Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

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A show about tech and media’s key players, big ideas, and how they’re changing the world we live in. One of tech’s most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher, is known for her insightful reporting and straight-shooting style. Listen in as she hosts ha
Tom Peters, management expert and author of ‘The Excellence Dividend’
Jun 20 • 53 min
Author and management expert Tom Peters talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last.” Peters says artificial intelligence may have profound effects on the…
Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times podcast The Daily (Live)
Jun 18 • 69 min
Michael Barbaro, who hosts the hit podcast The Daily for the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Barbaro explains why he fell in love with newspapers at a young age, how he…
Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 16 • 31 min
Katrina Lake, the CEO of apparel delivery company Stitch Fix, talks with Recode’s Jason Del Rey at the 2018 Code Conference. Lake explains why Stitch Fix went public in 2017 even though it was healthy and profitable and what she has learned from the…
Linda McMahon, U.S. Small Business Administrator (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 13 • 41 min
Linda McMahon, the former pro wrestling executive who now leads the Trump administration’s Small Business Administration, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. McMahon explains how the nonpartisan SBA is reckoning with today’s…
U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 11 • 43 min
Mark Warner, the senior United States Senator from Virginia, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Conference. Warner talks about the competing Senate and House reports on Russia’s use of tech platforms to meddle in the 2016…
How tech can fix its diversity problem: The Code 2018 panel
Jun 9 • 43 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with three tech leaders about actual solutions for advancing diversity in the industry. Cowboy Ventures partner Aileen Lee, theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith talk…
From Ben Franklin to Google: Jessica Weisberg traces the history of advice in ‘Asking for a Friend’
Jun 6 • 50 min
Writer and audio producer Jessica Weisberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed.” Starting in 1690s London, Weisberg…
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 4 • 39 min
Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of ride-hailing company Uber, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. Khosrowshahi says he didn’t expect to be offered the CEO job and turned it down, but is happy he accepted it in the end. He explains how…
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 2 • 44 min
Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat maker Snap, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. Spiegel talks about why Snapchat underwent a controversial redesign, why it partially reversed that decision and what he learned…
How to save American jobs in the age of disruption
May 30 • 63 min
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about “The Work Ahead,” a new report, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, on the 21st century American workforce. Pritzker co-chaired the committee that developed…
General Michael Hayden on Donald Trump’s ‘assault on intelligence’
May 28 • 62 min
Retired U.S. Air Force General Michael Hayden talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in the Age of Lies.” Hayden, who directed the NSA under President Clinton and the CIA under…
Congressman Ro Khanna: We need an ‘internet bill of rights’
May 26 • 55 min
U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, D-Calif., talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his proposal for an “internet bill of rights” to protect consumers’ privacy, security and ability to move or delete their data. Khanna represents California’s 17th district,…
How to succeed in tech: Be lucky and ruthless
May 23 • 52 min
Author Corey Pein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley.” Pein moved to San Francisco to report the book, assuming the role of an entrepreneur looking to get rich…
John Carreyrou on lies and ‘Bad Blood’ at Theranos
May 21 • 66 min
Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.” Carreyrou explains how Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes’ company raised nearly $1…
Recode Media: Robin Williams biographer Dave Itzkoff
May 19 • 50 min
If you like Recode Decode, we think you’d also like Recode Media with Peter Kafka. Here’s the latest episode of the show: New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about his new book, “Robin: The Definitive Biography of Robin…
Michael Pollan: LSD and other psychedelics inspired some of Silicon Valley’s greatest inventions
May 16 • 63 min
Journalist and author Michael Pollan talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” Pollan, perhaps best…
John Doerr: How to run your company like Bill Gates or Bono
May 14 • 59 min
John Doerr, the chairman of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about his new book, “Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs.”…
How ‘Microtrends’ affect everything, from marriage to Trump
May 12 • 65 min
Former political strategist and pollster Mark Penn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today.” He describes it as a less optimistic sequel to his 2007 book…
Tech execs are ‘weenies,’ Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario says
May 9 • 48 min
Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why her company is suing President Donald Trump, and why she is publicly insulting Silicon Valley executives, calling them “weenies” and “pathetic.” Marcario suggests that it’s unpatriotic…
Why ‘Lean In: The Movie’ didn’t happen (Nell Scovell, author, ‘Just the Funny Parts’)
May 7 • 67 min
Writer and comedian Nell Scovell talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Just the Funny Parts,” in front of a live audience in San Francisco. Scovell, who has written on TV shows like “The Simpsons,” “Murphy Brown” and “Coach,” also co-wrote…
José Andrés on feeding Puerto Rico and the ‘power of food’ (Live)
May 5 • 60 min
Celebrity chef José Andrés talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Andrés explains how his food NGO, World Central Kitchen, deployed its chefs to disaster-struck areas like Houston and Puerto…
Ronan Farrow on ‘War on Peace,’ Harvey Weinstein and winning a Pulitzer
May 2 • 73 min
Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.” The book explores how the Trump administration is “laying waste to the State…
Sally Kohn on ‘The Opposite of Hate,’ Fox News and Joy Reid
Apr 30 • 79 min
CNN political commentator Sally Kohn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity.” Kohn’s publicity tour for the book has been tangled up in allegations that she misquoted and…
New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo explains the ‘Frightful Five’
Apr 28 • 66 min
Farhad Manjoo, a technology columnist for the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the University of California, Berkeley’s journalism school. Manjoo explains why he refers to five of the world’s largest tech…
Silicon Valley’s first disruptors (John Hennessy and Dave Patterson, winners, 2017 Turing Award)
Apr 25 • 53 min
Alphabet chairman John Hennessy and Google distinguished engineer Dave Patterson talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about winning the 2017 Turing Award, a prestigious achievement in computer science. In the 1980s, Hennessy and Patterson developed a…
The dark side of dating apps (Joanna Coles, author, ‘Love Rules’)
Apr 23 • 67 min
Joanna Coles, the chief content officer at Hearst, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World.” Coles says dating apps can be a great tool for meeting new people, but they can…
The ‘invisible startups’ of LA Tech (Mark Suster, managing partner, Upfront Ventures)
Apr 18 • 69 min
Upfront Ventures Managing Partner Mark Suster talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about leading the oldest and largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles. He explains why he rejects the term “Silicon Beach,” preferring “LA Tech,” and what people miss when…
BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants somebody to make a new BlackBerry
Apr 16 • 53 min
BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the once-pioneering mobile phone company has happily pivoted into a new business model, focusing on enterprise security and embedded technology for connected cars. Chen says “somebody…
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman: Silicon Valley has ‘lost its purpose’
Apr 11 • 54 min
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the phenomenon of techlash and why people are just now “waking up” to Silicon Valley’s dark side. Stoppelman’s company has feuded for years with its much larger rival Google, which Yelp…
Hillary Clinton advisor and “Dear Madam President” author Jennifer Palmieri
Apr 9 • 70 min
Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World.” Palmieri reflects on the…
Apple CEO Tim Cook: The uncut ‘Revolution’ interview
Apr 7 • 76 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk with Apple CEO Tim Cook on the second episode of “Revolution.” The interview was held in front of a live audience the day after Apple’s education-focused event in Chicago, but Cook also talks about…
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (Live)
Apr 4 • 50 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber interview Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in this episode of ‘Revolution,’ which first aired on MSNBC in January. Make sure to tune in this Friday for a new episode of ‘Revolution,’ in…
Former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett: Trump won. What now?
Apr 2 • 69 min
Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Obama, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at South by Southwest 2018. Jarrett is now on the boards of two tech companies, but when she first got to the White House, she didn’t know what Twitter was — an…
Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger discuss ‘Take Your Pills’
Mar 31 • 49 min
Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California, and her daughter Christina Schwarzenegger talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about “Take Your Pills,” a new Netflix documentary they executive produced. Schwarzenegger says her experience at Georgetown…
Flying cars are the future of military transportation
Mar 28 • 54 min
Christopher Kirchhoff, a former partner at DIUx, the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley office, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the Defense Department is trying to be smarter about technology. Kirchhoff says the U.S. military can benefit greatly from…
What men and women need to know about working together
Mar 26 • 65 min
Journalist and writer Joanne Lipman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together.” Lipman, previously the editor in chief of USA Today and deputy…
Therapist Esther Perel: Tinder and Instagram are ‘crippling’ our relationships
Mar 21 • 56 min
Sex and relationship therapist Esther Perel, the host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin?”, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at South by Southwest 2018 in Austin, Texas. Perel’s new book “The State of Affairs” sets out to change the popular…
Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci: Trump has secret admirers in Silicon Valley
Mar 19 • 89 min
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his infamous 11-day stint in the Trump administration, his recently announced book deal and why he thinks the president will win re-election in 2020. ‘The…
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on sex, #MeToo and North Korea (Live from SXSW)
Mar 17 • 59 min
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new series, “Sex and Love Around the World.” Speaking in front of a live audience at South By Southwest 2018, Amanpour says the show convinced her that…
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes: Why guaranteed income makes sense
Mar 14 • 62 min
Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and former owner of The New Republic, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn.” In it, Hughes argues that working people should receive a guaranteed…
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Amazon, net neutrality and the 2018 midterms
Mar 12 • 44 min
Chuck Schumer, the senior U.S. Senator from New York, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen about a range of tech-related issues, including immigration, net neutrality and Russian election meddling. He hopes to enlist…
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on techlash and #MeToo (Live)
Mar 7 • 34 min
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco, Calif. Sandberg talks about how Facebook is responding to reports of Russian election-meddling on its platform, why people are lashing out…
Is ‘Uber meets Harvard’ the future of learning?
Mar 5 • 49 min
GLG President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about running a learning platform for investors and business professionals. Saint-Amand describes the company as “Uber meets Harvard” because it facilitates on-demand and…
Why Katie Couric left Yahoo
Feb 28 • 77 min
Journalist Katie Couric and Recode’s Kara Swisher talk about their careers in journalism, as well as social media, job automation, tech addiction and the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Couric, who previously hosted the “Today Show” and “CBS Evening…
Can an alt-weekly newspaper survive in 2018?
Feb 26 • 51 min
Entrepreneur and investor Mark Ein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his recent purchase of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C. Ein says he’s been inspired by the revitalization of The Washington Post under…
What’s missing from the startup ecosystem? (Jennifer Fonstad, co-founder, Aspect Ventures)
Feb 21 • 54 min
Aspect Ventures co-founder Jennifer Fonstad talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how venture capital works in 2018, when Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have access to more money from more sources than ever before. But that that money is not spread out…
Why cryptocurrencies matter (Sarah Tavel, partner, Benchmark)
Feb 19 • 71 min
Benchmark partner Sarah Tavel talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about her career in tech companies and venture capital. Her resume includes stints at Pinterest, Bessemer Venture Partners and Greylock Partners, but last year she became…
HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen (Live at Code Media 2018)
Feb 17 • 41 min
Lydia Polgreen, the editor in chief of HuffPost — the website formerly known as The Huffington Post — talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Polgreen explains what she has been…
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (Live at Code Media 2018)
Feb 14 • 43 min
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. She explains why YouTube opted not to ban one of its stars, Logan Paul, despite a recent string of controviersies including a video…
How VR can change your brain (Jeremy Bailenson, author, ‘Experience on Demand’)
Feb 12 • 49 min
Jeremy Bailenson, the director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.” Bailenson came to Stanford to…
What Abraham Lincoln and Rachel Carson can teach us about leadership
Feb 7 • 61 min
Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Forged In Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.” In it, Koehn chronicles the lives of five leaders who had to overcome a crisis:…
How to fix Silicon Valley’s ‘Brotopia’
Feb 5 • 66 min
Bloomberg Technology executive producer Emily Chang talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley.” Chang says the idea for the book originated when venture capitalist Michael Moritz suggested…
Tech is now a weapon for propaganda (Dipayan Ghosh and Ben Scott, co-authors, ‘Digital Deceit’)
Jan 31 • 61 min
New America fellow Dipayan Ghosh and senior advisor Ben Scott talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new policy paper, “Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet.” Both alumni of the Obama administration, Ghosh and…
Social media can’t surprise us anymore (Chuck Todd, moderator, ‘Meet the Press’)
Jan 29 • 69 min
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he’s evolving what it means to be the host of the longest-running series in TV history, “Meet the Press.” Todd discusses how a childhood interest in politics led him to…
What’s funny about Trump? (Alexandra Petri, columnist, the Washington Post)
Jan 24 • 52 min
Alexandra Petri, who writes the Compost blog for The Washington Post, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Chorus CEO Dick Costolo about making fun of politics. Petri says some politicans have a sense of humor about her columns, but others don’t like it…
How to fix the problems caused by tech (Andrew Keen, author, ‘How to Fix the Future’)
Jan 22 • 63 min
“How to Fix the Future” author Andrew Keen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, which examines reasonable solutions to the social and political disruptions created by the digital revolution. Keen says tech is neither the solution nor the…
Where’s the money in online comedy? (Gregg Spiridellis, CEO, JibJab)
Jan 17 • 62 min
JibJab CEO Gregg Spiridellis talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Chorus CEO Dick Costolo about how the company has adapted to the ever-changing internet over the past two decades. JibJab was on the verge of shutting down when it released “This Land,” an…
Sex, the internet and the 1990s (David Friend, author, ‘The Naughty Nineties’)
Jan 15 • 61 min
David Friend, Vanity Fair’s editor of creative development, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido.” Much of today’s social and political unrest can be traced back to the sea change…
I quit Google to be a comedian (Sarah Cooper, author, “100 Tricks To Appear Smart in Meetings”)
Jan 10 • 68 min
Comedian Sarah Cooper talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Chorus CEO Dick Costolo about why she left a career in the tech industry to become a stand-up comic. Cooper has made tech a central part of her comedy and has written a book based in part on her…
How to fix your company’s culture (Patty McCord, author, “Powerful”)
Jan 8 • 67 min
Patty McCord, the former chief talent officer at Netflix and author of that company’s famous “culture deck,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.” McCord recalls how CEO Reed…
Silicon Valley can’t take a joke (Dick Costolo, CEO, Chorus)
Jan 3 • 64 min
Chorus CEO Dick Costolo, the former CEO of Twitter, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he loves comedy and why his peers in the tech community are so infrequently “in on the joke.” Before he was a tech entrepreneur, Costolo wanted to be a…
Kara Swisher visits the Longform Podcast (Live)
Dec 31, 2017 • 56 min
The host of the Longform Podcast, Evan Ratliff, interviews Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience in San Francisco about how she got started in journalism and how she does her job today. Downloading a book for the first time convinced Swisher…
Why Grindr started a magazine (Zach Stafford and Trish Bendix, editors, Into)
Dec 26, 2017 • 64 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton talk with Zach Stafford and Trish Bendix, the editor in chief and managing editor of Into — a queer lifestyle magazine published by the dating app Grindr. They talk about why LGBT people have historically…
Uber’s Tony West and Eric Holder on exposing wrongdoing (Live)
Dec 24, 2017 • 33 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with former attorney general Eric Holder, who led an investigation into Uber’s management earlier this year, and the company’s new Chief Legal Officer, Tony West. They discuss how Uber is evolving in the wake of the Holder…
Sports columnist Christine Brennan previews her 18th consecutive Olympics
Dec 22, 2017 • 67 min
Christine Brennan, the sports columnist for USA Today, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the February 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which will be Brenann’s 18th consecutive Olympics. She previews what events she’s most…
Bitcoin is just getting started (Megan Quinn, general partner, Spark Capital)
Dec 20, 2017 • 85 min
Spark Capital General Partner Megan Quinn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton about the evolving balance between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Quinn, an investor in the cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase, explains…
Silicon Valley is threatening democracy (Noam Cohen, author, ‘The Know-It-Alls’)
Dec 18, 2017 • 49 min
Author and former New York Times columnist Noam Cohen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.” In the book, Cohen argues that a libertarian…
The future of the audio industry (Andrew Mason, CEO, Descript)
Dec 12, 2017 • 65 min
Andrew Mason, the founder and former CEO of Groupon, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton about his latest startup, Descript. The company bills itself as a “word processor for audio,” making podcasts and other spoken word…
Kara Swisher visits Pod Save America (Live)
Dec 10, 2017 • 19 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with Crooked Media’s Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, appearing as a guest on a live taping of their podcast, Pod Save America, in Oakland, California. The group talks about the regulatory challenges…
Elon Musk was once like you (Daniel Gross, partner, Y Combinator)
Dec 6, 2017 • 67 min
Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton about why he returned to the startup incubator that gave him his start in Silicon Valley. Gross co-founded the personal search engine Cue, which Apple bought…
The amazing stories of Silicon Valley’s ‘Troublemakers’ (Leslie Berlin, historian, Stanford University)
Dec 4, 2017 • 59 min
Leslie Berlin, the historian who oversees Stanford University’s Silicon Valley Archives, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future.” The book traces the rise of…
Margrethe Vestager: ‘This is the biggest wake-up call we’ve ever had’
Nov 29, 2017 • 18 min
Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s commissioner for competition, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. Vestager explains how the E.U. is trying to make tech companies more transparent and…
How Reid Hoffman would fix social media (Live)
Nov 27, 2017 • 42 min
Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn and a general partner at Greylock Partners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the Anti-Defamation League conference “Never Is Now” in San Francisco. Hoffman says the people who work at…
Greta Van Susteren is not giving up on social media
Nov 22, 2017 • 59 min
Former cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen about her new book, “Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid).” Van Susteren spent long stints hosting shows at CNN…
Why magazine mogul Tina Brown is ‘angry and upset’ at Google and Facebook
Nov 20, 2017 • 73 min
Tina Brown — the former editor of Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, the Daily Beast and more — talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992.” In the book, she looks back on the tell-all diary she kept at the time,…
How tech is changing state politics (Stacey Abrams, candidate for governor, Georgia)
Nov 15, 2017 • 64 min
Stacey Abrams, a candidate running for governor of Georgia and former minority leader of its general assembly, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen about the early stages of the campaign. Abrams explains why everyone needs to be…
How to fight extremism online (Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League)
Nov 13, 2017 • 63 min
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the century-old nonprofit is evolving to fight antisemitism and other forms of extremism in the digital age. Greenblatt explains how online platforms…
Journalists covering Trump need to ‘tone it down’ (Katy Tur, author, ‘Unbelievable.’)
Nov 8, 2017 • 63 min
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen about her new book, “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.” While she was at NBC News, Tur was the first reporter assigned to cover the…
A ‘magical formula’ for better decision-making (Ray Dalio, author, ‘Principles: Life and Work’)
Nov 6, 2017 • 66 min
Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Principles: Life and Work.” In it, he lays out how he makes smarter decisions based on clearly articulated criteria and…
Silicon Valley’s D.C. showdown, explained (Luther Lowe, Yelp; Beth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz)
Nov 1, 2017 • 69 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen talk about tech, regulation and politics with two special guests: Luther Lowe, the vice president of public policy at Yelp, and Beth Wilkinson, the co-founder of trial law firm Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz. The…
Why I’m not afraid of Amazon (David Rosenblatt, CEO, 1stdibs)
Oct 30, 2017 • 55 min
1stdibs CEO David Rosenblatt explains how his company, a marketplace for rare luxury products, made the transition from an advertising to e-commerce. Unlike other executives in the commerce space, Rosenblatt isn’t worried about Amazon competing with him…
Can Silicon Valley get its mojo back? (Live)
Oct 25, 2017 • 38 min
Kara Swisher joins venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and Uptake CEO Brad Keywell in this live discussion about tech culture from the 2017 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, moderated by Nick Bilton. The…
What Leonardo da Vinci can teach us about tech (Walter Isaacson, author, ‘Leonardo da Vinci’)
Oct 23, 2017 • 71 min
Author Walter Isaacson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new biography of Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, which he describes has a “culmination” of themes he explored in past books about Ada Lovelace, Ben Franklin and Steve…
Tech elites are heading for a ‘big backlash’ (Tim O’Reilly, author, ‘WTF?’)
Oct 18, 2017 • 48 min
O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us.” O’Reilly argues that society could be headed for either the good type of “WTF” — one of amazement — or the bad type,…
Why the ‘Google memo’ author had to be fired (Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube)
Oct 16, 2017 • 64 min
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how YouTube has grown since she assumed that role in 2014, and how it’s making original content differently than other video platforms like Netflix. Previously Google’s advertising boss,…
Broadcast TV is not dead (Ilene Chaiken, showrunner, ‘Empire’)
Oct 11, 2017 • 67 min
Ilene Chaiken, the creator of “The L Word” and showrunner for “Empire,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2017 edition of Werk It, WNYC’s women-in-podcasting festival. Chaiken explains how she got “The L Word” made at Showtime, even though the…
Why Shonda Rhimes left ABC for Netflix (Live)
Oct 9, 2017 • 43 min
ShondaLand CEO Shonda Rhimes, the TV producer behind hits like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2017 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. Rhimes says she took a four-year exclusive…
Jared Leto on playing a tech trillionaire in ‘Blade Runner 2049’
Oct 7, 2017 • 31 min
“Blade Runner 2049” actor Jared Leto talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about portraying Niander Wallace, a trillionaire tech mogul. By the start of the new movie, Wallace has saved humanity from starvation and rebooted the development of humanlike robots,…
“Free speech” is cheap (Ellen Pao, author, “Reset”)
Oct 2, 2017 • 67 min
Investor Ellen Pao talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” which chronicles Pao’s 2015 court battle against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She reflects on why the…
God, the Washington Post and the meaning of life (Sally Quinn, author, “Finding Magic”)
Sep 27, 2017 • 65 min
Sally Quinn, the author of “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book and her career in journalism. Quinn got her start covering the Washington, D.C., party circuit for the Washington Post under its…
Donald Trump, explained (Maggie Haberman, New York Times, and David Fahrenthold, Washington Post)
Sep 25, 2017 • 67 min
New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. Both known for their coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign and White House,…
Why one investor is ‘cringing’ at tech IPOs (Maha Ibrahim, general partner, Canaan)
Sep 18, 2017 • 63 min
Maha Ibrahim, a general partner at Canaan Partners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her more than 17 years in venture capital, joining Canaan right before the first dot-com bubble burst. Ibrahim says a lot of her fellow investors have only ever…
What Amazon should buy next (Scott Galloway, author, “The Four”)
Sep 11, 2017 • 69 min
New York University professor Scott Galloway returns to the podcast to talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his first book, “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google,” which comes out on Oct. 3. Galloway predicts that Amazon will…
The race for self-driving cars is on (Chris Urmson, CEO, Aurora)
Sep 4, 2017 • 65 min
Chris Urmson, the CEO of Aurora and former CTO of self-driving cars at Google, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about when autonomous vehicles will replace human-driven ones. Urmson, who started working on the technology at Carnegie Mellon University in…
Venture capital is headed for a ‘huge, rude awakening’ (Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO, Social Capital)
Aug 28, 2017 • 76 min
Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of capitalism and investing, which he says will look less and less like traditional venture capital, as firms like his embed themselves at a deep operational level…
The future of tech jobs in coal country
Aug 21, 2017 • 66 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher heads to Louisville, Ky., to talk about the future of work with a panel of local-minded techies: Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal, Code Louisville founder Rider Rodriguez, TechHire Eastern Kentucky student Crystal Adkins and Tech Jobs Tour…
Lyft will always have human drivers (Taggart Matthiesen, director of product, Lyft)
Aug 14, 2017 • 59 min
Lyft Director of Product Taggart Matthiesen talks with Recode’s Johana Bhuiyan about the ride-hailing company’s push into self-driving cars. Matthiesen predicts that Lyft will slowly evolve into a hybrid transportation service, with users summoning rides…
You don’t have to lead like Steve Jobs (Chris Kuenne and John Danner, authors, ‘Built for Growth’)
Aug 7, 2017 • 55 min
Chris Kuenne and John Danner talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new book, “Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win.” Kuenne and Danner argue that, contrary to the conventional wisdom…
What tech gets wrong about harassment (Erica Baker, director of engineering, Kickstarter; Sarah Kunst, CEO, ProDay)
Jul 31, 2017 • 75 min
Diversity advocate and Kickstarter director Erica Baker and ProDay CEO Sarah Kunst talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the conditions that led so many venture capitalists to abuse their power over female tech founders. Kunst, who was sexually harassed…
How Uber is trying to fix itself (Frances Frei, SVP of leadership and strategy, Uber)
Jul 26, 2017 • 90 min
Live onstage: Uber SVP Frances Frei talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of the beleaguered ride-hailing company. Frei came to Uber from Harvard Business School, where she studied leadership and diversity, and says the company’s problems are…
Government should fight tech’s ‘corporate villainy’ (Cory Booker, U.S. Senator)
Jul 24, 2017 • 68 min
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker talks with Recode’s Tony Romm about the current state of politics under President Trump and how he thinks the U.S. government should respond to the tech sector. Booker says he’s eager to see Trump gone, but that Democrats…
How humans and AI can work together (Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC)
Jul 17, 2017 • 49 min
PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about leading the iconic Silicon Valley research and development firm, formerly known as Xerox PARC, which works with companies and government agencies to imagine the future of work. Kurtoglu says…
What Russians really think of America (Lisa Dickey, author, ‘Bears in the Streets’)
Jul 10, 2017 • 57 min
“Bears in the Streets” author Lisa Dickey talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, which chronicles three trips to Russia at three very different times in its history — 1995, 2005 and 2015. Dickey’s first journey across the continent was a…
Silicon Valley should think like Spider-Man (Reid Hoffman, partner, Greylock)
Jul 3, 2017 • 71 min
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, now a venture capitalist at Greylock Partners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why Silicon Valley has remained the epicenter of tech for decades and what’s next for entrepreneurs, investors and consumers. Hoffman…
Uber can change (Adam Lashinsky, author, ‘Wild Ride’)
Jun 26, 2017 • 73 min
Fortune Executive Editor Adam Lashinsky talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book “Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination.” In this live interview, recorded after Travis Kalanick had announced a leave of absence from Uber but before…
BONUS: Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (Code Conference 2017)
Jun 25, 2017 • 33 min
In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the nonprofit has dealt with controversy and political opposition under President…
How to shift a big tech company to the cloud (Mark Hurd, co-CEO, Oracle)
Jun 19, 2017 • 57 min
In this live interview, Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how Oracle transitioned its business to the cloud, which is the fastest-growing segment of all enterprise spending. Hurd says a large, process-laden company like Oracle…
BONUS: Jill Soloway, creator, ‘Transparent’ (Code Conference 2017)
Jun 17, 2017 • 31 min
In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, Jill Soloway, the creator of the Amazon TV series “Transparent,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new show, “I Love Dick,” which stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn. They say Amazon…
Google is God, Facebook is love and Amazon will be worth $1 trillion (Scott Galloway, founder, L2)
Jun 12, 2017 • 58 min
L2 founder and New York University professor Scott Galloway talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the biggest companies in tech are disrupting retail, jobs, advertising and more. Galloway says the U.S. is incredibly “over-stored” and predicts that…
BONUS Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State (Code Conference 2017)
Jun 10, 2017 • 77 min
In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Walt Mossberg about the mistakes she made during the campaign and…
Did Instagram copy Snapchat? (Kevin Systrom, CEO, Instagram)
Jun 5, 2017 • 69 min
Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he’s still working at Facebook five years after it bought his company for $1 billion. Systrom shares what he has learned from the executives there and why he insisted…
Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry (Boris Sofman, CEO, Anki)
May 29, 2017 • 59 min
Anki CEO Boris Sofman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of robotics and why his company is starting with robots that entertain people: The artificially intelligent toy cars Anki Drive, released in 2013, and the emotive pet-like Cozmo,…
Can Facebook help you talk to businesses? (David Marcus, VP of Messaging, Facebook)
May 22, 2017 • 55 min
Facebook’s messaging products boss, David Marcus, talks with Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how the company is trying turn its Messenger app into a hub for interactions between companies and consumers. Marcus explains what Facebook learned from last year’s…
America’s immigration policies are hurting startups (Patrick Collison, CEO, Stripe)
May 15, 2017 • 66 min
Stripe CEO Patrick Collison talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the company he and his brother started in 2010 evolved from a service for other small startups into a global payments platform for companies of all sizes. He discusses why Stripe…
Behind the scenes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
May 10, 2017 • 59 min
“The Handmaid’s Tale” creator and showrunner Bruce Miller talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new adaptation of the dystopian Margaret Atwood novel, which recently debuted on Hulu. Miller discusses the aptness of the show’s political themes, and…
Sheryl Sandberg on setbacks, grief and ‘Option B’
May 8, 2017 • 63 min
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Option B,” which she wrote after the sudden death of her husband, entrepreneur Dave Goldberg. This latest book is more raw than her first, “Lean In,” combining Sandberg’s…
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: We need a ‘lighter touch’ to internet regulation
May 3, 2017 • 34 min
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talks with Recode’s Tony Romm about his first three months on the job and what critics of his plan to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules get wrong. Pai says the FCC should be an apolitical agency that focuses on how to create…
How ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ brought social media to Broadway
May 1, 2017 • 67 min
Stacey Mindich and Steven Levenson, the producer and book writer of “Dear Evan Hansen,” talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the hit Broadway musical depicts the current state of social media and isolation. The show centers on a socially anxious…
How ‘Silicon Valley’ stays current (Mike Judge, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanijani and more)
Apr 26, 2017 • 49 min
The creators and most of the cast of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview, recorded in San Francisco after the premiere of the first two episodes of Season Four. Executive Producer Mike Judge talks about the…
‘Silicon Valley’ is more than ‘d*ck jokes’ (Matt Ross, actor/director)
Apr 24, 2017 • 65 min
Actor Matt Ross talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about playing Hooli CEO Gavin Belson on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” which just started its fourth season. Ross, who previously played Alby Grant on “Big Love,” says he tries to make the antagonists he plays…
How tech can reshape American politics (Steve Hilton, CEO, Crowdpac)
Apr 19, 2017 • 65 min
Crowdpac CEO Steve Hilton talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how his website is making it easier for anyone to explore running for office and to collect donations for political causes and campaigns. Hilton, a former advisor to British Prime Minister…
Rep. Ro Khanna: Silicon Valley should give back to all Americans
Apr 17, 2017 • 71 min
Congressman Ro Khanna talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Tony Romm about why the people who have benefitted most from technology have a civic duty to give back to their country. Rep. Khanna’s district, CA-17, covers several major Silicon Valley…
Diversity isn’t an ‘add-on’ (Laura Weidman Powers, CEO, Code2040)
Apr 12, 2017 • 47 min
Code2040 CEO and co-founder Laura Weidman Powers talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the mistakes employees and managers make when they talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Companies need to make fundamental changes to how they hire and…
Why CEOs need to stand up to Trump (Bijan Sabet, general partner, Spark Capital)
Apr 10, 2017 • 55 min
Spark Capital General Partner Bijan Sabet talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being a venture capitalist based on the East Coast, and how he became an early investor in companies like Twitter, Tumblr and Cruise. Sabet also discusses why he has become…
Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia talks about adversity and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Apr 5, 2017 • 61 min
Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia talks with Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how he and his team built a social network for neighborhoods, with a focus on trust and privacy that forced the company to grow slower than most tech startups. Tolia was previously the CEO of…
Don’t have anything nice to say? Say it! (Kim Malone Scott, author, ‘Radical Candor’)
Apr 3, 2017 • 77 min
“Radical Candor” author and CEO coach Kim Malone Scott talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how to be a better manager and leader. Based on her personal experiences at Apple, Google and several tech startups, Scott argues that most management failings…
What tech can do about homelessness (Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point Community)
Mar 27, 2017 • 54 min
Tipping Point Community CEO Daniel Lurie talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his organization’s efforts to fight homelessness in San Francisco. He says it’s all too easy to “not see” the incredible poverty and inequality in the Bay Area if you commute…
How HBO’s ‘Veep’ is reacting to Trump (Live at SXSW)
Mar 20, 2017 • 70 min
“Veep” actors Tim Simons and Matt Walsh and showrunner David Mandel talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the upcoming sixth season of the HBO political satire. Speaking in front of a live audience at South by Southwest, they recount how they found out on…
Crooked Media founders: We’re podcasting the Trump resistance (Live at SXSW)
Mar 15, 2017 • 66 min
Crooked Media Founders Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their hit podcast, “Pod Save America,” in a live interview at South by Southwest 2017. Having previously worked as speechwriters and spokespersons for…
Who’s buying whom in media and tech (Quincy Smith, partner, Code Advisors)
Mar 13, 2017 • 54 min
Code Advisors Partner Quincy Smith talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the current state of mergers and acquisitions in tech and media. Smith, who previously worked at Netscape and CBS Interactive, says media companies consolidate in tough times, and a…
How to beat Amazon (Ron Johnson, CEO, Enjoy)
Mar 6, 2017 • 67 min
Enjoy CEO Ron Johnson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his long career in commerce, including 15 years at Target, and his 12 years at Apple, where he created the Apple Store. Johnson’s current company Enjoy hand-delivers premium tech products and…
The internet must be preserved (Brewster Kahle, chairman, The Internet Archive)
Mar 1, 2017 • 53 min
Entrepreneur and archivist Brewster Kahle talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the 20th anniversary of the Internet Archive and why it’s more important than ever to preserve our digital past. Kahle talks about the companies he founded and sold to AOL…
How to make social media sane again (Sue Decker, Raftr founder, and Michael Dearing, investor)
Feb 27, 2017 • 44 min
Former Yahoo president Sue Decker and investor Michael Dearing talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about Raftr, Decker’s recently launched social platform for sane, civil discussions about topics ranging from sports to “Game of Thrones” to President Trump.…
Silicon Valley is ‘an isolated bubble’ (Jeremy Liew, partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners)
Feb 22, 2017 • 54 min
Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Liew talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley at a time when the Valley no longer represents most tech consumers. Liew argues that startup founders are popping up all over…
Uber’s looming ‘existential crisis’ (Brad Stone, author, ‘The Upstarts’)
Feb 20, 2017 • 74 min
Bloomberg Tech journalist Brad Stone talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, “The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World.” Stone argues that the stories of Uber and Airbnb are…
Countries that fear immigrants are killing innovation (Rolf Schrömgens, co-founder, Trivago)
Feb 15, 2017 • 46 min
Trivago co-founder and Managing Director Rolf Schrömgens talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting a search engine for hotels and why he thinks much larger rivals like Google are at a disadvantage. Schrömgens says he expects the distinctions among…
Facebook’s News Feed is like junk food (Mike McCue, CEO, Flipboard)
Feb 13, 2017 • 60 min
Flipboard CEO Mike McCue talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the recent relaunch of his company’s news app, which will mixes human curation with algorithms to serve up magazine-like collections of stories. McCue reflects on why one of his first…
BONUS: ‘Fun Home’ author Alison Bechdel thought a fan was her Uber
Feb 8, 2017 • 32 min
“Fun Home” author and “Dykes to Watch Out For” creator Alison Bechdel talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience in San Francisco shortly after a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical based on “Fun Home.” Bechdel says the rise of…
We need robots to take our jobs (John Markoff, ex-reporter, The New York Times)
Feb 6, 2017 • 58 min
Technology journalist and former New York Times reporter John Markoff talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his nearly three-decade long career covering tech for the Times before retiring at the end of 2016. He reflects on why Steve Jobs was both a great…
How you get addicted to apps (Tristan Harris, founder, Time Well Spent)
Jan 30, 2017 • 67 min
Time Well Spent founder Tristan Harris talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the persuasive techniques and tricks used by companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook to make people engage with them every day. Harris’s movement wants tech companies to…
Social media makes us miserable (Tim Ferriss, author, “Tools of Titans”)
Jan 23, 2017 • 68 min
“The 4-Hour Workweek” and “Tools of Titans” author Tim Ferriss talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his newest book, which compiles the life advice of the “titans” from tech, business and entertainment Ferriss has interviewed on his podcast, “The Tim…
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx: The exit interview
Jan 16, 2017 • 66 min
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx talks to Recode’s Johana Bhuiyan about his last week in office and what he would do if given more time. In addition to self-driving car and drone regulations, Foxx said he would like to see more rail projects…
You don’t need to own all your clothes (Jennifer Hyman, CEO, Rent the Runway)
Jan 9, 2017 • 53 min
Rent the Runway CEO and co-founder Jennifer Hyman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey about her 50-year vision for changing consumer fashion habits. Now more than seven years old, Rent the Runway has six million female customers who rent…
Doctors should think like mechanics (Othman Laraki, CEO, Color)
Jan 2, 2017 • 42 min
Color Genomics co-founder and CEO Othman Laraki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why we’re on the verge of a healthcare revolution. Laraki, whose company tests buyers’ genes for certain hereditary cancers, says the future of medicine will be defined…
Can social media bring us together again after ripping us apart? (Orkut Büyükkökten, Founder, Hello)
Dec 27, 2016 • 38 min
Social networking pioneer Orkut Büyükkökten talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the eponymous social site, Orkut, which he built inside Google, and his new company, Hello. Büyükkökten says current social networks don’t make it easy to meet new friends,…
Tom Friedman: The internet is an ‘open sewer’
Dec 19, 2016 • 55 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” As technology and globalization get ever…
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman: A ‘toxic minority’ ruins social media for everyone
Dec 12, 2016 • 52 min
Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he covertly edited the posts of some Donald Trump supporters, and why he regrets it now. Huffman acknowledges his editing, which he conceived as a prank but many users saw…
Wearables can save your life (Vic Gundotra, CEO, AliveCor)
Dec 5, 2016 • 62 min
AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his long career in tech, including his start as a college dropout at Microsoft and his seven years leading Google’s mobile and social efforts. His current company helps consumers monitor…
What Trump means for tech (Hilary Rosen and Juleanna Glover, political consultants)
Nov 28, 2016 • 51 min
Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen and Republican corporate consultant Juleanna Glover talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how Donald Trump’s election to the presidency will affect the tech and media industries over the next four to eight…
Satirizing Silicon Valley: ‘I wanted to hit a nerve,’ says Sunil Rajaraman
Nov 21, 2016 • 35 min
The Bold Italic CEO Sunil Rajaraman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about “This Is Your Life in Silicon Valley,” a series of satirical articles that went viral earlier this year. Rajaraman set out to shine a light on some harsh truths most techies won’t…
How Kayak co-founder Paul English got hit by a ‘truck full of money’
Nov 14, 2016 • 49 min
Tracy Kidder and Paul English, the author and subject of “A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover From Great Success,” talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about English’s dual life as a tech entrepreneur and philanthropist. English co-founded Kayak…
U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil: Data can help everyone
Nov 7, 2016 • 62 min
DJ Patil, America’s first Chief Data Scientist, talks about his nearly two years in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, working on initiatives around health care and policing. Patil grew up in Silicon Valley, and has worked at…
How does tech fix its diversity problem?
Nov 2, 2016 • 44 min
On this special bonus episode of Recode Decode, we look back at our past guests’ most insightful comments about diversity in tech and media. Interviewees including Chamath Palihapitiya, Samantha Bee and Dick Costolo explain why discrimination based on…
Foursquare wants to make ‘Her’ a reality (Dennis Crowley and Jeff Glueck, co-founder and CEO, Foursquare)
Oct 31, 2016 • 49 min
Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley and CEO Jeff Glueck talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the location intelligence company is generating sellable data for partners like Apple, Uber and Twitter based on its users’ check-ins. Glueck, who took over…
How Time Warner ruined AOL (Ted Leonsis, Founder, Revolution Growth)
Oct 26, 2016 • 61 min
Revolution Growth founder and partner Ted Leonsis talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being a longtime executive at AOL and how the company changed dramatically when it merged with Time Warner in 2000. Leonsis says AOL correctly anticipated the social…
‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail: Hackers are more interesting than hacking
Oct 24, 2016 • 49 min
“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his hit TV show, whose star Rami Malek recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama. Esmail says he grew up loving both movies and technology, and was disappointed by…
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker: How to stop AI from stealing jobs
Oct 19, 2016 • 37 min
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about cooperation between government and the tech industry and the new challenges of the digital economy. Secretary Pritzker says artificial intelligence will upend many jobs, but…
Why Ashton Kutcher didn’t invest in Snapchat
Oct 17, 2016 • 59 min
Actor, producer and investor Ashton Kutcher talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his life as both a TV star and a tech obsessive. Kutcher, who starred in shows like “Two and a Half Men” and “That ’70s Show,” has invested over the past five years in…
‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau on pushing virtual reality to the limit
Oct 12, 2016 • 49 min
Jon Favreau, the actor and director known for films such as “Swingers,” “Iron Man” and “The Jungle Book,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new efforts in virtual reality, starting with the interactive short film “Gnomes & Goblins.” Favreau says…
‘The Late Late Show’ host James Corden hates ‘the cloud’
Oct 10, 2016 • 61 min
James Corden, host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS and viral video star, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about redesigning a talk show for the YouTube generation, built around segments like “Carpool Karaoke.” Corden has a complicated relationship with…
Stop saying “good guy” in the boardroom (Aileen Lee, managing partner, Cowboy Ventures)
Oct 3, 2016 • 51 min
Cowboy Ventures founder and managing partner Aileen Lee, previously a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being one of the few female venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. After leaving Kleiner Perkins in…
How Uber fought city hall — and won (Bradley Tusk, CEO, Tusk Holdings)
Sep 26, 2016 • 55 min
Tusk Holdings CEO Bradley Tusk talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his unique political consulting firm Tusk Ventures, which trades equity in companies like Uber, FanDuel and DraftKings for regulatory guidance. Tusk previously worked for former New…
Google and Apple need limits (Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition, European Commission)
Sep 20, 2016 • 42 min
In this special bonus episode, Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s Commissioner for Competition, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the high-profile cases she has brought against Apple and Google for alleged unfair tax breaks and antitrust violations,…
Behind the scenes of Pokémon Go (John Hanke, CEO, Niantic)
Sep 19, 2016 • 55 min
Niantic CEO John Hanke talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Ina Fried about the company’s hit mobile game Pokémon Go and what happens now that the initial hype around it has “stabilized.” Future updates to the game will include new types of Pokémon,…
Benchmark partner Bill Gurley: Too much money is my biggest problem
Sep 12, 2016 • 58 min
Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about life as a venture capitalist and why he’s still worried about a bubble, a topic he has written about extensively. Great entrepreneurs could raise money at any time, Gurley…
Why everyone should talk about diversity (Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit)
Sep 6, 2016 • 56 min
TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot chats with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how her company and others are changing the definition of work. During her previous stint as TaskRabbit’s COO, Brown-Philpot oversaw a major shift in how the company defines itself…
Quip CEO Bret Taylor: Companies die when they’re afraid to fail
Aug 29, 2016 • 56 min
Quip CEO and Twitter board member Bret Taylor talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner about the reality of trying and sometimes failing as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A former Facebook CTO, he reflects on how Mark Zuckerberg’s company…
Disrupting health and beauty (Tristan Walker, CEO, Walker & Company)
Aug 22, 2016 • 52 min
Walker & Company Brands founder and CEO Tristan Walker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how technology can disrupt the health and beauty industry. Walker & Company’s shaving brand, Bevel, is aimed at people of color who are underserved by the big…
Tech in Australia: Building “pathways to Silicon Valley” (Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-CEO, Atlassian)
Aug 15, 2016 • 38 min
Atlassian co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about co-founding an enterprise software company in Sydney, Australia, in 2002. Cannon-Brookes reflects on Atlassian’s successful American IPO and the differences between his team and…
Wall Street is ignoring women (Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Ellevest)
Aug 8, 2016 • 41 min
Sallie Krawcheck, formerly the CFO of Citi Group and the CEO of Merrill Lynch, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about launching Ellevest, a new online investment platform for women. Krawcheck says the male-dominated world of finance overlooks the needs of…
Why did Yahoo sell to Verizon? (Eric Jackson, activist investor, Yahoo)
Aug 1, 2016 • 38 min
Eric Jackson, a longtime activist investor in Yahoo and the managing director of SpringOwl Asset Management, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the momentous deal that will sell Yahoo’s core business to Verizon for nearly $5 billion. Jackson reflects…
“Chaos Monkeys” author Antonio García-Martinez: Silicon Valley isn’t a nice place
Jul 25, 2016 • 41 min
Antonio García-Martinez, author of the new tell-all book, “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting a company, getting acquired by Twitter, and defecting to Facebook one year…
The future of home exercise (Peloton CTO Yony Feng)
Jul 18, 2016 • 34 min
Peloton CTO Yony Feng talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the indoor cycling company is trying to shake up in-home exercise programs with its custom fitness bike, which sells for $2,000. Peloton broadcasts 12 live spinning classes to those bikes…
“Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller: Tech can’t beat live theater
Jul 11, 2016 • 50 min
“Hamilton” lead producer Jeffrey Seller talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the hit Broadway musical goes forward now that three of its stars — Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo — have taken their final bows. Seller says he…
Behind the scenes of the Rio 2016 Olympics (Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics)
Jul 4, 2016 • 46 min
NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel talks with Recode’s Ina Fried about how the network is building on the digital reach of the Summer Games via livestreaming, virtual reality, Snapchat and more. Zenkel says NBC and Samsung expect to produce two to three…
Let’s reverse-engineer the brain (Donna Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins, co-founders, Numenta)
Jun 27, 2016 • 43 min
Donna Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins — the co-founders of Palm, Handspring and Numenta — talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their efforts to decode the human brain. They say everything that makes us human, from language to art to engineering, derives from…
The college lecture may go extinct (Daphne Koller, president, Coursera)
Jun 20, 2016 • 39 min
Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how she helped build the popular online learning platform after a successful early experiment at Stanford University. Koller says the future of higher education is a…
Chelsea Handler is done with old-school TV
Jun 13, 2016 • 42 min
Chelsea Handler, the host of Netflix’s new talk show “Chelsea,” chats with Recode’s Kara Swisher about going digital after seven years on the cable channel E! She runs “Chelsea” like a normal TV show, just not a late-night one, because her viewers might…
Kim Kardashian: If my naked selfies offend you, don’t look at them
Jun 6, 2016 • 33 min
Reality TV star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why she doesn’t use Facebook, but loves Snapchat. Kardashian credits her family’s career success to social media and has successfully tapped digital partners at…
LeBron James’s business manager, Maverick Carter, on sports stardom
May 30, 2016 • 41 min
Maverick Carter, the business manager for basketball superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talks to Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how the internet has radically changed athletes’ place in the media world. Athletes are no longer reliant on…
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: I get why people hate banks, but …
May 23, 2016 • 40 min
JPMorgan Chase president, chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how big banks are both competing against and collaborating with Silicon Valley. He explains why tech company IPOs have sharply declined in 2016 but says he’s…
Rep. Nancy Pelosi: “I guarantee it,” Trump will fail
May 16, 2016 • 47 min
U.S. Rep. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down with Recode’s Kara Swisher to talk about the 2016 election, immigration reform and how Congress is trying to work with and learn from the tech industry. Pelosi says she’s certain that Hillary…
Walt Mossberg says tech is still too hard to use
May 9, 2016 • 47 min
On this special episode of “Recode Decode,” we celebrate the relaunch of Recode.net with an extended interview between Recode co-founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. In 1991, Mossberg was laughed out of the Secretary of State’s office for announcing…
“When women fail, we all fail,” says Deeds Not Words’ Wendy Davis
May 2, 2016 • 43 min
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis — most famous for her filibuster to stop legislation that would severely restrict abortions in that state — talks with Kara Swisher about her new digital initiative Deeds Not Words, which hopes to mobilize young…
Keith Rabois says winter is coming for wasteful startups
Apr 25, 2016 • 51 min
Khosla Ventures investment partner Keith Rabois talks with Kara Swisher about building PayPal before the dot-com crash and the entrepreneurial lessons he applied from that company to later jobs at LinkedIn, Slide, Google and Square. Now, as a venture…
Steve Case’s “Third Wave”: Startups In Every State and the Internet In Everything
Apr 18, 2016 • 50 min
Investor and former America Online CEO Steve Case, the author of a new book called “The Third Wave,” talks with Kara Swisher about how companies like AOL made on-ramps to the Internet and where we’ll find the next big ideas. He dissects why the notorious…
“The Eyewear Industry Is Kind of Messed Up” (Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-CEOs, Warby Parker)
Apr 11, 2016 • 39 min
Warby Parker co-founders and co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal talk with Re/code’s Senior Commerce Editor Jason Del Rey about how they challenged the incumbents of the eyewear business, which is dominated by one company, Luxottica. They explain why…
You’re in Charge of Your Own DNA (Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23andMe)
Apr 4, 2016 • 55 min
Kara Swisher talks with 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki about why the personal genomics company’s mission is unchanged after a battle with the FDA. Wojcicki argues that understanding one’s own genetic traits is part of a broader trend of consumers taking…
Wall Street Doesn’t ‘Get’ Online Lending … Yet. (Renaud Laplanche, CEO, Lending Club)
Mar 28, 2016 • 38 min
Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche talks with Kara Swisher about the benefits of online financial services in a world that no longer needs old-fashioned bank branches. He also explains why Lending Club’s stock has been slipping for two years and is…
“Rich Douchebags” Shouldn’t Get Tech’s Wealth (Chamath Palihapitiya, Investor, Social Capital)
Mar 21, 2016 • 69 min
Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Kara Swisher about working on Winamp, AOL Instant Messenger and Facebook before becoming an outspoken investor. In today’s Silicon Valley, he says, old investment firms are dying and the next…
You Can Be Hacked From Anywhere (Orion Hindawi, CEO, Tanium)
Mar 14, 2016 • 47 min
Tanium CEO Orion Hindawi talks with Re/code’s Arik Hesseldahl about why it’s easier than ever for hackers to strike at companies and governments, and why those who cling to obsolete security solutions are putting everyone at risk. Hindawi says we’re…
Ash Carter, United States Secretary of Defense
Mar 7, 2016 • 37 min
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talks with Kara Swisher about his efforts to unite the Pentagon and Silicon Valley behind common goals, including a new “innovation advisory board” chaired by Eric Schmidt. He also explains why he is a strong supporter…
Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight
Feb 29, 2016 • 34 min
HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank talks with Kara Swisher about taking only 10 weeks to launch an online travel app. He explains how the startup worked to avoid being perceived as “another Groupon” and why he believes big hotel chains such as Hilton and Marriott…
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, California
Feb 22, 2016 • 50 min
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom talks with Kara Swisher about why the government’s approach to technology needs to be completely reimagined. A former mayor of San Francisco, Newsom argues that tech companies need to take an active role in…
Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org
Feb 15, 2016 • 34 min
Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi talks with Kara Swisher about how he discovered his love for programming, and how Steve Jobs’ death spurred him to create a non-profit that would spread that love to others. He argues that, just as students learn chemistry but…
Andrew Jarecki, “The Jinx” Director
Feb 11, 2016 • 33 min
Andrew Jarecki joins Peter Kafka to talk about the success of true-crime documentary series such as “Making a Murderer,” “Serial” and the show he directed, “The Jinx.” He also discusses his history in tech as the founder of MovieFone and a new application…
Mike Cagney, CEO, SoFi
Feb 8, 2016 • 48 min
SoFi CEO Mike Cagney sits down with Kara Swisher to discuss why financial technology startups are suddenly hot and how SoFi hopes to eventually replace your bank, even though it has no permanent physical locations. He also talks about why SoFi is planning…
Chet Kanojia, Starry CEO
Feb 4, 2016 • 35 min
Starry CEO Chet Kanojia, formerly the founder and CEO of Aereo, is back with another startup aimed at taking on the man. He sits down with Peter Kafka to talk about Starry, which aims to attack broadband monopolies and duopolies by delivering high-speed…
Eric Weiner, Author of “The Geography of Genius”
Feb 1, 2016 • 54 min
Eric Weiner, author of New York Times bestseller “The Geography of Bliss” and the new book “The Geography of Genius,” talks with Kara Swisher about how where we live can make us smarter and more innovative. He traces genius from Athens to Calcutta to…
Nick Denton, Gawker Media Founder, and Jason Epstein, Investor
Jan 28, 2016 • 29 min
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton and new board member Jason Epstein, who just bought a minority share of the company, sit down with Peter Kafka to discuss the online media company’s rapidly changing outlook. For example, Denton says he’s no longer trying…
John Zimmer, Lyft President
Jan 25, 2016 • 35 min
Lyft President John Zimmer sits down with Kara Swisher to talk about the company’s transition from ridesharing to autonomous cars, the focus of a recently announced partnership with GM. He also discusses whether Lyft is being aggressive enough in its…
Shani Hilton, BuzzFeed Executive Editor of News
Jan 21, 2016 • 29 min
BuzzFeed’s Executive Editor of News Shani Hilton talks with Peter Kafka about how she rose to a leadership role within one of the world’s most talked-about new media companies. She discusses how the site’s strategies have changed as she manages a staff of…
Max Levchin, Affirm CEO
Jan 16, 2016 • 42 min
Affirm CEO and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin talks with Kara Swisher about being a serial entrepreneur and discovering more about himself in the process. He also discusses why startup founders and investors are increasingly flocking to finance, the…
Chris Altchek, Mic CEO
Jan 14, 2016 • 28 min
Mic CEO Chris Altchek talks with Peter Kafka about building a news site for millennials and why such a thing should exist in the first place. He explores the differences among newsreading generations and explains what Mic has learned from four years of…
Trae Vassallo and Michele Madansky, Co-Authors, “The Elephant in the Valley”
Jan 11, 2016 • 43 min
Former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Trae Vassallo and former Yahoo exec Michele Madansky sit down with Kara Swisher to talk about “The Elephant in the Valley,” their new report on gender bias and harassment in tech. The report examines the…
Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures Partner
Jan 7, 2016 • 35 min
Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger talks with Peter Kafka about being an investor at a time of bubble anxiety and political debate about the trade-off between privacy and security. He argues that tech companies and the government should work…
Happy Re/New Year 2016; CES Preview
Jan 4, 2016 • 50 min
It’s an all-star lineup of reporters from Re/code and The Verge in this special episode, featuring Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode, Casey Newton and Noah Kulwin. The team discusses the top tech stories of 2015, including online harassment, Google’s…
Rufus Griscom, Heleo CEO
Dec 31, 2015 • 20 min
Heleo CEO Rufus Griscom talks with Peter Kafka about trying to build a “BuzzFeed for brains” that can distribute Big Ideas to the broader Internet. He also discusses the founding of his two previous startups, Nerve.com (which sold to IAC) and Babble…
Niccolo de Masi, Glu CEO; Top Gadgets of 2015
Dec 28, 2015 • 50 min
Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi talks with Kara Swisher about Glu’s hit games like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Katy Perry Pop, and what makes them different from earlier video games based on licensed intellectual property. He also handicaps the future of…
Ev Williams, Medium CEO
Dec 24, 2015 • 32 min
Medium CEO Ev Williams talks with Peter Kafka about founding his third company that makes it easier to “write on the Interwebs,” and what makes Medium different from Blogger and Twitter. He also discusses why publishing on anything other than a platform…
Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp CEO; Virtual Reality Shenanigans
Dec 21, 2015 • 53 min
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman talks with Kara Swisher about spending a decade at the helm of the local-recommendations site, and the new challenges posed by private companies that can out-raise the public Yelp. He also explains why he thinks quasi-competitor…
Katie Nolan, Fox Sports TV Host
Dec 17, 2015 • 23 min
Katie Nolan talks with Peter Kafka about how she went from Tumblr to YouTube to television, specifically Fox Sports 1, where she hosts “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan.” They also discuss online harassment and why Nolan thinks the only logical response to…
Marc Lore, Jet.com CEO; Apple’s Ugly Battery Case
Dec 14, 2015 • 45 min
Jet.com CEO Marc Lore talks with Re/code’s Senior Commerce Editor Jason Del Rey about trying to build a new e-commerce giant when rival Amazon has a 20-year lead. Also: Why is Jet.com raising so much money? Later on: Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special…
Brian Rolapp, NFL Media Czar
Dec 10, 2015 • 33 min
The NFL’s media czar Brian Rolapp talks with Peter Kafka about why Internet companies might (or might not) get the rights to a soon-to-be-auctioned set of games. They also discuss what makes live sports different from other forms of TV and the impact of…
Dick Costolo, Former Twitter CEO; Hoverboards
Dec 7, 2015 • 55 min
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sits down with Kara Swisher to talk about what he’s doing next, what he thinks of Twitter’s future under Jack Dorsey and why men often fail to “do diversity.” Later, Lauren Goode wheels in to Kara’s desk to answer readers’…
Ricky Van Veen, CollegeHumor Co-Founder
Dec 3, 2015 • 32 min
In this first episode of Peter Kafka’s new weekly “Re/code Decode” interviews, CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen sits down with Peter to talk about monetizing content on the Internet and why it’s so hard. Plus: Why is a lot of that content moving to…
Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO; Holiday Gift Guide
Nov 30, 2015 • 53 min
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks with Kara Swisher about being in Paris during the city’s recent terror attacks, and what the hospitality company is doing after a major political win in San Francisco. Later, Lauren Goode gets a new job as Kara’s personal…
B.J. Novak and Dev Flaherty, The List App Co-Founders; iPad Pro
Nov 25, 2015 • 50 min
The List App co-founders B.J. Novak and Dev Flaherty talk about their new mobile-social app for making lists and how tech is changing the entertainment world. Later, Lauren Goode joins Kara to talk about Apple’s new iPad Pro and whether it’s worth the…
Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman, Two Bit Circus Co-Founders; New BlackBerries
Nov 18, 2015 • 44 min
Two Bit Circus CEO Brent Bushnell and CTO Eric Gradman talk with Kara Swisher about their high-tech circus, STEAM Carnival; fixing education; and why playing games will break down kids’ aversion to the sciences. Later, Lauren Goode finds out if the new…
Aaron Levie, Box CEO; Android vs. iOS
Nov 11, 2015 • 52 min
Box CEO Aaron Levie talks with Kara Swisher about the next wave of enterprise companies and why having $80,000 is better than having $10 million. Later on: How could switching between iOS and Android be easier?
Sequoia Capital Chairman Sir Michael Moritz, Food Delivery Services
Nov 4, 2015 • 56 min
Venture capitalist and co-author of “Leading” Michael Moritz talks with Kara Swisher about the history and future of investing and leadership. Later on: Do food delivery services have a place outside of San Francisco?
Huffington Post Editor in Chief Arianna Huffington, 4K TVs
Oct 28, 2015 • 37 min
Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington talks with Kara Swisher about why journalism is going mobile, but she won?t take her phone to bed. Later on: is 4K TV the future, or just hype?
Betaworks CEO and co-founder John Borthwick, TV streaming boxes and daily fantasy
Oct 21, 2015 • 53 min
John Borthwick, CEO of the “startup studio” Betaworks, tells Peter Kafka why mobile apps still rule, why he’s still bullish on Twitter user growth and more. Later, Lauren Goode and Kara Swisher talk TV streaming, and Kurt Wagner unpacks the daily fantasy…
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg, Code/Mobile and Google search
Oct 14, 2015 • 50 min
Ericsson is maybe the largest communications technology company on the planet. This week, CEO Hans Vestberg tells Kara Swisher about the view from the top, and why he’s excited about connectivity in the developing world and in cars. Later on, The Verge’s…
White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, TV streaming and Twitter
Oct 7, 2015 • 56 min
Valerie Jarrett is one of President Obama’s most trusted confidants, and by extension one of the most powerful people in Washington. She talks with Kara Swisher about the tech industry, gun control, Congress and more. Later, Walt Mossberg talks about TV…
Lenny newsletter co-founders Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
Sep 28, 2015 • 51 min
In a special hour-long interview with Kara Swisher, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner talk about their new newsletter publication, Lenny. The duo behind HBO’s “Girls” offer their thoughts on feminism, online harassment and more.
Microsoft EVP Peggy Johnson, digital media and car tech
Sep 23, 2015 • 57 min
Kara Swisher discusses the shiny, new startup-friendly Microsoft with its partnerships chief, Peggy Johnson. Plus, Lauren Goode on Internet publishing and Mark Bergen on advanced car tech.
Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti, Apple announcements and e-payments
Sep 15, 2015 • 61 min
BuzzFeed is one of the most important and successful new media companies, tying together deeply reported impact journalism with content optimized for the digital age. Peter Kafka talks with founder and CEO Jonah Peretti, and later on, The Verge’s Lauren…
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, productivity apps and wearables
Sep 7, 2015 • 56 min
Like rivals Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is no longer just a social network, it’s a content platform, a recruiting tool, a resume builder and much, much more. In the Red Chair this week, CEO Jeff Weiner explains how the company has grown and evolved.…
Marc Andreessen, investor and entrepreneur
Aug 31, 2015 • 59 min
Since founding Netscape more than 20 years ago, Marc Andreessen has been one of Silicon Valley’s most influential figures. The entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist talks with Kara Swisher about bubbles, politics, parenting and more, in an extended…
Ex-Googler Erica Baker, drone do’s and don’ts and car tech
Aug 25, 2015 • 56 min
Google salary spreadsheet creator Erica Baker talks diversity in tech with Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode debriefs drones and Ina Fried discusses car tech.
Twitter legal boss Vijaya Gadde, Apple’s fall lineup and tech industry aging
Aug 18, 2015 • 44 min
Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde talks about social media and the law, Walt Mossberg and Kara go back and forth on Apple’s fall lineup and Kara gives the ABCs of aging in Silicon Valley.
Investor Chris Sacca, smartphone prices and “buy” buttons
Aug 11, 2015 • 51 min
Investor Chris Sacca shares his thoughts on who might get the Twitter CEO job, Walt Mossberg dives into the weird world of wireless carriers and Jason Del Rey explains the rise of “buy” buttons.
“Million Dollar Listing” star Roh Habibi, Snapchat and race in tech
Aug 4, 2015 • 47 min
Kara talks with Roh Habibi, star of reality show “Million Dollar Listing San Francisco,” and guest Amina Sow speaks about her experience as a black woman in tech.
Andreessen Horowitz GP Chris Dixon, Windows 10 and hacking cars
Jul 27, 2015 • 51 min
Kara Swisher talks with Andreessen Horowitz general partner and entrepreneur and investor Chris Dixon about the landscape of venture capital and virtual reality. Walt Mossberg shares his perspective on Windows 10 and fields questions from his followers on…
Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, the Internet of Things and Google
Jul 21, 2015 • 49 min
Kara Swisher talks with Y Combinator president and Reddit board member Sam Altman about the social news site and the challenges of entrepreneurship. Lauren Goode fields questions on the “Internet of Things.”
Elon Musk biographer Ashlee Vance, photo apps and Reddit
Jul 15, 2015 • 47 min
Kara Swisher talks with journalist Ashlee Vance about his new book on Elon Musk. They discuss Musk’s “Tony Stark” image, the future of Tesla and whether Musk is mellowing out. Also on the show: photo apps and Reddit.
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, Apple Music
Jul 8, 2015 • 52 min
Kara Swisher interviews Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, Lauren Goode talks about Apple Music and more.