I'm taking an entrepreneurship class for my MBA, and someone turned me on to this great new podcast from NPR called, How I Built This. Guy Raz, who you'll recognize as the host of The TED Radio Hour and All Things Considered: Weekend Edition, interviews successful entrepreneurs, innovators and idealists and unlocks the mysteries behind their success. It's a refreshing, surprising, and sometimes very emotionally beautiful podcast as these men and women share their success stories.
Episode 1 features Sara Blakely, founder of the underwear company Spanx. Her idea for panties that wouldn't show a seam line through pants popped into her head while working as a door-to-door salesperson selling fax machines. Her first prototype was nothing more than a pair of pantyhose with the legs snipped off, and she wrote her own patent application after buying a "how-to" book at Barnes & Noble. Today Forbes ranks her as number 93 on the list of the world's most powerful women.
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