A weekly podcast brought to you by The Information, a subscription tech news site doing deep dives and investigative looks at the tech and media industries. Each episode highlights some of the major happenings in tech business world, featuring the reporters at The Information. It's interviews, analysis, and wrap-ups to help give you insights into what the biggest companies in the industry are thinking.
Quibi, We Hardly Knew Ye
Nick Bastone and Chris Stern join to talk about the DOJ's antitrust suit against Google and where things go from here. And Jessica Toonkel and Tom dive in the the brief life and sudden death of the video streaming service Quibi.
Working Remotely or Not Remotely Working?
Tom talks to Kate Clark about the state of funding for female-led startups, which has sunk even lower during the pandemic. We also interview Tracy Chou, founder of Blockparty and Sara Mauskopf, cofounder of Winnie, who discussed their experiences raising money for their startups. And Cory talked to Nick Bastone and Humu's Liz Fosslien to talk about why some workers feel they've become less efficient as they work from home.
The Appiest Place on Earth
Cory Weinberg talks to Tom Dotan about the success of Disney+ and why the app's importance has bred tensions at the entertainment giant. Then, Cory talks antitrust and tech culture with Maelle Gavet, a former executive at real estate startup Compass and online travel firm Booking. Gavet recently published a book about her experience with what she calls "tech's empathy problem."
Zoe talks about this week's Coinbase controversy and how different CEOs feel about taking activist stands as a company. Then Alex talks about Facebook's battle with Apple, this time over messaging and integrating into iMessage.
SPACs: A Love Story
It seems like in Silicon Valley is starting a SPAC. Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Kevin Hartz, Chamath Palihapitiya, maybe even your roommate.
Reporters Cory Weinberg and Ross Matican trace the origins of the SPAC surge. We explain why these special-purpose acquisition companies have become so popular, some of the regulatory history, and what some of the downsides are.
In this episode, we talked to:
George Arison, co-CEO of Shift Technologies
Milos Vulanovic, associate of corporate finance at EDHEC Business School
Thomas Hennessy, co-CEO and president of PropTech Acquisition Corporation
Jay Heller, head of capital markets & IPO expansion at Nasdaq
The Information's SPAC Target List
What Private Tech Firms Should Watch Out For in SPACs
Opendoor, in Announcing SPAC, Opens Up About Losses
ChargePoint to Go Public in $2.4 Billion SPAC Deal
Laurene Powell Jobs and Jenna Lyons (2020 WTF Summit)
This week we're presenting highlights from two interviews from the WTF Summit earlier this month. Emerson Collective's president Laurene Powell Jobs discusses her group's work on voting access as well as her ownership of The Atlantic magazine. Jenna Lyons, the former creative director for J Crew, talks about starting from the ground up with her new beauty brand.