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Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

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Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

    How Shopify’s network of small businesses can take on Amazon

    How Shopify’s network of small businesses can take on Amazon

    Nilay Patel talks with Harley Finkelstein, President of Shopify. Shopify makes software that allows businesses of all sizes to set up online stores, and from there it can handle everything from shipping orders to financing loans for expansion. The company went public in 2015, and as online commerce has exploded during the pandemic, it’s been on a tear ever since.
    Harley talks about competing with the tech giants, Shopify's content moderation policies, and the future of online retail.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Senator Amy Klobuchar takes on Apple with antitrust law

    Senator Amy Klobuchar takes on Apple with antitrust law

    Senator Amy Klobuchar sits down with host Nilay Patel to discuss her new book Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age and the flurry of antitrust hearings over the past year. Senator Klobuchar serves as chair of the Senate subcommittee on competition policy, antitrust, and consumer rights — and in that role, Senator Klobuchar held a hearing last week focused on the power and control Apple and Google — but especially Apple — wield with their app stores.
    Where does she think antitrust reform is actually headed and what are the limits?
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    • 49 min
    How Anjali Sud stopped worrying about YouTube and reinvented Vimeo

    How Anjali Sud stopped worrying about YouTube and reinvented Vimeo

    Since becoming CEO a few years ago, Anjali Sud has changed the nature of Vimeo’s business from indie entertainment streaming platform to a SaaS company offering tools for content creators. And it's paying off. Nilay Patel and Anjali discuss Vimeo’s rapid growth, going public, and what’s next for the company.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Is VR the next frontier in fitness?

    Is VR the next frontier in fitness?

    Nilay Patel talks with Chris Milk, founder and CEO of Within, which makes the VR fitness app Supernatural. Chris has been making VR experiences for a long time, but Supernatural feels like his biggest hit yet — an app that makes people go out and buy a VR headset just to use.
    Chris and Nilay discuss how the company Within takes on music licensing, competition with Peloton, and the platform of virtual reality.
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    • 1 hr
    Is there a future for Bitcoin? An investor and a skeptic make their case

    Is there a future for Bitcoin? An investor and a skeptic make their case

    Nilay Patel interviews two experts on different sides of the bitcoin argument: a bitcoin investor and bitcoin skeptic.
    The investor is Nic Carter. He’s a general partner at Castle Island Ventures, which funds startups that are building on top of the bitcoin infrastructure to make payments more accessible — basically, making sure bitcoin can function like a currency.
    The skeptic is Steve Hanke. He is a professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, senior fellow and director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute, a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, and was the president of Toronto Trust Argentina in Buenos Aires when it was the world’s best performing mutual fund in 1995. He has also advised other countries on how to deal with hyperinflation and how to stabilize currencies.
    Nilay asks them both questions about bitcoin’s place in the market and pushes them on the shakier parts of their arguments.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Facebook's VP of Global Affairs doesn’t think the platform is polarizing

    Facebook's VP of Global Affairs doesn’t think the platform is polarizing

    In a bonus episode of Decoder, Platformer editor and Verge contributing editor Casey Newton talks with Facebook's VP of Global Affairs Nick Clegg about his lengthy Medium post addressing some of the criticisms that Facebook has endured, as well as unveiling some changes the company is making to give users more control over their experience.
    Host of Decoder Nilay Patel taks with Casey before the interview to discuss why this shift in Facebook's approach to the user experience is important, and what key issues listeners should pay attention to.
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    • 49 min

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2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

F4LSE ,

Awesome Podcast!

I really enjoy this podcast. Nilay is very knowledgeable and resourceful and that allows him keep the conversations interesting with the guests. This podcast is definitely at a different level.

twingreatwaves ,

Great Pod

Love the show Nilay! Sometimes I go into an episode thinking it might be boring based off the industry of the guest, but am pleasantly surprised. I enjoy your thoughtful questions and outlook on things. And on top of that you’re in the Vergecast every week too! Thank you for the work you put into these 2 wonderful pods!

Hdi200 ,

Incredible podcast.

Amazing insights from some of the biggest names in tech. Nilay does a great job asking thought-provoking and insightful questions I always learn something new listening to this podcast. A must listen for sure.

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