Business on the Brink

Business on the Brink

For many companies, there’s a definitive moment that could determine success or failure. What do you do when you find yourself at The Brink... Show More

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We all know her as an iconic television host, actor and producer, but Oprah Winfrey came from a difficult background and overcame many hardships to achieve success.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 5, 2019 42 min

A group of filmmakers joined together to create the United Artists studio at the dawn of the age of cinema. How did an ambitious film lead to the studio's downfall? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 29, 2019 53 min

A Kickstarter campaign with a $50,000 goal to fund a beverage cooler with lots of bonus features topped 13 million, so why does the Coolest Cooler end up on so many crowdfunding failure lists? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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Where do you go when you want a steak dinner for an affordable price without all the fancy restaurant trappings? It used to be a place called Steak and Ale. Whatever happened to that chain? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 15, 2019 52 min

Once upon a time, the Borders bookstore chain was the biggest story in the industry. But in 2011, the company would go out of business and that's all she wrote. We look at what happened. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 8, 2019 40 min

It began as a shop catering to hobbyists and grew into an enormous chain of electronics stores. But despite numerous efforts to stay relevant (including a ridiculed rebranding), RadioShack found itself on the brink of disaster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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Dave Thomas took a small fortune he earned working with KFC restaurants to found his own hamburger chain, growing it to compete against the likes of McDonald's and Burger King. Ariel and Jonathan ask the immortal question, "Where's the beef?" Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 24, 2019 38 min

It was once a powerful video game company that many thought would challenge Nintendo for dominance. So what happened to Sega to make it fall so far? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 17, 2019 38 min

After establishing an animation studio, Walt Disney faced a new challenge: how to stay relevant in a world where short-form animation was getting less profitable? His solution was to do something his contemporaries said would be impossible -- make the world's first feature-length animated film. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 10, 2019 34 min

The Brink looks at how Walt Disney, through inspiration, determination and just plain stubbornness was able to found an animation studio despite numerous challenges.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 3, 2019 46 min

The ride hailing service was on the verge of heading to the scrap heap in the wake of some seriously questionable decisions and toxic corporate culture. This is the story of how things got so bad and how new corporate leadership is working on a major course correction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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Between soda pop and sparkling water, there was Clearly Canadian, a collection of fruit-flavored drinks that created a new market. But it's one thing to invent a new category and another entirely to hold onto market share. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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Kodak was the leader in consumer photography for decades, but the rise of digital cameras would shake the company to its core. This is the story of how the company that invented digital cameras was almost destroyed by them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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May 13, 2019 29 min

As the popularity of comic books waned, Marvel was in trouble. The company might have gone out of business entirely. But the efforts of some dedicated employees along with a big boost from Disney would change things forever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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May 6, 2019 30 min

Today, Marvel is known for breaking global box office records with blockbuster films. But this multibillion dollar company first got its start from much more humble beginnings. How did Marvel establish itself? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In 2003, a Stanford drop-out named Elizabeth Holmes started a company with a grand vision of disrupting the clinical diagnostic industry. She sold the idea of democratized healthcare results to investors. Now she just had to make the tech work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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April 22, 2019 61 min

What started out as a company that made playing cards grew into a global powerhouse in video games. But along the way, this same company made a lot of mistakes, from taxi services to "love hotels." This is Nintendo! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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April 15, 2019 50 min

Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton hotels, took a lot of risks while building his empire. Despite numerous setbacks and challenges, he was able to forge a powerful company and establish hundreds of hotels across the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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April 8, 2019 43 min

In the 1990s, CBS was on a roller coaster. The TV network went from first to worst, leading to a buyout and a big change in programming. How did CBS navigate the difficult transition and emerge as America's most watched network? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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There's probably a location within an easy walk of where you are, but how did Starbucks become the omnipresent coffee shop? We look at the history of this famous chain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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