Rank #1: Can Donald Trump Be Stopped? (Nate Silver, Founder, FiveThirtyEight)
Rank #2: David Remnick, The New Yorker Editor
Rank #3: Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, theSkimm Co-Founders
Rank #4: MoviePass sounds too good to be true. Is it?
Rank #5: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
In this episode:01:08 - Technological change02:42 - Dorsey’s outreach to conservatives09:43 - How Twitter employees think about news14:33 - Fluid conversations, threads and "edit” buttons18:56 - Why Twitter isn’t “neutral” and making conversations healthy28:03 - The world is round, but “there are other people who share different facts”32:28 - Would Twitter hire an ombudsman? 36:52 - Experimenting with “presence” on Twitter40:58 - "We’re never going to build a perfect antidote” to bad faith actors46:16 - Can global problems be fixed by private companies?49:27 - The top positive and negative impacts of Twitter
Rank #6: Here’s the secret to making things popular (Derek Thompson, author, ‘Hit Makers’)
Rank #7: Uber investor Jason Calacanis doesn't want to hear your idea
Rank #8: NYT's Michael Barbaro explains why you love 'The Daily'
Rank #9: This is how the New York Times reports Pulitzer Prize-winning stories
Rank #10: The New York Times wants to become like Netflix (Gabriel Snyder, journalist)
Rank #11: How Netflix makes a hit (Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank, co-creators, ‘Godless’)
Rank #12: Taylor Lorenz on TikTok, Twitter … and Tumblr
Rank #13: Musicians who fight Spotify are 'so f-cking dumb' (Bob Lefsetz, author, Lefsetz Letter)
Rank #14: Digital media companies are headed for a crash (David Carey, president, Hearst Magazines)
Rank #15: Roku CEO Anthony Wood
In this episode:01:55 - Why Roku is not a “hardware company”02:50 - Roku’s history with Netflix06:42 - Putting the Roku platform on smart TVs11:27 - Working with obscure Chinese TV brands19:09 - Wood’s background with computers25:17 - Competing with Apple, Google and Amazon31:48 - Working with traditional TV distributors34:39 - The Roku Channel37:33 - Revenue sharing with Netflix et al38:50 - Advertising 42:57 - What has surprised Wood about being a public company CEO44:23 - How close did Roku get to selling itself?46:01 - Roku’s new speakers48:45 - Other peripherals
Rank #16: Skip Bayless: Why I left ESPN for Fox Sports 1
Rank #17: Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, plus Fortune CEO Alan Murray
In the Gimlet interview: "We didn't leak the story, I don't know who did"; Blumberg and Lieber's interactions with Gimlet staff since Recode's scoop on Friday; why the acquisition makes sense; how Spotify became a distribution partner and when acquisition talks started; could Gimlet have remained independent?; how much did Blumberg and Lieber's ability to personally profit influence the decision to sell?; listeners who invested in Gimlet's crowdfunding seed round will see a return; will Gimlet's existing shows become Spotify exclusives?
And in the Murray interview: Fortune's acquisition and the end of Time Inc.; why it's hard to destroy legacy media brands; why it would be a problem if Time Magazine owner Marc Benioff had also bought Fortune; who is Fortune's new owner, Chatchaval Jiaravanon?; the "death sentence" of working with its old owner, Time Warner; how has Fortune changed since Jiaravanon bought it?; developing and scaling up live events to make them both accessible and valuable; advertising-supported businesses and Fortune's competitors; Murray's background at the Wall Street Journal and why Rupert Murdoch is "the best thing that could have happened" to the paper; developing the WSJ's ultimately unsuccessful iPad app, The Daily; President Trump's lies and attacks on journalism; and and how other media outlets are alienating his supporters.
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