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.
Turbulence at OpenAI — Our Take-Aways
Felix and Mihir discuss how Sam Altman was fired and reinstated over the course of just a few days. Was the board right to dismiss Altman? Does the turmoil change how we think about hybrid organizations that combine nonprofit and for-profit motives? What does the episode teach us about the future of AI? Plus, we look at the reasons why men now die even earlier than women. What do the numbers say about being male today?
29/11/2023 • 31 minutes 56 seconds
The Future of Africa and Empty Lots
Will Africa fulfill its remarkable promise in the next several decades? Is a land tax the best kind of tax? Would it solve our housing crisis? All that and more on this episode of After Hours.
22/11/2023 • 39 minutes 57 seconds
Does AI Have a Copyright Problem?
Felix and Mihir discuss how copyright applies to AI-generated works. Are AI companies guilty of mass infringement? Could users be sued if they use AI to generate texts and images? Wouldn’t it be right to compensate authors for their contributions to AI models? Plus, a decade in, what has the corporate purpose movement accomplished? We look back and take a glimpse at the future.
15/11/2023 • 36 minutes 35 seconds
Felix, Sarah and Mihir consider whether real estate brokers add value, how the world of brokers will be transformed by a recent lawsuit and consider whether investors should be buying music as an asset class.
08/11/2023 • 36 minutes 55 seconds
The U.S. economy is stellar. So why are we all so mad?
In this episode, Mihir and Felix discuss consumer finances, which are remarkably healthy. The average U.S. household now has a net worth of more than a million dollars. But if things are this good, why are we so angry? Why lament the state of the economy? Plus, we talk about Tesla and the market for electric vehicles. Has it reached its nadir?
01/11/2023 • 31 minutes 57 seconds
Bond Market Bedlam
Felix and Mihir are back, and it’s time to unpack bond market bedlam!
25/10/2023 • 30 minutes 58 seconds
Going out with a bang: Recommendations for this summer
This is it, dear friends of the After Hours podcast. We end our sixth season with a long list of recommendations: shows to watch, books to read, foods to savor, places to visit...
Thank for spending your time with us. We will be back after our summer break, sometime in September. Have a wonderful summer everyone!
28/06/2023 • 42 minutes 35 seconds
Summer Stories to Savor
Felix and Mihir are joined by friends to discuss their stories to watch this summer, including the bust up of Sequoia, pricing, Gen AI, sports stories, the FTC and PBMs, Amazon in healthcare, and the future of theatres, travel, unions, brand activism, energy tax credits, interest rates and the war in Ukraine.
21/06/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 58 seconds
The Portfolio Life: Being Productive and Happy
Felix and Mihir are joined by Christina Wallace to discuss the meaning of a portfolio life and why U.S. workers are happier than ever but less productive.
14/06/2023 • 44 minutes 50 seconds
Taking a week off!
Taking a week off!
07/06/2023 • 24 seconds
The Sunny Side of Bankruptcy
Felix, Mihir and their colleague Kristin Mugford debate the merits of using bankruptcy to shield companies from consumer lawsuits. Should we allow companies to bundle lawsuits, place them in a designated subsidiary with few assets and let that subsidiary go bankrupt? Might this actually be better for consumers who claim to have been hurt by defective products? Doesn’t everyone deserve their day in court? Plus, what is happening to prices of luxury goods? Are we looking at the next bubble?
31/05/2023 • 35 minutes 12 seconds
What’s Your Personal Brand? Is Brand Building Worth it?
Felix, Mihir and Jill Avery consider the merits of personal branding and how to think about the value of a brand. Why do people want to consider their personal brand? And, why do we still struggle to understand the value of brands given all the data we swim in?
24/05/2023 • 40 minutes 57 seconds
Strike in Hollywood
In this week’s episode, Felix, Mihir and Bloomberg’s Sarah Green Carmichael discuss the writers’ strike in Hollywood. Why do we suddenly see a strike during “the golden era of television” and amidst intensifying streaming wars? What are the thorniest issues? How do they speak to challenges for knowledge workers more generally? Plus, why you should love meetings. (We are not kidding!)
17/05/2023 • 35 minutes 57 seconds
Everything’s Coming up AI!
Felix, Mihir and Charlotte Howard discuss the recent earnings season with a spotlight on ExxonMobil, Chevron, Autozone, Apple, UPS, Microsoft and PDD – and what it all means for the economy.
10/05/2023 • 47 minutes 9 seconds
Better Ways to Say Thank You
Felix, Mihir and their colleague Kathleen McGinn discuss the role of gratitude at work and at home. Gratitude can be incredibly effective, so why don’t we thank others more often? What goes wrong when a thank you seems shallow and inauthentic? Can gratitude even be an impediment to change? Plus, we debate early retirement. Clearly, it is what people want. Why don’t we give it to them?
03/05/2023 • 36 minutes 16 seconds
Betting on Netflix, Co-CEOs and India
Felix and Mihir discuss the state of Netflix and streaming, the co-CEO model, and Incredible India.
26/04/2023 • 40 minutes 15 seconds
In this episode, Felix and Mihir debate with their colleague Deborah Spar, Senior Associate Dean for Business and Global Society at Harvard Business School, the role of government in regulating AI. How do we make sure we get the best out this groundbreaking technology? Should we keep government out of the way, at least for the time being? Is industry self-regulation sufficient to prevent the worst? Are we contending with an existential threat? Plus, we discuss the vanishing division between our professional and our private lives. Is it mostly a boon?
19/04/2023 • 33 minutes 54 seconds
The Renaissance of Barnes & Noble and Dark Ages for Commercial Real Estate?
Felix and Mihir discuss the durability of a book retailer's turnaround, the future of commercial real estate and whether all the doomsaying is correct.
12/04/2023 • 37 minutes 12 seconds
Women at Work—First-time Managers
Felix is joined by Bloomberg’s Sarah Green Carmichael and Harvard Business Review editor Amy Bernstein to discuss the particular challenges that women face when they first assume managerial roles. Why is it that women do not experience the increase in personal satisfaction that is typical for men? What can companies do to better support first-time managers, women and men? Plus, we talk about the booming gaming business. Will it swallow all of entertainment?
05/04/2023 • 31 minutes 38 seconds
The Future of Venture Financing and Philanthropy
Felix, Mihir and Christina Wallace consider the SVB business model, what its loss means for entrepreneurial finance and what they make of new models of philanthropy.
29/03/2023 • 39 minutes 7 seconds
Woke CEOs—the Backlash
In this episode, Felix, Mihir and Semafor’s Liz Hoffman debate the backlash against woke CEOs. Did America’s corporate leaders go too far when they embraced broad social and political goals? Does corporate activism ultimately undermine political action? What’s the cost of cutting business ties with corporations that are deemed too woke? Plus, we ask Liz Hoffman about her new book, Crash Landing: The Inside Story of How the World’s Biggest Companies Survived an Economy on the Brink.
22/03/2023 • 33 minutes 47 seconds
After Hours Special: The Crisis in Banking
Mihir and Felix think about the current crisis in banking. Why did Silicon Valley Bank fail? Is the demise of Credit Suisse a result of the contagion in the United States? And what’s the future of banking? Will the big banks get even bigger? Even more prone to fail? Would we be better off if all deposits were insured? If banks were kept to a smaller size?
21/03/2023 • 36 minutes 48 seconds
Primary Care Acquisitions and Wage Compression
Felix, Mihir and Charlotte Howard of The Economist consider why retailers are buying primary care providers and if wage compression will last and what it means for the economy.
15/03/2023 • 37 minutes 42 seconds
Finally-- A Clinically-Proven Way to Lose Weight. Now what?
Felix, Mihir and The Economist’s Charlotte Howard debate the merits of a new class of weight-loss drugs that drastically lower a person’s weight. Is this incredible scientific advance the solution to the obesity epidemic that is sweeping the planet? Should health insurance companies cover the pricey drugs? Will obesity become even more prevalent now that we have effective medication? Plus, we discuss the roller coaster that is Moderna. What’s next for one of the pandemic’s biggest winners? Is there a life post generous government support?
08/03/2023 • 30 minutes 31 seconds
The Promise and Peril of AI
Felix, Sarah and Mihir discuss Chat GPT, if AI is truly transformational, the future of search, and how to digitally detox from all this AI talk.
01/03/2023 • 37 minutes
Turmoil in Energy Markets
Mihir and Felix are joined by Rawi to talk about the far-reaching consequences of the current turmoil in energy markets. Is Qatar the next Saudi Arabia? Are the oil majors actually saying goodbye to renewables? Are we seeing the de-industrialization of Europe? Plus, we debate the consequences of shrinking populations. Will it blow up social security? Could it be good news?
22/02/2023 • 34 minutes 9 seconds
Bed, Bath and Beyond Annuities!
Felix and Mihir debate the latest phase of meme-stock craziness and the wisdom of retirement planning without annuities.
15/02/2023 • 33 minutes 5 seconds
In our first-ever After Hours sports episode, we ask why sports teams have become so valuable (is it really just the vanity of billionaire owners), debate the merits of paying amateur athletes, and explore why tennis pros receive such a small fraction of the sport’s overall revenue. Can hedge fund icon Bill Ackman save tennis?
08/02/2023 • 38 minutes 39 seconds
The End of Google and Fruit Beetles?
In this episode, Felix, Mihir and Sarah consider the merits of the most recent antitrust actions against Google, the ethics of unpaid labor, and the end of Noma.
01/02/2023 • 44 minutes 22 seconds
Felix, Mihir and Frances Frei discuss why many workplace issues seem so vexing—and how to fix them. We also talk about Jacinda Ardern’s resignation as New Zealand’s prime minister. Is she leaving too early? How do you best choose your exit?
25/01/2023 • 31 minutes 54 seconds
A Lunar New Year Special: BYD, EVs and Chinese Capital Allocation
Felix and Mihir celebrate Lunar New Year by talking about BYD, Electric Vehicles, and capital allocation in China.
18/01/2023 • 45 minutes 41 seconds
Banning TikTok, Lessons from Southwest’s Meltdown
Sarah Green Carmichael and Felix discuss the ban of TikTok by India and the U.S. Federal Government. Do these bans keep us safe? How nervous should we be on social media apps? Is the U.S. next to build a Chinese-style walled garden that keeps out unwanted companies and governments? Also, we review Southwest’s operational collapse during the holidays. Is legacy technology to blame? Did the company really underinvest?
10/01/2023 • 30 minutes 28 seconds
Our Predictions for 2023
Curious about 2023? Youngme, Mihir and Felix are back with their celebrated predictions episode. Who will acquire Spotify? Will Twitter implode? What’s the trend in inflation and energy prices? Who will top the music charts? Space travel for all? Listen in as the hosts outguess each other what the new year will bring.
28/12/2022 • 45 minutes 44 seconds
2022-The Stories We Loved (and a Few Others)
In this episode, Youngme, Mihir and Felix share what they loved about 2022. Listen in to get their take on the end of magical thinking, quiet CEOs, the latest in sneaker fashion, and the collapse of FTX. Plus, we have an After Hours poem for you. (And no, we did not write it ourselves. Thank you, ChatGPT!)
Felix and Mihir are joined by The Economist’s Charlotte Howard and they discuss the geopolitical battle over semiconductors and the surprising victories in battling poverty.
14/12/2022 • 37 minutes 21 seconds
Why Are Financial Regrets So Common?
Mihir, Felix and Bloomberg’s Sarah Green Carmichael talk about financial regrets. Why are they so widespread? Do people really make grave financial mistakes? Do they lack the information required to make smart choices? Plus, we debate the return of Disney’s Bob Iger. Will he shine once more?
07/12/2022 • 33 minutes 57 seconds
Holding a Global Sports Event in Qatar?
We debate the choice of Qatar as the host of FIFA’s World Cup. Was it a mistake to hold the tournament in a country that criminalizes homosexuality? Was this exactly the right thing to do? Who is to judge? Mihir, Felix and their colleague Tsedal Neeley struggle with the question when to say no to countries’ hosting ambitions. Plus, we debate the ongoing workplace revolution. Where will it all end? Did hybrid really win?
30/11/2022 • 33 minutes 44 seconds
Washington Gridlock—How Will the Markets Respond
Mihir, Felix and Charlotte Howard discuss how companies will respond to political gridlock in the United States. Is it good for business? Will it really lift markets as many observers expect? Also: We speculate how the tech layoffs will influence the job market and the long-term prospects of tech talent.
16/11/2022 • 36 minutes 5 seconds
Workplace Big Brother and Fresh Starts
In this episode, Felix and Mihir are joined by Katy Milkman to discuss workplace surveillance and the value of a fresh start.
09/11/2022 • 36 minutes 26 seconds
Who Is Afraid of Woke Capitalism?
Mihir, Felix and NYU’s Dolly Chugh discuss the pressure on business leaders to conform to the demands of woke capitalism. Should you give in? Push back? What are the risks and rewards? Also: Feeling low lately? Chances are you are just getting older. We speculate why most people go through some sort of midlife crisis and talk about ways to better cope with life’s seemingly inevitable ups and downs.
02/11/2022 • 33 minutes 39 seconds
The limits of Goldman and technology
Felix and Mihir consider the future of Goldman Sachs and the limits of technology in human interactions.
26/10/2022 • 39 minutes 51 seconds
War in Ukraine—How will it end?
Rawi joins Mihir and Felix to discuss the war in Ukraine: What is most surprising about the evolution of the conflict? Are the sanctions working? How is the war reshaping geopolitics? Will the Putin regime deploy nuclear weapons? And, most importantly, how will the hostilities end?
19/10/2022 • 35 minutes 13 seconds
Twitter under Musk and Bonds, Bonds, Bonds!
On this week's episode, Felix, Sarah, and Mihir discuss the future of Twitter under Musk and bond market craziness.
12/10/2022 • 38 minutes 25 seconds
Mark Cuban doesn’t believe in following your passions | ReThinking w/Adam Grant
Mark Cuban has gone from selling garbage bags door-to-door to selling internet companies for billions, acquiring an NBA team, and becoming a beloved “Shark” on Shark Tank. Mark reveals to Adam how he turns problems into opportunities in entrepreneurship, basketball, and investing. They discuss his latest venture–disrupting the healthcare industry with an online pharmacy and a price-slashing philosophy that makes hundreds of drugs affordable–and why following your passion is not the best way to maintain your motivation. This is an episode of ReThinking with Adam Grant, another podcast in the TED Audio Collective. For episodes on the psychology of the world's most interesting minds, follow ReThinking wherever you're listening to this.
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05/10/2022 • 45 minutes 38 seconds
Have members of your team quit quietly? Is that even a thing? And if not, why is everybody talking about it? In this episode, Bloomberg’s Sarah Green Carmichael, Mihir and Felix discuss how to make sense of current trends in the workplace. Also, Felix has a proposal what to do about online harassment. Quite possibly, it is a terrible idea.
28/09/2022 • 32 minutes 57 seconds
The Vibe Economy and Amazon Moves into Space
Felix, Mihir and guest host Stephanie Mehta discuss the recent spate of companies going public without profits and what Amazon’s moves into space mean for their competitors and consumers.
13/04/2022 • 33 minutes 23 seconds
The Future of Mobility and Economic Lessons from the Pandemic
What are the most exciting companies and development in mobility today? What have we learned about how to provide income support during economic downturns? Mihir and Felix discuss the evidence from the pandemic and consider today's most exciting mobility solutions.
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