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WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork

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The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought they were going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world’s savviest investors -- but did his vision ever match the company's reality?

Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars (and former host of NPR's Marketplace), WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase “unicorns.”



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Introducing WeCrashed

Introducing WeCrashed

2020-01-1526:0314

WeCrashed premieres January 29th.
“Let’s build the largest networking community on the planet.” That was the email Adam Neumann sent at 1am to one of WeWork’s very first employees, before they had even a single tenant. So how do you turn a scrappy startup into a global empire? If you’re WeWork's CEO, you rely on charm, chutzpah, and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Adam Neumann spends his twenties following a simple mantra: whoever dies with the most money wins. But to change the world, he’s going to need to find his passion—and to do that, he’ll have to rely on a new friend and a new romance.Click here to listen to Rebekah Neumann’s full interview on the School of Greatness podcast.Click here to listen to Miguel McKelvey’s full interview on How I Built This.Click here to listen to Miguel McKelvey’s full interview on The Rich Roll Podcast.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Adam Neumann was living the dream - flying on private jets, head of a company worth billions. He’s being welcomed into a very exclusive club of real estate moguls. Yet even he must acknowledge that the “Spirit of We” is starting to fade as the company grows, especially among the rank-and-file employees. Some WeWorkers are even wondering if they’ve inadvertently become part of a cult.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Think Crazy | 4

Think Crazy | 4

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Masayoshi Son, the head of Softbank’s Vision Fund, gives billions to WeWork. “Masa” has just one instruction for Adam Neumann: dream big. Adam and his company go on a spending spree. They buy up everything from companies to buildings to new homes. Big dreams can be a good thing — unless they cease to be tethered to any sense of reality.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
The IPO | 5

The IPO | 5

2020-02-1921:4632

Adam and Rebekah Neumann help craft WeWork’s glossy IPO filing from the comfort of their house in the Hamptons. When business pundits get their hands on it, they can’t believe what they’re reading. Questions abound over Adam’s outsized role at the company. And For the first time, Adam doesn't seem to have all the answers.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Me Before We | 6

Me Before We | 6

2020-02-2628:5430

Adam Neumann’s fate lays in the hands of the WeWork board. But even if he’s removed as CEO, Adam still holds some cards to ensure he won't walk away empty-handed. Meanwhile, rank-and-file employees just want to know whether they’ll have a job tomorrow. This is the final episode in our six-part series. Our next episode will be a special interview episode with Professor Scott Galloway about how the story of WeWork’s failed IPO has affected other high-flying startups.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
In an in-depth interview with NYU Professor Scott Galloway, host David Brown asks about the future of Softbank, which high-flying company might be next to stumble, and what went wrong at WeWork. And they answer an all-important question: how to tell the difference between a "unicorn" and a donkey.Check out the latest season of Business Wars — and subscribe to Business Wars DailySupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
As a bonus for American History Tellers listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, an MSNBC podcast hosted by former U.S. Attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg. The Oath is a series of revealing conversations with fascinating men and women who took an oath to serve our nation. Who and what shaped them? What drew them to this work? How did they overcome adversity and failure? These captivating stories exemplify what is best about our country: integrity, civility, service, humility, and collective responsibility. Listen now and subscribe to the series: https://link.chtbl.com/0R2hHEAR?sid=wondery.description%20
It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James RemarListen to Murder in Hollywoodland: wondery.fm/wecrashedMiH.
When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.Listen today at wondery.fm/wecrashed_guru.
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Grunkle Hatter

either make more episodes or stop using this channels as a AD channel, makes you look trashy Woundery

May 7th
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Grunkle Hatter

this has turned into a ad channel witch makes you Woundery look trashy

Apr 23rd
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Carl Doby

Snooze fest

Apr 6th
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Kirk B

Waaaay too many ads.

Mar 29th
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Nada Clontz

As always, an excellent quality podcast from Wondery. I've already listened to about 13 Wondery podcasts and they never disappoint. I would love to hear updates on this in the future.

Mar 24th
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ニック

Where is the q n a?

Mar 4th
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Gary Barnier

my l

Feb 26th
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Ahmad Hamad

#wework was just a #bubble company, I hope it will get better.

Feb 26th
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Fiona Fleming

I'm really enjoying this. when is the next episode due ?

Feb 23rd
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Yieldstrong

Of course we all want less ads (or none!) but this is free so I won't complain! Constructive criticism.... not super excited by narrators dry and nearly boring tone and inflection... but I am a fan of this podcast! Thank you.

Feb 13th
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Maggie

I usually love Wondery's casts. They're some of the best. But this one is really confusing and a bit hard to follow. Tried a couple of episodes but I cant get into it.

Feb 11th
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Ben Penson

Ads? Really? The most you can say is there are too many ads?! There are literally 2-3 at the most. I think some perspective is needed. The show is FOC, well written and presented and on topic. Plus the ads even relate to other shows of interest. What more do you want?

Feb 7th
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April

I'm hooked but mostly ads.

Jan 31st
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Anne Fildes

Why did a sports commentator come on at the end?

Jan 30th
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Peter Worn

Far far too many ads!

Jan 29th
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Soumik Aswad

why aren't there any shows yet?

Jan 26th
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