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Episode 4: Imperfect is Perfect

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If you’re Steve Jobs, you can wait for your product to be perfect. But there are almost no Steve Jobs’ in the world. For the rest of us, if you’re not embarrassed by your first product release, you’ve released it too late. Imperfect is perfect. Why? Because your assumptions about what people want are never exactly right. Most entrepreneurs create great products through a tight feedback loop with real customers using a real product. So don’t fear imperfections; they won’t make or break your company. What will make or break you is speed. And no one knows this better than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. He shares the origin story of his famous mantra, “move fast and break things” and how this ethos applied as Facebook evolved from student project to tech giant.

Featuring: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

With Cameos From: Ziggeo’s Susan Danziger, Hall of Fame sportscaster and podcaster Dick Stockton, Hint Water founder and CEO Kara Goldin and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg

I believe that if you’re not embarrassed by your first product release, you’ve released it too late. Imperfect is perfect.Reid Hoffman

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Episode 3: The Beauty of a Bad Idea

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The best business ideas often seem laughable at first glance. So if you’re hearing a chorus of “no’s” it may actually be a good sign. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb – they all sounded crazy before they scaled spectacularly. So don’t be discouraged by rejection. Instead, learn to hear the nuance between the different kinds of “no.” That’s what Tristan Walker did. After stints at two successful startups, he launched Walker & Company, makers of the Bevel razor, and learned to navigate the entrepreneurial minefield of investors who may or may not share your vision.

Featuring: Walker & Company's Tristan Walker

With Cameos From: Kathryn Minshew, David Hornik, Josh Kopelman, and Kara Goldin

I believe the most scalable ideas often seem laughable at first glance.Reid Hoffman

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Episode 2: The Money Episode

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Think you've raised enough money for your startup? Think again. You have to run through a minefield of unexpected expenses as an entrepreneur. And you never know where the big opportunity will come from. So always, always raise more money than you think you need. Mariam Naficy shares the wisdom learned through her white-knuckle experiences founding startups that survived two financial crashes — online cosmetic company Eve.com in the 90s and design marketplace Minted.com today.

Featuring: Minted's Mariam Naficy

With Cameos From: Daniel Kahneman, Amos Kedmey, Selina Tobaccowala, Brian Chesky

You need to raise more money than you think you need — and potentially a LOT moreReid Hoffman

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Episode 1: Handcrafted

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If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one by one. And don't stop until you know exactly what they want. That's what Brian Chesky did. As CEO of Airbnb, Brian’s early work was more akin to a traveling salesman. He takes us back to his lean years – when he went door-to-door, meeting Airbnb hosts in person – and shares the imaginative route to crafting what he calls an "11-star experience.”

Featuring: Airbnb's Brian Chesky

With Cameos From: Patrick Collison, Nancy Lublin, Ellie Thiele

I tell a lot of entrepreneurs who don’t have traction: I miss those times. Yes, it’s exciting to have a company that’s huge scale. But the biggest leaps you ever get are when you’re small.Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and CEO

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