Amazon Narratives: Memos, Working Backwards from Release, More

a16z | 8 February 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Colin Bryar and Bill Carr about their book Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon. Shares inside stories behind AWS, Kindle and Prime along with the leadership principles, decision-making practices, and operational processes that delivered them. Discusses lean MVP; the internal API economy; whether you need a chief product officer; coordination as a business grows; the power of narratives; and more.

Brian Dumaine: What Does Bezonomics Tell Us About the Future of Labor?

Keen On | 10 July 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Dumaine about his book Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives and What the World’s Best Companies Are Learning from It. Unpacks the elements of Amazon’s success – customer obsession, extreme innovation, and long-term management, all supported by artificial intelligence.

Charles Koch on Belief in People

The School of Greatness | 18 November 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Koch about his book Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World. Extols empowering people to find their gift, turn it into valued skills, and apply it in a way that enables them to succeed by contributing to others. Discusses the principles underlying Koch’s success in business and philanthropy.

The Fundamental Human Relationship with Work

HBR IdeaCast | 13 October 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Applies an anthropologist’s perspective from studying an ancient hunter-gatherer society to suggest that our modern notions of work, economy, and productivity are perhaps too limiting. Argues that humans have always been drawn to work for its intrinsic value and that managers can prepare for the future workplace by broadening their thinking about work and purpose.

Robert Rosenberg on Dunkin Donuts

Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People | 14 October 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Rosenberg, the former CEO of Dunkin Donuts and author of Around the Corner to Around the World: A Dozen Lessons I Learned Running Dunkin’ Donuts. Describes running Dunkin Donuts for 35 years. Distilled business wisdom throughout, including on the challenges of a family business; focus versus diversity in product offerings; the role of a CEO; the role of a board of directors; and the process of planning and budgeting.

Tom Wainwright | How to Run a Drug Cartel

The Jordan Harbinger Show | 6 August 2020 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Wainwright about the harrowing and sometimes grisly experiences he endured while writing Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel. Discusses the parallels between the drug trade and regular businesses; how ideas of economics and business apply to any entrepreneurial or business venture; how drug cartels engage in corporate social responsibility, branding, and even PR campaigns; why drug cartels franchise, regulate labour, branch out online, and diversify into legal (and ubiquitous) industries; how an economist gets discovered wearing a GPS device to a meeting with a drug lord and lives to tell the tale; and more.

Richard Koch on the 80/20 Principle & Achieving Unreasonable Success

The Tim Ferriss Show | 22 September 2020 | 2h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Koch discussing his books The 80/20 Principle and Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve It. Covers the widespread applicability of leveraging 20% of effort for 80% of the result and the nine strategies and attitudes Koch identified as critical to success. Also discusses the frameworks from BCG and Bain behind his remarkable investment performance.

Guy Raz on Building How I Built This

The Tim Ferriss Show | 10 September 2020 | 1h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Guy Raz about his book How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. Draws out themes and insights from Raz’s many interviews with entrepreneurs. Also discusses managing mental health and the future for podcasting.