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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.

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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.

    A Look Into Facebook's Soul — With WSJ's Jeff Horwitz and Ex-FB Exec. Brian Boland

    A Look Into Facebook's Soul — With WSJ's Jeff Horwitz and Ex-FB Exec. Brian Boland

    Jeff Horwitz is the Wall Street Journal reporter who unearthed a trove of internal Facebook documents that reveal a damning disconnect between what the company says in public and its actions inside. Brian Boland is a former Facebook executive who spent more than 11 years inside the company. The two come on to discuss Horowitz's bombshell series of reports, unpacking what they tell us about Facebook, dissecting the company's responses, and looking at potential solutions.

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    • 53 min
    Inside The Theranos Trial — With Erin Griffith of The New York Times

    Inside The Theranos Trial — With Erin Griffith of The New York Times

    Erin Griffith is the New York Times reporter at the trial for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. She joins Big Technology Podcast to bring us inside the courtroom, explaining why Holmes is on trial and whether she'll be a rare founder to face consequences for misleading investors. We also discuss whether Holmes is emblematic of the venture capital world's downsides, or an outlier.
    You can find Erin on Twitter, @eringriffith
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    • 50 min
    How The Music Industry Predicts The Future — With Zack O'Malley Greenburg

    How The Music Industry Predicts The Future — With Zack O'Malley Greenburg

    Zack O'Malley Greenburg is a music journalist who's spent time with everyone from Katy Perry to Kanye West. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss how the music industry seems to go through every major technology-driven shift before everyone else, including the decline of brick-and-mortar retail (see: Tower Records), to the rise of streaming content (Spotify), and even NFTs (WuTang's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin). Greenburg also discusses how he's applied lessons from some of the world's most successful musicians in his own career.
    You can follow Zack's book, We Are All Musicians Now, on Substack here: https://zogblog.substack.com/


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    • 56 min
    The Platform Delusion — With Columbia Business Professor Jonathan Knee

    The Platform Delusion — With Columbia Business Professor Jonathan Knee

    Jonathan Knee is a professor at Columbia Business School and senior advisor at the investment bank Evercore. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss The Platform Delusion, his forthcoming book about how the term "platform" has become overused to the point that it has little meaning. Is Sweetgreen really a platform. Well, Sweetgreen thinks so (c'mon now). Listen for a discussion covering what should actually be called a platform, the fundamentals of the tech giants' businesses, and whether students should go to startups coming out of school.


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    • 50 min
    Are We Actually Addicted To Our Phones? — With Nir Eyal

    Are We Actually Addicted To Our Phones? — With Nir Eyal

    Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a spirited debate over whether we're actually addicted to our phones, the ethics of app developers who use tricks to keep us coming back, and what to do about it.
    Please check out our sponsor, Flatfile: https://flatfile.com/
    You can find Nir's books here:
     http://geni.us/Indistractable and http://geni.us/hooked
    Here's an Indistractable summary article: https://www.nirandfar.com/skill-of-the-future/
    And a distraction guide: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/
    And a schedule maker tool: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/


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    Can We Still Be Optimistic About The Internet? — With Meetup Founder Scott Heiferman

    Can We Still Be Optimistic About The Internet? — With Meetup Founder Scott Heiferman

    Scott Heiferman is the founder of Meetup, a website that connects people online and gets them to meet each other offline. Heiferman joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss whether the internet can still bring people together vs. tear them apart, the latter of which it's done plenty of recently. This wide-ranging conversation gets into people's declining faith in institutions, our friendships and loneliness, Facebook's role in all this, virtual reality's potential, and the new company Heiferman is building today.


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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

factoryjoe ,

A nuanced, *actually* balanced take on Big Tech

I appreciate that Alex is attempting to do something rare in the marketplace: provide a “cool-headed, nuanced look” at the technology-based forces that are shaping our world. He has his biases and assumptions, but they come from being a sharp observer of the space, with access to some of the most importa’t voices in the field. I'm a faithful listener, and appreciate his efforts to go beyond the gotcha headlines to get into the meat of the matters around regulating, breaking up, and possibly reigning in, Big Technology.

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Alex, host of the Big Technology podcast, highlights all aspects of business, tech and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

ohcapitanmycapitan ,

Illuminating

Quickly becoming my favorite podcast. The conversations are so good.

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