Masters in Business: Jim McCann

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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This week, the “Masters in Business” radio podcast features Jim McCann, the founder and chief executive officer of 1-800-Flowers. McCann is also the author of “Talk Is (Not!) Cheap: The Art of Conversation Leadership."

Starting with a single floral shop in Manhattan, McCann went on to transform what had been a sleepy retail industry into a national platform. He did so by embracing technology, first with 800 numbers, then with AOL, the Internet and finally mobile and social media.

Listen to the podcast here, on Apple iTunes or on SoundCloud. All of our prior podcasts are available on iTunes. Next week, I speak with Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management.

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Barry L Ritholtz at britholtz3@bloomberg.net