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Author: HBR Presents / Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, & Felix Oberholzer-Gee

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Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.
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Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate the fate of DTC brands like Casper mattresses and whether independent contractors should be classified as employees under California's new AB5 law. (Listeners are invited to fill out the After Hours Survey.)
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the impact of the coronavirus; the rollout of 5G and whether the advertising hype is legitimate; earnings reports from Tesla and the big banks; and what Google's earnings tell us about YouTube.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir celebrate Academy Awards week by discussing two of their favorite nominations: the film "Parasite" and the documentary "American Factory."
Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen died January 23, 2020. Christensen, one of the world’s leading business thinkers, is remembered in this conversation with Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir mark “Dry January” by discussing trends in the alcohol industry. Then they discuss the decision by Trump and Bloomberg to purchase Super Bowl ads for their campaigns.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate whether former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn was justified in fleeing Japan, before discussing the British Royal Family drama and what's next for Harry and Meghan.
Predictions for 2020

Predictions for 2020

2020-01-0800:30:182

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir review last year’s predictions for business, technology, politics, and culture. Then they debate their new predictions for 2020.
2019 Awards Episode!

2019 Awards Episode!

2019-12-1800:36:013

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir hand out their “awards” for 2019, including best/worst trend of the year, their sleeper award, comeback of the year, most under-reported story of the year, most over-hyped story of the year, and person of the year.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the good and bad of modern airports. They also discuss the end of an era at Google/Alphabet, with the co-founders now stepping away from their operating roles.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss some of the under-the-radar companies that they think people should be paying more attention to.
The FOOD Episode!

The FOOD Episode!

2019-11-2600:31:351

In this special Thanksgiving edition taped a few days before the holiday, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss all things food, including food halls, the plastic problem, vertical farming, CBD menu sightings, culinary tourism, and fast whiskey.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss several topics from a busy news week, including the launch of Disney+ (what does it mean for Netflix?), the growing public animosity towards billionaires, and proposals to move to a 4-day work week.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the biggest money mistakes people make when managing their personal finances. They also discuss the rise of the social media “micro-influencer.”
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss Google’s announcement that it’s buying Fitbit and what this tells us about the future of wearable computing. Later in the show, they discuss how Twitter and Facebook are handling political advertising.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss a variety of trends from the world of entertainment -- including TikTok, the resurgence of museums, the audio explosion, newspaper paywalls, spiked seltzer, entertainment genres, and binge-watching vs. appointment-viewing.
Youngme, Felix and Mihir try to make sense of the firestorm sparked by the NBA’s clash with China. They also debate the merits of a wealth tax of the kind proposed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the problem of household financial stress. They also debate whether current criticisms of Amazon are justified.
Does Space represent a real economic opportunity or are expensive endeavors like SpaceX a form of billionaire hubris? Youngme, Felix and Mihir discuss the Race for Space, before debating the viability of the electric scooter market in cities around the world.
After Hours is back for Season 3! Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate which of the Big Tech companies (Apple, Facebook, Amazon, or Google) had the best/worst summer, before digging into the WeWork saga.
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

2019-06-1900:08:371

It's a wrap for Season 2, as Youngme, Felix, and Mihir head off on a summer hiatus. Note to listeners: After Hours will return for Season 3 in the fall.
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Comments (13)

A S

What other podcasts exist that are similar to after hours? In terms of how they breakdown business issues and give amazing recommendations each week!

Jan 17th
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Angelica Koumara

I love your podcast. I never thought I was into business news that much. You are great company to listen to. Have a great new year.

Dec 29th
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Paresh Khushal

You're back! fantastic! I've missed quality podcasts over the summer...thanks for filling that gap

Oct 3rd
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hwai lee

really love the contents, and the BGM... 😆, thank you guys for sharing these episodes with listeners!

Jun 30th
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Paresh Khushal

Love listening to the 3 of you tackle tough subjects with such intelligence, but great humour too. One of my favourite podcasts!

Jun 18th
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Sung-Hoon Kim

I used to use Google Podcast, but I moved to Castbox, which allows me to leave comments. I am not sure whether you check the comments here, but this is the best podcast I have ever heard. The conversation is very organic and comfortable, while informative and insightful. They say "if I could be a fly on the wall", I really feel like I am a fly on the wall while a great conversation is happening. I majored in economics in college, and I never took a class in business. I have never read a single case study of anything, so this podcast is my first exposure to the field of business administration. Business school always struck me as a place where myopic dilettantes go, and I was very dismissive of the field as a whole. I used to believe that accounting is the only subfield of unique value in business administration. This podcast made me realize that people in business schools actually ask very important questions and relentlessly seek solutions to problems that a lot of us decided to simply tolerate. I have a new respect for the field that I did not have before. I was the myopic dilettante! Also, your podcast is opinion-driven, but it is never prematurely dismissive. The willingness to hold back judgment until examining something or someone at least briefly, which all three of you exemplify, is very admirable. These episodes are some of the best conversations a person can have, and with a bit of unrealistic license, I am imagining HBS to be a wonderful community. No wonder so many bright people want to be a part of it.

May 23rd
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Cheol Rim

Also, with regard to the mega donations being tone-deaf, I think today no matter what you say, depending on who you are, someone will be offended. And billionaires don't get much sympathy. That said, there are arguments to be made for both disclosing and not disclosing the identity of mega donations. I think Young-mi sort of spoke in favor of anonymity, but the case could be made that François-Henri Pinault's maybe have nudged Bernard Arnault or Lillian Bettancourt or someone else to make a contribution as Bill Gates may have done for Warren Buffet. That individuals are able to amass such wealth in the first place is a separate issue.

Apr 29th
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Cheol Rim

NO SPOILERS

Apr 29th
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CJ

Lol come to China. No problem with any economics here for food delivery. Though you’re right, they’re all part of larger entities, and not a standalone business

Mar 29th
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Siddharth Agrawal

I love after hours! Another awesome episode :)

Jan 31st
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Sean Rocheleau

totally disappointed with rigor of discussion on China social data collection.

Dec 30th
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