Next Steps for your Early Stage Venture with Mandela SH Dixon

Watch a webinar featuring Guy Raz in conversation with Founder Gym’s Mandela SH Dixon on next steps for your early stage venture.

Whether you’re in the early stages of building a business or much further along, you may be looking for advice on how to expand and grow your organization; Mandela SH Dixon has some solid advice to offer. She has supported over 120 tech startups at venture firm Kapor Capital, and is also the Founder & CEO of Founder Gym, the leading online training center for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

NPR's How I Built This Summit and How I Built This Webinars are supported by GoToMeeting.

This live webinar occurred on Tuesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. E.T.

Building a Values-Based Business Webinar with Gary Erickson

Watch a webinar featuring Guy Raz in conversation with Clif Bar’s Gary Erickson on building a values-based business.

Building a business that reflects your values creates a more satisfying and meaningful founder journey, and values-based businesses clearly resonate with today’s consumers, particularly millennials and GenZ. Join other idealists and builders to learn how you can do business and do good from a founder who was doing it before it was on trend.

Gary, along with his wife, Kit Crawford, are owners and co-CEO’s of Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of organic foods and drinks for people on the go. As the leaders of a family- and employee-owned company, Gary and Kit developed a business model that aims to integrate social and environmental responsibility into every area of their business.

NPR's How I Built This Summit and How I Built This Webinars are supported by GoToMeeting.

This live webinar occurred on Tuesday, November 12 at 2 p.m. E.T.

The Secret Lives of Entrepreneurs Revealed

“This month Npr’s How I Built This released a study titled “The Secret Lives of Entrepreneurs.” The researchers interviewed 600+ U.S.-based entrepreneurs to understand how entrepreneurship impacts their lives and found that entrepreneurs lead a life of trade-offs.

Despite health and relationships suffering, 93% of founders described a strong positive impact on their lives: more confidence, motivation, fulfillment, and passion.”

Read the full story on Forbes.

Fashion Looms Large at NPR’s First Big Summit

“After close to 50 years of broadcast and digital programming, National Public Radio ventured out into large-scale events this week with its very first “How I Built This” summit in San Francisco — and fashion was not only in attendance, it showed up in a big way.

The talks followed the cue of the NPR podcast, featuring interviews with some of the world’s top executives. The programming, along with networking and mentorship opportunities, is practically a study for entrepreneurs and innovators on how to build a movement. And notably, two of the inaugural summit’s lineup of seven main stage speakers hailed from the fashion sector.”

Read the full story on WWD .

Despite Formidable Obstacles, 93% of Entrepreneurs Believe the Entrepreneurship Journey is Worth It

NPR’s New How I Built This “The Secret Lives of Entrepreneurs” Study Tackles Gender, Race & Age Bias; Physical & Mental Health; and Relationship Challenges

Tuesday, October 16; San Francisco, CA – At the inaugural How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz in San Francisco, NPR’s How I Built This today revealed the findings of its “The Secret Lives of Entrepreneurs” study. The thought-provoking analysis is the first of its kind that examines the impact of entrepreneurism on the health and relationships of a diverse set of entrepreneurs. The study uncovered a whopping 93% of respondents believe that entrepreneurship provides a strong, positive impact on their lives. Despite experiencing times of formidable challenges, frustrations and even bias, entrepreneurs are much more resilient, motivated, confident, passionate, and fulfilled from having been on the journey.

“There’s a romance to the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. You start your own venture, hustle, make a few mistakes, and then it all works out. But the reality is more complicated. The journey is filled with failure, crisis, hardship, risk and, if you’re lucky, success. On the How I Built This podcast, we try to offer a full picture of what it takes to persist and to manage the trade-offs that come with starting a business from scratch,” says podcast creator Guy Raz. “Our new study sheds lights on some of these challenges and we hope, will give budding entrepreneurs a fuller picture of what they can expect on their journeys. At the How I Built This Summit, our impressive roster of speakers and mentors will offer much-needed advice on how to overcome the hurdles by sharing their own experiences in an intimate and personal way.”

The Bias Barriers: Gender, Race and Age

Women of Color Face the Greatest Obstacles

  • The entrepreneur sample by gender and race for the study includes: 45% white women, 31% white men, 12% women of color, and 12% men of color.

  • Gender bias (41%) is the highest reported challenge among entrepreneurs followed by (33%) racial bias.

  • Entrepreneurs of color are 30% more likely to lack access to capital and/or a relevant network of people. Women of color face the greatest access obstacle with 50% stating that they’ve experienced a lack of network access and 47% a lack of capital access.

  • Age bias is felt on both ends of the spectrum with 60% of entrepreneurs ages 18 to 25 and 35% of entrepreneurs age 46 and up believing that it’s a roadblock in building a business. 

The Health Conundrum: Physical and Mental

Entrepreneurship Can Boost the Mental Health of Female Founders

  • Nearly half (44%) of entrepreneurs who have built a sustainable business say their physical health has sharply declined since starting the business with a direct impact on weight gain or weight loss (32%), sleep deprivation (29%), weak muscle tone (24%), poor nutrition (18%), and drinking, smoking and/or drug use (13%).

  • BUT, more so than their male counterparts, women (38%) – particularly women that are part of the LGBTQ community (42%), women of color (42%), and women that are age 46 and up (41%) – experience mental health benefits from being their own boss as a result of being masters of their own destiny.

The Relationship Red Flags: Single, Married and Divorced

Married Entrepreneurs Are More Likely to Succeed

  • If you want to be an entrepreneur, being married actually helps. In fact, the couple that builds a business together stays together.

    • 70% of the total respondents are married or living with a long-term partner, which is 13% higher than the national marriage average – leading one to surmise that matrimony is a facilitator for entrepreneurship.

    • It’s those that are married that claim to have greater access to funds to live while starting or growing their business: 22% married vs. 13% not married.

    • And, surprisingly, 76% report a positive impact on their marriage if the spouse is a full partner in or employed by the business.

  • “It’s not you. It’s the business.”

    • 37% of single entrepreneurs report the business contributed to their not having a partner.

    • 47% of divorced entrepreneurs report the business was a factor in their divorce.

    • 82% of married entrepreneurs indicate at least one negative impact on their marriage, such as creating stress around keeping up with household tasks (56%), financial stress (48%) and lack of sex (47%).

    • 40% of women entrepreneurs who do not have children say the demands of their business contributed to not having children (vs. 23% among male entrepreneurs).

Methodology

NPR surveyed a sample of 627 U.S.-based entrepreneurs via an online survey that was conducted between June 22 and August 1, 2018. Survey participants were comprised of How I Built This podcast listeners, attendees of How I Built This live events, social media followers of the brand and How You Built That Facebook group members.

Read the full study findings at: summit.npr.org/research.

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NPR Announces First Class Of ‘How I Built This’ Fellows

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NPR today announced the inaugural class of fellows participating in the first How I Built This Fellowship supported by Yahoo Small Business.  

We created the How I Built This Fellowship to make NPR’s How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz accessible to small-business owners and budding entrepreneurs who might not otherwise have the financial resources to attend the Summit. We received more than 400 applications and selected 40 How I Built This Fellows who (1) have a great idea; (2) would benefit from attending the How I Built This Summit; and (3) whose unique story and entrepreneurial journey will add diversity to the Summit. We were also in interested in candidates who have a social or charitable mission.

We believe these builders have the passion, ingenuity, and perseverance to turn their ideas into reality—and their unique, diverse experiences and strong sense of purpose will contribute to the Summit. We’re proud to welcome these fellows to NPR’s first How I Built This Summit on October 16 in San Francisco.

Meet the 2018 How I Built This Fellows:

Adeseye Lawal-Solarin
Alana Glass
Alexandra Del Gaudio
Amr Kahhaleh
Amy Bacharach
Angel Poon
Angelisa Candler
Austin Bryan Sanchez
Brenda Horton
Ceara Kirkpatrick
Chi Nguyen
Christa May
Crystal Matson
Dewan Farhana

Ellen Cassidy
Joshua Romero-Reyes
Katie Burton
Kim Arrington
LaTonya Davis
Lizette Avineri
Lizia Santos
Maya Tobias
Mercedes Gibson
Myisha Lewis-Reed
Nelson German
Nereah Aluoch
Noelle Johnson
Nyarre Hudson

Omar Allam
Rashima Sonson
Sacha-Rose Phillips
Saman Ghani Khan
Sheilia Lewiel
Shiloh Johnson
Sicily Johnson
Tippy Tippens
Trisha Kothari
Tracy Youngston
Vincent Martinez
Viviana Franco


To learn more about these fellows and their stories, check out their bios here.

The fellowship covers Summit registration and includes access to the Premier reception on Monday, October 15.

Crafting Your Personal Value Proposition Webinar With Joanna Bloor

Watch a webinar featuring Guy Raz in conversation with NPR's How I Built This Summit mentor, Joanna Bloor, on crafting a personal value proposition.

Whether pitching a company, interviewing for a job, or introducing yourself at a networking event like NPR's How I Built This Summit, you need to articulate your personal value proposition quickly and clearly. This webinar will walk you through the steps to building your very best answer to the inevitable question, “What do you do?”

NPR's How I Built This Summit and How I Built This Webinars are supported by GoToMeeting.

This live webinar occurred on Thursday, September 13 at 2 p.m. E.T.


About Joanna Bloor
Joanna Bloor has more than 25 years’ experience in technology startups in leadership roles at organizations that include OpenTable, CBS Interactive and Pandora. Joanna has established expertise in strategy, sales, and operational development. She is known for helping scale businesses from idea to IPO. Three years ago, she was inspired to create her own startup The Amplify Lab.

Joanna is a frequent speaker and panel moderator at various industry events performing with and working with organizations such as Salesforce’s Dreamforce, TED (2016, 2018), US Army, Microsoft and 21st Century Fox.

NPR's First How I Built This Summit Now Sold Out

Founders of Airbnb, Lyft, Stitch Fix and more to headline main stage conversations

More than 500 attendees will experience a day's worth of advice, inspiration, and business guidance tailored for the entrepreneur

August 14, 2018; Washington, D.C. – What started as a podcast in 2016 and simple way to engage with the entrepreneurial community has become NPR's latest sold-out live event venture. More than 500 attendees will be the first to experience NPR's inaugural How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz supported by American Express on October 16 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

"The summit is just the start of a long-term commitment designed to inspire the next generation of builders, makers, and dreamers," said podcast host and creator Guy Raz. "How I Built This is no longer only a podcast—it is a movement of people committed to transforming the world as we know it."

The one-day summit will feature Raz's live conversations with entrepreneurial superstars, and breakout sessions focused on how building a business affects an entrepreneur's entire life. The summit will include guided networking to create connections and help foster a community of builders that will live beyond the event. Ticket holders can preview the day's programming at summit.npr.org/agenda.

American Express, a multi-year sponsor of NPR and the How I Built This franchise, expands its support as Presenting Sponsor of the How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz.

"Months of planning have led up to an unprecedented event for us" added Jessica Goldstein, NPR's Director of Events and Strategic Initiatives. "We're excited and proud to provide a space for entrepreneurs to connect each other, while honing their skills."

With networking and mentorship built into the schedule, the How I Built This Summit is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn, network, and be inspired as they build businesses and unleash their potential. Check out more about support and skills track speakers at summit.npr.org/2018speakers.

Industry luminaries like Rent the Runway's Jennifer Hyman, Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, Lyft's John Zimmer, Stitch Fix's Katrina LakeLisa Priceof Carol's Daughter, and Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan from Method are confirmed as guests for the main stage conversations with Raz. Additional entrepreneurs and more How I Built This alumni like Sadie Lincoln from Barre3, Lara Merriken from Larabar, Brian Scudamore from 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and Mariam Naficy from Minted are confirmed to appear.

Additional programming at the summit serves the many aspects of entrepreneur's life, recognizing that building a business can be all-consuming. The support track will feature interactive conversations designed to address the internal challenges entrepreneurs face, from managing stress to overcoming imposter syndrome.

The skills track supported by GoToMeetingwill include expert lessons on the core business drivers of any business, from user acquisition to how to pitch.

Fans and listeners not physically at the summit will experience some of the day's onstage conversations. The How I Built This team will be capturing Guy's exchanges with main stage speakers for later publishing on the podcast's feed.

Find How I Built This on Facebook and Twitter for social dispatches and behind-the-scenes glimpses from the summit. Join the new How You Built That Facebook groupbringing more than 5,000 listeners, fans, innovators, and builders together.

Listen to How I Built This on NPR One and wherever podcasts are available.

Press Contact

Interested in covering the summit or interviewing Guy Raz? Please contact:

Hugo Rojo, NPR Media Relations

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About NPR

NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans everyday—on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. Learn more at NPR.org/about or by following NPR Extra on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

NPR Announces Fall 2018 'How I Built This' Summit With Guy Raz In San Francisco

Day-long summit features live onstage interviews by podcast creator and host Guy Raz with founders of Airbnb, Lyft, Rent the Runway, and more

April 16, 2018; Washington, D.C. - Following the chart-topping debut of its entrepreneurship podcast, NPR is pleased to announce the first How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz, sponsored by American Express, is set to take place on October 16, 2018 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Like the podcast, the day's programming will inspire attendees to think big as they build their own ventures. Tickets, schedule, and planned programming are available now at NPR.org/summit.

This one-day summit will feature host and creator Guy Raz's live intimate conversations with entrepreneurial superstars, plus breakout sessions focused on how building a business affects an entrepreneur's entire life. The summit will also include guided networking to build connections and help foster a community that will live beyond the event.

American Express, a multi-year sponsor of NPR and the How I Built This franchise, expands its support as Presenting Sponsor of the How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz.

"How I Built This has inspired a whole tribe of entrepreneurs, idealists, dreamers and seekers across the country and even around the world to build and innovate and create," says podcast creator and host Guy Raz. "This summit will be the first time our listeners will officially gather to exchange ideas, hear from some of the most successful entrepreneurs, collaborate and maybe even figure out how to build the next great business. And San Francisco, as America's hub of innovation and technology, is the perfect city to host our inaugural summit."

Industry luminaries like Rent the Runway's Jennifer Hyman, Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, Lyft's John Zimmer, Stitch Fix's Katrina Lake, and Lisa Priceof Carol's Daughter have all been confirmed as guests for the main stage conversations with Guy Raz.

This summit will be the first time our listeners will officially gather to exchange ideas, hear from some of the most successful entrepreneurs, collaborate and maybe even figure out how to build the next great business."

Guy Raz, creator and host of 'How I Built This'

Additional programming at the summit serves the holistic entrepreneur, recognizing that building a business can be all-consuming. The support track will feature interactive conversations designed to address the internal challenges entrepreneurs face, from managing stress to overcoming introversion and imposter syndrome.

The skills track will include expert lightning lessons on the core business drivers of any business, from user acquisition to how to pitch. Rounding out the program will be opportunities to engage in guided peer networking and mentorship sessions. With networking and mentorship also built into the schedule, the How I Built This Summit is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and become part of a like-minded community as they build businesses and unleash their potential.

"After bringing several sold-out How I Built This tapings to audiences across the country, this opportunity feels like the natural next step," adds Jessica Goldstein, NPR Director of Events and Strategic Initiatives. "San Francisco is the ideal stage for meaningful, earnest conversations about entrepreneurship in 2018. These conversations will be fueled by what makes the show unique: storytelling."

"We're excited to build upon our sponsorship of NPR and 'How I Built This,'" said Jill Hamilton, Vice President, US Media, American Express. "With 40% of our billings derived from our commercial business, sponsoring the HIBT Summit will help us underscore our commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and innovators and allow us to connect on a more personal level."

After its successful 2016 debut, the How I Built This podcast earned accolades from outlets like The Washington PostForbesEsquireWIREDBuzzFeed and Refinery29, and quickly established itself as a leader in the Apple Podcasts charts. Listen to How I Built This on NPR One and wherever podcasts are available.

About NPR

NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans everyday—on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. Learn more at NPR.org/about or by following NPR Extra on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Press Contact

Are you seeking press access to the summit or need help setting up an interview with talent/event organizers? Direct all inquiries for interviews, logos, pictures and other media assets to:

Hugo Rojo, NPR Media Relations

(202) 513-2300

mediarelations@npr.org