Decrypted

Decrypted

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Join Bloomberg Technology’s Brad Stone each week as he and the team’s reporters uncover what actually happens behind closed doors.


The Last Decrypted
Dec 10 • 24 min
This week on Decrypted, hosts Aki and Brad get together one last time for an announcement: This will be the very last episode of Decrypted. They also look back at some of their favorite episodes from the show, with updates on where those stories are…
Can AI Compose Good Music?
Nov 26 • 27 min
Computers can now drive cars, identify faces and transcribe speech, but many experts said that it would take much longer for AI to tackle creative endeavors. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Natalia Drozdiak meets three composers using…
The YouTube Whisperer Guiding Creators Through Perilous Times
Nov 19 • 21 min
Under pressure from users, advertisers and government regulators, YouTube has implemented sweeping changes to its service over the last three years to minimize the spread of harmful and misleading content. But those changes have made it harder for many of…
The Amazon Seller Caught in the Middle of a Trade War
Nov 12 • 23 min
The U.S.-China trade war has dragged on for more than a year now, harming the livelihoods of people around the world who depend on the two superpowers getting along. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Shelly Banjo profiles one such person:…
Warehouses Watching Every Move Workers Make
Nov 5 • 20 min
Warehouse workers suffer from an unusually high rate of injury. Now, at some facilities, workers can wear a sensor on their chest, which buzzes when they’re at risk of getting hurt. But this tracking device also gathers detailed information about the…
Elon Musk’s Quest to Control Computers With Our Thoughts
Oct 29 • 25 min
Over the summer, Elon Musk unveiled the details of his secretive startup Neuralink. Its goal, he said, is to place electrodes in our brains so we can control a computer with our thoughts. Its experiments have so far been limited to rodents and monkeys,…
Coming Soon: Travel Genius Season 2
Oct 25 • 2 min
Bloomberg’s Travel Genius podcast is back! After clocking another hundred-thousand miles in the sky, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood have a whole new series of flight hacking, restaurant sleuthing, and hotel booking tips to inspire your own…
Apple’s $50 Billion Dilemma in China
Oct 22 • 16 min
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have ensnared a number of companies, including one U.S. company that has the most to lose in China: Apple Inc. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Alistair Barr breaks down the iPhone maker’s controversial…
Why Juul’s Co-Inventor Is Making a New E-Cigarette
Oct 15 • 25 min
Dismantling Big Tech: A User’s Manual
Oct 8 • 25 min
Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and state governments across the U.S. are investigating the tech giants for anti-competitive behavior. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Eric Newcomer walks us through those…
Update: How Your DNA Test Could Solve a Murder
Oct 1 • 29 min
This week on Decrypted, we’re re-airing our story about CeCe Moore, who helps law enforcement track down killers by combing through databases of consumer DNA test results. At the end of the episode, host Aki Ito catches up with reporter Kristen V. Brown…
Inside WeWork’s IPO Disaster
Sep 24 • 25 min
Over the last few weeks, WeWork’s parent company has lurched from one crisis to the next as it scrambled to keep its IPO alive⁠—resulting in founder Adam Neumann leaving his job as CEO. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Ellen Huet traces We…
Will We Be Safe From Election Hacking in 2020?
Sep 17 • 21 min
Ahead of the 2016 elections, Illinois’ voter database was infiltrated by Russia’s state-backed hackers. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Kartikay Mehrotra investigates what Illinois has done since to prepare for the next presidential…
Is Your Amazon Habit Wrecking the Planet?
Sep 10 • 24 min
For years, critics have accused Amazon.com for not doing enough to curb its impact on the environment—and recently, a group of Amazon employees joined in to try to force the issue by filing a shareholder resolution. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg…
The New iPhones and Apple’s Future: A Preview
Sep 3 • 21 min
On Sept. 10, Apple will be unveiling its new products for the year. Ahead of the event, Bloomberg Technology’s Mark Gurman previews the changes Apple’s planning for its three versions of the iPhone, as well as the company’s other products. Will these…
Introducing Prognosis Season 3: Superbugs
Aug 27 • 3 min
On this new season of Prognosis, we look at the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. You’re probably more likely to have heard of these as superbugs. Their rise has been described as a silent tsunami of catastrophic…
For Police, Social Media Is Now Part of the Job
Jun 25 • 20 min
When police officer David Gomez was first stationed at a school in rural Idaho, he thought he’d spend his time breaking up fights in bathrooms and scanning the hallways for weed. Instead, he found that almost every problem was either happening on social…
Why Silicon Valley Is Hiring Bird Experts
Jun 18 • 28 min
A few years ago, reporter Sarah McBride noticed that a top engineer at Twitter was also an expert on the brains of birds. Then, more and more, she started seeing that many top tech companies have bird brain experts in their highest ranks⁠—that includes…
Google Workers Rise Up: Inside the Protests
Jun 11 • 25 min
Google has long had a special relationship with staff, encouraging employee input on all sorts of internal matters. For the last two decades, this approach has worked well. But after a series of controversies and protests in the last two years, some…
The Science of Resurrecting Extinct Species
Jun 4 • 22 min
Northern White Rhinos are functionally extinct: The two remaining females have no males to breed with. But an ambitious plan is underway to save the species. This week on Decrypted, reporter Kristen V. Brown meets the scientists using cutting edge stem…
WWDC Preview: A Conversation With Apple’s Former App Approval Chief
May 28 • 40 min
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is an annual pilgrimage for software developers whose businesses are built on the App Store. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Mark Gurman speaks to Phillip Shoemaker, the former head of app review at Apple who…
Bloomberg and Wondery Present: The Shrink Next Door
May 23 • 12 min
Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist.…
Silicon Valley’s Van-Dwellers
May 21 • 26 min
Mountain View, California, is home to Google and Silicon Valley’s tech boom. Rents and home prices have soared, and hundreds of people have been forced to live in recreational vehicles parked on the city’s streets. This week on Decrypted, we explore how…
The Strange World of Virtual Bike Races
May 14 • 23 min
Cycling enthusiasts have a new way to work out at home: By hooking their bikes up to Zwift, they compete in a video game with other stationary cyclists. This week on Decrypted, reporter Gerrit de Vynck spends a month training on Zwift. He explores whether…
Your Guide to the Uber IPO
May 7 • 23 min
It’s finally happening. A decade after Uber started out as a black car service in San Francisco, it’s going public in one of the largest IPOs of all time. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Eric Newcomer joins Brad Stone to discuss what it…
Silicon Valley Is Making Gasoline Out of Thin Air
Apr 30 • 21 min
A growing number of experts believe that a promising technology, known as carbon capture, will be an essential part of any plan to confront climate change. But until now the science of removing carbon from the air has only ever been demonstrated at a…
As Amazon Gets Bigger, Sellers Feel the Squeeze
Apr 23 • 25 min
Jason Boyce built a successful business selling sports equipment on Amazon. As the platform has grown, Amazon has pushed sellers to lower prices, shorten delivery times and compete harder for every sale. This week on Decrypted, we explore whether…
Introducing “What Goes Up,” A New Show From Bloomberg
Apr 18 • 2 min
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Mike Regan and Sarah Ponczek speak with expert guests each week about the main themes influencing global markets. They explore everything from stocks to bonds to currencies and commodities, and how each asset class…
The App That’s Helping Gay Couples Have Kids in China
Apr 16 • 26 min
With 40 million users, Blued is a popular dating app for gay men in China. This week on Decrypted, we explore the company’s next venture: a service to help gay couples have babies by surrogate in California.
Young Blood and the Pursuit of Eternal Youth
Apr 9 • 25 min
A company called Ambrosia Health signed up about 150 patients for a novel anti-aging procedure: young blood plasma transfusions. The only problem was the FDA. This week on Decrypted, the story of a startup that claimed it could restore lost youth with…
Coming Soon: The Pay Check Season 2
Apr 5 • 2 min
The Pay Check is back for a second season! For the next six weeks, we’re going to dig into the number one reason women still make less money than men: Motherhood. Women start their careers earning just about the same as men do, but once they have their…
Why Drugs Are Still for Sale on Instagram
Apr 2 • 28 min
Instagram is full of vacation pics, brand campaigns and celebrity posts. But it’s also a place where people go to find counterfeit prescription drugs and illegal street drugs. This week on Decrypted, we follow the story of Eileen Carey, who has tried for…
Coming Soon: Pushing the Boundaries
Mar 26 • 2 min
Decrypted will be back next week. Here’s an early peek at the stories we’ll be covering this season.
A Message from The Pay Check
Feb 12 • 1 min
The Pay Check is collecting stories for our upcoming season, and we want to hear from you! Did having a kid change your career trajectory or the way you work? If you have anything you want to share, call and leave us a voicemail at (212) 617-0166. Stay…
Introducing “Works For Me,” A New Podcast From Bloomberg
Jan 8 • 3 min
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield navigate the productivity industry by way of their own experiences. In each episode, one of the two becomes a human guinea pig as she tries to solve a specific work-related…
Assault, Harassment and Lower Pay: Women in the Gig Economy
Dec 18, 2018 • 25 min
Jody Pagliocco drives for Uber and Lyft in Maine. Like many working mothers, she depends on the income and the flexibility of the job—but she can’t stand the constant harassment from male passengers. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Selina…
The Decrypted Gift Guide
Dec 11, 2018 • 20 min
‘Tis the season to give your loved ones the latest and greatest tech gadgets. The only problem: a lot of them are now listening, watching and tracking us. As part of Decrypted’s exploration of the unintended consequences of technology, this week Pia…
The Secrets Hidden in Our Google Location Data
Dec 4, 2018 • 25 min
When Theo Patt was 15 he built a software program that displayed his Google location data on a map online. For the teenager, it was a sentimental keepsake. But since then, hundreds of thousands of people have used it — often in ways Theo never intended.…
Is the Tech Boom Coming to an End?
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
In August, Apple was worth a trillion dollars and analysts wondered when the other tech giants would join its ranks. But over the last three months, the stock prices of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google have all plunged. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg…
Biohacking a Ripped Frog
Nov 20, 2018 • 31 min
This week on Decrypted, we’re bringing you an episode from Bloomberg’s newly-launched health and medicine podcast: Prognosis. Bloomberg’s Kristen V Brown takes you on a tour of a biohacker’s DNA experiment to change how frogs — and possibly people — grow…
The Blind Spots in Facebook’s Ad Machine
Nov 13, 2018 • 25 min
Facebook’s ad platform is quick to learn, easy to use and incredibly profitable. But the complex algorithms that make the ads run are still a black box for most people, and that can create problems—particularly when it comes to politics. This week on…
Travel Genius, a New Show From Bloomberg
Nov 7, 2018 • 2 min
What’s the most sure-fire way to get a flight upgrade? How can you find the best, secret local restaurants by asking just one question? What’s the first thing you should do when you get into a hotel room? On Bloomberg’s new podcast Travel Genius, we’ll…
The Cancer-Linked Chemical In America’s Tap Water
Nov 6, 2018 • 25 min
Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has had a 3M factory in town since 1947. It makes everything from Post-It Notes and Scotch Tape to reflective road signs. In 2017, the city found out the state was lowering the acceptable level of PFAS, a chemical made and used…
Prognosis, a New Show From Bloomberg
Nov 2, 2018 • 2 min
Where does a medical cure come from? 100 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for scientists to test medicines by taking a dose themselves. As medical technologies get cheaper and more accessible, patients and DIY tinkerers are trying something similar—and…
The Bloody Consequences of the Scooter Revolution
Oct 30, 2018 • 20 min
Electric scooter-sharing programs have become very popular, and very polarizing. With companies like Bird and Lime operating in over 100 cities globally, an increasing number of grisly accidents have made it into the headlines. This week on Decrypted,…
How Your DNA Test Could Land a Relative in Jail
Oct 23, 2018 • 24 min
In 1987, a young couple was killed in Washington state. This case, and others like it, were unsolved for decades — until a new technology emerged. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg’s Kristen V. Brown visits CeCe Moore, who’s at the forefront of using…
Inside the Backlash Against Juul
Oct 16, 2018 • 29 min
The e-cigarette maker Juul has seen stratospheric sales since early 2017, making it one of the buzziest startups in Silicon Valley. But now a backlash over the company’s popularity with teenagers could jeopardize that. This week on Decrypted, Olivia…
Click Like for Propaganda
Oct 2, 2018 • 28 min
Facebook is used to dealing with rogue actors antagonizing politicians on its platform. But what happens when a country’s own government is the one bending the rules? This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Sarah Frier and Pia Gadkari look at what…
Making Sense of Tesla’s Deepening Crisis
Sep 25, 2018 • 23 min
For years, Elon Musk had been testing the limits of acceptable decorum for a public company CEO. This summer, he may have finally gone too far. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Brad Stone and Dana Hull trace how the two words “funding…
UFO Hunting in the Photoshop Age
Sep 18, 2018 • 22 min
Advances in photo and video editing technology have enabled fake news, birthed viral hoaxes and even empowered corrupt governments. But they’ve also had a less publicized consequence: complicating mankind’s search for extraterrestrial life. This week on…
Tech Guards Our Digital Memories, Until It Doesn’t
Sep 11, 2018 • 23 min
When Andrew Friedman pulled out an old Flip Video camera to watch a cherished video of his newborn son, his camera wouldn’t turn on. It’s happened to many of us: we buy the latest new app or gadget, but within a few years it becomes obsolete as the tech…
A Canadian Ghost Town Takes a Gamble on Bitcoin
Sep 4, 2018 • 31 min
Ocean Falls in Canada had been mostly abandoned for the last 40 years—until an entrepreneur started building a facility to mine bitcoin there. Residents hoped the new business would help revive the struggling community. This season on Decrypted, we’ll be…
Season 3: Unintended Consequences
Aug 28, 2018 • 2 min
The third season of Decrypted launches Sept. 4, and we’re dedicating the entire season to exploring the unintended consequences of technology. We’ll be releasing new episodes every Tuesday.
An Announcement From Decrypted
Aug 28, 2018 • 2 min
We have a new host on Decrypted! Aki and Brad welcome Pia Gadkari to the mic, and Aki fills us in on some exciting news of her own.
My Quest to Get My Data Back From Facebook, OkCupid and More
Jun 26, 2018 • 29 min
Last month, the world’s most far-reaching data privacy regulation took effect in Europe. Consumers there can now not only ask companies to delete or hand over their data, but they can also sell that data to other businesses. This week on Decrypted,…
How Tech is Harming its Most Vulnerable Users
Jun 19, 2018 • 27 min
When Jared was just a pre-teen his childhood hobby, playing video games, morphed into a compulsive and eventually harmful obsession. Years later, he’s still working to move past it, and he’s not alone. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Pia…
Update: Affirmative Action in Silicon Valley
Jun 12, 2018 • 31 min
When entrepreneur Mitchell Lee decided it was time to hire another engineer at his startup Penny, he set out to hire someone who broke the mold of a typical Silicon Valley programmer. This week on Decrypted, we’re re-airing this episode that we first…
When Amazon Comes Crashing In
Jun 5, 2018 • 19 min
Texas food delivery startup Burpy was doing well, expanding from Austin to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. But then Amazon got in to the same business. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Olivia Zaleski goes to Austin to chart one startup’s…
The Hunt for Bitcoin’s Creator
May 29, 2018 • 29 min
The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the unknown creator of the cryptocurrency bitcoin, is one of the tech industry’s biggest unsolved mysteries. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Brad Stone and Julie Verhage ask the journalists who tried…
A Venezuelan Bitcoin Miner on Why He Had To Flee
May 22, 2018 • 25 min
Venezuela’s spiraling economic crisis has forced many citizens to seek new ways of making money. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg’s Camila Russo and Brad Stone hear from one businessman who made the decision to quietly start mining bitcoin — a smart move…
Inside Amazon’s Big Showdown With Seattle
May 15, 2018 • 23 min
There’s a standoff brewing in Seattle. After years of double-digit growth in home prices, homelessness is surging and the city council is weighing a tax on big businesses to fund new affordable housing. But Amazon, Seattle’s largest employer, threatened…
Bonus: The Pay Check, a New Podcast
May 9, 2018 • 3 min
It’s a big, expensive, global mystery. Why do women still make less money—a lot less—than men? In the US, the average woman makes 80 cents to every dollar a man makes. Launching May 9, the Pay Check is an in-depth investigation into what that 20 percent…
Update: The Russian Cybersecurity Company Kaspersky Lab
May 8, 2018 • 24 min
In July, we brought you an investigation of the Moscow-based antivirus software maker Kaspersky Lab and its connections with the Russian government. A lot has happened since then. This week on Decrypted, you’ll hear a shortened version of that original…
The Race to Teach Robots How to Do Our Jobs
May 1, 2018 • 26 min
Before they can take away our jobs, robots need to learn how to do them. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Joshua Brustein meets the people training these machines, and gives “robot piloting” a try himself. He also hears from the researchers…
How Fasting Turned Into Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession
Apr 24, 2018 • 25 min
Fasting is taking off in Silicon Valley, with everyone from entrepreneurs to established executives touting the health and productivity benefits. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Tom Giles and Selina Wang try it themselves to see what the…
A Female Engineer’s Fight for Equal Pay at Google
Apr 14, 2018 • 16 min
Kelly Ellis was excited when Google hired her as a software engineer in 2010. But soon, she started noticing things that made her wonder whether her male colleagues were making more money than her. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Ellen Huet…
The World Is Cracking Down on Bitcoin—Except Japan
Apr 10, 2018 • 27 min
Over the last few months, governments around the world have cracked down on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. But one country is sticking to its crypto-friendly policies: Japan. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Yuji Nakamura and Aki Ito…
How Melinda Gates Is Tackling Tech’s Gender Problem
Apr 3, 2018 • 21 min
Over the last few decades, Melinda Gates’ philanthropy has taken her to all corners of the globe. But recently she’s come to focus on an issue much closer to home: a dearth of women in tech. This week on Decrypted, Melinda sits down with Bloomberg…
Facebook’s Former Employees Open Up About the Data Scandal
Mar 30, 2018 • 18 min
As Facebook reels from a public backlash over its handling of user data, former employees are starting to air their hesitations and criticisms of the company they helped build. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Sarah Frier and Aki Ito hear from these…
Stay Tuned
Mar 27, 2018 • 1 min
We’re hard at work on a new episode about Facebook’s data scandal. We’ll be publishing that later this week. Stay tuned.
Inside a Local Newspaper’s Fight to Survive
Mar 20, 2018 • 26 min
Since the advent of the internet, local newspapers like the U.K.’s Bournemouth Daily Echo have been relentlessly cutting costs to survive. Now, another wave of change is approaching: automation. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Jeremy Kahn visits the…
The Surprising Power Broker Backing E-Commerce Startups
Mar 13, 2018 • 26 min
When Abigail Stone decided to start an online candle company, she had neither investors nor a product. But she found an early ally in the branding agency Red Antler, which agreed to help her get her business off the ground in exchange for a cut of her…
A Hacker’s Redemption (Part 2)
Mar 6, 2018 • 28 min
By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the internet. With the vigilante group Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec, he launched attacks against multibillion-dollar companies and governments around the world.…
A Hacker’s Redemption (Part 1)
Mar 6, 2018 • 32 min
By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the internet. With the vigilante group Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec, he launched attacks against multibillion-dollar companies and governments around the world.…
Coming March 6
Feb 27, 2018 • 2 min
Decrypted returns on March 6 with a brand new season. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store. We’ll be releasing new episodes every Tuesday starting next week.
A Special Announcement From Decrypted
Dec 26, 2017 • 2 min
This week, Brad and Aki have a special announcement: Decrypted will be on break for the next few weeks. The team’s already hard at work on a bunch of new stories for 2018, and we promise they’ll be worth the wait. In the meantime, happy holidays! We’ll be…
Inside the Big Plan to Make Ethereum Go Mainstream
Dec 19, 2017 • 25 min
Cryptocurrencies have exploded in 2017. But while prices are surging, transactions are facing long delays because the networks are flooded with traffic. This is the problem facing the Ethereum network, which, along with its digital currency ether, has…
He Sparked the Fake News Boom. Then Facebook Broke His Business
Dec 12, 2017 • 28 min
From a young age, Cyrus Massoumi knew he wanted to become rich one day. In 2012, he figured out how: by creating an inflammatory, hyper-partisan news site that used Facebook to make its articles go viral. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Sarah Frier and…
UPDATE: Life After Blowing the Whistle in Silicon Valley
Dec 1, 2017 • 35 min
When Francisco Riordan suspected his company of breaking the law last year, he secretly reached out to federal regulators. His actions helped set in motion events that left Rothenberg Ventures subject to a government investigation and multiple lawsuits —…
Could Robots Take Away This Classic Wall Street Job?
Nov 21, 2017 • 25 min
For a decade, Ken Sena has had a classic Wall Street job as an equity analyst, which means he researches companies to help investors decide which stocks to buy and sell. Last year, he met developer Bryan Healey, who helped build the AI assistant Alexa at…
I Was Ridiculed on Instagram. Here’s What I Learned
Nov 14, 2017 • 26 min
A few months ago, Bloomberg Technology’s Adam Satariano found an unflattering video of himself going viral on Instagram. Someone had filmed him riding the train, furiously typing on his phone. That discovery and his quest to get the video deleted got Adam…
Facebook, Google and Twitter Face a Reckoning in Washington
Nov 8, 2017 • 26 min
Fake news, Russia and the U.S. election: It’s been one of the biggest stories over the last year. Last week, it all came to a head as Congress summoned representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter to explain how Russia used their platforms to sway…
My Five Nights at a $20 Billion Startup’s Dorm-Like Apartment
Nov 2, 2017 • 21 min
In 2014, WeWork told its investors that its next big thing would be a product called WeLive: a dorm-like apartment that applies the company’s success in providing office space to the home life. Investors were told there would be 34 WeLive locations by the…
A Conversation With Billionaire Masayoshi Son
Oct 25, 2017 • 22 min
Back in May, we brought you an episode about the life of Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who at that time had just raised his $93 billion tech fund. This week, we’ll play you a wide-ranging conversation that Son had for a Bloomberg TV series called…
How Extreme Risk-Taking Pushed Uber to the Brink
Oct 17, 2017 • 28 min
At the center of the crisis enveloping the world’s most valuable startup is Uber’s mounting legal problems: The ride-hailing giant today faces at least five criminal probes from the U.S. Justice Department, as well as dozens of lawsuits. This week,…
Iran’s Budding Tech Scene Fears Trump’s Next Move
Oct 9, 2017 • 25 min
In 2015, Iran signed a landmark deal with global superpowers. An end to Iran’s isolation pointed to a bright future for the country’s budding tech scene — but then, Donald Trump, a vocal critic of the nuclear agreement, won the U.S. presidency and…
Why Investors Poured $110 Million Into a Sock Maker
Oct 3, 2017 • 26 min
Many of Silicon Valley’s most celebrated companies build software — but these days, the startup everyone’s talking about is Stance, which makes socks. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Sarah McBride visits Stance to see why venture capitalists have poured…
The Worst-Case Scenario After the Equifax Hack
Sep 26, 2017 • 23 min
A devastating cyberattack on Equifax has compromised critically sensitive information on 143 million U.S. consumers. While we won’t know the full repercussions for years, this week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Lizette Chapman explores the worst…
UPDATE: Russian Interference in the U.S. Election
Sep 19, 2017 • 29 min
As news continues to break about Russia’s attempts to influence and hack the U.S. election, this week we’re re-airing an episode from 2016 about how investigators traced the breach of the Democratic National Committee’s email servers to Russian spies. At…
Here’s One Big Reason Tesla Still Doesn’t Dominate Our Roads
Sep 14, 2017 • 25 min
Despite tremendous advances over the last decade, electric cars have yet to go mainstream. Even once Tesla ramps up production of its Model 3 cars, one obstacle will remain: a lack of infrastructure lining America’s roads. This week on Decrypted,…
How to Teach a Kid Thousands of Miles Away
Sep 6, 2017 • 25 min
In China, parents are desperately seeking good teachers for their children. A number of local tech startups are meeting that demand; one is even connecting them with American tutors halfway across the world. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Peter Elstrom…
How a Crisis Almost Derailed the Original iPhone
Aug 29, 2017 • 32 min
The year is 2005, the company is Apple. The iPod is a smash hit, but then-CEO Steve Jobs decides it’s time to cannibalize the company’s star product with a gamble: a smartphone. A decade after those phones reached the hands of the first consumers and…
The Nuclear Tech Breakthrough That Could Make Oil Obsolete
Aug 22, 2017 • 27 min
We hear a lot about the approaching end of the fossil fuel era. But as various companies work on wind and solar, there’s a group of scientists quietly working on another method of generating electricity, in the lab that once created the atomic bomb. This…
Flying Water Taxis: Coming Soon to a River Near You?
Aug 15, 2017 • 21 min
A sailor and a windsurfing champion are trying to crack your morning commute with a new kind of transportation device: a zero-emissions boat that looks like it flies above the water. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Marie Mawad and Aki Ito take a look at…
A Lifelong Quest for Flying Cars Sparked Frenzy, Then Bankruptcy
Aug 8, 2017 • 26 min
Silicon Valley currently has a serious case of flying car fever, but this isn’t the first time enthusiasm for these vehicles has gripped the industry. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Alistair Barr and Aki Ito visit the man who’s spent his entire life…
Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley
Jul 27, 2017 • 26 min
Over the last few weeks, several woman have come forward with their accounts of being harassed in the tech industry. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito and Sarah McBride hear from a woman who’s never spoken publicly about her experience. The…
Human vs Machine: Robots on the Assembly Line
Jul 24, 2017 • 21 min
One of President Donald Trump’s biggest priorities is to bring manufacturing jobs home, and advances in industrial automation are making it cheaper and easier to do that. But a plant full of robots requires fewer workers. This week Bloomberg Technology’s…
Could 3D Holograms Replace Your Computer Screen?
Jul 18, 2017 • 22 min
A few months ago, a startup called Meta started clearing out the computer monitors that sat on employees’ desks — asking them to instead use the company’s augmented reality headsets, which overlay holograms on top of the real world. This week, Bloomberg…
Why U.S. Officials Are Worried About This Russian Firm
Jul 11, 2017 • 24 min
Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab’s software is everywhere in the U.S., keeping ordinary consumers as well as banks and power plants safe from cyber attacks. But some within the U.S. government are getting worried about the Russian company’s connections with its…
Update: The Hostage in Mauritania
Jul 5, 2017 • 19 min
In January, we brought you the story of a cyber weapons deal involving the government of the West African nation Mauritania. It was a deal that ultimately fell apart. But while the Indian businessman brokering the deal managed to walk away with about a…
Human vs Machine: Fitness Gadgets
Jun 27, 2017 • 27 min
A new generation of fitness gadgets is just starting to reach consumers, and they do so much more than track your activity — they actually tell you what to do, just like a personal trainer. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito tests 17 devices and…
Human vs. Machine: Self-Driving Trucks
Jun 21, 2017 • 28 min
One day, driving a truck could look pretty similar to a call center job. From a desk in an office, “drivers” will remotely monitor one or several trucks as they haul cargo around the country. Or at least that’s the future that Starsky Robotics envisions.…
This Man’s Murder Might Get Solved by Amazon’s Alexa
Jun 12, 2017 • 25 min
On November 22, 2015, 47-year-old Victor Collins was found in a hot tub, apparently strangled and drowned. Investigators seized an Amazon Echo device at the scene of the crime, hoping the voice-activated speaker may have captured key evidence. This week,…
How Chao Bet $500 Million on Himself—and Got Even Richer
Jun 5, 2017 • 27 min
Charles Chao knew his social media platform had potential. But the parent company of Weibo, often referred to as the Twitter of China, was getting slammed in the stock market. That’s when Chao decided to go all in. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s David…
Masayoshi Son’s $100 Billion Bet to Conquer the Future
May 30, 2017 • 29 min
Masayoshi Son is already one of the Japan’s most successful businessmen, and now he’s making his biggest gamble yet: To invest a record $100 billion in the technology that will power our future. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Peter Elstrom and Brad…
How to Earn Millions in China’s App Economy
May 22, 2017 • 26 min
In the U.S., free content — whether that’s cooking tutorials on YouTube or the latest news on Twitter — is supported by advertising. In China, however, companies have succeeded in getting people to directly pay for what they consume, opening up a new…
Why a Chinese Chemicals Company Wants To Invest in Gaming Apps
May 16, 2017 • 25 min
If you have young kids, you may already know the mobile game Talking Tom. What you might not know is that in January a Chinese hydrogen peroxide company announced plans to buy the maker of the app for $1 billion. This is just one of several similar deals.…
Meet the Whistleblower Behind a Silicon Valley Meltdown
May 8, 2017 • 29 min
When Francisco Riordan suspected his company of breaking the law last year, he secretly reached out to government regulators. His actions set in motion events that left Rothenberg Ventures the object of a government investigation and multiple lawsuits —…
Fake News in the French Elections
May 2, 2017 • 25 min
After the U.S. elections in November, our favorite internet companies faced a torrent of criticism for not doing more to curb the spread of fake news — and responded by deploying a series of tools to combat the problem. This week, as French voters prepare…
Son of Chinese Factory Workers Built This $1.5 Billion Startup
Apr 27, 2017 • 28 min
We still think of Silicon Valley as the world’s technology hub, but China’s quickly catching up. For one, consider this stat: China has created as many billion-dollar startups this year as the U.S. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Peter Elstrom and David…
Pinterest’s Second Act
Apr 20, 2017 • 25 min
Remember Pinterest? Only a few years ago, the pinboard of the internet was one of the buzziest startups in Silicon Valley. Since then, the company’s grown quietly, overshadowed in the news by other businesses in the industry. This week, Bloomberg…
Here’s the Incredible Promise of Medicine That Targets Our DNA
Apr 10, 2017 • 27 min
Around the world, people suffer from a genetic condition called hemophilia. Even with expensive and time-consuming treatments, simple injuries for these patients hold the threat of turning into serious complications and even life-threatening events. But…
How Tech Companies Stake Out Hackathons for Future Stars
Apr 3, 2017 • 24 min
Tech companies face a harsh reality: You’re only as good as your latest product. The scramble to identify and lure the best talent has taken recruiters to unusual places. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Lizette Chapman visits a recent hackathon at…
Inside YouTube’s Battle Against the Internet’s Darkest Corners
Mar 30, 2017 • 30 min
A crisis is brewing at the world’s largest video service. YouTube has seen big advertisers from AT&T to Wal-Mart pull their ads off the platform over fears that their brand will appear next to offensive or extremist content. This week, Bloomberg…
The 13 Million Nerds That Apple’s Counting On
Mar 20, 2017 • 21 min
If you own an iPhone, chances are you’ve used Apple’s App Store to buy and download apps. For years, while iPhones were flying off the shelves, Apple had the power to dictate the rules of how software developers all over the world made those apps— and…
Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Amazon. Are the Jobs Worth It?
Mar 13, 2017 • 25 min
When Amazon opened a warehouse in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee last year, a thousand people got new jobs. In return, Amazon got millions of dollars in tax breaks. This week, Spencer Soper visits Shakopee to examine the impact the e-commerce giant…
The Billion Dollar Industry of Professional Video Game Battles
Mar 6, 2017 • 26 min
Do you ever spend time online watching people compete with each other at playing video games? Perhaps not (yet), but this pastime known as esports is turning into a popular and potentially lucrative category of sports entertainment. This week, Bloomberg…
Why It’s So Hard to Build a Startup Outside the Big Tech Hubs
Feb 27, 2017 • 19 min
When Jase Wilson launched his startup in Kansas City, Missouri, he didn’t intend on leaving. But he struggled to get the funding he needed from local investors, and he decided to try his luck in California. Before long, Jase won the backing of, among…
Snapchat’s High-Stakes Clash With Its Neighbors on Venice Beach
Feb 22, 2017 • 29 min
Ever since it was a tiny startup, Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has been based in the quirky, bohemian Los Angeles beach town of Venice. Now, the social media app maker employs almost 2,000 workers and is about to become a publicly traded company.…
How the Internet’s Just Starting to Transform Cuba
Feb 13, 2017 • 23 min
In the past two years, Cuba has started rolling out public access to the internet. Wifi is now available through a network of hotspots— but access is expensive, and the connection can be patchy and slow. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Pia Gadkari…
Silicon Valley’s Revolt Against Trump’s Travel Ban
Feb 6, 2017 • 25 min
On his eighth day in office, President Trump signed an executive order banning the U.S. entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The move sparked outrage from several tech companies, which rely heavily on the talent of skilled foreigners.…
The Untold Story of One of Uber’s Very First Drivers
Jan 30, 2017 • 29 min
More than 1.5 million people drive for Uber in cities all over the world. And yet, as the company finds new ways to make rides cheaper for customers, it’s become harder for the app’s contractors to make a decent living. This week, Brad visits one of…
What Trump’s Tweets Mean for Twitter, and Democracy
Jan 23, 2017 • 31 min
We still don’t know what Trump’s presidency means for the broader tech industry, but one thing is clear: He loves Twitter. On the one hand, a president speaking directly with the people seems like a good thing. But will there be unintended consequences?…
Inside a Multinational Cyber Weapons Deal That Went Bust
Jan 18, 2017 • 23 min
As cyber-spying gets ever more sophisticated, governments worldwide are rushing to get equipped with the most cutting-edge technology. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Jordan Robertson and Aki Ito take you into the heart of a multimillion-dollar deal to…
What Happened When a Startup Tried Affirmative Action Hiring
Jan 9, 2017 • 25 min
It’s something that just about every technology company says it wants to address — diversifying its workforce. So why is the industry so full of men, most of whom are white or Asian? Bloomberg Technology’s Ellen Huet and Aki Ito follow Mitchell Lee,…
These Are the Worst Things That Could Happen in 2017
Dec 23, 2016 • 22 min
It’s been a year full of surprising developments, from Brexit to the election of Donald Trump. This week we’re bringing you our pessimist’s guide to 2017: What might happen in the tech industry if it all goes horribly wrong? These are the most dire…
The Creepy Obsession Techies Have With Living Forever
Dec 19, 2016 • 23 min
A lot of people in the tech industry have a fascination with defying death. But only a few of them are actually working on ways to achieve it. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Ashlee Vance goes to Russia to meet one of the pioneers of the cryonics…
Inside Pixar’s Make-or-Break Gamble to Make Toy Story a Hit
Dec 12, 2016 • 23 min
Computer animated movies are everywhere these days. But in 1995 when Pixar was preparing to release Toy Story, the public had never seen a fully computer-animated movie before. Toy Story was years in the making and for Pixar everything was on the line.…
When a French Billionaire Built a Free Tech School in the U.S.
Dec 5, 2016 • 27 min
Coding boot camps are everywhere these days, promising to arm you with the most highly sought skill in the modern economy: computer programming. While many programs charge thousands of dollars for just a few months of instruction, one school, started in…
The Fake Reviews and Counterfeits That Amazon’s Trying to Quash
Nov 25, 2016 • 30 min
(Bloomberg) — Now that the holidays are approaching, chances are you’ll be doing at least some of your gift shopping on Amazon.com. But before you click “buy” on the first favorably-reviewed item you find, take a minute to learn about how you can avoid…
How Fake News Blew Up Into a Political Crisis for Facebook
Nov 21, 2016 • 27 min
On the night of the U.S. presidential elections, one of Facebook’s former product designers turned to Facebook to vent. His claim: The social media platform may have helped inaccurate and partisan news stories reach more voters, setting the stage for…
Will Siri Ever Outsmart Us?
Nov 14, 2016 • 30 min
Virtual assistants such as the iPhone’s Siri are now everywhere, reading us the news, recommending restaurants and navigating a path to our jobs. But any casual user knows they’re far from perfect. This week, Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito and Alistair…
This Blogger Is Exposing the Risky World of Startup Investing
Nov 7, 2016 • 26 min
A handful of websites have launched in the U.K. over the last few years, allowing not only the rich but also the rest of us to invest in startups. How likely is it that you’ll end up striking gold on the next Facebook? This week, Bloomberg Technology’s…
Confessions of a Tech Entrepreneur Who Lied to Investors
Oct 31, 2016 • 16 min
When Antonio Garcia Martinez was trying to raise money for his fledgling tech company, he worried that an honest pitch wouldn’t get him the funds he needed. So he lied. This week, Brad and Bloomberg Technology’s Ellen Huet explore the murky world of…
How Experts Traced the DNC Hack to Russian Spies
Oct 24, 2016 • 21 min
Donald Trump insists that we don’t know who was behind the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee. Is he right? Bloomberg Technology’s Jordan Robertson talks to Mike Buratowski, who oversaw the investigation into malicious code that spied on…
What It Takes to Vanquish Uber
Oct 17, 2016 • 16 min
Very few things have stopped Uber in its quest for world domination — except Didi, the Chinese ride-hailing startup that in August announced it will buy Uber’s China operations. This week Lulu Chen and Brad Stone tell the story of how Didi rose to…
Inside the Spectacular Failure of Fab.com
Oct 10, 2016 • 20 min
Just a few years ago, Fab.com was valued at $1 billion. Today, it’s remembered as one of the most epic flame-outs in the history of U.S. technology startups. Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier, who in 2013 was the first to report on Fab’s internal turmoil, talks to…
Welcome to Decrypted
Oct 4, 2016 • 3 min
The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It’s also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. Join Bloomberg Technology’s Brad Stone each week…