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Season 1

Aug. 23, 2023

E10: Match Group’s Sam Yagan on Unexpectedly Becoming the CEO of the …

Today we are thrilled to have Sam Yagan, co-founder of OKCupid and ultimately the CEO of Match Group through its rapid growth and IPO.

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Aug. 16, 2023

E9: Ryan Hudson of Honey on Being Targeted by a Tech Giant, Getting A…

Ryan Hudson, the co-founder of Honey (which sold to PayPal for $4B in 2019) sits down with Jesse Genet and Ryan Caldbeck for a rare interview about his rollercoaster trajectory, so emblematic of the startup struggle - but with an …

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Aug. 9, 2023

E8: Oren Aks on Marketing the Fyre Fest, the Infamous Cheese Sandwich…

Oren Aks was a designer at Fuck Jerry Media, the agency behind the signature marketing of the now-infamous Fyre Festival of 2016. In this episode, Oren recounts his ground-level realization that the festival was a fraud, sharing new details about …

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Aug. 2, 2023

E7: Ryan Caldbeck on “Terrifying Growth”, Managing Mental Heath, and …

Ryan Caldbeck is a tech founder, investor, and former CEO of CircleUp, which raised over $50M in venture capital during his tenure.

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July 26, 2023

E6: Host Jesse Genet on Selling Her Startup While 8 months Pregnant

On today’s episode, In The Arena's very own Jesse Genet is in the hotseat. Jesse dives into her biggest crucible moment as the CEO of Lumi: deciding to halt a Series B fundraise and navigating the subsequent conversations with the …

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July 19, 2023

E5: Martin Shkreli on Public Vilification, Leadership Lessons from Pr…

Biotech founder and investor Martin Shkreli joins Jesse Genet and Erik Torenberg on In The Arena to dissect his controversies and crises through the lens of leadership. Martin goes deep into the decisions, mindset, and unforeseen logistics that led to …

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July 12, 2023

E4: Sophia Amoruso on Nasty Gal and Girlboss: Burnout, Backlash, and …

Sophia Amoruso reflects on being the poster child of entrepreneurship with Nasty Gal and Girlboss, going from the cover of Forbes to bankruptcy in a matter of months. Jesse Genet and co-host Erik Torenberg talk to Sophia about what it’s …

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July 5, 2023

E3: Nathaniel Whittemore on FTX's Downfall: SBF's Lies and Confidante…

Nathaniel Whittemore is the host of The Breakdown, the world’s biggest daily crypto podcast, and a former Marketing and Strategy Specialist at FTX.

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June 28, 2023

E2: Austen Allred on BloomTech’s Saga and Transformation: Lawsuits, R…

Austen is the CEO and founder of BloomTech, an education platform famous for pioneering income sharing agreements instead of charging tuition.

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June 28, 2023

E1: Emil Michael on Uber: #DeleteUber, China, and Apple

Emil Michael was the Chief business Officer at Uber during their meteoric and incomparable growth from 2013 to 2017, as well as CEO Travis Kalanick’s right hand.

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June 23, 2023

Introducing: In The Arena

In The Arena is where entrepreneurs and leaders share stories of the biggest crises of their careers and lives – and how they made it through.

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