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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.

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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Episodes

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

The First Computer Wars - Betting the Store | 5

5/3/2018
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It’s 1961. Since his father retired 5 years earlier, Thomas Watson Jr pushed to modernize IBM from the top down. New management, new ideas, newer, faster, machines. The company has grown, employing 1,000 people, they’ve dominated the emerging computer market... and managed to frustrate the public all at the same time. IBM’s new technology is confusing and the only way out may be to create a Civil War, burning IBM from the inside out. Will they be able to agree, or will infighting cost them...

Duration:00:28:57

The First Computer War - Abdication | 4

5/1/2018
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In Episode 1 the UNIVAC successfully predicted that Eisenhower would win the 1952 election. In Philadelphia, a champagne hangover quickly settled in over the Remington Rand building, the company elated at it's success. But over at IBM, a company that doesn't allow it's employees to drink, they’re working, furiously. And Watson Jr. is ready to take the 701 to market in a few months. Visiting the 701 is soon the hottest ticket in town, and The Watsons and IBM sit back to watch. They feel the...

Duration:00:29:42

The First Computer War - IBM versus The UNIVAC | 3

4/26/2018
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What’s a 16% market share when the public thinks you have more? A potential anti-trust suit, if you’re IBM. Watson Jr. sees a potential lawsuit as a way out from under his father’s control. Sr. sees his company rotting away in the hands of a kid who can’t handle it. But when the antitrust suit comes through in 1952, Jr’s in charge. Can he actually handle the business he desperately wanted? Support us by supporting our sponsors! Casper - Visit Casper.com/BW and use promo code BW to get $50...

Duration:00:27:37

The First Computer War - Father, Son, and The Future | 2

4/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:29:12

The First Computer War - The Electronic Brain | 1

4/19/2018
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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...

Duration:00:26:41

Monster vs Beats by Dre | 1

4/17/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:17

Marvel vs DC - Interview with Jason Mewes and Reed Tucker | 7

4/12/2018
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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...

Duration:00:47:21

Marvel vs DC - The Cinematic Universe | 6

4/10/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:11

Marvel vs DC - Big Screen Heroes | 5

4/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:02

Marvel vs DC - Schemes, Scans, and Double Crosses | 4

4/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:25:55

Marvel vs DC - Copycat | 3

3/29/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:26:23

Marvel vs DC - The Fantastic Mr. Lee | 2

3/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:28:11

Marvel vs DC - Origin Stories | 1

3/22/2018
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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: Zip Recruiter:...

Duration:00:27:14

Nike vs Adidas - Interview with Liz Dolan and David Meltzer | 7

3/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:59

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