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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. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley

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    • 4.9 • 416 Ratings

After many years in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the new wave of tech entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt our lives. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley

    Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse: “Replumbing the financial system”

    Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse: “Replumbing the financial system”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Brad Garlinghouse, to talk about remaking the global financial system (2:45), when it could happen (5:30), the cross-border payment challenge (7:10), replumbing the system (12:00), going through the first dotcom bubble (14:20), suing Youtube (16:20), getting impersonated (21:40), China’s control of bitcoin (22:20), the future of finance (24:20), considering moving to London (29:00), operating with a hand behind his back (30:45), and how chaos helps (33:30). Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley.

     
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    Stanford Internet Observatory’s Renee Diresta: “Sharpies, CIA supercomputers and human antennas”

    Stanford Internet Observatory’s Renee Diresta: “Sharpies, CIA supercomputers and human antennas”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Renee DiResta of the Stanford INternet Observatory to talk about how Twitter handled 2020 (3:30), mainstream media getting a pass (40), Facebook groups (9:45), Sharpiegate (8:30), the election day war room (11:45), conspiracy “tickets” (15:00), how conspiracies spread (16:45), Trump’s centrality to the voter fraud posts (21:40), how these theories play out in the real world (26:40), the low cost to spreading misinformation (28:45), how 2020 compares to 2016 (33:30), Covid vaccines as the next target (36:20), whats changed between the first tech hearing and the most recent (39:00), and what Tiktok learned (41:30).
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    Plenty's Nate Storey: "Kale outta Compton"

    Plenty's Nate Storey: "Kale outta Compton"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Nate Storey, co-founder of indoor farming unicorn Plenty, to talk about tearing down and rebuilding farms (3:40), the problem he’s trying to solve (6:40), breeding food for transport (8:50), building a farm in Compton (10:45), leveraging Hollywood (13:40), how he got into agriculture (17:10), leaving his first startup (22:10), what an indoor farm looks like (24:00), the industry boom (31:10), luring infrastructure investors (33:45), falling costs (37:30), how traditional farmers have responded (40:45), and putting orchards inside (44:00). Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley.

     
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    Ruben Harris: "A backwards version of the Wu-Tang clan”

    Ruben Harris: "A backwards version of the Wu-Tang clan”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Ruben Harris, co-founder of Career Karma, to talk about starting out as a cellist (3:10), why music convinced him to get into business (6:50), buying a one-way ticket (8:55), his first tech job (11:00), working in political technology (17:30), how starting a podcast led to his startup (18:50), quitting his job (20:30), creating Career Karma (22:00), on whether coding boot camps work (23:50), income-sharing agreements (26:15), how work is changing (28:20), being black in Silicon Valley (30:15), his worst day (34:30), and addressing the laptop shortage (36:20). Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley.

     
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    • 39 min
    Mmhmm's Phil Libin: "Hospital clowns to investment bankers”

    Mmhmm's Phil Libin: "Hospital clowns to investment bankers”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Phil Libin, founder of Mmhmm, to talk about fasting (3:35), starting the company (5:00), what it does (9:15), the end of the social media ice age (13:20), a trillion dollar shift (17:00), why he’s not worried about rivals copying him (24:30), who uses it (27:00), how he came up with the name (30:45), what goes wrong at startups (34:20), what skydiving taught him (39:35), the new hybrid world (43:30), and why he plans to leave San Francisco (46:30). Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley.

     
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    • 52 min
    Avalanche Insights' Michiah Prull: “Measuring oomph”

    Avalanche Insights' Michiah Prull: “Measuring oomph”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Michiah Prull, founder of Avalanche Insights, to talk about setting up a company after the 2016 election (3:00), starting as a community organiser (5:00), the problem with messaging (6:30), using AI to understand emotions (8:35), finding the right people (11:00), how an algorithm intuits human motivations (13:15), crafting a message (15:45), why the left is bad at it (19:45), fighting polarisation (22:30), levelling the misinformation/information playing field (26:00), whether he will go corporate (27:30), what went wrong in 2016 (31:30), the future of elections (33:00), the outlook for November 3 (35:45), and the evolution of the public’s view of climate change (37:35). Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/dannyinthevalley.

     
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 Ratings

Tmw51 ,

Insightful stuff

Always enjoyable podcast. Often slightly irreverent which we need more than ever these days. Not too much SV inside speak and Danny does a great job of setting the scene and keeping things lively. Am slowly working my way through the back catalogue. Give it a go if disruptive tech is your thing.

I_am_JT ,

Super idea, but needs to fix some audio levels

I really liked this podcast initially and I am hugely interested in the tech area and getting to hear insights of the people working in it is really fantastic. But sadly the audio levels of the podcast drive me crazy. When listening to the podcast the interview audio or talking audio itself is really quiet and then the adverts are really loud.
I please wish that the gain was increased on the interview audio and the advert audio was lowered/ducked a bit. Just to normalise the levels across the podcast and I don’t have to instantly alter the volume for a blasting same advert in my ears.

As I really like the shoe and don’t wish to avoid the podcast for the future.

:)

marky677 ,

Best show.

Learned so much about the stories behind big Tech.

Guests are tremendous

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