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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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Business Wars Wondery

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    • 4.6 • 12.2K Ratings

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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.
New episodes come out Wednesdays for free. Binge new full seasons early and ad-free, plus get exclusive past seasons, only with Wondery+.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | Misalignment

    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | Misalignment

    From the outside, OpenAI looked like one of Silicon Valley’s biggest success stories. In 2022, it had stunned the world with the release of ChatGPT3.5, leapfrogging some of the biggest tech companies to be an industry leader in artificial intelligence. But, inside the company walls trouble was brewing. Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever had increasing concerns about the speed at which OpenAI was commercializing and releasing AI products. He worried about the direction AI was heading and the impact it would have on the future of humanity.




    In November 2023, Sutskever reached his breaking point. His actions would have a tumultuous effect.







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    • 44 min
    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | If You Come At the King…

    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | If You Come At the King…

    OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever’s move to fire Sam Altman with no warning kicks off five days of chaos for the tech company. After he gets over the shock, Altman uses all his corporate savvy to fight back. For days, over McDonalds and Boba tea, Altman and the board feud over the path forward for Altman and OpenAI, while the business community waits on tenterhooks to find out the future of one of the most important AI companies in the world.







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    • 37 min
    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | Blood in the Water

    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | Blood in the Water

    After five intense days, Sam Altman prevails over the OpenAI Board and is reinstated as CEO, with a new board in place.  But the turmoil has shown that OpenAI is vulnerable and its competitors, including Google and Microsoft, are ready to take advantage of OpenAI’s weakness.  And with OpenAI’s old board out and Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever’s role at OpenAI murky, the path is clear for OpenAI to develop and commercialize AI at an even faster rate than as before. 

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    • 35 min
    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | Is OpenAI Out of the Woods?

    Sam Altman & the Battle for OpenAI | Is OpenAI Out of the Woods?

    A lot has happened at OpenAI since that whiplash week in November 2023 when the board ousted its chief executive. There was an investigation to determine whether Sam Altman’s firing was just, and a lawsuit from OpenAI co-founder Elon Musk. Meanwhile, the company’s competition has been charging ahead. Julia Black, a reporter with The Information, joins host David Brown to break down the latest developments and shed light on where Sam Altman — and the future of AI — are going next. 

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    • 41 min
    Allbirds: The Rise and Fall of Direct to Consumer

    Allbirds: The Rise and Fall of Direct to Consumer

    This episode comes out for free on 04/25 and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

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    Allbirds was once valued at $4.1 billion. The sustainable shoe brand had a fast and meteoric rise that mirrored the path of many other direct to consumer brands, but by early 2024 Allbirds' luck had changed. Find out what wrong for the company and the DTC market broadly, and how they're trying to find their footing again.

    Featured Guests: Ann Gehan, Retail Reporter at The Information Elizabeth Segran, Senior Staff Writer at Fast Company

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12.2K Ratings

12.2K Ratings

mirzank ,

Really well researched but minor flaw

Really well researched well told stories that pull you in. The only thing I find a distraction from the story telling is those weird sound effects and voices you add in. They don’t contribute to the story or its comprehension or create any kind of atmosphere, but instead make the wonderful storytelling sound cliched and cheesy.

T.r.vs? ,

Texas roadhouse versus blank

Love the show, you should do Texas roadhouse versus whoever Texas roadhouse is up against

Abba Wally ,

Love the show. Have some requests for seasons

Big fan of the show, I listen almost every night while cleaning up and packing my kid’s lunches for the next day. I had some requests for new seasons if possible:

1. The War of the currents (Edison vs Westinghouse)
2. Cloud wars (AWS, Google, Microsoft)
3. Autonomous vehicle wars
4. Disney+ vs Netflix
5. Intel vs NVidia vs AMD

Thanks!

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