126 episodes

Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.

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    • 4.8 • 1K Ratings

Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.

    Nike, Walmart, and Costco Defying the Odds, plus Letters from Listeners

    Nike, Walmart, and Costco Defying the Odds, plus Letters from Listeners

    Youngme, Felix and Mihir discuss how legacy retailers like Nike, Walmart and Costco have managed to defy the odds and outperform expectations, despite an onslaught of fresh competition. They also respond to more letters from listeners, including questions about President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plan and more. 

    Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:


    The Rescue (National Geographic documentary)
     Seinfeld (Netflix)
    Weeds (Netflix)
    The Best Tinned Fish


    We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

    • 44 min
    Rivian Electric Vehicles, Duolingo, Gingko Bioworks, Moderna, Unicorn Valuations, Facebook, and More

    Rivian Electric Vehicles, Duolingo, Gingko Bioworks, Moderna, Unicorn Valuations, Facebook, and More

    Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the red hot IPO market, highlighting a few of the companies reflecting a “sign of the times” including: Rivian Automotive, Duolingo, and life science companies like Gingko Bioworks and Moderna. They also answer a few letters from listeners, including questions about the soaring valuations of private company unicorns, the latest Facebook scandal, and more.

    Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

    ·       Private Company Unicorns (Crunchbase)

    ·       Run for Office (Snapchat Mini)

    ·       Career and Family (Claudia Goldin)

    ·       Journey Across a Century of Women (Claudia Goldin)

    ·       How to Make Ppopgi (Honeycomb Candy, as featured in Squid Game) 

    We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

    • 47 min
    The Global Housing Crisis, Amazon’s Newest Employee Benefit, Women Outpacing Men in College Enrollments, Carbon Capture Goes Online, and More

    The Global Housing Crisis, Amazon’s Newest Employee Benefit, Women Outpacing Men in College Enrollments, Carbon Capture Goes Online, and More

    Housing prices are on the rise in cities all around the world, and Youngme, Felix and Mihir discuss whether there’s an end in sight. Plus they discuss other headlines, including: Amazon’s decision to start paying for college tuition for its workers; women outpacing men in college enrollments; the first major carbon capture facility going online; and more.

    Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

    ·       Ministry for the Future (Kim Stanley Robinson)

    ·       Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)

    ·       Songs of Gastarbeiter

    We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

    • 40 min
    Why Are Shelves Still Empty? Supply Chain Woes, plus Other Economic Takeaways from the Pandemic

    Why Are Shelves Still Empty? Supply Chain Woes, plus Other Economic Takeaways from the Pandemic

    Why are items still missing from grocery store shelves? Why are package deliveries being delayed? Youngme, Felix and Mihir unpack the global supply chain mess, while warning listeners to start their holiday shopping early! They also share their personal economic takeaways from the pandemic.

    Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

    ·       The White Lotus (HBO)

    ·       Flour Water Salt Yeast (by Ken Forkish)

    We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

     

    • 40 min
    Has Apple Peaked? Plus, Celebrities Changing Hollywood

    Has Apple Peaked? Plus, Celebrities Changing Hollywood

    It’s been 10 years since the death of Steve Jobs. Has Apple peaked after 10 years of Tim Cook’s leadership or is the best yet to come? Youngme, Felix and Mihir debate the prospects for Apple; they then discuss the celebrities changing the way Hollywood does business, including Reese Witherspoon, Rihanna, and more.

    Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

    ·       Google Lens (App)

    ·       PictureThis (Botanist in your pocket App)

    ·       Libby (Library App, by Overdrive)

    We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

    • 41 min
    China Cracks Down, Fox Launches a Weather Channel, Visa Buys an NFT, and More

    China Cracks Down, Fox Launches a Weather Channel, Visa Buys an NFT, and More

    Youngme, Mihir and Felix talk about how to make sense of China’s crackdown on industries ranging from Big Tech to Videogaming. They also share thoughts on other stories in the news, including people behaving badly on planes, Fox launching a Weather Channel, Visa buying an NFT, and Boston Dynamics’ latest robot video.

     

    Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

    ·       Boston Dynamics Robots in Action

    ·       What Bobby McIlvane Left Behind (by Jennifer Senior in The Atlantic)

    ·       NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021 (Spike Lee documentary on HBO)

    ·       Crash Landing on You (Netflix)

    ·       Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix)

    We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

    • 41 min

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