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David Brown, speaker

David Brown

    • Host of the hit podcast "Business Wars" by Wondery
    • American lawyer, radio personality, and award-winning journalist 
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David D. Brown, JD, Ph.D., is managing editor and anchor of the daily statewide public radio news hour "Texas Standard", based at Austin NPR affiliate KUT-FM. He is also the host of the hit podcasts "Business Wars" and "Business Wars Daily" from Wondery.

Brown is the former anchor of the Peabody award-winning public radio business program “Marketplace”, and a veteran public radio journalist for more than three decades.

Brown has covered national and international affairs for NPR and PRI’s MonitoRadio from bases in Atlanta, Boston, London, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. He has reported on location from - and anchored documentaries on - the “Rising Powers” of Brazil and India, and he is also founder and host of the cultural journalism program “Texas Music Matters”. He has received numerous RTNDA/RTDNA Murrow awards, National Headliner Awards, AP Broadcast honors and two Grand Prizes from the International Radio Festivals for his coverage of the White House, nuclear proliferation, Hurricane Harvey, immigration and the "border wall", the fall of the Soviet Union, the fall of Enron, soldiers with PTSD, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas, the Zeebrugge ferry disaster, biographies of Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and many more. He is a contributor to NPR and his features and interviews have appeared on ‘All Things Considered’, ‘Morning Edition’, and other national programs.

Brown earned his Ph.D. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, his Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and is an active member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. He is also a veteran of the Americorps program, providing legal assistance to the indigent in the Shenandoah Valley.

His passions include guitars (heavy metal and Texas swing), Indian & Triumph motorcycles, hotrod Lincolns, history, constitutional law, global politics, religion, and classics.

Brown and his family live in Austin.

The Art of Business Wars

Business is a fight for survival. In business as in war, leaders match their wills in pursuit of opposing outcomes, they devise strategies, and marshal resources for victory. Success can turn on the smallest of details; a single tactical blunder can topple an empire. Ultimately, one side triumphs—and victory is all that matters.

Based on the chart-topping Business Wars podcast, stories and lessons from history’s greatest business rivalries. Using Chinese military genius Sun Tzu’s strategies as a guide, Brown examines why some companies triumph while others crumble. Each rivalry he examines tells a story of combined wits, strategies, and resources. Brown chronicles the rise of companies as they vanquish rivals, formulate innovative plans, and adapt to keep up with shifting societal needs. The goal? Stay ahead of the competition and emerge victorious as an industry titan.

The stories in The Art of Business Wars are fascinating, but the lessons we draw from them—about determination, ingenuity, patience, grit, subtlety, and other traits that contribute to a victorious enterprise—are invaluable, whether you're a software-slinging freelancer or the CEO of a multinational manufacturer.

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