This is Your Life in Silicon Valley

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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, an...Show More

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Can Theater Survive in the Age of Instagram? (Guests: Pam MacKinnon and Andy Donald, American Conservatory Theater)

29:01 | Jan 24th

Pam MacKinnon is a Tony Award-winning Director. She's spent decades atop the theater world, directing shows on and off-Broadway. Andy Donald is a west-coast native but has spent recent years on the East Coast as an artistic director. Both are now par...Show More

Should You Tweet About Your Meditation Retreat to Myanmar? (Guest: Jessica Powell, Author, Former Head of Communications at Google)

38:42 | Jan 22nd

Jessica Powell ran communications at Google. She's now a bestselling author. We asked Jessica - who has seen her fair share of PR crises over the years - how she would handle communications issues facing some of the top tech companies in the world. Y...Show More

Is Homelessness Easier To Solve Than We Think? (Guest: Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland)

42:36 | Mar 11th

The podcast is growing. So we decided to take it to the next level by hosting our first ever live event - in San Francisco - where we hosted Oakland's charismatic mayor Libby Schaaf. We were nervous that we'd screw up somehow and forget to hit the 'r...Show More

Which Company is Causing the Most Harm to San Francisco? (Guest, Dennis Herrera, City Attorney - San Francisco)

30:23 | Jan 7th

Dennis Herrera is the elected City Attorney of San Francisco. He's also a straight shooter. In this can't-miss episode, we talk to Dennis about which company is the most harmful to San Francisco (we get a surprisingly candid answer). We also ask him ...Show More

Do you Really Need to be 'Passionate' to Start a Company? (Guest, Christina Stembel, Founder of Farmgirl Flowers)

29:53 | Jan 7th

Christina Stembel is from a small town in Indiana. She's now the CEO and Founder of Farmgirl Flowers - a popular flower company that gained notoriety as part of the 'Instagram generation' of brands. But Christina's story isn't very typical of Silicon...Show More

Why Does Uber Get Such Bad Press? (Guest: Mike Isaac, Technology Reporter, New York Times)

39:09 | Jan 7th

Mike Isaac is in charge of covering Uber for the New York Times. He’s covered the company extensively for the past several years and is publishing what will be considered the definitive book on the company. He’s also hilarious on Twitter.

Who Should Run Facebook? (Guest: Kara Swisher, Journalist, Co-Founder of Recode, New York Times Contributor)

42:01 | Jan 7th

Kara Swisher needs no introduction. She is one of the top business journalists and covers technology for various outlets. More recently, Swisher became a contributor for the New York Times Opinion section - and she has a lot to say about Facebook.

Did Steve Jobs Really Get Turned Away at Flour + Water (Guest: David White, CEO of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group - owners of Flour + Water)?

26:59 | Nov 26th, 2018

David White is a San Francisco legend. He is the CEO of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, which owns Flour + Water, Central Kitchen and Trick Dog. He also has a knack for telling it how it is. In the latest episode of 'This is Your Life in Silicon Valley',...Show More

How Hard is It to be an Immigrant in the Silicon Valley (Guests: DJ Patil, Suhas Patil)?

24:49 | Sep 17th, 2018

Suhas Patil is a Silicon Valley legend, and an immigrant. He is a multiple-time successful Founder, and created the largest networking organization in the Valley - The Indus Entrepreneurs. Like father, like son - DJ - Suhas' son, is one of the most ...Show More

San Francisco: Where You Can Be Gainfully Employed With Tattoos (Guest: Veronica Belmont, Host of the IRL Podcast)

24:19 | Aug 30th, 2018

Veronica Belmont is an Internet superstar and San Francisco resident. She also just got a tattoo. We talk to Veronica about everything San Francisco - from scooters to philanthropy to who our benevolent dictator should be.

Tech Billionaires are Just Like Regular People.... Right? (Guest: Molly Wood, Host of 'Marketplace')

29:18 | Aug 15th, 2018

Molly Wood is one of the top journalists in the Bay Area. We talk to Molly about her journey here from Montana, who it's absolutely impossible to cover, and whether tech billionaires are just like 'regular people'.

Your True Love May be at Another SoulCycle (Guest: Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker)

21:27 | Aug 8th, 2018

Patti Stanger is internationally famous - she is Bravo's 'Millionaire Matchmaker'. In part 2 of our series on 'matchmaking' in Silicon Valley, Patti explains why it's so hard to find love in the Bay Area.

Is San Francisco more like Paris, or New York? (Guest: Sam Lessin, Serial Entrepreneur)

26:26 | Jul 31st, 2018

Sam Lessin is one of the top minds in the technology world. He was VP of Product at Facebook, where he was instrumental in building the Facebook timeline. He's now working on a new company called Fin. But Sam is also a San Francisco resident, and has...Show More

Do Not Date Anyone from San Francisco (Guest: Amy Andersen, Founder of Linx Dating)

31:11 | Jul 24th, 2018

Amy Andersen is the Founder of Linx dating and a legend in Silicon Valley lore. Amy was profiled in Vanity Fair Magazine in a now-famous article about 'Cougar Night' at The Rosewood Hotel. What you don't know about Amy is that she is one of the smart...Show More

Is San Francisco Really All That Great? (Guest: Antonio García Martínez - NYT Bestselling Author of 'Chaos Monkeys')

25:37 | Jul 12th, 2018

Antonio García Martínez is no stranger to controversy. He sold a company, was a key architect of Facebook's advertising products, wrote a bestselling book (which was critical of some of his old colleagues), and now lives in a yurt in Washington. Put ...Show More

The City is Burning Down

28:59 | Jun 29th, 2018

Keith Spencer is a cover editor, and Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. They took vastly different paths to get to San Francisco, and have some strong perspectives on how the city can be saved.

Living in San Francisco Is Not Straightforward (Guest: Rick Marini, Entrepreneur, Investor)

29:25 | May 2nd, 2018

Rick Marini moved to San Francisco from the East Coast and is living the Silicon Valley dream. He's a successful entrepreneur who has built a great life in a beautiful city. But the City is far from perfect. Rick talks about his views on San Francisc...Show More

Nothing is Permanent in the Valley (Guest: James Currier, Managing Partner, NFX)

26:43 | Apr 24th, 2018

James Currier is a serial entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. When you hear words like 'virality' and 'network effects' thrown around my tech companies and employees - keep in mind that James pioneered many of these concepts. So how in James' eyes ha...Show More

Can Tech Fix Democracy? (Guest: Jessica Alter, Founder - Tech For Campaigns)

24:36 | Apr 18th, 2018

Jessica Alter woke up on Wednesday Morning, the 9th of November 2016, and did not take a 'mental health day'. She got to work. What started as a Google Doc to organize like-minded individuals ended up becoming a large scale progressive movement calle...Show More

San Francisco from an NPR Reporter's Perspective (Guest: Aarti Shahani, Tech Reporter for NPR)

27:07 | Apr 16th, 2018

Aarti Shahani has one of the most famous voices in Silicon Valley. She joins us for this week's edition to talk about her experience moving from New York to San Francisco, and some of the ins and outs of covering the tech scene here.

Being Broke in San Francisco (Guest: Broke Ass Stuart, Mayoral Candidate, Writer)

25:56 | Apr 12th, 2018

Broke Ass Stuart is a famous San Franciscan from San Diego. How did he make his way here, and why did he end up running for mayor against Ed Lee?

About that thing called Youtube... (Guest: Hunter Walk, Homebrew Ventures)

33:55 | Apr 9th, 2018

Hunter Walk is a Venture Capitalist and successful operator. He's perhaps best known for being the Head of Product at a little company called Youtube. So is everything Youtube accomplished good? We talk to Hunter about that and more.

Crunched (Guest: Alexia Tsotsis, Former Editor-in-Chief of Techcrunch)

25:49 | Apr 1st, 2018

Alexia Tsotsis is an entrepreneur, writer and was the former Editor-in-Chief of Techcrunch. What was it like being part of one of the publication that effectively created the hype machine around the tech industry?

Something Changed After 2007 (Guest: Chris Michel, Photographer)

21:16 | Apr 1st, 2018

World famous photographer, entrepreneur and investor Chris Michel talks about the changes San Francisco has endured over the past couple of decades - through his lens (literally).

Coffee Culture Sure Has Changed in Silicon Valley (Guest: Eileen Rinaldi, CEO of Ritual Coffee)

23:55 | Apr 1st, 2018

We interview Eileen Rinaldi, the CEO of Ritual Coffee, about her journey into coffee culture.