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This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka aptain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Sultan of Sniff aka The Jewish Jake LaMotta & he is here to discuss: Flying to Columbus, Ohio for shows with noise cancelling Head…
 
We continue to see an explosion of interest and money flowing into the crypto/blockchain space. But recent price declines and the Terra disaster have raised new questions about what the whole point is. So ... what is the whole point? What is crypto good for? To get a better understanding of the state of the technology and the market, we speak with …
 
Treasury Wine Estates, the Aussie winemaker, is planning to side-step China’s expensive wine tariffs by making its famous Penfolds within China itself. Berkshire Hathaway, the US conglomerate headed up by investing legend Warren Buffett, is on a spending spree while everyone else is panicking. A massive Melbourne pub has been sold for $85 million -…
 
For years, economists of the MMT school have been arguing that the way we think about deficits and government spending is all wrong. Whereas many people warn about the unsustainability of the national debt -- likening it to a household credit card bill -- the MMT view is that real resources are the constraint on government spending, and that inflat…
 
Wesfarmers, the owner of Kmart, Bunnings and Officeworks, has relaunched its customer membership program - with a new twist. CommBank is trying to compete with other banks and fintechs by launching a digital-only home loan that aims to approve home loans in 10 minutes. Block, the company formerly known as Square, is rolling out Afterpay to its in-s…
 
StepOne, the Aussie underwear brand, has seen its shares crash by almost 60% after the company downgraded its sales targets. McDonald’s has officially pulled every Ronald McDonald, Hamburgler and Grimace from Russia and is selling off its 850 restaurants. Elon Musk has put his plans to buy Twitter on a “temporary hold” while he investigates the pla…
 
This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka aptain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Sultan of Sniff aka The Jewish Jake LaMotta & he is here to discuss: Hosting The Wendy Williams Show this week with Real Housewive…
 
Better beer, a zero-carb beer brand backed by influencers/comedians The Inspired Unemployed has become one of the fastest growing beer brands Australia’s ever seen! Apple’s stock has taken an 8% hit, wiping out hundreds of billions in value as the tech industry continues its downward spiral. First home buyers have been promised access to a ‘respons…
 
The collapse of the Terra ecosystem, and the tokens Luna and UST, will go down as one of the most painful and devastating chapters in crypto history. Over $60 billion market value has evaporated, and numerous retail investors are nursing major losses. What's particularly bad is that this was a big project, championed by some of the most notable nam…
 
Woolies and Coles are clinking glasses after they topped the list of the most-trustworthy Aussie brands, as retail sales experience a significant boom. And, cop that big 4 banks. Airbnb has introduced a tonne of new changes to its platforms to keep up with changing consumer behaviours. Xero, the cloud accounting firm, has seen its revenue grow 29% …
 
Back in a New York Groove! This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka aptain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Sultan of Sniff is here to discuss: Having the docket be empty & not turning the motor on, The Crayon B…
 
Swisse vitamins has seen its sales surge by 29% in Australia, thanks to a renewed focus on selling through supermarket chains and community pharmacies. Electronic Arts - ie the crew behind EA Games - is planning on launching three blockbuster mobile games later this year… and it’s clearly all about mobile and NOT PS20 or Xbox. Disney+ has kept up i…
 
The first true meme stock was GameStop, which went wild in early 2021, delivering brutal losses to short sellers, and a fortune to a handful of independent retail investors who participated in the squeeze. The episode shined a bright light on the WallStreetBets subreddit and the power of social media in disseminating trade ideas. One investor who d…
 
Woolies is going to let customers pay with QR codes, as it tries to turn up the heat against card giants like Mastercard and Visa. Instagram will begin testing NFTs user profiles this week, so that you can now have your Bored Ape in your profile picture (but not everyone in the decentralised world of Web3 is happy about Zuck coming in). UST, one of…
 
28 by Sam Wood, the fitness app, has been acquired by Aussie genomics company myDNA in a $50 million USD deal. Woolworths, the South African one (not to be mistaken for the Woolies we know and love) is reportedly looking to flog David Jones… and is getting serious about it with investors. Grindr, the LGBTQ dating app, is planning to go public, maki…
 
This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka aptain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Sultan of Sniff aka The Jewish Jake LaMotta & he is here to discuss: NYC weather being Springlike, flying to Detroit, mask require…
 
TPG Telecom, the third largest telco in Australia, has sold its entire footprint of mobile towers and rooftop infrastructure for nearly $1 billion. Gucci, the luxury brand, will start accepting payments in cryptocurrencies in some of its stores in the US to drive sales.. and be in with the cool crowd? Shell, Europe’s largest energy company, has rep…
 
It's really been an extraordinary year for markets and the economy. Stocks are down, particularly, growth stocks which have gotten clobbered. Treasuries are down. Inflation is hotter than it's been in years. For the first time in ages, the Fed is hiking aggressively, having just moved by 50 basis points, with premises to do more. Plus there's a hos…
 
One of Australia’s hottest on-demand grocery players Send has collapsed after burning serious cash to keep up with competitors. Tech companies like Facebook and Cameo are calling hiring freezes and layoffs as the tech industry starts to experiences a bit of a downturn. France’s largest supermarket chain is putting popular products under a “price sh…
 
This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka aptain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Sultan of Sniff is here to discuss: Dave Chappelle Getting Attacked on stage & the attacker getting chicken winged, Chris Rock rea…
 
Qantas is opening its coffers to buy a company named Alliance Aviation for around $614m, and it’s all part of Quanny’s plan to bolster its regional link offerings. NAB is popping the champagne after announcing its earnings are up more than 4%, with the fastest growth in business lending since the 2008 GFC! The US Federal Reserve, which is the Ameri…
 
The aviation industry has never seen a disruption like what it's experienced over the last two years with the pandemic. Air travel ground to a virtual halt initially, but has slowly been climbing out of a hole, with leisure travel in particular starting to boom. So what's next for travelers and carriers? On this episode, we speak with Scott Keyes o…
 
Mr Yum, the digital menu and payments company, has acquired Aussie marketing software platform MyGuestList for ‘tens of millions’. Online furniture store Temple & Webster is taking on Bunnings with a new DIY-focused online shop where it will be selling home improvement products. Wordle! - but not the one we all know and love - has been bought by a …
 
The Reserve Bank of Australia has increased the official cash rate by 0.25% to 0.35%. The co-founder of Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes, ain’t finished with AGL. In fact, he’s just bought an 11.3% stake in the company with the plan to vote against its upcoming demerger. Woolworths has recorded an almost 10% jump in sales, and in a big move, the Wool…
 
His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka The Jewish Brad Pitt aka Captain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY is with Dean Collins aka The Young Shooter aka The Fake Kurt Cobain aka Deuce Collins aka Mr. Brazil & they are here to discuss: Where's Pablo?, selling out in Washington D.C. & what the crowds are life, really bei…
 
Qantas reckons it’ll return to profitability next financial year - and it’s also snapped up a few Airbuses for new extra extra-long haul flights. Apple has announced one of its best quarters in its 46-year history, despite supply chain issues and booming inflation. Robinhood, the US online trading platform, has reported worse-than-expected losses a…
 
One of the big themes these days is the return of the 'real' economy. You can't solve problems these days with just money. Not everything can be done by sitting behind a screen. And so some of the most important players in this new environment are the commodity trading shops, which help arrange financing and delivery of oil, coal, natural gas, nick…
 
CommBank says it’ll offer cheaper home loans to customers who build green homes in a big push to appeal to younger Australians. Renault, the French car maker, is looking to flog its majority stake in Russia’s biggest car maker to the Russian government for 1 teeny tiny rouble. Twitter is in damage control after advertisers raised concerns that Elon…
 
This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka aptain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Sultan of Sniff is here to discuss: Being in Washington D.C., hosting The Wendy Williams Show & walking through a day in the life,…
 
Shanghai, a city of nearly 30 million people, is currently under a hard lockdown, as the Chinese government sticks to its Covid Zero strategy of limiting the virus at all costs. There have been some shocking images and stories over the past few weeks of frustrated apartment dwellers unable to go outside or get basic necessities. Some of those thing…
 
Coles says consumers can expect prices to keep rising due to inflation, after it reported a sales jump of around 4% for the first 3 months of the year. Pushpay, a major “Church-technology” company, has reportedly received quite a few acquisition offers - sending its shares soaring 24%. Heinz has created a new product called Dip & Crunch after recei…
 
Spring of 2021 was peak meme mania. GameStop was going nuts. AMC was going nuts. And in general, the big cohort of traders that entered the market in early 2020 was riding high. Since then, though, things have turned south. Volumes have dipped significantly. The memes came back to Earth, and a lot of the growth stocks that were riding high have got…
 
One of Canva’s most recent investors has slashed the value of its investment in Canva by 30% - after a major drop in the share price of other tech companies. Stake, the Aussie share trading app, brought home $50 million in fresh funding…which it has very promptly added to its war chest. Google’s parent, Alphabet, has reported weak earnings and reve…
 
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