175 episodes

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.

Business Wars Wondery

    • Business
    • 4.7, 65 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Robert Rakete ,

Love this podcast!

David Brown does a brilliant job fronting Business Wars. Compelling stories with a killer narrative, and the dramatisations add another layer. Congrats to the team behind this series!

pinwhisky ,

Facebook vs Snapchat

Would have been good to hear the rest of the story. Seems they forgot to make the last episode

Clayton_Blackmore ,

Great idea, awful execution

On paper this sounds like a great idea - the stories behind these massive rivalries is perfect fodder for the podcast format.

In reality, the idea is severely let down by the execution. I would have preferred simple, straightforward reportage - a la the Serial / Dirty John podcasts. Instead, the writing takes far too much liberty and includes irrelevant details. I understand the concept of artistic license, but when it detracts from the narrative this much, it’s a huge problem.

There are portions of direct speech, acted out by the presenter of the show, which are almost too cringeworthy to listen to. I’ve just heard him imitate a pubescent newsboy at the beginning of S06 E01. Awful, just awful.

The presenter’s complete lack of self-awareness is also an issue. Does he realise how hammy he sounds?

Any normal presenter might deliver a line like ‘...so Sony went back to the boardroom to regroup and rethink their strategy’ in a straightforward, to-the-point manner. This presenter will say the same thing but add in the most egregious and unnecessary fake laugh: ‘...so Sony went back to the boardroom and...<pause for effect, then chuckle>...rethink their strategy’.

Why oh why?!?!?

Such a terrible shame as the idea behind the show has merit and tremendous potential.

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