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After many years in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the new wave of tech entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt our lives.

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After many years in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the new wave of tech entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt our lives.

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson: “Build or die”

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson: “Build or die”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Jeff Lawson, founder of Twilio, to talk about what the company does (3:15), starting out in 2008 (9:15), running an extreme sports retailer (11:40), tapping into the magic of software (16:00), why the Internet is just getting started (19:45), the Darwinian fight for survival (24:00), how Covid accelerated the digital shift (28:10), growing up in Detroit (31:40), creating a note-taking startup in university (35:45), riding the first dotcom wave (39:40), why he has stuck in San Francisco (42:10), the responsibility of companies (45:20), his very first business (51:25), his worst day of work (53:40), and the act of kindness he remembers (56:30).
     
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    Open Philanthropy's Holden Karnofsky: "Artificial intelligence and the most important century"

    Open Philanthropy's Holden Karnofsky: "Artificial intelligence and the most important century"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Holden Karnofsky, founder of GiveWell, to talk about philanthropy (3:30), teaming up with Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskowitz and hits-based giving (6:40), the most important century (12:50), how artificial intelligence could be about to change everything (15:55), deep learning (21:00), becoming a spacefaring civilization (24:45), living in a really weird time (27:30), treating AI like climate change (30:00), effective altruism (37:00), and the need for long-term thinking (42:30).
     
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    Planet's Will Marshall: "Taking care of spaceship earth

    Planet's Will Marshall: "Taking care of spaceship earth

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Will Marshall, founder of Planet, to talk about going public (4:20), sneaking smartphones onto a rocket (5:40), starting Planet (9:30), photographing earth every day (14:40), what its data is used for (16:00), selling to the military (20:10), leveraging computer vision and machine learning (22:45), building a telescope at age 15 (25:00), the opportunity presented by climate change (28:15), launch costs (32:10), replacing satellites when they burn up in the atmosphere (38:40), creating an ethics committee (40:15), taking responsibility for technology’s power (42:50), and getting rich (47:30).


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    Sila's Gene Berdichevsky: "The world's going 100% electric"

    Sila's Gene Berdichevsky: "The world's going 100% electric"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent brings on Gene Berdichevsky, founder of Sila, to talk about the sudden global decision to electrify transport (4:30), his history at Tesla (7:50), creating a new battery technology (12:00), black magic dust (16:00), launching Sila a decade ago (23:30), the shift within the financial community (28:50), the million-mile battery (32:50), emigrating from the former Soviet Union (38:30), solar-powered cars (42:15), and the shift toward climate tech in Silicon Valley (46:00).
     
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    Colossal's George Church: "Elephants in Alaska"

    Colossal's George Church: "Elephants in Alaska"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on George Church, co-founder of Colossal, to talk about genetically bringing back the wooly mammoth (3:40), what has made this possible (7:00), co-founding 38 companies (9:40), science fiction made real (11:20), reversing aging (14:50), the typical pushback to the mammoth idea (19:40), the climate change angle (22:10), raising money (25:40), and growing elephants in a lab (27:40).


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    Kettle's Nat Manning: "Insuring the 'biblical stuff'"

    Kettle's Nat Manning: "Insuring the 'biblical stuff'"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Nat Manning, founder of Kettle, to talk about how climate change is upending insurance (5:00), the role of reinsurers as “the second parachute” (10:40), updating risk models with machine learning (14:45), building a better mousetrap (20:30), how meditation lent clarity (28:0), getting into disaster relief (31:30), the long tail of suffering (33:00), starting Kettle (37:40), getting rejected by Y Combinator (42:20), raising money (44:35), the clash between regulators and the industry (47:00), and the opportunity (51:20).
     
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151 Ratings

151 Ratings

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