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Foundering is an award-winning, serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from the technology industry, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

 
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  • yourmomsbreastaresoft
    Interesting, but half propaganda.
    Mostly child exploitation apologist, Trump hating, and China loyalist to the communist party.
  • Khirstin
    Too political
    Not everything has to be about President Trump...
  • rosa manzo
    So that’s what happened
    Yeah, I definitely want to listen to other stories about this sort of thing. Update: The TikTok season was great.
  • Db71186
    Fascinating and insightful!
    A fascinating look at one of the most transformative companies of our generation. Shelly knocks it out of the park. Amazing look at the history and insightful view on what might come next!
  • UntotheLamb
    Finally someone is talking about this.
    I feel like TikTok’s dark side is something everyone knows about, but no one acknowledges, and it bothers me. Such an amazing series, I love the direction that Shelly and the team are going. Keep exposing what needs to be exposed. No one better to team up with than Dawn!
  • Dorit PL
    This Podcast is amazing!
    Perfect balance of excellent reporting and great story telling. Shelly Banjo clearly knows what she is talking about, and the presentation is so artful and well-edited. I’m now waiting in suspense for episode 4 to come out!
  • Ashley Ultican
    Stellar insight into the world of TikTok!
    Host Shelly Banjo provides incredible insight into the story behind TikTok. The storytelling hooks you and develops beautifully. Shelly had a way of weaving together the characters masterfully. The sound editing is fantastic, as well. I can’t wait for the next episode!
  • naams05
    An Exciting and Sensational Ride
    Foundering has been a truly eye-opening podcast. I thought I knew a bit about TikTok. I get sent videos every so often or I’ll hear about it in a celebrity story. But, I barely knew any of what I heard in these first two tantalizing episodes. There is so much behind this worldwide phenomenon that we didn’t hear about in the U.S. and Shelly Banjo’s capable, lighthearted and informative narration helps us understand this fascinating tale. I can’t wait for more!
  • satan satan 666 420
    super interesting
    it’s crazy to hear about the work going into apps like tiktok and musically. it truly did feel like a random, one hit wonder app, but i guess it wasn’t at all! especially crazy to hear about the tiktok stars who have become insanely famous
  • tk567123
    This is a Wild story!
    I love this style of storytelling. i didn’t know anything about TikTok beyond the headlines and this was awesome. Can’t wait to hear the rest
  • Springfiled
    this is a wonderful show
    The TikTok story is a keen and profound production. TikTok is a Chinese company and has a broad user base, this show tell the inside stories that listeners want know. E.g who is the funder and what’s the original idea to start this AI application。。。 I like the the conversation style of the show, which is lively and interesting. I’ll flow the show and wish the new episodes will reveal deeper contents regards this popular Chinese company.
  • jlem481
    Former WW Employee
    I worked for this ridiculous company for 3 years, she nails the reporting, but it was actually even crazier than she got into. The amount of money wasted was spectacular, they rented MSG for 3 days & flew the entire company to NY so that the narcissistic execs could feed their egos. Also Rebecca should have been highlighted more, she was a lot more responsible for some evil things that went on. Also, working at this company during the #metoo era was insane. While I absolutely believe there was legit harassment, amidst all the chaos for Adam’s attention, there were several cases of sociopathic women throwing wrongful accusations at men who were later proven to be innocent.
  • MiMo7875
    Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!
    For what little I knew about the Fall of the WeWork IPO, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Foundering podcast. Having binged all of the episodes in less than 2 days, I was pleasantly surprised. A. By the amount of quality content involving people who experienced and suffered for dealing with Adam Neumann and B. By how easily we can be misled purely because of another person’s charisma. Very good reporting on a somewhat tragic tale of our times: so long as the surface looks good, we don’t worry so much about the due diligence.
  • Paolots12
    Great stuff
    Ellen, bravissima. Congratulations on your podcast. It’s really good.
  • LauraGallupNY
    You will be hooked!
    There is so much good, juicy stuff about this company that I never knew! You can’t make this stuff up! Phenomenal story.
  • CamLived
    This legit could be a movie!
    Somebody has to make a movie about this! I mean, this company exemplifies all of what’s wrong with the new era of entrepreneurship and business. Somewhere in there between the Monday tequila and printer getting thrown across the room, I was hooked!
  • JTL329
    Great series
    I rapidly consumed the WeWork Foundering season. Great insight, thoroughness, and reporting. Would highly recommend!
  • Sylvezine
    Middle of the Road Storytelling
    The storytelling is okay, but dead set at telling the history of WeWork from a certain perspective. I get it, this isn’t actually a podcast about WeWork—it’s about Adam, the founder, on a podcast called “Founder-ing”. For me, the “taking-sides” perspective is always a letdown. Coupled with the naive interviews of ex-employees that don’t understand that being on salary means you don’t get paid overtime… there’s just a lot of disappointment and frustration as the series goes on. Worth a listen. Maybe. Are there too many episodes. Definitely.
  • itsbritney96
    Well done
    Really enjoyed this podcast. I think they did a good job of looking at the situation from various perspectives and weaving a clear narrative. The reviews that call the employees whining are missing the point. This podcast is called foundering because it is about the founder, and showing the stark difference between that founder and his employees is an important piece of the story. Overall a good listen.
  • KarsenCrow
    Listen with an open mind and enjoy
    The sound quality and story telling in this podcast is second to none. Many rate the employees as “whining” when they complain about excessively low pay/odd job requirements. The point this podcast makes is comparing these requirements—some very serious with the CEO admitting to underpaying employees—with the overarching goal of WeWork to the outside world and within the company’s own culture. To say that the story of these young employees takes away from the podcast is a gross misunderstanding of a pivotal moment in technology and a failure to see the forest from the trees.
  • antonio081014
    Wework serials are fantastic
    Really enjoyed the show about wework. Can’t wait for the next one.
  • dannaishungry
    Fascinating story made annoying
    The story of Adam and Wework is fascinating, but in addition to describing the egregious bad behavior, there is a lot of naive whining about things that are just normal business by entitled children. Its worth a listen but I recommend judicious fast forwarding.
  • enrose108
    Well done!
    I’ve been following the WeWork saga for a while, especially after my former employer was inspired by the WeWork mantra. This podcast did an excellent job discussing the rise and fall of WeWork - why it became so big, what was at stake, and who really benefited from the unicorn dream - and it was done with sensitivity to the people who invested time, money, and their future in this dream. I was actually sad when the podcast came to an end. I’ll look forward to the next season.
  • elreyees
    Great research and storytelling
    Brilliantly told. Like listening to a friend tell a fascinating story
  • Herbie and Maeve
    Foundering
    Really well done, fascinating story
  • ET4938
    Great listen!
    I enjoyed and learned a lot from the WeWork season even though I’m not in the startup world. Has both funny and serious parts and is really interesting!
  • spcarver
    Great
    Well done!
  • chief2603
    Really well-reported and entertaining
    This is a terrific podcast. It’s well-reported and the interviews from people who were there for the rise and fall of WeWork are a nice addition. But it’s also a lot of fun. The podcast tells a lot of great stories.
  • permanentdaylight
    Well reported
    This is a great look at some Silicon Valley ridiculousness from the inside with lots of good original sources and audio from internal company meetings. Way better than Wondery’s WeWork podcast.
  • Jtmh
    The Rise and Fall of WeWork
    I was always curious about how this company became so overvalued and this definitely broke it down. You probably already have this on your list but Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes would be a great season 2 topic.
  • JimTurner
    New insight!
    I had previously listened to a podcast about we work but as always, Bloomberg does a great job. This was very compelling and well done!! Learned some new things. Great reporting and insight!! Thank you. Highly recommend.
  • keewee42
    Great Coverage
    Great coverage of admirable workers who changed the narrative around this scam company. I can only imagine the people decrying them as whiners are part of the Silicon Valley Bro Club. How Adam Neuman got away with this speaks volumes about this country. Bail out and print began with dot.com. They definitely changed things in America. Increased income disparity and corruption. Good job guys.
  • angiesarina
    Bias and weak
    I think this was a well produced podcast but completely void of real substance. The basis of employees complaints could be leveled at any company in any place. They were salaried employees which is common. The tactics to let an employee go were legal. They stole documents and emails and you are sitting here salaciously reporting on and profiting from it. You get a big fat NOPE from me.
  • Slippers9
    Quite interesting
    Well documented and clearly written. Easy to understand.
  • Hell rip
    Weak Immature Employees
    While WE WORK was FOS, the investors and employees were adults and got what they deserved. I must say, the employees come across as weak immature complainers. No one forced them to be there.
  • B.Being.Well.
    A riveting and well-told story.
    Such a gripping and well-told story that comes to life with incredible production Bloomberg’s in-depth reporting. I’m hooked!
  • cf_listens
    Excellent
    A compelling story artfully told and produced. Timely for this moment of great reckoning. I look forward to the new episode releases each week. Keep them coming!
  • TRUMPexotic
    Interesting and entertaining
    Very well done and host is great
  • Dimate
    Great unconventional podcast
    Rare gem with journalist quality narrative combined with amazing, heartfelt, just-the-right-tone reporting
  • Depaul student
    Foundering is sooo goood!!
    Wow!!! Ellen Huet is amazing! Her style reminds me of sarah koenig and I couldn’t be happier about it! I‘be been sharing this show with all of my friends! Thank you Ellen, and thank you to everyone on the team that put this show together 🙏
  • Mansplain Nation
    Hey Spencer
    Next time a man insults a woman’s pronunciation, edit it out. Patriarchal corrections like that aren’t cute. “I thought you said caller...” I say “jerk.”
  • CeeCee2323
    Love diving into this weird world
    I am loving the journey through this weird world of tech bro start-up culture. I had a short stint at one where the same bizarre stuff went on, hiring friends who never managed anyone ever run departments of people to faking tech capabilities for funders and investors to “wow” them - this podcast is reminding me of those days! Feelin Cody’s struggle! Excited for more episodes.
  • Indie-d
    fast, furious, and funny!
    can't wait for more
  • VaVaVeronica
    Her voice sounds like Taylor from Billions
    I’m a fan of this podcast so far, definitely got a subscribe hit from me. Plus she has a nice voice.
  • 940072
    foundering
    Pretty good so far. Sometimes gets into the weeds with multiple people interviewed basically saying the same things. This is not a Ph.D. Thesis and wish the content would not drag on. The subject matter is fascinating and carries the podcast over the presentation.
  • smoothpappy
    Weak reporting
    Love it or hate it WeWork is an amazing story about the failure of the venture capital markets and how founder personality impacts the VC process. The reporter is out of her depth here. Startups are about selling capital and product and Adam N is an incredible sales person. He’s also a terrible business person - but the best VC minds couldn’t see that. Of course Adam never thought WeWork was a Kubitz! The reporter misses the point entirely.
  • Steve184
    So far so good...
    The WeWork series so far is great. So interesting!! Thanks for pulling it together.
  • Teeny Tiny Frog
    Juicy tech storytelling
    Ok so I thought I basically knew what happened with all the WeWork drama, but the new season of Foundering adds way more depth and details to the story. Listening to audio from the dysfunctional company's Thank God It's Monday meetings makes me feel like I'm there, which is good, in that it's captivating and transporting, but also bad, because wow, the idea of having to be at a Thank God It's Monday meeting or work for Adam Neumann in general is horrifying! I'm excited to see what they do for season 2.
  • Cda613333
    Good
    Great host with a spectacular voice
  • shawty-dubs
    Great new show
    Love this show! Great interviews, lively storytelling, and sounds rich.
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