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Meet Charlie Ergen, the Guy Who Now Wants to Buy Sprint (Video)

Attention Sprint employees: Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen has been said to run the meanest company in America.

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Ergen is famous for being a tough boss not keen on coddling his employees. At the same time, Ergen says hard workers who are good at their jobs like working for him. It’s only slackers and those who fall short who grumble.

Ergen was also one of the most colorful speakers at our D: Dive Into Media conference in February.

In that candid chat, he talked about the wireless industry, as well as cord-cutting and his controversial management style. In light of Dish’s $25.5 billion bid for Sprint, Peter Kafka’s interview with Ergen is well worth another watch:


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