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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.
||CleanThe First Computer War - Father, Son, and The Future | 2||How do you really “get ahead” in a war? Sometimes you don’t have to do anything, you just wait for your opponent to fumble. And in the late 1940s, IBM’s CEO Thomas Watson Sr., did. He’s just beginning to grasp the potential of these electronic machines, and - although older than most other CEOs is desperate to stay on top. He takes his volatile temper and insecurities out on the one person who could have helped him out of this freefall: his son. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Blinkist - Start your free trial by going to blinkist.com/BW. Squarespace - For 10% off your website or domain go to squarespace.com/BW and enter code BW.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe First Computer War - The Electronic Brain | 1||With so much information at our fingertips, it’s hard to remember that we haven’t always walked around with supercomputers in our pockets. In fact, in 1952, CBS thought that Americans would find it SO hard to imagine that a machine could even predict election results accurately that they built a pretend computer and resorted to, well, fake news, to make the public believe. This is Univac vs. IBM, and this is the First Computer War. 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.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonster vs Beats by Dre | 1||With all the hype around portable and smart speakers, it's easy to forget that they didn't always exist. In fact, it took one fateful meeting with Monster Cables and Interscope Records to really kick the industry off. We'll talk about when headphones became fashion, what it takes to get people to shell out $350 for a pair, and what happens when a million dollar mistake becomes a billion dollar mistake. We hope you enjoy Monster and Beats by Dre duking it out for speaker domination in our first Business Battle. We'll be back next week with a full arc on The First Computer Wars. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - To try ZipRecruiter for free go to ZipRecruiter.com/BW. Dollar Shave Club - To try Dollar Shave Club for $5, go to dollarshaveclub.com/BW.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - Interview with Jason Mewes and Reed Tucker | 7||What's that? Up in the sky? It's another episode of Business Wars. Today we're talking to two super guests, Reed Tucker is a journalist living in New York City, and the author of the book Slugfest: Inside the Epic 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC and! Reed is the author of the Marvel/DC episodes of Business Wars. After we talk to Reed we sit down with Jason Mewes. Jason, or Jay, as you may know him, is a comic book fanatic and long time Kevin Smith collaborator. You've seen his face in things like Clerks, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. And both of them were able to answer faster than a speeding bullet the question we now pose to you: Marvel or DC? Support this show by supporting our sponsors! eHarmony - Go to eharmony.com and enter promo code BW at checkout to get started. Casper - Get $50 toward your mattress by visiting casper.com/BW and using promo code BW.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - The Cinematic Universe | 6||After more than 50 years of fighting for the hearts and attention spans of millions of readers, television viewers, and movie-goers - who wins this war? Is it DC, the original comic company company behind classic American heroes that defined the dreams of many young men and women? Or is it Marvel, the young upstart who changed the game and fought tooth and nail to catch up with DC and create their own cinematic universe? For now, there’s one clear winner, but expect this war to rage on. No superhero stays dead forever. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Zip Recruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Squarespace - Get 10% off when you launch your website or domain when you use code BW at checkout when you visit them at Squarespace.com||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - Big Screen Heroes | 5||Appearances on radio programs, television shows and thousands of comic books - all just another day in the life of a superhero. But to get a larger than life hero onto a larger than life screen, there’s one secret ingredient: verisimilitude. As both companies fight for box office domination, a power player from our Netflix/Blockbuster series reveals one company to be just another cold, corporate machine. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Keeps - Get your first month of treatment for free when you visit them at Keeps.com/BW Blinkist - Get a 7-day free trial when you go to Blinkist.com/BW||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - Schemes, Scans, and Double Crosses | 4||It’s 1970 and the unthinkable just happened. Jack Kirby, one of the men who made Marvel, has defected to DC. With him he brought an idea that may just end Marvel for good. But as soon as DC seems to be pulling back into the lead, something else goes wrong - there’s a spy in their midst. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Policy Genius - Compare life insurance quotes in minutes at PolicyGenius.com Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - Copycat | 3||As Marvel’s richer storylines captivate more readers, DC just can’t keep up, or fully understand Marvel’s success. They even try directly copying Marvel’s style, but go about it in the worst way. Just when it looks like DC’s days at the top are numbered, they throw one final Hail Mary that steals away one of Marvel’s finest artists. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Casper - Get $50 towards select mattresses when you visit them at Casper.com/BW and use code BW at checkout eHarmony - Get a free month when you sign up for a 3-month subscription when you use code BW at checkout when you visit them at eHarmony.com||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - The Fantastic Mr. Lee | 2||We’ve talked about several wars on this series, but here’s a first: DC and Marvel engaging with each other, sniping, making fun, and getting their fans involved in the argument. A series of editor’s letters, guest columns, and fan mail printed in the comics themselves has everyone choosing sides. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Plated - Get 25% off your first 4 weeks by going to plated.com/BW. Dollar Shave Club - Get your starter pack for just $5 by going to dollarshaveclub.com/bw.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarvel vs DC - Origin Stories | 1||In the early 1960s, the Space Race was on, Chubby Checkers got everyone doin’ the twist and Superman was turning 25. DC has it all - a legacy comic, the talented writers and illustrators, and plush offices in Manhattan. Marvel is around but it’s much smaller. They only have one full time employee, actually. Have you heard of Stan Lee? He WAS Marvel for a long time, and in 1961 he wrote a story that would revolutionize comics forever. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter: Try ZipRecruiter for free and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Plated - Get 25% off your first 4 weeks of meals when you visit them at Plated.com/BW||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - Interview with Liz Dolan and David Meltzer | 7||Today we talked to Liz Dolan, former Nike CMO, and David Meltzer, sports marketing guru and agent about this vicious war. If you loved them here, you’ll love their podcasts even more. Liz co-hosts Safe For Work, a show that answers your burning business questions and provides the advice you need to keep your office drama-free, and Satellite Sisters, where she got to sit down with Phil Knight and talk about Nike with the man himself. You can listen to that interview here. You can hear David on his show, The Playbook, talking to Tony Hawk, Gary Vaynerchuk, Reggie Bush, and more of sports biggest names. Subscribe to Safe For Work, Satellite Sisters, and The Playbook in Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to Business Wars. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going! Legal Zoom - Go to legalzoom.com/startup to download your FREE business start-up kit. Use code BW when you check out at legalzoom.com for more savings.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Safe For Work | 1||Sometimes the workplace can get crazy and messy, that's where the podcast Safe For Work comes in. Join the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, Liz Dolan and recovering lawyer turned comedian and executive recruiter, Matt Ritter as they take your calls about the workplace and help you get through Monday to Friday with a little less stress, more confidence and a little more fun. Subscribe to Safe For Work on Apple Podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts or click wondery.fm/safeforwork||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - The Defectors | 6||The rivalry between Nike and Adidas has been intense for decades, but always respectful. But with intensity comes… defectors. Just three at the beginning, who set out to create a “Disneyland for designers.” And it worked. For the first time in a long time, the Swoosh was outperformed by three little white stripes. But it’s not all bad. The constant competition drove both companies to produce better shoes, better apparel, and have made each other better businesses. As the sneaker wars enter a new era, who will come out on top? Time will tell, but if Phil Knight knows anything at all, it’ll be the company who isn’t afraid to fail. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going! Plated - Get 25% off your first 4 weeks of meals when you visit them at Plated.com/BW Blinkist - Go to Blinkest.com/BW to start your free trial or get 3 months off your yearly plan.||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - Rebound | 5||Nike, the late starter struck gold with its “Just Do It” campaign. Launched in 1988, the shoe giant finally had a tagline as good as its shoes. Meanwhile, Adidas, the brand that started and found success long before Nike was even a dream, finds itself as the underdog. The American offices feel like a startup, and is passed between the hands of former Nike execs and European businessmen. What does it take to go from a million-dollar company to a billion-dollar company? Adidas has to find out, and fast. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Plated - Get 25% off your first 4 weeks of meals when you visit them at Plated.com/BW||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - Nike Air | 4||Every new Nike employee gets a list of principles that serves as the company’s philosophy. One: Our business is change. Two: We’re on offense, all the time. With those principles Nike sprinted from $29 million in revenue in 1973 to more than $850 million by 1983. But the biggest boost for Nike was an up and coming athlete. Like Jesse Owens fifty years before, a young Michael Jordan would carry a fledgling shoe brand to new heights. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going! Plated - Get 25% off your first 4 weeks of meals when you visit them at Plated.com/BW||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - Walking Billboards | 3||As long as there have been professional sports, there have been professional athletes, willing to accept money to wear certain brands, but the biggest endorsement deals were only made possible by a mid-20th century invention: the television. Fans realized they could tune in to see their favorite athletes almost any day of the week. Brands realized they just got hundreds of walking billboards showing the capabilities of their athletic gear in action… and it’s a race to see who can reach the world’s best athletes first. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Plated - Get 25% off your first 4 weeks of meals when you visit them at Plated.com/BW ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Keeps - Get your first month of treatment for free and start keeping your hair at Keeps.com/BW||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - The Starting Line | 2||Rudi and Adi Dassler started the “Dassler Business” in the 1920s in their parent’s garage, recycling materials from WWI military gear and uniforms. They got a pair of their track spikes on an athlete named Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics and the company took off… until WWII. The war may have been over for Germany, but the rivalry between Adi and Rudi was just heating up. Rudi left to start his own company, Puma, and Adi created Adidas. 50 years later, with a waffle iron and inventory from Onitsuka Tiger, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman start tinkering with some shoes in Bowerman’s kitchen. The waffle iron didn’t last long, but the shoes did. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads | 1||In 2015, Kanye West turned his back on Nike, an all out battle in the ongoing war for sneaker supremacy. Nike and Adidas are two multinational companies worth billions in an industry estimated to be valued at $220 Billion by 2020 (which is double the GDP of Ukraine) but that begs the question - Why are companies sinking so much money into mesh and rubber for your feet? In this series of Business Wars, we'll find out. This is Episode 1 of a 7-part series on the brutal business battle between Nike and Adidas. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Policy Genius - Compare life insurance quotes in minutes at PolicyGenius.com Legal Zoom - Get a free business startup kit at LegalZoom.com/startup and use code BW at checkout||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield | 8||Rich Greenfield is a tech and media analyst with BTIG who’s been covering this battle in some capacity for decades. We had the chance to talk to him in depth on today’s episode. Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBTIG Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch | 7||Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what show to watch -- and when and how they watch them. The future that Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph envisioned two decades earlier has arrived. The unfettered reign of cable television has ended. The war for streaming viewers will become richer. And more cutthroat. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Casper - Get $50 off your purchase of a mattress when you go to Casper.com/BW Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - Binge | 6||Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole season of a show all at once. But Netflix knew it was on to something. All of their studies and focus groups revealed something new: viewers who binged content formed an emotional attachment to Netflix. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring | 5||We take a step back to explore how a little company called Home Box Office went from serving B-movies to 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut that we know as HBO. In the process, HBO, become the standard by which all other cable companies would have to measure themselves - after all, it's not TV. It's HBO. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide | 4||You know that expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper hand on Blockbuster. That, and the fact that Netflix targeted this new “streaming” technology that in 2007, no one really believed in. Soon they were on top of the world. But it’s dangerous being on top. If you trip, you have a long way to fall. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going! Quip - Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a toothbrush when you visit them GetQuip.com/BW||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks | 3||Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded - sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies, and sometimes things didn’t go as planned. But when Blockbuster did deliver, they delivered big. They threw everything they had at Netflix, but the war raged on. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Keeps - Get your first month of treatment for free and start keeping your hair at Keeps.com/BW||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - Origins | 2||After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster Online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was that he was pushing the board to reject the offer so Netflix would wither and die. Meanwhile, Netflix was struggling to gain legitimacy in Hollywood. Netflix quickly realized that before it could take on the Hollywood gods, it would have to slay Blockbuster. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Legal Zoom - For special savings, be sure to enter code BW in the referral box at LegalZoom.com Quip - Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a toothbrush when you visit them GetQuip.com/BW||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death | 1||This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO. It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry. This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Squarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Business Wars||Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6.||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Love the idea and it sounds great
Glad to see someone follow through with such a great idea. Really entertaining and informative.
Just listened to the preview, and I know I’m going to be listening to this one. Can’t wait!
Wondery keeps Winning
What business war?