The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality?
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June. Twenty seventeen and the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn was packed nearly
we see the arena was filled with thousands of group college graduates and their families and looking at all the parents
looking to salute them, see horns just people smiling. I think I had a small. My faith he's probably the whole time while the princess was graduating. Second, in his glass, which meant he had one of the best seats of the house,
I was on stage and it was just I'll be seated next to you know some distinguished people
you're before Senator Chuck. Humor had been the commencement speak. This year, though, was different, because this year,
person giving the speech was also gradually just like climate,
welcome to recall its class of twenty seventy soon as he walked on state
guy long here, slick back, look at you
hold out the roll out of his trunk and as a guy down this little thing for the ceremony, but I think you'd be how to his, where you ve been a t, shirt and some Vans Adam Newman, all sixty five of Evan had taken fifteen years from his first class. To finally get his college degree Harry was looked out or to see a black water boards and clasped his hands together
what looked like a gesture of prayer? It's my honour and privilege to graduate with all of you today
billowing road flowing black hair and arms, outstrip Adam look more like a preacher them
what he actually was. The c o of a multi billion dollar start up called. We were, and Adam was here to spread the spirit of we
Who is definitely not a traditional commencement speech. Their necks resolution is going to be the we river
and the We revolution is going to be led by the weeds.
There we generation does not discriminate between age, race
their hands up. If his companion, a people standing out in China Ma Am, he could think of
somebody being the life of the party he could think of him, so was quoted in the other students. Leslie Adam told them his story.
How he had first moved to New York from Israel to get a degree Arup college I spend my
there's two years and baroque studying
little bit and parting a lot, but then a close friend of his came from Israel to visit. He looked at me and said: is this why you left it
Well, is this why you left your family? You loved ones, everyone you care about to go party.
City? I was inspired by his words and by his horse criticism. I woke up the next morning and said it's time to start my
business adventure. Eventually, Adam left route behind his business career took on board
was here to day he said because, even after he become a billionaire, all his grandma ever wanted was for him to finish college soft thirsty, who paid for my
Alteration she really they want me to graduate. She really did and
you're asking me every year. When are you graduating? When are you graduating? And I say this to you know we ve
every family would build us what we're doing well, no
when are you graduating? I need to hang it above my bed. It was a good story. Adam was a great story, teller, he commanded a presence, unlike any other, he definitely took everybody's attention. So is this very different, a different kind of message? We are we end. If we work together, we cannot be stopped. We work business Adam found. It was more than just accompanied him.
Yes, he wanted to become the world's first trillion air, but he also truly believe that his company will fundamentally change not just how people work
how they raise children, how they communicate with one another.
Believed. He was on the brink of making history and in a way you know he was
because Adam Newman was about to preside over the largest fastest, wipe out of shareholder value by a single company since Enron. Looking back, maybe the most telling moment of the whole commission
speech was when he shared a story about his first date with his wife, Rebecca, went on the first stage with me and we,
In five minutes now I say five minutes to be nice, but surely took ten seconds
me straight in the eye and she's
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