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After many years in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the new wave of tech entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt our lives.

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After many years in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the new wave of tech entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt our lives.

    Genomic Prediction’s Elizabeth Carr: “Scoring embryos”

    Genomic Prediction’s Elizabeth Carr: “Scoring embryos”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Elizabeth Carr, America’s first baby conceived by in-vitro fertilization and patient advocate at Genomic Prediction, to talk about the new era of pre-natal screening (5:45), the dawn of in-vitro fertilization (8:40), the technology’s acceptance (12:10), what Genomic Prediction does (13:40), scoring embryos (16:30), the slippery slope (19:20), selecting for smarts (24:15), the cost (25:00), and the future of conception (28:30). PLUS Dan Benjamin, bio economist at UCLA, comes on to talk about why he and others raised the alarm about polygenic scoring (30:20), drawing the line between prevention and enhancement (34:15), limits of the tech (37:15), what else we can select for (40:00), and unexpected consequences (42:00).
     
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    Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving!

    We take a break this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Back next week with a new episode!
     
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    Cruise’s Oliver Cameron: “The Everest of self-driving tech”

    Cruise’s Oliver Cameron: “The Everest of self-driving tech”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Oliver Cameron, founder of Voyage and VP of product at Cruise, to talk about the arrival of self-driving cars (3:40), dropping out of uni to develop apps (14:40), getting a spot at Y Combinator (17:20), the difference between America and Britain (18:20), becoming an executive at Udacity (20:25), his disastrous first fundraising pitch (23:55), launching his self-driving car startup Voyage (28:10), selling it to Cruise (30:40), what does “self-driving” mean (33:30), launching commercial services in San Francisco (38:30), his worst day (42:20), and his best (43:20).
     
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    Think Better's Heath Jansen: "Riding the millennial super cycle"

    Think Better's Heath Jansen: "Riding the millennial super cycle"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Heath Jansen, founder of Think Better Group, to talk about his start running an aluminium smelter (3:30), coming to London (7:00), his ‘Jerry Maguire’ moment (8:25), creating a coffee company (12:40), why he quit the City(19:40), how his former colleagues reacted (21:25), building the Unilever for millennials (25:35), nappies (26:50), the millennial consumer (33:30), and whether sending premium products to rich people make a difference (40:30).
     
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    A taste test of lab-grown chicken with Upside Foods' Uma Valeti

    A taste test of lab-grown chicken with Upside Foods' Uma Valeti

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Uma Valeti, founder of Upside Foods, to talk about creating “cultivated meat” doing a taste test (4:00), the process (6:00), why he is working on this (10:20), his “aha” moments (12:15), signing a release to eat chicken (19:55), cutting out fetal bovine serum (23:10), the scaling challenge (26:00), and the importance of transparency (29:40).
     
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    Bessemer’s David Cowan: “The more off-the-wall the better”

    Bessemer’s David Cowan: “The more off-the-wall the better”

    The SundayTimes’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on David Cowan to talk about Bessemer Venture Partners' anti-portfolio (4:00), missing Google (6:05), why tech is accelerating (7:25), why he bet on space (10:00), why colonizing space is “inevitable” (12:45), the rise of micro satellites (15:30), backing Rocket Lab (21:30), the privatisation of weather (25:00), backing off-the-wall ideas (27:30), the future of Silicon Valley (34:45), his mock-umentary Bubbleproof (38:00), and the FOMO epidemic (41:40).


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
445 Ratings

445 Ratings

Helly 1000 ,

Terrific

I heard Danny on Times Radio this morning and immediately checked out the podcast. The interview with Gene Berdichevsky was fascinating and informative. Danny is a great host - with a mellifluous voice - so I’m hooked!

Seinfeldo ,

Excellent pod. Voice a bonus.

Such a cool listen. Engaging host and excellent guests giving us glimpses of the future, which is very much here and now! Managed to overcome my aversion to all things Murdoch for this. My favourite podcast. Nice one Danny, thanks for the ear/brain candy.

Stuartba ,

Great show as always

A great way to keep up to date with a wide range of technical businesses across the valley.
Always an interesting listen and presented in a very affable manner.

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