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How acquisitions become an ecosystem (Part 1)

An acquisition shouldn’t be a fight to the death. No one knows this better than Bob Iger, executive chair and former CEO of the Walt Disney Company. In this special two-part episode, Iger takes us through how he supercharged the House of Mouse by acquiring Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox.

“I had been bought twice. I knew what it was like becoming part of another company, and how the buying entity could very, very quickly have a negative impact on the selling entity, and destroy value.”

— Bob Iger
About the guest:

Bob Iger is the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company. Before working for Disney, Iger served as the President of ABC Television, and as President/COO of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Iger was named President and COO of Disney in 2000, and later became CEO in 2005. During his tenure, Iger oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox, as well as the expansion of the company’s theme park resorts in East Asia.

About the host:

Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Building a global brand to last means turning acquisitions into an ecosystem. The best way for newly acquired properties to thrive is to protect what makes them unique.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: How acquisitions become an ecosystem (Part 1)
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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