The Readback

The Readback

The Readback explores why only a few of our most hyped companies and ideas end up meeting their promise. The lessons learned hold value not just for investors, but for everyone trying to find the next big thing.

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December 2, 2021 18 min
As self-driving momentum builds, a chorus of voices says we shouldn't be doing this at all.

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New autonomous technologies have people pushing vehicles well beyond their limits. Inside one experiment to see just how far our cars will go.

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November 17, 2021 16 min
Even as car makers roll out new self-driving features, consumers remain skeptical. Why they're tapping the brakes on change.

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November 10, 2021 18 min
Today on the Readback, we're bringing you an episode of a new podcast we think you'll like from MarketWatch: Best New Ideas in Money. On the show, Marketwatch editor Jeremy Olshan and economist Stephanie Kelton explore innovations in economics, finance, technology, and policy that rethink the way we live, work, spend, save, and invest.

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November 3, 2021 17 min
Confusion abounds when it comes to the definition of self-driving. That may have life or death consequences.

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October 27, 2021 16 min
Sometimes a bold vision requires baby steps. Inside the technology at the center of self-driving's biggest debate.

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October 20, 2021 18 min
A major failure in the Mojave Desert finally puts self-driving on the map.

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October 13, 2021 17 min
Self-driving cars were supposed to be in our driveways by now. How did we get so off course?

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October 6, 2021 2 min
Join us for a new season about our journey toward self-driving cars - and why it's taking us so long to get there.

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May 28, 2021 14 min
Companies have been craving alternatives to the IPO. As the world reopens, old Wall Street habits could return.

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May 20, 2021 17 min
Spotify, Slack, and Coinbase created disruptive businesses. So when it came time to go public, they didn't take the traditional Wall Street approach.

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May 13, 2021 17 min
Once derided SPACs have taken over the IPO world. But can it last?

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May 6, 2021 16 min
The company spent years trying to disrupt the real estate market. Then its IPO pushed too far.

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April 28, 2021 16 min
The Chinese internet giant staged the world's biggest - and perhaps riskiest - IPO in 2014. Investors still piled in.

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April 21, 2021 19 min
The mattress startup thought way outside the box. Why was its IPO such a snooze?

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April 14, 2021 22 min
Peloton nearly broke the IPO market, and then came racing back. (First published November 25, 2020.)

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April 7, 2021 17 min
The ride-sharing giant hoped to be worth $120 billion. Then investors started asking about profits.

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March 31, 2021 18 min
Facebook was already at the top of the world when it went public in 2012. The IPO nearly ruined it all.

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March 25, 2021 20 min
How the alternative meat company's revolutionary idea became one of Wall Street's favorite stories.

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March 17, 2021 19 min
Moderna's stock debut was once termed a broken IPO. Now the company is saving the world.

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