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9 March 2016

Episode 230

27 minutes


Photo: Mary Pelletier

What do Italian leather bags, fine French wines and Palestinian tiles have in common? They all improve with time. We trek to the city of Nablus to visit the last remaining traditional producer of hand-crafted tiles in the West Bank. We also meet entrepreneur Spencer Hyman, who has manufactured Cabbage Patch dolls and My Little Pony in Thailand, translated Monopoly into Japanese, worked at Amazon at the turn of the millennium, helped run Last.fm and founded Artfinder. Hyman is now betting big on his chocolate subscription service Cocoa Runners. He drops by the studio to share lessons from his eclectic business career.

9 March 2016

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Traditional tile-making

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What do Italian leather bags, fine French wines and Palestinian tiles have in common? They all improve with time. We trek to the city of Nablus to visit the last remaining traditional producer of hand-crafted tiles in the West Bank.

6 minutes

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Spencer Hyman

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Spencer Hyman has manufactured Cabbage Patch dolls in Thailand, translated Monopoly into Japanese, worked at Amazon, helped run Last.fm and founded Artfinder. He tells us why he’s now betting big on his chocolate subscription service Cocoa Runners.

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