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Anyone can pay attention to financial ratios and textbook principles, but the best way to make use of this data is by giving them context. What are the stories others have created with their business challenges? From starting a new business from scratch to reinventing oneself for their second third act, this show explores how these personal stories translate into the business context. Everybody loves a good fraud story. Everybody loves a good war story. We can delight in the lessons provided by others’ experiences, both good and bad, funny and tragic, and even dumb. They all plant the seeds for good, compelling, interesting stories. Join us as we ask “What were they thinking?” and dive into the minds of business leaders who are out there, doing it every day. We’ll explore businesses as diverse as space to podcasting, sovereign citizens to Ponzi schemes. Our goal will be to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way, as we challenge the things you thought you always knew.

Anyone can pay attention to financial ratios and textbook principles, but the best way to make use of this data is by giving them context. What are the stories others have created with their business challenges? From starting a new business from scratch to reinventing oneself for their second third act, this show explores how these personal stories translate into the business context. Everybody loves a good fraud story. Everybody loves a good war story. We can delight in the lessons provided by others’ experiences, both good and bad, funny and tragic, and even dumb. They all plant the seeds for good, compelling, interesting stories. Join us as we ask “What were they thinking?” and dive into the minds of business leaders who are out there, doing it every day. We’ll explore businesses as diverse as space to podcasting, sovereign citizens to Ponzi schemes. Our goal will be to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way, as we challenge the things you thought you always knew.

Location:

United States

Description:

Anyone can pay attention to financial ratios and textbook principles, but the best way to make use of this data is by giving them context. What are the stories others have created with their business challenges? From starting a new business from scratch to reinventing oneself for their second third act, this show explores how these personal stories translate into the business context. Everybody loves a good fraud story. Everybody loves a good war story. We can delight in the lessons provided by others’ experiences, both good and bad, funny and tragic, and even dumb. They all plant the seeds for good, compelling, interesting stories. Join us as we ask “What were they thinking?” and dive into the minds of business leaders who are out there, doing it every day. We’ll explore businesses as diverse as space to podcasting, sovereign citizens to Ponzi schemes. Our goal will be to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way, as we challenge the things you thought you always knew.

Language:

English


Episodes

Encore The BIZ/DIS Bankruptcy Bonanza

4/19/2021
Bankruptcy comes in many forms and is used for many reasons. Companies and individuals turn - sometimes voluntarily, sometimes not - to Title 11 of the United States Code - the bankruptcy code - for relief. How that relief comes and its true cost depends on a lot of variables. Bankruptcy is both easy to explain and maddeningly complex. As a lawyer once said - the thing about code-based sections of the law is this: if you want to get something done, you have to find a loophole. Join us with...

Duration:00:55:11

Restaurants in the Time of COVID (Part Two)

4/12/2021
How have restaurants in tourist economies adapted to meet the challenges of operating (or not) during a pandemic? Before considering COVID, these businesses face a number of struggles unique to seasonal populations - challenges finding staff, housing staff, and catering to a fluid, changing customer base that increases tenfold during the season. For an already challenging industry, adding a global pandemic is a death knell unless operators get inventive.

Duration:00:53:57

You've Been Pwned

4/5/2021
If you’re at all online, you’ve probably been the victim of a data breach. If you work in a technical or competitive field, chances are someone, somewhere, has tried to get into your systems to have a look around and maybe shortcut their own development cycle at the expense of your trade secrets. Hacking has a cost, certainly, but it is also a means for discovery - both positive and negative, for profit and for the public benefit. What is the business case of the dark side of the Internet?

Duration:00:55:50

Restaurants in the time of COVID, Part One

3/29/2021
Restaurants have a staggeringly high failure rate - nearly fifty percent don’t make it. But you attract customers, you control costs, you protect your inventory and prevent shrinkage (another term for food walking out the back door), keep your man-hours per customer on target and your food cost low and you might just have a chance - until the whole damn world shuts down. We’ll look at innovation in the face of global panic with our world-class guests. What did restauranteurs of different...

Duration:00:54:54

Wounding Warriors

3/22/2021
We ask a lot of service-members, and they give far more than they are asked. For many, what they bring back from their service complicates the rest of their lives. Whether it’s supporting a family on a military salary or navigating the difficult transition to civilian life after service, our vets and service-members are often left alone, uneducated and unprepared for a complex financial existence, complicated by medical issues, the itinerant nature of life in the military, and all the...

Duration:00:55:30

Maybe Never Take Investment Advice from a Guy Named “520% Miller”

3/8/2021
Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi rode to riches in the early twentieth century on the promise of exponential returns. Naysayers who pointed out how he couldn’t be telling the truth were ignored or shouted down. In the end, the fundamental flaw of the successful Ponzi scheme brought his “Securities Exchange Company” down. Ponzi wasn’t the first - he certainly wasn’t the last. Miller, Ponzi, Madoff - why do we keep falling for Ponzi schemes?

Duration:00:54:41

Encore Sovereign Citizens

3/1/2021
Sovereign citizens are proponents of the belief that the proper and lawful U.S. Government was long ago secretly replaced by a government formed under Admiralty law (yes, the law of the sea) and is being held prisoner by banks for the benefit of international commerce. Therefore, they believe, they are subject to no authority other than themselves. And the county sheriff. But the sovereign citizen ideology exists largely to sell (literally) a worldview in which its proponents are free from...

Duration:00:55:41

Encore: Comedy Minus Time Equals Tragedy

2/22/2021
Comedy is a grueling field. It used to be that you struggled, you worked the clubs, you did bit parts and maybe, just maybe, you got the brass ring and made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. If Johnny called you over to sit on the couch after your set, chances are you had made it. Not so much anymore. Johnny’s long gone, there are more late-night shows, more clubs, more radio shows, more podcasts, more, more, and more competition. But that also means more jobs for comedy...

Duration:00:55:47

Any Functioning Adult 2020

2/15/2021
Planning a major party political convention is an eighteen month labor of love, persistence, money, brute force, money, patience, money, logistics and the kindness of strangers. And a lot of money. We’ll explore the planning that went into the 2020 conventions, including what happened when a pandemic changed everyone’s expectations, and redefined what a political convention could (and, perhaps, should) be.

Duration:00:55:07

Showdown at Neiman Marcus

1/18/2021
Department stores are boring. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is boring. So, what needs to happen to turn the chapter 11 of one of America’s least storied department stores into a tale involving a Navy Seal, a fund manager, and a smack-talking FBI Special Agent? Join us as we and our guest, bankruptcy expert Michael Richman, Esq. talk about the craziest thing to come out of Neiman Marcus since a $250 chocolate chip cookie recipe. How did a fund manager, who relentlessly pursued justice for years,...

Duration:00:55:08

How Does This Thing Work, Anyway?

1/11/2021
Podcasting is a boom, growing on the strength of a new golden age of audio. But unless we do this as a hobby, there’s a legitimate business case for podcasting, with all of the complexities, all of the challenges, and all of the opportunities to fall flat on your face when starting a podcast - or a podcast network. Join us as we discuss our guests’ experiences starting their own podcasts and advising podcasters on how to not end up flat on their faces. What is the business case for pensive...

Duration:00:56:44