When Wang Xiaoyu was working for Google in Japan, she’d listen to podcasts in Japanese, English, and Chinese during her hour-long commute. She wanted a podcast app that was intuitive, offered personalization, supported multiple languages, and worked across multiple devices. When she couldn’t find one, she decided to leave Google, sell her house, return to Beijing, and code her own app.
Xiaoyu wasn’t alone in her podcast player preferences: Today, CastBox has over 13 million listeners, with cleverly curated podcasts in 70 different languages and innovative features like in-audio search woven into a clean interface. While Xiaoyu often looks to CEO friends for support, it’s her grandmother who most inspires her: “She is a brave, positive, optimistic, and loving woman ... She’s inspired me to take risks even if it means to fail along the way. The biggest failure is not trying at all.”