The All Turtles Podcast

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From All Turtles, a weekly podcast that examines entrepreneurship and product development through the lens of an AI startup studio. Join hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, Blaise Zerega, and other members of the All Turtles team for smart insights— pepp
Human Stories of AI: A Second Opinion
Nov 15 • 23 min
Healthcare is a field that has, in many ways, already embraced AI—medical researchers seem to be developing new AI applications every day. In this episode, we zoom in on one doctor and the stories of two of her cases. Dr. March is a dysmorphologist, a…
Human Stories of AI: Driven Out of a Job?
Nov 14 • 26 min
One of the most common questions about AI today is whether or not it will take over people’s jobs. This episode is about someone grappling with that quandary: He’s a truck driver anxious about whether self-driving trucks will displace jobs in the very…
Human Stories of AI: My Friend the Chatbot
Nov 13 • 38 min
How is AI impacting people’s lives today? In this first installment of “Human Stories of AI,” meet 3 people who regularly text an AI chatbot. One of these people tells the chatbot about her struggles with PTSD and depression; another is a single mom who…
037: On board with Anita Sands
Nov 7 • 32 min
As a board member for companies like Symantec, ServiceNow, and Pure Storage, Anita Sands has a wealth of knowledge on advising companies’ success. She also knows how to pivot: she earned her PhD in atomic and molecular physics, then moved into working in…
036: x.ai’s Dennis Mortensen
Oct 31 • 37 min
“Are you free for a meeting on Tuesday at 4?” “No, but what about Wednesday before 11?” “I’m busy then. Should we try for next week?” This is a well-worn back and forth. Setting up meetings can take a tremendous amount of time, which is why Dennis…
035: Data Is the New Oil… Or Is It?
Oct 24 • 29 min
“Data is the new oil” has become a popular declaration in headlines circulating around Silicon Valley, but in this episode, we question the veracity of the phrase. The argument for equating data to oil is that data will be the resource that will shape the…
034: Livongo’s Glen Tullman & Dr. Jennifer Schneider
Oct 17 • 32 min
People with chronic conditions dedicate a great deal of cognitive overhead to monitoring their own health. Type 2 diabetes patients, for example, have to constantly think about when to eat, what type of exercise to do, and when to take medication. Livongo…
033: The Holberton School’s Sylvain Kalache
Oct 10 • 35 min
Where can someone learn how to become a software engineer? Computer science programs at universities usually focus more on theory than on what’s actually required to become an employable programmer—and then there’s the matter of cost. The Holberton School…
Introducing Season 2
Oct 3 • 10 min
After a summer of bonus episodes and the release of our Unscaled series, we’re back for season 2 with a slate of exciting upcoming guests and fresh discussion segments. In this season 2 preview, hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega…
Unscaled 8: The Best Time in the History of the Universe
Sep 27 • 22 min
Can it be that now is the best time in the history of the universe to build meaningful products? The final episode of the Unscaled series considers how access to APIs, broader sources of funding, and tools on the internet that weren’t available ten years…
Unscaled 7: The Future of Companies
Sep 25 • 27 min
Does the “company” still make sense as the default operational unit for doing business? Or is it an archaic method of organizing the development, manufacture, and sale of goods and services? For people who want to make innovative products, Silicon Valley…
Unscaled 6: Do Not Pass Go: New Monopolies in the Age of AI
Sep 20 • 28 min
The proliferation of AI is spurring calls for regulation. But what should these new rules look like? Who will enforce them? And does AI require a new definition of monopoly? Historically, monopolies were classified as companies with too much market share,…
Unscaled 5: Just the Right Amount of Personalization
Sep 18 • 21 min
Is personalization really the golden ticket that some product creators think it is? In the tech industry, it’s a widely-held opinion that personalization is the answer to everything, and that successful products must be custom-tailored to meet the unique…
Unscaled 4: The Minimum Virtuous Product
Sep 13 • 20 min
Airbnb, Uber, and Facebook have had the public turn against them when their products caused damage. Even if the founders of these companies had good intentions, they could have made better use of data and AI to measure the impact of their products. It’s…
Unscaled 3: Algorithmic Canaries
Sep 11 • 22 min
How can you tell if the product that you’re creating will cause harm? What signs should Facebook have noticed long before its product wreaked havoc on democracy? There are “algorithmic canaries” to watch out for—akin to the birds used in coal mines to…
Unscaled 2: Scaling the Truth
Sep 6 • 23 min
There’s been a big change in the way businesses are built: they no longer need to have sky-high valuations and thousands of employees before they can make an impact. “Scale” as we know it has run its course, leaving a wide-open pasture where startups can…
Unscaled 1: What Went Wrong with the World Wide Web?
Sep 4 • 23 min
Welcome to the Unscaled Series, eight new episodes from the All Turtles Podcast featuring Phil Libin in conversation with General Catalyst’s Ronda Scott and Hemant Taneja. Hemant’s book Unscaled provides a framework for the series’ discussions on what it…
Bonus 08: The Darjeeling Limited
Aug 15 • 37 min
If targeted advertising is so bad, then why do we use it at All Turtles? That was the question that came up in a Twitter debate between Phil Libin, cofounder and CEO, and Jeremy Brand Yuan, who runs product marketing. Rather than stir up a social dust…
Bonus 07: Her
Aug 8 • 23 min
When it comes to issues of race and gender, how do people impact AI and how does AI impact people? To answer this question, Stephanie Dinkins has been speaking with a robot since 2014 and working with communities of color to develop more inclusive AI and…
Bonus 06: Pirates of Silicon Valley
Aug 1 • 31 min
The rumors about Steve Jobs taking acid before dying, Mark Zuckerberg’s first business card, and why Silicon Valley is where it is are just some the tales unearthed by Adam Fisher’s Valley of Genius. Fisher joins host Blaise Zerega to discuss the culture…
Bonus 05: Airplane!
Jul 25 • 7 min
Dylan Marriott is a cofounder of Spot, an All Turtles product, but during his free time, he’s a pilot. In this mini bonus episode, he talks to Phil Libin about the four lessons he’s learned from flying that are applicable to entrepreneurship. Both flying…
Bonus 04: Doctor Doctor
Jul 18 • 8 min
Our Doctor Doctor mini-series features conversations between PhDs. Jessica Collier, cofounder of All Turtles, talks to Daniel Nicolae, cofounder of Spot, about each of their transitions from humanities PhDs to working in tech. Spot is an All Turtles…
Bonus 03: Jack in the Box
Jul 12 • 22 min
We’re excited to announce that Butter.ai, an All Turtles product, is joining Box. Jon Cifuentes chats with Jack Hirsch, cofounder and CEO of Butter.ai, about the vision and execution of the deal. Butter.ai was built for people to find documents across…
Bonus 02: Before Sunset
Jun 27 • 20 min
Another day in Paris, another day in Paradise. Our hosts speak with Christine Foote, cofounder and COO of Leaders, an All Turtles product that matches event organizers with speakers. Foote describes the challenges of broadening the pool of speakers to…
Bonus 01: Round Midnight
Jun 20 • 19 min
Drawn to Paris for its burgeoning startup scene, your hosts speak with Edoardo Manitto, Managing Director of All Turtles Paris, on the eve of our Paris office opening. La Ville-Lumière (The City of Lights) is home to highly-skilled talent, smart…
032: Galaxy Quest
Jun 13 • 53 min
Science fiction has long inspired new technologies: from robots to flip phones to artificial intelligence and more. Yet it’s provocative to consider that sci-fi is more often descriptive than predictive. Dystopias can reflect contemporary fears and…
031: (Don’t) Say Anything
Jun 6 • 37 min
When Gmail says, “It seems like you forgot to attach a file,” that precise phrasing is the result of careful deliberation by a design team. It’s one example Erika Hall gives in her book Conversational Design. She explains her work as “designing with…
030: Antitrust
May 30 • 44 min
You may have received a slew of emails about GDPR last week. The new regulations seek to protect users’ privacy and took effect on May 25 across the EU. GDPR has guidelines on how long companies can keep users’ data, how they use it, and how they explain…
029: No Reservations
May 23 • 35 min
When we allow artificial intelligence to impersonate humans, what kind of precedent does that set? It’s one of the questions that was raised after Google unveiled Duplex, and in this episode our hosts consider what the implications of this technology…
028: Field of Dreams
May 16 • 46 min
In this episode, we reveal All Turtles’ highly scientific approach to classifying early-stage products: the Flying-shoe, the Costner, and the Play-doh. We also examine the most common reasons for failure — and success — of these products. Along the way,…
027: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Programming School
May 9 • 43 min
Imagine if you could skip college and learn to program for free. Kwame Yamgnane, co-founder of 42 Silicon Valley, joins this episode to describe how his school’s tuition-free approach to coding instruction is disrupting higher education. Your hosts also…
026: Crash
May 2 • 33 min
Public discourse around artificial intelligence continues to focus on self-driving cars, especially in the wake of fatal crashes. Yet data shows autonomous vehicles to be significantly safer than those controlled by people. One day, perhaps soon, the…
025: Testworld
Apr 25 • 49 min
Pundits and politicians are stirring up fears about an artificial intelligence “arms race” between nations. But AI projects should be judged by the products they develop and the problems they solve, rather than their countries of origin. Joining the show…
024: ZuckTales
Apr 18 • 58 min
Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony left many people scratching their heads. Was it an earnest effort to explain Facebook’s plans to prevent another Cambridge Analytica data scandal? Or was it part of a well-orchestrated apology tour? Riffing off…
023: Ghost in the Shell
Apr 11 • 36 min
Artificial intelligence may never do away with life’s two guarantees: death and taxes. But AI is changing the way people process them; memorial chatbots, for example, can take a loved one’s digital footprint and create an interactive avatar of the dearly…
022: Little Giants
Apr 4 • 43 min
Artificial intelligence can render the concept of scale meaningless and enable startups to compete with global giants. Investor Hemant Taneja explains how size becomes a liability in his new book, Unscaled. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise…
021: The Antisocial Network
Mar 28 • 48 min
The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. It’s not a breach, it’s not artificial intelligence. Instead, it’s a logical result of the social network’s business model where users and their data are the product being sold. Also, our in-house patent expert…
020: A Few Good Bots
Mar 21 • 49 min
DoNotPay is a chatbot that has helped people beat more than 500,000 parking tickets and now can help you get a lower airfare after you’ve booked a flight. We talk with the startup’s founder and CEO Josh Browder about also helping refugees apply for visas…
019: Chucky
Mar 14 • 30 min
How close are we to an “Infocalypse” when AI-created audio and video present an alternative version of history? What happens to trust when facts are indistinguishable from fiction? It’s a topic with roots in an early American novel when the fear wasn’t…
018: Brocast News
Mar 7 • 41 min
This episode kicks off our book club discussion of Brotopia, which reveals that sex parties are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gender discrimination in Silicon Valley. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega share their strong…
017: Police Academy 2
Feb 28 • 42 min
At age 42, after co-founding one of the world’s largest wireless carriers and taking it public, Augie Fabela enrolled at a police academy. Today, he serves as Chief of Police for the Cook County’s Sheriff Department. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and…
016: Police Academy 1
Feb 21 • 50 min
Outside the U.S., about 4.5 billion people use prepaid wireless phone services. We check in with Augie Fabela, co-founder and CEO of FastForward.ai, which aims to reinvent the prepaid customer experience. Along the way, Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and…
015: Spotlight
Feb 14 • 49 min
As reckonings with harassment and discrimination abound, it’s clear that most incidents go unreported. We check in with Dr. Julia Shaw, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Spot, a just-launched harassment reporting tool that aims to fix this. Along the way,…
014: Pillow Fort Apache, The Bronx
Feb 7 • 49 min
We start the show with a call for suggestions to select our first read for The All Turtles Book Club. Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega then dive into a “Maybe it’s kinda bullshit?” segment on patents, asking whether they’ve outlived their…
013: Monday Night Fever
Jan 31 • 51 min
We check in with Jeremy Vandehey, co-founder and CEO of Disco, just 24 hours after his company’s successful launch. Jeremy explains the benefits of building a culture of appreciation and celebrating the contributions of all team members. Your hosts Phil…
012: Easy Rider
Jan 24 • 47 min
We check in with Ken Inoue, general manager of All Turtles Tokyo, who explains that being regarded as a “bent nail” can be a good thing. Ken also explains the “black ships” phenomenon and tells us that Japan is a pun-loving nation. Hosts Phil Libin,…
011: Batteries Not Included
Jan 17 • 46 min
We check in with Octane AI cofounder and COO Ben Parr about bots and ecommerce, and the surprising ways parrots may help build company culture. Along the way hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega question the importance of boards of…
010: Buy Hard
Jan 10 • 43 min
The new year began with an ominous forecast: 12,000 U.S. retail stores are predicted to close in 2018, a 33% increase from 2017. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega examine what this means for jobs, shopping, and the proverbial Main…
009: Chat with Me
Jan 3 • 51 min
We check in with Replika CEO Eugenia Kuyda shortly after her company’s AI confidant became available to more than 1.5 million people on a waitlist. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega speak with Eugenia about creating an AI friend that is…
008: Apocalypse Later
Dec 19, 2017 • 35 min
Robots taking jobs. The AI apocalypse. Universal basic income. These themes encompass the fears of many parents as they think about a future for their children. In this week’s episode, Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega address this worry and…
007: The Running Man
Dec 12, 2017 • 43 min
This week’s guest Veronica Belmont shares wisdom and tips from more than a decade of podcasting and recounts her journey to product manager of Growbot. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega speak with Belmont about privacy and anonymity, AI…
006: The Twilight Drone
Dec 6, 2017 • 47 min
This week’s show is about security and trust. After hackers stole 57 million customer records from Uber, the company covered up the breach and paid the thieves $100,000. Your hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega explore what’s needed to…
005: Raging Bull
Nov 28, 2017 • 46 min
Machine learning has shown the capacity to amplify our cultural and gender biases. Addressing the problem begins with admitting it exists. Join Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega as they discuss ways to limit the impact of language that…
004: Butter
Nov 22, 2017 • 45 min
Riding a rollercoaster, taking a leap of faith, and launching a rocket are some of the phrases that describe the challenge of starting a company. Join Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega as they discuss the importance of communication and…
003: My Phone as a Dog
Nov 15, 2017 • 44 min
If the iPhone 6 rewrote the world of smartphones, then the iPhone X is poised to rewrite the world of contextual computing. Your hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega take a look at the implications of Apple’s new device for products…
002: Found in Translation
Nov 8, 2017 • 36 min
There’s a clear opportunity for new applications of AI that solve common problems. Join hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega for insights about practical AI products and why it’s possible for small teams to build them. Listen as Phil uses…
001: The Mythology of the Garage
Oct 30, 2017 • 45 min
The debut episode of the All Turtles Podcast features Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega. Listen as they discuss the origins of the All Turtles studio and debunk one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic myths. Along the way, they explain why…