The Hardscrabble Business of Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

HBR IdeaCast | 7 November 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Irene Yuan Sun, author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa. Explains why so many Chinese entrepreneurs are setting up factories in Africa. Describes what it’s like inside these factories, who works there, what they’re making – and how this emerging manufacturing sector is industrializing Africa.

Josh Wolfe – The Tech Imperative

Invest Like the Best | 23 April 2019 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Josh Wolfe about investing in the frontiers of technology. Covers business model innovation, roles of a CEO, the military, the death of privacy, and arrows of human progress.

How Aldi Transformed the Way Britain Shops

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 18 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Fascinating examination of the history, business processes and society-wide cultural changes behind the success of Aldi, the discount supermarket retailer.

Michael Mayer – Pseudonymous Social Capital and Bottomless Coffee

Invest Like the Best | 12 March 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mayer of Bottomless, a startup that uses scales to ship coffee as you need it. Insights on education, learning, social media, personal productivity, technology, business and strategy. Interesting throughout.

Alex Danco – Scarcity, Abundance and Bubbles

Invest Like the Best | 12 February 2019 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Danco of VC firm Social Capital. Insights and fresh perspectives on business models, cities, the history and future of transportation, the shift from products to functions, and the rise, fall and usefulness of asset bubbles.

Dollar Shave Club: Michael Dubin

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 17 December 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Dubin about using his background in improv and viral video to grow the internet razor subscription service Dollar Shave Club. After just five years Unilever acquired the business for a reported $1 billion.

Relentless: How One Guy Brought the Internet to America’s Schools

Without Fail | 5 November 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Purports to be the story of how Evan Marwell helped to bring high-speed Internet to American school children – thanks to a bit of luck and a lot of perseverance. Inadvertently tells another story about government bureaucracy.

The Trust Battery

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 18 September 2018 | 1h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. As well as the Shopify story there are fascinating perspectives on how video games prepared him to run a company, the advantages of being headquartered outside of Silicon Valley, lessons scaling from 2 to 4,000 employees, antifragility, decisionmaking and company culture.