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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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    • 4.9 • 165 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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    Expensify's David Barrett: "Venture capital is a scam”

    Expensify's David Barrett: "Venture capital is a scam”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on David Barrett, founder of Expensify, to talk about creating a “remote-first” company (3:15), the lounge (6:45), the return-to-office movement (14:15), going public and then getting its shares smashed (17:15), why venture capital is a scam (23:30), why he likes public market investors (30:25), keeping people happy when shares lose 95% of their value (33:35), and the artificial intelligence boom (35:25).
    PLUS: The link to our previous episode with Delian Asparouhov, founder of Varda, whose space-factory startup just had its first craft land safely back to earth.


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    • 44 min
    Climactic's Raj Kapoor: "We need 1,000 climate tech unicorns"

    Climactic's Raj Kapoor: "We need 1,000 climate tech unicorns"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Raj Kapoor, co-founder of Climactic, to talk about growing up in Pennsylvania (3:10), his early days in Silicon Valley (8:00), making himself president of the Internet (club) (10:30), his first startup (16:30), Cleantech 1.0 (22:00), joining Lyft (25:00), self-driving cars (28:30), raising a first fund at Climactic (32:15), using software to cut emissions (37:00), and remaking the electric grid (45:00).


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    • 50 min
    The Hacking Games' Fergus Hay: "Most hackers are kids"

    The Hacking Games' Fergus Hay: "Most hackers are kids"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Fergus Hay, founder of The Hacking Games, to talk about why he started the company (5:00), the difference between the real and online worlds (9:30), why everyone gets caught (15:15), his plan for a documentary and television series (21:00), the Hollywood angle (25:45), making hacking sexy (30:30), the cybersecurity industry’s stance on hackers (35:05), how much of cybercrime is invisible (40:45), and reaching young people (44:10).
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    • 47 min
    Investing in Us’ Dmitri Mehlhorn: “Tech and America’s $30bn election year”

    Investing in Us’ Dmitri Mehlhorn: “Tech and America’s $30bn election year”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Dmitri Mehlhorn to talk about Investing in Us (4:45), what it invests in (7:30), funneling cash into election groups (13:20), why America’s election will be decided by the finest of margins (16:50), how artificial intelligence fits with democracy (21:15), the dangers (26:05), Silicon Valley’s attitude to politics (32:50), what works when it comes to changing people’s minds (37:30), why age might not be Joe Biden’s biggest problem (41:40), and a terrifying thought experiment (45:00).
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    • 48 min
    Longevity enthusiast Bryan Johnson

    Longevity enthusiast Bryan Johnson

    A throwback conversation with Bryan Johnson, a billionaire techie turned longevity enthusiast who goes to extreme measures to "reverse" his age.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Khan Academy’s Sal Khan: “Building an AI tutor for every student”

    Khan Academy’s Sal Khan: “Building an AI tutor for every student”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, to talk about how he started tutoring family members (4:30), doing startups in the dotcom boom (5:50), starting to do videos in 2006 (10:15), building a business from his closet (14:15), linking up with openAI (16:30), building an AI tutor (19:40), dealing with hallucinations (22:30), moving from text to voice and video (25:55), the Covid effect (30:30), an education co-pilot (33:45), the relationship with schools (38:00), and his new book (42:50).
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

brent_in_MN ,

Favorite podcast hands down

Danny in the Valley is the one podcast where I can’t wait for a new episode to drop each week.

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!

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