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Business Wars

Wondery

Netflix-HBO. Nike-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 shape what we buy and how we live. Behind each of them, there are inventors and investors, founders and executives, risk-takers and regulators. Sometimes they destroyed an entire industry so that a new empire could rise. We get a close-up look at what drove these entrepreneurs to take the risks that drove their companies 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. Premieres February 6th.

Netflix-HBO. Nike-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 shape what we buy and how we live. Behind each of them, there are inventors and investors, founders and executives, risk-takers and regulators. Sometimes they destroyed an entire industry so that a new empire could rise. We get a close-up look at what drove these entrepreneurs to take the risks that drove their companies 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. Premieres February 6th.
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Netflix-HBO. Nike-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 shape what we buy and how we live. Behind each of them, there are inventors and investors, founders and executives, risk-takers and regulators. Sometimes they destroyed an entire industry so that a new empire could rise. We get a close-up look at what drove these entrepreneurs to take the risks that drove their companies 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. Premieres February 6th.

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English


Episodes

eBay vs PayPal - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do | 5

8/7/2018
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By late 2000, PayPal and X.com are yoked together, with X.com CEO Elon Musk leading the newly combined company. But it’s a rocky marriage: PayPal’s founders clash with their new leader over everything from his imperious management style to his choice of server platforms. Finally the PayPal loyalists decide there’s only one option left: it’s time to engineer a coup. You can support this show by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter today for FREE by visiting...

Duration:00:29:18

eBay vs PayPal - How Bad Is It? | 4

8/2/2018
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Remember the summer of 2000? The Olympics were in full swing and PayPal was under attack. Not from eBay, but Russian hackers. In looking for soft targets in the early days of the untethered Internet, PayPal was the fattest cow. On top of that, there are competitors, and they’re catching on fast. Between the money stolen from hackers and competitors, PayPal has to figure out a way to survive, and fast. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club - Get a DSC kit for just...

Duration:00:27:07

Introducing Raising The Bar | 3

7/25/2018
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If you had to risk everything on a great idea, could you do it? We want to introduce you to a new podcast that we know you'll love. Raising The Bar is hosted by siblings and founders of the lifestyle juggernaut DryBar, Alli Webb and Michael Landau. You can listen to the first 3 episodes right now. Subscribe to Raising The Bar wherever you listen to Business Wars.

Duration:00:08:03

eBay vs PayPal - Going Once, Going Twice | 1

7/24/2018
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At the dawn of the dotcom era, a Silicon Valley tech geek on a personal vendetta rolls out the world’s first e-commerce site. Vintage lunchboxes? Second-hand guitars? B-list celebrity autographs? It all finds a home on AuctionWeb, and before long the site’s growth is skyrocketing. But founder Pierre Omidyar isn’t prepared for the infrastructure challenges that come with turning his pet project into a real company. Brownouts and site outages soon follow, raising the ire of customers. And...

Duration:00:28:05

Ford vs Chevrolet - Technology in the Fast Lane | 4

7/12/2018
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It's been a hard fought battle for decades, and in the 1970s there's no signs of Ford or Chevrolet slowing down. But this time they're fighting on new grounds, ones dominated by Japanese cars. Honda, Toyota and Datsun dominate the market, and Ford and Chevy seem like they're just... running out of gas. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Slack - Where work happens. Visit slack.com to get communicating today

Duration:00:36:15

Ford vs Chevrolet - Detroit Joins the War | 2

7/5/2018
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FDR believed that WWII was a contest of mass production. Whoever could build the most trucks, tanks, guns and airplanes would come out on top. What power could defeat the United States of America and its massive automobile industry? But for Roosevelt’s arsenal to work automakers will have to put aside their rivalries and retool. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Quip- Receive your first refill pack free when you buy a toothbrush at GetQuip.com/BW

Duration:00:32:25

Ford vs Chevrolet - Tin Lizzie Becomes Roadkill | 1

7/3/2018
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In 1896, Henry Ford puttered around Detroit streets testing his “Quadricycle.” This was the whimsical beginning to a revolution that redesigned the landscape of America. Cars changed the way America lived, worked, ate, shopped, and listened to music. And more than 100 years ago, the entire industry was a group of men, whose names are now emblazoned on every bumper, just hanging out at their local bar. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Squarespace - Enter code BW at checkout to save...

Duration:00:34:36

Hearst vs Pulitzer - War Drums | 4

6/19/2018
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What happens when there’s no news? You have to MAKE the news. When Hearst heard from his top reporter that the Spanish-Cuban tension wasn’t looking like anything would happen, Hearst wasn’t just going to wait around for an explosion. He already bought and assembled a collection of powder kegs. It was just a matter of lighting the fuse. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Fin - Try fin for free when you visit them at Fin.com/BW

Duration:00:29:38

Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Price of News | 3

6/14/2018
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In 1883, 15 years before the Headless Torso Murder, New York City's population was rapidly growing and the newspaper scene was pretty sleepy. The city's nearly 50 daily papers, even the small New York Times, was a pretty sedate bunch, informing citizens about zoning board decisions and weather trends. They rarely draw any blood, stir up society, get the city talking. But that’s changing, thanks to Joseph Pulitzer. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Quip - Receive your first refill...

Duration:00:25:33

Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Headless Torso, Part 2 | 2

6/12/2018
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In 1897, America looked very different. Carriages rolled through the streets of New York. Mass media was just growing up, and Hearst was convinced that carrier pigeons - hunted to extinction by 1914 - were what would give his paper the edge during the early days of the Headless Torso case. This case belonged to the whole city. Everyone - barkeeps in Brooklyn and bankers on the Upper East Side alike are invested in the mystery… and what happened to his head. For more American History...

Duration:00:26:17

Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Headless Torso, Part 1 | 1

6/7/2018
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This is the beginning of a mystery, a great business rivalry, and a look into American history. To tell the story of Hearst vs Pulitzer, we called our friend Lindsay Graham over at American History Tellers for help. The Headless Torso mystery is about a jilted husband, a German midwife, a muscleman and more colorful characters. The city’s been mesmerized for months, and in Gilded Age New York, most people just couldn’t resist pressing their pennies into a newsboy’s ink-stained hand to find...

Duration:00:28:32

Nintendo vs Sony - Interview with Vance Wallace | 7

6/5/2018
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We're wrapping our coverage of the console wars between Nintendo and Sony. David is joined by Vance Wallace, who knows video games from both sides of the controller. In the '90s, Vance was one of the best players in the world for Quake. He's also a game designer who worked on the first Lara Croft Tomb Raider games for Nintendo Wii. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club - Get your starter pack for just $5 by going to DollarShaveClub.com/BW.

Duration:00:33:36

Nintendo vs Sony - No Surrender | 6

5/31/2018
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After years of sitting on the sidelines of the next-generation console war, Nintendo is finally ready to make its move. But, the years it’s spent building it’s reassuring family-friendly reputation is now a weakness. Nintendo children of the 80s are all grown up, and want adult games. Sony is able to release edgier fare like Grand Theft Auto and Tomb Raider. The half-decade cold war between Sony and Nintendo is about to turn hot. Their next head-to-head battle is a multi-billion dollar clash...

Duration:00:29:16

Nintendo vs Sony - The Sleeping Giant | 5

5/29/2018
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Nintendo decided early on that the Nintendo 64 would be a cartridge console, instead of a CD console. But CDs are much cheaper to make and have much better graphics. Game companies are upset, and defect to Sony. In a few months time, Sony has two of the most popular game series in Japan to itself. Nintendo will now have to make its own games that are strong enough to outsell PlayStation. It’s Nintendo vs the world. They’re taking a huge gamble, and this is not a game. Support us by...

Duration:00:28:20

Nintendo vs Sony - Game Time | 4

5/24/2018
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This is a story about Sony and Nintendo, but it also involves a little company called Sega. Ever play Sonic the Hedgehog? That’s Sega. And during Nintendo’s domination of the US market, they were the only company able to fight back. That is, until they tried to outplay Sony. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Squarespace- Enter code BW at checkout to save 10% on your first website or domain at squarespace.com/BW.

Duration:00:29:11

Nintendo vs Sony - Charm Offensive | 3

5/22/2018
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From the moment it began, the PlayStation project was in danger. The problem was none other than PlayStations knight and chief advocate: Kutaragi. He thought the now-iconic handlebar controller design was “too different” from the flat rectangles people were used to. To make matters worse, PlayStation was getting closer and closer to launching without any games… a console with no games? Good luck with the PlayStation now, Sony. They were in trouble. And Nintendo knew it. Support us by...

Duration:00:30:56

Nintendo vs Sony - Man of Steel | 2

5/17/2018
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It's 1949. 22-year old Hiroshi Yamauchi is the heir apparent for his family's playing card company, Nintendo. From humble beginnings as a scrappy street stall founded in Kyoto's back alleys to the largest card company in Japan by the time Yamauchi takes over, this isn't a company that backs down easily when a little competition comes in. But it was a company that changed it's entire business over a couple of... cartoon characters. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Blinkist - Start...

Duration:00:35:15

Sony vs Nintendo - Stabbed in the Back | 1

5/15/2018
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Once a symbol of 80s teenage nerdom, video games are now as common as television sets in American households. Can you imagine a world where the Sony PlayStation didn’t come out? That’s what almost happened. Originally conceived as a joint venture between Nintendo and Sony, the SNES-CD was supposed to be the bridge between Japan’s two largest tech companies. Instead, it drove the companies to war, an intense competition for entertainment domination that still goes on today. Support us by...

Duration:00:34:51

Gregor Mendel vs the World - American Innovations | 2

5/10/2018
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Duration:00:39:29

The First Computer Wars - Computing Gets Personal | 6

5/8/2018
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After all that IBM has been through over the decades, it would have never in a million years guessed that their undoing would be at the hands of a scrawny and unknown computer nerd named Bill Gates. Gates sees the future, but can IBM catch up? Will they still be on top 50 years from now? Only time will tell. We hope you enjoyed this series on the first computer wars, and I want to give a special shout out to our fans, The Elfenbein family! Support us by supporting our...

Duration:00:30:00