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Entrepreneurship as a second act

It’s never too late to join the entrepreneurial party. We’ve all heard the stories of young geniuses, but plenty of influential entrepreneurs founded companies in their 30s, 40s, 50s. There’s value to being a late-stage founder — like the fact that you’re bringing along all your life experience. That’s what Gwyneth Paltrow did when she launched Goop. Paltrow transitioned from Hollywood star to startup founder with her lifestyle brand, which now has over 8 million subscribers — and she did it by leaning in to what she knew, embracing what she didn’t, and coming up with strategies to fill the gap. With cameo appearances by Sara Blakely (Spanx), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Boyd Martin (Olympic horse rider), and Ruben Harris (Career Karma).

“I thought: “There is too much to learn.” And at a certain point, I had to say to myself: “You don’t have to know everything.””

— Gwyneth Paltrow
About the guest:

Gwyneth Paltrow is the founder and CEO of Goop, as well as an actor and author. She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, and two SAG awards.

About the host:

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:

Ruben Harris is the CEO of Career Karma, an app that helps job training programs find applicants.

Boyd Martin is an equestrian and two-time Olympian and the co-host of The Eventing Radio Show. Martin represented the U.S. at the 2012 and…

It’s never too late to join the entrepreneurial party. Founding a business can be your second, third or hundredth act.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: Entrepreneurship as a second act
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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