Raising The Bar With Alli And Michael

with Alli Webb and Michael Landau

A show for entrepreneurs, for anyone who wants to know about business, or how to have a life while having a business. Founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau speak to budding and successful business owners whose ideas they love. Alli started their business Drybar by driving herself around to homes in Los Angeles to give blow-outs to clients, but then their business took off. Now, Drybar has over a hundred stores across the country. Alli and Michael share what it takes to risk everything on a great idea, they share the things they’re obsessed with -- and they fight like brother and sister. Oh, did we forget to mention that Alli and Michael are also siblings?


Episodes

  • Belly Bandit: Supporting Moms With Stylish ShapewearMoms all over the world have the Caden sisters to thank for normalizing post-pregnancy shapewear. It all started in 2008 when Lori Caden's sisters were sick of hearing complaints about the new mom's post-baby belly. So Lori, Jodi, and Kari developed...
  • Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere (re-release)Emily Schuman has built a thriving lifestyle company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's trajectory, from making the tough...
  • Kentucky Straight Ice: Converting Ice Cubes Into CashEntrepreneur Rich Finck could sell ice to an Eskimo, literally. That's because his company Kentucky Straight Ice specializes in handcrafted, stunningly clear, luxury beverage-ice. A family-owned company based in Louisville, KY since...
  • Supergoop!: Turning SPF Into $40 MillionSupergoop! founder Holly Thaggard is the queen of sunscreen. She never intended to build a $40-million company sold in Sephora, Nordstrom, and Bluemercury until a close friend of hers was diagnosed with skin cancer. In 2007, she launched her brand...
  • The Giving Keys: Unlocking A Social Impact CompanyThe Giving Keys are repurposed key necklaces stamped with inspirational words like FEARLESS, HOPE, STRENGTH, and COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message—they are encouraged to give it away and share...
  • Sugar Paper: On Becoming The Best Stationery Company In The WorldSugar Paper, Los Angeles's premier goods shop and custom letterpress stationery company, was born in 2003 when college pals Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker started designing custom letterpress cards after graduation as a hobby. Now, Sugar Paper is...
  • The Clear Cut: Selling Diamonds In Your DMsEngagement ring company the Clear Cut has sold millions of dollars in diamonds over Instagram's direct messages since launching in 2018. By creating tailor-made jewelry and demystifying the buying process for a new generation, they've disrupted an...
  • Maya Brenner: Spinning Success Out of 14k GoldMaya Brenner’s eponymous jewelry line first caught the public’s attention more than 20 years ago, while the jeweler was still creating pieces out of her studio apartment and working full-time as a social worker. Specializing in fine, 14K gold...
  • Afterpay: The Millennial's Answer to Buy Now, Pay LaterFive years ago, Nick Molnar had a theory that recession-scarred Millennials would prefer to spend their own money and spread their purchases across a series of payments rather than use a loan or credit card. His Australian company Afterpay—which...
  • Three Day Rule: Modern Day MatchmakingTalia Goldstein officially started her matchmaking company Three Day Rule in 2010, but she’s been setting people up since she was in high school. Today, Three Day Rule employs 50 matchmakers who arrange dates in 10 major cities in the U.S....
  • Grow Marketing: Two Ex-Rivals Make Peace & PRFor years, Cassie Hughes and Gabrey Means were rivals in the cutthroat world of corporate publicity campaigns, trying to outdo each other with store launches, press events, and stunts, all before experiential marketing was barely a standard marketing...
  • Sweet Laurel Bakery: Why Instagram Came First For This BakeshopAs a lifelong amateur baker, Laurel Gallucci had to remove gluten, dairy, and refined sugar from her diet when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's. She had to re-learn how to eat, and applied this newfound knowledge to her love...
  • Inner Glow Circle: Money-Making Life CoachingDeath, disease, and...spray tanning? All of these things led Katie DePaola to leave her 9-to-5 job and grow her company Inner Glow Circle into a globally recognized training program for coaches and entrepreneurs. Katie's journey to...
  • Jen Gotch: Ban.do, Mental Health, Authenticity Don't ask Jen Gotch how to describe her 11-year-old business Ban.do. What began as a hair accessories company has evolved into a lifestyle brand that can be found at more than 3,000 department stores and boutiques around the world and count Starbucks...
  • Zookies Cookies: A Shark Tank Success StoryWhen Justin Miller and Tom Simon pitched their bake-at-home cookie mix on Shark Tank, they may have tricked Alli into eating their dog treats (made from human-grade ingredients) but that didn't stop a bidding war. Alli beat out fellow Shark Kevin...
  • Year & Day: Direct-To-Consumer TablewareYear & Day is changing the way people shop for tableware. With its modern, minimalist dishes, flatware, and glassware at attainable prices, the year-old, direct-to-consumer startup has already made fans out of Eva Chen and Mandy Moore. Founder and...
  • Toni Ko: Banking On Beauty With NYX CosmeticsToni Ko was just 25 when she founded the affordable beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. With $250,000 in seed money from her parents, the Korean-born entrepreneur started out small, with makeup pencils, but made $2 million in sales her first year. After...
  • Jamie Kern Lima: How To Negotiate a $1.2 Billion AquisitionIt Cosmetics has been a true disruptor in the cosmetics industry since its launch in 2008. After years of hustling on QVC and landing shelf space in Sephora and Ulta, founder Jamie Kern Lima sold her problem-solving makeup line of 300 products to...
  • Rachel Pally: A Biz For All Body TypesRachel Pally's Cali-cool maxi dresses have been photographed on everyone from SJP and Beyoncé to Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry, but it was a stint at a university costume department and a chance encounter in DTLA's Chinatown that truly changed...
  • Sophia Rossi: How To Go From Assistant to CEOSophia Rossi has been a babysitter, an assistant, a TV producer, a founder, a CEO, and now...city councilwoman? But that's for the future. As a former producer on MTV's The Hills and The City, Sophia went on to co-found HelloGiggles (alongside...
  • Clare V.: The LA Based Brand With Global Appeal The made-in-LA success of Clare Vivier's handbags and accessories company is going international. Since starting Clare V. in 2008, Clare has translated buzz into business growth and cornered the accessories market through online, wholesale, and...
  • Shower Toga: Alli Webb and Mark Cuban's Big BetWhen "Shark Tank" investors Alli Webb and Mark Cuban made an $80,000 gamble on national television, they were not only buying into Shower Toga but also its feisty and fearless founder, Kressa Peterson. Shower Toga—a wearable, water-resistant garment...
  • Sara Happ: The Lip ExpertThe original Lip Scrub—loved by early supporters Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon—was never meant to kickstart Sara Happ's beauty career. She just whipped up a product in her kitchen one cold winter to combat chapped lips. Sara talks with her longtime friends Alli and Michael about gaining a cult following and becoming known as the "Lip Expert," why she's focusing on doing one thing well like another familiar brand (ahem, Drybar), and how she's ready to scale the business.
  • U-Nify: Building and Branding a Mental Health GymA fitness studio, but for your mental health. This is the idea behind U-Nify, a company offering affordable workshops led by therapists, life coaches, and wellness experts. U-Nify wants to lower the barrier of entry and make mental health a part of the everyday wellness routine. Alli and Michael sat down with U-Nify founders Sandra Kushnir and Kevin Lehtinen to offer the budding entrepreneurs advice on honing their elevator pitch, finding investors, and opening a brick-and-mortar in Los Angeles.
  • Elevating Luxury Sleepwear with Founder Ashley MerrillAshley Merrill launched Lunya with a conviction that women's sleepwear was overdue for a fresh perspective. Wearing her husband's old clothes like pajamas, Ashley realized that although people will spend one-third of their lives in bed, good sleepwear was undervalued. So she created a new brand of PJs that was both stylish and functional. Ashley sat down to talk about building an eco-friendly business in service of women, and innovating the tech-bed game with her FDA-regulated "cooling" fabric.
  • Karen Fairchild: Country Music Icon and TrailblazerAlli lives out her country girl fantasy and visits Nashville to interview Karen Fairchild, one-fourth of the Grammy Award-winning band, Little Big Town. Together, Alli and Karen find similarities between running a business and running a band, from deal-making and leadership to public performances and building a national brand. They also touch on the gender disparities within the country recording industry, the songwriting process, and country culture.
  • Jaime Schmidt: Turning Natural Deoderant into GoldJaime Schmidt, founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, created her natural deodorant when she was pregnant and concerned about the widespread use of unnatural ingredients in deodorant. So she created a better alternative! Her products went from farmers' market tables to storming the shelves of CVS, Walmart, and Whole Foods. When Schmidt sold her company to Unilever, Schmidt's was in more than 14,000 stores in 30 countries, with year-over-year growth of 300 percent and now she’s now investing in fellow entreprene
  • Emily and Meritt: Fashion's Favorite FriendshipYou can thank Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for the boyfriend jeans in your closet. After making the jump from styling to designing, they started Current/Elliott and became denim darlings of the fashion world. Since selling their line, the ladies have expanded their brand into home decor and launched The Great, a multi-category line that embodies their trademark "whimsical Americana" aesthetic. The duo joined Alli and Michael to trace their early styling days to how they're building their current label.
  • Baby2Baby: Hollywood's Favorite PhilanthropyMichael and Alli sit down with Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, presidents of Baby2Baby, a group that provides low-income children with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities. Known for its stylish galas and A-list ambassadors (Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore, among others), Baby2Baby has become one of L.A.'s most high-profile philanthropies! Kelly and Norah discuss the inception of Baby2Baby, the "diaper divide," and how everyone can help children living in poverty. Learn more at baby2baby.org
  • Alexa von Tobel: Becoming Financially FearlessAlexa von Tobel dropped out of Harvard Business School in 2008 to start LearnVest, the online financial planning service designed for the average American that sold in 2015 to Northwestern Mutual. Today, she is the founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital and the New York Times-Bestselling Author of "Financially Fearless" and "Financially Forward." Alexa caught up with Alli and Michael to break down her journey and the latest trends in financial technology. Keep up with Alexa @alexavontobel.
  • Sarah Gibson Tuttle: Upending The Manicure IndustryIn a lightbulb moment to create "the Drybar for nails," Sarah Gibson Tuttle ditched her finance career to and open Olive & June, the Instagram-perfect nail salon. After opening three shops, her focus is on democratizing nail-care with her line of at-home manicure products. Sarah sat down with RTB to relive her early days with zero business plan, how she and Alli came together, and why Olive & June's is tackling the at-home market. Keep up with Sarah and Alli at @gibsontuttle, @oliveandjune and @alliwebb
  • Anine Bing: Influencer-Turned-DesignerAnine Bing has become the go-to designer for models and actresses off-duty since leveraging her social media platform into a namesake label. Like all great founder stories, the Danish-born model and former rock 'n' roll singer launched her fashion line from the garage of her Los Angeles home. Now, she's opening brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. and Europe. Anine sat down with Alli and Michael to discuss building a business with your spouse, and how she turned Insta-fame into a brand.
  • Brooklyn Decker: Rethinking Retail, Tech, and Your ClosetBrooklyn Decker has made a name for herself on the pages of Sports Illustrated and Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," but now her mission as a tech co-founder is to help women digitize and simplify their closets. She sat down with Alli and Michael to talk about Finery—a virtual closet that generates outfits, styling inspo, and sale alerts— and how the app is saving users time and money with items they already own. Learn more at @alliwebb @brooklyndecker, @yourfinery, and finery.com. Rate, subscribe and r
  • How Pocket.watch Is Changing Kids' Content with Chris Williams Chris Williams is the founder and CEO of Pocket.watch, a digital-first studio that creates global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha (kids born in 2011-2025). Chris talks to Alli and Michael about "kidfluencers," monetizing an online audience, and the future of kids' entertainment. Pocket.watch has raised $21 million in funding to develop and launch children’s media brands and spin-off content into books, merchandise, live events and shows for streaming services.
  • Kelly Leveque: Nutritionist To The StarsKelly Leveque is the woman who Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Busy Phillips turn to when they need help balancing blood sugar and demanding schedules. Kelly unveils to Alli and Michael the inner workings of her consulting business and how she went from mapping genomes for oncologists to staking her claim as one of Hollywood's most sought-after nutrition experts. Plus, she shares her secret wellness and diet tips, including the ones she uses as Alli's health coach. Don't forget to subscribe and review!
  • Brittany Driscoll: From Drybar Exec to Squeeze CEOFor years, Alli and Michael sat on their million-dollar idea to create the Goldilocks massage experience—not too pricey, not too cheap—while they were busy building Drybar. But when their VP of Marketing Brittany Driscoll needed a new challenge, their massage concept was reborn. This is the story of how Brittany, Alli, and Michael launched Squeeze, the on-demand massage chain and app disrupting the self-care industry. Visit squeezemassage.com or on social @squeeze. Follow Brittany @britdrisc. @all
  • Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cash-mereEmily Schuman has built a thriving company on the coattails of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a website she created just 10 years ago. As an OG fashion blogger, she walks Alli and Michael through her career's trajectory, from making the tough decision between staying at AOL or diving headfirst into her blog (spoiler alert: she took the risk) to eventually licensing products and launching an e-commerce platform. She maps out the do's and don'ts of building a personal brand and how to lean on social media.
  • Raising The Bar Season 2 Trailer Alli and Michael are back and better than ever with a brand new group of entrepreneurs you will not want to miss! Season 2 begins March 29th!
  • Elmo Lovano: Build a BandBefore Jammcard, a job platform for musicians didn’t really exist. So after working as a drummer for years and recognizing the need for it, Elmo decided to build it himself, and he told us all about it. This is the last episode of this season of Raising the Bar. But you can still reach out to us! If you have questions for us, you can DM Alli on Insta
  • Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut: What's On Your Plate?This episode features Platefit founders Rachael Blumberg and Yuval Chiprut. Platefit is a boutique exercise company that provides classes designed around the use of Power Plates. The plates, originally developed to help Russian cosmonauts recover after spending time in zero gravity, vibrate to increase muscle contractions during workouts. Rachael and Yuval met while teaching exercise classes at the same gym, eventually becoming business partners -- and life partners, too.
  • Ellen Bennett: Apron Queen This episode features Hedley & Bennett founder and CEO Ellen Bennett. When Ellen was working as a chef in restaurants, she couldn’t believe bad the aprons were. They were ill-fitting, poorly constructed, and everyone hated wearing them. So she decided to reinvent them. Now, thousands of chefs and makers wear her handcrafted aprons. To Ellen, a well-made apron can change the way you look and feel while you work.
  • Patrice Banks: Lady MechanicsThis episode features Girls Auto Clinic founder Patrice Banks. Patrice had a great job as an engineer when she decided give it all up to become a mechanic and open a female-run shop. Her goal? To educate and empower women through their cars. If you have questions for us, you can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or email us your questions at RTB@wondery.com.
  • Jaclyn Johnson: Creating and CultivatingThis episodes features Create & Cultivate’s Jaclyn Johnson! Jaclyn noticed women entrepreneurs needed a space to gather to create their dream careers and her business was born! She’s seen it all, from building a wildly successful festival, going through a business partner breakup and captivating those ever-elusive 'millennials'. After that, we’re answering more of YOUR questions.
  • Joey Gonzalez: From Client to CEOThis episode features Barry’s Bootcamp CEO Joey Gonzalez. Joey first fell in love with the high-intensity fitness studio as a customer. He worked his way up the Barry’s ladder, going from instructor to manager to partner and finally, to CEO. Joey talked about how he deals with competition, why hiring good people is crucial to success, and what it’s like being married to another CEO. After we talk to Joey, we’re answering your questions and direct messages.
  • Itika Oldwine and Talmadge Lowe: A Flower Shop and a Liquor Store This episode features two guests. First, we talked to Itika Oldwine, founder of Oldvine Florals, a high end flower shop in Los Angeles. She talked to us about the decision to go out on her own, how she moved her business from her house to a store, and how former NBA basketball player Matt Barnes became one of her investors. Then, we talked to Talmadge Lowe, co-founder of Hi-Lo Liquor, a craft liquor store also here in Los Angeles. He told us what makes his store unique.
  • Joy Cho: Jump for JoyThis episode features designer Joy Cho. Her lifestyle brand, Oh Joy, grew from a tiny blog into a successful business with a huge following. She talked about developing brand recognition, why she’s hesitant to expand her business, and how she set herself up for her first million-dollar year. After that, we’re answering your questions and direct messages. You can DM Alli on Instagram (@alliwebb), or email us your questions at RTB@wondery.com.
  • Johnny Ray Zone: Do One Thing WellThis episode features celebrity chef Johnny Ray Zone, the founder and operator of Howlin’ Rays, a Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant in Los Angeles. Howlin’ Rays is so popular, Johnny’s main problem early on was dealing with long lines (seriously, it was hours.) We learned that Nashville hot chicken was invented as a revenge plot, about Johnny’s storied past as a chef and LA’s top restaurants and why he doesn’t want to expand so stop asking!
  • Hillary Kerr: Who What Wear, Why Not?On today's episode, Hillary Kerr is joining us. She’s the cofounder of Clique Brands, which has three brands - Who What Wear, MyDomaine, and Byrdie. We're also here to answer your question, including one we get asked all the time - what are you obsessed with? Short answer: It's a lot. Have a burning question?
  • Curtis Stone: Cooking with GasThis episode features celebrity chef Curtis Stone. He’s had a ton of success, including television shows, cookbooks, and famed LA restaurants, Maude and Gwen. He talked about Anthony Bourdain, his worst kitchen disaster and taught us a new business mantra. After that we’re answering your questions and direct messages.
  • Phil Landau: The First Entrepreneur in Our LivesIt’s our dad! They may have raised us, but for years Alli and Michael's parents ran a chain of clothing stores in South Florida, Flip’s. It was a family business, and they grew up watching this business grow. And - Alli goes out to Venice Beach and explores Abbot Kinney in “Out With Alli.” Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mac and Mia - Take $25 off your first order at MacAndMia.com/BAR and use promo code BAR.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar: From Vampires to EmpiresWhen Alli Webb and Michael Landau started Drybar 8 years ago, they had no idea what would happen, but that’s the life of every entrepreneur. Risk everything and you could gain… or lose… everything. So they’re talking to business owners of all kinds - moguls and beginners alike - including Sarah Michelle Gellar. When she started FoodStirs in 2014, she had no idea what would happen, and even for Sarah Michelle Gellar, it hasn’t been an easy road. This is Raising The Bar. Support this show by suppo
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