 APR 2021
    Live Episode! Wellness Coach and Podcaster: Jay Shetty
    1h 8m 25s

    Jay Shetty was living the life of a rebellious teen in London when a friend talked him into attending a talk by a Hindu monk. It was a life-changing event, and started Jay on a path to become a monk himself and join an ashram in India. He l...

  • 26 APR 2021
    Pipcorn: Jennifer and Jeff Martin
    1h 40m 51s

    While working at a farmers market in Chicago, Jennifer Martin had a Jack-in-the-Beanstalk moment—a chance encounter with some tiny kernels, which wound up growing into a small giant of a business: Pipcorn, snacks made of heirloom corn. Alon...

  • 22 APR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Bayard Winthrop of American Giant
    31m 32s

    Bayard Winthrop is the CEO and founder of American Giant, known for its American-made hoodies, t-shirts and jeans. When the pandemic brought on production holds and storefront closures, Bayard found himself working from his car parked in fr...

  • 19 APR 2021
    SoulCycle: Julie Rice & Elizabeth Cutler (2019)
    54m 25s

    Before Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice met, they shared a common belief: New York City gyms didn't have the kind of exercise classes they craved, and each of them wanted to change that. A fitness instructor introduced them over lunch in 200...

  • 15 APR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Lindsay Peoples Wagner of The Cut
    30m 30s

    Lindsay Peoples Wagner got her first taste of the fashion industry interning at Teen Vouge, where she cleaned massive closets filled with the season's latest trends. She eventually went on to serve as the publication's editor-in-chief for n...

  • 12 APR 2021
    Robinhood: Vlad Tenev
    1h 25m 16s

    Before Robinhood became one of the most loved and most hated stock trading platforms in the U.S., it was just another tech startup, launched by two mathematicians with an audacious idea: make stock trading mobile, make it fun, and make it f...

  • 08 APR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Ethan Diamond of Bandcamp
    31m 43s

    In the early 2000s, the online music community was defined by MySpace, illegally downloaded music, and poorly made band websites. Then came Bandcamp – a music marketplace where fans can directly and easily support their favorite musicians....

  • 05 APR 2021
    Food52: Amanda Hesser
    1h 32m 7s

    In the early 1990s, as Amanda Hesser's college friends were interviewing for their first cubicle jobs, she chose a different path: one that led straight into the kitchens of Europe, where she cooked traditional recipes and learned the rhyth...

  • 01 APR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Kara Goldin of Hint
    21m 19s

    After giving up diet soda, Kara Goldin started adding fresh fruit to her drinking water to make it more fun. This inspired her to create Hint water, a line of unsweetened flavored water beverages that are now available in over 30,000 stores...

  • 29 MAR 2021
    UPPAbaby: Bob and Lauren Monahan
    56m 12s

    As a product developer, Bob Monahan worked with some iconic brands: the Pump at Reebok, the Taurus and Mustang at Ford. When he moved on to work at a baby products company, he happened to discover another set of wheels that caught his eye:...

  • 25 MAR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Vivian Ku, Restaurateur
    25m 36s

    Vivian Ku is a Taiwanese-American restaurateur who owns three different Taiwanese restaurants in Los Angeles. After the pandemic halted her plans for expansion, Vivian decided to close her two restaurants until May and pivoted her expansion...

  • 22 MAR 2021
    Hinge: Justin McLeod
    1h 34m 3s

    In 2010, Justin McLeod was in business school, still trying to get over a bad breakup that had happened years before. Determined to solve his own problem and convinced that the best way to meet people was through friends of friends, he buil...

  • 18 MAR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Lisa Baird of National Women's Soccer League
    31m 31s

    Lisa Baird stepped in as commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League in March 2020 and just two days into her job the entire multi-billion dollar sports industry went dark. Lisa talks with Guy about the difficulties the league overca...

  • 15 MAR 2021
    Siete Family Foods: Miguel and Veronica Garza
    1h 21m 0s

    Miguel and Veronica Garza grew up in Laredo, Texas, in the kind of family that did almost everything together. So when Veronica realized that a grain-free diet was helping her cope with debilitating health issues, the rest of the family—all...

  • 11 MAR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Shan-Lyn Ma of Zola
    29m 7s

    With the wedding industry dramatically impacted by the pandemic, co-founder and CEO of Zola, Shan-Lyn Ma decided to pivot. Instead of just wedding planning, Zola would expand to include livestreaming virtual weddings as well as an e-commerc...

  • 08 MAR 2021
    Rick Steves' Europe: Rick Steves
    1h 25m 59s

    Rick Steves spent the summer after high school backpacking through Europe on two dollars a day—sleeping on the floor, sneaking into museums, and subsisting on a diet of bread and jam. When he came home, he found people were hungry for tips...

  • 04 MAR 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Alex Lieberman and Austin Rief of Morning Brew
    30m 47s

    Six years ago, Morning Brew started out as a fun business newsletter Alex Lieberman and Austin Rief wrote for their classmates out of their University of Michigan dorm room. The company now has over 2.5 million subscribers with multiple new...

  • 01 MAR 2021
    Canva: Melanie Perkins (2019)
    44m 47s

    When she was just 19 years old, Melanie Perkins dreamt of transforming the graphic design and publishing industries. But she started small, launching a site to make yearbook design simpler and more collaborative. Her success with that first...

  • 25 FAB 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Troy Carter of Q&A (June, 2020)
    24m 26s

    Music manager and entrepreneur Troy Carter spoke to Guy last June, as the pandemic was worsening and the country was shaken by racial unrest. Troy spoke about the profound impact of these events on him personally, as well as on the music in...

  • 22 FAB 2021
    Boxed: Chieh Huang
    1h 29m 47s

    Over the course of ten years as a founder, Chieh Huang bet twice on the ubiquity of the smartphone. The first time was in 2010 with Astro Ape, a mobile gaming company that he founded with a few friends out of an attic. The second time was w...

  • 18 FAB 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Beverly Leon of Local Civics
    28m 22s

    After retiring from professional soccer, Beverly Leon shifted her focus in a big way. In 2018 she founded Local Civics, an ed-tech start-up that uses game-based learning to encourage kids to strengthen their civic leadership skills. Her mis...

  • 15 FAB 2021
    Simple Mills: Katlin Smith
    1h 42s

    In 2012, 22-year-old Katlin Smith was growing restless at her consulting job, so she started experimenting with grain-free, paleo-friendly muffin recipes in her Atlanta kitchen. A buyer at a nearby Whole Foods agreed to sell Katlin's muffin...

  • 11 FAB 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Michael Horvath and Mark Gainey of Strava
    32m 28s

    Strava is a social fitness platform with more than 76 million users in nearly every country worldwide. Co-founders Michael Horvath and Mark Gainey spoke with Guy about the recent surge in users joining their virtual fitness community. They...

  • 08 FAB 2021
    Atlassian: Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar
    1h 14m 38s

    In 2001, Mike Cannon-Brookes sent an email to his college classmates in Sydney, asking if anyone was interested in helping him launch a tech startup after graduation. Back then, entrepreneurship wasn't a popular career path in Australia; an...

  • 04 FAB 2021
    How I Built Resilience: M. Night Shyamalan
    48m 0s

    M. Night Shyamalan spoke with Guy as part of NPR's Storytelling Lounge at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Night is known for writing, producing and directing blockbuster films like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Split. Despite his man...

  • 01 FAB 2021
    Norma Kamali: Norma Kamali
    1h 31m 33s

    When Norma Kamali studied fashion illustration in the 1960s, she never expected to become a designer. So when a job as an airline clerk came along, she was glad to accept it—along with the perk of dirt-cheap flights from New York to London....

  • 28 JAN 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Loren and Lisa Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch
    26m 2s

    Fourth generation cattle rancher Loren Poncia and his wife Lisa transformed Stemple Creek Ranch into one of the few carbon neutral livestock ranches in the United States, and have since made their ranch carbon positive, sequestering more ca...

  • 25 JAN 2021
    Seventh Generation: Alan Newman and Jeffrey Hollender
    1h 35m 8s

    With its eco-friendly paper towels, diapers, and cleansers, Seventh Generation was one of the first—and most successful—green household brands to hit the market. But in the early 1990s, just a few years after it began as a scrappy mail-orde...

  • 21 JAN 2021
    How I Built Resilience: Elisa Villanueva Beard of Teach For America
    22m 30s

    After starting her career at Teach For America in 1998, Elisa Villanueva Beard has served as the CEO of the non-profit for the last five and a half years. Elisa spoke with Guy about how the organization has supported its teachers who are wo...