StartUp

A show about what it’s really like to start a business

Season 7 launches April 27.

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Twitch 1: Almost Famous

April 15, 2016

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Show Notes

The Season Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! This season, we’re doing something new. Instead of following one company over many episodes, we’ll be telling the stories of a bunch of different companies. This season, you’ll meet entrepreneurs from different parts of the world, in all sorts of businesses. We’ll follow prisoners, tailors, smugglers, and tech geeks. And these founders all have something in common: their companies are stuck, and they know they need to make a big change. But they have no idea what to change, or whether that change will bring the end of the company, or a whole new beginning. The Story

We’re kicking off this season with a story about a group of friends that moves across the country to launch an unlikely website that they think could replace television. The media loves them. They just need to figure out how to get their users to feel the same way.

The Facts


Matthew Boll mixed the episode. Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. The special ad music, Microliters, was written and performed by Build Buildings. Additional music by Kevin Sparks and the band hotmoms.gov Our logo was designed by Elias Stein

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New to StartUp? If you’ve never listened to the show before, you can 


start from the beginning, or check out some of our favorite episodes: In Episode 3 of Season 1, Gimlet’s co-founders discover how dividing imaginary equity can get surprisingly real. In Episode 3 of Season 2, two female co-founders learn that when you’re a woman in Silicon Valley, it’s hard to tell if an investor is interested in your business model or something else entirely. And from our recent mini-season--an update on where our company is--Gimlet staffers school their boss on race and diversity in the workplace.