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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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    • Management
    • 4.6, 9 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.

    MSNBC presents The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg

    MSNBC presents The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg

    As a bonus for Business Wars 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 to the first episode with former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta, and subscribe to the series:https://link.chtbl.com/0R2hHEAR?sid=wondery.description%20

    • 3 min
    Uber vs Lyft | Revenge Business | 2

    Uber vs Lyft | Revenge Business | 2

    It's the late '90s, and Travis Kalanick is hanging out in his dorm room at UCLA. He’s having a file-sharing party with his friends that leads to his first business. But Kalanick’s forced to grow up quickly as he learns that naïveté can cost you millions and Silicon Valley investors aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. 

    Logan Green finds inspiration while stuck in horrible LA traffic and adopts a new anti-car ethos that will shape Lyft’s mission. And on the East Coast, John Zimmer learns how to woo customers — a skill he’ll translate into startup success.

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    • 25 min
    Uber vs Lyft | Black Cars and Pink Mustaches | 1

    Uber vs Lyft | Black Cars and Pink Mustaches | 1

    It’s December 2008, and two friends and fellow tech entrepreneurs, Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, can't get a taxi. Camp’s already obsessed with the idea of a service that summons a private driver with the push of a button, but now Kalanick gets the appeal. Together, they'll build Uber, and do whatever it takes to reign supreme. 

    Meanwhile, recent college grads John Zimmer and Logan Green channel their shared passion for the environment into the creation of a carpooling startup for long rides. But pretty quickly, they realize they need to service short trips, too, and Lyft is born. But in order to succeed, they have to convince people to jump in a car with a complete stranger. And, they’ll have to go up against Uber in a battle for ridesharing supremacy. 

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    • 27 min
    Business Battles | Toilet Paper Wars: White Gold | 4

    Business Battles | Toilet Paper Wars: White Gold | 4

    Quarantine restrictions during the coronavirus have induced toilet paper panic-buying as people scratch, claw and punch each other to get rolls. But why? What’s behind the frenzy, and how will that affect the TP industry? 

    In the last 150 years, it’s grown from selling humble boxes of paper to mass marketing rolls of delicate, luxurious tissue. And now a wave of eco-friendly independent companies are making a bid for your bathroom business. 

    It’s a high stakes, multi-billion dollar industry that we take for granted. Until we fear losing it. Then all bets are off.

    • 24 min
    Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Kevin Hart | 80

    Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Kevin Hart | 80

    Kevin Hart opens up about what it means to win, grow your business, and empower others on this week's episode of The School of Greatness.

    The School of Greatness, hosted by bestselling author Lewis Howes, features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships. Get ready to learn the wisdom, skills, and tools to write your own story.

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    • 3 min
    Business Battles | Tetris: Soviet Blocks | 3

    Business Battles | Tetris: Soviet Blocks | 3

    It’s 1988, and Tetris is making waves. It’s billed as the first Soviet video game, and it’s selling fast.

    But the man who introduced it to the West harbors a secret: he doesn’t own the rights. And when his subterfuge fails, a multi-million-dollar battle to win over the communist regime breaks out on the streets of Moscow.

    It’s a clash that pits the Japanese gaming overlords of Nintendo against the sprawling empire of ruthless media baron Robert Maxwell.

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    • 28 min

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