64 episodes

Behind the Tech invites listeners to geek out with an amazing line-up of tech heroes, inventors and innovators. Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott takes tech enthusiasts behind-the-scenes to meet AI experts, computer scientists, authors, musicians, digital leaders, bioengineers and neuroscientists who have made discoveries, built tools, and literally helped make our modern world possible.

Behind The Tech with Kevin Scott Microsoft Podcasts

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    • 4.9 • 96 Ratings

Behind the Tech invites listeners to geek out with an amazing line-up of tech heroes, inventors and innovators. Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott takes tech enthusiasts behind-the-scenes to meet AI experts, computer scientists, authors, musicians, digital leaders, bioengineers and neuroscientists who have made discoveries, built tools, and literally helped make our modern world possible.

    Mike Schroepfer, Partner, Gigascale Capital

    Mike Schroepfer, Partner, Gigascale Capital

    In 2023, after departing his role as CTO of Facebook, Mike Schroepfer launched the climate venture capital investment firm Gigascale Capital with the goal of building climate tech companies. Working alongside co-founders Victoria Beasley and Evaline Tsai, Gigascale’s investments are today driving advancements in clean energy, biotech and computing. In this episode, Kevin and Mike discuss Mike’s early childhood and how he got interested in the study of computer science, career experiences in engineering that shaped him, and what ultimately led to his decision to focus on climate change and philanthropic endeavors through his work at Gigascale and his organization Additional Ventures, respectively.  
    Mike Schroepfer | Gigascale 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Xyla Foxlin, Engineer and YouTube Creator

    Xyla Foxlin, Engineer and YouTube Creator

    Xyla Foxlin is an engineer and YouTuber with a passion for making things dating back to her early childhood love of art and creative exploration. What began as a way to entertain herself with whatever materials she could find blossomed into a career as a content creator and maker, showcasing her skills crafting everything from a rocket to a sailboat. In this episode, Xyla and Kevin discuss the challenges she’s faced in the maker space, overcoming imposter syndrome, and the work she’s done to help encourage other women and people of color interested in science, math, and engineering. 
    Xyla Foxlin | @xylafoxlin 

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Lisa Su, Chair and CEO, AMD

    Lisa Su, Chair and CEO, AMD

    As Chair and CEO of AMD, Lisa Su leads the transformation of the strategy and product execution of one of the fastest growing semiconductor companies in the world. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, and a recent appointee to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In this episode, she discusses her upbringing as the daughter of a mathematician, her early interest in engineering and figuring out how things work, and why she thinks this is the most exciting time in hardware in recent decades. 
    Lisa Su | AMD  
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    • 59 min
    Year in Review 2023

    Year in Review 2023

    As 2023 comes to an end, we take a look back at some of the year’s most compelling, thought-provoking conversations with guests like Bill Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, OpenAI’s Mira Murati, Shopify’s Tobi Lutke, will.i.am, Sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky, and many more. The year’s programs featured a wide range of topics including equity in tech, advocating for science and, of course, the transformative power of AI.  
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    David Kirtley, Co-Founder and CEO, Helion

    David Kirtley, Co-Founder and CEO, Helion

    Helion is building the world’s first fusion power plant, and co-founder and CEO David Kirtley is on a mission to improve access to clean energy for a better future. We’re inspired by the work that they’re doing—in fact, Microsoft recently announced that Helion is going to provide the company fusion power starting in 2028. In this episode, Kevin and David discuss David’s early childhood and how he got interested in science, how he got into the field of fusion, his current role at Helion and how the company is building fusion generators to create zero-carbon electricity. 
    David Kirtley | Helion  
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    William A. Adams, Software Engineer, DEI Innovator, and Philanthropist

    William A. Adams, Software Engineer, DEI Innovator, and Philanthropist

    William A. Adams is a software engineer, DEI innovator, and philanthropist whose contributions to the field have been documented by the Computer History Museum. He spent more than 20 years at Microsoft, where he rolled out critical XML code globally, co-founded the Leap program, and served as Kevin’s first technical advisor. In this episode, Kevin and William discuss how William got interested in STEM at a young age, founding a software development company in the 80s, his career at Microsoft and pioneering D&I programing, and the importance of equity and diversity in tech. 
    William A. Adams 
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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

sam540 ,

Thank you Kevin

This is probably one of my favorite podcasts alongside the Idealcast. Kevin does an amazing job interviewing and relating the details of the conversations back to the audience. The insights and the fantastic history behind each interview is worth the listen. I also appreciate Kevin’s humor and personal lessons learned as well. Sign up for this one already

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Love the stories behind the tech! 💥

Behind the Tech has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and innovative ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!🙏

H&B 125 ,

Great discussion

Thanks for the great podcast with Dr. Pinker and the discussions covering the need for great communication of complex material and process to find truth.

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