StartUp Podcast
StartUp Podcast
A series about what it's really like to start a business.
Introducing StartUp
A series about what it's really like to start a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 14, 2020
1 min
As acquisition talks with Spotify continue, Alex and Matt face their hopes and fears about what might lie ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 18, 2019
40 min
Thanksgiving in Stockholm
Just days before Thanksgiving, Alex and Matt board a red-eye to Stockholm for a conversation that could change everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 11, 2019
39 min
Our Company Has Problems
It's the spring of 2018, four years after Alex and Matt launched Gimlet, and things are not going well. Audiences are flat, ad sales are flagging, and the company is burning through cash at an alarming rate. And with all of those pressures, Alex and Matt have started to fight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 4, 2019
33 min
Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter
Five years ago, StartUp began chronicling the life of a fledgling Brooklyn-based podcasting company called Gimlet Media. This year, the streaming giant Spotify bought that company. In the final season of StartUp, what it's really like to sell a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27, 2019
2 min
Gimlet 24: Ask Alex
You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 29, 2017
35 min
Gimlet 23: Shadowed Qualities
This week, Alex receives feedback about his job performance from his co-workers, friends, and family. Some of it is good, some less so. But there is something else that comes up during the review process that shocks him. We explore what happens when you unpack your emotional baggage—or someone unpacks it for you—and you realize the unexpected effect that it has been having on your team. In this final Gimlet-focused episode of season four, we take a raw and intimate look at a defining moment in the trajectory of a CEO. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 20, 2016
40 min
Gimlet 22: You Can't Wear a Suit Here
Growth. It can be exciting, it can be motivating, and it can be really stressful. In this week’s episode, we take a look at the tensions that Gimlet’s growth spurt is creating.  We speak with the team producing one of our upcoming shows to see what it’s really like to build a podcast from the ground up. Each of them is being asked to step up to the plate in a way that they never have before, and some are realizing that the support they expected, it just isn’t there.  People are pushed to their limits, emotions run high, and things that have remained hitherto unsaid are finally aired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 13, 2016
36 min
Gimlet 21: Diversification of Worry
StartUp is back! And we’re kicking Season 4 off with an update on what’s happening here at Gimlet Media.  Since the start of the year, Gimlet has more than doubled in size. And while growth is often the goal for a startup, it also costs a lot of money. In this episode, Alex and his team ask themselves some very scary questions: How are they going to pay for all this growth? And what will happen if they can’t?  With a larger staff and six new shows launching in the fall, this feels like a particularly pivotal moment at the company. There are big decisions to be made, with potentially even bigger consequences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 6, 2016
36 min
Gimlet 20: Disorg Chart
As we wrap up this mini-season, Lisa Chow comes back from maternity leave and notices some big changes at Gimlet. And these changes... they aren't all for the better. Lisa talks to Gimlet employees about concerns over power, accountability, and control - things that crop up when you go from startup, to regular company. And she takes those concerns to the bosses.  Music for the episode from the band Hot Mom's Dot Gov. Our theme song was composed and performed by Mark Phillips. Ad music from the band Build Buildings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 7, 2016
34 min
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