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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

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    • 4.3 • 124 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.

    Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the Trump ban. What’s next?

    Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the Trump ban. What’s next?

    Nilay Patel talks with Kate Klonick, a law professor at St. John’s University Law School and one of the foremost chroniclers of Facebook’s moderation efforts. 
    Kate has been researching and studying Facebook’s Oversight Board from its inception: she embedded with the board as it was forming to write a definitive piece for The New Yorker called “Inside the Making of Facebook’s Supreme Court.”
    Nilay and Kate discuss the Oversight Board’s recent decision to uphold Facebook’s ban on Donald Trump and what the decision means for the future of policy and moderation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
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    How Shopify’s network of small businesses can take on Amazon

    How Shopify’s network of small businesses can take on Amazon

    Nilay Patel talks with Harley Finkelstein, President of Shopify. Shopify makes software that allows businesses of all sizes to set up online stores, and from there it can handle everything from shipping orders to financing loans for expansion. The company went public in 2015, and as online commerce has exploded during the pandemic, it’s been on a tear ever since.
    Harley talks about competing with the tech giants, Shopify's content moderation policies, and the future of online retail.
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    Senator Amy Klobuchar takes on Apple with antitrust law

    Senator Amy Klobuchar takes on Apple with antitrust law

    Senator Amy Klobuchar sits down with host Nilay Patel to discuss her new book Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age and the flurry of antitrust hearings over the past year. Senator Klobuchar serves as chair of the Senate subcommittee on competition policy, antitrust, and consumer rights — and in that role, Senator Klobuchar held a hearing last week focused on the power and control Apple and Google — but especially Apple — wield with their app stores.
    Where does she think antitrust reform is actually headed and what are the limits?
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    • 49 min
    How Anjali Sud stopped worrying about YouTube and reinvented Vimeo

    How Anjali Sud stopped worrying about YouTube and reinvented Vimeo

    Since becoming CEO a few years ago, Anjali Sud has changed the nature of Vimeo’s business from indie entertainment streaming platform to a SaaS company offering tools for content creators. And it's paying off. Nilay Patel and Anjali discuss Vimeo’s rapid growth, going public, and what’s next for the company.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Is VR the next frontier in fitness?

    Is VR the next frontier in fitness?

    Nilay Patel talks with Chris Milk, founder and CEO of Within, which makes the VR fitness app Supernatural. Chris has been making VR experiences for a long time, but Supernatural feels like his biggest hit yet — an app that makes people go out and buy a VR headset just to use.
    Chris and Nilay discuss how the company Within takes on music licensing, competition with Peloton, and the platform of virtual reality.
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    • 1 hr
    Is there a future for Bitcoin? An investor and a skeptic make their case

    Is there a future for Bitcoin? An investor and a skeptic make their case

    Nilay Patel interviews two experts on different sides of the bitcoin argument: a bitcoin investor and bitcoin skeptic.
    The investor is Nic Carter. He’s a general partner at Castle Island Ventures, which funds startups that are building on top of the bitcoin infrastructure to make payments more accessible — basically, making sure bitcoin can function like a currency.
    The skeptic is Steve Hanke. He is a professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, senior fellow and director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute, a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, and was the president of Toronto Trust Argentina in Buenos Aires when it was the world’s best performing mutual fund in 1995. He has also advised other countries on how to deal with hyperinflation and how to stabilize currencies.
    Nilay asks them both questions about bitcoin’s place in the market and pushes them on the shakier parts of their arguments.
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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

sarah-a1 ,

Why interview Brittany Kaiser,

Love Kara Swisher and find these podcasts to be very insightful and engaging. However I can’t understand why she has legitimised Brittany Kaiser by indulging her in an interview but also by not going hard on her. The tone of the interview with Sam Harris was so much harsher and I really can’t understand how this horrible self serving woman who has caused incredible damage in the UK deserved such an easy ride or to be legitimised by this interview - she isn’t a whistle blower she’s making excuses to avoid punishment

hdkwifhenks ,

Audio sloppy

First episode of decoder has terrible audio of speaker - really? We’re past bad audio in podcast land. To stay competitive the audio has to be better.

amasnah ,

Full of herself

Very patronising Lady

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