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Season 1

Jan. 27, 2023

BuzzFeed Employs AI, Tesla Stock Goes Wild, Salesforce Is Challenged

Ranjan Roy of Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the week's tech news. We cover: 1) BuzzFeed creating content with AI 2) The tech industry's destiny to suffer alone in this economic drawback 3) Tesla stock's wild ri...

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Jan. 25, 2023

Is ChatGPT A Step Toward Human-Level AI? — With Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun is the chief AI scientist at Meta, a professor of computer science at NYU, and a pioneer of deep learning. He joins Big Technology Podcast to put Generative AI in context, discussing whether ChatGPT and the like ar...

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Jan. 20, 2023

Google Layoffs, Netflix, and Davos

Ranjan Roy of Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the week's tech news. We cover: 1) Google Layoffs 2) Netflix's prospects and leadership change 3) Davos pros and cons 4) Media layoffs 5) Robinhood's new financial pu...

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Jan. 18, 2023

Amazon's Identity Crisis — With Todd Bishop

Todd Bishop is the co-founder of Geekwire, a tech news site based in Seattle. Bishop joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss how Amazon will navigate its new dedication to efficiency without losing its inventive spirit. Can '...

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Jan. 13, 2023

New Era Of Tech Accountability? + The Impending AI Ethics War

Ranjan Roy of Margins joins us for another Big Technology Podcast: Friday Edition covering the week's news. This week, we check in on the following stories: 1) JPMorgan's failed acquisition of Frank, a college financial plann...

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Jan. 11, 2023

Crypto After FTX — With Kate Rooney

Kate Rooney is a star reporter at CNBC who covers crypto. She's reported deeply on crypto exchange FTX's collapse and spent time with its disgraced ex-CEO — Sam Bankman-Fried — in the Bahamas. Rooney joins Big Technology Podc...

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Jan. 6, 2023

The Fed's PR Blitz + SBF And The Media — With Ranjan Roy

Ranjan Roy of Margins joins Big Technology Podcast for a new Friday series that will recap the week's business and tech news. We'll post a new show every Friday afternoon featuring a recap of the week's big tech and business …

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Jan. 4, 2023

Tech’s Frothy Days Are Over. Now What? — With Eliot Brown

Eliot Brown is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and co-author of The Cult of We. Brown joins us to check in on how the tech industry is adapting after years of zero-interest-rate-driven froth fades away. Tune in for …

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Dec. 28, 2022

Encryption's Push To Go Mainstream — With Andy Yen

Andy Yen is the CEO of Proton, the maker of encrypted email service ProtonMail. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss the merits of encryption, why his service has doubled over the past two years, and whether it’s someth...

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Dec. 21, 2022

2022 In Review, 2023 Predictions — With Casey Newton

Casey Newton is the editor of Platformer and co-host of Hard Fork. He joins Big Technology Podcast to keep up an annual tradition of looking back on the year that was, and looking ahead to the year that will be. …

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Dec. 14, 2022

Does It Get Even Worse for Tech in 2023? — With Stephanie Link

Stephanie Link is the chief investment strategist and portfolio manager at Hightower Advisors. She is also a senior CNBC contributor. Link joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss whether a tougher year awaits the tech industr...

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Dec. 7, 2022

How ChatGPT Changes Tech + The End of Remote Work? — With Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie is the CEO of Box. He joins Big Technology Podcast to weigh in on all the big tech headlines: ChatGPT's emergence, Elon Musk's handling of Twitter, the future of Web3 following FTX, and the shakeup at Salesforce. ...

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Nov. 30, 2022

Actually, The Metaverse Is An Enterprise Thing — With Peggy Johnson

Peggy Johnson is the CEO of Magic Leap. The company makes augmented reality technology and is now focused entirely on enterprise use cases after building for consumers for years. Johnson joins Big Technology Podcast to discus...

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Nov. 23, 2022

Is A Healing Supply Chain Fixing Our Economy? — With Ryan Petersen

Ryan Petersen is the Founder and Co-CEO of Flexport, a supply chain technology company. He joins Big Technology Podcast to talk about how the supply chain is rounding into shape and whether that will help cure our inflation p...

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Nov. 16, 2022

Venture Capital's FTX Mistake, Elon's Twitter Plan, Investing in Labo…

Roy Bahat is the head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture capital firm that invests in companies building the future of work. Bahat joins Big Technology Podcast to explain why he — a VC — is investing in labor-organizing technology....

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Nov. 9, 2022

How YouTube Shorts Picks Winners — With Todd Sherman

Todd Sherman is the product lead for YouTube Shorts. He's also a former group product manager at Twitter and Snap. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a discussion about YouTube's plans for Shorts, how the product works, and ...

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Nov. 6, 2022

The U.S. And Tech After The Midterms — With Marshall Kosloff and Saag…

Saagar Enjeti and Marshall Kosloff host The Realignment, a terrific podcast about politics and policy. They join Big Technology Podcast for a bonus episode ahead of the U.S. midterms, breaking down how they expect the voting ...

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Nov. 4, 2022

Out At Twitter — With Simon Balmain

Simon Balmain was laid off by Twitter today. A former Twitter senior community manager, Balmain takes us through the last few weeks at the company, describing the atmosphere, employee reactions to the layoffs, and whether the...

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Nov. 2, 2022

Merits Of Metaverse + Big Tech Wipeout — With Eric Jackson

Eric Jackson is president and portfolio manager at EMJ Capital. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss Big Tech's terrible week on the public markets, with a focus on Meta, which is now down 71% on the year. We also …

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Oct. 26, 2022

How Figma Caught Adobe By Surprise — With Carmel DeAmicis

Carmel DeAmicis was the 20th employee at Figma, a startup that Adobe just acquired for $20 billion. A former journalist and editor at Figma, DeAmicis saw the company rise under the nose of Adobe — the giant in the space …

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Oct. 19, 2022

What Is Consciousness And Can Machines Achieve It — With Anil Seth

Anil Seth is a professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex and author of Being You. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a discussion of AI sentience grounded in science and research. In t...

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Oct. 12, 2022

Will The Fed Blink And Save Tech — With Ranjan Roy

Ranjan Roy is the co-author of Margins, a Substack newsletter about the financial markets. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a conversation about the Federal Reserve's steep interest rate raises, how they've harmed tech val...

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Oct. 5, 2022

Inside Facebook's Plan To Fend Off TikTok — With Tom Alison

Tom Alison is the head of the Facebook app at Meta. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a discussion about the company's plan to compete with TikTok and appeal to younger users. Join us for a conversation about the Facebook …

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Oct. 3, 2022

Meta's Stock Decline, TikTok's Power, and Funding Transparency — With…

Frances Haugen is an ex-Facebook employee who shared thousands of internal documents with journalists in 2021 that revealed much about the company's decision-making and values. Haugen joins Big Technology Podcast for a live c...

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Sept. 28, 2022

Meet The Man Who Runs Google Search — With Prabhakar Raghavan

Prabhakar Raghavan is the Google senior vice president who oversees Search, Maps, Ads, Commerce, Payments, and Google Assistant. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss the evolution of these products, how they're integrat...

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Sept. 21, 2022

The Rise And Fall Of Facebook's Big Transparency Acquisition — With B…

Brandon Silverman is the founder of Crowdtangle, which Meta (then Facebook) acquired in 2016. Crowdtangle was once the most useful tool for marketers and publishers looking to find out what was trending on Facebook. Then, it ...

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Sept. 14, 2022

Elon Goes To Delaware — With The Chancery Daily

The Chancery Daily is an independent, daily newsletter that covers the Delaware Court of Chancery, the place where Twitter is trying to force Elon Musk to buy it. As this case winds its way through the court's legal process, ...

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Sept. 7, 2022

Is AI Dangerously Overhyped? — With Gary Marcus

Gary Marcus is the author of Rebooting AI and an artificial intelligence entrepreneur who's a loud critic of many of the field's biggest promises. Marcus joins Big Technology Podcast this week to discuss the high profile brea...

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Aug. 31, 2022

YouTube's Uneasy World Domination — With Mark Bergen

Mark Bergen is a Bloomberg reporter and author of Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination. The book releases next week and Bergen joins to preview what's inside, delivering a wide range of ...

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Aug. 24, 2022

Kevin Kelly's Life Lessons — With Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine and a longtime tech writer who's covered technology for decades. Kelly joins Big Technology Podcast for a fun episode, unpacking a series of lists of advice that ...

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Aug. 17, 2022

This Is Your Brain On iPhone — With Dr. Anna Lembke

Dr. Anna Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University's School of Medicine and chief of its Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She's also the author of Dopamine Nation, a bestseller that uses neuroscience...

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Aug. 10, 2022

What Social Media Influence Really Gets You — With Nuseir Yassin

Nuseir Yassin is the force behind Nas Daily — and CEO of Nas Company — which more than 50 million people follow across six different social media platforms. He joins Big Technology Podcast to talk about what such a large …

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Aug. 6, 2022

Meta's Awkward Pivot, Crypto's Future, Amazon's Challenge — Crossover…

Techmeme Ride Home is a top-rated tech news podcast and its host, Brian McCullough, joins us for a crossover episode airing on both feeds. In this bonus episode, we discuss Meta's attempts to turn Instagram into TikTok, how A...

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Aug. 3, 2022

Okay, Maybe Social Media Isn't That Bad For Us — With Brendan Nyhan

Brendan Nyhan is a presidential professor at Dartmouth College's department of government. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a discussion that pushes back on the notion that social media is destroying our society and making...

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July 27, 2022

Meet The Ex-Google Engineer Who Called Its AI Sentient — With Blake L…

Blake Lemoine is an ex-senior software engineer at Google who was fired right before he taped this episode of Big Technology Podcast . Lemoine told his superiors at Google that he believed the company’s LaMDA chatbot technolo...

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July 20, 2022

Is Social Media Making Our Society Stupid? — With Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt is a professor of ethical leadership NYU's Stern School of Business and author of a number of books, including The Coddling of the American Mind. His recent story in The Atlantic, "Why The Past 10 Years Of Amer...

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July 13, 2022

What Happens To Twitter After All This? — With Three Ex-Twitter Emplo…

Three former Twitter employees (Jenna Golden, Brandon Borrman, Leslie Miley) and CNBC media & tech reporter Alex Sherman join Big Technology Podcast for a breakdown of Twitter v. Musk. While at Twitter, Golden ran political a...

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July 6, 2022

How Twitter, Instagram, and Planet Build Products — With Kevin Weil

Kevin Weil is the ex-head of product at Twitter and Instagram. He's currently the president of business and product at Planet. Weil joins Big Technology Podcast to share an insider's view of how Twitter and Instagram build pr...

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June 29, 2022

The Ethics Of Fintech — With Dan Dolev

Dan Dolev is managing director and senior analyst at Mizuho, where he covers fintech companies Robinhood, SoFi, Affirm, Block, and others. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss fintech's ethics and opportunity, explainin...

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June 22, 2022

Anatomy Of A Market Meltdown — With Joe Weisenthal

Joe Weisenthal is co-host of Odd Lots and an editor at Bloomberg. He joins Big Technology Podcast to make sense of the cratering stock market, discussing the various factors that led to this moment and when it might turn arou...

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June 15, 2022

Which Startups (And VCs) Survive a Bear Market — With Nina Achadjian

Nina Achadjian is a partner at Index Ventures. She joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss how large declines in public market valuations impact startups and venture capitalists. Achadjian and I recorded with the S&P 500 down...

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June 8, 2022

Meta Exit Interview — With Mike Schroepfer

Mike Schroepfer is Meta's former chief technology officer and currently a senior fellow at the company. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a look back at his time as CTO: What went well? What could've been better? What chang...

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June 2, 2022

Wait, The Robots Didn't Take Our Jobs? — With Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab and professor at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a discussion of why our fears that artificial intelligen...

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May 31, 2022

Can The Media Fix Its Trust Problem? — With Nicholas Thompson

Nicholas Thompson is the CEO of The Atlantic and former editor-in-chief of Wired. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a nuanced conversation about why the media is losing the public's trust and whether it has a chance to rega...

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May 27, 2022

Why Elites Are Losing Trust — With Vivian Schiller

Vivian Schiller is the executive director of Aspen Digital, former head of news at Twitter, and former CEO of NPR. She joins Big Technology Podcast for a discussion of why the public distrusts elites. This conversation takes ...

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May 25, 2022

Do We Need Web3? — With Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood is the co-founder of Ethereum and creator of Polkadot. He joins Big Technology Podcast from Davos for a discussion about whether we need Web3 — a new web built with blockchain technology. Joins us for a broad conve...

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May 24, 2022

Do We Need The Metaverse? — With Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg is the president for global affairs at Meta and former deputy prime minister of the UK. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss his company's vision for the Metaverse, how it should be governed, and whether we a...

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May 18, 2022

Optimism In A Tech Downturn — With Packy McCormick and Austin Rief

Austin Rief is the CEO of Morning Brew. Packy McCormick is the author of Not Boring on Substack and founder of Not Boring Capital. The two join Big Technology Podcast for a discussion of why the economic downturn has hit …

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May 11, 2022

A Debate About NFTs — With Jason Stein

Jason Stein is the founder and managing partner at SC Holdings, a private equity and strategic advisory firm based in New York. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss the merits of NFTs, of which he is bullish and I …

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May 7, 2022

Was Tim Cook The Right Choice For Apple? — With Tripp Mickle

Tripp Mickle is a reporter for The New York Times and author of After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a special episode looking inside Apple after the d...

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