Business Schooled

By Synchrony

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In this new podcast by Synchrony, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Initialized Capital and Reddit, meets the OG generation of entrepreneurs and learns how they started their own booming businesses.

Episode Date
Lesson 1: Stitching it all together
Quilting, one of America's oldest pastimes, is now also a great American success story. Alexis Ohanian visits Hamilton, Missouri, to meet Jenny Doan, founder of Missouri Star Quilt Company and her son, Al, to learn how they rebuilt their life, their town, and created a global quilting "four-patch block" at a time. 
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 2: Practicing joy (and medicine)
Sometimes overnight success can be a business' biggest problem. Alexis Ohanian travels to Katy, Texas, to meet Dr. Anastasia Gentles and Zawadi Bryant, co-founders of NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care, to uncover their unique approach to growing a thriving company while maintaining the core values that made them successful to begin with. 
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 3: Scaling in perfect harmony
Move over Austin and Nashville, there’s another music capital in the US. Alexis Ohanian touches down in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to meet Chuck Surack, CEO and founder of Sweetwater, to learn how he went from doing business out of the back of a VW van to running a worldwide music retailer. 
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 4: Carrying on with conviction
How does a 60-something with a PhD in Social Welfare reinvent herself and the travel bag industry? Alexis Ohanian visits Lo & Sons’ Brooklyn headquarters to meet its convention-defying CEO, Helen Lo. Along with her two sons, Helen reveals how they turned an insight and insult into a thriving luxury travel and lifestyle e-commerce brand.
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 5: Pricing it right
How does someone who is camera-shy become one of the most recognizable faces in Southern California? Alexis Ohanian visits San Diego to meet Jerry Navarra and Brian Woods of Jerome’s Furniture and discuss TV-commercial stardom, family-business succession, and devising a business plan that defied every norm in the industry.
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 6: Restarting your engines
Going from 0 to 60 mph isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Alexis Ohanian stops by West Palm Beach, Florida, to meet Vinnie DeVito—founder, and CEO of Resurrection Muscle Cars. Vinnie describes his comeback from financial despair, parting with a beloved yellow Camaro, and how he pivoted his entire business to reinvent the American muscle car.
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 7: Raising a unicorn
Who said 50 cents and unbeatable customer service isn’t enough to start a booming business? Alexis Ohanian visits Long Island, New York, to learn how the American Dream has become reality for Gregg Richard, CEO of P.C. Richard & Son, and his family. 
Nov 24, 2018
Lesson 8: Minding your dad's business
As he concludes his journey across the country learning from OG Gen-X and Boomer entrepreneurs, Alexis admits he’s never talked business with the man he credits for getting him started. Alexis heads to Baltimore, Maryland, to sit down with his father—and CEO of Infinity Global Travel—Chris Ohanian. The two take a trip down memory lane and leave us with some timeless wisdom to hand off to the next generation of entrepreneurs. 
Nov 24, 2018
Business Schooled Sneak Peek
Catch a preview of some of the lessons Alexis Ohanian learns on his 8-episode journey across the United States. All episodes drop November 24, 2018.
Nov 21, 2018
Business Schooled: Premiering November 24
People tend to think that all the innovation is happening by founders under 40. Fact is, Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers are building twice as many businesses as Millennials. In Business Schooled, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Initialized Capital and Reddit, travels the country meeting these entrepreneurs and learning from their successes. Subscribe to Business Schooled today. All 8 episodes drop November 24, 2018. 
Nov 08, 2018