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How pirates become the navy

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Early-stage startups are a lot like pirate ships – they need a buccaneering spirit to survive. But every startup needs to shed its pirate nature at some point, and evolve into something more akin to a navy – no less heroic, but more disciplined. Dara Khosrowshahi, as Uber CEO, took on the most extreme pirate-to-navy transition in startup history. Though Uber blitzscaled to become the most valuable startup in the world, it was also notorious for its toxic culture – and Dara turned the company around. His method? Truth-telling and doing the right thing. Cameo appearances: Arianna Huffington (Thrive Global) and Ben Chestnut (Mailchimp).

“Do the right thing, period. You know what that is.”

— Dara Khosrowshahi
About the guest:
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Dara Khosrowshahi is the CEO of Uber, and as one of the original “Killer Dillers,” was previously the CEO of Expedia.

About the host:
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Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Ben Chestnut is the CEO and co-founder of Mailchimp, the email marketing company with 15 million users and nearly 1,000 employees. In 2017, Mailchimp…

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the author of 15 books, and the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a corporate…

Every startup must transition from a band of roguish pirates into a disciplined navy. Get the timing wrong, and you’ll quickly be lost at sea.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: How pirates become the navy
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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