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After more than a decade in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world - and make loads of money while doing it.
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Danny In The Valley The Times

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 459 Ratings

After more than a decade in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world - and make loads of money while doing it.
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    Kernel's Bryan Johnson: “Dinner at 11:00 am and reversing age”

    Kernel's Bryan Johnson: “Dinner at 11:00 am and reversing age”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Bryan Johnson, tech entrepreneur and Kernel founder, to talk about reversing his biological age with “the blueprint” (4:50), eating dinner at 11:00 am (12:15), pleasure through pain (15:45), rethinking what it means to be human (17:30), changing society (23:00), how this philosophy dovetails with his startup Kernel (24:50), the “cognitive crisis" (26:45), living outside the norm (30:45), the autonomous self (33:15), assembling a team of 25 people to create the blueprint (36:50), being a “rejuvenation athlete” (38:40), firing himself (43:50), creating a community of rejuvenation enthusiasts (47:15), how long he wants to live (50:50), the rise of the machines (52:50), and automating away willpower (57:50).
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    SciFi Foods' Joshua March: "Brewing a $1 lab-grown burger”

    SciFi Foods' Joshua March: "Brewing a $1 lab-grown burger”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Joshua March, founder of SciFi Foods to talk about why he is trying to brew burgers (3:30), mixing meat and plants (6:00), the cost challenge (8:00), growing up in small town England and his first startup (11:50), launching a social media software company (15:00), finding a technical co-founder and starting a meat company (17:20), leaning into the science with its branding (25:20), the cost challenge (30:30), the road to regulatory approval (37:40), winning hearts and minds (40:15), and the vegan mafia (41:10).
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    • 44 min
    Neoplants' Lio Mora & Partick Torbey: "A houseplant that eats carcinogens"

    Neoplants' Lio Mora & Partick Torbey: "A houseplant that eats carcinogens"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Patrick Torbey and Lio Mora about engineering plants (3:45), the age of biology (6:15), their $180 houseplant (11:25), indoor pollution (13:45), meeting at a startup incubator (17:30), founder dating (20:55), raising money (24:30), spending four years developing the first plant (27:25), the market education problem (33:00), why certifications is more difficult than it seems (39:30), the maintenance challenge (41:45), and their worst day (47:05).
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    Obvious Ventures’ Andrew Beebe: “Do stuff that matters”

    Obvious Ventures’ Andrew Beebe: “Do stuff that matters”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Andrew Beebe, to talk about “world positive” investing (4:00), the dotcom boom (5:30), zeroing in on climate years ago (10:10), how a cold call to Google worked (12:10), how he met Twitter founder Ev Williams (16:00), investing in the downturn (19:10), screening for world positive companies (23:45), how he coaches founders (28:20), climate tech whiplash and why this time is different (32:000), and his worst day of work (40:30).
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    • 44 min
    Mayfield's Navin Chaddha: “The best companies get bought, not sold”

    Mayfield's Navin Chaddha: “The best companies get bought, not sold”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Navin Chaddha of Mayfield Fund, to talk about the future of work (3:10), and Silicon Valley (9:50), managing $2bn with seven people (13:55), his first startup in the dotcom boom (18:00), the importance of timing (22:50), holding his nerve at the recent peak (28:10), the other two companies he started (33:10), the lessons from he took from them (38:10), the current downturn (42:05), how he made it here from India (46:50), going through the IIT system (50:00), and what he’s excited to back (55:05).
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    • 59 min
    Blackrock Neurotech's Marcus Gerhardt: "An inflection point for brain-computer interfaces"

    Blackrock Neurotech's Marcus Gerhardt: "An inflection point for brain-computer interfaces"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Marcus Gerhardt, chief executive of Blackrock Neurotech, to talk about his boarding school days in Wales (4:00), his dotcom adventures (10:00), pivoting to brain-computer interfaces (16:00), the “Utah array” (18:40), how in 2006 the first person sent an email with his thoughts (20:30), starting the company (23:00), the state of the technology today (26:40), targeting tetraplegics (33:00), getting investment (38:15), going to market (41:30), and reaching an inflection point (47:40).
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
459 Ratings

459 Ratings

Stuart Mann ,

Fun, informative, wouldn’t be without this podcast.

Range of topics are so incredibly varied and yet Danny navigates the interviews with such skill that they are all easily accessible to the layman listener.

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.

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