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We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson Dell Technologies

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 463 Ratings

We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

    Subscriptions: Everything-as-a-Service

    Subscriptions: Everything-as-a-Service

    If you spend your day listening to music on Spotify while you work and then go home and relax with a movie on Netflix while perusing what meal kit you'll order for dinner tomorrow, then, whether you know it or not, you're participating in the subscription economy. What many newspaper and magazine publishers have struggled with for centuries is now a successful and growing business model for companies in diverse industries. But how did this model expand from information and software to food and heavy machinery? We chart the course to see why everyone is subscribing to this way of selling.

    Hear from experts and founders in the space like Tien Tzuo, Marc Randolph, Matthew Wadiak, Robbie Kellman Baxter and Katie Vanneck-Smith.

    • 28 min
    Pets: Our Closest Companions

    Pets: Our Closest Companions

    Humanity's connection with pets goes back thousands of years. In fact, evidence indicates we've been keeping dogs for at least 14,000 years. Today, more than two-thirds of American households own a pet. We love our fluffy companions and the technology we've developed to adopt, relocate, resurrect and communicate with them is proof that the value of their companionship is immeasurable.

    Featuring Katherine Grier, Elizabeth Holmes, John Polimeno, Blake Russell and Con Slobodchikoff.

    • 29 min
    The Electrical Grid: Keeping the Lights On

    The Electrical Grid: Keeping the Lights On

    The electrical grid is the most important innovation of the 20th century. What started out as a series of micro grids powering small areas eventually grew into what is now widely considered the world's biggest machine. But this machine needs a tune-up.

    Our energy demands are on the rise and severe weather events caused by climate change are becoming more frequent. Luckily, renewable energy and modern smart technology are helping us reimagine the grid so we can keep the lights on.

    Hear from from Gretchen Bakke, Peter Asmus, Bryan Hannegan, Andres Carvallo and Gregory Poilasne.

    • 31 min
    Parenting: It Takes a Village

    Parenting: It Takes a Village

    You’ve probably heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That's because for most of human history, when it came to child-care, people had the daily support of family, friends and neighbours.

    Today, that's not the reality for many young parents. Not only that, parents are raising their kids in a much more technologically complex world. So the question becomes, with a smaller support network, how can parents use technology to help raise their children, without letting it get in the way.

    Featuring Jennifer Traig, Alison Gopnik, Mike Rothman, Dr. Harvey Karp, Jill Gilkerson and Dana Porter.

    • 30 min
    Snacks: Delight in Every Bite

    Snacks: Delight in Every Bite

    Take a look in your pantry. Chances are, there are at least a few different snacks in there right now. Sweet, savory, salty, we all love them all. From the invention of the potato chip bag to high-tech machine-learning algorithms that predict the flavors of the future, snacking and science are deeply intertwined. We talk to experts to find out why we love snacks and what we can expect from the snack foods of tomorrow.

    Featuring Nadia Berenstein, Howard Moskowitz, Daniel Lubetzky, Heather Daniell and Jason Cohen.

    • 28 min
    Vaccines: An Injection of Hope

    Vaccines: An Injection of Hope

    Vaccines are headline news all over the world these days. The rapid development of several COVID-19 vaccines during the last year has save countless lives. From smallpox and polio to ebola and HPV, scientists have done amazing things to prevent the spread of lethal viruses. But recent advancements in vaccine technology might just change the way we fight disease forever.

    Hear from some of these researchers, doctors and scientists like Michael Kinch, David Oshinsky, Stanley Plotkin, Ian Frazer, Heinz Feldmann and Stephen Hoge.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
463 Ratings

463 Ratings

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Superb and Informative

Par none this is the best Podcast ever. I learned a lot. As I listen to this podcast before going to bed every night I appreciate the cool voice of Walter Isaacson's story telling and well connected research to give a full picture. the music level is not very loud either as some podcasts do to disrupt our sleep. Thank you!

P.S where does this man find the time to do all that he does. 🙏

ktm5461 ,

Even more

I listen to many podcasts about business history and product development. I recently found this and am learning even more and having fun listening.

Brad McKibben ,

Old episodes vs newer episodes

Season 5 seems to have a message. The science and entrepreneurship aspects are lost. Earlier episodes are very good.

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