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

  • 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
  • Introducing Raising The BarPremieres July 25th