Been There. Built That.

By JJ Ramberg, MSNBC Your Business

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Peek behind the scenes for the honest, informal chats we have before and after the cameras roll on MSNBC’s Your Business. Hosted by journalist and entrepreneur JJ Ramberg, the show features in-depth interviews with successful founders, CEO’s and decision makers about the challenges and triumphs of building and growing a business and answers questions like how to turn a no into a yes and how to pivot in a crisis.

Episode Date
Drybar's founder Alli Webb: How her blowout business blew up big-time!

Alli Webb never planned to run a multi-million dollar national brand.  She was simply ready to go back to work after staying home with her kids and started a little blowout business. The concept caught on quickly and with the help and advice of her brother and her husband, she grew the business into a nationally known giant. Today, Alli sits down to talk to me about how she made that happen!

Jun 17, 2018
Gusto's intensely thoughtful founder: Joshua Reeves

Joshua Reeves seems to hold himself and everyone around him to impossibly high standards, and the payoff has been huge! His company, Gusto may not be a household name but the innovative payroll system he developed and markets has impacted an enormous number of households across the country. How he keeps his focus and where he goes for inspiration are very private topics that he candidly shares with quiet passion.

Jun 10, 2018
Stella & Dot: Jessica Herrin

Stella & Dot is a direct sales accessories, skincare and makeup company has given tens of thousands of women across six countries the opportunity to launch their own careers and has more than a billion dollars in sales. Jessica Herrin is at the helm of this growing company that has already paid out nearly $500 million in commissions to their independent business owners. She chats with JJ about why she's running her second business differently than her first, her true north and how something a taxi driver said to her in her early 20's has shaped the way she views risk. 

Jun 03, 2018
Breathe in, stress out: Dr. Deepak Chopra

Dr. Deepak Chopra is one of the best-known alternative medicine experts in the world. He's the author of more than 80 books and the founder of The Chopra Foundation. He sits down with JJ to talk about why stress is a saber-tooth tiger, workplace productivity and why your body is the best pharmacy in the world. 

May 27, 2018
A powerful partnership that's more than skin deep: Katie Rodan & Kathy Fields

Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields are the co-creators of two billion dollar skincare companies -- Proactiv Solution and Rodan + Fields. Their unconventional approach to sales via informercials with Proactiv and through an army of consultants with Rodan + Fields has made their skincare products some of the best selling of all time. They read to us the one paragraph contract typed on a typewriter that is the basis of their entire partnership as well as how they sold and then bought back their namesake brand from Estée Lauder.

May 20, 2018
Barking up the right tree: BARK co-founder and COO Carly Strife

Carly Strife has always been a dog lover, which is why BARK is the perfect fit. We speak with the company's co-founder about how her stops at Deloitte and Uber prepared her to launch a business like Barkbox. We also hear about her chop shop in Brooklyn and why working on motorcycles actually helps her relax. 

May 13, 2018
From online dating to online shopping: ShopRunner CEO Sam Yagan

Sam Yagan became a serial digital entrepreneur starting in college. He took online dating to new levels as head of OKCupid and Match. Now CEO of ShopRunner he talks to JJ about what he's learned about consumer engagement, relationships with co-founders and work-life balance. 

May 06, 2018
From e-commerce to Walmart: Why Andy Dunn thinks it's a good fit

Andy Dunn rode the clothing e-commerce boom, creating online menswear brand Bonobos. He talks to JJ about how he was influenced by Tony Hsieh of Zappos, how he influenced the creation of Warby Parker and why he doesn't see Walmart acquiring his company as having "sold out".

Apr 29, 2018
The Creative Chocolatier: Katrina Markoff

Exotic chocolate may seem commonplace now but the inspired combinations with ingredients like curry, bacon and Tallegio cheese revolutionized the industry when Katrina Markoff launched Vosges Haut-Chocolat and its sister brand Wild Ophelia. Katrina talks to us about taking risks and why she prefers to bootstrap rather than take money from investors.

Apr 22, 2018
Getting the Hint: How Kara Goldin's health concerns lead to the creation of Hint Water

After Kara Goldin left AOL she discovered that she was pre-diabetic. She kicked her Diet Coke addiction and with her husband launched Hint Water. Find out how as she was in labor she discovered that her product was about to become a major hit with consumers. 

Apr 15, 2018
Strange Brew: Boston Beer's Jim Koch's Raises the Bar

Jim Koch quit Harvard Business School, joined Outward Bound and used that experience to start the Sam Adam's brand. Along the way he learned about making a better product, having a partner to share the entrepreneurial ride and the difference between selling and marketing. *Note: some mild mature language and content. 

Apr 08, 2018
Peloton's Ride to the Top: John Foley

John Foley spent the first three years hearing no after no from thousands of investors as he tried to raise money for his indoor fitness company Peloton. Now investors are coming to him because they want to go for a spin and millions of people are taking cycling and soon-to-be treadmill classes at home. 

Apr 01, 2018
"Your Business: Been There. Built That." is BACK with a brand new season!

In this season of “Your Business: Been There. Built That.” JJ explores how successful business people deal with the dark corners of ambiguity. We talk to Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company, John Foley of Peloton, Kara Goldin of Hint, Andy Dunn of Bonobos, Sam Yagan founder of OK Cupid and others about how they have gotten through the tough times in their companies both personally and at work to ultimately build amazing brands.

Mar 28, 2018
The Visionary Behind Warby Parker: Neil Blumenthal

Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder at Warby Parker, the company that revolutionized the way you buy glasses. Offering stylish options without the designer price tag, Warby Parker turned the industry upside down with their “Home Try-On Program” and $95 starting price. The company also has a social mission, donating more than 3 million pairs of glasses to those in need through their “Buy A Pair, Give A Pair” program.

Dec 17, 2017
Just Bobbi: Bobbi Brown

When Bobbi Brown launched her company in 1991 her signature look emphasizing a woman’s natural beauty shook up the cosmetics industry. A few years later, Estee Lauder came calling and bought the company. Brown remained in charge of the business until last year, when she decided she was ready to do something entirely new. Now Bobbi Brown is in startup mode all over again and loving it with her new wellness and lifestyle brand, Just Bobbi.

Dec 17, 2017
One Tough Mudder: Will Dean

Will Dean is the co-founder of the extreme obstacle course company they call the “toughest event on the planet.” A former British counter-terrorism expert, the idea for Tough Mudder came to him while attending Harvard Business School. His professors weren’t impressed, but he persevered creating a 100 million dollar company built on mud, sweat, and tears.

Dec 10, 2017
The It Cosmetics Girl: Jaime Kern Lima

A former news anchor with rosacea, Jaime Kern Lima created IT cosmetics to solve her skin problems and started a beauty revolution. After two years of courting QVC – when she finally got her 10 minute make it or break it moment – she made it, becoming a staple on the network and one of their most frequent pitchers. With over a thousand appearances on the flagship shopping channel, her company was recently purchased by L'Oreal for more than a billion dollars.

Dec 10, 2017
The Little Pink Pill: Cindy Whitehead

Cindy Whitehead may be one of the most successful entrepreneurs you’ve never heard of. A female pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, Cindy is responsible for shepherding the little pink pill called Addyi also known as the “female Viagra” to the market. She then sold the company, for 1 billion dollars and started The Pink Ceiling, a firm that helps women scale their companies.

Dec 03, 2017
Introducing - Your Business: Been There. Built That.

On December 3rd , MSNBC launches a new podcast, Your Business: Been There. Built That. The show features in-depth interviews with successful founders, CEO’s and decision makers about the challenges and triumphs of building and growing a business.

Nov 30, 2017