The Growth Show

The Growth Show

It’s never been easier to start a business, but it’s even harder to succeed. Each episode explores the inspiring stories behind how people grow a business, an idea, or a movement. Hosted by Meghan Keaney Anderson.... Show More

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July 23, 2020
Kim Crowder is a consultant, whose expertise covers diversity, equity, and inclusion. In particular, she’s a corporate anti-racist trainer, helping companies create inclusive marketing and communications. To say the least, Kim has been busy lately. The recent protests in the US that started back on May 26 in Minneapolis in response to the death of George Floyd sparked a movement that also had companies taking a hard look at policy ...
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Nick Quah is almost synonymous with podcasts. His newsletter Hot Pod gives a weekly rundown on all things podcasts. And he recently partnered with LAist Studios to create his first podcast called Servant of Pod. And yes, it’s about podcasts. Wait, have we mentioned podcasts? Nick talks with Meghan about what went into creating his new show, how businesses are in a unique position to determine the future of podcasting, and why his g...
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Tinashe Blanchet is the founder of The Learning Lab, a New Orleans-based non-profit organization and education space that hosts two summer camps. But given the need for social distancing, Tinashe had to quickly move both camps to fully virtual. She talks about how, for the safety of everyone at the camps, she stood in opposition of local government recommendations. And Tinashe explains why the work being done today will help shape ...
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Steve Blank is not a prophet. But as one of the minds behind the highly influential Lean Startup movement, when Steve starts to look at the future of how we do business, people listen. Steve returns to explain why The Lean Startup is even more essential than ever for businesses right now as they work to not only survive the pandemic but set themselves up to thrive coming out of it.
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The Coolidge Corner Theater opened in 1933 during the Great Depression and has become a landmark in the city of Boston. But as non-essential businesses were ordered to close, it left many in the film industry wondering: Is it curtains for the indie theater system? Katherine Tallman, executive director at Coolidge Corner Theater, talks about pivoting online with Virtual Screening Room and whether she sees on-demand studio releases a...
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Bookshop is an online platform where you can buy books from local and independent bookstores. But founder Andy Hunter never imagined how quickly he’d need to scale the company after only launching in January. That’s because what bookstores were experimenting with in February became what they’d need to survive in March. Andy talks about how he’s not only taking on Amazon, but how Bookshop is creating virtual bookseller communities t...
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Danielle Mullen is the owner of Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery -- Chicago’s only black woman-owned bookstore. She’s worked tirelessly to build a community and improve literacy in the city.  As the current crisis closed bookstores around the country, Danielle moved to online sales. But she wasn’t about to handover her store’s keys to the same online giant that’s put so many other independent bookstores out of business. Instead, s...
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Ryan Spaccavento, founder of Coffee on Cue, saw an opportunity for an underserved market of coffee drinkers -- business subscriptions and live events. But as companies closed its doors and live events locked its gates, Ryan found his businesses grinding to a halt. So he moved the company online, sold surplus beans to the general public, and distributed fresh coffee to virtual event goers' homes.
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Luke Milton of Los Angeles’ top fitness center Training Mate knew he needed to act quickly. His three gym locations were ordered to close and his entire staff’s livelihoods hung in the balance of uncertainty.  Luke not only moved his gym online within hours, but he brought with it the sense of community that’s won Training Mate so much acclaim. And it's this power of community that’s affirmed his faith in humanity.
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Listoke Distillery is a gin and distillation school located just north of Dublin, Ireland. Owner Bronagh Conlon, herself a former healthcare worker and survivor of breast cancer, has a unique perspective on the need to protect essential workers and the general public. Within hours, she converted the company’s gin distillery to produce hand sanitizer. Bronagh talks about how she made that decision and what’s most important for leade...
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Piera Gelardi founded Refinery29 as a catalyst for women to claim their power. And today, she leads a digital media and entertainment empire. Piera talks about the important role her customers play in Refinery29 and 29Rooms, and how being a new mother impacts her creativity.   Listen to and subscribe now before the new season!
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When Katerina Schneider set out to raise funding for her company Ritual, she was four months pregnant. And she was given the choice: Start a company. Or start a family. You cannot do both. Kat talks about the early struggles in securing funding, how the mysteries behind vitamins made her launch the company, and why women’s health is essential to the company’s focus.   Learn more about how HubSpot can help you grow your business at
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Ryan Harms and his Union Wine Company were the toast of Oregon. They’d done something so crazy, they figured it was only a matter of time until the novelty wore off. Ryan and his team were responsible for putting wine in a can. And people went crazy for it. But just as things were going well for Ryan and the business, his personal life was falling apart. Ryan shares the mistakes he made along the way, and offers insight into what o...
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Whether you prefer glamping, treehouses, or the trusty old tent, camping is all about getting outside. But navigating the trail to book public or private camping spots is a hassle. So Alyssa Ravasio founded Hipcamp, an online booking site connecting campers with landowners. Alyssa talks about the strength and confidence she found in camping at a young age and the three questions she needed to answer before deciding whether or not t...
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Uber. Amazon. Airbnb. Today’s top platforms all understand the power of connection. And Geoffrey Parker believes the greatest exchange in value comes from companies that put their customers first. Geoffrey’s latest work, “Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You,” charts out the future of platforms and reveals how they will change the lives and careers of millions.   ...
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Let’s be honest. There’s no such thing as a magic pill. But the vitamin industry sure makes it seem like a miracle cure is right there inside every bottle. Akash Shah co-founded Care/of, a subscription vitamin company, to make personalized healthy habits simple and transparent. He talks about how Care/of generates word of mouth marketing and where companies can build more trust with their customers.   Learn more about how HubSpot c...
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There’s a new trend in office design. And its common enemy? The open office floor plan. Phone booths that once littered our sidewalks have been given new life inside our modern offices. Producer Matt Brown joins us to break down why so many companies are answering the call to install private rooms in the office.
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You know the drill. Quick brush in the morning, neglect the afternoon floss, and win your week with a second brush a few nights a week. Changing habits is hard, especially when it comes to dental care. Simon Enever founded Quip to fix oral care. He talks about the role of messaging in the early years, how customers are helping influence new products, and the company’s recent foray into selling offline. Learn more about how HubSpo...
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Artificial Intelligence. Automation. Bots. Technology has disrupted nearly every aspect of our daily lives. But author Kate O’Neill asks the question, where is all this technology headed? And are we steering that technology to create the best future, for the most people? In her latest work “Tech Humanist: How Data and Technology Shape the Future of Meaningful Human Experiences,” Kate explores how we can create more meaningful, int...
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[Mini Episode] Topo Designs president Jedd Rose believes outdoor apparel design deserves better. And this week, producer Matt Brown helps us unpack how the company designs for urban and outdoor life. Jedd talks about the company’s design principles and tells us why the best outdoor gear has more to do with memories than fabrics.
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