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TED Audio Collective / Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, & Felix Oberholzer-Gee

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Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.
 
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Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the red hot IPO market, highlighting a few of the companies reflecting a “sign of the times” including: Rivian Automotive, Duolingo, and life science companies like Gingko Bioworks and Moderna. They also answer a few letters from listeners, including questions about the soaring valuations of private company unicorn…
 
Housing prices are on the rise in cities all around the world, and Youngme, Felix and Mihir discuss whether there’s an end in sight. Plus they discuss other headlines, including: Amazon’s decision to start paying for college tuition for its workers; women outpacing men in college enrollments; the first major carbon capture facility going online; an…
 
Why are items still missing from grocery store shelves? Why are package deliveries being delayed? Youngme, Felix and Mihir unpack the global supply chain mess, while warning listeners to start their holiday shopping early! They also share their personal economic takeaways from the pandemic. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: · The Whit…
 
It’s been 10 years since the death of Steve Jobs. Has Apple peaked after 10 years of Tim Cook’s leadership or is the best yet to come? Youngme, Felix and Mihir debate the prospects for Apple; they then discuss the celebrities changing the way Hollywood does business, including Reese Witherspoon, Rihanna, and more. Recent picks, and recommended read…
 
Youngme, Mihir and Felix talk about how to make sense of China’s crackdown on industries ranging from Big Tech to Videogaming. They also share thoughts on other stories in the news, including people behaving badly on planes, Fox launching a Weather Channel, Visa buying an NFT, and Boston Dynamics’ latest robot video. Recent picks, and recommended r…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss some of the biggest stories from the summer, including their thoughts on the Robinhood IPO, what’s going on in the current labor market, whether the Olympics matter anymore, Simone Biles, and more. Tina (HBO Max documentary on Tina Turner) Quartr (Investor Relations App) Tillamook Ice Cream Beautiful Trampoline Art…
 
Youngme , Mihir , Felix , Rebecca , and Rawi share the stories they will be watching this summer, before doing a mega-round of recommendations for things to read, watch, listen, and do. Each week, the hosts give their recommendations for reading, watching, and more. Here are This Week’s Picks: After Hours T-Shirts (by Moon Girl Landing) @timotechan…
 
Mihir , Rawi , and Felix debate whether or not the U.S. pays too much attention to Russia, a relatively small economy without important trade relations. They also try to make sense of YOLO (you only live once). Are we becoming too narcissistic? Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: “Dustland” (The Killers) “The Rise and Fall of Carlos Gho…
 
Rawi and Mihir discuss Naomi Osaka’s departure from the French Open and the G7’s effort to cooperate on corporate taxation. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: “Loki“ International Spy Museum and Spyscape Dwight Garner’s Garner’s Quotations You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for fut…
 
Youngme and Felix invite their friend and bestselling author, Harvard Business School professor Mike Norton , to discuss the old habits and new rituals we have formed over the past year, during the pandemic. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Pique (an app to spur curiosity) “Inside Baseball” (an episode from the podcast, The Uncertain…
 
Youngme , Mihir , and Felix share their shopping habits and the retail trends they’re keeping an eye on. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: S’more Recipe (Epicurious.com) Herb Gardens Shabaka Hutchings (jazz artist) You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvard…
 
Youngme and Felix invite their friend and celebrated author, consultant, and Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei , to discuss the challenges of bringing true diversity and inclusion into the workplace. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Scribble (a virtual collaborative whiteboard) The Man Who Sold His Skin (movie) Rad Power…
 
Youngme , Mihir , and Felix debate whether it makes sense to raise the capital gains tax. They also discuss how companies can create better and more creative competitive strategies – the topic of Felix’s new book, [Better Simpler Strategy](https://www.amazon.com/Better-Simpler-Strategy-Value-Based-Exceptional/dp/B08Y639VC9/ref=sr13?dchild=1&keyword…
 
Is Danone an example of failed stakeholder capitalism? Why did Zynga acquire Chartboost? Rebecca , Rawi, and Felix discuss earnings and the recent performance of Crocs, Danone, PayPal, HelloFresh, BP, and Zynga. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Max Richter (composer) “Super Natural Simple” (by Heidi Swanson) Ponzu You can visit our w…
 
Will President Biden’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent in the next decade make a real difference? Rebecca , Rawi , and Felix discuss the parts of the plan that are most likely to be implemented and how U.S. climate change policy will influence global efforts to slow climate change. Plus, they debate why the idea for a European so…
 
Youngme , Mihir , and Felix invite their friend and negotiations expert, Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhotra , to discuss the art of negotiation, as well as his new science fiction novel, The Peacemaker’s Code. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: The Peacemaker’s Code (Deepak Malhotra) [The Spy and the Traitor](https://www…
 
Is the newsletter platform Substack the new media wunderkind or a flash in the pan? What can we learn from the failed effort to unionize Amazon workers in Alabama? Rebecca , Mihir , and Felix debate how Substack might change news consumption and competition for talented writers. Plus, they examine why the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Uni…
 
Rawi , Rebecca , and Mihir discuss how and why CEOs are speaking out on politics and what China’s digital renminbi means for economics and politics. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Fela Kuti Line of Duty (Amazon Prime) [Will in the World](https://www.amazon.com/Will-World-Shakespeare-Became-Anniversary/dp/0393352609/ref=sr11?dchild=…
 
Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss the future of food delivery, ghost kitchens, virtual restaurant brands, and more. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Ice Cream Makers My Mister (Netflix) Nomadland (Jessica Bruder) You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvar…
 
Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss the wellness trends they love, hate, and aren’t quite sure about – from the fitness wars to touchless spas and more. Plus, they share their personal wellness habits and hacks. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Counterpart (Amazon Prime Video) The Bureau (Amazon Prime Video) Klara and the Sun (Kazuo …
 
Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss the hype surrounding NFTs (non-fungible tokens). They also dig into recent music industry trends and what they mean for the future of Spotify and other streaming players. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Counterpart (Amazon Prime Video) The Bureau (Amazon Prime Video) Klara and the Sun (Kazuo Ishig…
 
Why did the Covid-19 recession affect women disproportionately and what can we do about it? Plus, what might Oprah’s recent interview with Harry and Meghan tell us about the future of the monarchy? Rebecca , Rawi , and Mihir discuss the impacts of the pandemic recession on women and why the Harry and Meghan interview was so mesmerizing. Recent pick…
 
Should businesses require their employees to get vaccinated before they can return to work? Rebecca , Mihir , Rawi , and Felix debate the pros and cons of mandatory vaccinations. They also discuss why the energy market in Texas failed during a recent winter storm and how best to encourage investments in infrastructure resilience. Recent picks, and …
 
Does the U.S. economy need more help right now, and is the latest stimulus package well designed for the moment? Plus, Brexit has fully arrived – what happens next? Felix , Rawi , and Mihir discuss the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package in the U.S. and the departure of the UK from the European Union. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: …
 
Youngme , Mihir , Felix , and Rawi discuss whether companies should allow employees to work from home permanently. They also debate whether it’s possible for small players to compete against the giant internet platforms. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Give Directly (charity) Minari (movie) Whereabouts: A novel (Jhumpa Lahiri) You c…
 
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