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Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

Decoder with Nilay Patel The Verge

    • Business
    • 3.9 • 230 Ratings

Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

    Marques Brownlee on how to scale MKBHD while being the face of the YouTube brand

    Marques Brownlee on how to scale MKBHD while being the face of the YouTube brand

    Nilay Patel talks with Marques Brownlee (MKBHD on YouTube) about building a business as a YouTuber, how content creators make money, and how to scale when you are the brand.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Instagram’s Adam Mosseri on the future of Reels, moderation, and the responsibility of social media platforms

    Instagram’s Adam Mosseri on the future of Reels, moderation, and the responsibility of social media platforms

    The Verge's Nilay Patel talks with head of Instagram Adam Mosseri about how to run a creative platform like Instagram at scale while keeping users — and democracy — safe, how much responsibility the platforms have for what their algorithms promote, and, of course, Instagram's products like Reels, Stories, and IGTV.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Trump, Twitter, and the First Amendment, with platform moderation expert Daphne Keller

    Trump, Twitter, and the First Amendment, with platform moderation expert Daphne Keller

    In the aftermath of the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol, many online platforms, including both Twitter and Facebook, banned President Trump. In this week’s episode, Nilay Patel talks with regulation expert and law professor Daphne Keller, about a big problem: how to moderate what happens on the internet.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The business of meatless meat with Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown

    The business of meatless meat with Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown

    Today’s episode is with Beyond Meat founder and CEO Ethan Brown. Nilay and Ethan discuss how the company is doing since its IPO in 2019 and how they are fairing during the pandemic. The food supply chain has seen significant impact during COVID and there has been an increased demand for plant-based proteins during the pandemic, with meat shortages and more people cooking at home. They also talk about how Beyond Meat is structured, how they are different from other competitors in the market, and what’s next from the company.
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    • 48 min
    How the @!#$ does advertising work, with Cadillac CMO Melissa Grady

    How the @!#$ does advertising work, with Cadillac CMO Melissa Grady

    Advertising is a huge part of the economy and something we all experience everyday through various mediums. In this episode, Nilay Patel talks with Cadillac CMO Melissa Grady about how advertising has been reinvented by technology — from data-driven insights to new social media platforms to the role of influencers in marketing. They also unpack how modern advertising works and where it's headed in the future. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Can Substack CEO Chris Best build a new model for journalism?

    Can Substack CEO Chris Best build a new model for journalism?

    Nilay Patel talks to Chris Best, cofounder and CEO of Substack, the subscription newsletter startup that’s taken the media industry by storm over the past few months.
    The conversation explores how Substack's business model could potentially impact the media industry, but also dives into the basic questions about running a media company -- how Substack makes money, how it’s going to scale while offering additional services to writers, like legal protection, and, of course, content moderation.
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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

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I enjoy the podcast. It was surprising to hear Alexis Coe slagging off other Washington scholars by name. I am less likely to accept the opinions of a scholar who promotes their own thesis by mocking others. She also appears to be viewing many aspects of her topics through a personalized, Twitter aesthetic.

Derek Yuen ,

The good is really good!

Love love love the Mark Cuban, Sal Khan and Substack episodes! Incredibly insightful.
The others (esp Microsoft) ... not so much.
Please consider doing a follow up episode on substack!

SterlingCrimson ,

First review of Nilay Patel's podcast

All the previous reviews in this site are of the former show, Recode Decode. At first, I stayed away from Recode Decode because of Kara's interruptive interview style.

Nilay on the other hand, launches Decoder with a great interview of Sal Khan. I particularly enjoy him listening to his guests and letting them speak their minds before he continues his questioning. Now if only Decoder had its own itunes page...

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