Ready Player One

Ready Player One

In our inaugural episode, we analyze Gregarious Games and Innovative Online Industries (IOI) from Ready Player One. It’s 2045, and societal collapse has driven people to escape to a virtual world called “The Oasis.” When its founder dies, the race is on to solve puzzles that will determine the next owner. In other words, it’s a perfect foil for the challenges that modern organizations are facing, including:

  • Succession Planning

  • Founders’ Influence on Company Culture

  • Incentives and Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

  • Autonomy and Delegation in the Workplace

  • Silos vs. Cross-Functional Teams

  • The Role of the Corporate Board

Hosted by Bud Caddell, Paula Cizek, and Jane Garza.


Ready Player One. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe. Warner Bros. 2018.

“Work of Fiction” Theme Song: Matt Garza.

Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You