Track Changes

Track Changes

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Technology and culture, hosted by the people of Postlight.
Rich and Paul: Russian to Conclusions
Jun 27 • 36 min
From Amazon to Russian watches: this week Paul and Rich start by trying to rationalize Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods, a conversation summed up by Paul as, “You can Occam’s Razor this bad boy down.” They move on to Amazon’s…
Maris Kreizman Wants to Mail You Books
Jun 20 • 40 min
Analog books in the digital age: this week Paul and Rich talk to Maris Kreizman, editorial director of Book of the Month Club, the 90-year-old book subscription service that shaped American literary history. Topics discussed include BOMC’s revival…
What We Chat About When We Chat About Chat
Jun 12 • 41 min
Chat, bots, privacy, and the internet of things: this week Paul and Rich embark on a wide-ranging conversation about innovation and change in tech—and its impact on our daily lives. Topics covered include connected devices, machine learning, the…
Alex Daly Can Kickstart Your Dreams
Jun 6 • 45 min
Understanding crowdfunding with “The Crowdsourceress”: this week Paul and Rich talk to Alex Daly, a Kickstarter expert whose company, Vann Alexandra, has managed 50 campaigns and raised more than $20 million dollars. They discuss her background…
Jen Dary Wants You To Pluck Up
May 30 • 40 min
Launching the employee development movement: this week Paul and Rich talk to Jen Dary, the founder of Plucky, “a consulting firm that helps companies with their people.” They discuss the value of retention over hiring, how to reframe thinking…
Consider Yourself Notified
May 23 • 32 min
A user’s experience in a world of endless updates: this week Paul and Rich talk about the changes tech giants and digital publishers make on our mobile apps and on the web. Topics covered include our apps’ constant stream of small updates,…
John Shankman Explains the Whole Ad Stack
May 16 • 47 min
Understanding advertising on the web: this week Paul and Rich talk to John Shankman, an internet advertising veteran who has worked at companies like Federated Media, Huffington Post, and The Awl Network. He currently runs Hashtag Labs, a company that…
Sic Transit Gloria: Talking About Tech and Transportation
May 9 • 33 min
From Uber to Mars to the New York City bus system: this week Paul and Rich talk about the highs and lows of tech industry’s relationship with transportation, where some apps dismantle industries and others knit cities together. The conversation…
Aaron Lammer Is Not Safe For Work
May 2 • 43 min
Product management, from journalism to music to podcasts. This week Paul and Rich talk to Aaron Lammer about the three prongs of his career—as the co-founder of Longform, as a musician with Francis and the Lights, and as the host of Stoner, a new…
Laurie Voss Helps Millions of Programmers
Apr 25 • 41 min
Managing the world’s largest software registry: this week Paul and Rich talk to Laurie Voss, chief operating officer of npm, the JavaScript package manager that gives 7 million programmers worldwide access to hundreds of thousands of packages. They…
“Oh, Just Innovation Things,” with Michael Shane
Apr 18 • 37 min
Digital innovation and collaboration: this week Paul and Rich sit down with Michael Shane, the Global Head of Digital Innovation for Bloomberg. They discuss his journey from professional clarinetist to applying for an editorial position on a whim to…
Gina Trapani has things TODO.txt
Apr 11 • 47 min
Productivity at Postlight: this week, with Rich an ocean away, Paul is joined by Gina Trapani, a director of engineering at Postlight who is well-known for, amongst other things, founding the website Lifehacker. They discuss her productivity tool,…
Internationally Relating With Jeremy Pam
Apr 4 • 39 min
Geopolitical design thinking: this week Paul and Rich talk to Jeremy Pam, an international relations expert whose career has taken him from Wall Street to Iraq and Afghanistan to MIT to his current position at Columbia University’s Saltzman…
Talking with Kim Stanley Robinson about his global warming epic, New York 2140
Mar 28 • 40 min
Imagining New York’s underwater future: this week Paul and Rich talk to Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the most renowned science fiction writers alive. The author of nineteen novels, he describes his newest, New York 2140, as both a “post-disaster…
John Battelle on Making Web Media Possible, and Profitable
Mar 21 • 54 min
The past, present, and future of advertising on the web: this week Paul and Rich talk to John Battelle, who’s been, in Paul’s words, “an internet entrepreneur as long as there’s been internet entrepreneurship to happen.” They chronicle his…
Alan Burdick on the Nature of Time and the Terrors of Productivity
Mar 14 • 51 min
How do we measure and manage our lives? This week Paul and Rich talk to Alan Burdick, a staff writer and former senior editor at The New Yorker whose perpetual lateness led to Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation, a far-reaching and…
Rich and Paul Discuss the Hidden Giants of the Internet
Mar 7 • 37 min
From Amazon Web Services to YouTube cake videos: this week Paul and Rich go on a journey into the depths of the web, from its infrastructure to its myriad communities. They start with the recent AWS outage that left sites large and small scrambling…
Tech at the ACLU: In practice, and in theory
Feb 28 • 52 min
The technologists defending the Constitution: this week Paul and Rich talk to two people with very different roles at the American Civil Liberties Union. Marco Carbone, Associate Director for Internet Technology, manages the ACLU’s website,…
Lara Hogan on Engineering and Public Speaking
Feb 21 • 43 min
Demystifying public speaking: this week Paul and Rich talk to Lara Hogan, an engineering director at Etsy whose most recent book, Demystifying Public Speaking, aims to help get more diverse voices onstage in the tech world. Topics covered include…
Ryan and Dan in a World of VICE (News)
Feb 14 • 44 min
From the front lines of the changing world of media: this week Paul and Rich talk to a client, VICE News, specifically editor Ryan McCarthy and general manager Dan Fletcher. They talk about VICE News and VICE more broadly, outline Dan and Ryan’s…
Should Twitter Delete @realDonaldTrump?
Feb 7 • 47 min
Should Twitter delete the president’s personal account? Paul and Rich tackled this hotly-debated question in the first-ever live episode of Track Changes, recorded at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan as part of IxDA’s Interaction 17 conference….
Prashant Agarwal on Scaling Design
Jan 31 • 47 min
Why you need prototypes and Powerpoints: this week Paul and Rich talk to Prashant Agarwal, the VP of Design at McKinsey Digital Labs. They talk about his career trajectory, from studying business to co-founding a startup to product management to…
Nicholas Carr on How Technology Becomes Creepy
Jan 24 • 46 min
The promise—and creepiness—of the web. This week Paul and Rich talk to Nicholas Carr, the author of books including The Shallows, The Glass Cage, and, most recently, Utopia Is Creepy. Topics covered include our addictions to devices, the…
The New, Big Media
Jan 17 • 29 min
How do our media landscapes shape our lives? This week Paul and Rich have a wide-ranging conversation about media, from the changing landscape of journalism to the way we consume entertainment to the way we share information. Topics covered include…
Craig Mod on Great Design and Long Journeys—Part 2
Jan 10 • 49 min
Physically preserving the contents of the web: in the second and final installment of their conversation with Craig Mod, Paul and Rich talk to the writer, designer, and technologist about his new book and about the writing platform hi.co, the entire…
Craig Mod on Great Design and Long Journeys—Part 1
Jan 3 • 40 min
Traveling the world with Craig Mod: in the first of a two-part conversation, Paul and Rich talk to the writer, designer, and technologist about his upbringing, his early relationships with computers, and strategy tips for walking through forests. They…
Year in Review: 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 36 min
What should we make of 2016? This week Paul and Rich recap the year, with a focus on the big tech trends of the past 12 months. Topics covered include virtual and, augmented reality, Pokémon GO, Facebook’s fake news problem, Apple’s terrible…
Colin Smith Has a Plan to Help Hundreds of NYC Public Schools
Dec 19, 2016 • 38 min
Creating change for New York City kids: this week Paul and Rich split the episode in two, with two conversations about children and learning. First they talk about their own kids’ relationships with technology and feelings about teaching them to…
Michael Sippey on Product Management—and Pivoting
Dec 13, 2016 • 48 min
Learning from successes and failures: this week Paul and Rich talk to Michael Sippey, whose career spans the history of the web, from blogging pioneer to Six Apart to director of product at Twitter to startup founder. He details his work at Twitter…
Q&A: Taking listener questions, and mission statements
Dec 6, 2016 • 34 min
Answering listener mail: this week Paul and Rich answer a few letters: first, an architect asks Rich to expand upon his analogy between small teams of software developers and architecture firms; then, a Facebook-weary listener asks why there isn’t…
Introducing Postlight Labs
Nov 29, 2016 • 27 min
A new division of Postlight: this week Paul and Rich debut Postlight Labs, a recently-launched space for innovation and experimentation within the company. They discuss Labs’ inception and some of the thinking behind its mission, and then detail…
Postlight at One
Nov 22, 2016 • 34 min
Taking stock after one year: this week Paul and Rich assess the company they founded last year and what they’ve learned in the intervening months. They detail Postlight’s origin story, talk about philosophies around hiring and building a diverse…
Cathy O’Neil on “Weapons of Math Destruction”
Nov 15, 2016 • 47 min
Our dangerous reliance on big data: in an episode recorded before the election, Rich and Paul talk to Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. They discuss Cathy’s origins in…
Put Your Phone Down
Nov 8, 2016 • 25 min
Are we addicted to our phones? This week Paul and Rich very deliberately avoid talking about the fate of our democracy and tackle perennial questions about our devices and our (possibly unhealthy) relationships with them, starting with Andrew…
In the studio with Jeffrey Zeldman
Nov 1, 2016 • 40 min
The next step for Jeffrey Zeldman: this week Paul and Rich talk to the web design pioneer who, in Paul’s words, “designed the aesthetic of the web for a while.” They discuss his history as founder of the design studio Happy Cog and A List Apart…
Tom Vanderbilt explains all of your choices
Oct 25, 2016 • 45 min
How does the web shape our taste—and our choices? This week Paul and Rich talk to Tom Vanderbilt, author of You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice. They examine how online ratings affect our perceptions, the power of negative reviews,…
101 Fifth Avenue
Oct 18, 2016 • 35 min
What can we learn from the history of an address? Fresh off Postlight’s recent move to offices at 101 Fifth Avenue, Paul and Rich use The New York Times’s archives to delve into the history of that particular parcel of land. Some of the results…
A Conversation with Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand, Part Two
Oct 11, 2016 • 44 min
How does design shape the world? This week, Paul Ford and Rich Ziade finish their conversation with Michael Bierut, a partner at Pentagram, and Jessica Helfand, senior critic at the Yale School of Art. Topics discussed include the public’s…
A Conversation with Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand, Part One
Oct 4, 2016 • 39 min
How designers see the world: this week, Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Michael Bierut, a partner at the design firm Pentagram, and Jessica Helfand, a senior critic at the Yale School of Art. In the first installment of a two-part conversation, they…
Clover Newsletter—Turning over a new leaf (or four) with founders Liza Darwin and Casey Lewis
Sep 27, 2016 • 45 min
New media on old platforms: this week Paul and Rich talk to Liza Darwin and Casey Lewis, former teen magazine editors who launched “Clover,” a daily topical newsletter and app for girls ages 13-22, early this year. They discuss their former…
“See media for pic”—a conversation on emergency alerts
Sep 20, 2016 • 36 min
Terrorism and technology: this week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk about a host of topics in the wake of the past weekend’s bombing in Manhattan. They cover the state of the city and the collective reaction of its residents, the ease of international…
Brightcove, Big City—talking video with David Mendels
Sep 13, 2016 • 39 min
Our all-video future: this week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to David Mendels, the CEO of the video-hosting platform Brightcove. They discuss video’s rise and current dominance on the web, esports, “snackable video,” Rich’s relationship with…
Who’s Gonna Drive You Home—Talking Self-Driving Cars
Sep 6, 2016 • 34 min
What does our self-driving future look like? This week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade cover, in Rich’s words, “Bluetooth headsets, my mother, and self-driving cars.” They start with a discussion on the shortcomings of video-conferencing systems; segue…
Rational Geographic—Map Chat with Aaron Straup Cope
Aug 30, 2016 • 43 min
The history and the future of geotagging: this week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Aaron Straup Cope, a programmer who works with maps and geographical datasets. The conversation covers his time as one of Flickr’s earliest employees, data…
Julia Pimsleur—Found in Translation
Aug 23, 2016 • 45 min
Helping women build million-dollar businesses: this week Paul and Rich talk to Julia Pimsleur, founder of the Little Pim foreign language-learning series and author of Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go…
This Is Haughey Do It
Aug 16, 2016 • 44 min
The evolution of MetaFilter: this week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Matt Haughey, the founder of MetaFilter, the collection of sites and communities that Paul describes as “one of the real success stories of the web.” The conversation covers…
Elizabeth Spiers is Multi-dimensional
Aug 9, 2016 • 46 min
From digital journalism to virtual reality: this week, Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Elizabeth Spiers, whom Paul describes as “both a human being and essentially a human media platform.” (Elizabeth scales the description back a bit with…
Event Verizon
Aug 2, 2016 • 28 min
Verizon just bought Yahoo, but what exactly did they get? This week, Paul Ford and Rich Ziade discuss the acquisition of the beleaguered Yahoo, and mull over the long games of companies like Verizon, Google, Facebook, and Apple. They also consider the…
The DNA of NDAs
Jul 26, 2016 • 34 min
Do we need so many NDAs? This week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade discuss the proliferation of the non-disclosure agreement in the tech world and beyond, and hammer out what’s really necessary in a business contract. They talk about verbal NDAs and…
Karen McGrane—Content and discontent
Jul 19, 2016 • 44 min
How does a content strategist see the web? This week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Karen McGrane, a user-experience expert who writes books, gives speeches, leads workshops, and takes on a variety of web projects with her agency Bond Art + Science….
Mayer Lemons—a chat about Yahoo’s recent acquisitions
Jul 11, 2016 • 31 min
Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo acquisitions: this week Paul and Rich start the discussion with a recent Gizmodo article about the fate of all 53 companies Yahoo has purchased under Mayer’s leadership. Topics covered include acqui-hires, managing up vs…
Rex Sorgatz—the other side of Fate
Jul 5, 2016 • 45 min
Has the internet changed everything? This week Rich and Paul talk to writer and media strategist Rex Sorgatz, who wrote recently about returning to his small North Dakota hometown to see how (or if!) access to the world’s information has changed…
The Silence of the Cams
Jun 28, 2016 • 37 min
Your silent Facebook feed: this week Paul and Rich talk about how video has taken over Facebook—and about how 85% of those videos are viewed silently. They debate form and content, consider user experience, and fixate on a fictional video in which…
Virginia Heffernan—Magic, Loss, and Mercy Killing Horses
Jun 21, 2016 • 53 min
Aesthetics and digital technology: this week Paul and Rich talk to writer Virginia Heffernan about her new book, Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art. The conversation covers Buddhism, Angry Birds, The 4-Hour Workweek, nuclear war, ancient philosophy,…
Paul and Rich exchange frank views
Jun 14, 2016 • 39 min
The media industry versus Silicon Valley: this week Paul and Rich set out to ostensibly talk about the ongoing saga of Gawker vs Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel (recorded just days before the Gawker bankruptcy announcement). Instead, they find themselves…
Khoi Vinh—from Subtraction to Adobe
Jun 7, 2016 • 38 min
Design and spotting talent from The New York Times to Adobe: this week Paul and Rich sit down with designer Khoi Vinh, who is currently the director of product design for mobile at Adobe. They trace his career from his early agency in New York to his…
Q&A
May 31, 2016 • 29 min
Google’s UX, tech in the classroom, and Spotify’s algorithms: this week Rich and Paul answer a host of listener questions and comments. Topics discussed include the abysmal UX of Google’s ad products, Amazon’s strategies for world domination,…
Natalie Podrazik—iOS developer and user-research spy
May 24, 2016 • 42 min
What is it like to be an iOS programmer? This week Paul and Rich talk to Natalie Podrazik about, in Paul’s words, “the gestalt of iOS programming.” Natalie traces her journey from studying comp-sci to backend programming to developing for Apple…
Meet Mercury, an automatic AMP engine for any website
May 18, 2016 • 33 min
What is the AMP format, and how will it affect publishers? This week Rich and Paul unveil Mercury, Postlight’s new AMP-conversion tool. As they break down Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages format, they talk about why they built Mercury—and how…
Too Something? To Fail
May 9, 2016 • 32 min
How do you define success—or failure? This week, Paul and Rich tackle ideas about failure in business, the tech industry, and their lives. The result is part topical conversation (Apple, Yahoo, the penetrating gaze of Theranos founder…
Gina Trapani—coder to lifehacker and back again
May 3, 2016 • 38 min
Programming and blogging for programmers: this week Paul and Rich talk with Gina Trapani, the founder of Lifehacker and one of their newest employees. Gina talks about her journey from coding to the technology and lifestyle blog Lifehacker—and…
The Web Is Dead
Apr 26, 2016 • 37 min
Is the web dead? This week Paul and Rich eulogize the web, which has been dying since its inception. They compare the early, organic days of the web with today’s trends towards massive commercial centralization. They also talk about Outbrain and…
Camille and Kellan are Friends (and CTOs)
Apr 18, 2016 • 41 min
What is it like to be a CTO? This week Paul and Rich talk to two former chief technology officers: Camille Fournier, who was previously at Rent the Runway, and Kellan Elliott-McCrea, who was previously at Etsy. They discuss the CTO’s role within a…
Takin’ It Meta
Apr 12, 2016 • 33 min
Why is publishing on the web so fractured? This week Paul and Rich make a podcast about making a podcast—or more specifically, about the difficulties of publishing content on disparate platforms across the web. They discuss native advertising versus…
The Man Who Killed Clippy, Part 2
Apr 5, 2016 • 35 min
Microsoft Word and the legacy of Clippy: in the second of a two-part episode, Paul and Rich continue their conversation with Dean Hachamovitch, former corporate vice president for Internet Explorer at Microsoft. This time they spend a while…
The Man Who Killed Clippy, Part 1
Mar 28, 2016 • 31 min
Going deep inside Microsoft: in the first of a two-part episode, Paul and Rich talk to Dean Hachamovitch, the former corporate vice president for Internet Explorer at Microsoft. In this installment, they talk about what that job is like on day one,…
Add Me to Your Professional Network
Mar 22, 2016 • 36 min
Why is LinkedIn so unpleasant? This week Paul and Rich want to connect with you, as they tackle the messy hellscape that is LinkedIn. What makes the site so bad—and what, if anything, could make it better? And in the second half of the show, they…
Anil Dash, Capitalist to Activist
Mar 14, 2016 • 38 min
Ethics and access on the web: in this week’s episode, Paul and Rich talk to entrepreneur-turned-activist Anil Dash about the early days of the web, access and inclusivity, and the ethical responsibilities of the people who build digital…
Presidential web platforms ranked
Mar 7, 2016 • 26 min
What does your CMS say about your chances as a presidential candidate? “The last couple election cycles, your typical Republican website looked like it was ten years older than it was, and was prepared by dogs.” –Paul Ford But man, things have…
The FBI vs. Apple and Rich vs. Paul
Feb 29, 2016 • 48 min
The debate over security, privacy, and technology: this week’s episode starts with a battle between two titans, Apple vs. the FBI and/or Paul vs. Rich. Weighing in on the ongoing phone encryption saga, Rich sides with the government’s right to…
Deep inside Facebook and Silicon Valley with Jon Lax
Feb 24, 2016 • 53 min
From a design firm in Toronto to Facebook and Silicon Valley: on the first-ever episode of Track Changes, Postlight founders Paul Ford and Rich Ziade introduce themselves and sit down with Jon Lax, director of product design at Facebook, to talk about…