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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.

    Evil Geniuses' CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson on how to run an esports company

    Evil Geniuses' CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson on how to run an esports company

    Nilay Patel talks with CEO of Evil Geniuses about how an esports team makes money, where the industry is headed, and where she sees growth.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    CNBC’s Jon Fortt on GameStop, Robinhood, and wallstreetbets

    CNBC’s Jon Fortt on GameStop, Robinhood, and wallstreetbets

    CNBC anchor Jon Fortt unpacks how the GameStop stock story was covered by the media and if technology has the ability to democratize the markets through apps like Robinhood. Fortt also discusses his course ‘The Black Experience in America,’ which looks at race in the US https://www.forttmedia.com/
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Black Software author on technology’s role in racial justice

    Black Software author on technology’s role in racial justice

    In this episode of Decoder, Nilay sits down with Charlton McIlwain, a professor of media, culture, and communications at NYU and the author of Black Software, to talk about Black Lives Matter, Twitter, Online Communities, and Policing.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Venture Capitalism isn’t just for Venture Capitalists, with Arlan Hamilton

    Venture Capitalism isn’t just for Venture Capitalists, with Arlan Hamilton

    Nilay Patel talks with venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton. Arlan founded VC fund Backstage Capital in 2015 and focuses on investing in “underestimated founders,” many of whom are people of color, women and LGBTQ. They discuss the importance of representation in tech and business, how the VC world works, and why Arlan is hopeful about the future at Backstage.
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    • 55 min
    The SolarWinds hack: cyber attacks and national security with Reuters reporter Joseph Menn

    The SolarWinds hack: cyber attacks and national security with Reuters reporter Joseph Menn

    The Verge's Nilay Patel is joined by Joseph Menn, a cybersecurity reporter at Reuters and author of the new book Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World. Nilay and Joseph talk about a very big problem in US cybersecurity today: the SolarWinds hack.
    In December, it was reported that a group of hackers, likely from the Russian government, had gotten into SolarWinds, a dominant player in network management software, and then used that access to breach everything from Microsoft to the US government.
    The story is part of a back-and-forth game of hacking the United States and its rivals that have been escalating for years. Pay attention to how quickly this conversation with Joseph becomes about really big issues like how deeply our military and security agencies should be integrated with private company security. There aren’t a lot of easy answers here, but it’s clear that change is coming with the Biden administration.
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    • 58 min
    Marques Brownlee on how to scale MKBHD while being the face of the YouTube brand

    Marques Brownlee on how to scale MKBHD while being the face of the YouTube brand

    Nilay Patel talks with Marques Brownlee (MKBHD on YouTube) about building a business as a YouTuber, how content creators make money, and how to scale when you are the brand.
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

LppCo ,

Love this podcast

This is a great podcast. Informative, interesting, and timely, delivered in a way that is pleasant and fun to listen to.

libvirt ,

Propaganda Machine for Big Tech

I’m a long time listener, that previously found the show informative and balanced. Now, that Big Tech is flexing muscles by removing apps, user reviews, etc.. This show sounds like it’s been edited by Google and Facebook’s PR department before getting uploaded. If you’re scared to continue giving honest opinions about technology and the industry, just be transparent. Unfortunately, the show now uses it’s influence to keep listeners in the dark, shameful.

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