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After more than a decade in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world - and make loads of money while doing it.
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Danny In The Valley The Times

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    • 4.9 • 158 Ratings

After more than a decade in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world - and make loads of money while doing it.
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    SciFi Foods' Joshua March: "Brewing a $1 lab-grown burger”

    SciFi Foods' Joshua March: "Brewing a $1 lab-grown burger”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Joshua March, founder of SciFi Foods to talk about why he is trying to brew burgers (3:30), mixing meat and plants (6:00), the cost challenge (8:00), growing up in small town England and his first startup (11:50), launching a social media software company (15:00), finding a technical co-founder and starting a meat company (17:20), leaning into the science with its branding (25:20), the cost challenge (30:30), the road to regulatory approval (37:40), winning hearts and minds (40:15), and the vegan mafia (41:10).
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    Neoplants' Lio Mora & Partick Torbey: "A houseplant that eats carcinogens"

    Neoplants' Lio Mora & Partick Torbey: "A houseplant that eats carcinogens"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Patrick Torbey and Lio Mora about engineering plants (3:45), the age of biology (6:15), their $180 houseplant (11:25), indoor pollution (13:45), meeting at a startup incubator (17:30), founder dating (20:55), raising money (24:30), spending four years developing the first plant (27:25), the market education problem (33:00), why certifications is more difficult than it seems (39:30), the maintenance challenge (41:45), and their worst day (47:05).
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    Obvious Ventures’ Andrew Beebe: “Do stuff that matters”

    Obvious Ventures’ Andrew Beebe: “Do stuff that matters”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Andrew Beebe, to talk about “world positive” investing (4:00), the dotcom boom (5:30), zeroing in on climate years ago (10:10), how a cold call to Google worked (12:10), how he met Twitter founder Ev Williams (16:00), investing in the downturn (19:10), screening for world positive companies (23:45), how he coaches founders (28:20), climate tech whiplash and why this time is different (32:000), and his worst day of work (40:30).
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    Mayfield's Navin Chaddha: “The best companies get bought, not sold”

    Mayfield's Navin Chaddha: “The best companies get bought, not sold”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Navin Chaddha of Mayfield Fund, to talk about the future of work (3:10), and Silicon Valley (9:50), managing $2bn with seven people (13:55), his first startup in the dotcom boom (18:00), the importance of timing (22:50), holding his nerve at the recent peak (28:10), the other two companies he started (33:10), the lessons from he took from them (38:10), the current downturn (42:05), how he made it here from India (46:50), going through the IIT system (50:00), and what he’s excited to back (55:05).
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    Blackrock Neurotech's Marcus Gerhardt: "An inflection point for brain-computer interfaces"

    Blackrock Neurotech's Marcus Gerhardt: "An inflection point for brain-computer interfaces"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Marcus Gerhardt, chief executive of Blackrock Neurotech, to talk about his boarding school days in Wales (4:00), his dotcom adventures (10:00), pivoting to brain-computer interfaces (16:00), the “Utah array” (18:40), how in 2006 the first person sent an email with his thoughts (20:30), starting the company (23:00), the state of the technology today (26:40), targeting tetraplegics (33:00), getting investment (38:15), going to market (41:30), and reaching an inflection point (47:40).
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    Checkerspot’s Charles Dimmler: “Using algae to make skis”

    Checkerspot’s Charles Dimmler: “Using algae to make skis”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on co-founder and chief executive of Checkerspot, to talk about using algae to make skis (3:55), what he leaned at pioneer Solazyme (8:30), naming the company after a butterfly (16:10), how synthetic biology is like computers were in the 1980’s (18:00), starting out as an investment banker (21:15), switching to biotech (27:00), and then to Solazyme (28:30), algae oil skis (32:15), convincing investors (36:30), the rise of climate tech (42:00), and his worst day (48:00).



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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Brilliant host, fascinating guests 🙌🏻

It’s obvious Danny puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and innovative in the world of tech - the insights they bring to bear are mind-blowing every. single. time.💥

ArlieLP ,

Relevant Engaging!

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

shakedallah ,

Love this show!

Danny is awesome and has wonderful guests who you learn a lot from. My favorite podcast!

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