The Prof G Show with Scott Galloway
Section 4 / Westwood One Podcast Network

We live in a winner-take-all economy that’s bifurcating into those who are part of the innovation economy and those who aren’t. Every week best-selling author, professor and entrepreneur Scott Galloway answers questions from you (his listeners) on who’s winning and losing, and how you can get ahead. Other professors, practitioners, and entrepreneurs join Scott to contribute ideas, alternate opinions, and insights to help you thrive at work. Tune in for a no mercy, no malice take on how you can level up your game in the world of business. To submit a question, email a voice recording to OfficeHours@Section4.com.
Roger McNamee joins Scott to break down the US Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google and how monopolies stifle innovation. They also discuss the sharing economy, how the social platforms tear at our society, and the remedies that can be put in place moving forward. Roger is an activist, investor, and musician. Follow him on Twitter, @Moonalice. This week's Office Hours: stocks Scott has his eye on, industries Zoom could enter into, and thoughts on Bitcoin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sinan Aral, a professor of management, IT, marketing, and data science at MIT joins Scott to discuss his new book, “The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health—and How We Must Adapt.” We also find out why Sinan does not think antitrust is the right way to go after Facebook and his thoughts on data portability. Follow Sinan on Twitter, @sinanaral, and check out his book here.  Scott opens with his thoughts on Apple releasing 5G phones and Disney’s decision to double down on streaming.  This week’s Office Hours: why retailers engage in unfair partnerships, why Scott is bullish on coworking space, and what to consider when funding a startup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman & CEO of Google, joins Scott to discuss artificial intelligence as it relates to businesses and innovation. We also find out what Eric has been up to with Schmidt Futures and New York state as well as his work with the NSCAI. You can find Eric’s podcast, “Reimagine with Eric Schmidt” here and follow him on Twitter, @ericschmidt.  Scott opens with his thoughts on citizenship and discusses what happened to the equity markets during Q3.  Office Hours: telehealth, the future of remote work, and using abandoned commercial real estate to rethink higher education. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Zephyr Teachout, an attorney and associate professor of Law at Fordham University, joins Scott to discuss monopoly power and antitrust as it relates to the U.S. economy and her latest book, “Break 'Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money.” Follow Zephyr on Twitter, @ZephyrTeachout.  Scott opens with what we can learn from Trump’s tax returns and his thoughts on Palantir.  Office Hours: cannabis delivery services, keep an eye on the Fintech space, and diversifying your portfolio.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Judd Apatow joins Scott to discuss the changes he’s seen to the TV and film industries as well as the role media plays in our society. Judd also shares his thoughts on money, education, and family. Judd is an American filmmaker and has directed films including Knocked Up, This is 40, Trainwreck, and The King of Staten Island. Follow him on Twitter, @JuddApatow. Scott opens with how the potential TikTok Global deal could position Walmart as the leader in the commerce space.  Office Hours: what’s coming for the marketing agencies, linking social feedback to investing platforms, and why it’s not up to businesses to save the Earth.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Yaël Eisenstat, a visiting fellow at Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative and former Elections Integrity Head for Political Ads at Facebook, joins Scott to discuss the online threats to democracy and the damaging role Facebook plays in our elections. Yaël has also served as a CIA officer and White House advisor. Follow her on Twitter, @YaelEisenstat.  Scott opens with his thoughts on TikTok’s powerful algorithm and why he does not think the deal with Oracle will go through.  Algebra of Happiness: There’s no such thing as quality time. There’s just time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott shares his thoughts on Northeastern’s decision to kick out 11 first-year students for not following social distancing protocol. He also discusses what makes capitalism a great system, but how the United States looks more like cronyism.   Then, Julián Castro joins to chat about the pandemic and the economy as well as the changes he’d like to see. Julián is a former 2020 presidential candidate and served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas.  Office Hours: Big Tech acquisition predictions, the tenure guild, and doubling down on content marketing to build brand trust.  Related Reading: Northeastern dismisses 11 first-year students for partying. They won’t get their $36,500 tuition back Capitalists or Cronyists?  Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott discusses how Google Career Certificates could unbundle higher education. He’s excited, to say the least.  Then, Arun Sundararajan, a professor of entrepreneurship and professor of technology, operations and statistics at NYU’s Stern School of Business, breaks down how the pandemic will accelerate the shift to platform-based businesses. He also explains why California’s AB5 law isn’t the right solution for Uber and Lyft drivers. Arun is the award-winning author of “The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.”  Follow Arun on Twitter @digitalarun. Office Hours: why Netflix should own its distribution, the brand era is dead, and balancing your time between teaching and running a business.  Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott discusses the Dow removing Exxon Mobil, Pfizer, and Raytheon Technologies from the index and why the Dow gives us cold comfort. He also answers listener questions about Spotify going vertical, adding a technical co-founder to your software startup, and generating customer stickiness.  Then, Dr. Mehmet Oz, cardiothoracic surgeon and Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show, discuss COVID-19 with Scott. Dr. Oz gives us his view on where countries got it right and wrong in handling the pandemic and what to think about in terms of reopening schools. We also learn about Dr. Oz’s media career and what’s next on his agenda.  Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott shares his thoughts on the Democratic National Convention and discusses the situation that unfolded at UNC-Chapel Hill and Epic Games suing Apple and Google.  Then, Jim Tankersley, a New York Times reporter covering economic and tax policy, gives us a rundown on the state of the economy. Jim discusses his new book, “The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class,” and what economic policies we need to be most concerned with moving forward.   Office Hours: applying a recurring revenue model to higher education, the future of consultant work, and why McDonald’s board deserves more credit for suing their former CEO.  Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott shares his thoughts on the possibility of Twitter acquiring TikTok and proposes a company that he thinks would be a better acquirer. Scott also addresses Amazon wanting to turn abandoned JCPenney and Sears stores into fulfillment centers. His main takeaway — warehouse space is the new black.  Then, Joel Stein, an American journalist and author, joins Scott to discuss his latest book, “In Defense of Elitism.” Joel gives us the definition of elitism and explains how it’s playing out in our political environment.  Office Hours: SPACs, how a company like Kohl’s can compete with the retail giants, and what skills make an employee stand out.           Joel's podcast recommendation: "The Good Fight" hosted by Yascha Mounk. Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott hosted a live town hall with a panel of experts on higher education to answer listener questions and provide some clarity on the challenges colleges and universities now face in wake of the pandemic. Who Will Thrive, Survive, Struggle, or Face Significant Challenges? Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott explains what acquiring TikTok would mean for a company like Microsoft. He also answers listener questions about whether every brand can rebuild itself, why taking risks is the key to success, and how to decide if you should move closer to your family.  Then, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Scott discuss Big Tech, antitrust, and higher education. Scott also finds out what Andrew has been considering since leaving the campaign trail.  Algebra of Happiness: What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?  Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Tim Wu, a professor of law, science and technology at Columbia University, author, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times breaks down everything you need to know about antitrust. Tim and Scott discuss the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee’s hearing as well as what history can teach us about powerful corporations.  Plus, Scott shares his thoughts on the busy earnings week and why a CEO’s ability to create a strong narrative has overwhelmed any sort of analytics. Looking at you, Elon.  Office Hours: what Twitter’s subscription model could look like, understanding your cofounder’s strengths, and certification opportunities.  Please take our quick survey to tell us how we can improve The Prof G Show: https://forms.gle/xVRfqCKrrNr9xzor5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott shares his thoughts on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee’s upcoming hearing with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. He also explains why your business should be in the game of benchmarking and addresses his failed Netflix prediction.  Then, Katherine Milkman, a behavioral scientist and professor of operations, information and decisions at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, joins to discuss decision making under stress, how to build productive habits, and why behavioral science is needed to get people to take vaccines.  Office Hours: funding a startup, a solution to lowering your tuition costs because of COVID-19, and building brand strategy around B2B or B2C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott breaks down the streaming wars and shares why he thinks Peacock’s strategy is interesting but difficult — consumers are busy and want a clear value proposition. He also explains what happens in a “too big to fail” market environment.  Then, Andy Slavitt joins Scott to discuss the state of play around COVID-19 and where the country goes from here. Andy served as the Acting Administrator of Medicare and Medicaid Services during the last two years of the Obama administration and has remained a critical voice in the battle for healthcare coverage. Office Hours: why Shopify should merge with FedEx, the types of people you should hire at your startup, and how to make online learning more engaging. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Richard Florida joins Scott to discuss COVID-19’s impact on cities and suburbs. Richard explains why he thinks the idea that this is the end of cities is overblown and how the pandemic poses an opportunity to push for racial and economic equity. Richard is an American urban studies theorist and University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management.  Scott also breaks down Lemonade’s IPO, what the company’s challenges are now moving forward, and how you should think about investing. If there’s one thing he wants you to remember, it’s that market dynamics always trump personal performance.  This week’s Office Hours: Innovation Roadblocks, Equity Crowdfunding, and Omnichannel Strategy.  Scott discusses going back to campus during Algebra of Happiness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott begins by breaking down the business move we’re all thinking about: Lululemon buying Mirror for $500 million. Adam Alter then joins Scott to discuss behavioral addiction during COVID, the power of positive rewards and who should be held accountable for addictive technology, as well as how we should be thinking about the “new normal.” Adam also shares his research around regrets and feeling stuck. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink and an associate professor of marketing at NYU Stern.  This week’s Office Hours: Why some businesses can’t join the Facebook ad boycott, pivoting to DTC, and how to land a spot on a corporate board.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Scott discusses how the Tech Giants will see a snapback in their US advertising revenue, as well as how the disruption to higher education has already begun and why universities need to rethink their plans. Scott also brings on Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square, to hear his ideas around innovation, the payments sphere, and advice to entrepreneurs. McKelvey is also the author of “The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time.” This week’s Office Hours: Palantir’s potential IPO, what to expect when impact investing, and how to build your personal brand.  Algebra of Happiness has Scott wondering when the US moved from an innovation economy to an exploitation economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, joins Scott to discuss effective altruism, virtue signaling, and existential risks to humanity. Scott also shares his thoughts on Walmart’s partnership with Shopify and his worries around the spikes in Covid-19 cases.   This week’s Office Hours: innovation themes that might come from this recession, Zuckerberg is, in fact, an arbiter of truth, and Scott’s advice to those who want to lean in and be a leader during this global crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices