Rufus co-founded four companies. First, Nerve.com, in 1997, an early youth culture website, acquired by IAC; second Spring Street Networks, an online dating technology company acquired by Various, Inc.; and third Babble.com, a website for a new generation of parents, acquired by Disney in 2011. Babble evolved into a platform for female influencers, covering a wide range of women's lifestyle topics, distributed through social media. Rufus is currently running Heleo.com, a platform for one person media companies, backed by Comcast, Bertelsmann, Bloomberg, the New York Times, Greycroft, and INovia. Leader of The Next Big Idea Club, which is also a new podcast from Wondery, hosted by Rufus.
Birds do it, bees do it, even fishes in the seas do it. So why do we have such a hard time when people migrate from one place to another? Science writer Sonia Shah presents the evidence that migration is central to the human story -- and it just might save us from what’s coming next.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses Plus - thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea
We do it 25,000 times a day, but most of us rarely give breathing a thought. Author James Nestor says we’re missing out on one of the most powerful pathways to health and happiness. He leads Rufus through the ins and outs of intentional breathing, revealing its potential to clear our minds, heal our bodies, and help us achieve incredible things. 
Businesses want people to buy their products. Parents want their kids to eat their vegetables. We all want to convince someone to do something. So we push and we prod – but often to no avail. Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger says there’s a better way. In this high-speed conversation with Rufus, he lays out his formula for removing barriers to change.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try Zip Recruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea.
Since humans sharpened the first stick and lit the first fire, we have been on an innovation spree, constantly developing new tools and materials to solve our problems. But material scientist Ainissa Ramirez says innovation is a two-way street. Drawing on stories about eight key inventions, she tells Rufus how our creations can change us in surprising ways.
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Episode Count
44
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
1 day, 1 hour
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