The Story Podcast

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The Story tells the unknown backstories of people who changed the world. Each episode is a mini-historical biography, and includes life lessons and actionable insights from the most courageous and successful people in history. You’ll get to walk a mile in their shoes, and the person’s identity is a mystery until the climax.


Season 3: Technology Trailblazers

Season 3 of The Story features twelve technology trailblazers who started a business that changed the world. The Story is brought to you exclusively by Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform that helps businesses blaze their own trails to success.​

You can listen, download, and subscribe (for free) on iTunes and Google Play!

Below, we will keep a running list of the latest episodes from Season 3!


Episode 1: Paranoid and Loving It

This is The Story of a man who escaped death. Multiple times. The experiences made him paranoid… but hey… maybe the paranoid are the only ones that survive.

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Episode 2: Burn Your Plan A

This is The Story of two men who tried to sell their company that nobody wanted to buy… so they had to turn to plan B.

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Episode 3: Seeds of Resilience

This is The Story of how one woman overcame her worst nightmare at the height of her success.

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Episode 4: The Show Goes On

This is the story of how one woman who went into the family business and gave it a new spin.

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Week 7 After Show — Paranoia, Burning Man, and Family Business

Welcome to The Story After Show, Week 7! In this week’s show, CEO and Founder of The Mission, Chad Grills, talks with Ian Faison (CCO of The Mission) where they highlight:

  • The four BIG ideas/principles that come from the stories this week
  • Plus, they show you how to apply these big ideas in your own life

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Episode 5: To Change The Future, Start Living In It

This is The Story of a woman who bumped up against rigid protocol and unbending status quo. Through it all, she stayed true to herself and became an inventor and pioneer who changed the world.

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Episode 6: Build Your Reputation, But Don’t Be Afraid To Destroy It

This is The Story of a guy who didn’t let his reputation stop him from being successful…

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Read on Medium.


Episode 7: From Trauma to Triumph

This is the story about a man on a mission…

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Read on Medium.


Episode 8: David and Goliath

This is The Story about a man who tried to get the largest business in his industry to buy half his business. Lucky for him, they laughed him out of the room…

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Read on Medium.


Season 2: Business Trailblazers

Season 2 of The Story features twelve men and women who transformed business. It’s brought to you exclusively by Salesforce!

You can listen, download, and subscribe (for free) on iTunes and Google Play!

Check out all the episodes from Season 2 below!


Episode 1: What Happens When You Jump

This is The Story of a boy with an unusual upbringing who grew into a man who would try anything…

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Read on Medium.


Episode 2: The Four Words That Made Her a Billionaire

This is The Story of a woman who changed a nation… by running an illegal business out of her 258 square foot apartment.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 3: No Experience Required

This is The Story of a young girl who escaped Nazi Germany, faced the death of her family members, and rebuilt her family’s crumbling business into an empire.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 4: When Opposites Attract

This is The Story of two brothers who spent their lives competing. They went in separate directions, and the feud created two massive businesses that you’ve heard of.

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Read on Medium.


Week 4 After Show: Being Lost, Conviction, and Drama is the Devil

In this week’s After Show, CEO and Founder of The Mission, Chad Grills, talks with Stephanie Postles (COO of The Mission) and Ian Faison (CCO of The Mission) where they highlight:

  • The four BIG ideas/principles that come from the stories this week
  • Plus, they show you how to apply these big ideas in your own life

Listen on iTunes or Google Play.


Episode 5: The List That Made Her Millions

This is The Story of a woman who turned down a dream job to become a door-to-door saleswoman. She couldn’t figure out what to do, so she made a list.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 6: From The Ocean To The Cloud

This is The Story of how one woman’s love of the sea lured her into engineering… and then beyond to a virtual cloud in the sky.

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Episode 7: The Dozen Businesses That Became One

This is The Story of how one man turned a morbid start in business into an empire filled with every kind of business imaginable.

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Episode 8: How To Start A $100M Business Out Of Your Trunk

This is The Story of an Army Drill Sergeant who decided to Google, “What is Business?”

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Week 5 After Show: Taking Risks, Living in the Future, and Opportunity

In this week’s After Show, CEO and Founder of The Mission, Chad Grills, talks with Stephanie Postles, Ian Faison, and special guest Ellen Petry Leanse as they discuss:

  • The four BIG ideas/principles that come from the stories this week
  • Plus, they show you how to apply these big ideas in your own life

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Episode 9: When Success Feels Like Failure

This is The Story of a man who failed in business, tried to quit, but found encouragement… and the right business idea… in an unlikely place.

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Episode 10: Put It On Ice

This is The Story of two brothers who faced a generational problem and reinvented an entire industry.

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The Story After Show LIVE from the Trailblazing Women Event

In this special edition of The Story After Show, we are live from the Salesforce Trailblazing Women event in San Francisco! Chad Grills (CEO of The Mission) and Ian Faison (CCO of The Mission) are joined by Lynne Zaledonis, SVP of Product Marketing at Salesforce. In this episode they discuss:

  • Lynne’s 18 year career in Sales and Marketing
  • The importance of mentors and mentorship
  • The career of famous cosmetic founder and entrepreneur, Bobbi Brown
  • 3 recurring themes from The Story Podcast heroes: Learning to Sell, Alienation, and Preparation
  • Tactical tips of how to apply those themes in your own life
  • How to be a trailblazer and what blazing trails means

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Episode 11: Think it, Build it, Ship it

This is The Story of a man who found early success, then faced a crippling depression, sold all of his things, and moved to a small cabin in the woods.

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Episode 12: A New Direction

This is The Story of a woman who stopped giving fish to people. Instead, she started teaching people how to fish and blazed a trail for others to follow.

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Week 6 After Show: Being a Serial Killer, Starting a Company, and How to Think Long Term

In this episode of The Story Aftershow, Chad Grills and Ian Faison are joined by Lauren Vaccarello, VP of Customer Engagement at Box.

They cover:

  • The four key takeaways from the stories this week
  • The emotions and struggles that come with starting a company
  • How family can help… or hurt… our pursuits (especially tune in to hear Lauren’s hilarious bit around this to get a good laugh)
  • Fun historical stories that have timeless lessons

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Season 1: Women Who Changed the World

Season 1 of The Story features twelve women trailblazers who changed the world, and it’s brought to you exclusively by Salesforce.

You can listen, download and subscribe (for free) on iTunes and Google Play!

Check out all the episodes of Season 1 below!


Episode 1: The Woman Who Everyone Laughed At

This is The Story of one woman who was laughed at, made people laugh, and then had the final laugh.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 2: The Woman Who Saved Her Country

This is The Story of what one woman did when an evil dictator attacked her family and threatened her home.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 3: The Woman Who Lost Everything

This is The Story of a woman who lost her family, her husband, and her hair. She hit rock bottom, but she didn’t stay there. She clawed her way up and out, and built an empire in the process.

Listen on iTunes and Google Play.

Read on Medium.


Episode 4: The Woman and The War

This is The Story of a woman who lost her father, and in the grieving process, stumbled onto something horrible. She could have kept it a secret, but she decided to spread a message that inspired millions.

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Read on Medium.


The After Show: Episodes 1–4

In this week’s after show, the host of The Story, Chad Grills, interviews special guests Stephanie Postles and Ian Faison. They highlight:

  • Their favorite stories and insights from this week’s episodes
  • Pieces of these women’s stories that we wanted to cover in the episodes, but didn’t get to
  • The importance of historical biographies and keeping the character’s identity hidden until the end

There might even be some teasers toward the end of the after show that hint at who we’re highlighting in next week’s episodes!

Listen on iTunes and Google Play.

Read on Medium.


Episode 5: The Woman Who Left the Harbor

This is The Story of a woman who was faced with a terrifying choice. She left the safe confines of her family’s home to enter the unknown, and embarked on the greatest challenge of her life.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 6: The Woman Who Quit

This is The Story of one woman who became famous for what she tried to quit. Along the way, she inspired millions of people to learn more about science, space, technology, and time. It’s also how she got a vital message to millions of children and adults.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 7: The Woman In The Eye of a Storm

This is The Story… of a woman who broke scientific barriers to do the impossible. Nobody could understand her vision until she helped them all see the future.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 8: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Back Down

This is The Story… of how one woman escaped the trap of others’ opinions and became a true original.

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Read on Medium.


The After Show: Episodes 5–8

In this week’s show, the host of The Story, Chad Grills, talks with Stephanie Postles (COO of The Mission) and Ian Faison (CCO of The Mission). They highlight:

• The four BIG ideas/principles that come from the stories this week
 • Plus, they show you how to apply these big ideas to your own life

Women’s History Month is drawing to a close. If you enjoyed our first season of The Story, be sure to let us know on the socials! We’re already hard at work on Season 2 and Season 3.

Listen on iTunes and Google Play.

Read on Medium.


Episode 9: The Woman They Turned Away

This is The Story… of how one woman’s demons almost killed her. It’s how she faced a destroyer that would devour all… and lived to tell the tale. Along the way, she managed to create many of technologies that we use on a daily basis.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 10: The Woman Who Walked a Thousand Miles

This is The Story… of one woman’s rise and fall. It’s about how she hit rock bottom, and then blazed a trail to become a NY Times bestselling author.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 11: The Woman Who Rose Above

This is The Story… of a woman who paid the ultimate price to become one of the greatest entrepreneurs, adventurers, and pioneers of all time.

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Read on Medium.


Episode 12: The Woman Who Was Always First

This is The Story… of what happened when a young girl decided to trust her parent’s traditional advice.

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Read on Medium.


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