533: It's Not the Product, It's the Person

533: It's Not the Product, It's the Person

Sep 5, 2014
Starting a business is not for the self-doubting. Or even usually the self-deprecating. The first thing you have to sell is yourself — like dating, but with a greater chance of landing in debt. Alex Blumberg tells the incredible, sweat-stains-and-all saga of a man fumbling through starting a new business, and the man is: himself. Plus, new stories from Mike Birbiglia and Love + Radio.
  • Longtime This American Life producer Alex Blumberg decided, a while back, to try and start his own business. He also decided to record the whole process, including investor meetings that go off the rails, and other tense and awkward moments that business reporters usually don’t get access to. Alex's new podcast, telling the story of trying to start a business that makes podcasts, is called StartUp. (20 minutes)

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Ten-year-old entrepreneur Asia Newson, photographed by Doug Coombe.

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