My guest today is the host and author of How I Built This, Guy Raz. He started his career as an intern at NPR’s “All Things Considered”, then became a foreign correspondent before taking a two-year stint at CNN. Guy then returned to NPR, starting hit shows like the TED Radio Hour and the How I Built This podcast, where he interviews famous entrepreneurs from companies like Allbirds, Yelp, and Airbnb. Now Guy has turned his podcast into a book by the same name, which we discuss in this podcast episode.
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The 5 questions I ask in this episode:
- What lessons did you learn early on in your career when you were with NPR and CNN that helped you become an effective interviewer and storyteller today?
- I’ve interviewed about 2,300 people in my career and you’re at over 6,000. Which guest was most surprising to you and what was the most inspirational moment that had a lasting effect on you?
- It seems like so many entrepreneurs have a safety net, in the form of family money or a full-time job, that enables them to execute on a big idea. Do you believe there is such a thing as “rags to riches” and “self-made” or do all entrepreneurs have a financial advantage when they start?
- In two previous episodes I asked billionaire venture capitalists Ben Horowitz and Chamath Palihapitiya about the qualities all successful entrepreneurs have in common and they said they are original thinkers, have leadership skills, a learning mindset, and deep-seated insecurity. Do you agree with this list and would you add anything to it?
- What’s your best piece of career advice?
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