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Big Technology Podcast
Big Technology Podcast
Alex Kantrowitz

Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. It's hosted... more

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How Tech Can Actually Help Mental Health — With Ex-National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Tom Insel

Dr. Tom Insel led the National Institue of Mental Health for 13 years, departing toward the end of the Obama... more

26 Jan 2022 · 53 minutes
The Rise Of Conservative Social Media — With The New Yorker's Clare Malone and Stanford's David Thiel

Clare Malone is a staff writer at The New Yorker who recently wrote about Gettr, a rising conservative social network.... more

19 Jan 2022 · 57 minutes
Tech Regulation's Crucial Year — With Sen. Mark Warner

Senator Mark Warner takes us inside the battle to regulate Big Tech. Elected in 2008 and serving his third term... more

12 Jan 2022 · 46 minutes
Web3 And The Future Of The Internet — With Box CEO Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie is the CEO of Box, a $3.95 billion publicly-traded tech company. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss... more

05 Jan 2022 · 57 minutes
2021 In Review, 2022 Predictions — With Casey Newton

Casey Newton is the editor of Platformer, a CNBC Contributor, and a friend of Big Technology Podcast. He joins us... more

29 Dec 2021 · 50 minutes
The Theranos Trial Concludes — With NPR's Bobby Allyn

Bobby Allyn is an NPR tech reporter based in San Francisco. He's been waking up at 2 a.m. to watch... more

22 Dec 2021 · 55 minutes
Apple Nears $3 Trillion + The Truth About Web3 — With Benedict Evans

Benedict Evans is an independent analyst who covers big tech and the broader technology landscape. He joins Big Technology Podcast... more

15 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Getting AI To Think And Learn Like Humans — With Daniel Kahneman and Yann LeCun

Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel prize-winning psychologist and economist and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a landmark book that... more

08 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Managing Omicron With Data From Wastewater? — With Newsha Ghaeli and Mariana Matus of Biobot Analytics

As companies head back to the office, and communities try to figure out the right Covid mitigation measures, data from... more

01 Dec 2021 · 56 minutes
Inflation and The Great Resignation — With SoFi Head of Investment Strategy Liz Young and Margins’ Ranjan Roy

Inflation is skyrocketing and everyone’s quitting their jobs. What does it mean? Liz Young, the head of Investment Strategy at... more

24 Nov 2021 · 52 minutes
Inside Spotify's War With Apple — With Spotify Chief Legal Officer Horacio Gutierrez

Horacio Gutierrez is Spotify's head of global affairs and chief legal officer. He's a relentless critic of the way Apple... more

17 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
The Venture Capitalist Who Can't Lose — With Zach Coelius

Zach Coelius is the managing partner of Coelius Capital. He's participating in an unprecedented moment where venture capitalists like him... more

10 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The Motivations of Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen — With Her Lawyer Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is Frances Haguen's lawyer and a Harvard Law School professor. He joins Big Technology Podcast to address the... more

03 Nov 2021 · 56 minutes
Are We Having a Moral Panic About Instagram? — With NYT's Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is an opinion columnist for the New York Times. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss whether the... more

27 Oct 2021 · 1 hour,
Amazon Rigs Search, Social Media 'Ampliganda,' Netflix Protests — With Adrianne Jeffries, Renee DiResta, and Zoë Schiffer

Join us for a 'mega' episode with three guests! The Markup investigative reporter Adrianne Jeffries leads off with a discussion... more

20 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Is Social Media A Scapegoat For Bigger Problems? — With Charlie Warzel at Unfinished Live

Charlie Warzel writes the Galaxy Brain newsletter on Substack, a publication he started after a career at The New York... more

13 Oct 2021 · 38 minutes
Why Facebook Will Keep Building For Kids — With Michael Sayman

Michael Sayman was 16 years old when Facebook recruited him to join the company. The overture arrived as he was... more

06 Oct 2021 · 56 minutes
Amazon Builds a Robot and Threatens Apple — With Wired's Lauren Goode

Wired senior writer Lauren Goode was on hand this week as Amazon introduced Astro, a home robot, and a Ring... more

30 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
Unraveling The Mystery Of Peter Thiel — With Max Chafkin

Max Chafkin is the author of The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power, which debuts this week.... more

22 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
A Look Into Facebook's Soul — With WSJ's Jeff Horwitz and Ex-FB Exec. Brian Boland

Jeff Horwitz is the Wall Street Journal reporter who unearthed a trove of internal Facebook documents that reveal a damning... more

18 Sep 2021 · 53 minutes
Inside The Theranos Trial — With Erin Griffith of The New York Times

Erin Griffith is the New York Times reporter at the trial for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. She joins Big Technology... more

15 Sep 2021 · 50 minutes
How The Music Industry Predicts The Future — With Zack O'Malley Greenburg

Zack O'Malley Greenburg is a music journalist who's spent time with everyone from Katy Perry to Kanye West. He joins... more

08 Sep 2021 · 56 minutes
The Platform Delusion — With Columbia Business Professor Jonathan Knee

Jonathan Knee is a professor at Columbia Business School and senior advisor at the investment bank Evercore. He joins Big... more

02 Sep 2021 · 50 minutes
Are We Actually Addicted To Our Phones? — With Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a spirited debate over... more

26 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Can We Still Be Optimistic About The Internet? — With Meetup Founder Scott Heiferman

Scott Heiferman is the founder of Meetup, a website that connects people online and gets them to meet each other... more

18 Aug 2021 · 49 minutes
The Motivations Of Facebook Reporters, And Their Sources — With Ugly Truth Author Sheera Frenkel

Sheera Frenkel is a New York Times reporter and author of the best-selling book, An Ugly Truth. She joins Big... more

11 Aug 2021 · 39 minutes
The Risks of TikTok's Rise — With Bloomberg's Shelly Banjo

Shelly Banjo is Bloomberg's New York Bureau Chief. She's also the host of Foundering, a podcast mini-series that documents TikTok's... more

04 Aug 2021 · 53 minutes
Regime Change In Cuba, Through Internet Access? — With FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wants to provide internet access to the people in Cuba so they can document and share... more

28 Jul 2021 · 43 minutes
The Definitive WeWork Story — With Eliot Brown And Maureen Farrell

Eliot Brown And Maureen Farrell are the authors of The Cult of We: WeWork and the Great Start-Up Delusion. The new... more

21 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Newsletters and The Culture Wars — With Substack CEO Chris Best

Chris Best is the CEO of Substack, an email newsletter platform that lets writers send newsletters and charge subscribers a... more

14 Jul 2021 · 58 minutes
She Advocated For Women, Then Microsoft Pushed Her Off Its Board — With Maria Klawe

“Are you trying to fucking destroy the company?” That’s what Bill Gates told Microsoft board member Maria Klawe when she... more

07 Jul 2021 · 57 minutes
How Gen Z Dates Online — With Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone

Jim Lanzone is the CEO of Tinder. He took over the world’s most popular dating app last summer, in the... more

30 Jun 2021 · 52 minutes
How Big Tech Influence Shops Shape The Antitrust Conversation In Washington — with Adam Kovacevich

Adam Kovacevich is the CEO of the Big Tech-funded Chamber of Progress. The former Google policy executive joins Big Technology... more

24 Jun 2021 · 48 minutes
Crossover With The Realignment: Can Tech Survive Washington’s Onslaught?

Marshall Kosloff and Saagar Enjeti host The Realignment, an excellent podcast about politics and tech in our fast-changing world.I joined... more

22 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Andrew Ross Sorkin on Meme Stocks, Bitcoin, SPACs, and Elon Musk

Andrew Ross Sorkin is the co-anchor of Squawk Box on CNBC, founder and editor of Dealbook at the New York... more

16 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Andrew Callaghan of All Gas No Breaks Goes Independent

Andrew Callaghan is the force behind All Gas No Breaks, a hit YouTube show that featured Callaghan putting a mic... more

09 Jun 2021 · 43 minutes
The Rise and Fall of Juul, With The Devil's Playbook Author Lauren Etter

You've heard this story before: Two Stanford kids take on a big bad industry, one that harms people, and they... more

02 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
New York Times Reporter Jack Nicas On Apple Vs. Epic Games and Apple In China

Jack Nicas joins Big Technology Podcast fresh out of the Epic v. Apple trial, where the Fortnight maker is suing... more

26 May 2021 · 49 minutes
Professor Scott Galloway On Whether Our Economy Is Rigged (And What To Do About It)

Professor Scott Galloway swings by to discuss how our economy can at once feel rigged yet loaded with opportunity. Galloway... more

19 May 2021 · 46 minutes
Amazon Unbound Author Brad Stone On How Nerdy Bezos Turned Into Ripped Bezos

Brad Stone is the author of Amazon Unbound, a new book about the inner workings of Amazon, which releases this... more

12 May 2021 · 41 minutes
Why Ex-Google Ads Boss Sridhar Ramaswamy is Building An Ads-Free Search Engine

Sridhar Ramaswamy is CEO of Neeva, an ads-free search engine he helped found after running Google's ads and commerce business.... more

06 May 2021 · 52 minutes
Facebook Oversight Board Member Julie Owono Takes Us Inside The Trump Decision

Julie Owono is a member of the Facebook Oversight Board, which today announced it's leaving Donald Trump's indefinite suspension in... more

05 May 2021 · 40 minutes
Doge, Bitcoin, NFTs, and Capital Gains: Ranjan Roy and Can Duruk of Margins Demystify Our Economy

Today's economy is a wild ride, and it's time to demystify it with Ranjan Roy and Can Duruk from Margins.... more

28 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Facebook vs. Clubhouse vs. Spotify vs. Apple: Casey Newton Returns

Platformer's Casey Newton returns to Big Technology Podcast to discuss the intensifying battle among Facebook, Clubhouse, Spotify, Apple, and Twitter... more

21 Apr 2021 · 47 minutes
How Amazon Automated My Job: A Conversation With Elaine Kwon

Elaine Kwon was a vendor manager in Amazon's retail organization when the company started to turn her tasks over to... more

14 Apr 2021 · 45 minutes
The Uneasy Amazon Coalition, With Fulfillment Author Alec MacGillis

ProPublica senior reporter Alec MacGillis highlights the growing economic divide in the U.S. — through the lens of Amazon —... more

07 Apr 2021 · 52 minutes
Carole Cadwalladr and Yael Eisenstat on The Criticism of Tech Criticism

Carole Cadwalladr and Yael Eisenstat are two of the most prominent Facebook critics worldwide. Cadwalladr is the journalist who broke... more

31 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
BuzzFeed News executive editor Mat Honan on the "Zoom Class," NFTs, and San Francisco

BuzzFeed News executive editor Mat Honan has long covered the way society interacts with technology. He joins Big Technology Podcast... more

24 Mar 2021 · 48 minutes
Why Rest of World wants to change international tech news, with Sophie Schmidt and Louise Matsakis

Rest Of World is a new publication that covers technology outside of North America and Europe. Sophie Schmidt and Louise... more

17 Mar 2021 · 47 minutes
Bonus: Senator Amy Klobuchar On How Congress Will Take On Big Tech

Senator Amy Klobuchar will be leading the charge in Congress as the legislature interrogates the power of big tech, and... more

13 Mar 2021 · 17 minutes
Twitter Product Head Kayvon Beykpour On The Story Behind Twitter’s Revival

Kayvon Beykpour is one of Silicon Valley’s busiest product executives. As Twitter’s head of product, he’s survived for years in... more

10 Mar 2021 · 53 minutes
Will Artificial Intelligence Take Our Jobs? A Conversation with Kevin Roose, NYT Columnist and Futureproof author

Artificial intelligence may take our jobs, or it may give us new freedom in the workplace. The debate is heating... more

09 Mar 2021 · 50 minutes
WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart on Privacy, Content Moderation, and Apple

Will Cathcart runs WhatsApp, the 2 billion user app that's the de facto tool for messaging and calling for many... more

03 Mar 2021 · 48 minutes
Arab Spring Leader Wael Ghonim on Modern Social Media's Promise And Peril

In 2011, Wael Ghonim created a Facebook page that sparked the overthrow of the Egyptian regime. Since then, the former... more

24 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Three Mayors On The Future Of Tech in the U.S.

Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway of Madison, and Mayor Steve Adler of Austin join Big Technology Podcast... more

16 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Bonus: India vs. Twitter, with Pranav Dixit of BuzzFeed News

In India, the Narendra Modi government is threatening to put Twitter officials in jail unless they block approximately 250 accounts... more

13 Feb 2021 · 44 minutes
Will Amazon Be Kinder After Jeff Bezos? A Conversation With Recode's Jason Del Rey

Jeff Bezos is headed for the door at Amazon, and because 2021 is the craziest news year on record, we... more

10 Feb 2021 · 24 minutes
Glenn Greenwald on Substack, Content Moderation, and Joe Rogan

In January, I wrote a story for OneZero about the content moderation war in store for smaller social platforms like... more

03 Feb 2021 · 36 minutes
Emergency Podcast: The Story Behind Gamestop, A Conversation With Ranjan Roy of Margins

Ranjan Roy has documented the fundamental issues driving today's market volatility, from Zero Interest Rate Policy to the rise of... more

29 Jan 2021 · 51 minutes
The U.S. and Tech After Trump: A Conversation With the Realignment's Marshall Kosloff and Saagar Enjeti

Marshall Kosloff and Saagar Enjeti, hosts of the hit podcast The Realignment, speak about the shifting state of U.S. politics... more

27 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Under Biden, Bipartisan Vengeance On Social Media? A Conversation With Bradley Tusk

As Joe Biden takes office, big tech’s rough and tumble four years under Donald Trump will not come to an... more

20 Jan 2021 · 56 minutes
Should Facebook and Twitter Have Banned Donald Trump? A Conversation With Ryan Mac of BuzzFeed News

Over the past week, both Facebook and Twitter suspended President Donald Trump’s account. These companies don’t take such aggressive action... more

13 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Does YouTube Radicalize? A Debate Between NYT's Kevin Roose and Software Engineer Mark Ledwich

In June 2019, New York Times reporter Kevin Roose wrote The Making of a YouTube Radical, a story about how... more

06 Jan 2021 · 57 minutes
Cult Deprogrammer Rick Alan Ross On NXIVM, QAnon, and What Makes Us Vulnerable

Community as we know it is in a state of decline. People today have fewer friendships than ever, they are... more

23 Dec 2020 · 50 minutes
Peloton Instructor Emma Lovewell on At-Home Fitness and Stadium-Sized Rides

With the pandemic forcing people to stay home for nearly 10 months now, many have turned to interactive fitness companies,... more

16 Dec 2020 · 48 minutes
Gary Vaynerchuk and TikTok’s Blake Chandlee on the ‘Ban’ and TikTok’s Future

TikTok is in a state of limbo as the U.S. government decides whether to ban it. In August, President Donald... more

09 Dec 2020 · 33 minutes
Ex-Uber Chief Business Officer Emil Michael on Autonomous Driving, Saudi Arabia, and Uber’s Culture

Uber is facing a difficult moment amid the coronavirus pandemic. The service, built on the belief that people would forsake... more

02 Dec 2020 · 55 minutes
Will the Government Break Up Instagram and Facebook? A Conversation With ‘No Filter’ Author Sarah Frier

The Federal Trade Commission is preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, and Instagram is in its sights. The agency is... more

25 Nov 2020 · 55 minutes
Investor, Activist Swati Mylavarapu: Tech World Must “Get Uncomfortable” With Its Impact On Society

Swati Mylavarapu is a tech investor and activist who spent $2 million in the 2020 election cycle on Democratic causes,... more

18 Nov 2020 · 36 minutes
Homebrew VC Hunter Walk Talks Twitter, TikTok, and Tech in the Time of Biden

During Donald Trump’s presidency, tech products became explicitly political. Operatives from both sides picked apart their algorithms and features, examining... more

11 Nov 2020 · 56 minutes
Election Results Breakdown With The Daily Beast Editor In Chief Noah Shachtman

As the election results come in, Noah Shachtman, the editor in chief of The Daily Beast, joins the Big Technology... more

04 Nov 2020 · 33 minutes
Lincoln Project Co-Founder Steve Schmidt: “The Pro-Democracy Side Of This Argument Cannot Be Gentle”

When Steve Schmidt was a senior advisor on John McCain’s campaign in 2008, Twitter was a curiosity. Now, he and... more

28 Oct 2020 · 48 minutes
Google Protest Leader Meredith Whittaker on the Future of Tech Activism and the Deep Flaws of ‘The Social Dilemma’

When I interviewed Tristan Harris about The Social Dilemma earlier this month, my mentions filled with people saying, "You should... more

21 Oct 2020 · 40 minutes
Emergency Podcast: Department of Justice vs. Google with Yelp's Luther Lowe

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Google on Tuesday, alleging the company unlawfully maintained a monopoly in search... more

20 Oct 2020 · 24 minutes
New York Times’ Ben Smith Talks Slack, Newsroom Politics, And Tech Regulation

As the Media Equation columnist at The New York Times, Ben Smith is covering an industry going through transformation and... more

14 Oct 2020 · 33 minutes
Netflix's 'Social Dilemma' Star Tristan Harris on the Film and Its Criticisms

You won’t find a more controversial film in Silicon Valley than The Social Dilemma. The film, now available on Netflix,... more

07 Oct 2020 · 54 minutes
Reporter Roundtable: Discussing Media Narratives and Tech Industry Attacks On The Press

When the Big Technology Podcast debuted last month, The Verge’s Casey Newton joined to talk about why people can’t stand... more

30 Sep 2020 · 26 minutes
Why Venture Capitalists Are Mad, With Bloomberg Beta Venture Capitalist Roy Bahat

Venture capitalists, founders, and others in the tech industry are feeling pretty raw these days. Once admired as upstarts fighting... more

23 Sep 2020 · 51 minutes
An Inside Look At China’s Internment of Muslims, with BuzzFeed News’ Megha Rajagopalan

China’s mass internment of Muslims in its Xinjiang region is one of the world's most under-covered stories. The country has... more

16 Sep 2020 · 49 minutes
Apple At A Crossroads: An Interview With GV Partner M.G. Siegler

For years, Apple had a clear identity: It was the world’s best devices maker. Today, the company is trying to... more

09 Sep 2020 · 54 minutes
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You won’t find a more controversial film in Silicon Valley than The Social Dilemma. The film, now available on Netflix, features confessions... more