The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.
Optimism In A Tech Downturn — With Packy McCormick and Austin Rief
Austin Rief is the CEO of Morning Brew. Packy McCormick is the author of Not Boring on Substack and founder of Not Boring Capital. The two join Big Technology Podcast for a discussion of why the economic downturn has hit tech disproportionately hard and how bad it's going to get. They also look for places of optimism, and areas of opportunity. Stay tuned for the second half where we discuss whether their own investing has changed, how their media businesses will get through this moment, and the latest on Elon Musk's plan to buy Twitter.
A Debate About NFTs — With Jason Stein
Jason Stein is the founder and managing partner at SC Holdings, a private equity and strategic advisory firm based in New York. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss the merits of NFTs, of which he is bullish and I am skeptical. This isn't a shouting match debate, but a reasonable back and forth between two people with different views on the issue. Stay tuned for the second half where we discuss how a struggling economy will impact risky assets.
Was Tim Cook The Right Choice For Apple? — With Tripp Mickle
Tripp Mickle is a reporter for The New York Times and author of After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a special episode looking inside Apple after the death of Steve Jobs and evaluating its leadership's performance. Join us for a broad, deep discussion leaning on Tripp's years of reporting on one of the world's most fascinating companies.
Tech Stock Armageddon — With Rich Greenfield
Rich Greenfield is a founding partner at LightShed Partners, and a preeminent analyst in the tech and media world. He joins Big Technology Podcast this week to discuss why companies like Netflix, Snap, Meta, and Spotify are getting crushed in the public markets. Join us for a discussion about tech stocks that digs into the broader story of what's happening to the global economy.
Elon's Plan to Fix Twitter — With Alex Roetter
Alex Roetter ran engineering at Twitter from 2014 to 2016 and is currently a general partner at Moxxie Ventures. He joins Big Technology Podcast to evaluate the product changes Elon Musk has expressed interest in, looking at whether they are feasible and could actually help the company. We go point by point through six potential changes and then discuss whether society, Twitter users, and Musk himself will be happy with the deal five years from now.
What The Heck Happened To SPACs — With Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize-winning reporter and the author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss what's happened with SPACs — special purpose acquisition companies — that seemed ready to revolutionize the IPO process just last year but have now fallen out of favor. Duhigg explains SPACs' rise, their decline, and what the financial world will look like once they settle into place. We also spend the first ten minutes discussing Elon Musk's Twitter bid and whether he's flying a bit too close to the sun.
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You can find Duhigg's story here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/07/the-pied-piper-of-spacs
Listening to the most recent episode about Musk buying Twitter and the pretzel-twisting failure you two did to explain it was hilarious. You know exactly why he’s buying it: Twitter censors speech. That frustrates Musk and more people than you’re willing to admit on your stroke-cast. Good luck with your line of thinking.
Interview with Tristan
I was disappointed with how combative Alex was for this interview
The guest was quite accepting of alternate ideas but the host kept interrupting to force what he wanted to say
Nuanced and Informative
I heartily recommend adding Alex Kantrowitz’ Big Technology to your must-hear podcast shortlist for many reasons.
1. Big Technology is always insightful and informative, thanks to highly knowledgeable guests
2. Alex’ podcast is not just about Big Tech (as if that isn’t interesting enough) but also sprinkles in topical discussions on the economy at large and geopolitics
3. This is big… unlike other unnamed podcasts (but you know who they are) Alex guides his guests to explain complex topics by asking the kind of questions we all have, rather than questions designed to make him look smart. He’s also not afraid to interject his opinion on occasion, but does so in a way that helps convey the nuances associated with complex tech issues.
4. …And did I mention Alex’ calming, mellifluous podcast voice?
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