Inc. Uncensored



Inc. Uncensored is a lively weekly podcast exploring the fast-moving world of startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and high-growth businessesall through the eyes of the veteran business journalists of Inc. and Well keep you up to date on industry trends, best practices, and cool companies. The host is Inc. editor James Ledbetter (formerly of Reuters, TIME and The Industry Standard) and regular participants include: Executive editor Jon Fine, longtime BusinessWeek columnist and Inc.s technology editor; Senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin who covers technology, startups and...


  • What I know BEST: Securing a Huge Customer with Michael Dell

    18/10/2021 Duración: 07min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks with Michael Dell about how to secure a huge customer in this segment of What I Know BEST.

  • Inc. Presents 'The Human Factor' with Eric Shurenberg

    12/10/2021 Duración: 42min

    In this episode, Eric talks with the director of the Shorenstein Center and the Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice of Press, Politics and Public Policy, Nancy Gibbs.

  • Michael Dell: A New Way To Think About Risk

    11/10/2021 Duración: 35min

    One of America’s best-known entrepreneurs, Michael Dell, founded his eponymous company out of a University of Texas dorm room. More than three decades later, he’s led his company through multiple transformations, including taking it private, and taking on $50 billion in debt to complete a major acquisition. Dell Technologies is in a new phase of its life--and Dell explains his leadership philosophies that have shaped it all in his new book, Play Nice But Win. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews him about the early growth of his computer company, how his thinking and actions as a leader have changed over the years, and how he’d advise entrepreneurs to reconceptualize their risk-taking.

  • What I Know BEST: How to Sell Anything

    04/10/2021 Duración: 05min

    Our new segment, What I Know Best, hones in on a superpower of the founders and thought leaders from our biweekly, longform interviews. This week, Kim Lewis, the CEO and cofounder of CurlMix, explains how to sell anything, when face to face with a potential customer.

  • Kim and Tim Lewis of Curl Mix: Listen to Your Community

    27/09/2021 Duración: 46min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks with Kim and Tim Lewis, founders of Curl Mix, about their circuitous funding journey and landing at No. 93 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 after attaining more than 4,000 percent growth over the past three years.

  • Rosie Mattio of Mattio Communications: Just Say Yes

    13/09/2021 Duración: 44min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks with Rosie Mattio, founder and CEO of Mattio Communications, about saying yes and taking a risk on a burgeoning industry.

  • Putting Purpose into Leadership

    06/09/2021 Duración: 26min

    The world of business leadership has shifted dramatically in the past few years – from stockholder capitalism to stakeholder. A higher purpose is what businesses need to be about and companies need to take a stand on societal issues. There’s one big problem though: today’s leaders weren’t trained for this new world. There was no class for this in business school. In some ways, it’s the wild west – a new frontier with no map. And C-suiters are struggling to find the way forward. As a result, there’s a vacuum in purpose leadership. Company purpose is often toothless and company social activism backfires. How do CEOs navigate this new terrain? How do CHROs build this new culture of leadership into the employee experience? How do CMOs build purpose effectively into their brand?

  • What Millennials Think About Purpose

    06/09/2021 Duración: 36min

    What do Millennials think about purpose? Do they actually buy and work for companies and brands that have activated purpose? Is this a real thing? And what should leaders know about this important generation?  We’ve invited a couple of Millennials to chat about it. Fast Company’s Social Media Producer Christina Royster and Fast Company’s Associate Editor Yasmin Gagne from the podcast, Hit the Ground Running, are here to share their opinions and ideas about what purpose means to them.

  • How Companies Can Tackle Social Activism the Right Way

    06/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    Corporations feel like they have to take on social issues, but as we’ve been discussing, doing so isn’t easy. Recent research from RepTrak found that 36 percent of consumers have "felt betrayed" by what a company stands for, and 47 percent have stopped doing business with the company as a result. 63 percent prefer to do business with companies that "stand for a purpose that reflects their values and beliefs, and will avoid those that do not." We sat down with Laura Lane, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at UPS, who had some great food for thought on the topic.

  • Evan Horowitz and Geoffrey Goldberg of Movers+Shakers: Add Fuel to the Fire

    30/08/2021 Duración: 40min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks with Evan Horowitz and Geoffrey Goldberg, founders of the Los Angeles-based brand-marketing firm Movers+Shakers. Movers+Shakers is #78 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list.

  • Eren Bali of Carbon Health: Instinct Versus Data

    17/08/2021 Duración: 55min

    To celebrate the launch of the 2021 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews the co-founder and chief executive of Carbon Health, the startup aiming to make health-care more accessible and affordable--and which earned the No. 2 spot on the Inc. 5000 list with $45 million in 2020 revenue and an astounding 39,734 percent three-year growth rate.

  • John Christakos and Maurice Blanks of Blu Dot: See Business Problems as Creative Challenges

    02/08/2021 Duración: 42min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks to John Christakos and Maurice Blanks--two of the three founders of Blu Dot Furniture--about how they used their design thinking to build a business.

  • Cate Luzio of Luminary: Own Your Strengths

    19/07/2021 Duración: 53min

    ​​When she had the idea for an organization to elevate women in leadership roles and entrepreneurship, Cate Luzio didn’t even intend to start a company. Three years later, she’s built Luminary, a thousands-strong networking and career-coaching company that’s weathered the pandemic--and taken the opportunity to expand digitally and globally. She tells Christine Lagorio-Chafkin about the challenges she faced, and what she’s learned along the way.

  • Sarah LaFleur: Be The Whole Person

    06/07/2021 Duración: 56min

    On this episode, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Sarah LaFleur, founder and CEO of womenswear brand M.M. LeFleur.

  • Garry Tan: There is No Normal Path for Starting a Company

    21/06/2021 Duración: 38min

    Garry Tan is known for his investments in Coinbase and Instacart--but before cofounding and managing his fund, Initialized Capital, he was a partner at Y Combinator, where he advised more than 700 startups. He’d been down that road before--founding two of his own companies. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Tan--now a thought-leader with a popular YouTube channel, about his journey from food-insecurity in the Bay Area to student to founder to investor, and what he’s learned along the way to shaking up venture capital and managing the flow of early-stage money to young companies.

  • Inc. Presents 'Planet Purpose': Companies Coming Out of COVID

    16/06/2021 Duración: 31min

    We’ve been thinking a lot about how companies responded to recent social events and wanted to dig into it some more on today’s episode. What's at the heart of it? What are companies going to do to show they have a point of view, that it's not all talk and they are doing something meaningful for everyday people?

  • Ryan Petersen: Balancing Order and Disorder

    07/06/2021 Duración: 46min

    Ryan Petersen founded Flexport in 2013, when he decided to break into and transform part of the global-shipping industry by bringing reliable data and tracking to even the smallest companies. Now he has more than $1 billion in revenue and 2200 employees globally--and the industry is facing an unprecedented challenge in the wake of the pandemic. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Petersen about what he’s learned this year--and through the early chaotic days of scaling his company fast--about finding a balance between too much order and too much disorder when starting up.

  • Sallie Krawcheck: Look For Things Others Don’t See

    24/05/2021 Duración: 45min

    On today's episode, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Sallie Krawcheck. Sallie is the co-founder and CEO of Elle-evest, the digital financial advisor that focuses on the money needs of women. She founded it in 2016, after spending decades as an analyst and executive on Wall Street.

  • Fawn Weaver: Build a Culture of Confidence

    10/05/2021 Duración: 39min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Fawn Weaver, the CEO and founder of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, bestselling author, and serial entrepreneur, about how she built her brand and company after setting out to tell the remarkable story of Nearest Green, the first known African-American master distiller and man who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.

  • Melissa Bernstein: Existential Fear and Entrepreneurship

    26/04/2021 Duración: 35min

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Melissa Bernstein, the co-founder of $500 million toy company Melissa & Doug and the author of a new book about mental health, LifeLines, about her own journey to building a company while suffering from depression.

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