Converge with Casey Newton

Converge with Casey Newton
A game show featuring Silicon Valley’s most interesting entrepreneurs.

Eoghan McCabe chats about bots
Aug 15, 2018 • 44 min
The hype cycle for bots exploded in 2016 as developers poured time and money into the dream of personal digital assistants. Facebook and Microsoft announced major investments into conversational user interfaces, and Slack launched a fund to capitalize on…
Pandora’s Roger Lynch makes us a playlist
Aug 8, 2018 • 44 min
Breaking down music into its component parts helped Pandora build personalized music playlists years before services like Spotify even existed. Could taking a similar approach with podcasts help the streaming-audio company regain the users it has lost to…
Taggart Matthiesen takes us for a ride
Jul 25, 2018 • 46 min
Should ride-sharing companies build a “quiet mode”? “We have thought about it,” Taggart Matthiesen, head of product for autonomous driving for Lyft, told me. “I think it’s interesting. At some point, we may play around with that idea, but that’s…
The Human Utility’s Tiffani Ashley Bell on how small nonprofits are stepping up
Jul 18, 2018 • 44 min
Tiffani Ashley Bell is the founder of the Human Utility, a nonprofit organization working to restore water service to people who are unable to pay their bills. The organization, which was founded in 2014, began its work in Detroit and has since expanded…
Dream Machine’s Alexia Bonatsos makes a surprisingly good case for an Airbnb for horses
Jul 11, 2018 • 43 min
Alexia Bonatsos has watched countless startups come and go. First as the editor in chief of TechCrunch, and now in her current role as the founder of venture capital firm Dream Machine, Bontasos’ job has been to understand what makes a tech company…
Front’s Mathilde Collin on why email is making a comeback
Jul 4, 2018 • 42 min
It’s been four years now since Slack arrived to kill email — and yet, email persists. While the group chat app has plenty of ardent fans and continues to grow quickly, it also draws criticism for its distracting, always-on nature. At many workplaces, if…
Mike Maples Jr’s midas touch
Jun 27, 2018 • 47 min
It hasn’t even been four years since Amazon bought, the live-streaming platform that has become the primary destination for broadcasting the playing of video games. Since then, the service has grown to 15 million daily users, with the average…
Maran Nelson scares us about AI
Jun 20, 2018 • 42 min
Clara Labs cofounder and CEO Maran Nelson tells us there is real reason to be worried about AI — and not for the reasons that science fiction has trained us to expect. Clara’s approach to AI is innocuous to the point of being dull: it makes a virtual…
Pocket’s Nate Weiner saves our content
Jun 13, 2018 • 37 min
Pocket founder and CEO Nate Weiner tells us why he sold his company to Mozilla — and how he’s working to build a better version of Facebook’s News Feed into the Firefox browser. By analyzing the articles and videos people save into Pocket, Weiner believes…
Google’s Mark Risher changes our passwords
Jun 6, 2018 • 47 min
On this week’s episode of Converge, Google’s Mark Risher tells us why the conventional wisdom about choosing your password is wrong — and about the expanding number of threats faced by platforms like Gmail as they work to protect users from phishing…
Shan-Lyn Ma from Zola gets married to New York
May 30, 2018 • 38 min
On the second episode of Converge, Zola co-founder and CEO Shan-Lyn Ma comes on to tell us why she’s building her company in New York. Zola runs a popular online wedding registry that couples have saved more than $1 billion worth of merchandise to, and…
Sima Sistani from Houseparty throws a Tupperware party for pot
May 23, 2018 • 41 min
Converge is an interview game show where the biggest personalities in tech come on to tell us about their wildest dreams. It’s a show that’s easy to win, but not impossible to lose — because in the final round, I finally get a chance to play, and score a…
Introducing Converge with Casey Newton
May 15, 2018 • 0 min
Get ready for The Verge’s new game show that’s easy to win, but not impossible to lose. Each week, Casey Newton will sit down with one of Silicon Valley’s most interesting players — to play games that are both funny and revealing.