The Vision and Fatal Quest of Zappos CEO – Kirsten Grind
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He was a beloved entrepreneur and famous for spreading happiness … But Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh struggled with severe addiction and mental illness. After covering his story for The Wall Street Journal, award-winning reporter Kirsten Grind wanted to dig deeper. She joins host Charles Mizrahi to discuss the brilliant entrepreneur’s life and the truth behind his tragic end.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to Kirsten Grind (00:00:00)
  • Tony’s Beginnings (00:4:14)
  • The Happiest Workplace (00:11:04)
  • Secret Darkness (00:20:45)
  • The Mansion in Park City (00:30:31)
  • Mental Illness and Entrepreneurs (00:37:34)
  • A Tragic Death (00:46:44)
  • Digging Deeper (00:50:23)

Guest Bio:

Kirsten Grind is an author and Wall Street Journal enterprise reporter, where she covers technology companies. She has received over a dozen national awards for her work, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist citation and a Loeb award.  Grind’s first book, The Lost Bank, was named the best investigative book of 2012. She co-authored her latest book (below) on the story of Zappos’ former CEO.

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