Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast
#52 Racism, Jackie Robinson and the Number 42

After explaining April 15th and #42 to enough people, I decided to make it into a quick podcast.  Racism being a frequent topic of this podcast, Michael White joins us to explain the significance of April 15th and the #42.  On April 14, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American player (since the 1880s) to play professional baseball in the "Major" leagues.  Also discussed are the Negro leagues, and the 5 best baseball movies of all time.

 

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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: 52_Jackie_Robinson_Racism_and_the_Number_42.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

#51 Jonathan Abrams Part 2 of 2

In part 2, Kent Lindstrom continues his talk with Jonathan Abrams -- founder of Friendster, Nuzzel, Founders Den (with a few others), as well as Socializr and Hotlinks.  He is on the board of Girls in Tech.  In this continued conversation, some of the evils of VC firms are discussed.  Also discussed are sexism in Silicon Valley (a serious topic) and TV shows, and Sci Fi books (not a serious topic).

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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: 51_Jonathan_Abrams_2_of_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#50 Jonathan Abrams talks Silicon Valley

Jonathan Abrams founded Friendster -- the first social network, whose patent on social networking is now owned by Facebook.  He also founded Hotlinks, Socializr, and Founders Den.  He is currently CEO of social news site Nuzzel, which he also founded.

Jonathan has also invested in many seed stage startups, and sits on the board of Girls in Tech.

Jonathan has a unique perspective on Silicon Valley -- and in this podcast, he shares it.

 

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

Direct download: 50_abrams_march_2016_part_1_of_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#49 Michael White -- Why Silicon Valley will rule Sports 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 of Kent's conversation with Michael White, wherein he discusses his thesis of why Silicon Valley's unique economics and culture will lead to the Bay Area dominating professional sports.

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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: 49_Michael_White_Sports_in_Silicon_Valley_2_of_2.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#48 Silicon Valley Sports with Michael White

Fan favorite Michael White discusses his theory:  That Basketball (The Warriors), Baseball (The San Francisco Giants) and Hockey (the San Jose Sharks) will dominate professional sports, due to unique characteristics of Silicon Valley.  Part 1 of 2.

Direct download: michael_white_SV_Sports_part_1a_of_2a.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#47 Shaun Tai of Oakland Digital -- Full Episode

Note:  This is the full episode of Kent's conversation with Shaun:    "Shaun Tai is the Founder and Executive director of Oakland Digital, a non-profit that connects design students to local businesses. Shaun comes to Oakland Digital by way of hip hop, and the film industry.  Not everyone in Silicon Valley works in a tech company.  

Kent and Shaun discuss a wide range of topics, including how to connect lower income people to the tech industry, why Oakland hasn't overtaken San Francisco as the most desirable place to live...yet.  And a lot more.  This is the first of a 2 part conversation

Find Shaun and Oakland Digital on Twitter at:

@odalc   @shaun_tai @OaklandDigital

 

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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: 47_Shaun_Tai_Oakland_Digital_Full_episode_.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#46 Shaun Tai of Oakland Digital part 2 of 2

"Black people and Asian people SHOULD work together in Oakland".  So this one begins..  Shaun Tai is the Founder and Executive director of Oakland Digital, a non-profit that connects design students to local businesses. Shaun comes to Oakland Digital by way of hip hop, and the film industry.  Not everyone in Silicon Valley works in a tech company.  

Kent and Shaun discuss a wide range of topics, including how to connect lower income people to the tech industry, why Oakland hasn't overtaken San Francisco as the most desirable place to live...yet.  And a lot more.  This is the first of a 2 part conversation

Find Shaun and Oakland Digital on Twitter at:

@odalc   @shaun_tai @OaklandDigital

 

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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: 46_odalc_shaun_tai.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#45 Oakland Digital -- Shaun Tai

We turn to Oakland.  Shaun Tai is the Founder and Executive director of Oakland Digital, a non-profit that connects design students to local businesses. Shaun comes to Oakland Digital by way of hip hop, and the film industry.  Not everyone in Silicon Valley works in a tech company.  

Kent and Shaun discuss a wide range of topics, including how to connect lower income people to the tech industry, why Oakland hasn't overtaken San Francisco as the most desirable place to live...yet.  And a lot more.  This is the first of a 2 part conversation

Find Shaun and Oakland Digital on Twitter at:

@odalc   @shaun_tai @OaklandDigital

 

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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: 46_Shaun_Tai_of_Oakland_Digital_1_of_2.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#44 -- Transgender Kids in Silicon Valley -- Full Episode

Allison White, Silicon Valley school principal, discusses transgender kids.  This is the full conversation.  Some of the media referenced in this podcast:  1) John Oliver show on transgender; 2) TED Talk "Norman Spack"; 3) NBC Nightly News on Transgender Kids; 4) Rolling Stone Article "About a Girl -- Coy Mathis".

 

 

Direct download: 44_Full_Episode_-_Transgender_Kids_in_SIlicon_Valley.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

#43 2/2 Transgender Kids in Silicon Valley

In part 2 of this conversation with Allison White, Silicon Valley school principal -- we continue the discussion about transgender kids in Silicon Valley.  Some of the referenced elements can be found by:  Search for NBC Nightly news, the Atlantic and John Oliver stories on transgender issues.  Rolling Stone -- search for "Coy Mathis".  

 

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

Direct download: 43_22_Transgender_Kids_in_SIlicon_Valley.m4a
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT