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Foundering is a new serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from Silicon Valley, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

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Foundering is a new serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from Silicon Valley, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

    Season 1, Episode 4, WeWork Sued Her the Same Day

    Season 1, Episode 4, WeWork Sued Her the Same Day

    The WeWork Story, Part 4:
    What happened at WeWork when things got ugly between the company and its employees? As WeWork expanded, a handful of employees wanted to speak out and interrupt the public image that WeWork was presenting to the world. In this episode, reporter Ellen Huet follows the stories of two former workers, some of the first insiders to speak up about what they saw on the job. 

    • 33 min
    Season 1, Episode 3, Is Naked Pete Coming to Summer Camp?

    Season 1, Episode 3, Is Naked Pete Coming to Summer Camp?

    The WeWork Story, Part 3:
    To its thousands of employees, WeWork was much more than a job. Founder Adam Neumann leveraged his employees’ emotions to motivate them. In exclusive tapes obtained by Bloomberg, Adam lectured employees that working at WeWork was special: “You do not get a chance like this again.”

    In this episode, a former employee describes the tumultuous experience of working inside WeWork’s headquarters, from their raucous parties to the late night meetings.

    • 35 min
    Season 1, Episode 2, The Bar Is Now at Your Desk

    Season 1, Episode 2, The Bar Is Now at Your Desk

    The WeWork Story, Part 2:
    WeWork sold office space, but also it sold something else: fun. Beer flowed freely, members partied at the office, and your work was your life. But getting these offices off the ground was utter chaos, especially for the burgeoning company’s young, inexperienced workers. In this episode, reporter Ellen Huet takes a look at WeWork’s early days, when the company was growing so fast that some buildings opened without doors or functioning bathrooms.

    • 33 min
    Season 1, Episode 1, Capitalist Kibbutz

    Season 1, Episode 1, Capitalist Kibbutz

    The WeWork Story, Part 1:
    When Adam Neumann dreamed up WeWork, he took inspiration from part of his childhood: his years on a kibbutz in Israel. On stage when discussing WeWork, he waxed poetic about the spirit of community he had found there, and how WeWork was similar, but different -- a “kibbutz 2.0.” So reporter Ellen Huet wanted to find out: Was the kibbutz anything like a WeWork? And how did it shape what Adam later built?

    • 35 min
    Introducing Foundering

    Introducing Foundering

    Adam Neumann had a vision: to make his startup WeWork a wildly successful company that would change the world. He convinced thousands of other people -- customers, employees, investors -- that he could make that dream a reality. And for a while, he did. He was one of the most successful startup founders in the world. But then, in the span of just a few months, everything changed.
    Foundering is a new serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. This season, we’ll tell you the story of WeWork, a company that captured the startup boom of the 2010s and also may be remembered as a spectacular bust that marked the end of an era.
    Foundering premieres June 25, 2020.

    • 4 min
    A Message for Decrypted Listeners

    A Message for Decrypted Listeners

    Bloomberg Technology reporter Ellen Huet has some exciting news about what's coming in the Decrypted feed. We’re launching a new show, Foundering, and spending our entire first season looking at the story of WeWork.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
507 Ratings

507 Ratings

Dimate ,

Great unconventional podcast

Rare gem with journalist quality narrative combined with amazing, heartfelt, just-the-right-tone reporting

Depaul student ,

Foundering is sooo goood!!

Wow!!! Ellen Huet is amazing! Her style reminds me of sarah koenig and I couldn’t be happier about it! I‘be been sharing this show with all of my friends! Thank you Ellen, and thank you to everyone on the team that put this show together 🙏

CeeCee2323 ,

Love diving into this weird world

I am loving the journey through this weird world of tech bro start-up culture. I had a short stint at one where the same bizarre stuff went on, hiring friends who never managed anyone ever run departments of people to faking tech capabilities for funders and investors to “wow” them - this podcast is reminding me of those days! Feelin Cody’s struggle! Excited for more episodes.

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