The Growth Show

The Growth Show is a business podcast for leaders consumed with driving growth -- growing a company, growing a movement, growing an idea, growing a team. Each week, one of our hosts -- HubSpot's CMO Kipp Bodnar or VP of Marketing Meghan Keaney Anderson -- sits down with someone who has achieved remarkable growth and unpack how they did it. Get exclusive updates on the podcast, a sneak peek at upcoming guests and more at www.thegrowthshow.com, and if you're listening on iTunes, please make sure to subscribe.

Total Episodes78
06/27/2017
29 minutes
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For years, the pace of everyday work has been increasing. But Kathie Sever’s company is a good example of why the future may not be faster. Kathie owns Fort Lonesome, a custom chain stitching outfit in Austin, Texas. After witnessing first hand the unsustainable practices of the garment industry, she wanted to change the way we all think about clothing. And she’s doing just that. One stitch at a time.
06/20/2017
44 minutes
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Why does innovation come so naturally to startups - but not to larger companies or governments? That’s a question that Steve Blank is working to answer. More than a decade ago, Steve helped lay the groundwork for The Lean Startup movement. Instead of innovating in a vacuum, he told entrepreneurs they needed to get outside and talk to customers. In this episode, Steve explains why innovation is fundamentally different in startups, how the Lean Startup can be applied almost anywhere, and what you should do if your company’s innovation engine starts to sputter.
06/13/2017
30 minutes
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Six months after Karen Aiach’s daughter Ornella was born, she was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Doctors told Karen her daughter would likely live for just over a decade, and there was nothing Karen could do about it. Left with no option, she created one herself. After only three weeks of receiving the news, and with no medical background, Karen cofounded Lysogene, a biotech company targeting the syndrome. In this episode, she reminds us why “no” or “never” is only the start of the conversation.
06/06/2017
28 minutes
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In a world of unicorns, Anthony Tjan is an investor looking for sea turtles. He watched first hand as his company went bust the same day the Dotcom bubble burst. And he realized that good, steady growth powered by teams of good people is really the only thing that matters.   In this episode, Tony tells us how to learn from standout companies that promote goodness, how to surround yourself with good people, why you may want to cook dinner with more of your potential employees.
05/30/2017
24 minutes
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If you’ve ever had to cater a meeting, you know the panic that comes along with it. The type of panic that sits deep in the pit of your stomach. Will the food be late? Will it be the same as you ordered? Or even worse, will it show up at all? Stefania Mallet heard these concerns first hand. Thousands of these concerns, in fact. All from customers at her previous company. And when that company went under? She knew exactly what problem to solve with her next company -- EzCater.
05/23/2017
26 minutes
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On Monday, you download a new productivity app. On Tuesday, you load it up with all the tasks you need to accomplish. By Friday? You’ve abandoned that list -- and you’re in the market for the next new app that’s sure to change your life. This cycle happens to pretty much everyone. That’s why Amir Salihefendic, the founder and CEO of the productivity startup Doist, says his company is out to solve a psychological problem, not a product problem. In this episode, Amir tells us how his most successful customers use his products, why email is king (but could be much better), and why all of these productivity apps we use are just slowing us down.
05/16/2017
28 minutes
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Jim Cline was only a few months away from retirement. That is, until a former colleague of his offered him a job most people would run far away from: CFO of a company $134 million in debt. In today’s episode, Jim tells us why he took on that challenge, how he helped realign his team, and how he’s changing course now that he’s stepped up to be the CEO. This episode is presented with HubSpot’s State of Inbound 2017.
05/09/2017
30 minutes
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If everything on earth is connected, what does that mean for humanity? This week we’re digging out one of our favorites from the archives. In this episode, Linden Tibbets, CEO of IFTTT, outlines a vision of the world where everything is so connected, that moving across the different systems in your life is as easy as rearranging books on a shelf.
05/02/2017
23 minutes
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If you work in some kind of office, you’ve probably spent a good amount of your time in group brainstorms. Sometimes they work, but often you’re left with a ton of really great ideas -- and no action. Jake Knapp is probably the most vocal critic of the group brainstorm. He’s the creator of GV's (Google Ventures) sprint process, and the author of “Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days” in which he lays out a five-day alternative to group brainstorms that actually has results. In this episode, he tells us how he lost faith in brainstorming, what you can learn from Slack’s sprint process, and how you can even apply the idea to your personal life.
04/25/2017
25 minutes
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One criticism of the gig economy is that it takes advantage of employees. Notable companies like Uber or Lyft classify their employees as independent contractors, disqualifying them from benefits like maternity leave and health insurance. In many cases, it encourages employees to work far more hours than a full-time employee would. But Hello Alfred, a personal butler service, started by thinking about work differently. When they launched, they made their workforce all W-2 employees, making them eligible for health insurance, 401Ks, and paid family leave. In this episode, co-founders Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck explain how their model works and scales, how they combat major misconceptions about their company, and the future of the on-demand economy.