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This is Your Life in Silicon Valley

49 episodes - English - Latest episode: 14 days ago - ★★★★★ - 251 ratings

Do you love HBO's Silicon Valley? Do you like reading about the latest technology trends? Then you'll love this show. Think of us as the real world/explain-it-how-it-is podcast for anyone with a Silicon Valley fetish. The Bay Area, San Francisco, and California in general are undergoing massive political and social change. We tackle issues like homelessness, the housing crisis, dating in the age of technology, startups, and other things you care about. How will it affect your life? It doesn't matter whether you live in New York, Texas, Arkansas, Bulgaria or Latvia - you will find something applicable to your day-to-day life from this show.

And love it, or hate it the Silicon Valley/The Bay Area/California are the center of the technology universe right now. Insiders, and Valley apologists liken the Silicon Valley to Rome during the Renaissance. Others are more skeptical of the people in the Valley and their intentions. We examine life in the Valley by interviewing some of its most prominent insiders - both apologists and skeptics. We discuss the cultural quirks of living here, what to legitimately fear, what to feel excited about, and what is just plain weird.

(Image credit: Irina Blok, Producer: Max Savage (noisysavage.com).

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Can We Restore Faith in Our Institutions? (Guest: Dave Pell, Founder of NextDraft)

June 25, 2020 14:30 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

Dave Pell is the Founder of NextDraft - one of the most popular newsletters on the Internet. He also has an opinion or two on tech, politics, and the current state of our country. We deep-dive with Dave on numerous subjects, including BLM, the state of media, and what we can be optimistic about at the moment.  We recorded this interview shortly after the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests. Dave talks about the protests that took place in Marin County (where he lives) a...

What Does Tech Think of the Media? (Guest: Semil Shah, Founder/GP Haystack)

June 16, 2020 20:58 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Semil Shah is the Founder of Haystack - an early-stage venture fund. He's also one of Silicon Valley's most interesting personalities - he's been a chef, a media maven, and just about everything in-between. In a wide-ranging interview, we ask Semil about the future of media and the future of tech.  We talk about quarantine life with Semil, and what he enjoys cooking most while sheltered in place (and what it's like to be sheltered in place with a full house). We talk about the grad...

How will we remember our loved ones? (Guest, Amelia Lin, Co-Founder/CEO Saga)

June 12, 2020 17:45 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

Amelia Lin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Saga. She's a career technologist and is solving a very timely problem during the age of COVID - how - during a time we can't interact with our loved ones - can we share and preserve their memories?  We talk to Amelia about her journey through the tech world, including her experience in online education (which has obviously seen an enormous boom in the past few months). We ask whether it's really possible for people to receive the same qualit...

Will You Find Love During Shelter in Place? (Guest, Dawoon Kang, Co-CEO - Coffee Meets Bagel)

June 05, 2020 16:46 - 32 minutes - 29.6 MB

Dawoon Kang is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Coffee Meets Bagel. She knows a thing or two about building a successful business, and finding love during the age of COVID. So how have relationships changed as a result of the pandemic? We dig into this and much more during this Zoom-edition of the podcast.  We learn more about the origins of Coffee Meets Bagel, which is one of the most successful dating apps on the planet. We learn how hard it is to start a business with family, but so...

What's it Like to Go Viral? (Guest: Jenn Takahashi, Best of Next Door)

May 27, 2020 15:46 - 28 minutes - 26 MB

Jenn Takahashi is a San Francisco-based PR and Comms professional. She also started a viral social media account entitled 'Best of Next Door'. We talk to Jenn about how she started Best of Next Door, the future of online dating, and much much more.  Jenn starts off the interview talking a bit about dating during the pandemic. We ask what the future may hold for interpersonal relationships post COVID, and what it's like going on a 'Zoom' date. Jenn provides some pretty good insight ...

What is the True Cost of Living in San Francisco? (Guest: Gina Fromer, Children's Council of San Francisco)

May 15, 2020 15:41 - 28 minutes - 26.4 MB

Gina Fromer is the CEO of the Children's Council of San Francisco. She is also a 6th generation San Franciscan. She has seen a lot of change over the years to the city and its surrounding environment. What keeps her 'addicted' to San Francisco, and what is the *true* cost of living here these days? We talk about that and more in today's episode of TISLISV.  Gina talks about her childhood in San Francisco and some of the adversity she and her family faced growing up in the city. She...

Is who you are on Twitter = who you are IRL? (Guest: Austen Allred, Founder/CEO of Lambda School)

May 11, 2020 14:40 - 51 minutes - 46.9 MB

Austen Allred is the Founder/CEO of Lambda School - a company pioneering the ISA model (Income Share Agreement) wherein students only pay for their education after they successfully land employment. Austen is also a prolific Tweeter and thought leader in Silicon Valley. We discuss the future of Lambda, the future of journalism and more in this wide ranging interview.  Austen is spending quarantine in Southern Utah - we talk to him a bit about his perspective on how long things will...

Why is There Tension Between Tech and Journalism? (Guest: David Pierce, Protocol)

April 14, 2020 15:18 - 47 minutes - 43.4 MB

David Pierce is the Editor-at-Large of Protocol - a new publication covering technology in a similar way Politico covers politics (with the same owner). We recorded this episode in January pre-COVID-19 - and asked David at the time - why was there increasing tension between technologists and journalists?  David was clearly highly concerned about COVID-19 a couple of months ago - we dig in on why at the time he was concerned, which is a unique snapshot in time as to what we were all...

What's the Best Way to Manage Anxiety? (Guest: Tony Hale, Emmy Award Winning Actor in Veep, Arrested Development)

March 23, 2020 14:00 - 38 minutes - 34.9 MB

Tony Hale is a world-famous actor known for his roles in Arrested Development (Buster Bluth) and Veep (Gary Walsh). You would think someone who has won numerous awards and performs in front of people for a living would feel comfortable in crowds. You might be wrong. We talk to Tony about his struggles with anxiety, and a bunch of other subjects in this can't miss edition of TIYLISV.  Tony talks about his temporary move to San Francisco for a play with the American Conservatory Thea...

Will Coronavirus (COVID-19) delay the AirBnB IPO? (Guest, Cory Weinberg, Reporter, The Information)

March 06, 2020 15:00 - 40 minutes - 37.1 MB

Cory Weinberg is a reporter for The Information, covering the intersection of tech and cities.  We wanted to bring Cory on the show to talk about San Franicsco housing policy, Coronavirus, and of course AirBnb. You won't want to miss this one if you're thinking about the housing crisis, or the looming AirBnb IPO.  We learn a bit about Cory's background and why he emigrated to San Francisco. Cory talks a bit about his status as possibly one of the foremost experts in the Bay Area on...

What is Life Like After Being a Professional Athlete? (Guest: Justin Forsett, Former NFL Pro Bowler)

March 02, 2020 15:00 - 47 minutes - 43.3 MB

Justin Forsett is a former NFL Running Back who hailed from a small town in Florida. Justin's NFL career hit its pinnacle when he made the Pro Bowl. Prior to the NFL, Justin shared the backfield at Cal with Marshawn 'Beast Mode' Lynch. But what is life like after hitting the absolute pinnacle of professional sports? Justin talks about his second act as an entrepreneur.  Justin talks about his days at Cal, and what it was like moving from Florida to Berkeley and the culture shock th...

Is Tech Helping or Hurting American Communities? (Guest: Prakash Janakiraman, Co-Founder, Nextdoor)

February 10, 2020 15:00 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

Prakash Janakiraman is the Co-Founder and CTO of Nextdoor - the 'other' social network that we all use, but rarely discuss publicly. Nextdoor has quietly amassed a huge userbase across multiple countries and is growing in influence. But are people using Nextdoor for more than just crime alerts? We explore this and more on today's episode of TIYLISV.  We talk to Prakash about his time growing up in Hayward, CA and his HS mascot. Prakash talks about his time at Berkeley during Jason ...

Are Journalists Anti-Tech? (Guest: Kate Clark, Reporter, The Information)

February 07, 2020 15:48 - 37 minutes - 34.1 MB

Kate Clark is a technology reporter for The Information - a well-reputed publication read by tech industry insiders. In our first solo episode in a while - Sunil sits down with Kate to ask her about the state of journalism and tech. Are reporters inherently biased against tech companies?  We talk to Kate about her transition from Techcrunch to The Information, and she dives deep into her first story - about Lambda School. Kate explains what Lambda is, and explains the concept of IS...

What's the Most Important Job in the World? (Guest: Adam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram)

January 14, 2020 13:00 - 36 minutes - 33.5 MB

Adam Mosseri is the CEO of Instagram - which is arguably the most important social network on the planet at the moment. Adam also ran Facebook's News Feed product. In short, Adam has been influential in your life without you even knowing it - the decisions he's made have influenced how you've viewed your social media feeds over the past decade.  We talk to Adam about how he wound up in San Francisco from New York - and what role a bad relationship my have planed. We ask him about h...

Special Episode - Silicon Valley Decade In Review (Guests: Antonio Garcia Martinez, Molly Wood)

January 06, 2020 16:00 - 1 hour - 62.8 MB

How will the 2010s be remembered in Silicon Valley? So much happened - between the rise of Instagram, Facebook's dominance, Teslas everywhere, tech going from beloved to reviled... And the 2020s should bring even more fun. We have the return of two previous podcast guests - Molly Wood and Antonio Garcia Martinez - to discuss some of the decade's biggest milestones.  We discuss whether the 2010s will be the decade that will be remembered for killing off love through dating apps. AGM...

What the Hell Happened at WeWork? (Guest: Eliot Brown, Wall Street Journal)

December 23, 2019 22:27 - 51 minutes - 47.6 MB

When you look back on the decade in tech, one of the biggest stories will be the rise and fall of WeWork. And while the company is still around, it has shed around $40B in valuation in the past few months. At the forefront of the story is the mercurial Founder of WeWork - Adam Neumann. And a Wall Street Journal Reporter named Eliot Brown - who broke some of the now-infamous stories about the company. Today, we hosted Eliot as a guest on This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We talke...

Don't Pay Your Water Bill? Pay the Consequences. (Guest: Tiffani Bell, The Human Utility)

October 14, 2019 14:00 - 40 minutes - 36.8 MB

Tiffani Bell is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur working on a not-for-profit funded by Y Combinator. Tiffani's mission? Help people pay their water bills. The consequences are direr, and the stakes are much higher than you'd think. Tiffani is helping families in Detroit pay their water bills. You will walk away absolutely shocked with what the consequences are if you skip paying your bills - on what everyone considers to be a basic human right. We talk to Tiffani about her journey t...

If You're So Amazing, Why Are You Still Single? (Guest: Amanda Bradford, Founder/CEO of The League)

July 31, 2019 19:11 - 55 minutes - 50.5 MB

We hosted our second live show in San Francisco featuring Amanda Bradford - the Founder/CEO of The League. We asked Amanda about why online dating is broken, what she thinks of all the major dating websites, and how The League's approach differs. We invite audience members to share crazy online dating stories at the end of this episode - it's a must-listen. Amanda explains her love for data, which she developed during her time at Salesforce. She talks about Marc Benioff's influence...

Silicon Valley Does Not Care About Female Founders (Guest: Lisa Fetterman, Founder/CEO, Nomiku)

June 05, 2019 14:00 - 36 minutes - 33.6 MB

Lisa Fetterman is here to tell it like it is. She's a gifted entrepreneur and inventor, and she cannot understand why Silicon Valley doesn't care about female founders. This is a must-listen edition of the show featuring some great insight on how to fix the diversity problem in tech. Fetterman started her current company with her husband, and when we asked her about an anecdote about the company, we heard the horrible tale of an investor who had other intentions when he put money i...

Are Smartphones Actually That Bad For You? (Guest: Tim Kendall, CEO of Moment, Former President of Pinterest)

May 23, 2019 21:08 - 40 minutes - 36.7 MB

Tim Kendall is a Silicon Valley OG. Tim ran monetization at Facebook, and later became Head of Product At Pinterest (and eventually President). Tim is responsible for thinking through products that impact our lives on a daily basis. His latest mission is to get people to use their smartphones less through an app called Moment. We talk to Tim about how he ended up joining Facebook, his meeting with Peter Thiel, and what he worked on in the early days of the company. Tim met Eric Sch...

Will it Take a Natural Disaster for People to Like Silicon Valley Again? (Guest: Susan MacTavish Best)

May 15, 2019 20:08 - 34 minutes - 31.5 MB

Susan MacTavish Best is a San Francisco cultural icon. Originally from Scotland and Canada, MacTavish worked in the PR business and got to know some of technology's top executives since the 90s. MacTavish now splits time between San Francisco, New York and London, and has a starkly unique perspective on how life in the Bay Area has changed in recent decades. Susan talks about her time in San Francisco in the 90s, her move to India, and her view of life in San Francisco vs. New York...

Do You Prefer Starbucks, Blue Bottle, or Philz? (Guests: Philz Coffee CEO Jacob Jaber, Techcrunch Reporter Kate Clark)

May 09, 2019 14:00 - 39 minutes - 36 MB

Special episode alert! Techcrunch reporter Kate Clark sent a tweet out about how she hates Philz Coffee. We decided to bring her on the show with Philz CEO Jacob Jaber to convince her otherwise. Hilarity ensued. Kate's tweet said she 'hated Philz more than Starbucks'. Co-host Sunil decided to reach out on the thread since he is a Philz fan and tag the official Philz corporate account along with CEO Jacob Jaber. Jaber agreed to join Sunil, Jascha and Kate for a special edition of th...

Is Homelessness Easier To Solve Than We Think? (Guest: Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland)

March 11, 2019 14:00 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

The podcast is growing. So we decided to take it to the next level by hosting our first ever live event - in San Francisco - where we hosted Oakland's charismatic mayor Libby Schaaf. We were nervous that we'd screw up somehow and forget to hit the 'record' button, but thankfully the conversation is intact. Mayor Schaaf is a great, great interview - for longtime listeners - or first-time listeners - this episode is a great place to start on our podcast. We cover a lot of ground - in...

Can Theater Survive in the Age of Instagram? (Guests: Pam MacKinnon and Andy Donald, American Conservatory Theater)

January 24, 2019 20:58 - 29 minutes - 26.7 MB

Pam MacKinnon is a Tony Award-winning Director. She's spent decades atop the theater world, directing shows on and off-Broadway. Andy Donald is a west-coast native but has spent recent years on the East Coast as an artistic director. Both are now part of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco (as Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director respectively). But what is it like running a high profile theater in the technology epicenter of the universe? We talk to Pam...

Should You Tweet About Your Meditation Retreat to Myanmar? (Guest: Jessica Powell, Author, Former Head of Communications at Google)

January 22, 2019 19:00 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

Jessica Powell ran communications at Google. She's now a bestselling author. We asked Jessica - who has seen her fair share of PR crises over the years - how she would handle communications issues facing some of the top tech companies in the world. You might be surprised where she stands on various issues plaguing some of technology's top players. We asked her about Jack Dorsey's now infamous 'tweetstorm' about his meditation retreat to Myanmar and her reaction to it. We examined t...

Who Should Run Facebook? (Guest: Kara Swisher, Journalist, Co-Founder of Recode, New York Times Contributor)

January 07, 2019 15:00 - 42 minutes - 38.6 MB

Kara Swisher needs no introduction. She is one of the top business journalists, and covers technology for various outlets. More recently, Swisher became a contributor for the New York Times Opinion section - and she has a lot to say about Facebook. In this episode, we learn a lot about Swisher's background, where she grew up, and what her thoughts are on San Francisco. Swisher provides us with her perspective on Facebook's problems, and whether one individual can even solve them at...

Do you Really Need to be 'Passionate' to Start a Company? (Guest, Christina Stembel, Founder of Farmgirl Flowers)

January 07, 2019 15:00 - 29 minutes - 27.5 MB

Christina Stembel is from a small town in Indiana. She's now the CEO and Founder of Farmgirl Flowers - a popular flower company that gained notoriety as part of the 'Instagram generation' of brands. But Christina's story isn't very typical of Silicon Valley - she completely debunks typical Founder mythology. We talk to Christina about the start to her career, which was in the hospitality industry. If you've ever stayed at a hotel, or plan on doing it in the future, you'll want to k...

Which Company is Causing the Most Harm to San Francisco? (Guest, Dennis Herrera, City Attorney - San Francisco)

January 07, 2019 15:00 - 30 minutes - 27.9 MB

Dennis Herrera is the elected City Attorney of San Francisco. He's also a straight shooter. In this can't-miss episode, we talk to Dennis about which company is the most harmful to San Francisco (we get a surprisingly candid answer). We also ask him about the growing divide between tech and government. Herrera spends some time talking about the perceptions tech may have about government and vice versa, and how to fix them. He talks about what CEO is a force for good within the city...

Why Does Uber Get Such Bad Press? (Guest: Mike Isaac, Technology Reporter, New York Times)

January 07, 2019 15:00 - 39 minutes - 36 MB

Mike Isaac is in charge of covering Uber for the New York Times. He’s covered the company extensively for the past several years and is publishing what will be considered the definitive book on the company. He’s also hilarious on Twitter. We host Mike and ask him how press leaks occur - what the anatomy of a press leak is and how information gets communicated (and why). Mike explains why leaks are sometimes just symptoms of much larger problems at companies. We also have a long cha...

Did Steve Jobs Really Get Turned Away at Flour + Water (Guest: David White, CEO of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group - owners of Flour + Water)?

November 26, 2018 15:00 - 26 minutes - 24.8 MB

David White is a San Francisco legend. He is the CEO of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, which owns Flour + Water, Central Kitchen and Trick Dog. He also has a knack for telling it how it is. In the latest episode of 'This is Your Life in Silicon Valley', we sat down with David to ask him about the restaurant industry in San Francisco, social media, and... did Steve Jobs really get turned away at Flour + Water?

Did Steve Jobs Really Get Turned Away at Flour + Water (Guest: David White, CEO of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group - owners of Flour + Water)?

November 26, 2018 15:00 - 26 minutes - 24.8 MB

David White is a San Francisco legend. He is the CEO of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, which owns Flour + Water, Central Kitchen and Trick Dog. He also has a knack for telling it how it is. In the latest episode of 'This is Your Life in Silicon Valley', we sat down with David to ask him about the restaurant industry in San Francisco, social media, and... did Steve Jobs really get turned away at Flour + Water? David talks about his long, roundabout journey to San Francisco involving bo...

How Hard is It to be an Immigrant in the Silicon Valley (Guests: DJ Patil, Suhas Patil)?

September 17, 2018 14:00 - 24 minutes - 22.8 MB

Suhas Patil is a Silicon Valley legend, and an immigrant. He is a multiple-time successful Founder, and created the largest networking organization in the Valley - The Indus Entrepreneurs. Like father, like son - DJ - Suhas' son, is one of the most influential figures in technology today. We learn a bit more about Suhas' legacy, and how he paved the way for the success for generations to come. We learn in this interview how hard it was for Suhas to make it as an immigrant. The per...

How Hard is It to be an Immigrant in the Silicon Valley (Guests: DJ Patil, Suhas Patil)?

September 17, 2018 14:00 - 24 minutes - 22.8 MB

Suhas Patil is a Silicon Valley legend, and an immigrant. He is a multiple-time successful Founder, and created the largest networking organization in the Valley - The Indus Entrepreneurs. Like father, like son - DJ - Suhas' son, is one of the most influential figures in technology today. We learn a bit more about Suhas' legacy, and how he paved the way for the success for generations to come.

San Francisco: Where You Can Be Gainfully Employed With Tattoos (Guest: Veronica Belmont, Host of the IRL Podcast)

August 30, 2018 07:00 - 24 minutes - 22.4 MB

Veronica Belmont is an Internet superstar and San Francisco resident. She also just got a tattoo. We talk to Veronica about everything San Francisco - from scooters to philanthropy to who our benevolent dictator should be. Veronica is a true Internet native. She was podcasting before it was a thing, and she was one of the first social media superstars. We talk to Veronica about virtual connections vs. 'real' connections and if it's even possible to draw a distinction anymore. What'...

Tech Billionaires are Just Like Regular People.... Right? (Guest: Molly Wood, Host of 'Marketplace')

August 15, 2018 14:00 - 29 minutes - 27 MB

Molly Wood is one of the top journalists in the Bay Area. We talk to Molly about her journey here from Montana, who it's absolutely impossible to cover, and whether tech billionaires are just like 'regular people'. Molly has covered some of the top personalities, and the top companies in technology. She knows just about everyone in the world of tech, and has seen some pretty interesting things. Molly talks about why it's hard to cover Apple, Jeff Bezos, and why Elon Musk is the 'wh...

Your True Love May be at Another SoulCycle (Guest: Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker)

August 08, 2018 14:00 - 21 minutes - 19.8 MB

Patti Stanger is internationally famous - she is Bravo's 'Millionaire Matchmaker'. In part 2 of our series on 'matchmaking' in Silicon Valley, Patti explains why it's so hard to find love in the Bay Area. Patti didn't just turn into The Millionaire Matchmaker overnight. She talks about her background, her roots, and what caused her to end up in the cutthroat world of matchmaking. She did not always have millionaire clients, and it took work to get up to that point. Patti talks abo...

Is San Francisco more like Paris, or New York? (Guest: Sam Lessin, Serial Entrepreneur)

July 31, 2018 14:00 - 26 minutes - 24.3 MB

Sam Lessin is one of the top minds in the technology world. He was VP of Product at Facebook, where he was instrumental in building the Facebook timeline. He's now working on a new company called Fin. But Sam is also a San Francisco resident, and has given a lot of thought as to whether the city can be fixed (and where it's headed). . A common question people have inside of, and outside of San Francisco is: why don't people in technology use their talents toward civic responsibilit...

Do Not Date Anyone from San Francisco (Guest: Amy Andersen, Founder of Linx Dating)

July 24, 2018 14:00 - 31 minutes - 28.7 MB

Amy Andersen is the Founder of Linx dating and a legend in Silicon Valley lore. Amy was profiled in Vanity Fair Magazine in a now-famous article about 'Cougar Night' at The Rosewood Hotel. What you don't know about Amy is that she is one of the smartest entrepreneurs you will ever meet. In this episode, we explore the beginnings of Amy's entrepreneurial career, and how she grew to become the most famous matchmaker in the area. We learn from Amy a bit about some of the 'quirks' of t...

Is San Francisco Really All That Great? (Guest: Antonio García Martínez - NYT Bestselling Author of 'Chaos Monkeys')

July 12, 2018 15:00 - 25 minutes - 23.6 MB

Antonio García Martínez is no stranger to controversy. He sold a company, was a key architect of Facebook's advertising products, wrote a bestselling book (which was critical of some of his old colleagues), and now lives in a yurt in Washington. Put lightly, he has some strong opinions. García Martínez eloquently explains some of his own experiences in San Francisco, how he would solve some of the city's biggest problems, and how privilege doesn't insulate you from problems. The co...

The City is Burning Down

June 29, 2018 16:00 - 29 minutes - 26.7 MB

Keith Spencer is a cover editor, and Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. They took vastly different paths to get to San Francisco, and have some strong perspectives on how the city can be saved. Nicole arrived in San Francisco from the midwest where she studied journalism. She began her career in the Bay Area in tech, but her experience soured and she left for India. She returned to the city and her trip abroad shaped her views on what she wanted to do next. We learn about Nic...

Living in San Francisco Is Not Straightforward (Guest: Rick Marini, Entrepreneur, Investor)

May 02, 2018 14:00 - 29 minutes - 27 MB

Rick Marini moved to San Francisco from the East Coast and is living the Silicon Valley dream. He's a successful entrepreneur who has built a great life in a beautiful city. But the City is far from perfect. Rick talks about his views on San Francisco politics, what it's like to be a homeowner in a city where home ownership is unattainable by many, and what the future holds for San Francisco. As it turns out, living here is not all that straightforward. What happens when someone ov...

Nothing is Permanent in the Valley (Guest: James Currier, Managing Partner, NFX)

April 24, 2018 14:00 - 26 minutes - 24.6 MB

James Currier is a serial entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. When you hear words like 'virality' and 'network effects' thrown around my tech companies and employees - keep in mind that James pioneered many of these concepts. So how in James' eyes has the Valley changed with the onset of celebrity culture? What has he seen through boom and bust cycles here? We spent an extensive amount of time talking to James about some of your favorite companies (Uber/Lyft), the changing notion o...

Can Tech Fix Democracy? (Guest: Jessica Alter, Founder - Tech For Campaigns)

April 18, 2018 05:14 - 24 minutes - 22.6 MB

Jessica Alter woke up on Wednesday Morning, the 9th of November 2016, and did not take a 'mental health day'. She got to work. What started as a Google Doc to organize like-minded individuals ended up becoming a large scale progressive movement called Tech For Campaigns. Alter, a multiple time technology founder and executive, began using techniques she learned during her time in industry to consolidate large groups of people. Alter's organization has influenced multiple elections,...

San Francisco from an NPR Reporter's Perspective (Guest: Aarti Shahani, Tech Reporter for NPR)

April 16, 2018 15:00 - 27 minutes - 24.9 MB

Aarti Shahani has one of the most famous voices in Silicon Valley. She joins us for this week's edition to talk about her experience moving from New York to San Francisco, and some of the ins and outs of covering the tech scene here. Shahani covers some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world. What has she learned in the process? Are people here actually transparent? We learn that and more from Shahani, who shares some of her favorite 'twitter follows' during the inter...

Being Broke in San Francisco (Guest: Broke Ass Stuart, Mayoral Candidate, Writer)

April 12, 2018 13:00 - 25 minutes - 23.9 MB

Broke Ass Stuart is a famous San Franciscan from San Diego. How did he make his way here, and why did he end up running for mayor against Ed Lee? BAS runs a popular website in San Francisco and thinks often about the divide between tech and non tech. He discusses the notion of civic responsibility with us, and why it's so lacking. Is community involvement the solution to San Francisco's problems? Expect some colorful language in this episode.

About that thing called Youtube... (Guest: Hunter Walk, Homebrew Ventures)

April 09, 2018 16:00 - 33 minutes - 31.2 MB

Hunter Walk is a Venture Capitalist and successful operator. He's perhaps best known for being the Head of Product at a little company called Youtube. So is everything Youtube accomplished good? We talk to Hunter about that and more. We ask Hunter about tech culture, his experience moving to San Francisco, and his perspective on the infamous James Damore memo (which lit up a major controversy here in the Bay Area). Should Google have handled it any differently?

Coffee Culture Sure Has Changed in Silicon Valley (Guest: Eileen Rinaldi, CEO of Ritual Coffee)

April 01, 2018 17:00 - 23 minutes - 22.6 MB

Eileen Rinaldi sits down with hosts Sunil Rajaraman and Jascha Kaykas-Wolff to talk about her journey into San Francisco. Rinaldi recounts how she ended up here, how hard she's had to battle to stay independent, and her view of so-called 3rd-wave coffee. Rinaldi shares some of her thoughts on her favorite 'local' San Francisco businesses, and why it's so hard to remain independent in the age of fast-casual.

Crunched (Guest: Alexia Tsotsis, Former Editor-in-Chief of Techcrunch)

April 01, 2018 17:00 - 25 minutes - 24.4 MB

Alexia Tsotsis fell out of love with San Francisco, but fell back in love while preparing for this interview. We talk about Alexia's journey to San Francisco, and how she had a major part in the technology boom of the past decade. Alexia even has some choice catch phrases around bro culture in the city, and may add a new term or two to the vernacular.

Something Changed After 2007 (Guest: Chris Michel, Photographer)

April 01, 2018 17:00 - 21 minutes - 20.2 MB

Chris Michel is a world famous photographer, whose work has been featured in National Geographic amongst others. Michel talks about how San Francisco has changed over time, including one major change that happened in 2007. And about that homeless problem - what are the solutions and what should the city be doing about it? Michel dives into several interesting topics with hosts Jascha Kaykas-Wolff and Sunil Rajaraman.

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