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Cold Call distills Harvard Business School's legendary case studies into podcast form. Hosted by Brian Kenny, the podcast airs every two weeks and features Harvard Business School faculty discussing cases they've written and the lessons they impart.

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Cold Call distills Harvard Business School's legendary case studies into podcast form. Hosted by Brian Kenny, the podcast airs every two weeks and features Harvard Business School faculty discussing cases they've written and the lessons they impart.

    Transforming the Workplace for People with Disabilities

    Transforming the Workplace for People with Disabilities

    Nadine Vogel, Founder and CEO of Springboard Consulting, joins Harvard Business School professor Lakshmi Ramarajan and Harvard Kennedy School professor Hannah Riley Bowles to discuss her experience of starting and scaling a firm that works with Fortune 500 companies on issues related to disability and their workforce, as well as being a caregiver to two children with disabilities.

    • 27 min
    Should You Buy a Seasonal Business? (from Think Big, Buy Small)

    Should You Buy a Seasonal Business? (from Think Big, Buy Small)

    Today we’re sharing a special episode from Think Big, Buy Small, the new podcast from Harvard Business School. Think Big, Buy Small explores an innovative approach to entrepreneurship: acquisition entrepreneurship with conversations exploring how to buy your own business, be your own boss, and get the financial benefits of your efforts through the approach of entrepreneurship through acquisition In this episode, HBS Professors Richard Ruback and Royce Yudkoff chat with Robin Kovitz, who purchased Baskits—now one of Canada’s leading gift services companies—from its two retiring founders. Kovitz shares insights on her search process, investment criteria, and her perceptions of risk before and after purchasing Baskits. Listen to more episodes of Think Big, Buy Small wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 35 min
    Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Brand Building

    Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Brand Building

    Non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which allow individuals to own their digital assets and move them from place to place, are changing the interaction between consumers and digital goods, brands, and platforms. Harvard Business School professor Scott Duke Kominers and tech entrepreneur Steve Kaczynski discuss the case, “Bored Ape Yacht Club: Navigating the NFT World,” and the related book they co-authored, The Everything Token: How NFTs and Web3 Will Transform The Way We Buy, Sell, And Create. They focus on the rise and popularity of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs and the new model of brand building created by owning those tokens.

    • 29 min
    How Natural Winemaker Frank Cornelissen Innovated While Staying True to His Brand

    How Natural Winemaker Frank Cornelissen Innovated While Staying True to His Brand

    In 2018, artisanal Italian vineyard Frank Cornelissen was one of the world’s leading producers of natural wine. But when weather-related conditions damaged that year’s grapes, founder Frank Cornelissen had to decide between staying true to the tenets of natural wine making, or breaking with his public beliefs to save that year’s grapes by adding sulfites. Harvard Business School assistant professor Tiona Zuzul discusses the importance of staying true to your company’s principles while remaining flexible enough to welcome progress.

    • 21 min
    How One Insurtech Firm Formulated a Strategy for Climate Change

    How One Insurtech Firm Formulated a Strategy for Climate Change

    The Insurtech firm Hippo was facing two big challenges related to climate change: major loss ratios and rate hikes. The company used technologically empowered services to create its competitive edge, along with providing smart home packages, targeting risk-friendly customers, and using data-driven pricing. But now CEO and president Rick McCathron needed to determine how the firm’s underwriting model could account for the effects of high-intensity weather events.

    • 32 min
    The Importance of Trust for Managing Through a Crisis

    The Importance of Trust for Managing Through a Crisis

    In March 2020, Twiddy & Company, a family-owned vacation rental company known for hospitality rooted in personal interactions, needed to adjust to contactless, remote customer service. With the upcoming vacation season thrown into chaos by the COVID-19 pandemic, president Clark Twiddy had a responsibility to the company’s network of homeowners who rented their homes through the company, to guests who had booked vacations, and to employees who had been recruited by Twiddy’s reputation for treating staff well. Who, if anyone, could he afford to make whole and keep happy?

    • 27 min

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