Steve Forbes: What's Ahead

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In a disjointed and bewildering world, Steve Forbes engages today’s thought-leaders to give listeners a better grasp of what’s ahead. This weekly podcast launches Season 1 on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Subscribe now.

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S1E13: Robert Vass: Democracy Cultivates Critical Tech Innovation In Central Europe

First up, Steve shares thoughts about the democratic presidential debates this week on Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th.

Next, the small country of Slovakia is now the fifth largest exporter of automobiles to the United States. Robert Vass, founder and president of GLOBSEC, a leading European think tank based in Slovakia, gives a fascinating look into the priorities of Central Europe and how they impact the world. He explores what he calls a critical “generational mission” to help institutions keep up with the current rapid technological advancement. This, in order to nourish democracy and all the fresh talent and ideas born of it or face falling behind.

And, Steve's "Read Of The Week" consists of two articles: "The Myth That Eating McDonalds Makes You Obese" by Hans Bader and "Make America Even Greater" by Kimberly Strassel.

Jun 23, 2019
S1E12: Mark Mills: More Robots Will Lead To More Productivity

First up, Steve speculates about interest rates and oil prices.

Next, taking human labor out of tasks is something humanity has sought and developed for thousands of years in order to increase productivity. Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and partner of Cottonwood Venture Partners, says productivity leads to more wealth for everyone and the best way to increase it is to make more robots -- that is, accelerate automation. Inspired by Mills’ recently published book, Work In The Age Of Robots, Steve and Mills discuss how automation will benefit people, why it’s regulation, not demand, that will hurt manufacturing and how the FDA is making way for more innovation in technology and drug therapy development.

...and lastly, Steve’s “Read of the Week” is an article by Steven Malanga in City Journal now titled “Marijuana’s Black Market.”

Jun 16, 2019
S1E11: Nathan Lewis: Low Taxes And Stable Money Make Economies Thrive

First up, Steve talks trade issues.

Then, Nathan Lewis, economic expert and writer whose most recent book is, The Magic Formula, distills the sought-after goal of economic success to a simple formula: low taxes and stable money. Through fascinating historic examples, he shows such a formula consistently leads to prosperity for all.

...and, Steve’s read of the week consists of two pieces. One is an article by Philip Hamburger in the WSJ called “Stop Beating College Bureaucratic Bloat” and the other is a transcription of an interview between Jan Crawford, chief legal correspondent for CBS News and William Barr, United States attorney general.

Jun 09, 2019
S1E10: Maria Bartiromo: The Scandal Not Enough People Are Discussing

First, Steve shares his thoughts on the manufacturing and services reports coming out which will give insight into how the economy is doing.

Then, Maria Bartiromo, journalist and host of Fox News and Business shows Mornings with Maria, Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street and Sunday Morning Futures shares how she developed her intense work ethic at her dad’s restaurant, entertaining stories about her tenacious rise in the news industry and the political scandal brewing that’s not getting enough attention.

...and, Steve’s Read of the Week is two articles. One is “No, The Rich Don’t Get Rich At The Expense Of The Poor” by Rainer Zitelman and the other is “A Hard Rain Is Going To Fall On Obama” by Charles Lipson.

Jun 02, 2019
S1E9: Deirdre McCloskey: The Freedom To Have A Go Leads To Prosperous Societies

First up, Steve gives listeners a heads up on the economy, healthcare and trade.

...And, what kinds of societies allow for ideas to flourish? Deirdre McCloskey, economics and history scholar and author of 17 books, talks with Steve about why the human race has experienced unprecedented prosperity in the past 200-300 years. What were the forces that brought about innovation in some societies but not others? What were the reasons the merchant class, once looked down upon by aristocrats, came into having respect? Why did the evolution of societal well-being in countries and empires with tremendous wealth and success, suffer? Hear why when people have the freedom to have a go, and only then, can society thrive.

Lastly, Steve's Read of the Week are two articles. From the Wall Street Journal about women's fashion designing for an array of body types: and Commentary Magazine about the American writer, Herman Wouk:

May 26, 2019
S1E8: Bjorn Lomborg: Fundamental World Problems Are In Better Shape Than Ever

First up, Steve shares his thoughts on the trade conflict with China.

Then, Bjorn Lomborg, president of the think tank Copenhagen Consensus Center and author, says extreme poverty is at an all-time low, human longevity has more than doubled since the early 20th century and while there are environmental problems to tackle, there are benefits to global warming. Hear why Lomborg thinks people should stop panicking about dystopian visions of the future and start thinking smart about problem-solving.

And, to read Steve's "Read of the Week" you can find it here:

May 19, 2019
S1E7: George Gilder: The Creativity of Capitalism And The Post-Google Era

George Gilder, technologist and economist, discusses his recently published book Life After GoogleThe Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy. With his eyes constantly on the future, to Gilder it’s clear: the internet as we know it will soon be upended with the coming cryptocosm.

Gilder also speaks to why Google's business plan is causing it to have a nervous breakdown, the fear of computers taking over the world and the obsolescence of centralized data privacy because it’s simply not safe. Plus, hear about the inventive ways in which Chinese companies have figured out how to collect revenue from customers without an over-reliance on advertising.

May 12, 2019
S1E6: Jamie Kern Lima: The Billion Dollar Beauty Disruptor

Bowing to rejection is a behavior foreign to Jamie Kern Lima, IT Cosmetics cofounder and CEO. A former news anchor, her rosacea threatened her blossoming career because she couldn't find a foundation to conceal the redness. So, she teamed up with her husband and toiled out of their living room for years before they eventually found a formula that worked. Then, when the two went to market, came all the noes. They relentlessly persevered. In 2016, their company, IT Cosmetics, was bought by L’Oreal for $1.2 billion in 2016. The purchase was L’Oreal’s largest acquisition to date and made Kern Lima the first female CEO of a L’Oréal brand in their 100-plus-year history. Her story inspires: from her climb out of humble beginnings, the catapult effect of her trailblazing QVC appearances and the countless rejections along the way, Kern Lima shares the story of how she revolutionized the conversation around beauty by meeting the needs of real women with real skin problems. Plus, hear her thoughtful take on the state of women in the workforce. Hear Steve's take on this Thursday's trade numbers. He's not worried about the so-called deficit because arguably, there isn't one. Hear why!

May 05, 2019
S1E5: Burton Malkiel: The Man Who Claimed Monkeys Pick Better Stocks Is Vindicated

In his best-selling book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton Malkiel made a shocking claim: that monkeys are just as good as expensive money managers when it comes to picking stocks. His rock-solid conclusion: anyone can beat the investing pros. How: using index funds. In fact, his thesis helped usher in the concept of index funds which have generated enormous wealth for Americans in the intervening decades. Today, nearly half of all investment funds are now indexed. In this episode of Steve Forbes’ What's Ahead podcast hear Malkiel share why indexing beats stock picking, his enthusiasm for growth companies in emerging markets and his impressions of “smart beta” stocks, the new investing rage. You won’t want to miss this episode filled with riches.

Apr 28, 2019
S1E4: Joanna and Chip Gaines: Ordinary Americans Turned Extraordinary Media Mavericks

Joanna and Chip Gaines are building a business empire based on their personal priorities of family, marriage and home. Their reality show, “Fixer Upper,” put them on the celebrity map with fans devouring their chemistry, talents and work ethic. Hear them walk down memory lane with Steve, sharing their journey from young, broke parents with disorganized entrepreneurial dreams to who they are today: matured, thoughtful with hard-earned business savvy.

And, Steve's Read Of The Week is:

Apr 21, 2019
S1E3: Mitch Daniels: Revolutionizing Purdue’s Affordability While Keeping Its Commitment To Quality

Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, former Governor of Indiana and author and businessman speaks with Steve about the radical and comprehensive changes he’s made to streamline the university’s budget, the innovative ways he’s tackling student fees and his take on the extraordinary student debt loan that exists in America today.

Apr 14, 2019
S1E2: Part 2 || Howard Schultz: Exploring A Presidential Run

In this second and final part of Steve’s conversation with Howard Schultz, learn more about Schultz’s trailblazing work at Starbucks and how it has shaped his perspectives on the most critical issues facing Americans today, including healthcare, higher education and taxes. Schultz shares the policies he would pursue as a “centrist Independent” candidate as he explores a potential presidential run.

Apr 07, 2019
S1E1: Part 1 || Howard Schultz: How The Former Starbucks CEO’s Early Experiences Shaped His Worldview

On this episode, hear how the former Starbucks CEO rose from the projects of New York City to build his business empire and create one of the world’s iconic brands. He’ll reveal stories of a troubled childhood, the familial debt that haunted him into young adulthood and the role Bill Gates’ father played in saving Starbucks. This is part one of a two-part conversation with Schultz. Part two will post on Sunday, April 7th.

Mar 31, 2019
S E2: TEASER || What’s Ahead: Howard Schultz Ep. 2/Part 2

Teaser: Here's a quick preview of the second part of Steve's conversation with Howard Schultz. The full episode will post on Sunday, April 7th.

Mar 26, 2019
S E1: TEASER || What’s Ahead: Howard Schultz Ep. 1/Part 1

Teaser: Here's a quick peek at what the first episode of our two-part discussion with Howard Schultz, former CEO and chair of Starbucks and possible presidential candidate, holds in store for you. The full episode will post on Sunday, March 31st.

Mar 26, 2019

Welcome to "Steve Forbes: What's Ahead"

Nov 13, 2018