"You have to be able to see around corners. If you are unwilling to do that, you won't make it in this new society. What we've been trained to do is not going to work anymore." - Barry Baker
Business titan and media icon, Barry Baker, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast.
Barry Baker has played an instrumental part in pioneering nearly every facet of media and entertainment, and has collaborated with the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Bob Eiger, Barry Diller, and more. This episode is like having a front row seat in a master class for entrepreneurship and we chronicle Barry's rise from radio to TV, to cable networks and the rise of HBO, to dot.coms and new media models. You may know Barry best from running Sinclair Broadcasting Group (193 TV stations, 612 channels, 89 US markets) or USA Interactive (at the time: USA Network, Sci Fi Channel, HSN, Ticketmaster, USA Studios, Dick Wolf Productions - Law & Order, The Jerry Springer Show, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, The Maury Povich Show, Citysearch, Hotels.com, Match.com).
Barry is a fighter and winner in every aspect of his life. He knows a thing or two about rises and falls, dramatic turns, and most of all comebacks - he’s had over a whopping 700 procedures on his throat and vocal chords after surviving throat cancer.
His collaborators and circle of friends includes some of the most powerful people in politics, business, sports, and entertainment and he is a true believer that rising tides raise all ships. That approach to life is evident in how Barry interacts with absolutely everyone he meets and how he continues to be fascinated by learning about new markets, research, and breakthroughs across entertainment, technology, medicine, and health care.
What’s so striking about Barry, is that despite all that he’s achieved, he’s still that same hungry kid who was hustling and building businesses at the age of 14. He hit the ground running - literally - for the subway in his tough Bronx childhood neighborhood and he hasn’t stopped yet.
BARRY'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"The people who are successful in life are naturally curious."
"You make your own luck."
"Learning something new - that, to me, is fun."
"Don't be comfortable where you are."
"I've never tried to be bigger than me."
"You have to be able to see around corners. If you are unwilling to do that, you won't make it in this new society. What we've been trained to do is not going to work anymore."
"Know your audience. Know where the world is going."
"Entrepreneurs need to take educated risks that are founded in study of the marketplace."
"If we don't innovate, everything will be taken away from us. We're at a tipping point here where the training and th thinking has to be about new ideas. So many jobs you think about today won't exist and will be relegated to robots."
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