667: In this interview, Dave covers the topic of how Upstart is leveraging artificial intelligence models to increase people’s access to credit. He provides an overview of the company’s business model, how it collects the data it uses across multiple constituents, and the learning process he went through during the development of the company. He then describes the way artificial intelligence fits into the model, why this approach is its differentiator, and what hurdles he faced along the way. Finally, Dave talks about the company’s IPO, why this was the right time to go public, and how his experience building out Google’s cloud business set him up for success with Upstart.

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616: Kai-Fu Lee discusses the evolution of artificial intelligence and the 20-year horizon for its implementation. Kai-Fu shares why 20 years was an appropriate time horizon for his book on the future of AI, why Chen Qiufan, a science-fiction novelist, was the perfect person to partner with, and how the two of them originated the idea for ten visions of AI. He also discusses the impact of artificial intelligence on society including the future of work, changes in society, and shaping of opinions. Finally, Kai-Fu gives his perspective on the factors necessary to lead to greater adoption of artificial intelligence and how the global leadership of certain areas of its development and implementation has evolved.

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This episode is sponsored by Transmit Security.

582: In this interview, Yves Behar, Founder and Principal Designer of fuseproject, discusses the importance of product design and how companies can think about developing their own products. Yves discusses the importance of integrating storytelling and intent into product design. He also speaks on the importance of continuously improving product designs and using the problems and frictions that arise as opportunities for improvement. Additionally, Yves talks about bringing these designs to market from team alignment to marketing strategy. Finally, Yves talks about his team’s work on the VOX ventilators as a response to an open innovation challenge and how it is important to sometimes allow your team to drive the ideas and support them along the way.

562: In this interview, Orion Hindawi, Co-Founder and CEO of Tanium, discusses the evolution of IT Infrastructures and cybersecurity. Orion gives an overview of Tanium’s business and discusses the changing ways companies look at adopting IT. He also covers the digital and technological transformations, the importance of curating strong ecosystems, and future opportunities for the company. Additionally, Orion shares his perspective on applying business cybersecurity knowledge to maintaining personal cybersecurity.

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This episode is sponsored by Apptio.

544: Jeff Immelt, the former CEO of GE, spent over 15 years running one of the world’s largest companies. In this interview, Jeff discusses his experience growing up professionally at GE, Jeff’s relationship with his predecessor and legendary CEO, Jack Welch, and Jeff’s story ascending to the CEO role. We discuss why Jeff decided to write the book about his time at GE, two things Jeff would have done differently if he had the chance to do them over again, and the digital push Jeff made as CEO. Lastly, we discuss what Jeff misses most about his time at GE, Jeff’s views on the global economy going forward, Jeff’s advice to younger individuals at the beginning of their careers, among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Apptio.

528: Neeva co-founder Sridhar Ramaswamy discusses

  • Some of the tough questions and interesting business challenges Sridhar faced during his time at Google
  • The consequences of an all growth at all costs mentality
  • Sridhar’s take on the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit facing Google
  • Sridhar’s experience at Greylock and why he joined the firm as an investor
  • The genesis story of Neeva
  • Why he felt the time was right to leave Google and start Neeva
  • The importance of having a great co-founder when starting a company
  • Why a customer first model lends itself much better to monetizing content on the web

Learn more about Neeva at http://neeva.com/

486: Emmet B. Keeffe III, Operating Partner at Insight Partners and founder of Insight IGNITE, discusses:

  • The three parts of Insight’s investment thesis
  • An overview of the company’s digital acceleration program, Insight IGNITE
  • The challenges of communication between IT and the rest of the business
  • How Insight Partners can save IT leaders many trips to Silicon Valley by finding tech globally
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the areas the company has invested in
  • The four types of boards that exist based on the size and maturity of those companies and the assistance each needs from its directors
  • The increased importance on creativity for humans with more AI and automation
  • Emmet’s take on IoT, the cloud, automation, 5G, and RPA

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

482: Index Ventures Partner Shardul Shah discusses

  • Shardul’s thoughts on how COVID-19 has accelerated a tech-enabled shift to an employee-focused culture rather than customer-focused culture
  • How a younger workforce deals with unprecedented economic shock
  • How investment decisions and collaboration have been impacted by virtual communication 
  • How his investment philosophy is tied to empathy and community
  • The story of the least successful investment he’s ever made

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

480: Former Cisco CEO John Chambers discusses:

  • John’s experience with previous financial crises 
  • The playbook he is running with his 18 startups through the current pandemic. 
  • Why John went into venture capital after his time at Cisco
  • Why John is partnering with 18 startups, rather than just one 
  • How the current crisis has impacted John’s investment theses. 
  • The playbook John ran when making acquisitions at Cisco
  • The successes and failures he has experienced with digital transformations
  • The impact COVID is going to have long-term including how 
    • COVID has and will continue to accelerate the shift to digital
    • Why the top ten companies in each industry will be shuffled, and
    • Why we won’t have an environment where everyone works from home

Among a variety of other topics.

This episode was recorded live at the 2020 Metis Strategy Digital Symposium.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

478: Reid Hoffman is an iconic Silicon Valley entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author. Perhaps best known as the co-founder and former CEO of LinkedIn, he is currently a partner at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners, where he focuses on early-stage investing. He hosts the podcast, Masters of Scale. In this interview, we discuss:

  • The current pandemic and the economic crisis 
  • How one must lean on one’s ecosystem for insights and support while offering the same back into the ecosystem
  • How the pandemic has caused previous market failures to move to market readiness
  • The importance of entrepreneurs co-designing their go-to-market strategy
  • The precise definition of blitzscaling and its application to large companies

Among a variety of other topics.

This episode was recorded live at the 2020 Metis Strategy Digital Symposium.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.