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Join Morning Brew to get the unexpected business story behind everything! Journalist Nora Ali and comedian Scott Rogowsky bring you conversations with creators, thinkers, and innovators who can tell you what it all means, and why you should care. Episodes drop every Monday and Thursday.

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May 26, 2022 36 min

Nora and Scott speak with Ben Kohn, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at PLBY Group, Inc, about the future of Playboy, where the brand is headed and its current development into spaces like NFTs, and an offering called Centerfold (which has been compared to OnlyFans) and more. Presented by Grayscale. 


Hosts: Nora Ali & Scott Rogowsky

Producer: Bella Hutchins 

Video Editors: Mckenzie Marshall and Christie Muldoon

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Nora and Scott chat with Reggie Fils-Aimé, who served as President & COO of Nintendo for 16 years. During his tenure, Reggie helped bring the Nintendo DS, the Wii, and the Nintendo Switch to the global marketplace. He discusses why he doesn’t attribute his success to luck, his business methodology that made waves at Nintendo, and how he leaned into his identity as the first American and African American President and COO for th...

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Nora and Scott chat with Bing Chen, an impact founder, investor, and entrepreneur. Bing is the President and Co-Founder of Gold House, a non profit collective of 1K of the top API leaders that aims to enhance the successes of API folks across creative and business industries. Previously, he served as YouTube’s Global Head of Creator Development And Management, where he led the buildout of the influencer ecosystem that we know today...

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Nora and Scott chat with George Resch, better known as Tank Sinatra. He started one of the earliest major meme accounts, TankSinatra, and since then has launched two additional accounts, Influencers in the Wild and Tanks Good News. He discusses breaking into the market early, the evolution of memes and monetizing his humor. Presented by Policygenius. 


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Producer: Bella Hutchins 

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Nora and Scott chat with Caroline Spiegel, founder and CEO of Quinn, audio erotica for women, and host of the podcast The Quinn Show, about building an audio erotica app, finding community on TikTok and recruiting the best creators and vocal talent in the biz. Presented by Policygenius.


Hosts: Nora Ali & Scott Rogowsky

Producer: Bella Hutchins 

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

Music: Daniel Markus & Breakmas...

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Travel is back! Nora and Scott sit down with industry expert and entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip, best known for founding the travel company, G Adventures and author of the bestselling book Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business. Bruce also produced a new documentary called “The Last Tourist.” 


Hosts: Nora Ali & Scott Rogowsky

Producer: Bella Hutchins 

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

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Nora and Scott chat with Hollywood business manager Kristin Lee, founder of the accounting firm KLBM, who manages the finances for high-level celebrities with personal net worths in the millions. She details how she built her career, manages relationships with her clients and navigates thorny conversation around overspending. 


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Nora and Scott take a ride with Peloton star and Nike athlete Tunde Oyeneyin, who instructs up to 20,000 riders through her motivational and community oriented classes. She reveals how she grew her team following, built a brand and talks about her new book called Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.


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 Nora and Scott sit down with Kit Gray, president and co-founder of PodcastOne, the nation’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network and home to more than 200 celebrities, athletes, and podcast stars. He talks about building a successful media company, how to adapt in a rapidly changing industry, and why he thinks we’re still in the early innings of the podcast game. 


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What does it take to create the “Disneyland” of supermarkets? Scott and Nora sit down with Stew Leonard Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, and find out what it takes to execute a vision, grow a brand and sustain a business that welcomes over 20 million visitors a year and has annual sales exceeding $500 million. For additional reading on the idea that "boring retail is dead" check out the work of Steve Dennis, and hi...

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Nora and Scott are covering all things cybersecurity and password management. Jeff Shiner, CEO of 1Password, details the ins and outs of running a cybersecurity business today. Then, Patrick Austin, IT Brew Editor, on why people are reluctant to use password managers, even though we know they work. 


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Producer: Bella Hutchins 

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

Music: Daniel Markus &...

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Scott and Nora are talkin’ tech with CNBC’s Lauren Feiner, who has been reporting on antitrust legislation against companies like Meta, Apple and Microsoft, and details how they might adversely affect startups and smaller companies that rely on big tech's services.

Hosts: Nora Ali & Scott Rogowsky

Producer: Bella Hutchins 

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

Music: Daniel Markus & Breakmaster Cylinder

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Nora and Scott discuss diversity and leadership in the beauty industry with Priyanka Ganjoo, founder and CEO of Kulfi Beauty, about why she created Kulfi Beauty, and how the brand is leading a wave of change in the industry. Then, we'll hear from Allison Collins, senior beauty editor at WWD, about why there aren’t more women leaders in the beauty industry, and what that ultimately means for products and consumers. 

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Nora and Scott explore the weird and wild world of celebrity NFTs, and find out why it seems like more stars are getting into the crypto business. Elizabeth Lopatto, Deputy Editor at The Verge, guides us through the murky behind-the-scenes financial relationships, and looks at how regulators are responding to a booming industry. 

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Producer: Bella Hutchins 

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Scott and Nora take a coffee break with entrepreneur and activist Sahra Nguyen, the founder of Nguyen Coffee Supply, the first specialty Vietnamese coffee company importing directly from the source and roasting in Brooklyn. Sahra talks about her experiences as a first-generation entrepreneur-activist, and how she founded the company in 2018 with the mission to increase economic advancement for Vietnamese farmers through specialty c...

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Nora and Scott take a trip to the mall and visit two millennial teen staples, Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria Secret. Journalist Jessica Goldstein tells us how Abercrombie made a comeback with the help of TikTok. Then, go behind the scenes at Victoria’s Secret, from the models to the company’s rebrand, with Vanessa Grigoriadis, writer, host and executive producer of “Fallen Angel.” 

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Spring is usually peak season for home buying, but there’s a chance that low housing inventories and rising mortgage rates will cool down the market. So what does this mean for housing prices? Nora and Scott chat with Annie Lowrey, staff writer for The Atlantic and the author of the book Give People Money, for some insight on the volatile, rapidly changing housing market. 

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Producer: Bella Hutchins

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Nora and Scott take a look at innovation and breakthroughs in the blood testing industry in the wake of the Theranos scandal with Washington Post reporter Rachel Lerman. Her recent article is titled: "Theranos failed, but other blood-tech companies are still trying to make testing faster and easier".

Hosts: Nora Ali & Scott Rogowsky

Producer: Bella Hutchins 

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

Music: Daniel...

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In a special bonus interview, Nora sits down with Indra Nooyi, the trailblazing executive who served as chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo for 12 years, and became the first South Asian woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. You can read more about Indra Nooyi's journey in her bestselling memoir My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future.

Host: Nora Ali

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

Music: Daniel Markus & B...

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Nora and Scott chat with Kyle Buchanan, also known as The Projectionist, the awards season columnist at The New York Times. They break down all things showbiz ahead of the Oscars on Sunday, including the Academy’s response to declining viewership, the business model behind the telecast and the future of awards shows.

Hosts: Nora Ali & Scott Rogowsky

Producer: Bella Hutchins

Production, Mixing & Sound Design: Daniel Markus

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