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Bonus: 5 ways to build your tolerance for risk

October 4, 2022

Taking risks can be the catalyst for immense scale or dire straits. Avoiding taking any risks at all leads to stagnancy and empowered competitors. The key is to know which risks are worth taking, and when and how to take them. This episode highlights the best conversations we’ve had recently about taking advantage of risk and how fortune favors the brave.

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman: Improving human dignity is an engine of scale

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO

June 21, 2022

Delivering human dignity to your customers is more than just good practice. It can be a powerful engine of scale. This insight has inspired Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins her whole career, as a labor leader, a music manager, and now as a fin-tech entrepreneur with Promise. Her secret? Take a contrarian lens to existing systems. Find a space where human dignity is lacking, create a product that gives your customers flexibility, options, access they didn’t have before — and unlock new value.
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Need to Know w/Reid & Bob: Ukraine reverberations, inflation volatility & more

March 1, 2022

“We should expect more volatility,” Reid Hoffman tells Rapid Response host Bob Safian in the first Need to Know session of the year, covering news and business topics impacting entrepreneurs right now. Reid and Bob discuss the implications of the Ukraine invasion, then dive into the pandemic-fueled troubles at Peloton, PayPal, and Meta, new climate-change urgencies — including Reid’s recent trip to Antarctica, and how Activision will be different after merging with Microsoft. Plus: pay transparency; the lessons of Theranos; and the business case for democracy.

Strategy Session: How to make the most of tough pivots? What are the right growth targets?

Shamini Dhana, Founder, Antoni Gruca, Founder, Krystal Lucado, Founder, Hoda Mehr, Founder

February 15, 2022

How do you best prepare for entrepreneurship? Reid Hoffman answers five burning questions from our Masters of Scale Members about tough pivots, growth targets, name changes and more. With Members Antoni Gruca (HEC-42 Launchpad), Krystal Lucado, Tudor Mihailescu (SpeechifAI, Inc.), Hoda Mehr (Stock Card), and Shamini Dhana (D/Sphere).

Bonus: The 6 secrets of great timing

Marc Andreessen, Co-founder & general partner

January 4, 2022

As an early internet founder and iconic venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen has thought deeply about the role timing plays in a startup’s success: when to launch that first product; when to ramp up scale; when to move into a new market. Getting the timing wrong can have a catastrophic effect. Getting it right can help you get to scale ahead of your competitors.

Strategy Session: How to protect yourself from copycat businesses? When should you seek funding? Plus: the Pivot Point game show!

December 14, 2021

How can you entice funders to invest in a niche business? Business from our signature three-act ads ask host Reid Hoffman critical questions for challenges they’re facing now. With John and Kendall Antonelli (Antonelli’s Cheese Shop), Brit Rettig Wold (GRIT Fitness), Matthew Goins (Puzzle Huddle), Monisha Edwards (Scent & Fire Candle Company), and Ricardo Regalado (Rozalado Services & Route). Plus: the Pivot Point game show, w/Tara Wilson (Fierce Lab), Tudor Mihailescu (SpeechifAI), Greg Gallimore (Gensler Group & WUBI), Becky Pallack (Arizona Luminaria),

Need to Know w/Reid & Bob: Metaverse mania, the great resignation & more

November 22, 2021

Reid Hoffman and Rapid Response host Bob Safian break down what you need to know right now about the most important issues and opportunities impacting entrepreneurs. The co-hosts dive into inflation reactions, Facebook quandaries, metaverse mania, AI & crypto trends, and lessons from the Great Resignation. Plus: why LinkedIn pulled back in China, and what pundits are missing in the big tech backlash.

Bonus: 5 secrets to keeping your best employees

Angela Ahrendts, Former CEO, former head of retail, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, Ed Bastian, CEO, Rachel Carlson, CEO, Adam Grant, Author & psychologist, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Melanie Perkins, Co-founder & CEO

September 21, 2021

Collaboration drives performance in the modern economy. Yet the uncertainty and dislocation of our pandemic experience has unsettled workplace expectations and cultures. Managing a team today requires a new mindfulness about physical and mental health, what motivates performance, and how to build creativity in remote, hybrid, and fluid conditions. In this special episode, we share five moves that are essential to building a successful team spirit right now.

Strategy Session: When should founders step aside? Where can you find investors? Were pandemic pivots harmful?

Jeff Braverman, Founder, Kris Buchanan, Founder, Ben Harrison, Founder, Anne Kave, Head of business brand and product marketing, Mike Lenard, Founder, Francis Nwabudike, President & CEO, Eric Suan, Founder

July 20, 2021

What are the best fundraising options if you can’t access a major VC firm? When should you hire your replacement as CEO? Is blitzscaling still the best strategy in a context of uncertainty? Reid Hoffman answers critical questions from six entrepreneurs across many industries and stages of scale. Co-hosted by Anne Kave, Capital One Business.