Guys, I’m a big fan of both of you and your shows, but holy cow—this StartUp episode interviewing Ira Glass was almost unlistenable. Did not expect two seasoned radio pros to drop “LIKE” like a couple teenaged girls.
This 5-star rating is for the interview with Ira Glass. I thought what bothered me about this series was all the celebrity interviews which went no deeper than most celebrity interviews and glamorized fame too much. But hearing the Ira interview I realize how great it is to hear interviews between people with a history in each other’s lives. AND VERY IMPORTANT is the discussion about the deep desire to make really good, beautiful work. This is what I crave and long for: more beautully interviewed, edited, and produced podcasts. So many are slap-dash blah blah ( not gimlet). But please. Now that you have Spotify in your corner how about more like Crime town season 2 and Crime Machine (reply all, and running from cops, and interview with Ira, and Heavyweight ( about Scott. The addict getting his father’s gun back) and Start-up season 1 and 2. And more. But most podcasts make me wonder why the host(s) bothered to buy a mic. Carry on. Thank you for working so hard and being so brave.
The team does a really nice job of getting into the real ups and downs of starting a company. Nice that they also follow up on a lot of the companies that they profiled earlier in the previous season and spoiler alert: many did not survive.
I am not an entrepreneur but I have loved listening to this series! Nice work, great story telling and l love that it has a “happy ending”!
Love, love, love this podcast! I have enjoyed the candor with which it was created and executed. The Gimlet story is inspirational. I couldn’t be happier for Alex and Matt and the successful sale to Spotify. You guys and your staff are a success!
Very cool to follow this startup to exit story. Thank you for your contribution and all you do
The very first season of Startup was excellent but this podcast has only gone downhill from there. The episodes gradually got less and less interesting and then in late 2018 they started putting as many ads as possible into each episode. After that they ruined this feed by spamming it with Without Fail episodes. Additionally, with the recent three episode season on Spotify's acquisition of Gimlet, they were too careful not to give away any important details. Those three episodes were nothing like the first season.
Congrats on your deal with Spotify. I look forward to following Reply All and Heavyweight, et all for years to come!
Startup was at it’s best when it was about Gimlet, but some seasons like the one with Arlen came close to the same magic. I am disappointed by the final “season”. It seemed more like a way to quiet the latest reviews criticizing this feed cross posting “Without Fail” episodes than an honest look at what it’s like to go through an acquisition. But I appreciate that Alex did something to wrap up Gimlets journey from Startup to multi-million dollar company. The first season is still a great primer on starting a business and is a must listen for all budding entrepreneurs.
Listen from the beginning, and thank you for sharing the final episodes about your journey with Spotify! It was really interesting! Cheers!
I am sitting in my car, late for work, listening to the last episode. This final season is essentially a long-form press release. The first season asked hard questions and engaged with so many aspects of starting a business. They have given up on all of that in this final season. One of the highlights of the first season was the failed funding pitches. What happens to those investors? Is this playing it safe is a harbinger of what has to Gimlet because of acquisition? Will all the other shows be softballs? I am sad to let go of my favorite podcast.
Final episodes are a fascinating look at a company leaving the “startup” phase. In this case, it means a buyout by Spotify. Also interesting to think about where the podcast industry is headed.
The journal seems ungenuine and seems like an advertisement. Hoping the sale of the company doesn’t ruin the quality of podcasts i’m used to from Gimlet. Startup is amazing, i’m very upset it is ending.
And listen to it the second it came out. Now it’s a trash feed for whatever Gimlet wants to promote. I couldn’t figure out what I had already listened to. I stopped listening bc of all the repeats and promotion.
Every story Alex makes, it makes me cry or laugh or both. I’m sad that the startup franchise is coming to an end.
Love this sad that it coming to an end
Loving the first season!
I binged the first season over the last two days. I can’t say enough about it. I found it deliciously entertaining, extremely educational and incredibly inspiring. The honesty and courage to tell its story in near real-time made me forget that the episodes were produced years ago.
Startup used to be wonderful. Now, it’s effectively spam. Replaying a different podcast (Without Fail) week after week is just wrong. If I want to listen to Without Fail, I’ll subscribe to it.
The startup podcast was one of my favorite podcasts of all time. I loved listening to the stories and I felt like I went on a journey learning about the different companies and their struggles. I am personally not a big fan of the interview “successful” people podcast style they all sound the same. So, I am really unhappy to see that the podcast has changed now to just Alex interviewing people that I don’t care about. Very sad!!! Like others, I thought Spotify’s purchase would bring us more original content. The interview podcast is overdone. Unsubscribe for now; when things change I might come back.
It was one of the best shows about startups. I loved it and looked forward to it. Then, that was finished and they just diluted it with barely relatable content and continued to disappoint listeners for two years. Would’ve been better to be honest and tell listeners you were coming up on the end and thanks for listening. Honestly I thought it was just me, but it’s good to see others felt the same way.
I wish it wasn't in my startup feed. I like when podcasts serve me up a sample of another show. Not 18 of another show in a row. I'm patient/lazy...I can wait for the new episodes without unsubscribing, please don't abuse my patience.
This was a great podcast that showcased the startup world and their struggles. Really fascination and intriguing. But now, it’s just reruns of other shows from Gimlet. It seems as though the producers are out of ideas or those that are willing to shed light on the subject. Now I can’t re-listen to the old podcasts such as Dov. So disappointed.
Just like everyone else you gave us quality content now you don’t . I suggest everybody unsubscribe and leave it at they apparently no one cares .
It’s so true that the joy is in the pursuit. When Gimlet was trying to make a name you could see the explosive captivating work. Now that it has a name, the content is somewhat disappointing. I subscribe to “Without Fail.” Love it! I subscribe to “Starup.” Love it. What I don’t love is that they now share the same content. I would think that selling out to Spotify would have made Gimlet enough money to produce new and original content. Guess not!!
This was a great show and somehow it because a one on one interview show. I’m confused about the sudden change of direction on this show. Not a fan of this latest season.
Dear @gimlet and @spotify: do you plan to ever release original content here again that isn’t a cross-publish from Without Fail? Used to love this. And I miss it. But I’m frustrated having to delete all the duplicate content that I already heard on Without Fail. If you don’t have anything new to add for Startup, then just put it on pause or let people know you are no longer producing content under this banner.
The feed has been hijacked for "Without Fail". If I wanted to listen to "Without Fail", I would subscribe to that feed. Unsubscribed.
What was one of my favorite podcasts has become a lazy, uninspired interview show. But go back and listen to the first few seasons. They were fantastic.
Startup started as a 5 star podcast, down to 4 when Alex handed over, 3 stars for church planting season, 2 stars for the school thing, and now it’s just reruns of episodes I’ve already listened to on other shows. In the mean time gimlet grew and was sold for $400m, really big missed opportunity to document that process
One episode (or two) to promote a new show, I can understand. Hijacking a podcast feed to push it out there? Terrible form. Am joining the list of unsubscribers for now.
What I want to hear about is the decision to sell to Spotify and how it’s going. How did that decision get made? How do your partners and employees and hosts feel? Have Naz weigh in. How do you feel about it, Alex? Is it changing the process of making Gimlet podcasts? You know what I miss? I STARTUP! Seems like a real missed opportunity.
Since getting bought by Spotify, the Gimlet team is now ultra wealthy. That’s good news for them and they deserve it. But now they just talk to rich people on this podcast, like Guy Raz does on his podcasts. Rich people are boring as a rule. They should talk to interesting people going through real struggles, like they did originally.
Please listen to what the reviewers are saying and stop playing the Without Fail podcast where the Startup podcast should be. It’s bad form. I’m unsubscribing for now but will check back and will resubscribe if I see Startup is back with a new season. I love that show.
Been listening to StartUp from the get go. Normally, I love when podcasts drop a trailer or pilot of a new different show into their feed as a chance to try something new, but this is just getting out of hand with respect to Without Fail. I didn’t subscribe to Without Fail for a reason when you dropped the pilot. So, unsubscribing and deleting for now. Maybe I’ll come back in a year and see if this insanity has stopped.
This show is turning into “How I built this”. I want the emotional rollercoaster of building a company while diving headfirst into heartache and misery.
...but it’s annoying to have WF episodes in the Start Up feed too.
I love both The Pitch and Without Fail, but it’s a terrible user experience to keep reposting Without Fail episodes in this feed (and with different episode titles). Seems the only way to fix the problem is to unsubscribe from Without Fail.
This used to be a great podcast about business startups. It has veered way off path and I rarely listen to it anymore.
I like and subscribe to without fail but I don’t want to twice
StartUp is great. Without Fail is not so great (not into interview shows). Please stop turning this into a Without Fail feed. One preview episode I can deal with. I don’t want to listen to Without Fail.
It used to be a great podcast with long-form stories of the origins companies, organizations, etc. Now it's a repost of episodes from "Without Fail."
I was a huge fan until it became a feed to repost episodes of a lackluster interview show. Come on, Gimlet!
Used to be great. In the beginning the show chronicled the rise of gimlet media. Over the years they seems to have forgot what the podcast was actually about. At this point they interview random people. Not a fan anymore.
I used to enjoy this podcast when it was frequently updated, but now it just seems to host reposted content from Without Fail and other Gimlet shows. They also seem to be avoiding discussion of their recent purchase of Gimlet by Spotify. It seems that the era of "radical transparency" at Gimlet are over.
I am subscribed to both and it’s a terrible experience to have to listen to the beginning of an episode to determine I’ve already heard it because it’s in the wrong feed. Why are you doing this?
This is the fourth or fifth time “Startup” has just been Without Fail with no explanation or info about the new season. What’s going on?
Chronicalling a start up business was awesome. New format is interesting but its not a show about startups. And its the exact same as without fail
I really enjoyed the original format of the Startup in which a startup was followed along during its development. Not only was it informative and interesting but i could get emotionally invested in the founders to some degree Sadly, it now feels like an entirely different podcast and I don’t really feel a need to have another interview show in my feed.
A few months ago they started playing episodes of some other Gimlet show in this feed. I thought it was just going to be one or two, but it seems like they've totally replaced the StartUp Podcast with some other show, which is a shame.
3/30/19, Great podcasts content on all levels! Alex should probably do a up to the HBO Doc series on ADNAN Syed and contact the cold case and re-rest the DNA. Today it came out that it’s not his dna after being re-tested. Okay, well who’s dna is it. Maybe go the route the retired forensic detective did? Would make great content on a true story!
So informative, honest and just captivating. So happy I stumbled upon them.
Gimlet, you are no longer the company that you were in season 1 of this podcast. Your employees want to unionize but you and your Spotify corporate bosses are union busting. Stop, please! Respect your employees!
This podcast has been somewhat emotional for me. It’s just crazy tense sometimes! Like when he has a bad go with an investor and then calls his wife. You can hear the disappointment in his voice and you can tell the wife wants to comfort him but doesn’t know what to say. You feel that in the podcast. Or later when he has the awkward conversation about equity with a partner. Then you hear the conversations with their wives that night when the go separate ways. It’s really incredible. We kind of know how the story ends, because clearly we’re listening to the podcast. But the story is still very thrilling and shocking.
I have no idea why I didn’t know about this show when it started, but I’ve been binge listening for the last few weeks now and LOVE it—especially the Gimlet updates/episodes. Every Gimlet episode has hit a note that is so pitch perfect. Thank you for making it. P.s. really, really, really hoping for a final podcast or two about the “exit strategy” realization!
I love that there is another podcast from Gimlet that I can binge! I am enjoying the charter school series now. Researched very well, and excellent reporting. Keep up the great work!!
The format of this podcast WAS great. Learned a lot about the pains and struggles of the entrepreneurial way. I think now it’s just becoming less interesting to tune in to a gimlet podcast because they recycle episodes between shows. Making your content go a long way I suppose. But is this start up or without fail or?
Start with season 1, it is excellent. The seasons where they follow one company for many episodes are the ones worth listening to.
This is such a great show. I've listened to all of the seasons. Such great storytelling. The most recent season about Success Academy was fantastic - almost like a much longer 60 minutes report. This show makes my commute enjoyable rather than a drag.
Am I missing something, or is the Groupon part 2 episode (part 1 posted Oct 5 2018) missing from apple podcasts? Maybe I am just blind...?? Anyway, love the show!
Well edited and produced podcast where the subjects are really stars of the show!
The Success Academy season is interesting but pretty ignorant about public education. For example, Chao talks about how scrapping the curriculum was typical of a startup; this happens in traditional public schools all over the place. There are other examples too: I don’t know any principals who don’t work 12+ hour days and have high expectations for their teachers and students. In other words, this piece is missing some basic research and is biased because it is viewing this school as a startup and not as a school. I think there is a story to be told about some charter organizations, but please make it less biased and better researched.
Startup is always the first podcast I listen to in the morning. Great job!
The reporting on Success Academy should win an award. Gosh, I was happy, angry, sad, hopeless, and hopeful all through this podcast. You guys handled this story amazingly! Kudos.
I've listened to Startup since the Alex Blumberg days. It was, in the past, one of my favorite podcasts. I tend to agree with those who say it has lost its way. But what is bringing me to the brink of not being able to listen anymore is the host, Lisa's, vocal fry. Just listen whenever she says "slash, Startup" on any of the ads. Like nails on a chalkboard. And she doesn't HAVE to do it -- listen to the "extraordinaries on the mike" (such a humble title!) episode where she's asked about advice she would give to her younger self. She makes it through almost her entire answer with NO vocal fry. Somehow she has adopted it as part of her "podcaster" style, and it is grating to the poin that I can hardly listen.
My daughter attended Success and she loved it.. so did we. And I appreciate the transparency in speaking on Eva's mission and struggles with getting Success off the ground, as well as the drawbacks of the Charter school's effect on the public school system. An eye opener for me and a great season so far! I didn't give it 3 stars because, well, it's a great season. And it didn't get five because did episode 2 reeeaally need to have explicit language? It's like.. there should be a clean option for that episode so I can play this everywhere ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I love the show but these two minute long ad walls are obnoxious and getting more frequent. Lately it doesn’t feel worth it to sit through a whole episode.
As a white parent of children that go to an inner city school in Nashville i found it compelling listening to the strategy that Success uses to help students achieve incredible goals that the government has set for its standards. It is incredibly to hear the dedication and rigor that the academy has to its student population. Obviously, I am incredibly privileged to send my children to a top preforming public elementary school in our city but i still see water down curriculum for the low income students in our school. Just like some can handle the pressure of being top performing doctors and can get into Ivy League schools some can handle Success Academy. That’s the beauty of the world. Some people choose high stress environments in which to work. Other people choose environment that are conducive to their pace. Academics should be the same. I could send my children to a very rigorous academic school but we choose to give them diversity. It’s hard at times to expose my children to the chaos that can ensue in the classrooms. I question every week if we are in the right place. But, i want my kids to experience the diversity. I do not think that there is a one size fits all. Every person has different tolerance levels. Every family has to make their choice. That is the absolute beauty of America. If you work really hard and choose a more stressful environment you will probably achieve more and be rewarded for that sacrifice. But if you choose to go at a slower pace you probably won’t reap the academic rewards as much but you will reap the social emotional rewards. Thee is always a trade off. You cannot have it all. That is ok. Life is not fair and not always equal on every level.
I am totally hooked on this topic of Success Academy. I stumbled on this podcast when listening to The Habitat and do glad I did. I really enjoy the journalism and dedication to telling the whole story surrounding a complicated issue in education. Anyone that has kids or has been in school at some point will find these episodes fascinating. Well done.
So far, this series on Success is such a disappointment.
They start with such a horrible premise. Because people are poor their schools are horrible. This is totally false. The reason these schools are horrible is because the majority of the families are broken and chaotic and that is reflected in the kids. So the schools rather than teach have to end up being parents or police. The reason a place like success academy works better than public schools is because they don’t have to tolerate kids or parents that are disruptive or lack motivation. This is unfortunate for those minority households that are good if they get stuck in a public school. Plus the stupid unions prevent bad teachers from being fired. I really dislike how Gimlet has become a political ideological podcast platform, particularly when their ideology is totally wrong and is solely opinion based.
The new Success Academies season is fantastic. When I update my podcast feed StartUp is the one I am always hoping has a new episode out. The reporters are so fair to all sides, and have an ear for insightful quotes. There will be little segments that go without comment -- for example, a standardized exam pep rally at Barclay's Center -- that just leave you with your jaw dropped. Can't recomment this season enough. ---- My 2016 review: Every season of StartUp has been great, but especially this current one on Dov Charney. The investigations into sexual harassment claims go far beyond anything you could imagine. It is amazing that he was able to behave as he did and be head of a huge company for so long. Lisa Chow and her team have done incredible reporting, uncovering new extremely detailed allegations. StartUp is by far my favorite podcast.
I used to love this show, but they have really gone downhill. They resorted to making a 6 episode puff piece about a destructive charter school, and they completely ignored the fact that it has been sued for civil rights violations, and parents hate it for the dehumanizing and militant treatment of students. They tried to paint the CEO as someone simply unlikeable, but they ignore how destructive charter schools are to the community. I am so disappointed in them. They have been derelict in their duties as journalists. Unsubscribe!
Where’s part 2 of the mason interview?
I initially tried this out because I have been a fan of This American Life--like lots of other fans. I have kept listening to the seasons because they are revealing glimpses of how it feels to go for broke on an idea for a business. As someone who has been self-employed, or working for small businesses all of my adult life, the feelings of the founders (Alex Bloomberg and many others) ring very true.
This is the podcast that got me into podcasts. Great stories, well made, and fun to listen to.
This podcast has had great seasons. Season 1 was new and confessional and experimental about the founding of this podcast company Gimlet. There was an amazing season with Dov Charney, founder and loser of American Apparel, that looked ahead to the MeToo movement that was coming soon. But since then the podcast has totally lost its way, covering church foundings and charter schools, and experimenting and failing to find a new focus. Meanwhile Gimlet media itself has some great shows.
Gimlet media is one of the very few (less than 3) podcasts that I listen to about business. Their theme music always lets you know if your in a commercial, intro, etc. Gimlet dives right into to what they say they will talk about. I say this ruins your podcast experience simply because so many people start podcasts without diving in or really getting into the topic they are actually trying to discuss. Gimlet is so good at what they do, it really shows you how many other podcasts are just ‘winging it’ bouncing around topics without diving into the heart of the issue. Highly recommend!!!
The first season was the best podcast i have ever streamed to. The episodes that followed that weren’t up my aisle, but still AMAZING.
I love all things Gimlet! Congrats on getting the TV show for Homecoming! Amazing! And Julia Roberts??!?!? WOW!!! Having said that, I’m assuming this huge new project will take away the ability to create/release another Homecoming podcast season? Which makes me think “boo!” because we’ve been waiting to hear what happens next! Maybe the TV Show will be where I find out. Nice work!!
This has been an increasingly marginal podcast. First there was the terrific fawning over the black lesbian venture capitalist who has never really acheived anything. Now they're covering Twitch, and in the first episode they repeatedly state "in 2006 most cell phones didn't have video cameras, so the idea of streaming video was revolutionary!" No, as someone who was old enough to have a job in 2006, most phones did have video cameras. I don't want to hear revisionist history from 20 somethings who can't even be bothered to use Google or Wikipedia to check their ignorant perceptions. Yes, every founding story sounds great if you assume we crawled out of caves 20 years ago. This is lazy, facile journalism.
Great storytelling, guests, and package.
We are living in a golden age (of podcasts)
I'm annoyed with this podcast. It started out SO GOOD. Gimlet and The Dating Ring, and even The Startup Bus was interesting. Why it is now an interview-style podcast with entrepreneurs? LOL, guys, NPR, FORBES and every other brand out there is interviewing entrepreneurs. You had something original... following the growth of an unknown startup. But now you're just doing what every other podcast with the same audience is doing. Disappointed.
I’m recently getting back into podcast listening, and Startup has me hooked. In fact, Gimlet has produced several podcasts like Heavyweight, Reply All, and Mystery Show that all utilize storytelling and humor in such a way that I feel like I know the hosts personally. Don’t listen unless you want to get hooked!
Tried it out and not bad but same thing basically over and over. Gimlet productions has nothing left anymore. They started off strong, lots of variety, fun interesting podcasts that had new content weekly and filled my que! Disappointed that the same strength and dependability I once saw with Gimlet and all its artists within it really didn’t seem to last long though. A few a 6 episode (20min each) podcasts drop but that’s it...then 7 months later, nothing else yet? LOVED Heavyweight...had one amazing season, again-10 months since last episode and still nothing. Crickets. Very few great podcasts they even have left, basically only Reply All. That will always be one of my favorites but again-only one new episode (not reruns) intermittently coming out every 6 weeks or so just stinks. What happened to Gimlet?! Please go back to the awesomeness you used to have daily, or even weekly!! The variety of shows etc. 2 years ago I had every show of yours subscribed and listened religiously to all of them that filled my que. Now it’s just reply all and Heavy Weight.
I really loved the grit of the last minisodes; the individuals were interesting and had a passion that was relatable even if I disagreed with their cause. However; the new episode is predictable and boring. The affluent techies with condescending attitudes are banal. I could get the same story by reading Reddit posts. Guess I’ll just have to wait for the next installment.
Seems like it was written to get picked up and turned into a tv show that is just as horrible. Oh wait. That's just the first season. Startup bus and dating ring? There are so many incredible startups and entrepreneurs out there doing amazing things and you cover a dating app? Not just any dating app but one that is about as innovative as a vhs tape review dating service. Was this ironic or just terrible? Either way, I'm out as a listener. Really embarrassed for this production ”company”
Startups is such an interesting topic. Not sure what happened in the last couple of seasons.
I have listened to Start Up since Season 1 & I have loved every minute of it. I am a huge Gimlet fan. I love listening to the subsequent podcasts that came after Start Up because you know more about what it took to get there. I have an MBA & am always intrigued about the business end of Gimlet....so I’m a huge fan of Matt’s side of the partnership. I look forward to many more seasons & new podcasts from Gimlet.
I love your story ..all the audio you included of your wife, your partner and his wife, Chris Sacca, etc. made the story more authentic and interesting. Congratulations!
Startup was a fantastic podcast. I loved listening to the podcast and was always excited to see a new episode drop. I listen while I work, and it resonated really well with me because I have started my own business. This being said, I was so excited for the newest season. I was a bit weirded out by the new season being about a church, but I consider myself to be pretty open minded so I gave it a go. I really enjoyed the beginning of it, and even liked seeing how Leah and AJ were really humble people and showing how human they were in the face of mental illness, specifically anxiety. This was really cool! Then... the bigotry. Hearing how the woman seemed welcome in her church, and the church would readily accept her money, but when push came to shove, the church was unsupportive of her marriage. Or when interviewed, how AJ said point blank that gay folks were not allowed in his church. Then the whole sexism... yikes. Sorry guys, I just can’t get on board with this. I realize you’re trying to just report on startups, and even some controversial ones, I find that this type of promotion of bigoted and sexist ideals is really antiquated and, frankly, gross. I’m unsubscribing and have other friends who have also expressed similar sentiment and have also unsubscribed. Please reconsider keeping these episodes up.
Eric Mennel is the greatest. Startup Bus and Church planting series were some of the best content. His story telling and production is on point. More Eric please!
Almost every single moment listening to this show is a moment well spent. This podcast is so well constructed that it’s hard to imagine how this show could be better.
Never heard a bad episode. Look forward each week to learn something interesting!
I really loved this podcast the first few seasons. I was kind of obsessed with listening to it as soon as it was released. However, this season has been pretty awful. Church Planting (The topic of the current season), is incredibly boring and only lightly touches startup ideas that go beyond basic level. Essentially, the church planters they are focusing on are unable to build traction because they aren’t adding a unique value proposition. The strategies used are solid, but they miss the real problem. Church attendance has been historically dropping because a true lack of interest. Those who still attend are overwhelmingly going to the same church for years. I’m a Christian, but I believe we could have some better businesses to focus on. I like stories that get into the weeds, not stories that are basically textbook cases. On a side note...Gimlet is amazing!
Thank you, Eric, for your thoughtful reporting. Really enjoyed this latest Startup series.
Although I was intrigued by the series on church planting because I am in semiary and love the church, I believe anyone would benefit from listening to the 5 episodes. They show human emotions, ethics, and personal suffering of ministers and church planters in a beautiful way.
I listened to every episode intently and also grew up a catholic, going to church every Sunday and left bc of there old ways.. I listened to this n thought wow a cool young hip pastor. Awesome and than bam there it is.. The reason why the church is crumbling bc even the coolest pastor is still a person who doesn’t allow gays into his church.. of course he doesn’t bc if he did if he had any balls he would lose his funding.. we’ll try harder and get more people.. instead he’s stuck back in the mid evil times with the rest of them now my whole mind state changed on him. And don’t get me started on the whole women’s rights issues.. terrible really terrible
I’ve listened to so many podcasts that I kind of burnt myself out, but when I started listening to season 2 of Startup, I found something that really held my interest. It’s been a long time since that happened. I’m finding myself checking iTunes to see how many days I have to wait for a new episode. It’s the only thing that has me so engaged right now (podcast, tv, book... any type of media). If you haven’t listened yet, please enjoy!
Just finished church planting episodes 1-4. This is by far one of the most authentic and accurate glimpses into the church planting world. Having followed almost this exact journey (from assessment, to fundraising, to living room gathering, to Exponential Conf, early challenges, eventually to large multi-site church) Eric is hitting on all the major facets that play into starting a church. What I have appreciated so much is that he is asking a lot of the hard questions and is very fair and unbiased even if he disagrees with the planters stance. He is drawing out the real tensions that planters face. I now work full time with church planters and am going to make listening to this podcast as a pre-requisite. The ironic thing is that I’m co-host of a church planting pod cast called “Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversation ” but feel like Eric’s podcast may be more unfiltered than mine!!!
Thank you for shining a light on the not-so-often talked about church planting sphere. As a church planter and as a person who helps others to start new churches for a living, I appreciate all the hard work and storytelling that you did here to honor the work. I’m going to send you an email and would love to participate in any follow up activity from this sequence of podcasts. Peace!
But we’d rather hear about church DISMANTLING than church PLANTING given modern ethics and the understanding of religion’s impact on the world.
Thank you for telling the other side of Church Planting/Start-ups! As a church planter, I found this story refreshing and real. Far too often, the only stories that are shared tell of rapid growth. This podcast captures the struggle, the desperation, and the total dependence on God that occur when starting a church to reach the very people who are not looking for church. Thank you again!
Extremely well done, with compelling characters and much more nuanced/real narrative than usual for these kinds of stories
I love the spectrum of ideas here. From venture capitalists serving under-represented groups to inner-city church planters, this show gets me excited about how an entrepreneurial spirit can better the world!
I’m a pastor, and I’m considering planting a church. My father also planted a church, and I grew up seeing the church grow from scratch. This podcast has really highlighted the challenges of pastors today. Thank you for this podcast. It feels very rare to have a podcast so real about pastoring.
Both a small biz owner and a pastor's wife. This current series on church planting really does capture the challenge and the calling of starting a church. Thank you for your thoughtful and intelligent coverage of Evangelical Christianity.
This show used to be amazing. It was thought provoking and totally unlike anything else out there in podcastland. The first two seasons were gripping. But then it went off the rails when they tried to cover a gazillion start-ups at once. And then it just became strange and self-indulgent. Now they have totally jumped the shark and doing a bunch of nonsense about churches and not getting at hard-hitting questions or deeper social issues. It's devolved into total garbage and that makes me very sad.
Thank you so much for the great content!
Love the current season focused on a Philadelphia church plant. So far the story has been really well told—they’re doing a great job capturing all the depth and complexity and peculiar points of interest in the church planting phenomenon. Also, as compared to founders featured in previous seasons (for example, Dov Charney), AJ and Leah are just so likable. Can’t wait for the next episode to drop.
I love Gimlet mainly b/c I like science (Science Vs Rocks!) but I heard a commercial for this podcast and could not wait to hear it. I’m a pastor and have considered planting a church. It has been fun to hear about another pastor’s journey through the world of pastoring. Thanks!
I’ve listened to every season of Startup and I am NOT into business, finance, or entrepreneurship per se but Gimlet knows how to tell stories. I’ve been hooked since the beginning. Currently listening to the church planting startup and once again, you hit it out of the park. Gimlet, there is SO much more competition for you than the first couple years of your existence - just the sheer overwhelming volume of crap our country gets daily from this President and the administration. As a result, political pods such as Vox and Crooked take a lot of my attention, but Gimlet is always #1 for leisure, fun, and recreation. Info that takes my mind off national chaos. Love y’all so much.
I’m a new listener to Start Up. I found it after hearing a short segment on NPR. As a church planter, I’ve really enjoyed hearing the perspective of AJ who’s planting in a different context than we are. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the church planting series!
A podcast that has great journalism. Easy listening and thought provoking, this podcast is a must subscription. Really like the church planting story for this season. Wish there were more things like this!
Great season on church planting
This was a wonderful podcast from the amazing gimlet cast but they ruined it with this season. Podcasts are a way get a way from normal ordinary bs in news and media yet I come to hear they brought religion even in podcasts about start ups..... it does not belong in this podcast. Nothing against religion just wrong time and place for it....
Thanks for covering church planting. I am on a leadership team for a church plant in year 5. Through two episodes it rings true to the experience. A lot of ups and downs. Really enjoying this season.
This church series is fire 🔥
Super disappointed that start up focused on Dov Charney, who has shown himself as someone who preys on women and has a terrible track record as a manipulative, gross man. They try to address this in the podcast, but it just feels like there’s excuses being made and that he gets pass because he’s smart an charming. This was one of my favorite podcasts, but I just can’t support something that gives a platform to people who manipulate and abuse other people. Very, very disappointed in Alex Blumberg and gimlet.
Blumberg, you have created something beautiful. Both the dear music lovers and the one about heridans have become some of my all time favorites. Keep up the good work at whatever you put your mind to.
Season 1 should be required listening for all humans.
An interesting look inside companies of all kind.
Loved the first couple of seasons when it was about business.
Thank you for the Arlan Hamilton series. She is awesome, would love it if you followed up on her portfolio companies from time to time.
Gimlets output is so professional and incisive. Unmissable! All those accumulated years in NPR have certainly paid off.
I’ve been listening since the very beginning, eagerly awaiting the next episode. Seasons 1 and 2 and any gimlet updates are my favorite and I’m also very much enjoying the current season and being inspired by Arlan’s grit. I learn things with every season so I will continue being a loyal listener!!
Just like many wrote before me the first season was great. The following couple of seasons were ok. But since then it’s been downhill. Constant changes in the format, the type of stories leave us all confused on what they are really trying to do with this podcast. I genuinely root for gimlet as I like the ceo and the story behind the company. So I keep coming back but they really need to find a story and format and stick to it for at least a few seasons!!
Honestly love this podcast so much. Every podcast is fresh, engaging, and relevant. Love this so much
First season was great but it’s been downhill from then. Just listened to first episode of latest season (Arlan Hamilton) and its just not interesting any more.
I’ve loved every episode of Start Up. This season is the best so far. It addresses what I’ve noticed listening to other seasons as well as shows like How I Built This: that there is occasionally a founder who wasn’t born a privileged straight white male, but that they are a tiny fraction and usually only belong to one marginalized group. Arlan is shaking everything up and working to bring queer/POC/female/less privileged people into the game. Thank you!
I’ve been listening since the beginning, but really loving the episodes about Arlan Hamilton. Hard to wait for the next episode.
Amy Standen takes journalism and storytelling to new heights in these new Startup episodes about Arlan Hamilton. Complicated, interesting, and full of the twists and turns of an extraordinary life rendered with deep insight. It's the best thing I've listened to in a long time.
Then it went down the drain of identity politics activism
Startup, season 1 & 2, simply great - compelling characters & great narrator. Then..this season is so boring, so poorly narrated that I could not even make it past 13 minutes into the very 1st epiosde. Arlan -black, gay? Is this about a compelling person, or just liberal, quasi-PC complete BS. Arlan is a complete snoooooozefest & Gimlet's narrator...another snooooooooozefest. Summation: take an uninteresting character (Arlan) + Gimlet narrator = time to delete another Gimlet podcast.
This is an amazing look at an inspirational woman whose success is driven by hustle, grit and a refusal to give up!
Amy Standen is always terrific as is her mini-series on Arlan Hamilton. By profiling Arlan’s very compelling backstory, she reveals how the deck is stacked against minority women in bro-driven Silicon Valley.
I first started listening when I was overseas and I had a choice between AFN (pop songs on repeat and corny after school specials) or Italian radio. So I chose podcasts. This was around 2014... I think/not sure. I think I stumbled across start up because I was looking for resources on business start ups and of course searched start up. I’ll always remember when Alex’s wife laughed at his business name choice. It was such a genuine belly laugh that I still smile when I think about how funny that part of the show was that episode. I listened to all of Start Up and loved it. I got wrapped up in the mystery show and was SUPER bummed when it went away. (Can’t we get 1 episode a quarter of something similar?). I listened to Habitat because I love the thought of Mars exploration. I love The Pitch because I’m a micro business owner myself. Summed up, what Gimlet is doing is fantastic. Producers, music, hosts, writers... the whole team/company is doing a great job. The thing I love the most about Gimlet is that everything feels genuine when I listen and it really is a great interesting group of shows. Well done and fan for life... P.S. Mystery’s need solved, the Gimlet team should solve them.
I’ve just stumble upon this podcast a day ago and yet my attachment to it has become solid. I can’t stop listening!!! Beautifully done, amazing stories, some motivational others inspirational and all emotional. Love it, thank you :)
As much as I dislike season 3, the storytelling in this podcast is fantastic.
I've enjoyed this podcast from the very beginning. Always great content. Very well done!
I wasn’t that excited about a podcast following a startup business. I should have known better, everything I’ve listened to from Gimlet has been great and Alex Blumberg really knows how to tell a story, and how to make a topic you might not normally find interesting absolutely compelling. Give it a listen, you’ll probably end up binging the series.
Just watch fist Espinosa of the tv show. All in!! Love Zach Braff. Can’t wait to delve into this podcast.
Everything about this show is amazing!! Can’t wait for the Season 7 serial season 🙌🏾
I’ve been listening since the very beginning and haven’t taken the time to rate and review the podcast yet. However I just finished up the episode 6 of the “Alex, Inc” series and one bit of information rang true with me. Matt mentioned he’s like the “Condo builder” and Alex sees himself as the beautiful homeowner who welcomes in and fosters creative talent. I see the world through a similar lens as Matt. He wants to take this fictional “land” and put it to a higher and better use. He also wants to foster creativity, but on a larger level. He wants to create reasonable housing for lots of people, and though that housing won’t be “free” like Alex’s “beautiful home” it is still a place of creativity which also provides the grounding reality that the creative podcaster in this instance will need to work hard and earn a great place to live. Metaphors aside, Matt/Alex, you have created something truly special in Gimlet and I appreciate the dedication and passion that you share with us through the Startup podcast. I will be a listener for a long time to come!
Like I really do get the point of what Alex is like, trying to do, but like it is impossible for me to like fully enjoy the content. Because, like I start counting how many times he says “like” and wonder if they ever read a like transcript. Maybe I am like, old fashioned but the “likes” make a great concept, for me, like unlistenable.
I have been listening since the very beginning. I am not a typical listener as I am a 57 yo family doc who dreams of building an app! I am female. I live in a town of 900. In Alabama! I have a son in law who is from Brazil and also wants to start a business as well as an app. This podcast is my most favorite ever! Every time I see there are episodes I had to listen. I don’t have TV so I am going to have to figure out how to watch the new show. Alex, you give me so much hope! I can’t give up. Thanks so much!!
This is one of the first podcasts I subscribed to and it’s the most inspirational, insightful and entertaining podcast I have listened to so far! I listen to it on my morning commute to work and it really gets me up and motivated. Love the story telling and human factor. Thanks for all the hard work and keep it up!
I love startup, love gimlet. It’s made me cry, is entertaining, and has been insightful into my own business voyage. Best podcast ever, but..... why no self reflection, open and honest startup episode on the reasons for canceling Gimlets own Mystery Show? Sure would make for compelling listening!
I love startup but it seems odd to me that a show about someone embracing new media and starting a company around it would make a TV show that is not available to consumers who are streaming only. A miss in my opinion. Maybe I will enjoy it one day of it lands on Netflix or Hulu.
I love the content of this podcast, but Gimlet media has hands-down the most annoying, long, frequent ads of any startup I've ever listened to. Not only is it an enormous waste of time, but half the time I can't even tell whether an episode has ended and another one begun, or whether we're still in the middle of the same episode. I'm a massive consumer of podcasts, so Gimlet, listen to me: It's standard podcast procedure to have ONE very short ad at the beginning of the podcast and ONE short-ish to medium-length ad at the end of the podcast. Stop putting multiple long, irritating ads in the middle of your podcasts. You're not just ticking people off but seriously confusing them.
Initially when my corowker informed me about this website I was excited. I listened initially listen to season 3 first then back tracked to season 1 which were amazing. As a founder it was pretty cool to hear/feel first hand what other entrepreneurs were going through. Over time the quality of the shoes have gone down and it's like they ran out of quality content.
HELP! Their are a few podcast that the cuts wrong. They repeat in the middle of the podcast. Love it so far but it needs to be fixed
Alex presents the story of the formation of his media company in one of the most honest, engaging accounts I've ever heard. Season two is just as engaging. Getting the in-depth story of a YC startup is especially cool.
Good podcast but it is playing at super speed. Like micro machines man.
First couple of seasons were spectacular, but unfortunately couldn’t even make it through all those recent “bus” episodes. I’ll check back to see if the next season gets its old mojo back. Not interested in listening to repeats (what’s up with that?) Thank goodness for “Heavy weight” that my new go to podcast.
New Years Resolution: finally leave reviews for at least your top 50 podcasts. They give you way too much free entertainment. The least you can do is leave them a quick review. New Years Reality: I listen to 50+ exceptional podcasts. I don’t have time to write that many reviews. New Years Solution: Leave this cookie-cutter review for the few(ish) podcasts you love. Only review the ones you would (or have) recommended to people in real life. Review Note: I have listened to hundreds of podcasts, this is (in my humble opinion) the best of the best. Download, enjoy, and then recommend widely.
I love Startup. I'm late to hearing it and I'm on Season Four within three weeks of starting it from Season One. However, there are multiple episodes in Season Four in which the audio is messed up; the track keeps skipping from one sent to another and cutting off some crucial parts. Please fix this 🤘🏽
I loved the first season of Startup and The Dating Ring, but especially with this one, I just don't care.
StartUp delivers! Every single podcast. The startup bus week series made me feel like I was on the bus and in the room celebrating with the winner. (No Spoiler here:)) Thank you Alex, it has been a wonderful ride since I started listening earlier this year. Keep doing great work!! Cheers from Indiana Todd.
Do more shows like StartupBus. Just finished listening to the last episode. It was amazing. Feels like I’ve been there with them the whole time, like after watching a great movie. Bravo!
A podcast about starting a podcast company! I love it.
Use to really love this show, but something about this current season isn’t as captivating as it’s been in past. I personally liked the single narrative stories following one company, there something about the singular episodes that just aren’t as compelling. It also feels like - besides dating ring there’s no women run start ups? I understand that Silicon Valley is inherently male dominated but it would be a bit refreshing to balance out the spotlight.
Certain seasons are better than others, but with that said overall it's a very good show.
But this season has been a disappointment and a complete waste of time.
This podcast often gives me a gut ache, but in a good way. :) This isn't a straight-forward process and the podcast reflects the # of challenges and issues. I appreciate how they address things head-on no matter how awkward and there are RIDICULOUSLY awkward moments. It's the most unique podcast in my lineup.
When StartUp first premiered, I was hooked. Following Adam while he started Gimlet Media was fascinating and inspiring. The next season was focused on a different startup, but still very interesting. As time goes on, the focus of what made the first two seasons so great has shifted. Gimlet feels like it has gotten messy. Many episodes are simply promotions for other shows they're launching. It's almost like they're throwing spaghetti at the wall and trying to see what sticks. The only problem is that we're the wall. Adam is fantastic, but the reality of being the owner of a business like Gimlet is that you have to step away from the microphone. He has expressed this problem in special episodes of StartUp. The reality is that I haven't heard other hosts who can do it like Adam. Surprisingly Awesome is a great example. The two Adams were interesting to listen to, but now they're both gone and the new format is surprisingly uninteresting. Gimlet and Adam need to take a step back and remind themselves of what worked and do those things well. This reminds me of Apple from back in the 90s. Too many products with subpar quality. Steve Jobs came in and ditched most of the product line in order to focus on a few things like the iMac and OS. Gimlet should do the same. Who am I? Just a person who doesn't want to see one of my favorite podcasts tank. If Adam or anyone at Gimlet ever sees this, please don't try to be like, "This American Life" by spreading yourself so thin that your content lacks substance. You have great stuff. Focus on that rather than creating new shows.
Alex will be A great Dad and media giant.
I’ve listened to all the episodes. The first season is incredibly compelling and inspiring. The Dov Charney season was almost as good and the dating ring season was great too. I have to say though I haven’t felt compelled to write a review until after I listened to the most recent episode “Just hit record.” It made me want to start clapping at the end. Good for you Skyler and bravo to the start up team on that one. Powerful stuff there. WOW!
First three seasons made me dream of establishing my own podcasting company in Europe, where I come from. It’s a great, honest piece of journalism and smart reality show. Congratulations to everybody involved!
I am someone who listens to Podcasts and I do listen to This American Life - and I’ve listened to Planet Money although it didn’t grab me. Somehow, on a weekend that I was completely tormented by a business opportunity I felt paralyzed by, I found Start Up. It excited me, but calmed me. I took a breath and realized that my business opportunity was important, but that I needed to think it through. Start Up became my therapy. I’m on to Season 2 after only a few days and catching up fast. Love it!
I found the story of Stewarts SlapWraps Bracelets with the highs and lows compelling. First order of 250,000 units! Ready to buy on an island. Must of been heartbreaking to find competitors flooding the market! Didn't get paid.living in a warehouse ..It happens...Bounce back with the Socket Holder. Reconnects on LinkedIn with the partner who he thought burned him. Great Host...Great Show
I have enjoyed the StartUp series. But, with this last show I felt like I should be sitting down with a box of tissues. Of course . . . his mother is the problem. Living in NewYork, no salary, expecting a third child and not feeling the full support of your wife. What to do? When does reality hit the fan. Really, did you need to go all the way back to his mother. This is what you found compelling enough to do a show on. Re listen to your original program.
Thank you to Nazanin for supporting you and your family through your startup. I love Gimlet and I love Startup.
This podcast should be called Rich Peple Problems. If you used to work on Wall St., live in NYC, have 3 kids, haven't taken a salary in 3 years, and are just now contemplating on selling your apartment... then me thinks that your problems and life drama is really not all that bad...or compelling. If it gets that bad, just quit the startup thing and go back to ripping people off from your Wall St. office.
This is an easy podcast to binge on. I started with season 1 in the middle of 2017 and just now am catching up to Season 6. I'm sorry for all of the negative reviews regarding Season 4 with Dov Charney. Due to my job, I can miss a lot of news/goings on about the world. I did not know who Dov Charney was, so it was an interesting look at who this person is. I thought the reporting was fair, and Lisa does a good job. Honestly, this is the type of reporting that the public should look for. Instead of some sensationalized headline that reduces someone down to what can fit on a twitter feed, this does a good job of showing that life is more complicated than that. There are different sides to each story. Sometimes more than just two. The complexity is fascinating. Season 3 was a big haphazard with all of the different stories, but that's about the only season that isn't quite as good as the otherst. Overall it's a great podcast, and I love how we get to check in to see how Gimlet is doing.
Hey guys - what happened to doing a show about startups? Are you guys going to do stuff like that again? I think that's why we all started listening, so if you could get back to that, that'd be great.
Great podcast about the founding of a podcast company, podcast-ed beautifully
I am not a business woman, nor did I ever anticipate that a podcast about startups would interest me. Yet, this podcast is one of my absolute favorites! Real talk, relatable personalities, well produced, and entirely honest.
Lots of fascinating information. I just wish they would make more episodes and stop using it to cross promote their other shows all the time.
I love Startup!
Very interesting show. Part of curriculum for a class in entrepreneurship. First person narrative and intelligent editing/production makes for a great user experience. Especially fascinating to listen to after all of the VC sexual harassment scandals.
Inspiring, sometimes raw, look at what it takes to build a business. Beautifully produced.
Season 1 of startup is the best podcast content I've ever listened to in my life. Go there! NOW.
If you enjoy hearing stories of entreprenurs and show's like Shark Tank you'll enjoy this podcast. The flagship show in Gimlet media, I always look forward to StartUp updates. Great insight on the hard lessons and occassional success stories of starting a business from 1st person accounts.
I appreciate learning about the real battles real people are facing in following their dreams. I especially enjoy that the show features stories of failure as well as success. Great stories...one of my favorite shows.
Also pls stop with the cross posting of other shows. Annoying. Shout em out at the end of an episode or release them in tandem with one of your episodes.
Really well done podcast that chronicles the journey of a startup and all the stress, anxiety, failure, and success that come with it.
I'm so glad I found this podcast on Spotify. I've never been a podcast listener but this show made me addicted to the content especially in the early episodes! Gimlet media definitely has created at least 3 podcast that I'm subscribed to and can't wait for new podcast shows from gimlet!!
Season one was a fascinating glimpse behind the startup curtain, this podcast is extremely well put together. After listening to season 1, I felt personally invested in the success of Gimlet. Season 2 dropped off hard. Season 3 was very good. Season 4 was meh. Season 5 has been good (on par with 3). So to recap, the definitive ranking of Startup seasons: 1 . . . 3 5 . 2 . 4
It is the original gimlet with the original gimlet sound and approach. 1.2 speed eliminates some of the long, long, public radio pauses. Love it. Amazed they have the resources to put so much time and travel into it.
The primary purpose of this podcast seems to be promoting other Gimlet Media podcasts. After finding multiple promotions for a new Gimlet show dominated my my feed, I pitched everything Gimlet into the circular file.
Just a monster now. Five great seasons, and in all different forms.
I would say the podcast was Good at the start. And been ok last season But I an unsubscribing and know two others who are as well because they use their podcast to release a New episode to talk about other podcasts they have so many Times'. I dont want to Lose internet in that and have not subscribed to see that
I'm very impressed with the accomplishments of Gimlet. I followed its birth, and now success. I don't have time to listen to all the podcasts started by Gimlet, but the ones I listen to are excellent. A risk well taken, and congratulations!
This is such a good podcast
This podcast got me hooked on podcasts and I LOVE podcasts
Started listening to old episodes after Season 2 had already aired. Got into it because I listened to Reply All. Been listening since 2016.
Season 1 is a must listen
I just discovered this fantastic podcast. I can't wait to hear more-and find a way to back it.
Feels like this show is finally hitting its stride. I am back in.
This show is awesome I especially loved season one. Highly recommend
Have listened to every episode and will continue to do so. But ever since season 2 the show has gone down hill. Need to go back to the format of telling the story of one startup journey.
I was entranced from the outset. Lost a bit of interest in Season 2. Lisa Chow on American Apparel was completely addictive. I like this season which feels a bit random, in a good way
Excellent as always. Continues to surprise me.
Listening to Alex generate the courage to venture out from his cushy job, gives me the courage to do the same and when I freak out, I go back to season 1 all over again!
Wish I would have found this podcast earlier!!! Love it!
The way storytelling should be.
Interesting and well produced. Recent episodes are especially good.
After listening to this since the beginning I have finally decided this podcast will never turn it around and is going to remain medicore for a long time. Instead of hearing stories about actual startups we continue to get stories about crazy oddball misfits. This season's high point was checking back in with past stories. The low point was the last episode about "starting" a new sport. It was so poorly reported. I don't happen to care about sports, but if you ate going to do this story, how about a story about emerging professional ultimate Frisbee leagues, which have attracted investment and may soon crack the Olympics? No, instead we get a story about slamball. Thanks for Season 1, it was great radio.
Loved season 1 and 2. Always appreciate and enjoy "update" episodes. I really enjoyed the mini-season on American Apparel (I don't see how you can really call it a full season--they struggled to get a half dozen out). What was produced was fantastic, great job. I'd love to see how, I think it's LA apparel, is doing in a future episode. Beyond Friendster, this latest season has been pretty disappointing. I liked the update episode, Dating Ring etc., but even then I was expecting more updates on more companies. Instead, they slipped into a handful of unlistenable episodes until they got to the introduction their newest addition "The Pitch". With Google-like ferocity, Gimlet added a high-quality, interesting (complementary to in content) podcast by buying it. It's all rather meta; a startup media company of podcasts about startups, (named Start Up), who's first and best season was all about its' own launch, ends up snapping up another startup podcast business about startups. Exactly what happens to successful startups...an exit. I'm enjoying it, only two episodes in, and I plan on going back into season one, pre-Gimlet. The narrator seems fits in well with the Gimlet style. Let's see if it holds up or if it diminishes in quality as time goes on, like the flagship podcast has. The content overall isn't as interesting in these more recent seasons. The quality of the subject matter--not the production quality--has dropped. Some episodes are kind of boring, and are easily skippable 1/3 of the way in. I guess I only enjoy the multi-story arc. When Start Up focused on one company or one entrepreneur, for a string of episodes, or a whole season, it's fantastic. Like Friendster was this season. But when back-to-back-to-back episodes are unrelated, it's just not as fun. They are disjointed and there is no ability to develop any passion or empathy for the subject matter. I hope they take this to heart, because I think their serial-type episodes, where we can root for somebody or be in suspense to see how things play out, are much more enjoyable.
Loved the recent episode following up on past start up founders. I'm very interested to see where they will go from here to paint a full picture of how it is to start a business.
The first season was good the next season okay....now.....it's not so good.
Wow! Thank you for providing a great show to your audience! Very informative.
I love this podcast! Especially the first couple seasons where there are more stories about the founder of Gimlet Media. What's going on with season 4?
The first two seasons were good and I really enjoyed them. However, it has gone downhill since then and I finally unsubscribed. If the show goes back to the original format of following a startup from inception to success or failure, I might check it out again.
I enjoy this podcast a lot
The first couple seasons were fantastic. 5 stars. Recently they gave not been making many episodes, and the ones they have made are not too great. They are even starting to "rebroadcast" which frustrates me and I'm sure others. It seems like a lazy way to release a episode and get viewers to listen so they can more ad revenue. Starting to get very disappointed at the lack of effort in this show, which once was by far my favorite podcast.
For anyone who loves really good radio, this is the perfect podcast on the perfect network. I like every Gimlet show and a few of their shows are in my top five favorite podcasts of all time.
Being a huge podcast nerd, a podcast about starting a podcast was right up my alley! I was pleased to discover it's touching, funny, educational, and inspiring. Highly recommended!
Started off strong but I have not enjoyed recent seasons as much as the first few.
I've been a huge fan of this show from the beginning. They've changed the format a few times, but they always tell great stories. Nothing compares to Season 1 (surprisingly edge-of-your-seat), but this season has been really fascinating.
I love that there is a podcast a day and they are nice and short but also full of information. Not too much advertising and a nice little way to start the day.
I do like them recording people crying
The first season of this podcast was incredible, but each successive season is a little worse than the last. Feels like they've run out of ideas, but being a flagship podcast, they don't want to let it go.
I enjoy the perspectives and the strong journalism and look forward to new episodes.
Really enjoying every ep
Startup has become my favorite podcast. In a way it gives you all the juicy drama that goes on in the business world but it still remains informative. I listen to a variety of podcast shows and Startup blows everything else away.
Just wrote a review and it got kicked back. (4 times) Big shocker since I'm giving it 2 stars. Let's try this again. Not what I expected. He has This American Life to fall back on for name dropping. He didn't start StartUp from nothing. He had those contacts already in his pocket. He's not a garage start up company like he claims. I really thought this would be a "how to" for people starting a podcast for the very first time. Instead, it's him saying "This American Life....blah blah blah...I started StartUp from the ground up...blah blah blah, This American Life". I'm wondering how well he would have done without his previous connections. He even says he got his employees by mentioning This American Life. How do you get started when you don't have those connections? This podcast does not cover how to start a startup. False advertisement.
There's so much to like about this podcast - it's well produced; it realistically portrays the challenges and victories of startup experience; and it's entertaining. There's more, but I think you should listen for yourself.
THIS is easy to listen to. Easy to follow. INTERESTING. HONEST. Funny (humor from the wife). I’m so glad I found it.
So I avoided this podcast because I thought "bleh, who cares about starting a business, that sounds boring!" THEN I heard another podcast talk about this season of Start Up about the slimy CEO of American Apparel, and I wanted to hear what they were talking about. Well DAMMIT, now I am hooked. I started from the beginning and burned thru them all. I am reformed!! I just love Gimlet Medias shows!
Learned so much from this show. He has a great way of telling his story. It's honest and knows how to engage people in conversation. I'll follow anything Gimlet produces!
Alex Blumberg is the master story-teller. If you start from Episode 1 you almost feel like you are part of this startup even though you're far from it! The honesty in the beginning can be cringe-worthy BUT refreshing. Keep up the great work, I'm obsessed!
It seems odd that every eposdoe stops interruptly. The experience with Itunes Podcast isn't smooth. :(
… and I love this podcast! They had me at the first episode, when Alex blundered his way through a pitch to the Silicon Valley investor. In then end, it's more about people and stories than about how to start a business. I still think the first season was the best, but the more recent seasons have been excellent too. The most recent season (about the American Apparel founder) made me feel like I needed a shower after almost every episode, but I couldn't stop listening.
Super enjoyable podcast
I was roped in listening to the American Apparel story about its founder, Dov Charney. Amazing reporting/story telling. So good!
I love this show, hope they do it for years to come.
Alex's story is phenomenal. Production is nothing less than you would expect from someone so talented and with such a wealth of experience.
First season was 5 stars. Following seasons still strong but a bit less compelling.
Like a can't put down book. Gimlet is just so good at telling stories.
I love this show
Another great podcast by Gimlet Media, who just make fantastic quality stuff. If you are interested in startups, entrepreneurship, or Shark Tank then this is the podcast for you! Startup provides an interesting perspective as it tracks the progress of different startups and how they evolve through the different stages of their business. Full disclosure: I've stopped listening to this one just because I've got so many podcasts to listen to that I enjoy more.
Excellent show! Really like the combination of learning about how startups work, and character driven narrative.
I am hooked. Been binging every episode since I first heard about it. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I am very surprised that such intelligent journalists and creators say 'like' so much in the of the cuff conversations. It is startlingly different from the scripted pieces. And very distracting. Is this the new norm? If so, I hate it.
I enjoy the podcast, but can the hosts please not say "like" so often? Thank you
I binged the first season then got mad they ended it and went to a new startup. I gave it a rest for few weeks, came back, and then binged the second season. It's definitely fascinating hearing the stuff you never hear about startups (the constant successes that don't lead to much more than a month of hype, the insanity required to become a mega startup, how investors ranging from super wealthy to modest think, etc).
This is a brave peek behind the curtain. Follow founders as a pivot here and there trying to figure out the best route to success. Lots of tidbits of insight on how this journey might go. Love the host too.
It keeps getting better and better. Listen to understand the REALITY behind starting a company.
I love this podcast
As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur - I love this. It's deep reporting and a fascinating look at the underbelly of emerging companies, plus they aren’t afraid to turn the lens on themselves during certain seasons. Alex Blumberg as founder and CEO is particularly transparent with the audience and unafraid to unveil the inner workings and struggles in forming his own company.
Great podcast and binged throw in 2 weeks while commuting to work.
This is my favorite podcast. I wouldn't be writing this review if it wasn't. Such an amazing in-depth look into the life and minds of start up founders and their team. Gimlet gives you front row VIP access to these companies (including their own) and it's fascinating. As a young millennial working for a start-up company, I find this podcast to be extremely insightful. If you love business journalism and documentaries, then this is the podcast for you. Can't wait for season 5!
Season 1 was like a whole new world. Answered questions in a great way that I had always wanted to know. So so so interesting and entertaining.
The first two seasons were true to the title of the podcast. In the most recent, it became almost a tawdry exposé of a flawed character. Listening to interviews with some of the staff of Gimlet in the earlier episodes became almost exhausting. Maybe I'm showing my age, but when professionals use the word "like" in nearly every sentence, I find myself unable to listen. I felt as though I was, like, listening to a group of teenagers. Like, you know what I mean? At one time, it was the podcast that I most looked forward to hearing. I hope that the creators bring it back to its roots next season.
I just started this from the beginning this week, and I'm so excited! My first Gimlet show was reply all, so having the background of its inception makes me even more of a fan girl. Gimlet rocks my world.
Fabulous. Entertaining. Stressful. Relatable. So glad Gimlet was born.
Really well-done and engaging. Highly recommend.
This show was one of the shows that got me into podcasts. I love the various directions it takes and the aspects of starting a business that it tackles. I also find it refrehsing that the show started w/its parent company, and still comes back to examine itself w/honesty.
Start from the beginning and listen to every episode. I love you, Start Up! More Gimlet episodes pretty please 🙏🏽.
I loved the first season - incredible self-involved, but interesting! But for their third season they decided to extensively and uncritically cover sexual predator Dov Charney. I'm out.
I'm usually not into business-y stories, but Startup talks about the ins and outs of creating a business from scratch in a way that is accessible to everyone.
This is a great show. Trained narrators relate highly interesting stories that touch on all facets of startup life. The show creators make very interesting story lines which have subtle variations between seasons.
I am in the arts and work at a non-profit, but I am hooked on this show. It is so fascinating to see behind-the-scenes of a start-up and it is inspirational, scary, and so interesting. I love the variety of stories that have been told so far - and truly Alex and the rest of the crew are very transparent and honest, which I do appreciate. I started listening on a recommendation from a friend, I recommend it to other friends and I recommend it to you!
Well done Alex and Lisa!
I enjoyed the podcast until the episode where they brag about turning down the department of defence to boost their journalism credentials. I deleted all of the Gimlet podcasts after that.
Just drove ten hours and listen to the whole first season. One of the best informational podcast I have listened to. I am looking forward to my drive back next weekend to listen to season 2.
Like the best of investigative journalism, this takes a topic I didn't necessarily think I would find interesting -- a behind-the-scenes look at starting a business -- and makes it absolutely compelling. I'm obviously catching up a bit late, so hearing in Season 1 about the insecurities behind the success of what has already proved to be a successful company is fascinating and inspiring...and subsequent seasons don't disappoint!
I love each and every episode of this podcast. As an entrepreneurship nerd I love that there's someone producing thoughtful content about the many challenges of starting and growing a business. The show's creativity in how they look at this challenges, and the honesty, openess and thoughtfulness they bring to the subject are amazing.
It makes me take a deeper look into my own efforts. In business, family and art. So refreshing.
I was a huge fan of StartUp podcast for three seasons, but the 4th season left me in dismay. It has nothing to do with start up entrepreneurship and is not fit for the audience you've built. It's more suitable for soap opera fans with all the digging into juicy details of sexual harrassment cases and Dov personality. Nothing interesting and valuable for those looking for an inspirational story of building a business. Hope you'll return to the originals in the next season.
The show is beautifully edited but there is a tendency to dwell too much on people talking about their feelings. Feelings should be implied and hinted at not minutely dissected. Get on with the narrative.
Season 1 of the podcast covering Gimlet was great, but I haven't been a fan of recent seasons. In particular, the latest season covering Dov Charney seems like a real departure from any real focus on the startup aspects of business. It's much more focused on sensationalism around his personality and his poor behavior. I'm disappointed in Gimlet for giving this person a platform.
First, like many others on this forum, I have been an avid fan from Season 1. Season 1 rocked the podcast world, season 2 was a bit of a sophomore slump, season 3 in my opinion was solid (I really did enjoy dipping a toe into several startup stories over the course of one season, although I do realize I am in the minority apparently). Season 4 started AMAZING! We all love to hear behind the scenes of Gimlet because it of course mirrors why Startup became a success in the first place. However, the second half just had me wondering, what happened to the producing team? I just completed the Dov C episodes and I am left perplexed to why in the world you would give this man a platform to elevate, promote or have anything to do with, regardless if he is starting a new company or not. I greatly admire Lisa Chow and her fantastic reporting skills, but it seems she too was sucked up into the tale you spun her (or she told herself) to report on this story. She too was enamored with the smoke and mirrors that this man portrays at the beginning of the podcast and by the end you could taste the astonishment and disgust. It should not matter that Dov is a "fascinating character", because where are your ethics? There has to be a million startups that have equally "fascinating characters" without all the racist, misogynistic tendencies. Wether you realized it our not you gave this man, who is so underserving of a platform, an amazing opportunity that so many others would vie for. Why would you want to stand behind or promote anything that he is doing? Especially when he is so adamantly unapolgetic for his actions? And yet, we heard at the beginning of the season that Gimlet declined to go into production with the US government because you were apprehensive of how it would "appear" to look to the masses. So where were these heads I ask you? You've crossed into Jerry Springer land, covering this subject for salaciousness. I, and can only assume many others, plead that have a serious conversation with yourselves and get back true heart of what you want your company to stand for, and the stories you want to be proud of reporting. Controversial, groud breaking and thought provoking. YES. Glamorizing sexual, emotional and work place abuse. NO. You can do better...
Great podcast, hence the rating, but y'all really need to listen to your episodes to make sure the editing is good before releasing them- Episode 8 has a number of points at which it loops back and repeats several seconds of audio. It doesn't matter too much but it's a sloppiness you'd never encounter on, say, Radiolab or This American Life...
this one is consistently solid... i loved it in the begining and makes me a fan of everything gimlet, its stayed interesting even today
Best show ever...right up there with This American Life!
Love the show. Please keep it going.
I just binged the first season and this show is phenomenal. Now I understand more about why I love every Gimlet podcast! However, I'm not crazy about the thought of this being taken over by another host in s2 because I love Alex!
Very inspirational to a prospective business founder!
Great seasons every year since it started. The episodes on both Gimlet and the other start-ups are great!
I still love the show and am loyal despite the unfortunate direction it has taken following Dov Charney. It was truly hard to listen to it and the well documented history of his mistreatment of women. It made me feel powerless to hear about the ways he takes their power away from them. He is a sex offender that should have to face legal consequences. Start up gave him a platform to help launch his new business. Please follow someone we can root for next time!
I love Startup! I wish I could have an episode every day or at least once a week. I am tell that there has been experimentation with the format and I can honestly say that I'm not sure which format is better. The rapid fire business coverage made me feel like I wanted to know more but this season I've missed hearing from a variety of business owners. I'm sure I'm not alone but I'd still love to hear more Gimlet related episodes as well.
I've been a listener since the beginning and I have to say the handling of the cancelation of Mystery Show has soured my listen experience a bit. At this point I went from being a supporter and sharer to just a passive listener who cares way less about your success. Hopefully you can turn it around. There are a lot of great podcast out there that people can enjoy and feel good about supporting, I think you success or failure will be heavily influenced by your ability to turn this around.
I've been listening to podcasts for a while now, and season 4 of StartUp is one of the best podcasts out there. It's completely engrossing, beautifully done, and fascinating. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in stories about businesses.
What an amazing opportunity to get to listen to the beginning of not only a podcast but a company.
I love Start Up. And while every season has been fantastic and Alex is wonderful and I want him to keep being wonderful, I love Lisa. This last season has been courageous and it puts listeners in the position of asking themselves hard questions without becoming pushy or preachy. Lisa is tenacious and honest and the story is brilliantly reported. Thank you for this podcast and this season!
I love what Gimlet is doing... what they've added to my life through compelling storytelling that leaves me a more curious, open-minded person is measurable and palpable. .. and this show gives you the very real behind-the-scenes stories that explain how much painful effort has gone into producing such enriching content. The thing I'd like to say most is thanks... your company certainly contributes to making the world a better place and inspires me in my own work. I hope you succeed in being able to sustain such wonderful programming and am with you all the way.
The season long story telling of Dov or whatever got old.. I prefer the short storytelling of the many startups in Season 1.
Really enjoyed season 4... best startup yet. As with all gimlet podcasts, great production and captivating content. Highly recommend.
I've put off listening to this one because I'm normally not a fan of podcasts I expect to be business-y, but I wish I'd started listening sooner!
I have been a fan of Gimlet Media and Startup podcast right from the beginning. Alex did a great job of candidly recoding the ups and downs of his startup business. I have listened to all the episodes multiple times and have taken notes from season 1 just in case if I have my own startup one day. Lisa Chow is awesome, one of the best things Alex has done is to handover the reigns to Lisa. Everyone Alex has brought to Gimlet are so talented and do a great job. Love the laughter recoding of Nazanin from season 1. Keep up the good work guys and wish you many more successes.
As an avid listener, a subscriber quite literally from the beginning, and someone who has evangelized for this podcast to friends, it pains me to edit my 5star review down to a 1star. I don't know how else to communicate my extreme disappointment with the decision to glamorize (fetishize?) Dov Charney for season 4. If 2016 taught us anything, it's that media's incessant need to "show both sides" is harmful and dangerous when one "side" is someone like Dov Charney. Please, Gimlet, I beg you- you turn down the Pentagon for branding but not that filth? Please re-examine your editorial choices.
I've been listening to Startup since it launched, but am just now getting around to writing a review. Every season has been different but equally well-produced and entertaining. So glad Alex decided to go for it because, almost three years later, I don't know how I'd live without Gimlet podcasts!
I've really enjoyed this podcast until this season. I tried listening to this season but I'm just tired of hearing this eccentric washed up former CEO trying to rebuild what he had and whining about the people who conspired to take it from him. Dov Charney skeezes me out and I'm not convinced he isn't a sex offender. He obviously was sexually harassing people and obviously was abusing his authority so it's not hard to make that leap. I've been deleting this season's episodes since ep 4 and will continue to do so until the next season.
I was instantly hooked to season 1 of Startup, and got a little lost during seasons 2 & 3. Season 4 has me hooked again, both with Alex's opening episodes, and the remaining episodes about American Apparel's ex-founder. Starting, owning, and growing a business - and dealing with employees - is one of the hardest things to do, and it's really interesting to hear all the different points of views that come along with one person's vision/dream. Hoping the next season is great!
This season is amazing.
First season was great, second season was good. The third season. I'm not sure what to say. It's a great story but not the story of a start up. It's a story of sexual abuse. I'm hoping it will turn into a story of a start up but those details seem to be left out over and over again. I'm disappointed this podcast didn't stay true to its original theme.
I have been a fan of this show since it's inception, but Lisa Chow's work digging into the rise and fall of disgraced former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is podcast gold. It's the most well-crafted, tightly edited, smartly investigated audio journalism I have listened to since Serial Season 1. Amazing.
The latest series of Startup focused on the ex-CEO of American Apparel, Dove Chaney, is courageous and fascinating. A tough set of issues and a tough guy to interview. Dove's story is sad and disturbing. Dove is in complete denial about his sexual mental health. I do feel sorry for him, but cannot remain sorry because he systematically constructed a company and environment where he consistently used power to abuse and manipulate women as well as men physically and mentally way beyond what is appropriate or legal. He silenced his employees and created employment contracts that controlled legal proceedings if any legal issues were to arise. He has very little idea of what is right or wrong or of reality for that matter. Many people were hurt by him and will have scars for life. Still, he denies what he did or does as inappropriate. If he doesn't have a reckoning, he will continue a path of destruction and abuse of others. It does not matter that he built a company or made billions. It does not matter that when he abuses someone, he makes up the next day after a violent episode. That is a part of a pattern manipulation. There is no excuse for his behavior. People should be very wary of working for him.
Super interesting insights.
The American Apparel season rocks. Learned quite a bit about the inner workings of the corporate world.
You are doing important and wonderful things by reporting this story!! You are not shying away from his sexual misconduct and I trust you will fully address those issues, but you're giving us a chance to see this person's personality, as he is and to hear about the wonderful things he was doing from a business standpoint. Incredible that he was able to buck the fast fashion trend and make something in the US. This story is what we need to be good humans - to see the whole picture. To not reduce one another to a single data point, a news headline, or a check mark on a ballot. You're sharing the whole story, not just the bad parts and not just the good parts. I for one am excited and hopeful to see this type of reporting in the world. please don't stop!! It is so critical to healing and growth of our country. Thank you team Gimlet.
This is the best season of Start Up so far! It's somewhat like Serial in the sense that it is exposing human suffering in a graphic way, but isn't that why Serial AND this newest season is so fascinating and addictive? Poor Dov Charney and poor employees who have been both exulted and excoriated by him. This is obviously a man with serious mental health issues. And Lisa Chow is crafting a highly entertaining story but also expressing compassion for her subject that I've never witnessed before. As evidenced by her awareness of Dov's pain after he apparently frightened her with his primal rage. Amazing radio. I listen both with guilt and glee and recommend this highly. A best of 2016.. Trust me, I listen to many more podcasts than is normal OR natural.
Been listening since the very beginning and this podcast just keeps getting better. The most recent season about American Apparel has been amazing. Excellent reporting very fair on both sides. And just very interesting. Gimlet podcasts are all solid performers.
I just want to say that I love the new season featuring Dov Charney and American Apparel. Such an gripping, emotional story. Great reporting, guys!
One of my favorite podcasts! Great hosts, excellent content! A+
The Dov Charney story is so engrossing. Perfectly captures his irrepressible enterprising spirit while at the same time centering the voices of women and highlighting his abuses of power. I can't stop listening.
And I'm not even that into start-ups...
As many others here I have been a fan since season 1. However, this season seemed interesting until a few episodes ago in which the focus has now shifted to Dov's past. While I understand it will influence his current startup, I think a lot of us tuned in to this show to hear the backend of startups, the good, the bad and the ugly. I will not say this shift is a bad idea and you most likely are doing this purposefully but it's not what we signed up for and why I am considering if i'm still interested in listening more. I didn't even know anything about Dov before this season and am not interested in judging. However, I am growing tired of having to listen for 3 episodes about a laundry list of issues with Dov. One episode at most would have sufficed and now it feels like you have an agenda. Yes, it is an interesting story to tell... but be concise and get back to what had us interested in this podcast to begin with.
But now it's more about diversity than entrepreneurship. It belongs in a gender studies class, so maybe it's just mislabeled now. Rename the show!
The host's relentless pursuit of the sex angle of American apparel story is truly disgusting.
I've been listening to this show since the start but why you chose to profile someone like Dov for multiple episodes is a mystery to me... did he pay you guys? I had to unsubscribe and I won't be listening again due to this decision.
I love this most recent season as almost as the first season, which hooked me on Gimlet. The subject has been so intriguing. Keep going man.
This podcast was great from the start but the new season about Dov Chaney is extraordinary. Truly excellent reporting.
I love the Gimlet updates
I love this show. I'm a big Gimlet Media fan, and I love getting the behind the scenes looks. The seasons about other startups are fascinating as well.
I love podcasts in general, and this one is great, but the name kinda missed for me. I love you guys and keep up the good work.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and the coverage of business in its most raw, unflattering, and creative moments.
I love gimlets other shows and podcasting more generally, I think it's so cool to learn more about the ins and outs of a podcasting company. This podcast has definitely made me more invested in gimlet as a company.
I didn't expect to enjoy this podcast based on the topic, but surprisingly it resonated and made me think about my own goals, values, and priorities.
Just great. Keep it up!
We need more radio like this episode. "Part 4: Boundries" was insightful, interesting, and just overall FANTASTIC. We need more episodes and shows like this.
Just can't handle the vocal fry of the millennial hosts. Just too distracting, too annoying
Time for Gimlet to pull the plug on Startup. They have nothing more to say. And to choose the owner of American Apparel... well, that's as horrible a choice as Serial S2.
Interesting to learn about the challenges of starting a business, definitely can help form an entrepreneurial mindset.
I just started listening to Startup and I really like the format of personal Startup experimentation! How do you get a funding? What should you name your company? Should you seek to have an exit strategy or do you want to remain smaller? How do you deal with money? Thank you for going out on a limb and trying something new for our sake!
I LOVE THIS PODCAST! An awesome balance of lessons from a real business without the boring platitudes that are overplayed and absent of the day to day struggles. Don't miss this podcast.
Alex Blumberg is a legend. Thanks Gimlet!!
This was my very favorite podcast for three seasons, but I can't listen to any more of the "charming rogue" portrayal of Dov Charney, a chronic sexual harasser rightly fired by his former company. There's nothing cute about having a female host tell listeners how intrigued she is by the idea of reporting on someone who harms women habitually. I'm a longtime Gimlet fan, was with startup from episode one, but I've unsubscribed from everything but reply all now. Disturbed by how this choice immediately followed the firing of one of their few female hosts.
Such a great listen. Very interesting and well put together!
I really like the first couple of seasons. Hearing the shaky start all the way through starting up was awesome. The later seaons start to fall off for me. I know it's very difficult to capture what you did in the first couple of seasons again, but the later seaons just feel like they're missing something.
I am a huge Start-up fan but I hate this series. Dov is a creep. There is no one positive to root for.
You can't go wrong with any Gimlet show, they are now the HBO of podcasts.
An incredibly intimate glimpse into genuine human experience
I've loved every season.
This podcast got me hooked to podcasts. Great storytelling and real insights. Last season was a little too much a promo for the company, but this season is going back to its roots - looking at the emotional journey of building a business. I can't wait for each episode to be released and wish they'd release them all at the same time so I could binge. Great stuff!
It's amazing. I'm currently binge listening.
This podcast was good at first but has run out of interesting things to say and is running on fumes. My final straw was the recent glamorization of the sleazy former American Apparel CEO.
I found this podcast after Reply All was recommended to me. I binged the first season in a week and have been in love ever since. The stories are always interesting, sometimes inspiring and always worth the listen. I love gimlet and the their whole array of podcasts. I can't wait to hear what comes next!!
I don't even know now how I stumbled into this. But this podcast made me love podcasts, realize my start up business was going down the tubes & why, & I now know how id go about starting a new business! I also tell everyone who talks to me about starting their own business they have to have to listen to season 1.
Dov is a fascinating character and I love how his story and the story of this new start up of his is shaping up. Great work, Gimlet!
Love start-up and it's very personal view of life of a startup-- inspiring, insightful and entertaing.
Startup Podcast was for anyone who wanted an underdog story. An underdog story that was told in a thoughtful, honest, and in an unbiased manner. For three seasons listeners were able to enjoy that. So what happened? Season 4 is about anything but an underdog. The Startup team has turned their focus to someone who wants to control their own narrative (and the producers themselves seem to be ok with this). It's as if this was created under their creative services / sponsored content arm but forgot to tell everyone. Bottom line, if I wanted to listen to a privileged white male who has been involved with prior bankruptcies and enjoys sexually assaulting women, trying to claim back his thrown, I would relive the 2016 presidential election. I'm not only disappointed, but I have such empathy for any victims of Dov. I hope they find their peace. I won't be continuing this season.
I really enjoyed the first two seasons of Startup, and then they decided to change their formula for season 3 and it turned into a rushed mess. Season 4 goes back to the shows roots with format, but much more stale.
I've been listening to Start Up from the day of its first episode. It works well when Alex Blumberg is talking about his experiences. But this current season with the former founder of American Apparel is garbage. Don't listen.
I absolutely loved the first season — binged on it during a few days on vacation after it first came out and thought, wow, I will totally use the first season, which follows Alex starting up what is to become Gimlet Media, in my proposal-writing classes! I struggled to make the second season cohere for me, but appreciated the individual stories. The third season, however, which returned to examining the states of Gimlet Media, particularly the two episodes titled “You Can’t Wear a Suit Here” and the one that follows (I can’t remember its title) literally changed my life. I listened to the “Suit” episode twice, back-to-back, in the car on the way home from a work trip that capped two of the most hectic months of my professional life, and it was like everything that narrative told hit a nerve in my own professional life with a non-profit start-up. I asked all of my project team to listen to it, and my bosses as well. And then I re-oriented my strategy radically to make the working conditions more realistic and do-able. That episode has become my work anthem. Thank you to Gimlet for the seriousness with which they make this, and their other, podcasts.
Start-up is still truly excellent as Gimlet grows and grows up. A great balance between checking in on the fledgling company we love, and exploring other start-ups and stories. I am so excited by the new season regarding Charney and all the wonderful reporting and story-telling they did in prior seasons and this one. Lisa is awesome as the host or co-host. Great!!!
Can't say enough about this show! As an aspiring entrepreneur, this show provides me with information about the highs and lows about starting your own business.
Loved this at the start but I'm done with it. First, I understand they are recording life audio and putting it together for the show so the show is going to have some foul language but it seems like they are going out of their way to put it in. Even so, I could overlook it, but then then spent half a show debating whether or not they should do a show for the Pentagon and then they turned it down! Why? Because they were afraid how it would look! Like helping the US Military advertise and get recruits would be a stain on their brand. Thank goodness Walt Disney and the ad agencies didn't feel the same way when they help to get the entire country to pitch in with the WWII effort and join programs like the Seabees, Waves, and help in manufacturing, like Rosie the Riveter. Too bad!
I had to write my five star review before moving on from the first three episodes of Gimlet updates in Season 4, because I enjoyed them so much! I run an academic research group yet so much of Alex's "growing pains" resonated with me both personally and professionally. There is something very magical and magnetic about Alex, I hope he never stops infusing himself within Gimlet episodes. There are plenty of brilliant investment bankers that can plan for meetings and always be on time, but you can't go to school or discipline yourself to become what Alex brings to the table. The world needs a few more Peter Pans!
I'm a long time podcast lover and listener of podcasts like Radiolab and This American Life. This is my new favorite! It's completely unlike any other one and super interesting to get a glimpse into startup business culture, as well as media companies, which are two things with which I am not familiar. Keep up the good work!
Gets you thinking like a small startup.
Dumbed down content for dumbed down people
I needed this show, and I think you'll agree that you do, too. Startup tells the real story of starting a company- the good, the bad, and the ugly. My only complaint about this podcast is that it doesn't have an episode everyday. But, I know that quality this high takes time. Start from the beginning and be amazed.
Just so done. It was boring, and it's about a guy who has settled many sexual harassment claims...and it was boring. It had no substance, no reality, it's like interviewing Bill Cosby and talking about pudding. Either deal the elephant in the room or don't feature this guy. I'm unsubscribed.
I have listened since the beginning. Start Up got me into listening to podcasts. Can't get enough of them now. Of the 30+ podcast I listen to Start Up is my favorite. Keep up the great work Gimlet.
Season one was great but since then has been pretty boring. The only exception is when they do company updates. Now in season four they will follow the American apparel founder. After an election season focused on a pompous, loud mouthed sexual abuser I have no interest in listening to this fool. I am out. Unsubscribed
And I don't mean monetarily. I've been listening to this since the beginning (I used to draft LETTERS to alex at work when I had nothing better to do with my "advice" for the industry...but clearly he knows what he's doing). I also loved the last episode. Get raw! Great show.
One of the best podcasts on the planet. Informative, funny, and inspiring.
I love all the episodes about Gimlet!
The raw honesty of it really draws you in & makes you feel invested. One of my favs.
Unsubscribing. The show had been outstanding but spending hours hearing about Dov Charney is the last thing I want to do with my time.
Storytelling at its finest, always look forward to the next episode. The authenticity of this show keeps me coming back.
Alex and crew have a gem here.
Great insights into the world of entrepreneurship and building startups from zero to one. Love it !
This is the podcast that led me into the beautiful world that is gimlet media. So happy that I'm getting to start season four, it's really interesting and I think this will hold up for a long time. There are very few podcasts to have the production, talent, and depth of focus that Start up does. The episodes where they analyze their own start up are the most interesting, but season three proved that the matter what the focuses there is great storytelling everywhere.
Love Start Up. It's the most engaging, well crafted podcast on business out there. Very excited to listen to season 4
Overall one of my favorites. Very original.
I love this podcast. It inspired me to quit my job and start my own life! It's so real, honest, painful, hilarious, warm. It is a privilege to listen. Thank you.
Season 4 episode 3 was one of the best episodes of a podcast I've ever heard. Very brave and revealing. I was in tears.
Alex absolutely rocks and I LOVE Gimlet Media
I’ve been listening to Alex Blumberg for probably more than a decade, and today, I listened to probably the most hard to listen to show I ever heard from Gimlet, which was the latest show for Startup. (Sigh)…where do I start. Guys – unless you are programing your show to be a complete downer, then you are not accomplishing what you want out of this show. What I liked about Gimlet and Startup was that it is unpretentious. It was really balanced. Listening to Gimlet is like eating at a really good restaurant that has good food, good menu, good service, good atmosphere, good décor, good energy, and is just an overall good experience. Today’s episode was like watching the movie, “The Player” with Tim Robbins where he plays a Hollywood Studio Executive, and he save a film from being a complete flop because it has no second act. The latest episode of StartUp “Shadowed Qualities” was absolutely painful to listen to because it had no second act. Guys – please be who you are. You are a company that produces entertaining, humorous, heart-warming, interesting, educational, inspiring podcasts with occasional elements of drama as part of the setup. “Shadowed Qualities” failed in that respect. Alex – that scene where you were crying to your wife – good, but I felt like you spent the rest of the episode whining. Oh my god you gave me a headache. I was driving when I was listening to this episode and screaming at my radio like Godfather Don Corleone yelling at Johnny Fontane “YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN!” Seriously – buckup son – we all have problems and it is nice to show your personal side, but you really over did this one. You overshared. TMI. I have three words for you – volume, volume, volume. Gimlet should be a show factory. Instead, you are acting like a podcast show artesian boutique. Stop trying so hard to make every show perfect – its pretentious. You should take a lesson from the Kings of the Podcast – Josh and Chuck. Two shows a week. If I did not get two fixes a week of SYSK, I would flip out! Gimlet could be like that ten-fold. Startup, Surprisingly Awesome, Reply All, Sci Vs., even Mystery Show – these are all amazing shows. And you should release the bad stuff – the outtakes, the imperfections. That is what people listen for. It will make the good episodes even better. Listeners want reliability. We listen to you while we commute, while we work, while we are at the gym or cooking dinner or folding laundry. Give us what we want – more shows. Balanced shows. Find the formula and stick with. Go into production. You can do it – I completely have faith in you. Stop trying so hard. Make shows and release them like Ed Wood making a movie. Good Luck and I look forward to more episodes.
With a name like Startup, I'm always surprised at how emotional this show is. A company is its people and the stories behind Gimlet's are touching and fascinating. Today, I cried.
Fun, quirky, and interesting. Lots of insight into the mind of a start up. Ok, lots of insight into the mind, period. Great show!
I feel that the current season of StartUp's early episodes only serve to put Alex Blumberg in a better light given the Mystery Show debacle.
I love the honesty and transparency of Alex and crew. Will miss Brittany and Sampler but can't wait to see what comes next!
In March or April of 2016 the executives at Gimlet make the decision to cancel a podcast that critics fawned over, fans went rabid for, and which Apple called the best new podcast of 2015. A start-up company cancelled it's plum podcast, fired all the staff associated with that show, and they kept it a secret until October 2016 when they finally announced the action without a single word of explanation. If such a monumental decision as that is not included in StartUp Podcast, why should anyone believe anything on the podcast? It is clearly staged, and does not reveal the most difficult or important decisions. Kind of contrary to the point?
I love learning about the ins and outs of how a podcast even happens and how business works in general.
Season 1 was one of the best podcast seasons out there. The story was gripping. Would they make it? Season 2 was also very good. I got lost a bit with season 3. I'm really enjoying the Season 4 mini-series that's discussing all the changes at Gimlet. Highly recommend!
Love how raw the team at Gimlet is willing to get to make great content. Keep it up!
This podcast is an excellent mix of understanding different startups and hearing about the startup we all love, Gimlet.
Love listening to this podcast, as we get a look at the ups and downs of starting up a business. I don't even have a desire to start my own business, but have enjoyed the "behind the scenes" look at not only Gimlet but other notable (and some not so notable...yet) companies as they try to make their mark. Not often do you find companies willing to show their foibles almond with their successes, but Start Up been able to find a way to show us the mans behind the curtain, in turn endearing the listener to try out the many other pods under the Gimlet header.
Start w season 1 so good
I am subscribed, listen and enjoy the Gimlet podcasts, but this one, their first abuses and over uses like to the point of extreme distraction. It's insane and greatly diminishes my ability to enjoy the product.
I am a traveling businessman and a podcast junky. I have never left a review for a podcast. I have fell in love with show. I spend my time traveling thinking why do I make money for other people. This podcast feels like my life from kids to wife and business. I keep asking myself why can't I be like Alex. He has motivate me to start making move while providing 30 minutes of entertainment. Thank you for the hope!
Just started thinking about building a business next year and have been looking for something just like this. Authentic, gritty and down to earth. Really enjoy to know that someone who has worked on ThisAmericanLife and PlanetMoney also has the inner doubts that less experienced people feel! Keep it up and hope you continue going up!
Started listening to it with my husband and did not expect to get into it. Totaly loved it! I liked the format of following one business the whole season better than jumping from business to another following a theme.
The inside of my favorite shows
I definitely liked the first and second seasons the best, where the entire season dove into one startup story. Still enjoy listening every week though and who doesn't love Alex?
Let me start with the fact that I don't care about businesses succeeding or collapsing, but the team of reporters and producers at Start Up are such masters of story telling that I get sucked in and LOVE listening to this podcast every week. I fell for this show because I am a huge fan of Alex Blumberg from TAL and Planet Money. The episodes about Gimlet are probably my favorite because they feel so personal and honest. However, the episodes about other companies are also riveting. I strongly recommend this podcast. Give it a chance and you will get hooked!
Put simply, this was the podcast that got me hooked on podcasts several years ago. Alex Blumberg is the best of the best. Thanks.
Can't wait, great show
So happy this shows back! It's the best
This has no interesting stories anymore, unless you want the story of how these guys are foolishly driving great podcast concepts into the ground because of their own egos.
I appreciate this honest look into what it's really like to run a business.
I've just "binge-listened" to season 1 and am looking forward to more! What great, honest, raw storytelling - whether you are interested in business or not, this is a great podcast.
Startup is still well-produced, but it's hard to see what Gimlet Media is spending its millions of dollars on. Other podcast networks that didn't raise huge Silicon Valley money are doing equal or better shows, and they don't have the 60 employee army Gimlet does. In the first season, you were rooting for Alex to make it, right there with him as he struggled to acheive his dream. Now it seems like the whole company has settled into bro culture, pumping out self-congratulatory shows that care far too much about being cool. Podcasting succeeds when it's personal, and makes the listener feel welcome, like you're hearing from a friend. Startup feels like you're stuck sitting in a bar with someone you knew in college who got a big job at Google, and can't stop telling you how tough it is to sit in meetings with important executives when what they really want to do is go drive their Tesla.
Hooked since episode 1
This podcast is amazing!!!!!
Very cool and entertaining podcast
I am not sure anything is going to top Season One, and Season Two had me rooting against that awful dating site, but the premise here is good and the delivery is excellent. Strong stuff.
This podcast is amazing and gives you a great inside look of what it takes to start a company. I have been working for a startup for 4 years now so it was great to hear what it really takes to start a company. Alex does not hold back and tells it like it is. Highly recommend if you work for a startup, interested in startups or just looking for an entertaining podcast
The first season was great and Alex had a story to tell and was great. I never did get what season 2 was all about. Amateurs can be in business too, I guess. Season 3 was short and a dud. I like a couple of the other Gimlet shows like Reply All and Science Vs whiich are well done and fun to listen to. Suprisingly Awsome could cease production and I would never miss it.
Alex takes you through his journey of how he set out to build Gimlet Media. Loved it! That was season 1. I never got a chance to listen to all of Season 2, but the format they use in Season 3 is even better - they talk about startup stories. They talk about the pitfalls and lessons that can be learnt from each startup story, and this is what I love most about this podcast.
Loved seasons 1 and 2! I listened to both the seasons in just over 2 days - amazing production, hats off to the team.
Season 1 was riveting. Likewise for the start of season 2. By season 3, and the new presenters of the podcast are weak. Now, the show doesn't seem to know what it is. Sadly, I'm unsubscribing. Seems many others feel the same.
Really like this one. Loved first seasons where focus was Gimlet, and impressed with their pivot to other start up stories.
This podcast is a great introduction into starting a new business, on both a professional level and more importantly the personal aspects and sacrifices one has while working to grow a startup into a small thriving business. I’ve quickly grown to be a huge fan of this podcast and the story of Gimlet Media - 💯
This was my (post Serial) gateway podcast. Especially love the eps about Gimlet. Can't wait for more.
great story, super honest and transparent
You will root for Gimlet media to succeed if you start from the beginning. Great stories and suprisingly open and emotional. Startup got me hooked on their style of storytelling and style bleeds into the other Gimlet podcasts. I've been meaning to leave a rating and comment for a long time, I can’t recommend them enough.
Such a great show! I loved it so much that I listened to all three seasons in a little over a week. Highly recommend!
I freaking love this podcast! Season 1 is the best thing I have ever listened to in my car. So real and so well put together! Season 2 was the low point of this series with a huge over analysis of online dating rather than starting the company. Yah I don't care about online dating at all. Season 1 and 3 are so good though that I will still give it 5 stars! If you are a new listener, skip over season 2 entirely and you will love it so very very much! Love this show and I love all things Gimlet!
I'm making a transition from tech to business and this podcast is a great mix of both. Alex Blumberg's account of a burgeoning startup in the first season is priceless and the second season expands on the idea beautifully. Getting to the third season soon, but can't wait to binge it!
Great show, but truly love that each season is a little different. I loved season 3 the most and hope they do something like that again next time (but perhaps with a new theme). Love shorter stories about many companies though!
With the good reviews I had high expectations for this podcast. It was ok, I listened to a few episodes. I lost interest fairly quickly and will delete.
The first season was fascinating to hear in such depth at the ebbs and flows of creating a company. The second season has been just as interesting with profiles of it only extremely successful startups to those in the verge of collapse. I also loved the episode on how they bravely looked at their own company to see were they practicing what they preached within their own company with promoting diversity.
This is such a fascinating, engaging podcast. I have learned a ton just observing the process of their startup. It is also very funny and endearing. Well done!
this one is no exception.
I can't stop listening! I must have listened to 8 episodes in one day. It's like listening to an audio diary of a mans journey into entrepreneurship.
Wish the seasons were longer & would also love a follow up on season 2!
I just began to listen to podcasts maybe a month or two ago and I heard about Start Up from a coworker. Since the first episode, I've been hooked. Perfect length and great stories/anecdotes. I'm a little late to the show but I will catch up on every episode. I liked this podcast so much, I've subscribed to other Gimlet Media podcasts.
Review 2 after season 3: This went from good to really bad. I use to look forward to listening to this and season 3 was such a drag. Disappointed! Review 1 following season 1&2: One of the best podcasts! It follows the journey of a startup and its struggles. Captured very creatively and brilliantly! Listen to the first episode and you'll be hooked!
As a huge fan of podcasts, I'm a new fan and now feel highly informed and entertained. Congrats on your success and good luck in the future! I expect amazing things.
I love this podcast and learned a lot from seasons one and two. I was also Inspired and realized my own entrepreneurial path. However, the change in format to season 3 left me with incomplete stories and yearning for more, especially the ConBody story. That story should have been several episodes. I emailed Gimlet, but never heard back. I hope they go back to the original format and use bonus episodes to tell other company stories, while focusing on one company.
Great journalism, interesting content
I basically liked season 1. I appreciated the raw honesty of that first season. It was both clever and ballsy to start that way. Season 2 was okay. I liked the idea of trying to dig into the problems of the company and the people connected with the startup. Season 3 is just a complete let down. The storytelling is not really catching on because the stories are not that interesting (as hard as they try). The Justin TV story is a fairly well known story. Plus, the protagonists just seemed liked DBs, which made it hard to tell a compelling story. Oh well, at least there are good casts out there to choose from.
Fascinating stories, told very well. Highly recommended!
The people at Gimlet know what they are doing... Thank you for the great storytelling!
The first season was really good, can't really say the same about the next ones, but worth a listen if you are into finding out more about the start up community.
Love the story and hearing a detailed description of how to start a business.
Great stories. Sometimes they hit a little too close to home. Great balance of personal stories and a 'just the facts' style of dialog.
The stories are so raw and honest compared to the glamor we normally hear about start ups. Which also makes them really inspiring.
Great story. Very honest and real. Keep it up.
It's the mid 2016 and I started listening to it and it's so relevant to everyone. You don't have to be an entrepreneur to enjoy this podcast you'll learn a lot and have so much fun on the ride. Best podcast out there by far.
I'm pretty picky about what I listen to, and I've been binge listening to Startup. Awesome, and totally worth your time.
Original Review: So much fun to listen to — as an entrepreneur, it’s wonderful to hear someone talk about the doubt, the fear, and the excitement in the beginning stages. If you love the storytelling of Planet Money / TAL, and are at all interested in entrepreneurism, then you will love this. UPDATE: I loved this podcast through its first two seasons (though found the startup at the center of Season 2 a bit hard to root for), but Season 3 has just been rough. It's become a struggle to stay interested in the Startup-of-the-Week format. The first couple episodes were decent, but let's not pretend a guy smuggling Trader Joe's across the Canadian border or a drug dealer are inspiring StartUp stories. Gimlet feels like it is going through a rough patch, and I hope they can pull out of it.
Really touches on the humanity of business. Great!
Creating interesting and meaningful content over and over again. Gracias 👌
He was great with TAL and Planet Money, and Gimlet. This podcast has shown his immense talent. Said that he isn't outright hosting a show anymore, but love the Gimlet updates and this new season with numerous startup stories is great.
Listening to the original season of start-up helped me to not feel alone in my entrepreneurial struggles and recognize that although things get tough, I can absolutely create something valuable and meaningful in the world. Alex is an expert at story telling and I love the format. Thanks for everything you do! - Brian
I started listening to podcast because of Start Up. As an entrepreneur myself I can relate deeply to both season so far.
If you love hearing about other people’s office drama like I do, this podcast is for you. I didn’t think I was going to like it at first—money-related discussions make my eyes glaze over, and that’s a big part of running a company. But I gave it a few more episodes and now I majorly look forward to it every week.
So much insight. Tips about getting investors, running a company, and best in the business editing.
Good podcast but I wish the narrator would give more background info on companies. I often find myself having to google it later to fill in the gaps.
Always keep looking forward to the next epipsde
The original StartUp has sprung so many great podcasts. Keep them coming
This podcast went from great to good to weak. Season 3 has lost all of the appeal of the first 2 seasons by losing the original format of following one set of entrepreneurs. It's now just a series of reports with no consistency. As the gimlet media group has grown all its podcasts are suffering horribly. I was really excited about their offerings but think I am now about to have unsubscribed from everything.
I have loved this podcast since the beginning- I really enjoyed the episodes about Gimlet. The third season is excellent. Episode 5 was amazing- I loved the 'scenes'. Very well done.
Amazing. That's all I have to say
Just listened to the podcast about Tailored men's suits for women. It's more of a personal piece than content about a startups... Multiple episodes in season three are lacking content related to actual startups and information helpful to others interested in STARTUPS. Stay true to your name. The first season was amazing, maybe re-listen to it and go back to your roots.
Listening to start up is so intriguing, what makes entrepreneurs tick? Listen to this show to get inside the lives of business owners!
As a podcast "super user," this podcast changed my understanding of the podcast industry. Very interesting.
This podcast has been good since the start, butis getting even better. Certainly do not miss season 3 episode 4 about Grooveshark
Startup podcasting is simply awesome; amazing stories that are meticulously edited and produced. You should try it today.
Very production value and always interesting!
I love this program. I've recently joined a startup myself and it has helped me navigate through a lot of the complexities regarding this change. Plus, it's insanely entertaining...
Please bring Alex back. Lisa is ok, but definitely not the same. Now, full episodes narrated by others, awful.
This was my second podcast (after Serial) and I was hooked. The story of Gimlet media is interesting and Alex Blumberg is an insightful and funny host. I look forward to many more seasons to come.
I get that we're in a tech "moment" but not every startup is a tech company. How about some stories that aren't about computers and the Internet?
The topics are great. Wonderful stories of facing insecurities and uncertainties in life. Not necessarily related to starting a business, but just facing who you are and what you are capable of achieving. For this and the very high production values, they get four stars from me. But the silly ‘little-urban-boyness’ of the main cast of male characters (really? scared of a goat?) and the grating inflected millennial upspeak? vocal fried voice of Lisa Chow, pretty much makes me stop hearing the content and delete the episode. And that cost you a star. Sorry people, when did these abhorrent voices come into vogue? I just can’t get past them.
This is the podcast I will always listen to. I subscribe to 25 so I don't have time to listen to all episodes, but I never miss a Start-up episode.
This is my favorite podcast.
Startup is my favorite podcast of all time. Great information and extremely entertaining. My favorite episodes are the ones focused on Gimlet itself but they are all great.
As a filmmaker I can relate to creative and emotional struggles of these fledgling businesses. One of my fav podcasts!
No matter what you're interested in, the stories told on this podcast are always extremely well told.
Listened from the beginning- one of the first podcasts I listened to. Love the transparency and insight into starting a business. Also, Nazanin is the best.
Raw, humble, and extremely informative. Inspires me to be a better media creator.
Oh Gimlet, how wonderful you are.
There aren't enough words in the English language to express how much I love StartUp and ALL of the Gimlet podcasts. Truly great journalism and storytelling talent in this company. I wish there were even more!!!
Best in the game