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

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

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

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