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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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    • 4.0 • 2.6K Ratings

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.

    Patreon CEO Jack Conte on why creators can’t depend on platforms

    Patreon CEO Jack Conte on why creators can’t depend on platforms

    Nilay Patel talks with Jack Conte, co-founder and CEO of Patreon, the platform that allows people to pay their favorite creators directly with monthly subscriptions.
    Nilay and Jack talk about how Patreon’s model as “membership” works, what Patreon’s relationship is to Apple and the app store, and where the overall creator economy is going on the internet.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    John Deere CTO Jahmy Hindman on farming, data, and fixing the tractors of the future

    John Deere CTO Jahmy Hindman on farming, data, and fixing the tractors of the future

    Nilay Patel talks with Jahmy Hindman, chief technology office at John Deere, the world’s biggest manufacturer of farming machinery. 
    Nilay and Jahmy discuss what it means for our farming equipment to be run by computers, and how to fix the problems that arise because of it — like accessing reliable broadband, how the equipment should be upgraded, and who gets to fix it when it breaks.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The next generation of startups is remote, with Y Combinator's Michael Siebel

    The next generation of startups is remote, with Y Combinator's Michael Siebel

    Nilay Patel talks with managing director of Y Combinator Michael Siebel. YC is one of the most well-known and successful startup incubators in Silicon Valley.
    Michael is also a co-founder of Justin.tv, known now as Twitch, and he recently joined the board at Reddit after cofounder Alexis Ohanian stepped down and asked the company to replace him with someone who is Black. That means Michael is uniquely suited to talk about a lot of things that I’m really interested in exploring on Decoder: starting and growing tech businesses, finding opportunities for new ideas, the growing creator economy, and making sure the next generation of business leaders doesn’t look exactly the same as the last one.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Why Spotify’s chief legal officer called Apple a “ruthless bully”

    Why Spotify’s chief legal officer called Apple a “ruthless bully”

    Nilay Patel talks with head of global affairs and chief legal officer of Spotify Horacio Gutierrez to help understand why Spotify and so many other app developers are so frustrated with Apple. Horacio recently testified in front of Congress about Apple’s business practices, and just wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling Apple a “ruthless bully.”
    Horacio explains what he sees as the biggest problems with Apple’s behavior, what he would actually do to fix it, and how all of that connects to having more interesting, innovative, and better products in our lives.
    Nilay also asks Horacio if he sees a connection between how he perceives Apple and how musicians perceive Spotify.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How to build everything, with Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi

    How to build everything, with Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi

    Nilay Patel talks with Revathi Advaithi, CEO of Flex.
    Flex is the third largest electronics manufacturing company in the world, making everything from hair dryers to the Mac Pro to autonomous driving systems for electric cars. It can also do everything from simply assembling products, to actually designing and engineering them from scratch. 
    Revathi and Nilay focus on the global chip shortage, the rise of automation, the future of the manufacturing workforce worldwide, and whether Flex can avoid global politics.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ford CEO Jim Farley on building the electric F-150 — and reinventing Ford

    Ford CEO Jim Farley on building the electric F-150 — and reinventing Ford

    This week we have Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company, to discuss their second big push into consumer EVs with the F-150 Lightning. We wanted to see how Jim sees our relationship to cars changing as they turn into what are fundamentally rolling computers.
    His answers surprised us — he hinted at one day being able to upgrade the computing systems of a car the same way you might upgrade or replace the engine, or the shocks.
    As we go through this conversation, we notice how much Jim talks like a tech executive. As more and more things turn into computers, the more problems across the business landscape look like the problems of the computer industry. It's a fascinating shift.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Scotty(not G) ,

Spotify CLO blows it

Not sure who let Horacio Guiterrez on to Decoder. He might be a great lawyer, but he made a horrible case against Apple. He sounded like a whiny child, he is missing the point that consumers trust Apple more than Spotify and almost every other tech company.

More innovation is good, but typical SV attitude, is that Innovtion in itself is positive and want consumers want..

Niissh ,

Feedback for Nilay

I love vergcast and decoder, and Nilay is my bestfriend in my head. I am an avid and loyal lister. But Nilay, I feel like you are too bias in some interviews and low key mean to some of the guest. Maybe I am sensitive but I think you should be a bit more objective and push for guests to prove their points vs you stating yours. Nonetheless - you as my favorite BFF

Potato_is_good ,

Great show!

All around a terrific podcast. The guests are experienced and very knowledgable in thier industries and in business, and Nilay knows how to take advantage of this to get the most takeaways out of them. Always looking forward to the next episode

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