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#19 Linda Kelly -- Grateful Dead and Astrology.com

Linda Kelly is Editor-in-Chief of the website Astrology.com.  She is also the author of the book "Deadheads:  Stories from Fellow Arists, Friends and Followers of the Grateful Dead".  She came to that book project, after meeting Jerry Garcia while working for Spin magazine.

Her journey to becoming an author is discussed, as well as the relationship the Grateful Dead have to the Bay area.  

 

Also discussed -- the popularity of Astrology.com, and how they've carried one of newspapers' most popular features onto the Internet.

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The Something Ventured podcast is released each Tuesday at 9am PST.  In it, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines, as he sits down with the people who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond.

Direct download: 19_Linda_Kelly_Grateful_Dead.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Mike Stutz is a Hollywood director, writer, filmmaker, producer ("showrunner").  In this "Hollywood edition" of Something Ventured, Mike sits down with Kent to discuss how reality TV has evolved.  Also discussed are what is real in reality TV, and what is not.  Comparisons are made to Silicon Valley content companies, and Kent and Mike discuss how society's behavior is impacted by reality TV, consumer websites, video games and...even porn websites.

Part 2 of 2

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Something Ventured is released every Tuesday at 9am PST

 

In Something Ventured, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines, as he sits down with the people who are changing the way we view the world online....and beyond.

 

Direct download: 18_Stutz_Reality_Part_2.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#17 Mike Stutz -- Part 1/2:  Reality of Reality TV

Mike Stutz is a Hollywood director, writer, filmmaker, producer ("showrunner").  In this "Hollywood edition" of Something Ventured, Mike sits down with Kent to discuss how reality TV has evolved.  Also discussed are what is real in reality TV, and what is not.  Comparisons are made to Silicon Valley content companies, and Kent and Mike discuss how society's behavior is impacted by reality TV, consumer websites, video games and...even porn websites.

Part 1 of 2

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Something Ventured is released every Tuesday at 9am PST

 

In Something Ventured, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines, as he sits down with the people who are changing the way we view the world online....and beyond.

 

Direct download: 17_Stutz_Reality_Part_1.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

CEO Vincent Robinson discusses issues around being gay in Silcon Valley.  Discussed are the contrasts of San Francisco in the 1980s and today, the evolution of the Castro Disctrict and San Francisco's Gay Pride parade.  Also discussed:  Is there a "Gay Mafia" in Silicon Valley?  Why are there so few (none) openly gay Fortune 500 executives?  What forms of discrimination do gay people face in Silicon Valley?  Proposition 8, Mozilla and Twitter are also discussed.

 

In the "Something Ventured" Podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the people who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond.

 

 

Direct download: 16_Vince_Robinson_Gay_Issues_.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#15 Sexism in Silicon Valley, Part 2

The second of two parts, Rachel Fairbanks discusses sexism issues women face in Silicon Valley.  Discussed are the recent issues involving Github, Sendgrid, Tinder, and several other companies.  The themes of the movie Frozen are explained for people who don't have young daughters.  Finally, advice on how to help reduce sexism is given

 

In the "Something Ventured" podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the people who are shaping the way we view the world online....and beyond.

Direct download: 15_rachel_sexism_2_music_2.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#14 Sexism in Silicon Valley, Part 1

Rachel Fairbanks, software executive, talks about sexism in Silicon Valley.  This is part one of two parts.  This first episode is a bit rough -- detailing some of the things women experience as they navigate Silicon Valley.  The #yesallwomen hashtag is explained and discussed, as well as recent incidents involving Github, Tinder, Snapchat, Sendgrid and more.

Stick with this one.  In part 2 #itgetsbetter.

 

In Something Ventured, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines, as he sits down with the people who are shaping the way we view the world online.....and beyond.

Direct download: 14_Sexism_in_Silicon_Valley_Part_1.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#13 Libraries in the Age of Google

Cindy Aden was Amazon's first librarian, head of the Washington Library Assocation, and is an executive at the world's largest library co-op.  

Discussed are -- historical aspects of libraries, the library at Alexandria -- and libraries before the age of the internet.  Also discussed are how libraries have evolved alongside the internet, what drives people to become librarians  and why librarians and libraries still matter even in the age of Google and Amazon.

 

In the Something Ventured podcast, Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the people who are shaping the world onine....and beyond.

Direct download: 13_Cindy_Aden_on_Libraries.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Rachel Fairbanks talks with Kent and it does not end well for hipsters.  Rachel is a software executive in Silicon Valley, who lives near hipster ground zero.  Silicon Valley is discussed, with a quick foray into culture.  Rachel briefly talks about being an American woman living in Asia.  When the discussion turns to hipsters -- things get nasty.

Note:  No actual hipsters were harmed in the production of this podcast.

 

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In "Something Ventured", Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the seasoned veterans and up-and-comers who are shaping the way we view the world online...and beyond.

Direct download: 12_Rachel_Fairbanks.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#11 Mike Stutz --- Silicon Valley goes to Hollywood

In the 11th Something Ventured episode, Silicon Valley meets Hollywood, and they may not be getting along.  Mike Stutz (Hollywood producer, director, writer and actor) discusses the future of produced television in the age of Youtube.  He contrasts cable television economics with web portal/Youtube economics.  The different worldviews of TV and Internet people are discussed.  Mike also explains his journey to becoming a Hollywood producer/writer/director, and his place in the Hollywood hierarchy.  Warning:  Contains mild name dropping.

Direct download: 11_Mike_Stutz_talks_content.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#10 Me

In this "Freaky Friday" episode, regular host Kent Lindstrom is interviewed by guest Eric Hall.  Obviously, the subject matter is fascinating.  Discussed are how Kent ended up in Silicon Valley, and why the "Something Ventured" podcast.

 

In the "Something Ventured" podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the seasoned veterans and up-and-comers who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond.

Direct download: 10_Kent_Lindstrom_is_interviewed.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT