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What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo has details on everything from Mayer’s first day at work to her showdowns with activist investors and truculent executives. We brought author Nicholas Carlson into the podcast studio to ask him our burning questions about Yahoo.

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What to Think, Ep. 30: How Google works

Jonathan Rosenberg, co-author of the new book How Google Works (along with Eric Schmidt), started at Google in 2002. He helped create some of the company’s most iconic products, including AdSense, Gmail, Android, and more.


What to Think, Ep. 28: the tech & data Democrats use to win elections

Many Democratic and progressive political campaigns are using technology from a company called NGP VAN to improve their chances of victory. The company points out that its applications worked for President Obama’s campaigns, and now the tools are available for candidates running for any level of office.

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What to Think, Ep. 13: Resurrecting Prodigy

In this episode, Dylan Tweney and Jordan Novet speak with Benj Edwards, a journalist who is digging up screenshots from the old Prodigy online service. We talk about the challenges and joys of digital archeology.

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What to Think, ep. 12: MobileBeat and more

VentureBeat’s seventh annual MobileBeat event just wrapped up, and we brought VB’s mobile expert Devindra Hardawar into the studio to tell us what the mobile tech industry is all hot and bothered about.

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What to Think, Ep. 11: That game was fixed!

Google’s new design language is a rip-off! Twitter is small potatoes! These and other rosy little rays of sunshine in this episode of What to Think. Plus, we delve into a culture clash between SF politicians and the app that’s changing urban car-parking.

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What to Think, Ep. 9: Building a minimum-viable city

In this episode, VentureBeat’s Dylan Tweney and Jordan Novet talk with Jay Nath, the chief innovation officer for the city of San Francisco, about the ways that S.F. is embracing the “lean startup” philosophy and working with entrepreneurs. Yes, he really does use the terms “minimum viable product,” “interface,” and “product-market fit.”

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What to Think, Ep. 8: The Godfather

As eBay and Aol struggle to learn expensive lessons about how they are NOT startups anymore, civic planning experts like Ron Conway are heckling progressive technologists at conferences.