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WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork

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The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought they were going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world’s savviest investors -- but did his vision ever match the company's reality?

Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars (and former host of NPR's Marketplace), WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase “unicorns.”



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Introducing WeCrashed

Introducing WeCrashed

2020-01-1500:02:1211

WeCrashed premieres January 29th.
“Let’s build the largest networking community on the planet.” That was the email Adam Neumann sent at 1am to one of WeWork’s very first employees, before they had even a single tenant. So how do you turn a scrappy startup into a global empire? If you’re WeWork's CEO, you rely on charm, chutzpah, and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Adam Neumann spends his twenties following a simple mantra: whoever dies with the most money wins. But to change the world, he’s going to need to find his passion—and to do that, he’ll have to rely on a new friend and a new romance.Click here to listen to Rebekah Neumann’s full interview on the School of Greatness podcast.Click here to listen to Miguel McKelvey’s full interview on How I Built This.Click here to listen to Miguel McKelvey’s full interview on The Rich Roll Podcast.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Thank God It’s Monday | 3

Thank God It’s Monday | 3

2020-02-0400:25:0627

Adam Neumann was living the dream - flying on private jets, head of a company worth billions. He’s being welcomed into a very exclusive club of real estate moguls. Yet even he must acknowledge that the “Spirit of We” is starting to fade as the company grows, especially among the rank-and-file employees. Some WeWorkers are even wondering if they’ve inadvertently become part of a cult.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Think Crazy | 4

Think Crazy | 4

2020-02-1200:33:4821

Masayoshi Son, the head of Softbank’s Vision Fund, gives billions to WeWork. “Masa” has just one instruction for Adam Neumann: dream big. Adam and his company go on a spending spree. They buy up everything from companies to buildings to new homes. Big dreams can be a good thing — unless they cease to be tethered to any sense of reality.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
The IPO | 5

The IPO | 5

2020-02-1900:21:4620

Adam and Rebekah Neumann help craft WeWork’s glossy IPO filing from the comfort of their house in the Hamptons. When business pundits get their hands on it, they can’t believe what they’re reading. Questions abound over Adam’s outsized role at the company. And For the first time, Adam doesn't seem to have all the answers.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Me Before We | 6

Me Before We | 6

2020-02-2600:28:5411

Adam Neumann’s fate lays in the hands of the WeWork board. But even if he’s removed as CEO, Adam still holds some cards to ensure he won't walk away empty-handed. Meanwhile, rank-and-file employees just want to know whether they’ll have a job tomorrow. This is the final episode in our six-part series. Our next episode will be a special interview episode with Professor Scott Galloway about how the story of WeWork’s failed IPO has affected other high-flying startups.To listen to stories of the biggest corporate rivalries ever, subscribe to Business Wars. And listen to Business Wars Daily every weekday for a brief dose of entertaining business news.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download BEST FIENDS for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Ring - Visit Ring.com/CRASHED for a special offer on a Welcome Kit!Audible - Visit Audible.com/CRASHED for a free 30 day trial. Listen to 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free!NetSuite - Schedule your free demo and receive a free guide today at NetSuite.com/CRASHED.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/CRASHED.The Economist - Text WECRASHED to 99000 for a FREE print copy of The Economist!Mailchimp - Visit Mailchimp.com to learn more about their complete marketing platform and start growing your business today.Signature Hardware - To find that perfect item to take your bathroom, kitchen, or home up a notch, visit SignatureHardware.com/WECRASHED.University of Maryland Global Campus - Take the next step in your education! Learn more at UMGC.edu/PODCAST.
Comments (21)

Gary Barnier

my l

Feb 26th
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Ahmad Hamad

#wework was just a #bubble company, I hope it will get better.

Feb 26th
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Fiona Fleming

I'm really enjoying this. when is the next episode due ?

Feb 23rd
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Yieldstrong

Of course we all want less ads (or none!) but this is free so I won't complain! Constructive criticism.... not super excited by narrators dry and nearly boring tone and inflection... but I am a fan of this podcast! Thank you.

Feb 13th
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Maggie

I usually love Wondery's casts. They're some of the best. But this one is really confusing and a bit hard to follow. Tried a couple of episodes but I cant get into it.

Feb 11th
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Ben Penson

Ads? Really? The most you can say is there are too many ads?! There are literally 2-3 at the most. I think some perspective is needed. The show is FOC, well written and presented and on topic. Plus the ads even relate to other shows of interest. What more do you want?

Feb 7th
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April

I'm hooked but mostly ads.

Jan 31st
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Anne Fildes

Why did a sports commentator come on at the end?

Jan 30th
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Peter Worn

Far far too many ads!

Jan 29th
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Soumik Aswad

why aren't there any shows yet?

Jan 26th
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