Business Wars

Business Wars

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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.
Hasbro vs Mattel - Dream Doll | 1
Mar 20 • 27 min
It’s the late 1940s and two small toymakers are taking their first uneasy steps. The names of these young hopefuls are Hasbro and Mattel. One’s an offshoot of a pencil manufacturer. The other a husband-and-wife garage start-up. But toy-mayking, they soon…
USFL vs NFL - Risky Business | 7
Feb 25 • 32 min
Mike Pesca, Slate, joins to talk about the biggest risks facing the NFL, whether the Patriots are good or bad for the league, and what our culture would look like if football never took off as a professional sport in the first place. Plus, he talks about…
USFL vs NFL - Football Day in Court | 6
Feb 20 • 26 min
The battle between the NFL and the USFL finally comes to a head. Donald Trump has bullied his way to the top of the USFL and pressured his league into suing the NFL for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. But the NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle is not…
USFL vs NFL - The Empire Strikes Back | 5
Feb 18 • 26 min
For nearly two full years, the mighty NFL sat idly by as the upstart USFL tried to chip away at its status, talent, and reputation as the most powerful sports league on the planet. Now, the NFL is ready to settle the score, once and for all. The league…
USFL vs NFL - Making Spring Football Great Again | 4
Feb 13 • 24 min
Description: It’s 1984, and at USFL franchise offices across the country, multi-million dollar contracts are flowing like Gatorade. As the United States Football League prepares for kickoff on its second season, owners race to recruit the best college…
USFL vs NFL - A Challenge to the King | 3
Feb 11 • 25 min
By most measures, the USFL’s debut season is a success. The games post solid numbers—in both ticket sales and television ratings—offering undeniable proof that there’s an audience for professional spring football. Still, the league is hemorrhaging money.…
USFL vs NFL - A General Triumph | 2
Feb 6 • 23 min
Description: The NFL has faced rival leagues in the past, and routinely squashed them without breaking so much as a sweat. The NFL’s powerful commissioner, Pete Rozelle, assumes the USFL will be no different. He sees the rival league as a joke. A blip on…
USFL vs NFL - Birth of a Spring Football League | 1
Feb 4 • 26 min
For years, David Dixon has been trying to convince the National Football League to launch an expansion team in New Orleans, but he always comes up empty-handed. Finally, after one too many letdowns, Dixon realizes his only hope for a hometown team is to…
Best of Business Wars Daily | 1
Jan 30 • 28 min
Oreo vs. Hydrox. Twitter vs. TikTok. Business rivals are doing battle every day. On Business Wars Daily, we give you a brief daily update, Monday through Friday, on the latest wars between the world’s biggest companies happening right now. On this episode…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Breakfast Wars | 7
Jan 28 • 26 min
Egg McMuffins, Croissan’wiches and coffee. Today’s fast food fight is all about breakfast time. Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Jargon joins to talk about where Burger King and McDonald’s are headed, the rise of eating at home, and how fast-casual…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Super Fan Supernova | 6
Jan 23 • 24 min
It’s a new century and times are tough for the burger giants. Burger King’s in a rut and McDonald’s is about to report its first loss in nearly 40 years. Both brands need to reinvent themselves fast. But can they come up with strategies robust enough to…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Battle of the Burgers | 5
Jan 21 • 25 min
Burger King is under pressure. McDonald’s is wowing the nation with a new way to eat chicken and Wendy’s is quickly closing in on the number two fast food spot. Backed into a corner, Burger King prepares to bite back with an ad campaign attacking its…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Have It Your Way | 4
Jan 16 • 24 min
It’s the 1970s, and the burger barons are turning to TV advertising to propel profits skyward. McDonald’s is betting that a little song and dance can give it the competitive edge, but Burger King is stepping up their ads as well: debuting a killer new…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Feeding Frenzy | 3
Jan 14 • 25 min
By the mid-1960s, Americans have developed a taste for fast, delicious, affordable food — and they’re demanding more. U.S. fast food franchises — McDonald’s, Burger King and Burger Chef — know that if they want to feed America and win the burger wars,…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Cooking with Gas | 2
Jan 9 • 27 min
It’s the late 1950s and fry cooks are flipping as fast as they can. But McDonald’s and Insta-Burger King’s desire for national success far outstrips their ability to deliver. It’s not enough to just make a better burger: bad contracts, bad equipment,…
McDonald’s vs Burger King - Fastest Burger in the West | 1
Jan 7 • 25 min
It’s 1948, and somewhere around the edge of the Mojave Desert, a drive-in restaurant is making waves. It’s called McDonald’s and it’s like no burger joint anyone’s seen before—a carhop-free eatery with lightning fast service, and shockingly low prices.…
Zankou Chicken Murders - The Death of an American Dream | 2
Dec 20, 2018 • 29 min
Mardiros Iskenderian was known for two things: the unbelievable generosity he showed to the Armenian community, and the deep love he expressed for his family—particularly for his mother, whom he treated like a queen. So why did Mardiros try to cut his…
Zankou Chicken Murders - Out of Beirut | 1
Dec 18, 2018 • 22 min
It’s January 14th, 2003, and 56-year-old Mardiros Iskenderian, the founder of the family-owned chain of rotisserie restaurants Zankou Chicken, is leaving the house for the first time in months. Twenty years ago, the Iskenderians transplanted their…
Waze vs Apple Maps | 3
Dec 17, 2018 • 28 min
The debut of the Apple iPhone in 2007 means unprecedented changes for human communication. But even its inventor Steve Jobs at first fails to realize that the most powerful part of his invention isn’t the music player or the web browser. It’s the map. The…
Browser Wars - Even When They Lose They Win | 6
Dec 13, 2018 • 27 min
Microsoft has officially won the battle against Netscape, but for Bill Gates, the browser war is far from over. The federal government has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, and called Gates to Washington, D.C. for questioning. Hotshot…
Browser Wars - Microsoft on the Hot Seat | 5
Dec 11, 2018 • 29 min
To compete with Netscape, Bill Gates is forced to do the one thing he hates most: give tech away for free. He bundles Internet Explorer with Windows, effectively making his browser ubiquitous—and Netscape’s redundant. Suddenly, Netscape, the company that…
Browser Wars - An Offer They Can’t Refuse | 4
Dec 6, 2018 • 26 min
It’s summer 1995, and Bill Gates is worried about the sudden rise of the Internet. In the world of computers, Gates is used to being in the driver’s seat. Now it seems he’s not even in the car.  Marc Andreessen has just launched the latest version of…
Browser Wars - Poker Face | 3
Dec 4, 2018 • 26 min
It’s 1974, and a young programmer named Paul Allen has just caught a glimpse of the world’s first personal computer, the Altair 8800. It has the potential to change the computing landscape forever — but it doesn’t yet have an operating system. Altair’s…
Browser Wars - The Birth of a Dot Com Giant | 2
Nov 29, 2018 • 22 min
Two disgruntled tech whizzes, Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen, join forces to exact revenge on the companies that wronged them, building a browser so fast and powerful that it wipes their competitors off the face of the web. In private, they call it a…
Browser Wars - Kickstarting a Revolution | 1
Nov 27, 2018 • 25 min
It’s 1992, and in the basement of the chemistry building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, two computer science students are working on a new web browser. Up to this point, browsing has made up less than one percent of all internet…
Red Bull vs Monster - Buzzkill | 3
Nov 20, 2018 • 29 min
As the extreme marketing battle between Red Bull and Monster reaches unprecedented heights (128,000 feet above sea level, to be precise), a new challenger steps onto the scene. 5-hour Energy, the tiny titan in the two ounce can, quickly plows through the…
Red Bull vs Monster - Beast Gores Bull | 2
Nov 15, 2018 • 29 min
As Red Bull plans its U.S. invasion, an unlikely upstart vies to beat it to market. Led by branding guru Mark Hall, the wholesome Hansen Beverage Company launches Monster, a grungy, all-American alternative to its yuppie European competitor. Not only does…
Red Bull vs Monster - Get Your Wings | 1
Nov 13, 2018 • 28 min
It’s the early 1980s, and in Bangkok, Thailand, a jet-lagged toothpaste marketing exec named Dietrich Mateschitz has just tasted Krating Daeng, an energy tonic popular with rickshaw drivers. The flavor is repellant—it’s sickly sweet—but to Mateschitz’s…
Xbox vs Playstation - Interview with Tristan Donovan | 4
Oct 16, 2018 • 24 min
Host David Brown sits down with Tristan Donovan, series writer and author of Replay: The History of Video Games, just as this console war enters uncharted territory. What’s next for Xbox, PlayStation and wild card Nintendo Switch? Hint: probably not three…
Xbox vs Playstation - Tear Down This Wall | 3
Oct 11, 2018 • 26 min
As Nintendo burns with the failure of Wii U, Sony can’t woo PS2 users to the new Playstation 3. It vows to not make that mistake again, and the Playstation 4 prioritizes on what the gamers want: a better gaming experience. But it’s not just the focus on…
Introducing Legal Wars | 3
Oct 10, 2018 • 10 min
The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read. Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts…
Xbox vs Playstation - The Red Ring of Death | 2
Oct 9, 2018 • 26 min
Microsoft put all its efforts into it’s new console, the Xbox 360 to beat combat Sony’s market share and it looked like it was working. Thousands of consoles sold, and then suddenly, mysteriously, thousands of consoles died. Meanwhile Sony announces their…
Xbox vs Playstation - The Biggest Cannon in the World | 1
Oct 4, 2018 • 25 min
Sony was preparing Playstation to eventually replace personal computers. Microsoft sees that coming and goes into combat mode. Bill Gates spends more than two billion dollars to launch Microsoft’s Xbox console with innards that Gates hopes will not only…
Southwest vs American - Interview with Joseph Guinto | 7
Oct 2, 2018 • 27 min
Host David Brown chats with freelance journalist and series writer Joseph Guinto about the 22 years he’s spent covering Southwest Airlines… including his memories meeting and interviewing Southwest’s major players, from Rollin King to Herb Kelleher…
Southwest vs American - Free LUV | 6
Sep 27, 2018 • 26 min
Thanks to deregulation, no-frills knock offs of Southwest take to the skies like crows. About 120 airlines have gone out of business or filed for bankruptcy since the industry was deregulated in 1978. American’s SABRE system optimizes…everything. It…
Southwest vs American - The Cult of Herb | 5
Sep 25, 2018 • 26 min
Everyone loves Herb Kelleher—even FAA regulators. The onetime corporate counsel-turned-CEO is coming into his own at the helm of Southwest. But his latest challenge is coming up with a way to skirt the FAA’s pesky “slot” system, designed to limit air…
Southwest vs American - The Darling of Deregulation | 4
Sep 20, 2018 • 25 min
As deregulation dawns, Southwest Airlines’ founder and CEO are locked in a power struggle. In the middle is Herb Kelleher, Southwest’s corporate attorney. And after 18 months serving as a punching bag for the company’s top brass, he’s had enough. But as…
Southwest vs American - Aviation Cyber Wars | 3
Sep 18, 2018 • 21 min
The computer age is on the horizon, and American Airlines has a secret weapon: SABRE. Sure, the airline is top of the heap under the current pen-and-paper reservation system — the one where travel agents use a massive phonebook to look up flights, then…
Southwest vs American - Dogfight Over Dallas | 2
Sep 13, 2018 • 23 min
Baniff and Southwest battled in court for domination over the skies. Southwest came out on top for a little while, but Baniff pushed back with prices Southwest just couldn’t beat. The only way Southwest could fight back was to give the mostly male, mostly…
Southwest vs. American - Clearing the Runway | 1
Sep 11, 2018 • 25 min
In Texas in the 1960s, Rollin King had a crazy idea. He wanted to create a no-frills airline service that served San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. All he and his lawyer had to do was convince the Federal Regulations Bureau that they had no jurisdiction on…
Coke vs Pepsi - Interview with Tristan Donovan | 7
Sep 6, 2018 • 26 min
Host David Brown chats with series writer Tristan Donovan, author of Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World, about some of the juicy tidbits that didn’t make the final series. Like Fanta’s roots in Nazi Germany, Pepsi’s frantic struggle to make sure Coca-Cola…
Coke vs Pepsi - The Soda Revolt | 6
Sep 4, 2018 • 29 min
Coke continues to grapple with Pepsi’s winning ads, but as Y2K nears both companies realize this isn’t just a cola war anymore. There’s more backlash for both companies, this time from schools. Coke and Pepsi are now seen as allies in America’s obesity.…
Coke vs Pepsi - No Sacred Cows | 5
Aug 30, 2018 • 28 min
With the Pepsi Challenge under attack by Coke, Pepsi needs a new ad campaign. So the company turns for inspiration to the biggest pop star in the world: Michael Jackson. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has a new chief executive who’s convinced tinkering with…
Coke vs Pepsi - The Imitator’s Revenge | 4
Aug 28, 2018 • 26 min
Welcome to the Pepsi Generation. As Pepsi fires up a hot new ad campaign, Coca-Cola starts getting nervous. But a sudden plane detour through Ireland gives Coke executive Bill Backer inspiration for one of the most iconic ads of the 20th century. It seems…
Coke vs Pepsi - Cola über Alles | 3
Aug 23, 2018 • 25 min
With world war on the horizon, Coca-Cola and Pepsi face a supply crisis. How to get enough sugar to continue bottling their sweet fizzy goodness? One man has the answer — to secure its supply line, Coke must sell itself as the all-American cola. For GIs…
Coke vs Pepsi - Candy Monster | 2
Aug 21, 2018 • 28 min
The cola cops are coming. Pepsi, an upstart Coca-Cola imitator, grabs its rival’s attention by serving up its own beverage to unsuspecting soda fountain customers. Coca-Cola moves fast — but it’s not enough to stop Charles Guth, Pepsi-Cola’s new owner and…
Coke vs Pepsi - Cocaine is King | 1
Aug 16, 2018 • 27 min
In turn of the century Atlanta, pharmacist John Pemberton has invented a dynamite health tonic with some secret ingredients his customers can’t get enough of. There’s only one problem. With the city about to go dry, the temperance authorities are coming…
eBay vs PayPal - Interview with Kara Swisher | 7
Aug 14, 2018 • 28 min
We hope you enjoyed our series on eBay vs PayPal. Here to discuss her thoughts on the PayPal mafia alums is Kara Swisher. Swisher is the self-described “grumpy lady of tech” and host of the podcast Recode Decode. She’s known for her tough takes on Silicon…
eBay vs PayPal - Outta the Gate | 6
Aug 9, 2018 • 25 min
PayPal is running out of time. The online payment service is hauling in new users, but its bottom line is bleeding red. Without a buyer to pump it full of cash soon, the company could go under. Should it take the safe route and sell out to its longtime…
eBay vs PayPal - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do | 5
Aug 7, 2018 • 26 min
By late 2000, PayPal and X.com are yoked together, with X.com CEO Elon Musk leading the newly combined company. But it’s a rocky marriage: PayPal’s founders clash with their new leader over everything from his imperious management style to his choice of…
eBay vs PayPal - How Bad Is It? | 4
Aug 2, 2018 • 24 min
Remember the summer of 2000? The Olympics were in full swing and PayPal was under attack. Not from eBay, but Russian hackers. In looking for soft targets in the early days of the untethered Internet, PayPal was the fattest cow. On top of that, there are…
eBay vs PayPal - PayPal Goes Viral | 3
Jul 31, 2018 • 26 min
In the midst of the dot-com boom, there’s also a lot of dot-com bust. PayPal desperately needed to grow but they companies who’d raised millions more suddenly disintegrate. The solution was so simple it seemed almost illegal - let the converted…
eBay vs PayPal - The E-commerce Revolution | 2
Jul 26, 2018 • 26 min
As eBay gathers steam, a libertarian chess champion and a programmer who fled Communist Ukraine team up to change the world with their encryption software. But when their plan to piggyback on the ubiquitous Palm Pilot hits a snag, they stumble upon a new…
eBay vs PayPal - Going Once, Going Twice | 1
Jul 24, 2018 • 26 min
At the dawn of the dotcom era, a Silicon Valley tech geek on a personal vendetta rolls out the world’s first e-commerce site. Vintage lunchboxes? Second-hand guitars? B-list celebrity autographs? It all finds a home on AuctionWeb, and before long the…
Business Wars Daily: A Smartphone App for Fido | 2
Jul 19, 2018 • 2 min
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Business Wars Daily: Battling for the Two-Wheeled Rider | 2
Jul 17, 2018 • 2 min
Want more Business Wars? We have your daily dose. Subscribe to Business Wars Daily wherever you listen to Business Wars. It’s Tuesday, July 17, and we’re looking at Uber vs. Lyft.
Ford vs Chevrolet - Technology in the Fast Lane | 4
Jul 12, 2018 • 33 min
It’s been a hard fought battle for decades, and in the 1970s there’s no signs of Ford or Chevrolet slowing down. But this time they’re fighting on new grounds, ones dominated by Japanese cars. Honda, Toyota and Datsun dominate the market, and Ford and…
Ford vs Chevrolet - Fast and Sexy | 3
Jul 10, 2018 • 30 min
In the 1960s, the biggest generation of Americans of all time are reaching driving age. They want cars, and they want them to be fast and powerful, and they want them now. The best showcase for these cars is by winning races, and in the 1960s, Ford and…
Ford vs Chevrolet - Detroit Joins the War | 2
Jul 5, 2018 • 29 min
FDR believed that WWII was a contest of mass production. Whoever could build the most trucks, tanks, guns and airplanes would come out on top. What power could defeat the United States of America and its massive automobile industry? But for Roosevelt’s…
Ford vs Chevrolet - Tin Lizzie Becomes Roadkill | 1
Jul 3, 2018 • 31 min
In 1896, Henry Ford puttered around Detroit streets testing his “Quadricycle.” This was the whimsical beginning to a revolution that redesigned the landscape of America. Cars changed the way America lived, worked, ate, shopped, and listened to music. And…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - Interview with Gabriel Kahn | 7
Jun 28, 2018 • 27 min
Joining us today is Gabriel Kahn, a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California. He’s a former Los Angeles bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and a frequent commentator on monetization and the media. He’s also taught courses on…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - Days of Atonement | 6
Jun 26, 2018 • 25 min
By 1900, the days of yellow journalism were already fading, and both William Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were searching for a new direction even as their newspapers diverged. Hearst tries for a political career, but finds himself defeated and dragging back…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - Newsies | 5
Jun 21, 2018 • 22 min
A close up look at a crisis of their own making. One that nearly cost Hearst and Pulitzer their grip on the country’s first media empires. Instead of pitting them against each other, the crisis would see the two media moguls finding rare common ground. At…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - War Drums | 4
Jun 19, 2018 • 27 min
What happens when there’s no news? You have to MAKE the news. When Hearst heard from his top reporter that the Spanish-Cuban tension wasn’t looking like anything would happen, Hearst wasn’t just going to wait around for an explosion. He already bought and…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Price of News | 3
Jun 14, 2018 • 22 min
In 1883, 15 years before the Headless Torso Murder, New York City’s population was rapidly growing and the newspaper scene was pretty sleepy. The city’s nearly 50 daily papers, even the small New York Times, was a pretty sedate bunch, informing citizens…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Headless Torso, Part 2 | 2
Jun 12, 2018 • 23 min
In 1897, America looked very different. Carriages rolled through the streets of New York. Mass media was just growing up, and Hearst was convinced that carrier pigeons - hunted to extinction by 1914 - were what would give his paper the edge during the…
Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Headless Torso, Part 1 | 1
Jun 7, 2018 • 24 min
This is the beginning of a mystery, a great business rivalry, and a look into American history. To tell the story of Hearst vs Pulitzer, we called our friend Lindsay Graham over at American History Tellers for help. The Headless Torso mystery is about a…
Nintendo vs Sony - Interview with Vance Wallace | 7
Jun 5, 2018 • 27 min
We’re wrapping our coverage of the console wars between Nintendo and Sony. David is joined by Vance Wallace, who knows video games from both sides of the controller. In the ’90s, Vance was one of the best players in the world for Quake. He’s also a game…
Nintendo vs Sony - No Surrender | 6
May 31, 2018 • 25 min
After years of sitting on the sidelines of the next-generation console war, Nintendo is finally ready to make its move. But, the years it’s spent building it’s reassuring family-friendly reputation is now a weakness. Nintendo children of the 80s are all…
Nintendo vs Sony - The Sleeping Giant | 5
May 29, 2018 • 23 min
Nintendo decided early on that the Nintendo 64 would be a cartridge console, instead of a CD console. But CDs are much cheaper to make and have much better graphics. Game companies are upset, and defect to Sony. In a few months time, Sony has two of the…
Nintendo vs Sony - Game Time | 4
May 24, 2018 • 24 min
This is a story about Sony and Nintendo, but it also involves a little company called Sega. Ever play Sonic the Hedgehog? That’s Sega. And during Nintendo’s domination of the US market, they were the only company able to fight back. That is, until they…
Nintendo vs Sony - Charm Offensive | 3
May 22, 2018 • 25 min
From the moment it began, the PlayStation project was in danger. The problem was none other than PlayStations knight and chief advocate: Kutaragi. He thought the now-iconic handlebar controller design was “too different” from the flat rectangles people…
Nintendo vs Sony - Man of Steel | 2
May 17, 2018 • 30 min
It’s 1949. 22-year old Hiroshi Yamauchi is the heir apparent for his family’s playing card company, Nintendo. From humble beginnings as a scrappy street stall founded in Kyoto’s back alleys to the largest card company in Japan by the time Yamauchi takes…
Nintendo vs Sony - Stabbed in the Back | 1
May 15, 2018 • 30 min
Once a symbol of 80s teenage nerdom, video games are now as common as television sets in American households. Can you imagine a world where the Sony PlayStation didn’t come out? That’s what almost happened. Originally conceived as a joint venture between…
Gregor Mendel vs the World - American Innovations | 1
May 10, 2018 • 35 min
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The First Computer War - Computing Gets Personal | 6
May 8, 2018 • 26 min
After all that IBM has been through over the decades, it would have never in a million years guessed that their undoing would be at the hands of a scrawny and unknown computer nerd named Bill Gates. Gates sees the future, but can IBM catch up? Will they…
The First Computer War - Betting the Store | 5
May 3, 2018 • 25 min
It’s 1961. Since his father retired 5 years earlier, Thomas Watson Jr pushed to modernize IBM from the top down. New management, new ideas, newer, faster, machines. The company has grown, employing 1,000 people, they’ve dominated the emerging computer…
The First Computer War - Abdication | 4
May 1, 2018 • 26 min
In Episode 1 the UNIVAC successfully predicted that Eisenhower would win the 1952 election. In Philadelphia, a champagne hangover quickly settled in over the Remington Rand building, the company elated at its success. But over at IBM, a company that…
The First Computer War - IBM versus The UNIVAC | 3
Apr 26, 2018 • 24 min
What’s a 16% market share when the public thinks you have more? A potential anti-trust suit, if you’re IBM. Watson Jr. sees a potential lawsuit as a way out from under his father’s control. Sr. sees his company rotting away in the hands of a kid who can’t…
The First Computer War - Father, Son, and The Future | 2
Apr 24, 2018 • 25 min
How do you really “get ahead” in a war? Sometimes you don’t have to do anything, you just wait for your opponent to fumble. And in the late 1940s, IBM’s CEO Thomas Watson Sr., did. He’s just beginning to grasp the potential of these electronic machines,…
The First Computer War - The Electronic Brain | 1
Apr 19, 2018 • 23 min
With so much information at our fingertips, it’s hard to remember that we haven’t always walked around with supercomputers in our pockets. In fact, in 1952, CBS thought that Americans would find it SO hard to imagine that a machine could even predict…
Monster vs Beats by Dre | 1
Apr 17, 2018 • 25 min
With all the hype around portable and smart speakers, it’s easy to forget that they didn’t always exist. In fact, it took one fateful meeting with Monster Cables and Interscope Records to really kick the industry off. We’ll talk about when headphones…
Marvel vs DC - Interview with Jason Mewes and Reed Tucker | 7
Apr 12, 2018 • 43 min
What’s that? Up in the sky? It’s another episode of Business Wars. Today we’re talking to two super guests, Reed Tucker is a journalist living in New York City, and the author of the book Slugfest: Inside the Epic 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC and!…
Marvel vs DC - The Cinematic Universe | 6
Apr 10, 2018 • 26 min
After more than 50 years of fighting for the hearts and attention spans of millions of readers, television viewers, and movie-goers - who wins this war? Is it DC, the original comic company company behind classic American heroes that defined the dreams of…
Marvel vs DC - Big Screen Heroes | 5
Apr 5, 2018 • 24 min
Appearances on radio programs, television shows and thousands of comic books - all just another day in the life of a superhero. But to get a larger than life hero onto a larger than life screen, there’s one secret ingredient: verisimilitude. As both…
Marvel vs DC - Schemes, Scans, and Double Crosses | 4
Apr 3, 2018 • 23 min
It’s 1970 and the unthinkable just happened. Jack Kirby, one of the men who made Marvel, has defected to DC. With him he brought an idea that may just end Marvel for good. But as soon as DC seems to be pulling back into the lead, something else goes wrong…
Marvel vs DC - Copycat | 3
Mar 29, 2018 • 21 min
As Marvel’s richer storylines captivate more readers, DC just can’t keep up, or fully understand Marvel’s success. They even try directly copying Marvel’s style, but go about it in the worst way. Just when it looks like DC’s days at the top are numbered,…
Marvel vs DC - The Fantastic Mr. Lee | 2
Mar 27, 2018 • 23 min
We’ve talked about several wars on this series, but here’s a first: DC and Marvel engaging with each other, sniping, making fun, and getting their fans involved in the argument. A series of editor’s letters, guest columns, and fan mail printed in the…
Marvel vs DC - Origin Stories | 1
Mar 21, 2018 • 22 min
In the early 1960s, the Space Race was on, Chubby Checkers got everyone doin’ the twist and Superman was turning 25. DC has it all - a legacy comic, the talented writers and illustrators, and plush offices in Manhattan. Marvel is around but it’s much…
Nike vs Adidas - Interview with Liz Dolan and David Meltzer | 7
Mar 20, 2018 • 45 min
Today we talked to Liz Dolan, former Nike CMO, and David Meltzer, sports marketing guru and agent about this vicious war. If you loved them here, you’ll love their podcasts even more. Liz co-hosts Safe For Work, a show that answers your burning business…
Nike vs Adidas - The Defectors | 6
Mar 15, 2018 • 19 min
The rivalry between Nike and Adidas has been intense for decades, but always respectful. But with intensity comes… defectors. Just three at the beginning, who set out to create a “Disneyland for designers.” And it worked. For the first time in a long…
Nike vs Adidas - Rebound | 5
Mar 13, 2018 • 26 min
Nike, the late starter struck gold with its “Just Do It” campaign. Launched in 1988, the shoe giant finally had a tagline as good as its shoes. Meanwhile, Adidas, the brand that started and found success long before Nike was even a dream, finds itself as…
Nike vs Adidas - Nike Air | 4
Mar 8, 2018 • 27 min
Every new Nike employee gets a list of principles that serves as the company’s philosophy. One: Our business is change. Two: We’re on offense, all the time. With those principles Nike sprinted from $29 million in revenue in 1973 to more than $850 million…
Nike vs Adidas - Walking Billboards | 3
Mar 6, 2018 • 21 min
As long as there have been professional sports, there have been professional athletes, willing to accept money to wear certain brands, but the biggest endorsement deals were only made possible by a mid-20th century invention: the television. Fans realized…
Nike vs Adidas - The Starting Line | 2
Mar 1, 2018 • 23 min
Rudi and Adi Dassler started the “Dassler Business” in the 1920s in their parent’s garage, recycling materials from WWI military gear and uniforms. They got a pair of their track spikes on an athlete named Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics and the company…
Nike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads | 1
Feb 27, 2018 • 21 min
In 2015, Kanye West turned his back on Nike, an all out battle in the ongoing war for sneaker supremacy. Nike and Adidas are two multinational companies worth billions in an industry estimated to be valued at $220 Billion by 2020 (which is double the GDP…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield | 8
Feb 22, 2018 • 23 min
Rich Greenfield is a tech and media analyst with BTIG who’s been covering this battle in some capacity for decades. We had the chance to talk to him in depth on today’s episode. Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBTIG Support us by supporting our sponsors:…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch | 7
Feb 20, 2018 • 25 min
Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what show to watch — and when and how they watch them. The future that Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph envisioned two decades earlier has arrived. The…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge | 6
Feb 15, 2018 • 23 min
Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole season of a show all at once. But Netflix knew it was on to something. All of their studies and focus groups…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring | 5
Feb 13, 2018 • 30 min
We take a step back to explore how a little company called Home Box Office went from serving B-movies to 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut that we know as HBO. In the process, HBO, become the standard by which all other…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide | 4
Feb 8, 2018 • 22 min
You know that expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper hand on Blockbuster. That, and the fact…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks | 3
Feb 6, 2018 • 22 min
Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded - sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies, and sometimes things didn’t go as…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins | 2
Feb 6, 2018 • 19 min
After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster Online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was that he was pushing the board to reject the offer so Netflix would wither and die. Meanwhile, Netflix was…
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death | 1
Feb 6, 2018 • 27 min
This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO. It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d…
Introducing Business Wars
Jan 19, 2018 • 1 min
Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6.