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Business Wars

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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 

Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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Introducing Business Wars

Introducing Business Wars

2018-01-1900:01:3543

Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6.
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Want more Business Wars? We have your daily dose. Subscribe to Business Wars Daily wherever you listen to Business Wars.It's Tuesday, July 17, and we're looking at Uber vs. Lyft.
Want more Business Wars? We have your daily dose. Subscribe to Business Wars Daily wherever you listen to Business Wars.It's Thursday, July 19, and we're looking at Wag vs. Rover.
Waze vs Apple Maps | 3

Waze vs Apple Maps | 3

2018-12-1800:29:3417

The debut of the Apple iPhone in 2007 means unprecedented changes for human communication. But even its inventor Steve Jobs at first fails to realize that the most powerful part of his invention isn’t the music player or the web browser. It’s the map. The physical world is about to collide with the virtual one, and that means a bitter fight for mobile mapping supremacy between Apple and its rival, Google. The two companies’ battle eventually leads to one of Apple’s rare missteps — but not before Jobs stuns the world by dying of pancreatic cancer. Meanwhile, an Israeli start-up is starting to make waves by crowdsourcing data to create a turn-by-turn navigation tool that provides up-to-the-minute accuracy. Good thing the founders have agreed not to sell for less than a billion dollars…Brought to you by the 2019 Lincoln MKC. Support us by supporting our sponsors!
Oreo vs. Hydrox. Twitter vs. TikTok. Business rivals are doing battle every day. On Business Wars Daily, we give you a brief daily update, Monday through Friday, on the latest wars between the world’s biggest companies happening right now. On this episode of Business Wars, we’re sharing our favorite Business Wars Daily episodes. We’ve got provocative ad campaigns, the next big thing in social media, accusations of corporate sabotage, and of course, beer. Check out Business Wars Daily for a daily fix of Business Wars, hosted by David Brown. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Robinhood- Robinhood is giving listeners of Business Wars a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at businesswars.robinhood.comZipRecruiter- Find your next great hire for free at ZipRecruiter.com/BW
With all the hype around portable and smart speakers, it’s easy to forget that they didn’t always exist. In fact, it took one fateful meeting with Monster Cables and Interscope Records to really kick the industry off. In this one-episode Business Battle, we explore the time when headphones became fashion, what it takes to get people to shell out $350 for a pair, and what happens when a million dollar mistake becomes a billion dollar mistake.  Support us by supporting our sponsors!Westin Hotels - Business Wars is brought to you by Westin Hotels & Resorts. Because when you Eat Well, Move Well and Sleep Well, you rise – No matter where in the world you travel. Explore at Westin.com, a member of Marriott Bonvoy.
A shakeup in the maple syrup industry. The slowest pizza delivery in the world. Pet food companies cashing in on your love for Fido. On our sister show Business Wars Daily, we bring you breaking news about the business rivalries you know and love — along with some you’ve never heard of before. This week, the latest and greatest of our weekday updates, including an unconventional entrant to the life insurance industry and how harnessing progressive values helped a tear-jerking ad campaign go viral. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/BW
Business Wars Goes Global

Business Wars Goes Global

2019-11-1900:01:232

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Introducing WeCrashed

Introducing WeCrashed

2020-01-2900:05:544

The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality?Subscribe today: wondery.fm/wecrashedBW
This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO.It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry.This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions.Support us by supporting our sponsors:ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BWSquarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!
After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster Online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was that he was pushing the board to reject the offer so Netflix would wither and die. Meanwhile, Netflix was struggling to gain legitimacy in Hollywood. Netflix quickly realized that before it could take on the Hollywood gods, it would have to slay Blockbuster.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Legal Zoom - For special savings, be sure to enter code BW in the referral box at LegalZoom.comQuip - Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a toothbrush when you visit them GetQuip.com/BW
Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded - sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies, and sometimes things didn’t go as planned. But when Blockbuster did deliver, they delivered big. They threw everything they had at Netflix, but the war raged on.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Keeps - Get your first month of treatment for free and start keeping your hair at Keeps.com/BW
You know that expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper hand on Blockbuster.That, and the fact that Netflix targeted this new “streaming” technology that in 2007, no one really believed in. Soon they were on top of the world.But it’s dangerous being on top. If you trip, you have a long way to fall.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!Quip - Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a toothbrush when you visit them GetQuip.com/BW
We take a step back to explore how a little company called Home Box Office went from serving B-movies to 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut that we know as HBO. In the process, HBO, become the standard by which all other cable companies would have to measure themselves - after all, it's not TV. It's HBO.Support us by supporting our sponsors:ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BWSquarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!
Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole season of a show all at once. But Netflix knew it was on to something. All of their studies and focus groups revealed something new: viewers who binged content formed an emotional attachment to Netflix. Support us by supporting our sponsors:ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BWSquarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!
Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what show to watch -- and when and how they watch them. The future that Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph envisioned two decades earlier has arrived. The unfettered reign of cable television has ended. The war for streaming viewers will become richer. And more cutthroat.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Casper - Get $50 off your purchase of a mattress when you go to Casper.com/BWSquarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!
Rich Greenfield is a tech and media analyst with BTIG who’s been covering this battle in some capacity for decades. We had the chance to talk to him in depth on today’s episode.Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBTIGSupport us by supporting our sponsors:ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW
In 2015, Kanye West turned his back on Nike, an all out battle in the ongoing war for sneaker supremacy. Nike and Adidas are two multinational companies worth billions in an industry estimated to be valued at $220 Billion by 2020 (which is double the GDP of Ukraine) but that begs the question - Why are companies sinking so much money into mesh and rubber for your feet?In this series of Business Wars, we'll find out. This is Episode 1 of a 7-part series on the brutal business battle between Nike and Adidas.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Policy Genius - Compare life insurance quotes in minutes at PolicyGenius.comLegal Zoom - Get a free business startup kit at LegalZoom.com/startup and use code BW at checkout
Rudi and Adi Dassler started the “Dassler Business” in the 1920s in their parent’s garage, recycling materials from WWI military gear and uniforms. They got a pair of their track spikes on an athlete named Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics and the company took off… until WWII.The war may have been over for Germany, but the rivalry between Adi and Rudi was just heating up.Rudi left to start his own company, Puma, and Adi created Adidas.50 years later, with a waffle iron and inventory from Onitsuka Tiger, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman start tinkering with some shoes in Bowerman’s kitchen. The waffle iron didn’t last long, but the shoes did.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!
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Comments (296)

Siri

The ads for Dying for Sex is just bizarre in the middle of these episodes. just saying sex several times does not bring in listeners.

Feb 17th
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Sanam puri

Stop Reposting old episodes! 😠 and start developing new ones 😒

Feb 10th
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Dino Mitsides

unsubscribe. theyre recycling old material with different titles. bad business move... from business wars...

Feb 6th
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Sanam puri

they are just reuploading old episode 🤦🏻‍♂️

Feb 6th
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Chukwuma Nwokorobia

Stadia coming into the market. An extra episode is expected in 2021/22

Feb 4th
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Ahmad Hamad

I liked how Kutaragi supported his idea from defense to attack.

Feb 3rd
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Sanam puri

isn't this a repost? 🤔

Feb 3rd
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Ahmad Hamad

Please use accents, it will be better.

Feb 3rd
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Amarnath

This series is awesome

Jan 29th
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Ahmad Hamad

Never expected that different versions of designing software caused problems.  #Boeing #Airbus

Jan 20th
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Aetherflow

i think people are turned off by the kiosk. i will turn around and leave. just like the self checkout machines. n the grocery stores. i dont work there, so, unless youre giving me an employee discount for doing your job, I am paying YOU to do a job.

Jan 17th
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Drew Wakemgoodwinnu

i

Jan 13th
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Victor David Sanchez Rodriguez

we

Jan 7th
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Mark Matthieu

repeat? why??

Jan 4th
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Cartier GS

i would like to hear about the rise of quicken loan

Jan 3rd
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gringin'

Incredible story!

Dec 31st
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Dino Mitsides

sneaky repeat?

Dec 26th
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Dan Ward

Erm..... repeat series?

Dec 24th
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Michael Aztec Garcia

business wars is one of my absolute favorite podcasts! The stories reel you in and leave you wanting more.

Dec 21st
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Jose Belen

lol he said "stone cold has a killer stinger" ....boi!

Dec 21st
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