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Author: Wondery

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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.

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It’s April 2017, and Mark Zuckerberg is issuing a new challenge to Snapchat. By making its face filters open source, the tech giant is coming directly for Snapchat's most popular feature. But founder Evan Spiegel has other things to worry about: Snapchat is hemorrhaging users, and its share price is plummeting.But when the Cambridge Analytica scandal breaks, Facebook's most pressing battle moves to the court of public opinion.Support us by supporting our sponsors!JustWorks - For a limited time, you can get 2 free months when you go justworks.com/bw
Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at http://wondery.fm/TNBIWondery
It's September 2015 and Snapchat has just hit on a game-changer for the young company: filters that augment users' faces. Thanks to some celebrity love, the new feature becomes wildly popular. But Mark Zuckerberg is watching closely, and acquires a competing startup.Then, Zuckerberg switches up his strategy. His new philosophy: Don't be too proud to copy. Unfortunately for Spiegel and Murphy, this is going to have devastating consequences.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Westin Hotels- At Westin Hotels & Resorts, you’ll find nutritious offerings on their new Eat Well Menu, on-demand workout gear with fitness Gear Lending, and a restorative night’s sleep in their Heavenly® Bed. Not to mention so much more. Explore at Westin.com
It’s November 2013, and Mark Zuckerberg is about to make Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy an offer he thinks they can't refuse. But when Spiegel and Murphy do the unimaginable, it prompts Facebook to compete — by copying.Snapchat is gathering steam, but data leaks are hurting the company's credibility and Spiegel's  reputation. To survive, they're going to have to do the hardest thing for a startup — grow up.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Westin Hotels - At Westin Hotels & Resorts, you’ll find nutritious offerings on their new Eat Well Menu, on-demand workout gear with fitness Gear Lending, and a restorative night’s sleep in their Heavenly® Bed. Not to mention so much more. Explore at Westin.comZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at our web address: ZipRecruiter.com/BW
It's the new millennium and Mark Zuckerberg is bored in high school. He's a prodigious student so smart he's already taking graduate level coding classes at Mercy College. Soon, he's going to build a product that will change the Internet forever. Now he just has to graduate high school.Evan Spiegel, meanwhile, grows up rich and spoiled. He parties his way through high school and lands in a fraternity at Stanford. But things are about to get serious for Spiegel as Zuckerberg reaches out.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at our web address: ZipRecruiter.com/BW
It’s April 2011, and Evan Spiegel is about to present his class project. Right now, it's called Picaboo. Soon, it's going to become Snapchat. But for Spiegel, this is more important than grades--at stake are potential investors and the future of communication as we know it. Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, is sitting on the world's biggest social networking site, boasting 500 million users. But he knows his success depends on staying relevant. To do so, he's going to have to compete with Snapchat.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Westin Hotels - At Westin, they understand this, and they have a single goal: to help you travel well. Explore at Westin.com
World Wrestling Entertainment is the dominant name in professional wrestling but new promotions are now challenging the WWE’s dominance. We conclude our series on WWF vs WCW with David Shoemaker, author of The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling. Shoemaker joins us to talk about whether or not these new companies can succeed against Vince McMahon's behemoth and what it means to be the best professional wrestler in the world.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Four Sigmatic is about to change the way you think about your morning coffee. Four Sigmatic is a natural superfood company that specializes in mushroom-based drinks that benefit immunity, energy, and longevity, and help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. You can get 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase by going to foursigmatic.com/businesswars and using code BUSINESSWARS at checkout.Business Wars is brought to you by Justworks. With Justworks, entrepreneurs and their teams get access to high-quality, affordable benefits, automated payroll, compliance support, and HR tools - all in one simple and intuitive platform that makes work easier and more fun to navigate. For a limited time, you can get 2 free months when you go justworks.com/bw.
It’s 1998 and the slugfest between Vince McMahon’s WWF and Ted Turner’s WCW is reaching a critical juncture.McMahon’s on a mission to pull wrestling fans back to his TV shows with a strategy focused on maximum controversy. And to help him in his mission, he’s getting back-up from a high-flying TV executive and a bunch of Wall Street bankers.WCW chief Eric Bischoff is determined to stop WWF’s comeback at all costs. But he’ll soon discover that his most dangerous enemy isn’t McMahon — it’s the executives on his own team.
It’s 1996 and with Monday Nitro topping the TV ratings, WCW is out to end WWF’s time as the biggest player in the wrestling business.It’s plotting to establish two brands: one that WCW boss Eric Bischoff hopes can suck away WWF’s family audience, another that will seek to capture the young males who crave more violent and outrageous entertainment than the WWF offers.But Vince McMahon has a plan of his own. He’s going to push the WWF in a new direction by embracing controversy. But it’s a strategy that will put him on a collision course with the cable network the WWF depends on for its survival.
It’s 1995 and the Monday Night Wars are underway. WCW’s new show Monday Nitro is grappling with the WWF’s Monday Night Raw to win TV viewers’ attention.WCW isn’t pulling its punches either. Under the command of Eric Bischoff, WCW is dropping spoiler bombs, luring away WWF’s top wrestlers and trashing the WWF brand.And as WCW gains momentum, Bischoff is plotting a killer blow – a shock role reversal that will force WWF boss Vince McMahon to rethink how his wrestling promotion works.Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Save time, money, and unneeded headaches with NetSuite. Right now, they’re offering you valuable insights with a FREE guide called “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits.” And you can find it at NetSuite.Com/WARS
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Frank Zen

The idea that the federal government believes it can handle private data better than a private company is nonsense! The government doesn't even believe in STRONG ENCRYPTION!

Oct 18th
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Frank Zen

Good series but talking about "Russian meddling" as if it was real is weak sauce!

Oct 18th
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Ben Pak

you are the best👍🏻

Oct 17th
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Jimmy Davis

Excellent show, Each Story has examples of how War is the Mother of invention. For Capitalism to work there must be Competition.

Oct 16th
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Vaibhav Kaushik

how do you write the script so well

Oct 12th
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Vaibhav Kaushik

It was very well narrated apart from the ads.

Oct 10th
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Victor Adatsi

the biggest mistake snap made was not accepting the 3 billion offer

Oct 9th
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Tsvetan Angelov

When the podcast will be focused on Crossfit vs. Fitness

Oct 5th
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Andrew Betz

By far the best one thank you for making these!

Oct 4th
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Coe Kane

How the hell do you not even mention one of the biggest moves in Harley Davidson history that was one of, if not the biggest decision that saved the company in the early 80's????? The design/development & dependability of the V² Evolution engine is the biggest turning point in company history.

Sep 27th
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Travis Heaney

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Sep 17th
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Clanjo

half of this is ads, i understand making money in advertising but this is ridiculous

Sep 16th
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Ahmad Hamad

awesome

Sep 16th
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Jose Belen

Yes! thanks for this one!

Sep 10th
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Mad Matt

been waiting for this episode!!!

Sep 10th
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Clanjo

it feels like half the show is adds

Aug 29th
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Jerome Almeida

yeah this is perfect guys it got charm and it still informs

Aug 10th
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Jose Belen

Please do the Monday Night Wars

Aug 7th
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steven connolly

you guys put the SUPER in Superficial! What dross!

Aug 6th
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Grant Demaray

lol nice attempt at a Canadian accent...

Jul 25th
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