Rapid Response

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The pace of change in our culture is unprecedented and shows no signs of slowing. So what is most important to pay attention to when striving to innovate, create, and lead? From the team behind Masters of Scale, Rapid Response features candid conversations with today's top business leaders navigating real-time challenges. Hosted by the former editor-in-chief of Fast Company, Bob Safian.

Episode Date
Robinhood confronts a GameStop sequel, w/CEO Vlad Tenev
May 28, 2024
How women saved the economy, w/Ellevest's Sallie Krawcheck
May 24, 2024
What campus protests mean for business, w/Ken Frazier and Ken Chenault
May 21, 2024
Airbnb’s radical AI future (Part 2), w/CEO Brian Chesky
May 17, 2024
Airbnb reimagined (Part 1), w/CEO Brian Chesky
May 14, 2024
Caitlin Clark and the new WNBA, w/Commissioner Cathy Engelbert
May 07, 2024
Reintroducing... Rapid Response
May 03, 2024
Meet your kid’s new AI tutor, w/Khan Academy founder and CEO Sal Khan
Apr 30, 2024
Fighting media's reality distortion, w/Axios CEO Jim VandeHei
Apr 25, 2024
How Star Trek prospers against Netflix and Disney+, w/Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman
Apr 18, 2024
How optimism fuels the economy, w/U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark
Apr 11, 2024
2024 is the most significant time in human history, w/PBS host & futurist Ari Wallach
Apr 04, 2024
Bracing for a possible TikTok ban, w/fitness entrepreneur Cassey Ho
Mar 28, 2024
Riding the Ozempic wave, w/RO CEO Zach Reitano
Mar 21, 2024
Who really won The Oscars, w/The Black List founder Franklin Leonard
Mar 12, 2024
Landing on the moon, w/Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus
Mar 07, 2024
OpenAI’s $7 trillion plan, Apple’s Vision Pro, and more, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Feb 27, 2024
Battling cyber attacks and deepfakes with AI, w/Darktrace CEO Poppy Gustafsson
Feb 22, 2024
Super Bowl ads: Lessons from Beyoncé, J. Lo and Taylor, w/Autodesk's Dara Treseder
Feb 13, 2024
Inside Reid's meeting with President Biden, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Jan 23, 2024
What’s wrong with the remote vs. in-office debate? w/Atlassian's Scott Farquhar
Jan 18, 2024
5 memorable lessons from 2023
Dec 19, 2023
Inside Intel’s AI ambitions, w/CEO Pat Gelsinger
Dec 14, 2023
Navigating a leadership crisis, w/Web Summit CEO Katherine Maher
Nov 30, 2023
Remix: Scott Harrison & charity: water, 5 years later
Nov 28, 2023
GaryVee wants your attention, w/VaynerMedia’s Gary Vaynerchuk
Nov 16, 2023
Your pandemic business takeaways are wrong, w/authors Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean
Nov 09, 2023
Gaza in crisis, w/Mercy Corps’ Arnaud Quemin
Oct 26, 2023
Supporting Palestinian builders versus destroyers, w/Kind founder Daniel Lubetzky
Oct 23, 2023
On the ground in Israel, w/Hello Heart CEO Maayan Cohen
Oct 18, 2023
Under Armour’s pivot to growth, w/CEO Stephanie Linnartz
Oct 12, 2023
How to revive collaboration at work, w/WPP’s Mark Read
Oct 05, 2023
Confronting Elon Musk, w/ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt
Sep 29, 2023
Think like an outsider, w/Shellye Archambeau, Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck, and Calendly’s Tope Awotona
Aug 22, 2023
How great cultures are built and rebuilt, w/Eric Schmidt, Angela Ahrendts, & Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi
Aug 08, 2023
Leading in an age of burnout, w/Arianna Huffington & Padmasree Warrior
Aug 01, 2023
Prepare for where AI is headed next, w/Reid Hoffman & Bob Safian
Jul 18, 2023
Re-skill for AI, w/PwC’s Tim Ryan
Jul 13, 2023
Prioritize principles in crisis, w/Upwork’s Hayden Brown and Merck’s Ken Frazier
Jun 29, 2023
How to inject AI into your core business, w/Smart Eye’s Rana el Kaliouby
Jun 22, 2023
Make AI your co-pilot, w/Microsoft VP of Design & AI John Maeda
Jun 08, 2023
Using failure as a launchpad, w/MoviePass co-founder Stacy Spikes
May 23, 2023
How the word "no" inspires change, w/Princess Reema of Saudi Arabia
May 16, 2023
Lessons from the demise of BuzzFeed News, w/CEO Jonah Peretti
May 04, 2023
Live with urgency, w/former Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John
Mar 16, 2023
Compassion in the face of crisis, w/Mercy Corps CEO Tjada McKenna
Mar 09, 2023
Embrace tension, w/former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
Mar 02, 2023
Finding windows of opportunity, w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian
Feb 23, 2023
Kickstart your users from passive to passionate, w/Kickstarter CEO Everette Taylor
Feb 16, 2023
ChatGPT and AI’s inflection point, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Feb 14, 2023
Betting on the Super Bowl, w/FanDuel CEO Amy Howe
Feb 09, 2023
Turning point for a climate-crisis solution, w/Climeworks' Christoph Gebald
Feb 03, 2023
Stay versatile, w/Lululemon Athletica CEO Calvin McDonald
Jan 26, 2023
Finding untapped value in multicultural consumers, w/Blavity CEO and AfroTech founder Morgan DeBaun
Jan 19, 2023
How to cultivate a new industry, w/Upside Foods CEO Uma Valeti, MD
Jan 12, 2023
10 unforgettable moments of 2022
Dec 27, 2022
The rise of the “wisdom worker,” w/Modern Elder Academy’s Chip Conley
Dec 15, 2022
How Main Street retailers are out-pivoting big-box giants, w/Faire CEO Max Rhodes
Dec 08, 2022
Risking an iconic brand — and $40b — in a race to go all-electric, w/Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius
Dec 02, 2022
Elon Musk at Twitter, FTX’s bankruptcy, and more, w/Reid Hoffman & Bob Safian
Nov 30, 2022
Don’t be a unicorn, be a dragon, w/Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet
Nov 17, 2022
Expand your definition of leadership, w/CNBC's Julia Boorstin
Nov 10, 2022
Why design matters more than ever, w/PepsiCo Chief Design Officer Mauro Porcini
Nov 03, 2022
Rally a team in turmoil, w/Las Vegas Raiders president Sandra Douglass Morgan
Oct 13, 2022
Mastering the hybrid workplace, w/author Priya Parker
Oct 06, 2022
How Covid lessons get tested by inflation, w/restauranteur Danny Meyer
Sep 29, 2022
Flipping your strategy in a volatile market, w/Zillow president Susan Daimler
Sep 22, 2022
Charging toward a clean energy future, w/EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi
Sep 15, 2022
How we served 150 million meals in Ukraine, w/José Andrés of World Central Kitchen
Sep 08, 2022
Holding business accountable from Meta to McDonald’s, w/Color of Change president Rashad Robinson
Sep 01, 2022
Amazon’s plan to be big, green, and beloved, w/AWS CEO Adam Selipsky
Aug 25, 2022
Playing offense in adversity, w/Target CEO Brian Cornell
Aug 11, 2022
What the crypto crash teaches us all, w/Chainalysis CEO Michael Gronager
Jul 28, 2022
Business withdrawals from Russia, strife at Netflix, Musk vs Twitter, and more, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Jul 26, 2022
Turning tears to action, w/Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson
Jul 21, 2022
Waging a $1.4 trillion food fight, w/Impossible Foods CEO Peter McGuinness
Jul 14, 2022
Volunteer for impact, w/AmeriCorps’ Michael Smith, live at the Social Innovation Summit
Jul 07, 2022
From ‘delusion’ to criminal justice revolution, w/Ameelio’s Zo Orchingwa
Jun 30, 2022
Solar energy’s time to shine, w/Sunrun CEO Mary Powell
Jun 25, 2022
Redesigning work in a crisis, w/Upwork CEO Hayden Brown
Jun 16, 2022
Don’t wait for the system, build it!, w/Genius Guild’s Kathryn Finney
Jun 09, 2022
A global benefit concert for Ukraine, w/World Unite for Ukraine’s Victoria Yampolsky
May 26, 2022
Inside a $2.4 billion bet on talent, w/ PwC's Tim Ryan
May 19, 2022
Stay scrappy, deliver fast, w/Gopuff co-founder Yakir Gola
May 12, 2022
Protecting against the next bio threat, w/The Public Health Company's Charity Dean
May 05, 2022
Rebooting global crisis response, w/ONE Campaign CEO Gayle Smith
Apr 30, 2022
How Chief became a phenomenon, w/CEO Carolyn Childers
Apr 21, 2022
Lessons from an entrepreneur in Ukraine, w/Fuelfinance CEO Alyona Mysko
Apr 14, 2022
Five surprising ways to rethink your hiring
Apr 12, 2022
Supporting Ukraine's tech workers, w/Emburse CEO Eric Friedrichsen
Apr 07, 2022
Inside "the most radical supply chain shift since World War II," w/Interos CEO Jennifer Bisceglie
Apr 02, 2022
How Airbnb.org is housing Ukrainian refugees, w/Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia
Mar 31, 2022
Putting an end to hustle culture w/author Reshma Saujani
Mar 24, 2022
Transforming an idea into a movement overnight, w/Black Women For Black Lives co-founder Tokunbo Koiki
Mar 19, 2022
The logistical challenge of supporting refugees, w/Flexport.org founder Susy Schöneberg
Mar 17, 2022
An all-out cyber war, w/Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha
Mar 14, 2022
Global markets react to Russia's war on Ukraine, w/Gro Intelligence CEO Sara Menker
Mar 12, 2022
On the ground in Ukraine, w/Mercy Corps CEO Tjada D'Oyen McKenna
Mar 10, 2022
Make mistakes to make progress, w/GM's Gerald Johnson
Mar 03, 2022
Ukraine reverberations, Theranos, and more, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Mar 01, 2022
Invest in first principles, w/Betterment CEO Sarah Levy
Feb 24, 2022
Be confident enough to show your vulnerability, w/former Merck CEO Ken Frazier
Feb 17, 2022
Scaling when you’re already at scale, w/Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon
Feb 10, 2022
Tapping a new generation of consumers, w/The Drone Racing League president Rachel Jacobson
Feb 03, 2022
Be relentless, so your team can be fearless, w/Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson
Jan 27, 2022
Lessons of Omicron, w/Wellcome Trust director Sir Jeremy Farrar
Jan 20, 2022
How to decarbonize your business, w/Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr
Jan 13, 2022
How flexibility creates momentum, w/Crate & Barrel CEO Janet Hayes
Dec 16, 2021
How GoFundMe has facilitated $15 billion in giving, w/CEO Tim Cadogan
Dec 09, 2021
Re-founding Instacart, w/CEO Fidji Simo
Dec 02, 2021
Metaverse mania, the great resignation, and more, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Nov 22, 2021
How to turn intentions into action, w/15 Percent Pledge founder Aurora James
Nov 18, 2021
Run toward AI, w/former Google CEO Eric Schmidt
Nov 11, 2021
How Peloton keeps pushing through resistance, w/CEO John Foley
Nov 04, 2021
The truth about what we watch, w/Nielsen CEO David Kenny
Oct 28, 2021
Launching a $500 billion startup, w/ Jet.com founder and NBA owner Marc Lore
Oct 21, 2021
Overcoming institutional hurdles, w/U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland
Oct 14, 2021
Urgent lessons from a cyberattack, w/SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna
Oct 07, 2021
How to scale tech responsibly, w/former Google ad chief Sridhar Ramaswamy
Sep 30, 2021
How to lead for enduring impact w/Spelman College president Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell
Sep 23, 2021
Applauding the drama of the digital age, w/BroadwayHD CEO Bonnie Comley
Sep 16, 2021
When to build the company before the product, w/Aurora CEO Chris Urmson
Sep 09, 2021
When you should require vaccinations w/restauranteur Danny Meyer
Sep 02, 2021
How Electronic Arts grows a metaverse, w/CEO Andrew Wilson
Aug 26, 2021
How mission fuels risk-taking, w/Illumina CEO Francis deSouza
Aug 19, 2021
Cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, w/Reid Hoffman and Sir Richard Branson
Aug 17, 2021
How Harley-Davidson set a foundation for the long term, w/CEO Jochen Zeitz
Jul 29, 2021
Inside J.Crew's "purpose-led" pivot, w/CEO Libby Wadle
Jul 22, 2021
Scaling a mission w/TAAF president Sonal Shah
Jul 15, 2021
How BuzzFeed bounced back, w/co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti
Jul 08, 2021
Tapping into generosity (via Bitcoin), w/Charity Water CEO Scott Harrison
Jul 01, 2021
Fighting through headwinds, w/Marriott president Stephanie Linnartz
Jun 24, 2021
Crypto craziness, ransomware attacks, and "smart risks", w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Jun 22, 2021
Why business must be a force for good, w/former AMEX CEO Ken Chenault
Jun 17, 2021
Fashioning a greener closet, w/Rent the Runway CEO Jenn Hyman
Jun 10, 2021
The promise and peril of engineering biology, w/Ginkgo Bioworks co-founder Reshma Shetty
Jun 03, 2021
Upskilling and the war for talent, w/Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson
May 27, 2021
Why real estate matters more than ever, w/Compass CEO Robert Reffkin
May 20, 2021
Inside Google’s Pandemic Safety Squad, w/Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo
May 13, 2021
Surviving a close shave, w/Harry's co-CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield
May 06, 2021
A crucible moment for Instacart, w/founder & CEO Apoorva Mehta
Apr 29, 2021
A pandemic is not a business model, w/Blue Apron CEO Linda Findley Kozlowski
Apr 22, 2021
Can bankruptcy save movie theaters? w/Alamo Drafthouse CEO Shelli Taylor
Apr 15, 2021
GameStop, SPACs, and vaccines, w/Reid Hoffman and Bob Safian
Apr 13, 2021
Turbulence, recovery, and risk, w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian
Apr 08, 2021
Leveraging the trampoline effect, w/Morning Brew CEO Alex Lieberman
Apr 01, 2021
The business of democracy, w/Leadership Now CEO Daniella Ballou-Aares
Mar 25, 2021
Died and reborn, w/Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky
Mar 16, 2021
A prescription for healthy growth, w/FIGS co-CEO Heather Hasson
Mar 04, 2021
Wartime leadership, with Nike CEO John Donahoe
Feb 25, 2021
Winning and losing, w/Vanderbilt University coach Jerry Stackhouse
Feb 18, 2021
Public-private opportunities, w/Defense Innovation Unit director Mike Brown
Feb 16, 2021
Iterating under pressure, w/Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
Feb 11, 2021
Why we need to think again, w/author and professor Adam Grant
Feb 04, 2021
Aggressive sustainability, w/Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich
Jan 28, 2021
Ten months of pain and hope, w/restaurateur Danny Meyer
Jan 21, 2021
What the pandemic has cost women, w/Ellevest co-founder and CEO Sallie Krawcheck
Jan 14, 2021
2020: The Year in Review w/Reid Hoffman & Bob Safian
Dec 22, 2020
Why Salesforce Bought Slack, w/Salesforce president Bret Taylor
Dec 17, 2020
Why take on a turnaround, w/Magic Leap CEO Peggy Johnson
Dec 10, 2020
Loneliness at work, w/economist Noreena Hertz
Dec 03, 2020
Balancing data with gut feeling, w/JetBlue president Joanna Geraghty
Nov 25, 2020
Why brands must take a stand, w/Wieden+Kennedy president Colleen DeCourcy
Nov 19, 2020
A virtual-first workplace, w/Dropbox co-founder and CEO Drew Houston
Nov 12, 2020
Pandemic Planning, Phase Two, w/physician Dr. Bon Ku
Nov 05, 2020
Small business – more stressed than ever, w/H&R Block CEO Jeff Jones
Nov 02, 2020
When your business disappears overnight, w/Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson
Oct 22, 2020
Movie-theater drama has come to every business, w/Alamo Drafthouse CEO Shelli Taylor
Oct 15, 2020
The COVID test facts every CEO needs, w/Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv Shah
Oct 08, 2020
Your company is a citizen – it can act like one, w/Baratunde Thurston
Oct 01, 2020
The myth of remote-work productivity, w/Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins
Sep 22, 2020
Nothing matters but this. w/former Google CEO Eric Schmidt
Sep 15, 2020
What to learn from how schools are pivoting, w/Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz
Sep 08, 2020
Building a bridge over troubled waters, w/Spelman College president Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell
Jul 18, 2020
Inside PayPal's $530M plan to close the racial wealth gap, w/CEO Dan Schulman
Jul 11, 2020
What it will take for tech and Hollywood to be anti-racist, w/Color Of Change's Rashad Robinson
Jul 09, 2020
A new playbook for new times, w/Ford Foundation president Darren Walker
Jul 02, 2020
Burning cash, accepting turbulence w/Delta CEO Ed Bastian
Jun 27, 2020
How business can engage against racism, w/Shellye Archambeau
Jun 19, 2020
Going ventilator fast, w/GM CEO Mary Barra
Jun 13, 2020
Record-high audience, record-low revenue, w/Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti
Jun 06, 2020
How to revive the food industry, w/restauranteur Danny Meyer
May 30, 2020
How "startup DNA" helped One Medical respond to COVID, with CEO Amir Rubin
May 28, 2020
How Warby Parker makes decisions in uncertainty, w/ CEO Neil Blumenthal
May 23, 2020
Leading with your gut, w/Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky
May 21, 2020
Future-proofing, w/Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg
May 16, 2020
Operating in a fishbowl w/76ers & Devils CEO Scott O’Neil
May 09, 2020
Crisis lessons from inside the ER, w/physician Dr. Bon Ku
May 07, 2020
Food security in a pandemic, w/Gro Intelligence founder and CEO Sara Menker
May 05, 2020
On the frontlines of scale, w/AAMC CEO Dr. David Skorton
May 02, 2020
Inside a pandemic pivot, w/Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary
Apr 30, 2020
A crisis leadership session, w/General Stanley McChrystal
Apr 28, 2020
Pet adoptions: Up. Delivery business: Up, w/Chewy CEO Sumit Singh
Apr 25, 2020
Neighbors are the frontline of support, w/Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar
Apr 24, 2020
Build government back and better, w/Code for America founder Jen Pahlka
Apr 23, 2020
Remote teams as an intentional choice, w/Xapo co-founder Wences Casares
Apr 22, 2020
In crisis, be more altruistic, w/DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best
Apr 21, 2020
Retail's fight to survive, w/Target CEO Brian Cornell
Apr 20, 2020
First, be human, w/Masters of Scale host Reid Hoffman
Apr 19, 2020
“A pandemic doesn’t see money", w/TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot
Apr 18, 2020
Crisis data is the story of our times, w/Crisis Text Line founder Nancy Lublin
Apr 17, 2020
How to keep an essential business running, w/Lyft co-founder John Zimmer
Apr 16, 2020
Hourly workers are a 'hero class', w/Cue Ball investor Tony Tjan
Apr 15, 2020
A playbook for when there’s no playbook, w/Carbon CEO Ellen Kullman
Apr 14, 2020
Crisis is pushing us back to our roots, w/Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky
Apr 13, 2020
The wrenching decision to layoff thousands, w/restauranteur Danny Meyer
Apr 10, 2020
Crowdfunding in a crisis w/IFundWomen CEO Karen Cahn
Apr 04, 2020