52 episodes

Do you love HBO's Silicon Valley? Do you like reading about the latest technology trends? Then you'll love this show. Think of us as the real world/explain-it-how-it-is podcast for anyone with a Silicon Valley fetish. The Bay Area, San Francisco, and California in general are undergoing massive political and social change. We tackle issues like homelessness, the housing crisis, dating in the age of technology, startups, and other things you care about. How will it affect your life? It doesn't matter whether you live in New York, Texas, Arkansas, Bulgaria or Latvia - you will find something applicable to your day-to-day life from this show.

And love it, or hate it the Silicon Valley/The Bay Area/California are the center of the technology universe right now. Insiders, and Valley apologists liken the Silicon Valley to Rome during the Renaissance. Others are more skeptical of the people in the Valley and their intentions. We examine life in the Valley by interviewing some of its most prominent insiders - both apologists and skeptics. We discuss the cultural quirks of living here, what to legitimately fear, what to feel excited about, and what is just plain weird.

(Image credit: Irina Blok, Producer: Max Savage (noisysavage.com).

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 254 Ratings

Do you love HBO's Silicon Valley? Do you like reading about the latest technology trends? Then you'll love this show. Think of us as the real world/explain-it-how-it-is podcast for anyone with a Silicon Valley fetish. The Bay Area, San Francisco, and California in general are undergoing massive political and social change. We tackle issues like homelessness, the housing crisis, dating in the age of technology, startups, and other things you care about. How will it affect your life? It doesn't matter whether you live in New York, Texas, Arkansas, Bulgaria or Latvia - you will find something applicable to your day-to-day life from this show.

And love it, or hate it the Silicon Valley/The Bay Area/California are the center of the technology universe right now. Insiders, and Valley apologists liken the Silicon Valley to Rome during the Renaissance. Others are more skeptical of the people in the Valley and their intentions. We examine life in the Valley by interviewing some of its most prominent insiders - both apologists and skeptics. We discuss the cultural quirks of living here, what to legitimately fear, what to feel excited about, and what is just plain weird.

(Image credit: Irina Blok, Producer: Max Savage (noisysavage.com).

    Why are State Elections More Important than Federal elections? (Guest: Jessica Alter, Founder/CEO, Tech For Campaigns)

    Why are State Elections More Important than Federal elections? (Guest: Jessica Alter, Founder/CEO, Tech For Campaigns)

    Jessica Alter is the Founder/CEO of Tech For Campaigns. She was also one fo the first guests we hosted on 'This is Your Life in Silicon Valley'. A lot has changed in the three years since we interviewed Jessica - the organization she built grew massively. We ask Jessica why democrats are still way behind on technology, and why we should be worried about state elections.

    • 37 min
    Is Silicon Valley Going to be a Template for the Rest of the World? (Guest: Rishi Kumar, US Congressional Candidate)

    Is Silicon Valley Going to be a Template for the Rest of the World? (Guest: Rishi Kumar, US Congressional Candidate)

    Rishi Kumar is a successful technology executive turned politician. Kumar has been in the local political scene for a long time now and is running for Congress. We ask Kumar about what he wants to bring from Silicon Valley to DC. Is Silicon Valley ultimately the template the rest of the country will emulate?

    • 37 min
    Is 'Indian Matchmaking' Like Actual Indian Culture? (Guest, Srinivas Rao, 'Contestant' on 'Indian Matchmaking'/Author/Speaker/Podcaster)

    Is 'Indian Matchmaking' Like Actual Indian Culture? (Guest, Srinivas Rao, 'Contestant' on 'Indian Matchmaking'/Author/Speaker/Podcaster)

    'Indian Matchmaking' has captured the attention of America. It's one of the top-ten most popular shows on Netflix in the month of July. How did 'Indian Matchmaking' turn into such a cultural phenomenon? We talked to Srinivas Rao - one of the shows 'contestants' about the show and what it tell us about Indian culture.

    • 43 min
    Is the Fate of all Social Media Negativity and Despair? (Guest: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner - Precursor Ventures)

    Is the Fate of all Social Media Negativity and Despair? (Guest: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner - Precursor Ventures)

    Charles Hudson is a Silicon Valley-based investor. He is part of a small percentage of Black Managing Partners of Venture funds here in the Bay Area. In this incredibly insightful interview, we talk to Charles about investing in Underrepresented Founders, Media, and his take on the fate of all social media.

    • 42 min
    How Do You Fix Tech's Diversity Problem? (Guest: Kobie Fuller, General Partner - Upfront Ventures)

    How Do You Fix Tech's Diversity Problem? (Guest: Kobie Fuller, General Partner - Upfront Ventures)

    Kobie Fuller is a General Partner at Upfront Ventures in Los Angeles. He also started Valence Community - a Los Angeles-based online professional network for Black talent. Kobie might have the *actual* answers as to how to fix tech's long standing diversity problem.

    • 31 min
    Can We Restore Faith in Our Institutions? (Guest: Dave Pell, Founder of NextDraft)

    Can We Restore Faith in Our Institutions? (Guest: Dave Pell, Founder of NextDraft)

    Dave Pell is the Founder of NextDraft - one of the most popular newsletters on the Internet. He also has an opinion or two on tech, politics, and the current state of our country. We deep-dive with Dave on numerous subjects, including BLM, the state of media, and what we can be optimistic about at the moment.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Johnny Gyorke ,

Absolutely love this podcast!

This is a very refreshing podcast. I live in Atlanta, which is obviously no where near Silicon Valley, but regardless of what your zipcode is this is one podcast you will love if you appreciate a great conversation, are open minded and love to learn something new. After listening to 8 podcast episodes today I decided I needed to subscribe. Jascha Kaykas-Wolff and Sunil Rajaraman have done a great job with this podcast and I throughly enjoy their conversations with their guests as everything seems to flow so naturally as if one was sitting down with a friend having a conversation over a cup of coffee at a local cafe.

I highly recommend listening and subscribing to this podcast.

sofiapenttila ,

Great Interview with Rishi Kumar!

I enjoyed the the interview with Rishi! Great podcast :)

Bjj279 ,

Really enjoyed the story with Gina

Loved her initial response to the final question. The idea of ‘following’ local stories rather than ‘following’ a social media account is refreshing

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