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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.”

WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork Wondery

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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.”

    The IPO | 5

    The IPO | 5

    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.




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    • 20 min
    Think Crazy | 4

    Think Crazy | 4

    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.




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    • 33 min
    Thank God It’s Monday | 3

    Thank God It’s Monday | 3

    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.




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    • 23 min
    Two Tall Guys From A Commune | 2

    Two Tall Guys From A Commune | 2

    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.




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    • 20 min
    In the Beginning There Was Adam... | 1

    In the Beginning There Was Adam... | 1

    “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.




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    • 25 min
    Introducing WeCrashed

    Introducing WeCrashed

    WeCrashed premieres January 29th.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

dave_hennessey ,

Great

Great podcast
I also love the Gary Vee intro music

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Well told story

Enjoying it throughly, can’t wait for the next episode! Well told!

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