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Digestible financial news. Get smarter fast with an entertaining breakdown of our top 3 business stories in 15 minutes. Pairs perfectly with your commute, workout, or morning oatmeal ritual. Hosted by Jack Kramer and Nick Martell.

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Uber’s latest “Work Hub” moves are making it the ultimate default job board for the gig economy. The Olive Garden revealed shockingly big sales declines (and 1 huge sales increase), but we think its future is in emulating clothing retail with omnichannel sales. Lear probably made the seat in whatever car you’re driving in — and it’s also whipped up a blueprint for every company’s post-corona-conomy back-to-work plans.
Warren Buffett noticed something in airport data from the TSA that made him rethink his airline investments, so we’re looking at the smart money’s moves. Constellation Brands’ liquors are having a corona-conomy moment, but we’re more fascinated by the powerful slide #12 in its earnings deck. And we’re comparing JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s experience from the ‘08 financial crisis to the current one — because he’s the last big bank chief still around from the days of Lehman Brothers.
WeWork was supposed to get a $3B lifeline from its biggest investor this month, but that just got cancelled because its core business model is a public health risk. The surge in video game demand from companies like Sony in the corona-conomy actually marks an evolution in the term “social media.” And Google’s latest Big Data project could help rebrand the whole Big Tech industry.
China’s Luckin Coffee lost $5B in value in 5 minutes on word the company made up its numbers last year. YouTube pulls a Facebook-on-Snapchat and copies TikTok because it wants mobile video. And Marlboro-owner Altria is being told by the government it should reverse that whole Juul investment it made — because it was really a collusion deal.
Attend our 1st ever LIVE “Snacks Break” virtual event @ 3pm EST on Friday 4/3 by registering at rbnhd.co/snacks-break — We’ll be whipping up our 3 mega takeaways on the corona-conomy. On today’s pod… Carnival Cruises was already facing a no-one-is-cruising-right-now moment — but now its Panama corporate citizenship is messing with its desperate bailout needs. HBO just made a critical hire for CEO of Warnermedia during the most important month for streaming of the year. And McCormick spices dipped 2% after its earnings because it’s facing what we’re calling the “seesaw situation” in the corona-conomy
We haven’t had an Amazon story during the entire corona-conomy — now it’s facing its crunch moment. Zoom became the most popular free app in the world, but now it’s facing its 1st major privacy investigation. And our “Unicorn of the Day” is ride-share under-puppy Via — it just raised $200M for AI-powered busses in the strangest timing for a ride-share investment yet.
Fresh after shutting down in February, HQ Trivia has been resurrected during this crucial moment for stay-at-home apps — and the announcement came via push notification. Cal-Maine is the largest egg producer in the country and it’s having a moment right now (eggs are essentially essential). And Johnson & Johnson shares jumped 8% on word it may be leading the race-for-a-corona-cure.
It’s been one year since Lululemon set an intention known as its “Power of Three” — and sticking to its 5-year plan has become pure corporate leadership in the coronaconomy. Startup “Fast” raised a new round of financing from Stripe to solve online shopping cart anxiety, but its real power is as a Big Tech outsider. And Nike’s earnings report reveals a valuable Wall Street strategy: Be a “close talker.”
Fresh after the latest two-trillion-dollar stimulus package, we got news of the red wedding week for American workers — 3.3M filed for unemployment last week. E-scooter legend Lime already pulled out of 99% of the cities it scoots around in, but a new fundraise could drop its valuation by 80%. And you’d think Target is living its best life right now, but a surprise report reveals that its profit puppies are getting no love.
Stocks popped (again) because the economic rescue bill finally passed the Senate, so we put the $2T spending total into a spreadsheet for you. Twitter and Facebook are enjoying bandwidth-breaking usage, but they’re about to face the ad-pocalypse of 2020. And workout platform ClassPass is launching virtual workouts — 1 year after they first tried the same exact thing and failed.
Businesses like Ford and 3M are entering phase they haven’t hit in decades: War Effort mode. The Harry’s Razors innovation arm whipped up its 2nd startup — a direct-to-consumer cat brand called Cat Person that’s changing direct-to-consumer. And marijuana companies faced an oversupply problem pre-coronavirus, but quarantines may be their cure.
Constellation Brands brews Corona lagers in Mexico, but its $1.4B investment in a new facility there now isn’t happening, so the stock dropped 12%. Despite all its reporting right now, the New York Times took a break to acquire Audm — doubling its content in 1 move. And the US response to coronavirus is now facing a Robert Frost style “Two Paths” moment: Officials may start weighing the economy vs. human lives.
We predict that the Corona-conomy is accelerating trends, including contactless payments, subscriptions, and cord-cutting. Universal Studios is going direct-to-consumer with its latest movies, which questions the whole must-be-in-theaters-first-for-90-days thing. And Airbnb promised investors and employees it would IPO this year, but now it’s got to make a careful calculation as its bookings plummet: Side with guests or hosts?
Even though ride-hailing has plummeted in the corona-conomy, Uber’s CEO announced the company has $10B of cash, food delivery, and some side hustle ideas. Media consumption is surging while you work from home, and Netflix’s business model may put it above its media rivals. Ford’s touching its $13B loan as part of an anti-treat-yo-self plan, but that’s more of a problem for its bank.
While it looks like nearly every stock has fallen, Walmart shares just hit a record high — we repeat: Record high stock price during this crisis. Apple just issued a subtle press release for new products that basically admits 1 big failure. And Starbucks has a couple billion dollars in extra cash, so it decided to treat itself… to more stock… of itself.
Lyft is worth 1 Lyft, but 1 Lyft is now worth less than $6B, so we’re wondering who may buy it (the whole company). Toilet paper sales have surged for Kimberly Clark, but the front-loaded demand now may not help its future sales. And the latest update in the government’s COVID-19 response is a nearly $1 Trillion stimulus package that completes a policy trifecta.
To rescue financial markets from pandemic ruin, The Fed took drastic measures Sunday — but it’s already used up its major tools. To help people figure out testing for COVID-19, Google’s deployed “Project Baseline”, which is like Healthcare.gov but for disease screening. And private businesses are making “flattening the curve” possible with pro-social distancing policies.
Despite your work-from-home lifestyle right now, office IM’ing service Slack announced a quarter that didn’t live up to expectations, because work software habits take time. Direct-to-patient half-icorn Ro has a new strategy: Launch pharmacies so it can vertically integrate your healthcare experience. And with the sudden end of the bull market, we’re looking at the history and reality of market cycles in the USA.
The worst day for markets since 1987’s Black Monday. We’re looking at why the stimulus keg from the government didn’t save stocks. Virus-testing company Lab Corp is now facing the moment it’s been waiting for (but it’s stock is still down). And Direct-to-Consumer startups and stocks have been having a different kind of moment, so we’re looking at Casper/Brandless/Harry’s/Outdoor Voice’s CAC problem (“customer acquisition cost”).
Another wild market drop has us officially in a “bear market”, and there’s chatter about a bailouts, so we’re looking at the last bailout and when/why they actually should happen. Pepsi splurged to buy Rockstar Beverages because you’re not a beverage these days unless you’re a “functional” beverage. And word leaked about Apple’s “Project Seymour” — a workout-guiding app that Peloton has a problem with (because it’s a problem for Peloton).
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Arielle Niss

Every episode is TBOY!!!

Mar 9th
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Maciej Czech

Whole Europe is using cards with wireless system - you just touch terminal with it, without PIN if under some value

Mar 2nd
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Jayson Ballantine

Same episode as yesterday, guys.

Jan 24th
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ALMA CABRAL REYNOSO

This is the best newsletter in my inbox and I just had to try the podcast as well, pretty fun as well :)

Dec 26th
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Richard Ottley

Happy New Year 🎉🎉🎉 bros 😎😄

Dec 20th
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Will Dolezal

too excited for fractional shares!

Dec 16th
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Jake Bloyer

okay guys we get it you own shares of Amazon. every show they mention Amazon

Nov 7th
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Brandon Smith

The hosts are probably the two most annoying people I can currently think of. I still come back because they bring good content quickly. I always skip past the intro.

Oct 25th
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Richard Ottley

Rent The Closet

Oct 1st
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Richard Ottley

it could get acquired by Yelp or maybe Foursquare 🤔

Sep 11th
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Richard Ottley

welcome back broz 😊 I missed you all

Aug 20th
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Jake Song

I just cancel my WSJ sub because of this.

Aug 19th
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Aravinth Chandrasekaran

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Jul 26th
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Amrit Sandhu

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Jun 27th
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Tucker Warner

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Jun 20th
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KateSos75

Aldi is so much more than you highlighted here! They are a highly efficient organization. would love to hear you highlight them again in a future episode!

Jun 10th
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David Neill

This is the episode I unsubscribed.

Jun 4th
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Robert

Smart wallstreet guys trying to be funny and actually achieving it.

May 23rd
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Pedro Kh

If you’re me, this could be the podcast that you was looking for

May 2nd
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Javier Rebull

Great episode!! I'm scare about the highest ever!! What does that mean???

Apr 24th
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