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Business Wars

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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  • 21.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Wine is Thicker Than Blood | 6

    It’s the 1980’s and Gallo rockets to the top of the new lucrative wine cooler market with a brilliant ad campaign for its Bartles and Jaymes brand. But long held resentments, buried secrets and lurking distrust bubble up to the surface when the “unknown Gallo brother,” Joe, Jr., launches a cheese business under the label of Joseph Gallo. Now Ernest, Julio and Joe Jr. fight a final bitter trademark battle in court over the family fortune and legacy. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors! Albert - Install Albert from the App Store or Google Play today to find your happy balance. And get a bonus of up to $40 when you start an annual subscription to Albert Genius.

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  • 19.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Grapes of Wrath | 5

    Heading into the turbulent 1960s, Ernest Gallo attempts to conquer the Midwestern wine market by taking on a dangerous associate of Al Capone in Chicago. As the company grows, the two Gallos join forces in consolidating their control over the family empire and edging their younger brother, Joe, Jr, out of the family business. But just as Gallo reaches the pinnacle of the industry, it gets caught in the middle of a major labor rights battle. Cesar Chavez and his United Farmworkers are fighting with the Teamsters union over who will represent grape pickers. Chavez’s Gallo Boycott is poised to become the company’s biggest public relations challenge yet.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - You can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com slash/bw!

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  • 15.10.2020
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    Introducing a Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: SAT vs. ACT

    Each year, over ten million students in the United States apply to college. The SAT and ACT were designed to help standardize the college admissions process. But today, they are fraught with accusations of discrimination and fraud. The question is: would the tests be a gateway for many, or the elite few? We’ll unpack all of that and more in the newest Wondery Plus exclusive season of Business Wars: SAT vs ACT.Listen to this exclusive season of Business Wars, SAT vs. ACT on Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. Download it today: https://wondery.app.link/satbwfd

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  • 14.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Thunderbird | 4

    It’s the 1940s and as American soldiers battle the Axis powers overseas, Ernest and Julio Gallo fulfill lucrative government contracts for jet fuel ingredients made out of ethyl alcohol, known as "torpedo juice.” They also make a risky wager on the volatile grape market. When peace comes, the Gallo brothers pour their wartime windfall into developing the most aggressive and controversial sales techniques in the industry.Towards the end of the 1950s Ernest Gallo creates a blockbuster new product aimed at black, urban consumers. Thunderbird — beloved by winos everywhere — rockets Gallo to the top, but drives a wedge between the high-minded winemaker Julio Gallo and his bottom-line obsessed brother, Ernest. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Schedule your free Product Tour right now at netsuite.com/WARS.

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  • 12.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Miracle Year | 3

    It’s the 1930s and with Prohibition finally over, Americans are eager to drown themselves in booze. Ernest Gallo persuades his reluctant brother, Julio, to partner with him on starting a winery. Ernest employs every trick in the book to bolster sales, including conning customers, flouting laws and dodging government inspectors. He then gives his younger brother Joe, Jr. a menial job in the family business, but mistreats him badly. And when Joe, Jr. comes of age, Ernest and Julio terminate their guardianship of him in a secretive manner that will haunt the family, and one day cast a terrible shadow over their empire. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Masterworks - Head over to Masterworks.io and use promo code BW to skip the 25,000 person waitlist.

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  • 07.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Violence in the Vineyard | 2

    It’s the roaring twenties and Joe Gallo Sr.’s two teenage sons, Ernest and Julio, help run the family’s extensive vineyards and bootlegging operations. Young Ernest plays a tricky game, dealing with Al Capone in Chicago and dodging G-men. But the stock market crash of ’29 pitches the family into a financial free fall, and drives their volatile father to become increasingly violent. Until, one fateful day, their parent’s lives come to a sudden, horrific and mysterious end. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Fiverr - Check out FIVERR.com and receive 10% off your first order by using code BW.

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  • 05.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Gangster and The Grape Grower | 1

    It's the early 1900’s and two young brothers emigrate from Italy to the US to make their fortunes. In California, they con, grift and bamboozle their fellow immigrants out of thousands of dollars, enough to start a wine business. But when Prohibition shuts that down, they dive into the dangerous game of bootlegging, with disastrous results. The older brother has two young sons, Ernest and Julio Gallo. He doesn’t know it yet, but his sons will eventually transform his sketchy legacy into the largest wine company in the world, E & J Gallo Winery. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/businesswarsSupport us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/bw.

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  • 30.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Hut In A Rut? | 7

    In 2009, Domino’s went into crisis mode after a prank threatened to ruin the brand’s already substandard image. You might say that was a wake up call. The company would go on to invest heavily in technology and delivery in the intervening years.Meanwhile, Pizza Hut doubled down on its sit-in restaurants and fancier toppings, but their investment barely moved the needle on profits.Now after 60 years of jockeying for the top spot in the pizza hierarchy, Domino’s has pulled out in front of its biggest competitor. But there are even more challenges coming to Pizza Hut and Domino’s, not to mention the entire restaurant industry itself.To dig into this more David is joined by Sam Oches. He’s the editorial director of Food News Media, a B2B company specializing in the fast casual industry. For more on Sam Oches check out his podcast Fast Forward and QSR Magazine. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at netsuite.com/WARS.

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  • 28.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | The Pizza Confession | 6

    It’s 2009 and Domino’s is about to risk everything in a daring bid to shake off its reputation as the home of sub-par pizza.But Pizza Hut’s having a hard time too. Its iconic red-roof restaurants are now holding it back, so the brand looks to satisfy America’s increasingly demanding palate.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Honey - You can get Honey for free today at joinhoney.com/BW.

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  • 23.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Slices of Science | 5

    It’s the 1990s and Domino’s rapid rise on the back of its 30-minute delivery guarantee is about to smash straight into a legal roadblock. And while Domino’s extracts itself from the wreckage, Pizza Hut’s cooking up a new recipe for success. Its latest creation will horrify purists and help the chain fend off pizza’s newest player: Papa John’s.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Athletic Greens - Head over to athleticgreens.com/bw to claim this special offer today - and receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase!

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  • 22.09.2020
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    Sponsored | Seoul Taco Founder David Choi on the ‘Right Way’ to Expand a Business | 2

    Last week, we gave you the first half of our interview with Seoul Taco Founder David Choi. If you didn't catch that part of our conversation, we encourage you to go back and check it out.Since starting his Seoul Taco business eight years ago, Choi has expanded to seven total locations in Illinois and Missouri.Today, we continue our conversation with Choi and learn more about his business philosophy, his work in the communities he serves, and what’s next for Seoul Taco. This episode is sponsored by the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® card.

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  • 21.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Deliverance | 4

    It’s the late 1980s and Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan’s living the high life. After years of struggle, he’s a billionaire and he’s buying up plenty of status symbols to prove it. But as Pizza Hut tries to rally a counter-attack, a day of reckoning is fast approaching for the pizza delivery pioneer.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try it now for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/bw.

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  • 16.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Delivering the Goods | 3

    It’s the ‘80s and Domino’s is gunning for Pizza Hut.Domino’s has kickstarted the speediest expansion program in fast-food history and it’s not planning on stopping until it’s planted its flag in every corner of the USA.But while Domino’s goes on the attack, Pizza Hut finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Schedule your free Product Tour right now at netsuite.com/WARS.

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  • 15.09.2020
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    Sponsored | From Food Truck to Franchise: How David Choi Started Seoul Taco | 1

    Before you’re ready for a full-fledged “Business War,” you need to start somewhere. David Choi put it all on the line and drained his bank account to buy his first food truck. Eight years later, Choi’s bold vision for Korean and Mexican fusion has made an impact on the culinary scene. In this episode, we hear from Choi about his humble beginnings, his hustle, and the importance of small businesses. This episode is sponsored by the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® card.

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  • 14.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Meltdown | 2

    It’s the dawn of the 1970s and Pizza Hut is about to join America's business elite by floating on the stock exchange. But the Kansas pizza giant’s moment of triumph turns into defeat.But while Pizza Hut’s been charming investors on Wall Street, Domino’s is living on skid row. And founder Tom Monaghan’s running out of time to save the day.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Masterworks - Get special access by going to masterworks.io and using promo code BW to skip their 25,000-person waitlist.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Rolling out | 1

    It’s 1958 and on the East and West Coasts, all the cool cats are chowing down on pizza.Yet in the heartland, far away from the buzz of New York and LA, pizza is still rarely seen, let alone eaten. But that’s all about to change, thanks to a new pizzeria opened by two brothers in a hut in Kansas.And they’re not the only siblings with pie in the sky dreams. In Michigan, the Monaghan brothers are hoping to bring pizza to the nation’s front doors.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/businesswarsSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Albert - Install Albert from the App Store or Google Play today to find your happy balance. And get a bonus of up to $40 when you start an annual subscription to Albert Genius.

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  • 07.09.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | FedEx, UPS and Amazon’s Close Ties to the Postal Service | 7

    In our last episode, Amazon had once again taken a financial hit to get ahead in the shipping game, cutting out its need for FedEx and UPS, and turning them into the competition. But there’s one more link in the shipping chain that FedEx, UPS and even Amazon hasn’t cut loose: The United States Postal Service.Private shipping companies also sometimes hire the Post Office to take care of last-mile deliveries. But that might be changing as FedEx becomes more self-sufficient, and may plan to cut some of its ties with the USPS. Does that mean UPS will follow? And if so, will your shipping rates rise as the Post Office faces cutbacks later this year?To learn more, David chats with Sucharita Kodali, a digital business strategy and e-commerce expert at Forrester Research. For more on Sucharita Kodali: https://www.forrester.com/sucharita-kodaliListen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Fiverr - Check out FIVERR.com and receive 10% off your first order by using code BW.

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  • 02.09.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | Deal with the Devil | 6

    Both FedEx and UPS are doing a lot of business with e-commerce companies, especially Amazon. But after one disastrous Christmas season when both companies have difficulty delivering in time for Christmas, Amazon decides it’s time to bring shipping in-house. Going forward, UPS and FedEx’s biggest rival may not be each other, but the company that was once their best customer.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Get that FREE guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at netsuite.com/WARS.

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  • 31.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | On the Line | 5

    With UPS expanding aggressively into Europe and other continents, FedEx decides to bet big on China. But it’s a risky strategy that initially looks like it’s going to fall short. Meanwhile, UPS tries to maintain its competitive advantage by pushing for more productivity from its workers. But the drivers have had enough and UPS soon has a major labor relations problem on its hands. UPS’s troubles give FedEx an opening to peel away some of its business.And at the dawn of the dot com era, both companies make a play for a new type of customer. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Purple - Go to purple.com/bw10, and use promo code bw10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more!

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  • 26.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | When in Rome... | 4

    UPS decides it’s time to expand its market outside North America and makes a big push into Western Europe. But it’s harder than expected to integrate its corporate culture with European norms. FedEx CEO Fred Smith eschews European expansion and goes all-in on a risky new service called ZapMail, much to his executive team’s dismay. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Athletic Greens - Head over to athleticgreens.com/bw to claim your special offer - and receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase!

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  • 24.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Plane | 3

    Finally financially stable, FedEx takes on the US government to overturn regulations that limit the size of the planes they can fly. Convinced the regulations are limiting its growth, FedEx launches a multi-pronged strategy to persuade Congress to change the rules.And UPS realizes it needs to compete directly with FedEx and finally buys its own planes to offer next-day air service. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE! Go to ziprecruiter.com/bw

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  • 19.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | Vegas or Bust | 2

    After a disastrous start, FedEx needs to change its sales pitch or it will run out of money before it even has a chance to take off. Smith resorts to surprising means to raise the money to keep his fledgling company going.UPS is convinced FedEx will be out of business in a matter of months. But it has its own problems to attend to, as drivers are feeling dissatisfied and start to organize for better working conditions. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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  • 17.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | Kick the Tire, Light the Fires | 1

    It’s the early 1970s, and 27-year-old Fred Smith has an idea for a new kind of package delivery service, one that uses its own planes to deliver packages in under 24 hours. Skeptics tell him the start-up costs are too high and the demand too low, but Smith thinks he’s found a way to make it work. He invests millions of his own money to get the new company started. But when one thing after another goes wrong, it looks like Smith might have made a big mistake. And that’s before he’s even had a chance to challenge one of the most respected companies in America: UPS. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Get your FREE guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at NetSuit.com/WARS.

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  • 12.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Dating Apps Pivot as COVID-19 Continues | 7

    Almost one in three relationships start as online encounters. But the popularity of dating apps isn’t surprising with so many to choose from, and the pandemic may even be boosting dating app use.For more on how COVID-19 has changed online dating, and how apps are adapting, David speaks today with Ashley Carman, a senior reporter covering dating apps for The Verge. Carman is also Co-host of The Verge’s Why’d You Push That Button podcast. She’s here to talk about which apps are thriving, and what they’ve been doing right.For more on Ashley Carman:https://podcasts.voxmedia.com/host/ashley-carmanListen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!OurCrowd - The OurCrowd account is FREE, just go to OurCrowd.com/BW.

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  • 10.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | An App-rehensive Future | 6

    Whitney Wolfe Herd establishes Bumble with a strident anti-misogyny agenda, but that foundation is rocked when shocking accusations of sexual harassment surface against Wolfe Herd’s co-founder. Meanwhile, the revolutionary gay app Grindr goes through a scandalous upheaval when a Chinese company buys the company and installs a straight president. And the cyber dating world undergoes a major rethinking as the coronavirus ushers in unprecedented, devastating changes for singles and everyone else on the planet. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE. Go to ziprecruiter.com/bw.

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  • 05.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Are You Ready to Bumble? | 5

    Niche apps are kicking into high gear for users with specific criteria, and there’s something for everyone: muzmatch for Muslims, Mouse Mingle for Disney fans, Twindog for canine lovers, Sizzl for bacon aficionados, Bristl for beard enthusiasts and Dead Meet for morticians and other death professionals. In the mainstream, Match and Tinder have a new, serious competitor: Whitney Wolfe Herd’s Bumble. The feminist app debuts to a huge response — and a stinging lawsuit from Wolfe Herd’s former employer, Tinder. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Get that FREE guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at netsuite.com/WARS.

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  • 03.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Crimes of Passion | 4

    What seemed like a run of the mill office romance gone very, very wrong will result in a devastating upheaval in the power structure at Tinder. And repercussions will be felt throughout the industry as Whitney Wolfe exacts some delicious corporate revenge.And as the cyber dating world is rocked by horrific violence against women, apps that put female users in the driver’s seat start to get serious traction. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!FIVERR - Check out fiverr.com and receive 10% off your first order by using code BW.

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  • 29.07.2020
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    Dating App Wars | The Revolution Will Be Swiped | 3

    A new app aimed at gay users is about to break open an entirely new feature that will redefine the cyber dating business. And a young man emerging from a shower gets his inspiration for a new hookup site as he wipes the steam from his mirror. Soon Tinder is on fire, but the conglomerate Match Group is determined to get a stranglehold on the market. And as the industry leaps from computer screens to mobile devices, things are heading into uncharted territory.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Athletic Greens - Visit Athleticgreens.com/BW to claim a special offer just for listeners of our show of 20 free daily travel packs with your first purchase – a 79 dollar added value.

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  • 27.07.2020
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    Dating App Wars | eHarmonic Convergence | 2

    Dr. Neil Clark Warren is a 63-year-old theologian and clinical psychologist with a vision for a site he’s certain can lead to romantic success. eHarmony will be the first to take on the powerful Match.com. And Warren believes he is on—quite literally—a sacred mission to offer something that Match.com can’t match.eHarmony’s Christian agenda seems to be working, until the God stuff leads to serious disharmony. Dr. Warren doesn’t know it, but he’s headed for a holy war.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - See how ZipRecruiter can help YOU hire. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/bw.

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  • 22.07.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Lighting Up Match.com | 1

    It’s 1995, and computer dating is in its infancy. Most people think it’s a dark, sleazy world for desperate losers and horny perverts. But that’s all about to change. Pioneer site Match.com paves the way for cyber dating to move toward mainstream culture, but—in an era when few people even use a computer—it’s going to be a serious struggle.And as the dating market blossoms, burgeoning companies will stop at nothing to get the coveted edge, fighting for hip cache, consumer convenience and tech advances. It’s a tough business, but all’s fair in online love and war. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Purple - Go to purple.com/bw, and use promo code bw. For a limited time, you’ll get $150 off any Purple mattress order of $1500 or more!

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  • 20.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Future of the Diamond Industry | 8

    Today we conclude our Diamond Wars series. These precious stones are known to be undeniably beautiful, rare and a symbol of luxury. But diamonds have also been associated with war, human rights abuses and death. In response, consumers these days are demanding more transparency about where stones are sourced. Some are seeking out less expensive gemstone alternatives or lab-grown diamonds. And even powerhouse companies like De Beers have taken strides to adapt. To find out more about the future of the diamond industry we’ll hear from Paul Zimnisky, an independent global diamond industry analyst. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!OurCrowd - The OurCrowd account is FREE, just go to info.OurCrowd.com/BW.

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  • 15.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Alchemists | 7

    It’s the 2000s and the diamond cartel is dead. Now, De Beers must adjust to its new status as the market leader rather than the monopoly. But the threats to its business aren’t going away. Diamonds are losing their luster with the young, and Zimbabwe’s undermining the industry’s response to conflict diamonds. And most threatening of all, a wave of new start ups are out to disrupt De Beers by growing man-made diamonds. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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  • 13.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | Monopolies Aren’t Forever | 6

    It’s the late 1990s and rebel armies in Angola, Sierra Leone and Congo are bankrolling campaigns of mass murder and terror with diamonds. Now, after years of turning a blind eye, the diamond-buying public is starting to notice the bloodshed. But as the issue of so-called “blood diamonds” rises up the political agenda, De Beers is plotting what might be the boldest move yet in its long history: giving up its quest to control all the world’s diamonds.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Get that FREE playbook – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at NetSuite.com/WARS.

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  • 08.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | Blood and Champagne | 5

    It’s 1966 and De Beers is about to abandon its eleven-year search for diamonds in Botswana. But the geologist behind the search is far from ready to pack up his tools.And De Beers isn’t the only one searching for gemstones. Soon, a major diamond find in Australia will leave the diamond monopoly facing a big dilemma: should it seek to control or to destroy this Antipodean threat?Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Fiverr - Check out FIVERR.com and receive 10% off your first order by using code BW.

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  • 06.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Shadow World | 4

    It’s the early 1950s and West Africa’s growing number of diamond smugglers is causing headaches for De Beers. Faced with millions of pounds in losses, the diamond monopoly decides it’s time to get tough with the smugglers.But while De Beers battles the illicit diamond traders, in the far east of the Soviet Union a new threat is brewing. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Keeps - If you’re ready to take action and prevent hair loss, go to keeps.com/BW to receive your first month of treatment for free.

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  • 02.07.2020
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    Introducing the Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: Playboy vs Penthouse

    In our new after-dark exclusive series, we dive into the heyday of the 1970s, when Playboy and Penthouse rule the adult genre, and the line between sexy and obscene starts just below a woman’s belly button. But when it comes to the boundaries of good taste, how far will founders Hugh Hefner and Bob Guccione go to expand their erotic empires?Listen to this exclusive season of Business Wars, Playboy versus Penthouse on Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. Download it today. https://wondery.app.link/O4qJ8XPEN7

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  • 01.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | Diamond Dogfight | 3

    It’s 1940, and the world is at war. The Allies and Axis powers are scrambling to lock down supplies of the industrial diamonds needed to mass produce their tanks, planes and submarines.But when the White House demands De Beers hands over a year’s supply of industrial diamonds, it soon learns the cartel is as hard to break as the diamonds it sells. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Net Suite - Get that FREE playbook – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at NetSuite.com/WARS.

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  • 29.06.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Puppet Master | 2

    It’s 1914 and De Beers’s monopoly is under threat. Diamonds have been discovered on the desolate coast of the German colony of South West Africa.So it hired an ambitious diamond expert named Ernest Oppenheimer and gave him his orders: head to the beach and assess the threat.But then World War One disrupts De Beers chance to do a deal with the German diamond miners. Now, Oppenheimer sees his chance to scramble to the very top of the diamond industry.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting our sponsors!Honey - Get Honey for FREE at joinhoney.com/BW.

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  • 24.06.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Diamond Rush | 1

    It’s 1869 and diamonds have been found in Cape Colony. Now, diamond hunters from across the world are heading to this remote British outpost in southern Africa, seeking a glittering fortune.And among them are two wide-eyed hopefuls: streetwise Barney Barnato, who hails from the London slums, and Cecil Rhodes, a vicar’s son with a head full of imperialist daydreams.When the diamond rush turns to bust, Barnato and Rhodes embark on a quest to conquer the mines. But only one man can win. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 23.06.2020
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    Uber vs Lyft | Examining Toxic Company Culture in the Rideshare Industry | 7

    Uber and Lyft have made their mark as very different brands.Lyft was born out of a need for more environmentally friendly rideshare options. And is also seen as the “friendlier” of the two companies. While Uber’s former CEO, Travis Kalanick built a reputation for ruthlessness, sexual harassment and “bro culture.”Still, both companies have seen protests from their drivers, who’ve demanded benefits and better pay for countless hours spent on the road. So how much has Uber and Lyft’s company culture affected their business up until now? And what will the future hold for these tech giants?For some answers, we hear from New York Times Technology Reporter Mike Isaac. Isaac is also the author of the book, “Super PUMPED: The Battle for Uber.” He’ll talk about his reporting on Kalanick, Uber and how company culture at Uber and Lyft matters, now more than ever, to consumers. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Betterment - It’s time for you to put your financial wellness first. Download the Betterment app today!

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    Uber vs Lyft | Evolve or Die | 6

    New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is cleaning house after the departure of Travis Kalanick. But after a disappointing IPO, Khosrowshahi has to boost the company’s ailing financials and fight against lawmakers who are siding with aggrieved drivers.Then COVID-19 hits. Uber and Lyft are faced with a crisis that could alter ridesharing forever. Khosrowshahi leans into Uber Eats, while John Zimmer and Logan Green struggle to keep their dream alive.Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Get that FREE playbook – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at NetSuite.com/WARS.

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    Uber vs Lyft | Damage Control | 5

    February 2017, Super Bowl Sunday. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a black car home when he gets in an altercation with the driver. LIttle does he know, the entire exchange has been captured on a dashcam recording. And when it goes viral, Kalanick will have to fight for his reputation — and his job. Lyft, meanwhile, spies an opening. As sexual harassment scandals plague their rival and users move to #DeleteUber, John Zimmer and Logan Green finally have a chance to really capitalize on their “good guy” reputation. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors! Betterment - It’s time for you to put your financial wellness first. Download the Betterment app today.

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    Uber vs Lyft | Kill or Be Killed | 4

    Uber is facing blowback from all directions — the taxi industry, riders, and the most important man in tech: Apple's Tim Cook. Uber’s been engaged in some disreputable activity, and it's finally catching up with them. Lyft forges ahead and forms a new alliance to fight back against Uber's growing global footprint. But Uber will once again outmaneuver its competitor. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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    Uber vs Lyft | Race to the Bottom | 3

    It's 2013, and Lyft's CEO John Zimmer is hosting a little celebration for drivers when some very unwelcome interlopers turn up to crash the party. Uber’s Travis Kalanick wants to destroy Lyft at any cost, and he's willing to do what it takes to outmaneuver his competitor and steal its riders and drivers — even if it means playing dirty. Lyft decides to stick to its environmentalist roots and focus on a new ridesharing feature it hopes will woo customers away. Until Uber beats them to the punch, and drives its rival to the brink of collapse.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Fiverr - Find your talent today at FIVERR.com. You can receive 10% off your first order using our code BW.

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    Uber vs Lyft | Revenge Business | 2

    It's the late '90s, and Travis Kalanick is hanging out in his dorm room at UCLA. He’s having a file-sharing party with his friends that leads to his first business. But Kalanick’s forced to grow up quickly as he learns that naïveté can cost you millions and Silicon Valley investors aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Logan Green finds inspiration while stuck in horrible LA traffic and adopts a new anti-car ethos that will shape Lyft’s mission. And on the East Coast, John Zimmer learns how to woo customers — a skill he’ll translate into startup success.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Get your free guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free Product Tour - at netsuite.com/WARS.

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    Uber vs Lyft | Black Cars and Pink Mustaches | 1

    It’s December 2008, and two friends and fellow tech entrepreneurs, Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, can't get a taxi. Camp’s already obsessed with the idea of a service that summons a private driver with the push of a button, but now Kalanick gets the appeal. Together, they'll build Uber, and do whatever it takes to reign supreme. Meanwhile, recent college grads John Zimmer and Logan Green channel their shared passion for the environment into the creation of a carpooling startup for long rides. But pretty quickly, they realize they need to service short trips, too, and Lyft is born. But in order to succeed, they have to convince people to jump in a car with a complete stranger. And, they’ll have to go up against Uber in a battle for ridesharing supremacy. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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    Business Battles | Toilet Paper Wars: White Gold | 5

    Quarantine restrictions during the coronavirus have induced toilet paper panic-buying as people scratch, claw and punch each other to get rolls. But why? What’s behind the frenzy, and how will that affect the TP industry? In the last 150 years, it’s grown from selling humble boxes of paper to mass marketing rolls of delicate, luxurious tissue. And now a wave of eco-friendly independent companies are making a bid for your bathroom business. It’s a high stakes, multi-billion dollar industry that we take for granted. Until we fear losing it. Then all bets are off.

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    Business Battles | Tetris: Soviet Blocks | 4

    It’s 1988, and Tetris is making waves. It’s billed as the first Soviet video game, and it’s selling fast.But the man who introduced it to the West harbors a secret: he doesn’t own the rights. And when his subterfuge fails, a multi-million-dollar battle to win over the communist regime breaks out on the streets of Moscow.It’s a clash that pits the Japanese gaming overlords of Nintendo against the sprawling empire of ruthless media baron Robert Maxwell.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - So get your free guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” – and schedule your FREE Product Tour - at netsuite.com/WARS.

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    Business Battles | Cola Space Race: One Giant Sip for Mankind | 3

    It’s 1984 and the cola war is neck and neck. After years of struggle, Pepsi looks ready to triumph over Coca-Cola. So Coke’s striking back by opening a new battlefront in the quest for soda supremacy: outer space. But its plan to send its world-famous drink into orbit won’t stay secret for long. And when Pepsi finds out, it sparks a new space race.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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    Business Battles | Monopoly: Winner Takes All | 2

    It's 1902 and political campaigner Lizzie Magie is fighting a losing battle. For years, she’s pushed the idea of a land-value tax, but fewer and fewer people are listening.So she’s going to try something new to spread the word. She’s going to make a board game – and not just any game. Magie’s game is going to become the biggest game of all time.Trouble is, when the battle for her game breaks out, she’s the one who winds up the loser.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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