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178 Scott Galloway: Post Corona

Analyzing how the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating economic, technological, and social changes and creating new opportunities for innovation.

Scott Galloway: Post Corona


"Post Corona" is a timely and insightful analysis of the economic, technological, and social changes that are being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Galloway explores how the pandemic is reshaping industries such as retail, education, healthcare, and real estate, and how it is creating new opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. He also examines the challenges and risks that the pandemic poses, including issues related to inequality, privacy, and the role of government.


Title: Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity

Author: Scott Galloway

Publishing Year: 2020

Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin

Length in hours: 5 hours and 39 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating changes that were already underway in the economy and society.
  2. The pandemic is driving innovation and entrepreneurship in areas such as remote work, e-commerce, and telemedicine.
  3. The pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities and creating new ones.
  4. The pandemic is highlighting the importance of public health and the need for a more resilient and responsive healthcare system.
  5. The pandemic is reshaping the role of government and the relationship between the private and public sectors.
Scott Galloway: Post Corona

5 funny quotes

  1. "I'm not saying the pandemic is a good thing, but it's definitely a boon for sweatpants manufacturers."
  2. "The pandemic has taught us that the only thing more contagious than a virus is a bad Zoom meeting."
  3. "It's ironic that the virus that is keeping us apart is also bringing us closer together."
  4. "In the post-corona world, the most valuable currency will be hand sanitizer."
  5. "I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the day when 'social distancing' is just a bad memory and not a way of life."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The crisis is not a departure from capitalism, but a continuation of capitalism under stress, where winners take all, and the cost is externalized onto the weakest members of society."
  2. "The most dangerous thing to be in America today is poor."
  3. "The pandemic is accelerating trends that were already underway, including the decline of traditional retail, the rise of e-commerce, and the automation of jobs."
  4. "The crisis is forcing us to confront the fact that our healthcare system is broken, and that we need a more equitable and efficient system."
  5. "The pandemic is a reminder that the best way to predict the future is to create it."

5 dilemmas

  1. The tension between public health and economic concerns, and the challenge of balancing the two in a pandemic.
  2. The role of government in responding to the pandemic, and the tension between individual rights and collective responsibility.
  3. The challenge of addressing existing inequalities that the pandemic has exacerbated, including income inequality, racial disparities, and healthcare disparities.
  4. The implications of the pandemic-driven shift to remote work and the automation of jobs, including the potential for job displacement and the need for retraining and reskilling.
  5. The impact of the pandemic on globalization, supply chains, and international relations, and the potential for a shift towards greater self-sufficiency and nationalism.

5 examples

  1. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, whose company has benefited greatly from the pandemic-driven shift to e-commerce.
  2. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, who has become a leading voice in the pandemic response and a potential presidential candidate.
  3. Bill Gates, who has been warning about the threat of pandemics for years and has been advocating for greater investment in public health.
  4. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, who has been a vocal critic of government responses to the pandemic and has been pushing for the reopening of businesses.
  5. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has become a trusted and respected voice on the pandemic response.

Referenced books

  1. "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari 
  2. "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb 
  3. "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb 
  4. "The Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton M. Christensen 
  5. "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History" by John M. Barry 

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