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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.
66 Episodes
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!


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


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.
Stories to Watch This Summer

Stories to Watch This Summer


In their final episode of Season 2, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir count down the top stories they'll be keeping an eye on over the summer. A note for listeners: After a summer hiatus, After Hours will return for Season 3 in the fall.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir answer questions from listeners and end up discussing everything from the U.S.-China trade dispute to Disney, CVS Health, short-termism, and how to express an opinion persuasively.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate whether the FDA should crack down on teen vaping. They then discuss whether the promise of precision medicine is real or hype.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate the pros and cons associated with the increased use of facial recognition technology and whether San Francisco's ban on such technology makes sense. They then discuss whether Rihanna represents the future of the world's largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss whether pharmaceutical players like the Sackler family members should be held accountable for the current opioid crisis. They then debate the growing reliance on artificial intelligence bots by human resource departments in the job screening process.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir talk about the Beyond Meat IPO and whether plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger will become mass-market products. They then discuss Facebook's announcement that it is pivoting to put greater emphasis on user privacy.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir offer short takes on six different topics, including: Uber's S-1, Apple and Qualcomm settling their lawsuit, Pinterest's prospects as a public company, Brexit, and the best TV shows about business.
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the upcoming launch of Disney's new streaming service (Disney+), as well as the backlash sparked by billionaires pledging money to repair Notre Dame Cathedral. They then do a bonus segment about Mihir's new book, "How Finance Works."
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate the effectiveness of the European Union’s attempts to regulate Big Tech. They then discuss the reasons underlying the soaring price of college in the U.S.
Comments (11)

Paresh Khushal

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

Oct 3rd

hwai lee

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

Jun 30th

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

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

Cheol Rim


Apr 29th


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

Siddharth Agrawal

I love after hours! Another awesome episode :)

Jan 31st

Sean Rocheleau

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

Dec 30th
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