Enjoy sessions from past events like Code/Media and the renowned Code Conference, along with other interviews hosted by Re/code journalists. Featured episodes include candid conversations with comedian Chelsea Handler, entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Revolution CEO and America Online co-founder Steve Case talks with The Verge's Walt Mossberg about the "chasm" between startups in tech hubs and the rest of the country. The author of a 2016 book called "The Third Wave," Case says 75 percent of all venture capital goes to three states, 90 percent went to men and less than 1 percent went to African-Americans. Entrepreneurship is now global, and he argues that America can't lead in that field if its investments are constrained by geography, gender and race. Case believes his "rise of the rest" campaign will be supported by President Trump and his allies once they understand the opportunity it provides for American jobs.
Twitter COO and CFO Anthony Noto talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about whether the company would ever ditch ads and start charging a monthly subscription fee instead. Noto says user growth is re-accelerating as Twitter makes its timeline and notifications faster and more valuable, but he acknowledges that Twitter may "look at" paid premium services. Most of its "resurrected" users are following many news and politics accounts, but Noto wouldn't say if this increase is directly linked to President Trump's tweeting. He also talks about Twitter's deal with the NFL to stream football games on Thursday nights and how it thinks about livestreaming in general.
Jonathan Taplin, the director emeritus of USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab, talks about how the creative class and its ability to make money is being undermined by tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. These companies have shirked their responsibilities as their platforms have been used to spread "fake news" and terrorism videos, Taplin says. He argues that they are in the business of "surveillance capitalism" and it's time to take a closer look at where money and power are concentrated in Silicon Valley.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how the nonprofit has dealt with controversy and political opposition under President Trump. Republicans in Washington are attempting to limit the organization, which Richards says would undermine access to local health services and cause the rates of STIs and abortions to go up. Planned Parenthood will continue to exist even if the GOP's health care bill passes, she says, but it's still fighting to remain a public benefit, with funds for most of its services being reimbursed by the government. Richards also talks about how her team uses social media and texting and why she wants to use drones to air-drop birth control.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talks with The Verge's Walt Mossberg about the company's pivot away from the PC market and into new areas, such as cloud computing and self-driving cars. Even in a declining PC market, Krzanich notes, Intel has been able to improve its profitability as buyers keep demanding more powerful computers. He says autonomous vehicles will behave more like servers than cars, with the ability to collect and use data around them, applying artificial intelligence to reduce street crime.
Recode co-founder and The Verge executive editor Walt Mossberg talks with former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo about his 26-year career in tech journalism. Mossberg recounts stories about meetings with executives like Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates and how much has changed between his first Personal Technology column in 1991 and his final column in May.
Emerson Collective President Laurene Powell Jobs and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about what they're doing to improve opportunities for undocumented young people in America. Jobs says a supermajority of Americans support a path to citizenship for these immigrants and Harris says much of the opposition to them earning a permanent place in the country comes from people who have never met such an immigrant. They also discuss what should be done about economic anxiety across the country, with Harris arguing that the only antidote is to tell the uncomfortable truth: Society is changing and many people in dying professions will need to be retrained. Plus: Why is Jobs investing in media and is Harris going to run for president in 2020?
Conservative politician and former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin talks with The Verge's Walt Mossberg about what comes next now that Donald Trump is the president and the standard-bearer of the Republican Party. McMullin discusses the 501c4 he co-founded, Stand Up Republic, which is trying to organize a grassroots movement to "defend democracy" and its traditional principles. A former CIA operative, McMullin also talks about why there has been an outpouring of anti-Trump leaks from the intelligence community.
Viacom and CBS Vice Chair Shari Redstone talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the venture firm she co-founded in 2011, Advancit Capital, and why it operates outside of her other companies. She says her biggest mistake there was not investing in Twitch in 2011 because she thought the video game-streaming company was already too highly valued. Redstone also discusses how content companies like Viacom are facing the challenges of the digital age and why they don't necessarily need to sell themselves off, as Time Warner is trying to do. She says she's not too worried about tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook making bids for the rights to NFL games, which CBS has locked up for several years.
Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the company's pending sale to AT&T is faring under President Trump. Bewkes argues that the AT&T deal would help Time Warner get on "equal footing" in the ad business with companies like YouTube, but said he has no plans to add advertising to HBO. He also discusses whether Time Warner-owned CNN has any regrets about how it covered the 2016 presidential campaign and how he evaluates the likely rollback of the FCC's net neutrality rules.
Kernel founder Bryan Johnson talks about why he wants to "put a chip in your brain." He says we're enterting a "new era of neuroscience" that will let us understand and use the brain in completely new ways. Reading and writing neural code could control and possibly eliminate disorders such as Parkinson's or depression, Johnson says.
: "Bears in the Streets" author Lisa Dickey talks about her journeys across the whole of Russia, beginning with a prescient digital camera-enabled trip in 1995, only a few years after the end of the Cold War. Dickey returned in 2005 and 2015, checking in with many of the same people and towns she had visited before. She says the Russian people often feel slighted by America — and yes, most of them really do love President Vladimir Putin as much as the polls say. The way forward, she suggests, is remembering that the country is bigger than its leader.
Jill Soloway, the creator of the Amazon TV series "Transparent," talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about their new show, "I Love Dick," which stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn. They say Amazon is more hands-off than traditional TV networks and has helped diversify the female characters we see on TV. Soloway's company, Topple Productions, is aimed at disrupting the "white male gaze" and giving power to creators who otherwise might not have it, and they recall how, after losing twice at the Golden Globes, Jeff Bezos encouraged them to keep effecting social change through storytelling.
Kogi and LocoL chef and food truck movement co-founder Roy Choi talks with Eater's Helen Rosner about making food with a social mission in mind. He says he and his partner Daniel Patterson want healthy food to be accessible and affordable to the people of Watts and West Oakland, Calif., not just the urban centers where most foodie restaurants are found.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Walt Mossberg about the mistakes she made during the campaign and what she thinks in hindsight about criticism of her private email server and paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. Clinton says "anti-American forces" are continually trying to undermine America's security and unity and that she believes saboteurs from Russia were directly aided by Americans, likely including Donald Trump. She criticizes Facebook's spreading of "fake news" and the eagerness of the media to amplify Trump's message, but also the failures of the Democratic National Committee's "poor" data campaign in 2016 as contributing factors to her defeat. Looking forward, Clinton says she's "hopeful" that Democrats will regain control of the House of Representatives in 2018 and "hold [our] own" in the Senate.
Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how she manages spending on search and "other bets" inside of the Google parent company. Porat says clear data should inform leadership decisions and that investing too little in some areas can be as harmful as investing too much. She explains how and why Alphabet is investing in the smart home, life sciences, cloud computing and self-driving cars. The biggest risk to Google as advertising continues to drive the vast majority of Alphabet's revenue, Porat notes, is "complacency" about what's next.
The Ringer CEO Bill Simmons talks with CNBC's Julia Boorstin about his company's new partnership with Vox Media. He says the move will help him focus on creating content across a variety of formats, including podcasts. Simmons also says he's not giving up on Twitter and shares his advice for his former boss, ESPN President John Skipper. (Disclosure: Vox Media owns Recode).
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the video-streaming platform's continuing push into making original TV and movies. He says current windowing practices, in which movies are exclusively in theaters for a time before they're available in the home, will inevitably go away. Hastings also explains why Netflix has backed off of working in China, why it has no plans to carry sports or ad-supported content and why Netflix is in favor of net neutrality even though the company is so big that it doesn't need it anymore.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker delivers her annual report on global trends in tech usage, media consumption, advertising, investing, M&A and more. Consumers are increasingly going to be taking pictures of — or using their voice to search for — things they used to look for by typing, Meeker says, and she argues that the rise of interactive games has important lessons for the design of all products online. She also discusses how consumers are using mobile devices, on-demand transportation services and payments apps in China and India.
Android co-founder Andy Rubin talks with The Verge's Walt Mossberg about Playground Ventures, the investment firm he founded after leaving Google, which aims to anticipate how machine learning and artificial intelligence would shape a post-mobile world. Rubin discusses his new mobile company, Essential Products, which was developed in Playground's internal design studio and is developing a mobile phone, a home device and a new operating system called Ambient OS. The Essential Phone is designed to talk wirelessly to accessories that will work with other hardware down the line, including a miniature 360-degree camera for capturing VR-ready videos.