ZigZag

By Stable Genius Productions

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Abbie
 Apr 5, 2019
Following their journey has been so engaging! I also love that I now know a decent amount about blockchain technology.

Thynkerbelle
 Jan 19, 2019
TOO MANY DOGGONE COMMERCIALS. Good info about Blockchain.

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 Dec 12, 2018


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Description

Journalists-turned-entrepreneurs, Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant, share their struggles to build an ethically-minded company, Stable Genius Productions, all while investigating how other founders and creators are resisting the “winners take all” mindset of Silicon Valley. From techies putting humanity at the heart of their products, to artists looking beyond ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ for validation, and investors who value empathy over 100 X returns...there’s a new movement to chart a kinder, sustainable, and collective path forward for work and life.


Episode Date
End of A Partnership
35:53

Two years ago, Jen and Manoush quit their jobs and became business partners. Today their adventure comes to an end. Hear how financial and parenting pressures in the age of COVID-19 forced them to make a hard choice. And what happens to this podcast.

May 07, 2020
S4 EP22: Mailchimp’s CEO On Building a Multi-Billion Dollar Business Without Being an A$$hole
49:28

The newsletter company MailChimp made an impressive $700 million dollars in revenue in 2019 and, after 20 years, it’s still owned and operated by co-founders, Ben ChestnutandDan Kurzius. On this episode, Ben shares his tactics for staying focused and calm through market crashes, tech disruptions, and now playing role model for CEOs who think success requires treating employees poorly. Manoush and Jen aren’t so sure about Ben’s advice regarding “scaling.” But as they play voice memos from listeners going through professional zigs zigs, they realize a serious truth about their own small business.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @benchestnut (CEO and cofounder of Mailchimp)

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGooglePodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Dec 12, 2019
S4 EP21: Being Ethnically Ambiguous At Work
44:45

As co-host of NPR’s Code SwitchShereen Marisol Meraji combines groundbreaking reporting on race and culture with her own personal experience as a half-Puerto Rican, half-Persian American. On this episode, she and Manoush discuss why the push for inclusion makes some people uncomfortable and how the diversity discussion can get even more delicate when people don’t clearly identify as white or black—like Manoush, who only recently realized her co-workers considered her a woman of color.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @RadioMirage (Shereen Marisol Meraji, cohost of NPR’s Code Switch Podcast).

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGooglePodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Dec 05, 2019
S4 EP20: How Valerie Jarrett Turned Her Misery Into Motivation
47:59

Valerie Jarrett‘s fascinating family defied racism to become some of the most influential African-Americans you’ve likely never heard of, including one of Louisiana’s first black legislators and MIT’s first black student. But Jarrett also shares how, despite a law degree and supportive parents, she struggled to find her own career path. Hear what jolted Jarrett out of a professional stupor to find work that mattered to her. Plus, the revolutionary ways she dealt with staffing and “women’s issues” in the White House, including making paternity leave mandatory and letting the President know when menopause was getting her down. Whatever your politics, this is an extremely inspiring listen.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @ValerieJarrett (Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and author of* Finding My Voice*)

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Nov 28, 2019
S4 EP19: The Guy Who Quit Planes for Good
33:24

For millions of us, air travel comes with the job. NASA physicist Peter Kalmus was no different; he frequently flew to prestigious conferences around the globe to present his research. But then, on a routine flight in 2012, Kalmus had a personal reckoning. Disgusted at how his travel contributed to global warming, he decided to quit airplanes, switch careers, and start an online community for people who’ve changed their flying habits. On this episode, Kalmus shares how he handles invitations to speak at far-flung conferences, why he thinks people deny climate change, and what we can do to slow global warming, whether we give up flying or not.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @ClimateHuman (Peter Kalmus, Climate Activist)

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGooglePodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Nov 14, 2019
S4 EP18: Don't Tie a Pink Ribbon for Kate Pickert
27:38

After an onerous cancer diagnosis, Kate Pickert nearly skipped an interview for a job she desperately wanted. Her husband encouraged her to go, saying, "You never know. Maybe you won't die!" Pickert got the job...and she lived. Now she's a journalism professor and author of Radical: The Science, Culture and History of Breast Cancer in America. On this episode, she tells Jen how investigating her diagnosis like a reporter helped her realize how little people know about the latest cancer treatment options...and that working (and keeping your hair) through chemotherapy is even possible.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @KatePickert (Kate Pickert, author of Radical: The Science, Culture and History of Breast Cancer in America)

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGooglePodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Nov 07, 2019
S4 EP17: Helping Your Relationship Survive Your Job
42:07

Double-career couples are the norm these days. But when organizational behaviorist Jennifer Petriglieri looked for studies on how these couples manage their professional and personal responsibilities, she found little research. So Petriglieri did her own five-year study, talking to dozens of couples, and compiling what she learned into the book Couples That Work. On this episode, Petriglieri walks us through the three phases she discovered a couple must navigate to keep their relationship and career intact. Later, ZigZag’s own Jen Poyant shares how Petriglieri’s analysis helps her better understand why her own marriage failed.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), Jennifer Petriglieri, author of Couples That Work.

Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it.

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Oct 31, 2019
Bonus: “The Surveillance Economy” from IRL
26:25

This week, we’re featuring an episode from the IRL podcast called “The Surveillance Economy.” Learn about the rise of surveillance capitalism, and hear from guests like Harvard Business School’s Shoshana Zuboff. She says that Big Tech uses our personal data to not only track, but also predict and even control our behavior. The culture of work and business has changed significantly due to surveillance capitalism. What have we gotten right, and where have we gone wrong? 


IRL: Online Life is Real life is an original podcast from Firefox about online issues that affect us all. It’s hosted by ZigZag’s Manoush Zomorodi. Listen and subscribe to IRL on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about the series at [irlpodcast.org] (hyperlink to: https://irlpodcast.org/).

Oct 28, 2019
EP16: Ari Weinzweig is Prototyping a New Kind of Delicious Capitalism
37:00

If you live in Michigan or run your company with a bit of an anarchist bent, you've likely heard of the Zingerman's Community of Businesses, including a coffee roaster, creamery, and candy factory, all co-owned and operated. On this episode, co-founder Ari Weinzweig shares the story behind his alternative business empire, starting with a single deli in 1982 that grew into a collective making $60m a year in revenue. Plus, Manoush and Jen reveal their own attempts at business visioning as they try to take community, cash flow, and personal sanity into equal consideration at Stable Genius Productions.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), Ari Weinzweig, cofounder of @zingermans Community of Businesses

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Oct 24, 2019
S4 EP15: The Secret Ex-Rock Star at The Ford Foundation
25:09

With her band Tsunami and record label Simple Machines, Jenny Toomey was a fixture on the '90s Washington, D.C. indie music scene. On this episode, Toomey shares her evolution from rocker to founder of the Future of Music Coalition to director at the Ford Foundation, one of the world's wealthiest philanthropies. Be prepared to hear a lot of amazing music...and an inspiring ideas about how youthful ideals can mature into pragmatic and powerful careers.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions) @jennytoomey (Jenny Toomey, Director of the Internet Freedom Unit at the Ford Foundation)

***Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it. ***

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Oct 10, 2019
S4 EP14: When Women Don't Support Other Women at Work
37:34

In 2015, Katharine Zaleski wrote an op-ed for Fortune that went viral called I’m Sorry to All the Mothers I Worked With. In it, the former media exec apologized for “a long list of infractions against mothers,” whom she’d assumed couldn’t handle long hours or weren’t committed to their career because of parenting duties. One of those mothers was ZigZag host Manoush Zomorodi. On this episode, she and Katharine make amends and track Katharine’s metamorphosis from a childless boss at the Huffington Post to a mother-of-two and gender-equity advocate as co-founder of the recruiting platform Power to Fly. Katharine also shares her company’s surprising research on why highly-skilled women decide to quit jobs they love or don’t apply for positions in the first place. It’s NOT, she says, because women lack confidence.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions) @kzaleski (Katharine Zaleski, cofounder of Power to Fly.)

Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it.

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

CREDITS:
Matt Boynton, Audio Engineer and Sound Designer
Ania Grzesik, Audio Engineer
David Herman, Composer
Marcy Thompson, Producer
Maria Wurttele, Production Coordinator

Sep 26, 2019
Bonus: Manoush Guest Hosts the TED Radio Hour!
17:21

We're excited that Manoush is guest hosting the Ted Radio Hour! To celebrate, we're bringing you her 2017 TED Talk. It's all about our relationship to technology, and how it sometimes helps us to avoid some very human states of mind, like boredom. It’s an inspiring 14 minutes, meant to help you recharge.

Sep 20, 2019
S4 EP 13: The CEO Who Paid Everyone the $ame $alary. Including Himself.
50:32

Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, became a media darling in 2015 after announcing that every employee would be paid the same $70k salary. For most of his staff, the increase was dramatic (the median income in the U.S. is about $60k.) Now, four years later, Dan tells Manoush how an ex-girlfriend woke him up to Seattle’s high cost of living, what equal pay has done to his company’s bottom line, and what he thinks could rehabilitate other corporations and *their *overpaid CEOs. Plus, Manoush and Jen debate whether Dan’s pay strategy is replicable for their company.

Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @DanPriceSeattle (Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments)

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

CREDITS:
Matt Boynton, Audio Engineer and Sound Designer
Ania Grzesik, Audio Engineer
David Herman, Composer
Marcy Thompson, Producer
Maria Wurttele, Production Coordinator

Sep 19, 2019
S4 EP12: We're Rethinking What Success Looks Like
36:41


ZigZag is back after a brief hiatus and kicking off a series of shows investigating how people are rethinking the notion of “success.”


On this episode, listeners share their frustrations with an economy structured to thrive at the cost of the planet, communities, and their mental health. Plus, an analysis of their responses to the question: how do you measure and define success in your life and work? The data reveal 5 main goals listeners are striving for…and some intriguing tactics they’re using to align work and values.

Manoush and Jen discuss how the ZigZag community may be at the forefront of a culture shift. They also have a frank conversation about the future of their company, Stable Genius Productions, in light of Manoush’s tough summer.

Season 4 of ZigZag is examining the current culture of business and work, figuring out what needs to change, and experimenting with new ways to do it.

**Who You’ll Hear: **@manoushz (Manoush Zomorodi, host of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), @jpoyant (Jen Poyant, cohost of ZigZag and cofounder of Stable Genius Productions), ZigZag Listeners!

Thank you for supporting us by using special offer codes from our sponsors, signing up for our free newsletter, and subscribing to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsRadioPublicStitcher, OvercastSpotify, or Breaker.

Here are this week's special offer codesfrom our sponsors. We're grateful when you use them and try to vet the products as best we can.

Sep 12, 2019
Bonus: Black.af
15:49
Aug 15, 2019
S4 EP11: Pacing Yourself After Burnout
43:10
Jul 25, 2019
S4 EP10: This is What a Male Identity Crisis Sounds Like
50:01
Jul 18, 2019
S4 EP10: This is What a Male Identity Crisis Sounds Like
32:05
Jul 18, 2019
S4 EP09: Is Your Career Veering Off Course...Or Just Doing a Zigzag?
32:05
Jul 11, 2019
S4 EP08: The Weird Kids At The Big Tech Party
44:25
Jun 27, 2019
S4 EP07: 46, Female, and Ambitious. Is that so wrong?
42:22
Jun 20, 2019
S4 EP06: Why Craiglist's Founder Just Wrote Consumer Reports a $6m Check
41:33
Jun 06, 2019
S4 EP05: The Venture Capitalist Asking Existential Questions
40:58
May 30, 2019
S4 EP04: When Your Gut Tells You It's Time to END Your Company
47:07
May 16, 2019
S4 EP03: Adam Grant Says Your Next Boss Might Want You to "Self Manage"
41:01
May 02, 2019
Bonus: Our Old Podcast is Back! Here's a Taste.
35:59
Apr 25, 2019
S4 EP02: An Alternative To Silicon Valley's "Unicorn" Bullsh*t
44:43
Apr 25, 2019
S4 EP01: Manoush and Jen Became Entrepreneurs One Year Ago
43:14
Apr 11, 2019
S3 EP06: The Plateau of Productivity
25:23
Mar 28, 2019
S3 EP5: The Slope of Enlightenment
30:07
Mar 14, 2019
S3 EP4: The Trough of Disillusionment
30:49
Feb 28, 2019
S3 EP3: The Peak of Expectations
36:04
Feb 14, 2019
S3 EP2: What Triggers Innovation
22:58
Jan 31, 2019
S3 EP1: The Lifecycle of an Idea
33:02
Jan 17, 2019
S2 EP12: Lessons Learned from a Risky Crypto Experiment
41:55
Dec 20, 2018
S2 EP11: If Capitalism and Socialism Had a Baby
26:26
Dec 20, 2018
S2 EP10: An App for Information Overload?
33:37
Dec 13, 2018
S2 BONUS: The Story of ZigZag Through Voice Memos
13:00
Dec 06, 2018
S2 EP9: Julia Angwin's Investigations Haunt Facebook
38:16
Dec 06, 2018
S2 EP8: The Women Who Make CRIMINAL
37:27
Nov 28, 2018
S2 EP7: Forget Inbox Zero
21:35
Nov 22, 2018
S2 EP6: A Secret #MeToo Weapon
28:57
Nov 15, 2018
S2 EP5: Meat World Matters
30:11
Nov 08, 2018
S2 EP4: What IS Fact-Checking?
27:49
Nov 01, 2018
S2 EP3: Trusting Yourself in Startup-Entrepreneurland
34:13
Oct 25, 2018
S2 EP2: Why Civil's Token Sale Failed
43:47
Oct 18, 2018
S2 EP1: How Misinformation Spreads
36:42
Oct 11, 2018
Announcing Season Two of ZigZag
02:53
Oct 04, 2018
The Civil Token Sale is Live
23:51
Sep 20, 2018
Update: It’s Hard Going Back to School, Work, and Saving Journalism
23:58
Sep 06, 2018
Chapter 12: Enter the Mesh
40:47
Aug 23, 2018
Chapter 11: Ten Things You Should Know About Crypto
29:38
Aug 16, 2018
Chapter 10: Listening to Anthony Bourdain
32:03
Aug 09, 2018
Chapter 9: Letter from Startup-Blockchain-Women-Entrepreneurland
19:59
Aug 02, 2018
Chapter 8: Putting Crypto Pioneers to the Test
29:56
Jul 26, 2018
Chapter 7: A New Frontier for Journalism?
38:47
Jul 19, 2018
Chapter 6: What's a CVL Token?
20:46
Jul 12, 2018
Chapter 5: Men, Women and Vulnerability
26:06
Jul 05, 2018
Chapter 4: Hedging Your Bets
34:52
Jun 28, 2018
Chapter 3: Higher Than We Knew
27:14
Jun 21, 2018
Chapter 2: Blockchain. Blockwhat?!
25:26
Jun 14, 2018
Chapter 1: Meet the Stable Geniuses
21:12
Jun 14, 2018
Introducing ZigZag!
02:50
May 29, 2018