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The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought they were going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world’s savviest investors -- but did his vision ever match the company's reality?
Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars (and former host of NPR's Marketplace), WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase “unicorns.”

WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork Wondery

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The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought they were going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world’s savviest investors -- but did his vision ever match the company's reality?
Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars (and former host of NPR's Marketplace), WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase “unicorns.”

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    • 4 min
    Interview: Unicorns on the Loose | 7

    Interview: Unicorns on the Loose | 7

    In an in-depth interview with NYU Professor Scott Galloway, host David Brown asks about the future of Softbank, which high-flying company might be next to stumble, and what went wrong at WeWork. And they answer an all-important question: how to tell the difference between a "unicorn" and a donkey.




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    • 33 min
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    • 6 min
    Me Before We | 6

    Me Before We | 6

    Adam Neumann’s fate lays in the hands of the WeWork board. But even if he’s removed as CEO, Adam still holds some cards to ensure he won't walk away empty-handed. Meanwhile, rank-and-file employees just want to know whether they’ll have a job tomorrow. This is the final episode in our six-part series. Our next episode will be a special interview episode with Professor Scott Galloway about how the story of WeWork’s failed IPO has affected other high-flying startups.




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    • 27 min
    The IPO | 5

    The IPO | 5

    Adam and Rebekah Neumann help craft WeWork’s glossy IPO filing from the comfort of their house in the Hamptons. When business pundits get their hands on it, they can’t believe what they’re reading. Questions abound over Adam’s outsized role at the company. And For the first time, Adam doesn't seem to have all the answers.

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    • 20 min
    Think Crazy | 4

    Think Crazy | 4

    Masayoshi Son, the head of Softbank’s Vision Fund, gives billions to WeWork. “Masa” has just one instruction for Adam Neumann: dream big. Adam and his company go on a spending spree. They buy up everything from companies to buildings to new homes. Big dreams can be a good thing — unless they cease to be tethered to any sense of reality.

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

COG1993 ,

Jut enough information

I personally don’t need to get into every detail, if every story was told with every piece of information, there wouldn’t be enough time to go around.
Thank you it was just enough to get the concept!
Well done!

anonymousreview1234567 ,

Extremely biased

This podcast is clearly a bandwagon post-WeWork’s IPO, in selecting only commentaries and evidence that speaks to the media and public sentiment of the time, as opposed to a more objective account of the story.

Xboydjyourmother ,

Interesting

This was really interesting. Was WeWork the most spectacular failure in history? No, but it was fascinating to see how someone with no experience can create a company this large based on charisma alone. Like Elizabeth Holmes, but got caught faster.

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