Podcast

Pivot

Every Tuesday and Friday, tech journalist Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. They make bold predictions, pick winners and losers, and bicker and banter like no one else. After all, with great power comes great scrutiny. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Episodes

  • Twitter’s Reorg, Comedians v. Spotify, and Friends of Pivot Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson

    Dec 07 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Twitter’s split into three divisions, Spotify’s royalty dispute with comedians, and the charges against parents of the Michigan school shooting suspect. Also, CNN’s messy Cuomo breakup, and Donald Trump’s media group says it’s raised $1 billion. Plus, Friends of Pivot Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson on their new book, “OUT OF OFFICE: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home.”You can find Charlie and Anne on Twitter at @cwarzel and @annehelen.Send us y...more

  • Twitter’s New Anti-Harassment Policy, Chris Cuomo’s Suspension, and Stacey Abrams is Running for Governor

    Dec 03 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Twitter’s new anti-harassment policy, Chris Cuomo’s indefinite suspension from CNN, and Stacey Abrams running for Governor in Georgia. Also, UK’s Competition Watchdog tells Meta to sell off GIPHY. CEOs and insiders have sold off a record number of stocks in 2021. Plus, Scott gives us some predictions on SpaceX and Twitter.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter, Omicron’s Impact, and Friend of Pivot, John McWhorter

    Nov 30 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Jack Dorsey's Twitter exit, and Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri's upcoming congressional testimony. Also, a bidding war for an original U.S. Constitution, and the pressure on ride-sharing giant Didi to delist from the NY Stock Exchange. Plus, Friend of Pivot, and author of the book “Woke Racism,” John McWhorter.You can find John on Twitter at @JohnHMcWhorter.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about ...more

  • Build Back Better Passes in the House, Amazon’s Exposed Customer Data, and the Holmes Trial's Surprise Witness

    Nov 23 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Amazon reportedly leaving customer data exposed inside the company, Build Back Better passing the House, and Apple’s back-to-the-office plan. Plus, Elizabeth Holmes testifies in her own trial.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Pulp Fiction NFTs, Netflix’s Numbers Revealed, and Peloton Peddles New Stock

    Nov 19 2021

    Kara is back with Scott to discuss Peloton's new stock offering, the Miramax versus Tarantino battle over Pulp Fiction NFTs, and alarming updates in Activision's sexual misconduct allegations. Plus, Netflix reveals its most popular content and an iconic arena gets a crypto name change. Plus, Scott gives us a prediction on the Metaverse.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Great Resignation Continues, J&J’s Two-Way Split, and Friend of Pivot, Blake Scholl

    Nov 16 2021

    Kara is out welcoming the newest member of the Pivot family! Scott is joined by co-host Stephanie Ruhle to talk about The Great Resignation, inflation, J&J’s split, and Steve Bannon’s indictment. Also, Elon is still bullying senators on Twitter, and Beto is officially running for Governor of Texas. Plus, Scott chats with Friend of Pivot, Founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, Blake Scholl about supersonic air travel.You can find Blake on Twitter at @bscholl, and Boom Supersonic at @boomaero.Sen...more

  • GE’s Three-Way Split, Facebook Scraps “Sensitive”Ad-Targeting Categories, and Friend of Pivot, Jonathan Haidt

    Nov 12 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss GE’s plans to split into three companies, Facebook’s decision to disable ad targeting based on sensitive categories, and the Twitter Blue rollout. Also, a data breach at Robinhood, and Adam Neumann’s return. And Scott gives us a prediction on M&As in 2022. Plus, Friend of Pivot Jonathan Haidt on social media’s mental health effects.You can find Jonathan on Twitter at @JonHaidt and can find more of his research at thecoddling.com/better-social-media.Send us your Listene...more

  • Elon’s Taxes, Infrastructure Week at Last, and Friend of Pivot, Mark Mahaney

    Nov 09 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill, and Scott’s Twitter feud with Elon Musk. Big Bird and Aaron Rogers take heat for their vaccination statuses. Plus, Friend of Pivot Mark Mahaney on his new book, Nothing But Net.You can find Mark on Twitter at @markmahaney.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Tesla and Hertz Mystery, a Tough Election for Democrats, and the Squid Crash

    Nov 05 2021

    Kara and Scott unpack Tuesday’s election results, dive into the confusion around the Tesla and Hertz deal, and examine Zillow quitting the home-buying business. Also, cryptocurrency Squid crashes and the Facebook app is ditching facial recognition. Plus, Scott gives us a prediction for Build Back Better.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook is So Meh-ta, Biden's Budget Package, and Friend of Pivot, Aswath Damodaran

    Nov 02 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook’s rebrand, Biden’s big week at COP 26, the spending bill drama at home, and the CEO who actually asked for a pay cut. Plus, Friend of Pivot Aswath Damodaran on taxing billionaires, the future of SPACs, markets, meme stocks, and more.You can find Aswath at @AswathDamodaran.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Billionaire Tax Bites the Dust, Big Tech’s Q3, and Tesla’s Worth a Trillion

    Oct 29 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss the latest on Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed billionaire tax, Big Tech’s Q3 results coming in strong, and testimony from YouTube, Snap, and TikTok. Also, Tesla is now worth a trillion, and what Kara’s Twitter followers wanted Facebook’s new name to be, revealed. Plus, Scott’s predicts Time's 2021 Person of the Year.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Land of the Giants: This Changes Everything

    Oct 27 2021

    In Land of the Giants: The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that changed what a computer is — and then changed what a phone is. From its beginnings as a niche personal computer company, Apple became the preeminent maker of consumer tech products, a cultural trendsetter, and the most valuable company in the world. And along the way, it changed the way we live. New episodes come out on Wednesdays. Listen at the link below or subscribe wherever you find great podcasts.htt...more

  • Apple’s Privacy Changes, Amazon’s Flawed Leave System, and Friend of Pivot Pamela Paul

    Oct 26 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Amazon’s leave system short-changing workers, the impacts of Apple’s privacy changes on Big Tech, and PayPal saying it won’t acquire Pinterest. Also, the Facebook headlines keep coming. Plus, Friend of Pivot Pamela Paul on “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet.”You can find Pamela on Twitter at @PamelaPaulNYT.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Live from Advertising Week: Netflix’s Q3 Numbers, Facebook's Name Change and Trump's Social Network

    Oct 22 2021

    Kara and Scott are (virtually) live from Advertising Week! They discuss Facebook changing its name, Netflix’s Q3 numbers and Trump launching a social network. And they tell us how they feel about the latest vaccine mandate pushbacks from In-N-Out Burger and radio host Dan Bongino. Also, some predictions around Shopify and Square.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Bonus Episode: Ari Emanuel at Code 2021

    Oct 20 2021

    Kara speaks with Endeavor's Ari Emanuel about entertainment lawsuits, UFC, movie theaters, and more. Recorded live at Code Conference 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • LinkedIn is Leaving China, TikTok is Bad for Teens, Too, and Friend of Pivot Christopher Mims

    Oct 19 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss the latest bad news for teens on social media, LinkedIn shutting down in China, and Harvard’s endowment. They also talk about Hollywood’s narrowly avoided strike, and the planned walkouts at Netflix. Plus, Friend of Pivot Christopher Mims on how the global supply chain problems will affect our lives.You can find Christopher on social media at @mims.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.co...more

  • Facebook’s Blacklist, Apple Trims iPhone Production and William Shatner Went to Space

    Oct 15 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Facebook’s blacklist of dangerous users, Apple cutting iPhone production due to the global chip shortage, and how Texas-based airlines are responding to Gov. Greg Abbot’s anti-vaccine mandate. Also, their thoughts on the controversy around Dave Chapelle's Netflix special. Plus, Kara reveals some fascinating details from her high school years.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adcho...more

  • Bonus Episode: Satya Nadella at Code Conference 2021

    Oct 13 2021

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins Kara for a discussion on ransomware, remote work, and dealing with the Trump administration. Recorded live at Code 2021.This interview was been lightly edited for runtime and clarity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Rent The Runway’s IPO, Southwest’s Flight Cancellations and Friend of Pivot Eli Saslow

    Oct 12 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Southwest’s flight cancellations, Rent The Runway's IPO filing, and Nick Clegg’s non-apology tour. Also, Ireland wants American companies to pay more in taxes and Tesla is moving to Texas. Plus, Friend of Pivot Eli Saslow on his new book, Voices From The Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage, and Resilience. You can find Eli on Twitter at @elisaslow.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Vi...more

  • BONUS EPISODE: Marc Benioff at Code Conference 2021

    Oct 09 2021

    Kara and Stephanie Ruhle sit down with Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff. Recorded live at Code 2021 in Los Angeles.This interview has been condensed and lightly edited. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Pivot Q3 Quarterly Review and Friend of Pivot, Senator Amy Klobuchar

    Oct 08 2021

    Pivot is back with its Quarterly Review series, taking a look back at Q3 and predicting what’s to come. Kara and Scott discuss the biggest wins and fails of the past quarter and check their prediction track records. They also get some predictions from from Friends of Pivot, including Preet Bharara, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, author Sheera Frenkel and Cofounder of Zero100, Kevin O’Marah. Plus, Friend of Pivot Amy Klobuchar joins to discuss the Frances Haugen testimony and what’s next for Facebook.Send u...more

  • BONUS EPISODE: Elon Musk at Code Conference 2021

    Oct 06 2021

    Kara sits down with SpaceX CEO/Tesla Technoking Elon Musk for a discussion on China, rockets, Mars colonization, and more. Recorded live at Code 2021 in Los Angeles. This interview has been condensed and lightly edited. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Pandora Papers, Facebook’s Whistleblower and Friend of Pivot, Andrea Elliott

    Oct 05 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the Facebook whistleblower’s debut, the release of the “Pandora Papers,” and Ozy Media’s demise. They also discuss the U.S. passing yet another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, and their reaction to Alex Jones losing two defamation lawsuits. Plus, Friend of Pivot Andrea Elliott on her book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City.You can find Andrea on Twitter at @andreafelliott.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.co...more

  • The Biggest Moments from Code, the Latest Robinhood Controversy, and the Future of Fitness Apps

    Oct 01 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss the biggest moments from the Code conference, including Kara’s Elon interview that sparked a Musk vs. Bezos rumble. Also: the latest with Robinhood, Citadel and #KenGriffinLied, and a big announcement from The Dawg. Plus, a prediction around fitness and health apps.Keep an eye on the Pivot feed for bonus episodes: full interviews from Code!Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoi...more

  • Code Galore, No More Instagram for Kids, and Friend of Pivot Jim Bankoff

    Sep 28 2021

    Code has begun! Scott helps Kara prep for her conversations with Elon Musk, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and many more. Plus, Facebook puts Instagram for Kids on pause, and what are the implications of China's crypto ban? Then, Friend of Pivot, Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, Jim Bankoff.Stay tuned to the Pivot feed to hear full interviews from Code!You can find Jim on Twitter at @bankoff. Tell him how much you love the Pivot team.Send us your Listener Mail questions,...more

  • Apple Wants to Diagnose Your Depression, Google Bets on New York City, and a Friend of Pivot on Facebook Marketplace

    Sep 24 2021

    Facebook wants to push pro-Facebook material in News Feed. Also, Kara and Scott dive into Google's big bet on back-to-office, and Apple's plan to diagnose depression with iPhone data. Friend of Pivot Craig Silverman discusses his latest reporting on the problems with Facebook Marketplace. Plus, Scott gives us a dire prediction on Facebook's legal woes.You can find Craig on Twitter at @CraigSilverman.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad cho...more

  • Russia vs. Big Tech, Facebook Responds (Dismissively), and Friend of Pivot Max Chafkin on Peter Thiel

    Sep 21 2021

    Kara and Scott unpack Russia's fight with Big Tech, Facebook's disappointing response to the Wall Street Journal’s revealing series, and how streaming swept the Emmys. Also, Kara has a big announcement. (Hint: She confirms that Scott is NOT the father). Plus, Friend of Pivot Max Chafkin on Peter Thiel and his new book, The Contrarian. You can find Max on Twitter at @chafkin.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices...more

  • Instagram Knows it’s Toxic, Amazon’s Starting Wage Hike, and Another Big Week for Apple

    Sep 17 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the newest revelation in the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files series, Amazon raising their starting wages, and what we’ve learned from the California Recall Election. And Kara reminds us all to update our Apple devices. Plus, Scott gives a prediction on the SPAC market.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Epic v. Apple, Facebook’s VIP List and a Friend of Pivot Brian Derrick on the California Recall

    Sep 14 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about a new report on Facebook’s special rules for their internal list of VIP users, how the Epic v. Apple lawsuit played out, and the House Democrats’ push for a new FTC Privacy Bureau. Also, Facebook stole Ray Bans from Kara. Plus, Friend of Pivot Brian Derrick helps us process the California Recall election and gives some predictions on 2024.You can find Brian on Instagram at @BrianDerrick_Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more abou...more

  • The red-hot IPO Market , El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment and SCOTT IS BACK!

    Sep 10 2021

    Scott has returned! He and Kara talk about The Justice Department’s ad tech suit against Google, the SEC-Coinbase spat, a record year for IPOs, and El Salvador’s Bitcoin buy. And it wouldn’t be an episode with Scott without some predictions - he tells us which start-ups are about to get some major attention.Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Texas Abortion Ban, Joe Rogan's Covid, and the Politico Acquisition Soap Opera

    Sep 03 2021

    Guest host George Hahn joins Kara to talk about the Texas abortion ban and Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s threats to tech companies over the Jan. 6 riot inquiry. Plus, why are there so many viral videos of anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers spinning out? Then, a surprise listener question catches both hosts off guard. And finally, George tries to figure out why he keeps getting being banned from TikTok, and gives an update on his bid to co-host The View.You can follow George on Twitter at @georgehahn, and che...more

  • Lessons from Afghanistan, the California Recall, and this week’s Friend of Pivot is Nathan Allebach aka The Steak-umm Twitter Guy

    Aug 31 2021

    Guest host Katie Couric joins Kara to discuss the withdrawal from Afghanistan and lessons learned, possible outcomes of the California recall, and of course, Jeopardy! Plus, Friend of Pivot Nathan Allebach joins to talk about how he turned Steak-umm’s Twitter account into a truth bomb machine.Check out the latest from Katie Couric at katiecouric.com, or on social media at @katiecouric. You can also subscribe to her daily newsletter, Wake-Up Call, here. AND you can pre-order her book, Going There...more

  • What the OnlyFans news says about power and control, Cathie Wood's transparent investment strategy, and a prediction on the federal reserve pulling away from the punch bowl

    Aug 27 2021

    Guest co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin joins Kara to discuss TikTok's e-commerce play with Shopify, Airbnb's announcement to house 20,000 Afghan refugees, and how more businesses are going to start requiring COVID-19 vaccination proof. Kara and Andrew also discuss OnlyFan's decision to reverse course on its plan to ban sexually explicit content, and then break down Cathy Wood’s popularity with high-risk investors. Plus, a question on the future of healthtech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit po...more

  • Big Covid Questions, the Nursing Shortage Crisis and a Friend of Pivot on the upcoming Elizabeth Holmes Trial

    Aug 24 2021

    Guest host Dr. Jeffrey Swisher joins for a medical (and Swisher) themed episode. What does full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine mean for public health? What about antibody treatments? Team Swisher also discusses the nursing crisis, and the Biden Administration’s new plan to lower prescription drug costs. Plus, Friend of Pivot John Carreyou joins to discuss what’s to come in his new Theranos trial podcast, “Bad Blood: The Final Chapter.”You can find Dr. Jeffrey Swisher on Twitter at @jeffreysw...more

  • What the Taliban’s Rise Means for Big Tech, Facebook’s Plans for a Virtual (Reality) Work Space, and Fox News' Vaccine Database

    Aug 20 2021

    What will the Taliban do with Afghans’ data? Kara and guest host Casey Newton discuss that, and how social media platforms are handling pro-Taliban accounts. Plus, will workers go for Facebook’s new VR meeting app, Horizon Workrooms? And...thoughts on Fox News requiring employees to report their vaccination status.Find Casey at @CaseyNewton on Twitter and subscribe to Platformer at www.platformer.news/subscribe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices Learn more about...more

  • Tucker goes to Hungary, the Taliban take Afghanistan, and a Friend of Pivot on why Epstein couldn't have killed himself

    Aug 17 2021

    Guest host Ben Smith joins Kara to discuss Afghanistan's fall to the Taliban, and what it means for news coverage of the region. And: a new business deal aims to bring movies back to movie theaters. But will audiences follow? Also, Friend of Pivot Julie K. Brown joins us to discuss her reporting in Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Rudy Giuliani's on Cameo, Marjorie Taylor Greene's off Twitter (for now), and Baratunde Thurston's on Pivot to discuss it alll

    Aug 13 2021

    Guest co-host Baratunde Thurston tells Kara what he'd pay to hear Rudy Giuliani say on Cameo. Kara pulls no punches on the politicization of vaccines. They discuss the implications of the latest census data, and answer a listener question about what CNN should do about Chris Cuomo. Plus, Baratunde has a prediction about the future of the auto industry, and Kara reveals what she'd do if she had as much money as Jeff Bezos.You can check out Baratunde's new newsletter at theeasystuff.news, and chec...more

  • We're not the only ones obsessed with Preet Bharara. Plus, the vaccine mandate divide and Friend of Pivot Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

    Aug 10 2021

    Guest host Preet Bharara reacts to getting in Team Cuomo's crosshairs. Friend of Pivot Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on the phone call that changed his life, and his new book, Here, Right Matters: An American Story. Also: Apple's new child safety measures pique privacy advocates, while Chinese giant Tencent faces a lawsuit for not protecting children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Cuomo digs in, Chaos in the skies, and Evictions delayed... perhaps

    Aug 06 2021

    Guest host George Conway (and a pack of dogs) join Kara to unpack the results of a special election, new information on Trump's last days in office, and the damning report on Governor Andrew Cuomo. Also, could a class action lawsuit make Facebook the new Big Tobacco? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Hollywood on Blast, Vaccine Mandates, and Friends of Pivot Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

    Aug 03 2021

    Kara and guest host Stephanie Ruhle talk about why Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Knox are putting the Hollywood establishment on blast. They also break down the latest on vaccine mandates and infrastructure legislation. Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker join to talk about their best-selling political exposé, I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, and give us their predictions on whether Trump will run again. Learn more about your a...more

  • Instagram's new privacy settings, Big Tech's record profits, and the Capitol insurrection hearing.

    Jul 31 2021

    On this week’s Pivot, Kara and Scott wonder why Instagram took so long to add protections for teens, and what Big Tech will do with its record profits.A Pivot listener wants the details on Scott’s investment strategies, and this week's prediction is about vaccine mandates. Plus, Kara sends Scott off in style for his month-long vacation. She’ll miss him, but the slew of guest hosts she announces might help fill the void. Just a little. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/ad...more

  • Tokyo Games Can't Catch a Break, Klobuchar Targets Vaccine Misinformation, and Friend of Pivot Eliot Brown

    Jul 27 2021

    A tropical storm threatens the Olympics, Kara enjoys being the Bad Girl of GETTR, and Friend of Pivot Eliot Brown explains how WeWork's Adam Neumann attracted experienced investors, and kept his hair looking good at all times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Jack Dorsey's Bitcoin hopes, Biden picks a heavy hitter, and the Pegasus spyware scandal

    Jul 23 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Marjorie Taylor Greene's recent Twitter ban, Jack Dorsey's hopes for a bitcoin "world peace," and the "joyless" Olympics. Kara has high hopes for Jonathan Kanter, Biden's pick for the Justice Department's anti-trust division. Things look a little more glum for privacy after the Pegasus Project revelations. And in listener mail, we get a question on every Zoomer's mind: Should I even bother planning for retirement? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/...more

  • Biden vs. Facebook, the U.S. accuses China of cyberattacks, and Friend of Pivot Paxton Smith on Texas' new abortion law

    Jul 20 2021

    Kara and Scott talk Robinhood's IPO, Netflix earnings, and Jeff Bezos' rocket ride. They also weigh in on the war of words between Facebook and President Biden, as well as the administration's stance on China and cyberattacks. And, Friend of Pivot Paxton Smith discusses the stringent Texas abortion bill that inspired her viral valedictorian speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Big banks' quarterly earnings and economic recovery, and a prediction on space SPACs

    Jul 16 2021

    Kara and Scott talk what the big banks' quarterly earnings can tell us about economic recovery. They also discuss Senate Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget deal. In listener mail, we get a question about Apple and the niche search market. Scott has a prediction about space SPACs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Regulators are cracking down on tech, and Friends of Pivot Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang on Facebook's leadership

    Jul 13 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Biden's broad executive order aimed at stirring competition and limiting corporate dominance. They also discuss the regulations coming out of China that specifically call for data-rich companies to undergo security reviews before listing overseas. Then we are joined by NYT journalists, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, to hear about their new book, "An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoic...more

  • Q2 Quarterly Review: The State of the World According to Pivot

    Jul 09 2021

    Pivot launches its Quarterly Review series, with a look back at the past two quarters and predictions of what's ahead. Kara and Scott discuss the biggest wins and fails of the year so far and check their prediction track record. They also get some forecasting from Friends of Pivot, including Congressman Ro Khanna, Lightshed Partners' Rich Greenfield, MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle, and fellow podcaster Preet Bharara. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook FTC antitrust case thrown out and Amazon vs. Lina Khan

    Jul 02 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about a Federal judge throwing out an antitrust case against Facebook by the FTC and more than 40 states. They also discuss Amazon's motion to have newly instated FTC Chair Lina Khan recuse herself from antitrust actions. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about young people quitting the corporate world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Toyota's GOP contributions, BuzzFeed's SPAC and a Friend of Pivot from Microsoft

    Jun 29 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the revelations that the car company Toyota is the highest contributor to Republicans who voted to invalidate the presidential election. They also discuss BuzzFeed's plan to IPO with a SPAC and what that means for media and SPACs. Then we are joined by Yusuf Mehdi is the Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search & Devices at Microsoft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • House Judiciary Committee antitrust bills, Microsoft hits $2 trillion, and a prediction on the future of social media

    Jun 25 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the six antitrust bills the House is contemplating this week and what it means for big tech and political divisions. They also discuss Microsoft joining Apple as the 2nd $2 trillion company. In listener mail, they discuss how much climate change will cost versus the Covid-19 crisis. In predictions, Scott foresees new companies emerging with big tech break up looming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • American Airlines cancellations, Bitcoin mining bans, and Friend of Pivot Chuck Todd

    Jun 22 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about American Airlines cancelling flights because of staff shortages. They also discuss China banning the mining of Bitcoin in the country. Meanwhile, the SEC is readying new climate change disclosure regulations. Then we are joined by NBC News Political Director, Moderator and Host of Meet the Press and Host of Peacock’s Meet the Press Reports, Chuck Todd to talk about the future of news streaming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Amazon's worker problem, Andreessen Horowitz's new website and a prediction about inflation

    Jun 18 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about a blockbuster story exposing worker issues in Amazon warehouses as Mackenzie Scott donates money to counteract the forces of her ex-husband's company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Apple vs. the Trump Administration, CEO compensation broke records during COVID, and Friend of Pivot Caleb Scharf on space exploration 8:18

    Jun 15 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss how Apple unknowingly handed over phone data of two Democratic congressmen to the Trump Administration. Then, they discuss how the pay gap between workers and CEOs grew even wider during the pandemic. In Friend of Pivot, Caleb Scharf, the Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and author of The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life's Unending Algorithm, tells us why we should care about UFO sightings, the future of space travel, and whether...more

  • Billionaires and the tax code, Facebook smartwatch and a listener mail question on children's screen time

    Jun 11 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the ProPublica report that America's wealthiest people paid basically nothing in taxes and what the country should do about it. They also discuss Facebook's upcoming smartwatch and the wearables industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • G-7 nations' historic tax reform, Bitcoin 2021, and Friend of Pivot Jon Meacham on de-platforming Trump

    Jun 08 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the historic tax reform deal reached by the G-7 nations that would make the minimum global corporate tax rate 15%. Then they discuss this weeks' Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami and Jack Dorsey's future in cryptocurrency. In Friend of Pivot, we are joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning Presidential historian, and host of the new podcast Fate of Fact, Jon Meacham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The SEC goes after Elon Musk's tweets, Fauci's emails, and should Roku acquire more content?

    Jun 04 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the SEC saying that several of Elon Musk's tweets were not vetted before they were posted and violate a previous settlement with regulators. Then they discuss the trove of Dr. Fauci emails released from a FOIA request. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about Roku's acquisition of Quibi content and what it means for the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Uber and Lyft price surge, the Biden infrastructure bill and Friend of Pivot Casey Newton

    Jun 01 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Uber and Lyft rideshare prices surging as the companies struggle to find contract drivers. They also discuss hold-ups from Republican Senators and the Biden infrastructure bill. Then All-Star Friend of Pivot and writer of the newsletter Platformer, Casey Newton comes on to talk about all things social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Russia crackdown on social media, Amazon buys MGM, and is 5G worth the hype?

    May 28 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Russia increasing penalties and crackdowns on Google, Twitter, and Facebook. They also discuss Amazon's $8.45billion purchase of MGM Studios. In listener mail they answer a question about whether 5G is actually worth the hype. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Tim Cook takes the stand in Apple vs. Epic trial and a Friend of Pivot on app dating

    May 25 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple CEO Tim Cook's testimony in the final days of the Apple vs. Epic antitrust case. Scott gives a mini-lesson on why "big is bad". Then we're joined by Friend of Pivot, author Nancy Jo Sales to talk about her new book Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno. They discuss the pros, cons, and pitfalls of dating apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Crypto-crash, Streaming wars and tax plans with MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle

    May 21 2021

    Kara and Scott are joined by MSNBC Host and NBC News Senior Business Correspondent Stephanie Ruhle for a lightning round about the week's news. They talk about the tough week for the crypto-market, more on the AT&T spin-off of Time Warner (and who could swoop in to challenge the deal). They also take a listener mail question on mental health and big tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • AT&T's TimeWarner/Discovery+ super merger and GLAAD's report on social media platforms

    May 18 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about AT&T spinning off their streaming service Time Warner and combining it with Discovery+ to compete with streaming content giants. They also discuss Twitter's potential new subscription service "Twitter Blue" (ya heard it here first!) Then we're joined by GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis to discuss the organization's new report that looks at safety for the LGBTQ community across social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and Tesla breaks up with Bitcoin

    May 14 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the fallout from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the gas hoarding that followed. They also discuss Tesla's decision to suspend accepting Bitcoin for car purchases until it is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly (Scott is skeptical). In listener mail, we get a question about how the global tech industry is being affected by humanitarian crises in India and Tel Aviv. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live and the dogecoin tumble

    May 11 2021

    Kara and Scott recap Elon Musk's host appearance on Saturday Night Live and how it affected the cryptocurrency market. They also discuss a major cyberattack on a US natural gas pipeline. Then we are joined by author of the new book Amazon Unbound, Brad Stone, to discuss how Amazon is changing in the post-Bezos era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook Oversight Board and the Trump ban, trouble for Peloton and a listener question about AI

    May 07 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the Facebook Oversight Board's decision to uphold Facebook's ban of Donald Trump's Facebook account... for the next six months. Then they talk about Peloton recalling, their treadmills, and how the company handled the crisis. In listener mail, we get a question about how Google has dealt with ethics as it relates to artificial intelligence. And in predictions, we have more thoughts on Dogecoin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Apple and Epic go to trial and Friend of Pivot Senator Amy Klobuchar

    May 04 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple going to trial with Epic over its choice to kick Fortnite out of the app store. They also discuss the upcoming Facebook Oversight Board decision on whether to uphold the ban on Donald Trump. Then in Friend of Pivot, we're joined by US Senator Amy Klobuchar to talk about the future of antitrust. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Trouble at Basecamp, Bezos fights for the moon, and a listener question about dating apps

    Apr 30 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about controversies at Basecamp, as the company rolled out a new ban on internal political talk. They also discuss Jeff Bezos's company Blue Origin petitioning to have NASA revisit the contract it awarded SpaceX to land on the Moon by 2024. In listener mail, we get a question on the Bumble IPO and the future of dating apps. Scott predicts that Elon Musk's SNL appearance may land him in legal troubles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • CEO wealth surge, Apple/Facebook tensions heat up, and Friend of Pivot DoorDash COO Christopher Payne

    Apr 27 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about how CEOs in the United States wealth has surged during the pandemic as compared to their workers. Meanwhile, tensions heat up between Tim Cook at Apple and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, as iPhone users are given the option to opt-out of ad tracking. Then we are joined by Friend of Pivot, DoorDash COO Christopher Payne who talks about the company's new model for food delivery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Apple's podcast play, Netflix's rough quarter, and a listener mail on crypto's carbon footprint

    Apr 23 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple's big announcements in the podcast space and what that means for other competitors in the podcast market. They also discuss Netflix's falling subscriptions and take a look back at their first quarter last year. In listener mail we get a question about cryptocurrency's carbon footprint. And Scott has predictions for Quibi content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook gets into audio, WeWork's SPAC, and Friend of Pivot Preet Bharara

    Apr 20 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's new foray into the audio space and what it means for creators. They also discuss NASA partnering with SpaceX on its next moon landing mission. Scott's favorite disaster story is possibly making a comeback – Kara and Scott talk about the WeWork SPAC. Then, former US attorney, and host of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, Preet Bharara joins to talk about joining Vox and brings insights on some of the biggest legal issues in the news. Learn more about your ad ...more

  • The crypto-surge, Bernie Madoff's dark legacy, and a question on Russia slowing Twitter

    Apr 16 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the Coinbase IPO and the surge for Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other currencies. They also discuss the legacy financial Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, who died in prison this week. We have a pop-in from Friend of Pivot Andrew Ross Sorkin on his interviews with the late Madoff. In listener mail, we get a question about Russia's decision to slow down Twitter. Scott has predictions on Alibaba stock and the future of cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcas...more

  • Amazon union defeat, Alibaba’s antitrust fine, and Walter Isaacson on CRISPR

    Apr 13 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the failure to form a union at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama; this was the biggest unionization effort in the company's history. They also discuss China's antitrust fine against the e-commerce giant Alibaba, and how the company is actually benefitting. In Friend of Pivot, we are joined by best-selling author Walter Isaacson to talk about his new book The Code Breaker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Twitch's new guidelines, YouTube's video violations, and a prediction on LG's handset company

    Apr 09 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Amazon's live-streaming service Twitch's new guidelines to keep hate speech and other forms of violence off their platform. They also discuss YouTube's new metric for showing how many videos are viewed before they are removed for violating the company's user guidelines. In listener mail, we get a question about the future of marijuana stocks. Scott has a prediction for who will acquire LG's handset company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adch...more

  • Global corporate tax, Facebook's data breach and a Friend of Pivot on "cancel culture"

    Apr 06 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss Janet Yellen's call for a global corporate tax and what that would mean for corporations. They also discuss a new report saying that Facebook leaked millions of users' personal information. Then we're joined by Columbia Professor, John McWhorter, to discuss the line between cancel culture and accountability, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Big Tech military contracts, Compass's IPO, and President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan

    Apr 02 2021

    In this episode of Pivot, Kara and Scott talk about Big Tech getting involved in military matters, and how their employees are responding. They also discuss whether Compass really counts as real estate tech, and fawn over President Biden's $2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan. Also, Kara plays a little April Fools joke on Scott, and spoiler alert—it works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Tony Hsieh, Jeff Bezos's Twitter fingers, and Big Tech in Congress (again)

    Mar 30 2021

    This week, Kara and Scott chat about the Wall Street Journal's deep dive on Tony Hsieh, Jeff Bezo's twitter fingers, and the future of unions. Then, Friend of Pivot Zephyr Teachout joins us to talk about Cuomo Corruption and how monopoly power is "white power." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Microsoft and Discord, Goldman Sachs' junior bankers and a listener mail question on news consumption

    Mar 26 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft's potential acquisition of the video gaming social platform Discord. They also preview the big tech hearings on disinformation. Meanwhile, Scott thinks Goldman Sachs junior employees should "buck up", even though Kara thinks "work-life-balance" priorities might be shifting in our culture. In listener mail, Kara and Scott talk about how they consume the news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Struggles at Dispo, Trump's own social media network, and the 411 on NFTs

    Mar 23 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about troubles at Dispo – the photosharing app – after allegations of sexual assault came out around the founder's circle. They also discuss the possibility of former President Trump starting his own social media platform. Then, we are joined by Friend of Pivot Chairman of the Department of Finance at NYU Stern, David Yermack, on how to think about the NFT craze and the cryptocurrency landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook makes a Substack competitor, Netflix's carbon footprint and the future of McKinsey

    Mar 19 2021

    Kara and Scott discuss scandals at Substack as Facebook builds a newsletter competitor. They also discuss a new tool that is measuring the carbon footprint of streaming on Netflix and what that means for the industry. In listener mail, we get a question about whether McKinsey is still the gold standard for early career success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The future of travel and a Friend of Pivot on telehealth

    Mar 16 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the biggest weekend for airlines since the pandemic started and what that means for the industry. They are joined by Hims/Hers CEO Andrew Dudum to talk about how telehealth surged in the past year and his decision to take the company public as a SPAC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Roblox IPO, Facebook doesn't think it has an antitrust problem and a listener question on PlayStation5

    Mar 12 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Roblox going public – and making a big splash – and what that means for the gaming industry. Then they discuss Facebook asking Federal judges to overturn the FTC's antitrust charges. In listener mail, a former Prof. G student asks if Sony has a Consumer Protection Act problem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • SPACs tumble, the education tech market and the future of automation

    Mar 09 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about how SPACs have tumbled in recent weeks and what that means for the IPO landscape. They also discuss Coursera going public and the future of education tech post-pandemic. Then, New York Times tech reporter and author of the new book, "Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation", Kevin Roose joins to discuss the future of automation in our day-to-day lives. Mackenzie Scott's marriage is our win! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adch...more

  • Google ad track changes, implosions for the entertainment industry and Square buys Tidal

    Mar 05 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Google changing its ad model – they won't be selling ads based on how your browse the web anymore. They also discuss Square purchasing Jay-Z's music streaming service company – and we're not quite sure why... Meanwhile, Alamo Drafthouse files Chapter 11, and ratings for the Golden Globes hits an all-time low. In listener mail, a 21-year-old on a visa asks for advice on how to build an international career as an entrepreneur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podca...more

  • The new COVID stimulus and Andy Slavitt on vaccine plans

    Mar 02 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the $.19 trillion stimulus package that passed the House and the fight for a $15/hour minimum wage. They also discuss the digital Golden Globes and Trump's appearance at CPAC. Then they are joined by White House Senior Advisor to the COVID-19 Response Team, Andy Slavitt, to discuss vaccine distribution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • More hearings for big tech, GameStop stock surge (again), and predictions come true

    Feb 26 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about deals reached between Facebook and Australia as Facebook, Google and Twitter prepare to testify in front of Congress. They also discuss the new surge of GameStop stock. In listener mail we get a question from a Texan about how tech companies are going to be looking at their moves to the state. In predictions, Scott does a victory lap on 3 big predictions come true in 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • U.K. says Uber drivers are employees, and the future of cyber attacks

    Feb 23 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about a U.K. Supreme Court ruling that says Uber drivers must be treated as employees and what that means for the future of the company. Then Kara and Scott are joined by New York Times reporter and bestselling author of “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends", Nicole Perlroth about the danger of cyber attacks in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Australia vs. Facebook and the GameStop hearings

    Feb 19 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook restricting users and publishers from using the platform in Australia as the country weighs a law that would require big tech to pay for news content. They also discuss the hearing on the GameStop fiasco and how Robinhood played a part. In listener mail, Scott answers why he doesn't invest in Bitcoin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Lincoln Project implosion, Microsoft says Google should pay newspapers, and Friend of Pivot Adam Grant

    Feb 16 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft CEO Brad Smith's stance saying the US should follow Australia in a model that would force tech giants to pay for news content. They also discuss implosions at the Lincoln Project and Disney dropping the actor Gina Carano. Then in Friend of Pivot, Adam Grant, the author of the New York Times bestseller "Think Again", joins the show to talk about how to think outside your opinion bubble. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Is there a Trump without Twitter? A mini class on "dispersion", and a prediction about CNN

    Feb 12 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's fourth-quarter earnings and the decision to ban Trump's account for life. Scott gives a mini-class on the idea of "dispersion". In listener mail we get a question about whether Clubhouse is a threat to podcasting. In predictions, Scott sees a CNN being acquired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Twitter subscription service, Tesla invests in Bitcoin, and Friend of Pivot Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

    Feb 09 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Tesla investing $1.5billion in Bitcoin and what that means for the future of cryptocurrencies. They also discuss Twitter mulling a new subscription product. Meanwhile, Apple's talks with Hyundai/KIA to build an autonomous vehicle broke down. Then in Friend of Pivot, Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel talks about the importance of expanding broadband during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The end of the Bezos era, SpaceX for civilians, and a stock prediction

    Feb 05 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Jeff Bezos stepping away from his role as CEO of Amazon and moving into the Executive Chair position. They talk about Elon Musks' plans to send a civilian crew to space by the end of the year in hopes of ushering in a new era of space travel. In listener mail, a young Facebook employee asks if the company has any redeeming qualities. And Scott has more predictions on GameStop stock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Who is profiting off Reddit stock threads? And the "Marshall Plan for Moms"

    Feb 02 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about more fall out from the Reddit/Robinhood stock blitz. They also discuss escalating tensions between Facebook and Apple. Then in Friend of Pivot, we hear from Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani, who is heading up a new movement to have mothers at the center of economic recovery called "The Marshall Plan for Moms". Women account for most of the jobs lost over the course of the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The GameStop, Reddit, Robinhood saga

    Jan 29 2021

    Kara and Scott break down how amateur traders best hedge fund managers, driving up GameStop stock and what that means for the future of the stock market. They also discuss Google's PAC ending donations to congress members who voted against verifying Biden's election win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook's oversight board takes on the Trump ban and Friend of Pivot Congressman Ro Khanna on what's ahead in Washington

    Jan 26 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's oversight board are deciding whether to permanently ban Donald Trump from the platform and what that might mean for other world leaders. Then we are joined by Silicon Valley's representative and the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, Ro Khanna, to discuss the senate impeachment trial, tech regulations, and President Biden's first 100 days in office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Inauguration Day, Biden's antitrust issues, and the future of Fox News

    Jan 22 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Inauguration Day and the Biden administration. Big tech critics are concerned about his potential DOJ antitrust division appointees. They also discuss several big names at Fox News departing the outlet and what happens to the cable networks without Donald Trump. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about how to teach students K-higher education about misinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • More GOP Twitter suspensions, Parler is back, and FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter on the future of big tech

    Jan 19 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about Twitter suspending republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading misinformation about the election. They also talk about Parler's resurgence on the internet. Then in Friend of Pivot, we hear from FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter on antitrust lawsuits against Facebook and the future of tech regulations under the Biden administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Impeachment number 2, Airbnb cancels DC reservations, and rebranding America

    Jan 15 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about the second impeachment of Donald Trump. They also discuss a roundup of more businesses and platforms banning Trump his alt-right supporters. Airbnb is cancelling its DC area reservations ahead of next week's inauguration. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer how to save America's brand. And a prediction on the consumer economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Parler goes dark, Trump's power without Twitter, and a Friend of Pivot on the history of coups

    Jan 12 2021

    Kara and Scott talk about how an alt-right social media app got shut down. They also discuss Trump's permanent ban from Twitter. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat about the history of fascists, how they rise to power, and where Trump fits into that context. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Twitter and Facebook ban Trump, the future of Internet regulations under Democrats, and a prediction on Sheryl Sandberg

    Jan 08 2021

    Kara and guest hosts Casey Newton and Louie Swisher talk about the insurrection on the US Capitol and the de-platforming of Donald Trump. They also discuss the future of FCC, Section 230, and antitrust now that the Senate, House, and White House will all be blue. In predictions, Casey Newton says this will be Sheryl Sandberg's last year at Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Trump tapes and Tesla sales soar with guest host Stephanie Ruhle

    Jan 05 2021

    Kara and guest host MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle talk about the Georgia special Senate election and the leaked tapes of Trump asking to doctor votes. They also discuss the major sales of Tesla vehicles in 2020 despite the downturn of the auto industry as a whole. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to Kara's brother, Dr. Jeffrey Swisher, about his experience with the covid-19 vaccine and what he sees for the rest of the 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Wonder Woman premiere, Georgia's run off election, and friend of pivot Olivia Nuzzi

    Dec 29 2020

    Kara and guest host Hilary Rosen talk about Wonder Woman and the future of streaming. They also talk about the stimulus package, the January 5th Georgia run off election, and how the media and political landscape will look in a Post Trump America. Wins and fails include Joe Biden and the Americans who still aren't taking this pandemic seriously. Olivia Nuzzi is our Friend of Pivot.Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio messa...more

  • 2021 Predictions Special: the future of markets, healthcare, and media

    Dec 22 2020

    Kara and Scott are joined by a slew of Friends of Pivot to look ahead at what to expect in markets, acquisitions, automation, work culture, healthcare, and media.Thank you to our friends: Andrew Ross Sorkin, founder, and editor of New York Times Dealbook Aminatou Sow, creator of Crème de la Crème newsletter, and author of the bestselling book Big Friendship Baratunde Thurston, host, and creator of How To Citizen (send his community number a text at 202-894-8844) Andy Slavitt, host of In th...more

  • Facebook vs. Apple, Robinhood reckoning, and a prediction for Zoom

    Dec 18 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's ad campaign going after Apple as both companies face antitrust lawsuits. They also discuss the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth filing a complaint against Robinhood. In listener mail, we get a question about whether podcasters will go behind paywalls. Scott has a prediction for ZoomSend us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastch...more

  • Covid vaccine in the US, Roblox IPO delay, and friend of Pivot Stephanie Ruhle

    Dec 15 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the covid-19 vaccine being distributed in the United States and the apps that will trace who has gotten the vaccine. They also discuss Roblox delaying its IPO until 2021 after Airbnb and Doordash's blockbuster market debuts. Then MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle joins to talk about her own experience with the coronavirus and how she thinks the US will or will not change once we have the vaccine. Kara thinks that a Wall Street Journal op-ed about First Lady-elect Dr. Jill Bi...more

  • Facebook's monopoly reckoning, the Pfizer vaccine begins, and predictions for Airbnb stock

    Dec 11 2020

    Kara and Scott discuss the FTC and 48 states bringing a lawsuit to Facebook, alleging it is a social media monopoly. They also discuss the future of vaccine distribution, starting in the UK. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about Apple's new chip. And in predictions, Scott and Kara talk Airbnb.Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoice...more

  • DoorDash and Airbnb IPOs, WarnerMedia streaming updates, and Casey Newton on Substack

    Dec 08 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Airbnb and DoorDash's IPOs expected this week. They also discuss Warner Media potentially launching more streaming services in 2021. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Casey Newton about his jump to Substack and his new newsletter. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Amazon’s podcast acquisition, what led to Slack losing its lead, and Trump's move on 230

    Dec 04 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Amazon's move into podcasting companies and Salesforce buying Slack. They also talk about Trump threatening to veto a defense bill in Congress if it doesn't include striking down Section 230. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about food insecurity and the future of grocery.Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adch...more

  • Antitrust trouble for Facebook and Google, Friend of Pivot on Covid vaccines, and remembering Tony Hsieh

    Dec 01 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about new antitrust cases being prepared against Facebook and Google. They also talk about Amazon's hiring surge this year – the biggest employment growth in corporate America history. Then we are joined by Harvard epidemiologist, assistant professor, Dr. Michael Mina, about testing and vaccines to get the pandemic under control. In wins, Kara and Scott share memories of Tony Hsieh.Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a...more

  • What happens post-Corona, marketing "defund the police", and predictions on SPACs

    Nov 27 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about an outage at AWS, Salesforce potentially buying Slack and Scott's new book Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity.Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Media consolidations, Snapchat's TikTok competitor, and Joanna Coles on retail during the pandemic

    Nov 24 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about BuzzFeed acquiring the Huffington Post and other media consolidations as the industry shifts. They also discuss Snapchat's new feature "Spotlight" that will function like TikTok and pay top creators. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from Joanna Coles about what and how people are shopping during the pandemic holiday season. For Kara and Scott, the Biden cabinet picks are the win of the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Airbnb’s IPO, Amazon breaks into the pharmacy business, and predictions on a CNN sale

    Nov 20 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Airbnb's S1 and public offering in a risky moment. Then they discuss Amazon's announcement that it will now sell prescription drugs on its website and app, which may spell doom for some competitors. In listener mail, they answer the question about how young people should choose mentors. In predictions, Scott thinks CNN will be sold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Disney earnings, TikTok saga continues, and Maggie Haberman on the Trump transition

    Nov 17 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Disney's Q4 earnings and the Board's decision that it will not declare a semi-annual cash dividend for the second half of the year. They also discuss the Trump administration extending the deadline for TikTok's parent company ByteDance to make a deal to sell to a US based company. Then we are joined by New York Times White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, who talks about the Trump administrations last months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.c...more

  • Covid’s ‘second wave’ and business, Europe brings antitrust suit to Amazon, and a prediction on fitness trackers

    Nov 13 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the spike in covid-19 cases and how that's affecting the stock market ånd business. They discuss antitrust charges against Amazon from Europe. In listener mail, Scott talks about whether college should be free. Kara has a prediction on fitness trackers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Pfizer's covid-19 vaccine, China looks at fintech regulation, and Lyft President John Zimmer on the future of gig work

    Nov 10 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Pfizer's early success with a covid-19 vaccine and how that is effecting the stock market. They also discuss Ant's halted IPO, the repercussions for the company and how China is using the opportunity to look at financial tech regulations. Then we are joined by Friend of Pivot, President and Founder of Lyft, John Zimmer to talk about the passing of Proposition-22 and what it means for app drivers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The endless election, Twitter keeps Jack Dorsey as CEO, and a listener question about Pinterest

    Nov 06 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the seemingly endless election and how the platforms have kept false information in check. Also, Twitter's board has decided to keep Jack Dorsey in his position at the company after a months-long review. In listener mail, we get a question about social media and retail and whether Target should acquire Pinterest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Platforms prep for election, Panera CEO on the coffee "rundle", and proposition-22 is a fail

    Nov 03 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about how the platforms prepare for election misinformation in the week ahead. Then they are joined by Niren Chaudhary, the CEO of Panera Bread, to discuss their coffee "rundle" and grab and go food industry during the pandemic. In wins, Kara praises Texas Supreme Court for blocking a petition to exclude ballots. Scott's fail is proposition-22. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Republicans vs. Big Tech hearing, Apple is getting into search, and California votes on the future of gig work

    Oct 30 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Republican Senators on the Commerce Committee grilling the big tech CEOs. Then they discuss Apple reportedly developing their own search tool. In listener mail, we get a question about a ballot proposition in California that would change the gig economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook readies the ship, Robinhood looting, Katy Tur on election night and Ant Group

    Oct 27 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the measures Facebook will put in place if there is unrest after the election. They also discuss funds being looted on the Robinhood app; the company does not have a system to retrieve these funds for users. Then Friend of Pivot, MSNBC anchor, NBC News correspondent, and NYT Bestselling author, Katy Tur, joins the podcast to discuss differences between the weeks leading to 2016's election and 2020's vote. In wins, Ant Group – Jack Ma's company – is having the biggest IP...more

  • DOJ/Google showdown, RIP Quibi, and a listener mail question on Airbnb IPO

    Oct 23 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the Department of Justice filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google and their search advertising monopoly behavior. They also discuss the shutdown of Quibi – we hardly knew ye... In listener mail, we get a question about Airbnb offering hosts shares in their IPO. Kara's prediction is that Amy Coney Barrett will be a dangerous Supreme Court Justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The China economy boom and a Friend of Pivot on cyber warfare and election disinformation

    Oct 20 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the surge of the Chinese economy this quarter and what it means for the rest of the world. Then we are joined by New York Times national security correspondent, David Sanger, to discuss cyber warfare and disinformation leading up to the election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The iPhone and augmented reality, Facebook and Twitter clamp down on misinformation, and predictions about Airbnb

    Oct 16 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple's new LiDAR technology on the iPhone and the avenues it may or may not open up. They also discuss Facebook and Twitter limiting the spread of a New York Post story. In listener mail, we get a question about how smaller internet companies would fare if Section 230 were repealed. And Scott sees big things for Airbnb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Apple goes 5G, the Feds want to break up Google Chrome, and Fareed Zakaria on lessons from 2020

    Oct 13 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple's iPhone event and the future of 5G. They also discuss a potential plan from the federal government to break apart Google Chrome. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from author Fareed Zakaria about lessons from the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Antitrust gets real, Facebook purges QAnon, and a prediction about AWS

    Oct 09 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the House Judiciary Committee releasing their report after a 15-month antitrust investigation into the 'Big Four'. They also discuss Facebook (finally) purging QAnon accounts and pages from their platform. In listener mail, we get a question from Hawaii about children's privacy in distance learning apps. Scott's prediction is that AWS will spinoff in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Stock market reacts to Trump’s covid diagnosis, end times for Regal Cinemas and Advertising week 2020

    Oct 06 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about how the stock market and media have reacted to the rollercoaster of Trump's covid-19 diagnosis. They also discuss the closing of the US' 2nd largest movie theater chain as more Hollywood releases are postponed. In wins and fails, Kara talks about Google giving money to news outlets as the company deals with antitrust lawsuits. And the hosts take live Q&A from the audience at Advertising Week 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • ProfG on US brand post-debate, Disney layoffs = Disney opportunity? and fighting ransomware

    Oct 02 2020

    Kara and Scott discuss the debate and how each candidate's brand was displayed. They also talk about Disney round of layoffs in the parks division and how Disney can recover. In listener mail we get a question about cybercrime and how to mitigate the rise of ransomware hacks. In predictions, Scott thinks if Biden takes the presidency, Palantir is in for trouble. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Trump’s tax returns, Amazon’s home drone, and NYSE President Stacey Cunningham on upcoming IPOs

    Sep 29 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the President Trump's tax returns. They also discuss Amazon's dystopic new home surveillance drone. Then Friend of Pivot, Stacey Cunningham, president of the New York Stock Exchange joins the show to discuss the IPO landscape. In wins and fails Kara talks about Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Tesla’s “Battery Day”, the DOJ prepares for Google, and Scott’s prediction on “algorithmic e-commerce”

    Sep 25 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Tesla's "Battery Day" and California Governor Gavin Newsom saying his state with be gas-vehicle free by 2035. They also discuss the DOJ's plan to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google. Plus Kara and Scott consider how Democrats and Republicans may look at data privacy issues differently after the election. Scott has a prediction about commerce if TikTok and Walmart join forces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • TikTok deal gets a presidential blessing, friend of Pivot Julia Angwin's internet Blacklight, and RIP RBG

    Sep 22 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the details of the new TikTok deal that garnered President Trump's blessing. Scott rants about Palantir going public, and then Friend of Pivot Julia Angwin joins Kara and Scott to talk about Blacklight, a new internet tool that shows you just how creepy the websites you visit are.We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more ...more

  • Pivot Schooled #5: The Psychology of Recovery, with Recode co-founder Walt Mossberg, Howard University's Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, and Los Angeles Superintendent Austin Beutner

    Sep 20 2020

    Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the process of recovery from COVID-19, with a focus on how college and K-12 education will be permanently reshaped by the pandemic. They're joined by three guests: Howard University president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick; Austin Beutner, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; and Walt Mossberg, the co-founder of Recode who now serves on the board of the News Literacy Project. Plus: A prediction from former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, t...more

  • “The Apple “Rundle” is anemic, the California brain drain (California’s exodus) and a prediction on Palantir’s direct listing

    Sep 18 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple's "rundle" and their push into the fitness space. They also talk about celebrities freezing their Instagram accounts in protest of Facebook. In listener mail, they discuss how California can save its "brand". And in predictions, Scott shares thoughts on the Palantir direct listing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Oracle wins Tik Tok, the future of AI chips, and Friend of Pivot Alex Stamos deep dives on TikTok privacy

    Sep 15 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Oracle beating out Microsoft in the bid to be Tik Tok's US partner. They also discuss Nvidia buying up a chip company from Softbank. Then Friend of Pivot and privacy expert Alex Stamos joins Kara and Scott to talk about privacy on Tik Tok.We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoice...more

  • Pivot Schooled #4: The Big Four, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Columbia University's Tim Wu

    Sep 13 2020

    Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the growing power of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon during the COVID-19 pandemic. Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai joins to talk about Google’s impact on society, its feud with Fortnite maker Epic Games, whether he believes America is headed in the right direction, and more; then, Columbia University professor Tim Wu talks with Kara and Scott about the future of tech antitrust, how China has run circles around the US in tech policy, and why Fa...more

  • Apple vs. Epic battle escalates, GOP’s Section 230 legislation, and a listener question on Chipotle conscious consumerism

    Sep 11 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple's countersuit filed against the video-game company, Epic. They also discuss Republican Senators' new legislation to amend Section 230. In listener mail, we get a question about conscious consumerism and the brands doing it well. Scott has more predictions for Shopify.We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about y...more

  • Pivot Schooled #3: The Sharing Capitalists, with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Gig Workers Collective co-founder Vanessa Bain

    Sep 08 2020

    In this audio version of the third episode of our live video series Pivot Schooled, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the future of the sharing economy, why restaurants are over-capitalized, and the shifting politics of labor laws as gig workers are squeezed by the pandemic. They talk to Gig Workers Collective co-founder Vanessa Bain about how policy makers and companies can better protect workers; then, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talks about why the company is fighting against classify...more

  • Facebook's Russia problem (pt.2), Zoom's soaring market cap, and a prediction on Shopify

    Sep 04 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Russian election interference found on Facebook and Twitter. They also discuss Zoom quadrupling revenue in the past year and what the company should do with their new found power. We get a listener mail question from Australia about a new law that would require Facebook and Google to share ad revenue with content publishers. In predictions, Scott foresees big spending from Shopify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Walmart wants to buy TikTok, Amazon unveils its fitness tracker, and Kara and Scott catchup on the big stories of August

    Sep 01 2020

    Kara and Scott are reunited to talk about Walmart joining forces with Microsoft in a bid to buy TikTok. They also discuss Amazon's new fitness tracker product, Halo, and how it may be a back door attempt to bolster the company's healthcare endeavors. In Friend of Pivot, Kara and Scott catch up on some of the big stories they missed while Scott was on vacation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Pivot Schooled #2: The New Generation of Innovators, with Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar and investor Rana Yared

    Aug 30 2020

    In this audio version of the second episode of our live video series Pivot Schooled, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the future of innovation in the US and worldwide. They interview Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar and Balderton Capital general partner Rana Yared, answer questions from the audience, and make predictions. Plus: A prediction from Silicon Valley actor Suzanne Cryer, and why TikTok isn't selling to anybody.Get your tickets for the next Pivot Schooled, "The Big Four," at PivotScho...more

  • Kevin Mayer exits TikTok, Palantir’s scorching S-1, and a listener mail question about cable news with Baratunde Thurston

    Aug 28 2020

    Kara and guest host Baratunde Thurston talk about TikTok's CEO Kevin Mayer stepping down amid tensions with the Trump administration. They also discuss Palantir, the controversial data-mining company filing to go public and using their S-1 to throw shade at the rest of Silicon Valley. In listener mail, we get a question about a new cable news program. Baratunde predicts there will be more grief to deal with in our country in the months to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoi...more

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Tik Tok, Friend of Pivot Maureen Dowd on the digital Conventions and… Baratunde Thurston’s Wins and Fails

    Aug 25 2020

    Kara is joined by podcast host, comedian, and writer Baratunde Thurston to talk about the DNC, the upcoming RNC, Steve Bannon's arrest, and Mark Zuckerberg stoking TikTok fears. Plus, Baratunde's wins and fails. Spoiler: they involve really cool sneakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Pivot Schooled #1: Media's Overnight Chaos, with TikTok's Vanessa Pappas and Columbia University's Emily Bell

    Aug 24 2020

    In this audio version of the first episode of our live video series Pivot Schooled, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the rapidly changing media industry, President Trump's attempt to force a sale of TikTok's US operations, and what happens when disinformation is coming from inside the (White) House. They also answer questions from viewers and make predictions, alongside special guest predictor Kathy Griffin.Get your tickets for the next Pivot Schooled, "The Big Four," at PivotSchooled....more

  • Lyft and Uber consider franchising, Apple becomes the first $2 trillion company and a listener mail question about social distancing with Aminatou Sow

    Aug 21 2020

    Kara is joined by author and podcast host Aminatou Sow to talk about more trouble for ride-share companies in California. They also discuss Apple becoming the first company valued at $2 trillion. In listener mail, we get a question about navigating the challenges of social distancing during the pandemic. Plus Aminatou gets challenged to fill Trump's shadow cabinet ahead of the RNC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Epic Games challenges Google and Apple, guest host Aminatou Sow on keeping the post office public, and Friend of Pivot Mary Trump on her uncle Donald

    Aug 18 2020

    Kara is joined by guest host, author of Big Friendship and host of the podcast "Call Your Girlfriend", Aminatou Sow to discuss Epic Games suing Apple and Google. They also talk about about how to save the Postal Service as the House prepares to hear testimony from the Postmaster General. Then we hear from Friend of Pivot Mary Trump to talk about her bestselling book Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” and her uncle Donald. Learn more about your ad cho...more

  • Uber threatens to shutdown app over AB5, Airbnb's surprise IPO and a listener mail question about WFH with Andrew Ross Sorkin

    Aug 14 2020

    Kara is joined by New York Times columnist, founder of Deal Book and CNBC Sqwuakbox Host Andrew Ross Sorkin to talk about Uber threatening to shut down their rideshare app in reaction to a new AB-5 ruling. They also discuss Airbnb's surprise IPO. In listener mail, we get a question about the future of working from home and how company cultures will change to the fit our new environment. In predictions, Andrew and Kara discuss the potential future cabinet of the Biden/Harris administration. Learn...more

  • Trump’s executive order on TikTok & WeChat, Friend of Pivot Jennifer Palmieri about women in politics, and guest host Andrew Ross Sorkin on a billionaire tax

    Aug 11 2020

    Kara is joined by New York Times columnist, founder of Deal Book and CNBC Sqwuakbox Host Andrew Ross Sorkin to talk about about Trump's new executive orders to ban Chinese social media apps. They also discuss Bernie Sanders' proposed new tax legislation that would implement a one time 60-percent tax on billionaires who made money during the pandemic. Then we are joined by Friend of Pivot Jennifer Palmieri, author of the new book She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World, ...more

  • Disney+ pioneers at-home movie premieres and Facebook signs a lease in Manhattan, with guest host Stephanie Ruhle

    Aug 07 2020

    Kara and guest host MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle talk about Disney launching its first big budget movie release for rent on their streaming app. They also discuss Facebook inking a new lease in midtown Manhattan and what that means for New York City's recovery after the pandemic. We also hear listener mail response to Stephanie's question about what listeners are most anxious about during these times. And Stephanie has a prediction about the November elections. Learn more about your ad choices. ...more

  • Guest host Stephanie Ruhle on TikTok ban, SpaceX splash down, and Friend of Pivot Rep. David Cicilline on antitrust hearings

    Aug 04 2020

    Kara is joined by guest host MSNBC Live anchor Stephanie Ruhle to talk about Microsoft in talks to buy up TikTok after Trump threatens to ban the China-based app. They also discuss SpaceX's return to Earth and the future of private companies in space. They talk to Friend of Pivot Congressman David Cicilline, the Chair of the House Antitrust Subcommittee about the historic big tech hearings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The surprises at Big Tech's antitrust hearing, Snap's first diversity report, and a scary prediction for parents of college students

    Jul 31 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the winners and losers from Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing in Congress and answer listener questions about what the US government might do next. They also discuss Snap's first diversity report, why MacKenzie Scott (née Bezos) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal won the week, and the most important news of late — Taylor Swift's new album, Folklore. Scott predicts that colleges are about to send a very important letter to parents — after cashing their tuition checks.Get tickets ...more

  • Facebook’s “cultural crisis,” Mark Cuban on the NBA’s rebound, and Kara gets replaced by AI

    Jul 28 2020

    Kara and Scott chat about the delay of the tech antitrust hearing, the "unprecedented culture crisis" at Facebook, and the think-tank financed by Big Tech that is schmoozing foreign regulators. Friend of Pivot Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, joins to talk about the return of professional basketball and why the NBA's "bubble" at Disney World is safer than the attempted comebacks of football and baseball; Cuban also discusses his Twitter battle with Ted Cruz, why he's optimistic abo...more

  • Previewing the Big Four's antitrust appearance, Twitter bans QAnon, and prediction on Tesla buying up companies

    Jul 24 2020

    Kara and Scott look towards next week's historic antitrust hearings as the CEOs of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon all head to Washington for the first time. They also look at Twitter's decision to ban QAnon accounts and how other platforms should follow suit. In Listener Mail, we get a question about Uber offering its backend software to public transit systems and how that may give Uber outsized monopoly power. In predictions, Scott talks about Tesla's acquisition power in the coming months....more

  • Jack Ma bypasses NYSE, a Friend of Pivot on how the Lincoln Project is trolling Trump, and Netflix's earnings fail

    Jul 21 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about billionaire Jack Ma taking his company Ant Group public in Hong Kong and Shanghai and what that means for the US stock market. They discuss the fall out from Twitter's biggest user hack in the company's history. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Rick Wilson, the co-founder of the Lincoln Project about his PAC's social media advertising strategy to take down Donald Trump. In wins they celebrate Congressman John Lewis. In fails, they discuss Netflix disappointing earnings a...more

  • NBC's streaming service launches without Roku or Amazon Fire TV, Apple wins a tax battle, and a prediction on Netflix earnings

    Jul 17 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the launch of NBC's new streaming service and why it isn't on major streaming devices. They also discuss Apple's big tax battle win in the European Union and what it may mean for upcoming antitrust hearings in the United States. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about what technology is having a positive impact on our psychology. In predictions, Kara foresees some new media collaborations and Scott thinks Netflix is going to have major earnings. Learn m...more

  • Google is the latest FAANG to invest in India, Facebook might ban political ads, and civil rights advocate Rashad Robinson on the ad boycott

    Jul 14 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Google's big investment in India; it's the latest big tech company to make big moves in the country this year. They also discuss Facebook possibly banning political ads, and why it's a cop-out. They go deeper on the issue with Friend of Pivot Rashad Robinson, the Executive Director of Color of Change, who has been meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg after helping to organize the July ad boycott of the platform. Kara's fail is Tucker Carlson's head writer ge...more

  • Facebook fails a civil rights audit, college campuses will be "mini-Wuhans", and can the Trump admin ban TikTok?

    Jul 10 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about an audit released about Facebook's lack of civil rights practices, the groups that have pushed them on moderating their platform, and Sheryl Sandberg's first public response. They also discuss the US' possible ban on TikTok, the China based social media app. In Listener Mail, we get a question about why colleges are not lowering tuition even though many will only be offering online courses in the fall. In predictions, Scott thinks Trumps visa ban on foreign students not...more

  • Uber buys Postmates, Taylor Lorenz talks Clubhouse, and Big Tech will testify in Congress — but Congress has already lost

    Jul 07 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Uber's acquisition of the food delivery company Postmates and what that means for the future of that market and the ride-hailing company. Also, they discuss the big four tech CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai all headed to congress as part of antitrust investigations. Then, we are joined by Friend of Pivot New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz who talks about Clubhouse and its toxic culture. In wins Scott celebrates the life of Ennio Morricon...more

  • Facebook changes its speech policy, Amazon moves into driverless cars, and a Friend of Pivot on how suspension of visas will affect Silicon Valley

    Jun 30 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook announcing it would change its policies around hate speech on the platform after mounting pressures from Civil Rights organizations and company ad boycotts. They also discuss Amazon buying Zoox, an autonomous ride-hailing company to start competing in delivery and ride share. We are joined by Friend of Pivot Sayu Bhojwani to talk about Trump's suspension of H1-B visas and how that will affect Silicon Valley. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series:...more

  • Square withholds from its merchants; Twitch’s female streamers have had enough and a Listener Mail on contact tracing apps

    Jun 26 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about how Square has been taking about 20% off of merchant transactions, as Jack Dorsey helms both Twitter and Square. Meanwhile, Twitch has been facing backlash from womxn gamers who are alleging that the company is allowing for sexual harassment and assault, while they create content for the company. This comes several years after the industry dealt with "Gamergate". We get a Listener Question about Apple and Google's contact tracing app as covid-19 cases climb around the c...more

  • TikTokers take down Trump in Tulsa, a former-Google exec starts an anti-Google Google and John Rice on how to get more Black people in leadership

    Jun 23 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about TikTokers pranking Trump out of rally goers and a new potential competitor to Google's search engine. They also discuss more issues of racism reported at Pinterest. They are joined by Friend of Pivot John Rice, the Founder of the non-profit Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) about how companies can better strategize in order to bring more Black talent into industries, retain and elevate that talent. Kara's fail continues to be Facebook's dubious relationship with ...more

  • Twitter’s new audio innovation, Apple’s dominance gets a closer look and a prediction on the impact of online trading apps on mental health

    Jun 19 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's new feature that allows certain users to post audio recordings. They also get talk about Pinterest reconciling with claims from Black employees that the company has internal racist practices. In big stories, the Department of Justice released a recommendation that portions of Section 230 be repealed. Meanwhile, Basecamp's new email service Hey.com is claiming that Apple has been abusing its power in the App Store. Scott predicts there will be negative impacts ...more

  • Bezos offers to testify, COVID-19 infections are up and Suze Orman on why emergency savings are more important than ever

    Jun 16 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the possibility that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might speak to the House Judiciary Committee as a part of a broad antitrust investigation into big tech. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warns that the state’s reopening might need to be delayed after widespread violations of social distancing orders. Then we hear from personal finance expert Suze Orman about the financial economic crisis facing Americans today and why she fears a wave of foreclosures and asset reposs...more

  • Amazon suspends facial recognition technology, Starbuck’s closes 400 stores and a prediction on Apple and search

    Jun 12 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Amazon and IBM moving away from their facial recognition technology because of algorithm's known racial biases. They also discuss Biden's petition to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to change his hands-off approach with political speech on the platform. They talk about HBOMax taking down "Gone with the Wind" and whether platforms should give more context to historic racism in film. And, as Starbucks shuts down 400 stores in North America, they talk about what the future is...more

  • Amazon warehouse workers issue lawsuit, Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit board and a deeper debate on Section 230

    Jun 09 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about a new lawsuit waged by Amazon warehouse workers alleging the company did not follow CDC protocol well enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. They discuss Alexis Ohanian's decision to step down from Reddit's board of the directors in order to leave space to elevate a black person to his empty seat. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Mike Masnick of tech dirt to talk about Section 230, as Trump battles with Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/...more

  • Zuckerberg does nothing about Trump, Google’s Incognito is not Incognito?, Amazon bonds and a prediction about 2020 IPOs

    Jun 05 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Zuckerberg doubling down on Facebook policy that allows Trump to continue posting inflammatory content on the platform. They also discuss a new lawsuit against Google that says the company may be breaking Federal wiretap laws when people use private browser modes. Plus a listener mail question on Amazon bonds and a prediction about the 2020 IPO class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • How Facebook and Twitter are dealing with racist posts and Friend of Pivot Baratunde Thurston on why “now is the time to step up, show up, or shut up”

    Jun 02 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about how protests have played out across the country and corporations responses. As US citizens take to the streets to protest police officers killing black people, Facebook workers go on strike. Then, they are joined by Friend of Pivot, activist, comedian, writer and producer Baratunde Thurston who clarifies how the protests are playing out on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Fact checking Trump on Twitter, SpaceX privatizes space, and a Listener Mail question on mental health apps and big tech

    May 29 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's responsibility in fact-checking and regulating Trump tweets as they slap their first misinformation label on one of the president's tweets. They also discuss the future of a "private" space as Elon Musk prepares to launch his SpaceX rocket. Meanwhile, Amazon is having its annual shareholder meeting and some people are hoping they can push the company to be transparent about data around covid-19 deaths of warehouse workers. Plus we hear a listener mail question...more

  • Disney open doors to the NBA, NYSE rings the bell, plus former Facebook Exec on Zuckerberg's WFH move

    May 26 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Disney open its doors to the NBA as professional sports leagues attempt to resume their seasons. Meanwhile, the New York Stock Exchange will be open to traders again this week. Scott thinks there will be a strong class of IPOs by the end of the years. Then we hear from Caryn Marooney, the former VP of Global Communications at Facebook. She gives an insider's look at Mark Zuckerberg's new work from home policy. Jacinda Arden is Kara's win and Joe Biden's lack of momentum...more

  • Spotify’s podcast boom, Amazon checks out JCPenny, Kara loves TikTok and a prediction on Shopify

    May 22 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Spotify's new deal with Joe Rogan and the implications for the podcast industry. They also discuss Amazon reportedly in talks with bankrupt JCPenny about a potential sale. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has been buying up stocks from major companies over the course of the pandemic. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott talk about TikTok's future as a Disney executive comes on as CEO. Scott predicts that Shopify is going to make a big retail acquisition. Lea...more

  • The DOJ readies a lawsuit against Google, Amazon tries to get into designer retail again, and a Friend of Pivot on the “plandemic”

    May 19 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook purchasing Giphy and reports the DOJ is likely to sue Google for antitrust violations in the digital ad space. They also discuss Amazon swooping in to "save" designer fashion by teaming up with Vogue. The "everything store" has been trying to corner this market for years. Then we are joined by Phil Howard the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, where he studies the spread of misinformation. He takes Kara and Scott through some of the latest conspiracies ...more

  • Uber offers to gobble up GrubHub, Elon Musk is “Re-open America guy”, and a prediction on mergers in digital media

    May 15 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Uber's offer to buy GrubHub, which would give the company a majority of food delivery market share. They talk about whether this merger would be good for Uber (yes) and whether it would be bad for the commonwealth (also, yes). Meanwhile, Elon Musk is reopening the Tesla factory in California, and his mother is texting Kara about how harsh she's being on her son. In Listener Mail we get a question about companies taking back their upfront ad deals with the major televisi...more

  • Amazon might acquire AMC theaters and Friend of Pivot Stephanie Ruhle on business, CARES Act, wins and fails

    May 12 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Amazon in talks to acquire AMC theaters, Uber earnings and how education will change with white collar workers at home. Scott thinks this may be an opportunity for public schools to gain more resources. Then MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle joins the show to break down some of the major policy holes in the CARES Act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook's oversight board is the "League of Nations", Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's master class on leadership, and a prediction about Uber's numbers

    May 08 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's new oversight board and whether it will be effective in controlling content on the platform. They discuss layoffs at Airbnb and Uber, as well as Uber's investment in the scooter company, Lime. We take a moment of "Comic Relief" with writer and comedian Sarah Cooper whose videos lip syncing Trump's press conferences have gone viral. Scott predicts that Uber is having fast numbers recovery after Covid-19 declines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcast...more

  • Congress weighs liability for businesses, Amazon will put its $4billion profit into its supply chain, and Anand Giridharadas on "Rich Corona; Poor Corona"

    May 05 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about whether or not Congress should give businesses legal protections against lawsuits from workers who contract COVID-19. They discuss Amazon's earnings and Jeff Bezos' strategy to put $4billion in profits towards vaccinating and socially distancing the company fulfillment supply chain. Also, they talk about whether Bezos should, and whether he will, testify in front of Congress after the House Judiciary Committee asked for his appearance. In Friend of Pivot we hear from An...more

  • Facebook pushes e-commerce business, Uber in trouble, eyes on Amazon Media Group… and a prediction: Sonos gets acquired

    May 01 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook earnings during the pandemic and the company's push into e-commerce. They discuss Uber's reported lay-offs and other issues facing the ride-share company as their longtime CTO steps down. In Listener Mail and fan from New Zealand asks what the US can do to salvage our brand after our failure to deal with COVID-19 effectively. In predictions, Scott says Amazon is about to be the 2nd most valuable company in the world and that Sonos will get acquired. Meanwhile, ...more

  • Amazon under scrutiny; Zoom security expert Alex Stamos explains it all (and talks Facebook), plus some special Wins and Fails

    Apr 28 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Senate Democrats being vocal about breaking up Amazon, after a report that the company lied to the House Judiciary Committee. They talk about the Wall Street Journal investigation into Amazon's use of data from third-party sellers. Meanwhile, France upholds a ruling that is keeping Amazon warehouses in the country shuttered until they address workers' health protection concerns. Privacy expert Alex Stamos joins the show to talk about the $5 billion FTC/Facebook settleme...more

  • Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a huge quarter, Facebook makes big investment in India, Bezos takes the reins at Amazon

    Apr 24 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Netflix's biggest quarter yet. The company doubled its projections for how many new subscribers it would acquire. They discuss Facebook's single biggest company investment into Jio – an Indian service provider. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos is back at the wheel at Amazon. Kara and Scott talk about Jeff Bezos' most recent letter to shareholders, as Amazon get an even bigger hold on US commerce. A listener asks if face-masks will become high fashion and if that can save more reta...more

  • Andreessen tells Silicon Valley it’s “time to build”, Facebook/Google’s ad market hit, Friend of Pivot Rebecca Traister on women’s leadership

    Apr 21 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Marc Andreessen's manifesto to Silicon Valley. They also discuss the PPP and the big companies that applied for those loans. They dig into Facebook and Google's digital ad market hit in the past weeks, but Scott doubts it slows the companies' growth. Kara asks Scott if he thinks media companies should be part of the next round of Federal bailouts? In Friend of Pivot, we hear from New York Magazine Senior Writer Rebecca Traister about women's leadership in COVID-19, Femi...more

  • World Health Organization in the crosshairs, the robot revolution, Softbank's struggling Vision Fund and a big prediction: Amazon is going to be a $2 trillion company by 2020

    Apr 17 2020

    Kara and Scott evaluate President Trump's recent business decisions from defunding the W.H.O., to his "council to reopen America", and the public/private partnership. They also talk about the possible end of Vision Fund after SoftBank tells investors they may have lost $16.7 billion this year. A court in France is ordering Amazon to halt operations until they can address worker safety concerns. In Listener Mail, we get a question about whether robots will start replacing essential workers. In pr...more

  • Google and Apple team up to track COVID-19, Uber drivers face unemployment hurdles, and Robert Reich says 30% of people may be out of work by summer

    Apr 14 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about tech giants Google and Apple teaming up to track COVID-19 cases on iPhones and Androids. They also discuss the hurdles ride share drivers are experiencing as they attempt to apply for unemployment insurance; outdated Labor Department guidelines and a lack of data is slowing that process. As Congress thinks about a fourth bail out package, the US Postal Service is asking for funds. Kara and Scott talk about whether USPS should be privatized. Friend of Pivot, economist, f...more

  • Dorsey donates 28% of his wealth to COVID-19, Zoom as the poster child for tech privacy and the video-game industry as Amazon enters the production game

    Apr 10 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Jack Dorsey's $1 billion donation to fight COVID-19, as well as other tech billionaire's contributions to fight the virus. They think that those contributions can't fill the void of a well funded government through tax dollars. They give an update on Zoom's privacy issues as the company takes on Alex Stamos, Facebook's former security chief. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott get a question about the massive video game industry as Amazon starts producing its own video gam...more

  • Zoom isn’t as “encrypted” as you think, tech regulation amidst COVID-19, and economist Gene Sperling on being in a “jobs depression”

    Apr 07 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about privacy issues at Zoom as we move our doctor's appointments, work, therapy, social lives and school onto the platform. They discuss how tech regulations may slow under the cloud cover of COVID-19, the future of CCPA and Silicon Valley lobbyists. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from the former Director of the National Economic Council under President's Clinton and Obama, Gene Sperling. He talks about the 6.6 million people who filed for unemployment in March, the current rec...more

  • Sean Hannity has a meltdown. Twitter, Facebook and Google tackle misinformation. Softbank abandons WeWork. PLUS Quibi gets a break.

    Apr 03 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Sean Hannity defending his work at Fox News (after Kara called him out for spreading misinformation in the early days of COVID-19). They discuss how the big tech companies are dealing with fact-checking politicians for public health information accuracy. Meanwhile, Softbank is scrapping its buy out of Adam Neumann's shares at WeWork. Also, Kara and Scott talk about several labor strikes that took place this week -- will COVID-19 be a reckoning for corporate America? In ...more

  • The Internet is buckling under COVID-19 pressure, Esther Perel on our relationships in quarantine, and the possible Fox News reckoning

    Mar 31 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Internet slow downs and how companies are coping as the country starts living their work and personal lives online. They discuss reports that the government is using mobile advertiser geo-location data on your phone to track social distancing and the spread of COVID-19. Friend of Pivot, renowned therapist and podcast host Esther Perel joins Kara and Scott to talk about dealing with grief in a moment of instability, how to be a better partner and colleague during the loc...more

  • Zoom stock surpasses airlines; MLB, NBA, Olympics are on pause — what happens to the media that covers them? And a Listener Mail about relief package guardrails.

    Mar 27 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Zoom's immense stock value in this moment and what the company should do with new power. They discuss what is to come with streaming platforms and media outlets as the 2020 Olympics joins the slew of live sports postponements due to COVID-19. Also, will the WFH movement be the final nail in the weWork coffin? In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott talk about guardrails and bailouts in the recently passed stimulus package. In predictions, Scott expects to see new stock lows in...more

  • Stimulus package stalled, how Airbnb, Tesla and Uber fare during COVID-19, and Corey Johnson (NYC Speaker) on small businesses and New York on “PAUSE"

    Mar 24 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the stimulus package in limbo and the Defense Production Act. They break down how tech companies like Lyft, Airbnb and Tesla are pivoting in the COVID-19 crisis. They think Airbnb probably won’t go public this year. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to New York City Speaker Corey Johnson about how New York City is the US epicenter for COVID-19 cases. He discusses the possibility of rent freezes, the new “PAUSE” order and how small businesses are faring in the upheaval. In win...more

  • Addressing the US economy (a note from Andrew Yang), data privacy in a public health emergency, and a listener question on the "great WFH-experiment”

    Mar 20 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about stimulus packages and possible emergency checks to deal with the US economic crisis. We hear a bite from Andrew Yang about why implementing universal basic income in this situation is the next phase of capitalism. As Israel joins Iran and China in using data location to stop the spread of COVID-19, Kara and Scott talk about whether this is a move the United States should attempt. In listener mail, we get a question about whether this "work-from-home-moment" will become ...more

  • The private/public partnership to stop Covid-19, Facebook’s board sees more shakeups, and Kara’s brother Dr. Jeff Swisher on hospitals prepping for coronavirus

    Mar 17 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the announced public/private partnerships between major companies and the federal government. They discuss the Trump administration’s misinformation about a Google website that will be developed to triage Covid-19 cases. They touch on changes at Facebook’s board, Kenneth Chenault is the latest to depart. In Friends of Pivot, we hear from a person living under quarantine in Milan, Italy. Then Kara’s brother Dr. Jeff Swisher comes on to talk about how he and hospitals are...more

  • Tech in the time of COVID-19, Congressional antitrust hearing and Google Search, PLUS a listener asks: could Amazon Care roll out COVID-19 tests?

    Mar 13 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about COVID-19, what tech could do to help, and what we need to see from leadership. We hear from Ron Klain, who was the "Ebola czar" under the Obama administration about why we need COVID-19 tests and what the hold up is in getting them. In other news, Kara and Scott discuss this week's Congressional hearing on antitrust and why Yelp thinks Google's search results are biased towards their own products. In Listener Mail we get a question about whether Amazon should roll out C...more

  • Twitter’s new board, Silicon Valley vs. Washington’s approach to COVID-19, and Aminatou Sow joins to discuss women in leadership

    Mar 10 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the deal reached at Twitter, the fate of Jack Dorsey and his tenure as CEO. They discuss how big tech companies have been stepping up to take care of gig-workers as COVID-19 spreads; Silicon Valley's approach has been drastically different from the government's, thus far. Facebook takes some action on misleading Trump campaign ads connected to the 2020 Census ... but Kara and Scott think one ad is not enough. In Friend of Pivot we hear from podcast host and author Amina...more

  • Fed cuts interest rates (and banks lobby for deregulation), Facebook’s Libra fades… Dorsey’s next move and moments of happiness

    Mar 06 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the Federal Reserve's interest rate cuts and big banks asking for deregulation. They talk through how COVID-19 may halt the economy. They discuss Facebook's redesign of Libra -- their cryptocurrency and how other coins are faring in the face of COVID-19. In Listener Mail we hear from G/O Media reporter Dhruv Mehrotra about his recent investigation into how Better Help proliferates user data (find the journalists on Twitter @dmehro and @molly_o). In predictions, Kara and...more

  • S&P hits a low, Jack Dorsey faces activist investors at Twitter and election technology — Kevin Roose joins to discuss

    Mar 03 2020

    .Kara and Scott talk about the stock market's recent lows -- and how that may be a good thing for millennials. They speculate about Jack Dorsey's tenure as CEO at Twitter as activist investors grab a chunk of the company. Then, we hear from Friend of Pivot, and New York Times tech reporter, Kevin Roose about election technology. Kara, Scott and Kevin discuss whether elections are best left analog ahead of Super Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Bob Iger exits — what’s going on at Disney? The stock market takes a coronavirus hit. PLUS Is “coffee” a disruptable industry?

    Feb 28 2020

    Kara and Scott speculate about what is happening at Disney following Bob Iger's abrupt exit. They talk about the stock market's tumble in reaction to coronavirus. Scott breaks down which companies should be on the offense and which ones should be on the defense... and why he thinks Peleton may be one of the companies that see a spike during the coronavirus scare. In wins and fails, Kara thinks Harvey Weinstein's rape conviction is a win (but should have happened far sooner). "Rundles" are back i...more

  • Coronavirus hits the global supply chain, the demise of at-home-trading and updates on the Saudi infiltration of Twitter

    Feb 25 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the spread of coronavirus and how it is affecting the global supply chain. They discuss Bernie Sanders' win in Nevada and what that means for the economy. Morgan Stanley bought E*Trade, so the hosts talk about the end of at home trading as we know it. Plus, they give updates on what we know about the Saudi moles who stole user information at Twitter. In Friend of Pivot, Kara and Scott get deeper insights into coronavirus from Professor Matt Frieman, who studies and teac...more

  • The debate after the debate (Kara and Scott assess Nevada), Bezos and Buffet: who is the “better” billionaire and a big prediction on Zoom

    Feb 21 2020

    Kara and Scott have a lot of thoughts about the Nevada debate and how the candidates should be marketing themselves. In Listener Mail, we get a question about how Warren Buffet invests his billions versus what Jeff Bezos does with his fortune. They talk about Bezos' new pledge to donate $10 billion to fight climate change. In predictions, Scott thinks Zoom stock will benefit from coronavirus and the work from home trend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The EU takes on AI, the US vs. Huawei continues, Airbnb is in the red, and a Friend of Pivot on your children’s data privacy

    Feb 18 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the big players in Silicon Valley headed to the EU where they are debating new regulations on artificial intelligence. In more foreign affairs and tech, they talk about the US bringing charges against Huawei for federal racketeering. Airbnb was once a rare profitable "unicorn", but now, ahead of their expected IPO, they're in the red; Kara and Scott talk about how and where they are allocating their money. In Friends of Pivot, Kara and Scott have a conversation with Sta...more

  • Amazon pays taxes (and fights for JEDI), SoftBank gains on Sprint and what ClassPass tells us about the fitness economy

    Feb 14 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about what it means for Amazon to be paying (minimal) taxes, as Jeff Bezos is "going Hollywood", and the company battles with the government over JEDI. They also revisit Google's quiet dismissal of top executives -- the company's longtime head of HR left this week. This week, the FTC ordered the big tech companies -- Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple -- to hand over information about all the mergers and acquisitions that were too small to report over the past decade....more

  • The Oscars' rebrand, Uber’s ‘yoga babble’ earnings call, and Friend of Pivot Andrew Ross Sorkin calls Instagram the 'Super App'

    Feb 11 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about The Oscar's and how the award is being rebranded. They discuss Uber's most recent earnings call and whether or not they'll actually be profitable next year. Kara thinks that while the January jobs report showed employment is up, it is a poor marker of success because of wage stagnation. In Friends of Pivot, New York Times columnist and Squawk Box host Andrew Ross Sorkin calls in for a conversation about Instagram, e-commerce and news models of monetizing content. Learn ...more

  • Tech meltdown in Iowa, Sheryl Sandberg’s engagement (Kara and Scott debate), One Medical and US healthcare disruption and a Tesla prediction

    Feb 07 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about technical difficulties at the Iowa caucuses. They disagree about whether Sheryl Sandberg's engagement announcement was a PR stunt or a personal moment. In listener mail they answer a question about One Medical's IPO and other concierge care companies poised to disrupt healthcare. Kara's win is Spotify acquiring The Ringer. Scott's fail is Casper's IPO. In predictions, Scott thinks that in 2-5 years Tesla will come out with its own cryptocurrency. Learn more about your a...more

  • IBM leadership shuffle, Amazon earnings, plus "Friend of Pivot” Jon Lovett pops in from Iowa to talk Trump’s inevitable ad operation

    Feb 04 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about IBM's new CEO as the company struggles to keep up with cloud computing. They also discuss Zuckerberg's "new approach to social media", and breakdown Amazon's major earnings. In "Friends of Pivot" Jon Lovett, host of the Crooked Media podcast "Lovett or Leave It" says we should be prepared for the Trump campaign's major ad push. In wins and fails, Kara remembers Leila Janah an entrepreneur who focused on creating jobs in the world's poorest communities; she passed away t...more

  • US budget deficit will hit $1-trillion; AAPL, MSFT, GOOGL, AMZN, FB earnings breakdown; and Britain sides with China on Huawei

    Jan 31 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the Congressional Budget Office projecting that the U.S. budget deficit will pass the $1 trillion threshold in 2020. They also get into tech earnings, who did well last quarter, and what we can expect going forward. In listener mail, Kara and Scott talk about Huawei Britain defying Trump's plea to ban their plans for 5G expansion. Kara's win is Michael Bloomberg's ad campaign. Her fail is Facebook's oversight board running late (and not asking her to be a member). Scott...more

  • Kara’s back in action; a listener question on WeWork’s impact on co-working companies, and a pop culture quiz

    Jan 28 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about the spread of coronavirus and how it is affecting China. They discuss how the story of Kobe Bryant's tragic death played out on Twitter. Also, YouTube is now having their moderators sign a release acknowledging they could get PTSD from doing the work... Kara has thoughts. In listener mail, we get a question about players in the co-working space and how they are strategizing after the fall of weWork. It's definitely a FAIL that Kara did not get invited to Jeff Bezos' man...more

  • Bezos vs. the world, retail in India and Scott’s earnings predictions

    Jan 24 2020

    Scott co-hosts with Erica Anderson (Pivot's indomitable Executive Producer!) and they talk about the Saudi's hacking Jeff Bezos' phone. They talk about how Amazon has the power of its own nation and the implications of that. They talk Apple encryption part II, after a Reuters story revealed that the company had ended its plan to encrypt the iCloud at the request of the FBI. In listener mail, a former NYU student wants to know how Jeff Bezos' promised $1 billion investment in India will affect th...more

  • Trillion dollar companies and tax season; how the “Black List” shapes Hollywood’s big business… and is podcasting coming for radio dollars?

    Jan 21 2020

    Kara talk about Google becoming the world's fourth trillion-dollar company ... and who is actually paying taxes on all of it? They discuss world leaders congregating at Davos. Donald Trump will be speaking as the Senate impeachment trial starts. In Friend of Pivot, Executive Producer and founder of "The Black List", Franklin Leonard says that with the influx of big tech companies producing films there is greater opportunity for a "full embrace of the country's diversity", even though the Oscars ...more

  • Gloves off over privacy, from Apple to Microsoft to Grindr. PLUS Scott's big 2020 bets.

    Jan 17 2020

    Kara and Scott argue about whether the government should have the right to hack into phones of suspected criminals. In a reversal of strategy the historically secretive National Security Agency alerted Microsoft to a vulnerability in its operating system -- Scott think it's a brilliant branding move. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a computer science student's question about how to teach ethics to young engineers. Kara's win this week is Speaker Pelosi. Her fail is some of the world's bi...more

  • Will Casper go public? How will Softbank’s latest fail affect Asia? And how will Sundar Pichai move Google forward?

    Jan 14 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Casper's S-1 and how it compares to other internet retail companies like Away and Warby Parker. We also get a rant out of Scott on Softbank's latest fail: their hotel chain OYO let-go a huge percent of their staff in Asia. In Friend of Pivot we hear from New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi about whether Congress or Twitter has more power to reign in Trump. In wins and fails Kara and Scott talk about the exit of Alphabet's top lawyer amid sexual misconduct allegation...more

  • Social networks' minimum effort to be less toxic, Listener Mail from Australia, and fails at CES

    Jan 10 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's decision not to change their political ad policies. They also discuss Facebook banning "deep fakes" and Teen Vogue's confusion over a Facebook sponsored content article. Kara has a rant for Facebook VP, Andrew Bosworth, about his Lord of the Rings reference and op-ed. In Listener Mail we hear from an Australian asking about big tech's response to natural disasters such as the on-going fires in his country. Overall CES is a fail, but inviting Ivanka Trump to s...more

  • Trump vs. Iran on Twitter, more on HQ2 incentives, and 'mandatory happiness'

    Jan 07 2020

    Kara and Scott talk about how Trump has been escalating US conflict with Iran on Twitter. They also discuss how politics were downplayed at the Golden Globes, but big tech took a lot of snark -- especially from our favorite rebel Sascha Baron Cohen. Kara's win is Richard Plepler, the former CEO/Chairman of HBO moving his production company to Apple. In fails, it turns out that New York City offered Amazon even more incentives for HQ2 than previously reported. Plus Kara and Scott give us some "ma...more

  • California is regulating consumer data privacy, the gig economy revisited, and Tesla’s big stock spike.

    Jan 03 2020

    Kara and Scott are back to talk about a suite of new regulations in California that will give consumers agency over their data and gig workers more protection. They also talk about Tesla's big stock spike. In fails, Sharon Stone was kicked off the Bumble dating app. And Kara brings some optimistic predictions to the show -- she thinks handheld phone devices will be a thing of the past by 2030. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • "Friends of Pivot" breakdown the big stories of the decade

    Dec 27 2019

    Kara and Scott look back at the 2010s and the biggest stories of the decade with the help of some friends. With cameos from Colorado Senator Michael Bennett, Girls Who Code Founder/CEO Reshma Saujani, and Former HBO CEO/Chairman Richard Plepler, they break down the moments in tech, leadership, politics and media that defined the time. Plus Kara and Scott reflect on some of their own personal growth over the past ten years -- with their parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoi...more

  • Impeachment… it happened, Peter Thiel’s influence at Facebook, and prediction: “FedEx gets acquired"

    Dec 20 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about what impeachment might mean for business. Also they talk about Peter Thiel's influence behind the scenes at Facebook and their political ad policies. Meanwhile, SoftBank is on an on-going disaster. A personal win for Kara is Amazon banning third-party sellers from using FedEx (after her recent tweet-storm). Which brings Scott to predict that FedEx will get acquired in the next couple of years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • What’s up with the China/US trade deal, why haven’t “smart guns” popularized, and who is going to stream the NFL?

    Dec 17 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about the "Phase One" trade agreement between the US and China and what it means for big tech. It's the anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting and Kara and Scott talk about how tech could mitigate gun violence and how people are buying "ghost guns" online. In listener mail, we get a question about whether Amazon will buy rights to stream NFL games when their contracts with major networks end in 2022. In predictions, Scott says we'll hear more about Apple's relationship...more

  • Netflix Golden Globe noms, bipartisan agreement on encryption, and Amazon's plan for fashion

    Dec 13 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about Congress' hearing on regulating end-to-end encryption on messaging apps. They discussJack Dorsey's tweet storm about building a small internal open source team. We get updates on leadership at Away. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from legendary fashion and media icon Joanna Coles on what Amazon wants out of the fashion industry. Scott's win is the Silicon Valley finale. Kara's fail are people like AG Bill Barr who continue to protect Trump. In predictions, Scott thinks we'...more

  • A letter to Twitter, Uber's data transparency, and Away proves startup culture is rough

    Dec 10 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about a letter Scott wrote to the board about concerns at Twitter. They discuss Uber's data report on sexual assault that occurred in their rides. In fails, Kara and Scott get into a new story about the brutal culture at Away. Aviation gin's "sequel" to the Peloton ad is everybody's win! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • CEO’s are out (literally), France's "digital service tax” is in, and 'innovator privilege’

    Dec 06 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about leaderships shifts at Google -- Larry and Sergey are out and Sundar Pichai is in. In Friend of Pivot we hear from French lawyer, Dan Shefet about France's newly approved "digital service tax". Also, Pelosi announced that Section 230 won't carry over into trade deals with Mexico and Canada. Kamala Harris is the winner this week -- she may not be president in 2020, but Scott's predicting she'll be someone's VEEP. In fails Scott rants about Elon Musk and his defense of a d...more

  • Dorsey moves to Africa and streaming platforms trump movie theaters

    Dec 03 2019

    Welcome to Pivot 2x! Our first twice weekly episode. Kara and Scott talk about the future of Twitter as Jack Dorsey announces he's off to live in Africa. They discuss the streaming wars and how movies fared on on platform versus in movie theaters. In listener mail they talk about the failures of logistics companies (specifically FedEx). Prediction: Twitter loses value next year and an activist investor steps in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • London gives Uber the boot, the billionaire's 2020 strategy, and streaming wars continue

    Nov 29 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about Uber getting kicked out of its biggest EU market, London. They parse out the ad, media and digital strategy of Michael Bloomberg in his quest for the White House. In Friend of Pivot, Kara and Scott have different takes on Google's recent firings of 4 employee labor organizers. In wins, Pivot welcomes Sacha Baron Cohen to the resistance for his speech about regulating social media platforms. Kara thinks Mark Zuckerberg failed this year in his "personal challenge" to have...more

  • Trump lies about Apple, HBOMax fumbles its brand, Juul gets sued

    Nov 22 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about how Apple CEO Tim Cook, let Trump get away with lying about being responsible for building a 2013 factory. They also talk about how a Facebook executive says the company wants the government to regulate political ads. Also, Scott thinks HBO Max is making a big mistake by diluting its brand and bundling non-prestige television. Friend of Pivot, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, the host of Reset comes on the show to ask Kara and Scott about "sharenting" and how they decide to share ...more

  • Big Tech wants to be your wallet and your healthcare provider. What could go wrong?

    Nov 15 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about all the Silicon Valley companies rolling out credit cards and checking accounts. Google is also partnering with a Catholic non-profit that has clinics and hospitals around the country. In that new project called 'Nightingale', Google will collect patient data in its cloud computing and use AI to give treatment recommendations. We're skeptical. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott ask a question about the rivalry between Ali Baba and Amazon, as Ali Baba makes a secondary off...more

  • Twitter and the Saudis, Facebook’s 'Switcharoo', and the 2020 digital ads race

    Nov 08 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about former Twitter employees who were spying on user data for Saudi Arabia. They also talk about a big leak of internal Facebook emails that further shows Facebook's conniving use of data. A year out from the 2020 election, a new progressive PAC is trying to beat Donald Trump in the digital ad space. Kara and Scott agree it's a drop in the bucket. Scott bids a farewell to his presidential hopeful and "dreamy man crush" Beto. Kara's win is Airbnb's transparent handling of a ...more

  • Twitter will stop running political ads ... your move, Facebook

    Nov 01 2019

    Kara and Scott celebrate Jack Dorsey announcing that Twitter will not be running political ads anymore. That puts Facebook on the spot. They talk about Kara's interview with Edward Snowden on her other podcast Recode Decode. In streaming wars news, HBOMax is joining and sweeping up all the content. How will net neutrality affect the streaming wars? In listener mail, we dig into a new bill introduced in Congress that would force big social media platforms to loosen their hold on user data. Learn ...more

  • The screw-up-billionaire, quantum computers, and the skewering of Zuckerberg

    Oct 25 2019

    Kara and Scott take a victory lap as SoftBank buys out Adam Neumann, the founder of weWork for a cool $1.7 billion. They talk about what the future might hold, now that Google has unveiled its quantum computer. Tesla proved Scott wrong and came out with some really big earnings this week. We also hear from Senior Recode reporter, Peter Kafka about what to expect from the streaming wars as Apple debuts its own platform. Winners are the women of Congress, who absolutely skewered Mark Zuckerberg in...more

  • Mark Zuckerberg the free speech jester, and Marc Benioff the class traitor

    Oct 23 2019

    Kara and Scott met up at Stanford University (where they were both rejected from) for a live Pivot! They talk about the decline of applicants to elite M.B.A. programs, free speech in China and how Zuckerberg says he thinks free speech functions at Facebook. They get into Amazon's foray into the healthcare sector. They take questions from the audience on the Canadian elections, weWork and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • LIVE at the Podcast Upfronts in NYC!

    Oct 18 2019

    Kara and Scott meet up at the Podcast Upfronts in NYC. And we make a special announcement...wait for it... WE'RE GOING TO 2 DAYS A WEEK! BOOM! They also talk about the likelihood that weWork has layoffs and declares bankruptcy. They talk about Bill Gates' ties to Jeffrey Epstein, Win: Elizabeth Warren intentionally submitted a Facebook political ad with false information on it to show the platform's failures. Fail: the crumbling of Facebook's cryptocurrency, Libra. Learn more about your ad choic...more

  • Going after venture capital culture and the unicorn industrial complex

    Oct 11 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about feuds with VC's, billionaires paying fewer taxes than the working class and tech companies folding to Chinese state media pressure. They take a listener mail question about Sidewalk Labs and the right way to make smart cities. They're concerned with the Turkish president's use of Twitter to announce an invasion of Syria. A win is Andrew Yang's $10-million boost in Q3. And Kara comes with her own prediction this week, that Michael Bloomberg is going to jump into the pres...more

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s leaky staff and the silver lining to WeWork’s downfall

    Oct 04 2019

    Someone inside Facebook secretly recorded Mark Zuckerberg for two hours and sent the audio to The Verge’s Casey Newton; Kara interviews Casey about his scoop and gets Scott’s take on Zuckerberg’s apparent fear of President Elizabeth Warren. They also talk about why WeWork CEO Adam Neumann may have to go into the Unicorn Protection Program and why the company’s canceled IPO is a victory for the public markets. Plus: Kara dares Twitter to take responsibility for President Trump’s Tweets, and The B...more

  • LIVE from Toronto, Kara and Scott go international!

    Sep 27 2019

    Kara and Scott are live at the Elevate in Toronto -- Pivot's first international appearance! They talk about the continued implosion at weWork and CEO Adam Neumann stepping down. They ask -- have we reached peak "founder"? Wins are whistleblowers and Phoebe Waller-Bridge who is helping Amazon outpace Netflix in streaming content.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Uber is 'disruptive and drunk', weWork is 'just drunk', and Pivot turns 1!

    Sep 20 2019

    Happy 1st anniversary to Pivot! Kara and Scott talk about weWork's halted IPO (we'll take partial credit). They talk about Amazon manipulating its algorithm to present more of its own products in search. Facebook is making its own "Supreme Court", is it just a band-aid? Should Kara Swisher be one of the Justices? (Yes). Fail: Trudeau -- and the (STILL) Governor of Virginia -- wearing black face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • 'I love Amazon. Let's break it up'

    Sep 18 2019

    Scott joins Land of the Giants host, Jason Del Rey, live on stage at the Code Commerce conference in New York City. Scott tells Jason that Amazon needs to be broken up - and which parts of the company should be spun off first. They discuss Amazon’s ultimate impact on us as consumers, who are the companies left that can really compete with Amazon, and question the idea that we live in an era of innovation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • LIVE! From the Lesbians Who Tech Summit

    Sep 13 2019

    Kara and Scott talk at the annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit in New York City. Scott is dubbed a #LezBro. They discuss 48 state AG's putting forth an antitrust probe into Google. They love it. Kara comes with her new augmented reality glasses -- she thinks they're the future, Scott disagrees. WeWork's biggest investor encouraged them not to go forward with their IPO -- it's either because Pivot has gone so hard after them or because their S-1 is utter nonsense. Kara's win is Chrissy Teigen taking ...more

  • Is Uber super f*cked? Let’s ask “Super Pumped” author Mike Isaac

    Sep 06 2019

    Kara and Scott bring on NYTimes reporter, Mike Isaac, to talk about his new book "Super Pumped: the Battle for Uber". They pick his brain about all the Silicon Valley drama around the ride-share company. Scott's win is Walmart for taking action in the gun-control debate. Mike comes prepared with his own fail and calls out Twitter for the hacking of Jack Dorsey's account. Scott is predicting that weWork doesn't ever actually go public.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/a...more

  • Peloton “sells happiness” and bedbugs take over Twitter

    Aug 30 2019

    Kara and Scott talk Peloton's S-1 ... is it the WeWork of exercise or an innovation in happiness? They also talk about Facebook's newest attempt to undercut Snapchat. Kara's fail is journalists who can't take a joke. And for the first time ... Pivot is taking listener mail! This week, Scott gets pushback from a listener in Minnesota on his Tesla views. PLUS: we get the inside scoop on how Scott comes up with his predictions (spoiler: it's more than shaking a Magic-8 ball). Learn more about your ...more

  • DoorDash is still stealing tips. And is Tesla for sale?

    Aug 23 2019

    Kara and Scott are back in the studio to talk about Trump bringing foreign policy to Twitter, state AG's taking on big tech and Tesla possibly being bought by Volkswagen (what a world!) Meanwhile, Scott's planning to buy Uzbekistan. Kara and Scott both think DoorDash taking tip money from its delivery people is a fail -- DoorDash, Pivot is watching you. And you heard it here first, Scott's big prediction this week is that Spotify will roll out hardware in the future. Warning: there are expletive...more

  • LIVE! From NYC it's Kara and Scott

    Aug 21 2019

    Kara and Scott meet up in New York City for an extra, unfiltered Pivot in front of a live audience. They recap some of the news already happening this week like "The Business Roundtable" redefining their mission statement to include stakeholders. Kara and Scott revisit some of the wins and fails of the the first half of 2019. And they take on burning questions from the audience. WARNING: this episode contains more expletives than usual. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/...more

  • Sharks, WeWork & Tumblr's tumble from grace

    Aug 16 2019

    Kara and Scott take on sharks, summer in New England, WeWork's IPO and Tumblr's fall. They also talk about how trade-wars with China are slowing down tech. Scott had a win this week when Nike added a "rundle" subscription service. Scott also gives a win shoutout to Harvard professor Raj Chetty for his research on how class and race function in US society. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Hate on 8chan and why Scott's not quitting Equinox

    Aug 09 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about Cloudfare dropping 8chan after its latest link to domestic terrorism and hate speech. They also talk about SoulCycle and Equinox's links to the Trump campaign. Kara's ready to dump SoulCycle, but Scott's holding out on Equinox. They also talk about Facebook rebranding WhatsApp and Instagram. Scott's getting Apple's new titanium card (apparently it could kill a person). And in predictions Scott thinks the TheRealReal's stock is about to get real.  Learn more about your a...more

  • Facebook wants to read your mind. What could possibly go wrong?

    Aug 02 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about the debates and how questions about big tech...well, didn't really come up. They also talk about Amazon and Apple earnings and how "wearables" are having a moment. In wins we have FOIA and transparency around tech companies and how they interact with ICE. And in predictions, Scott says stop trying to make fake bacon happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The Mueller hearing, Facebook's fine, and revisiting The Case of Al Franken

    Jul 26 2019

    This week, your hosts Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway revisit the democratic presidential nominee race, and talk about the Mueller hearing. In wins and fails, they talk about revisiting controversies like Al Franken's. In predictions, they take a short trip down memory lane as they go over some of Scott's recent predictions-come-true. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Peter Thiel is Pennywise, Trump's racist tweets, and Kara meets the Yang Gang

    Jul 19 2019

    This week, Scott wants to scoop on all of Kara's interviews with presidential candidates. Then, Scott and Kara chat Facebook's measly $5 billion fine and Disney's massive staying power.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Epstein's Out, Rapinoe's In, Plus a Social Media-Less Summit

    Jul 12 2019

    This week Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway are together in D.C.; we repeat: they are together in D.C.! They chat Jeffrey Epstein and double jeopardy, President Trump's social media summit (where no major social media networks were invited?), and whether or not start up culture is dead. The pair also celebrate Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Navy, and they contemplate what Kara should ask Pete Buttigieg about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Fish and Chips and Biden and Harris and Reddit and Twitter

    Jul 05 2019

    This week, Kara calls in from London! In addition to their excitement for the Women's World Cup, Scott and Kara talk about Zuckerberg's Aspen interview, the Democratic primary debates, and Twitter's decision to label politicians’ tweets that violates its terms of service. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • TikTok, Time's Up on Facebook's Content Moderation Sites

    Jun 28 2019

    When Scott Galloway is away, Kara Swisher will play... with The Verge's Casey Newton! This week, Kara and Casey get down and dirty about Bodies in Seats, Casey's exposé on the terrible conditions inside Facebook's North American content moderation sites. In predictions, Casey explores what the teens are playing with these days (#TikTok), and whether or not Chinese sanctions will make sure it doesn't last. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook's New Money and Slack's New Valuation

    Jun 21 2019

    This week, Kara is in New York! And Scott's in... France? So close yet so far as usual, our hosts chat about Facebook's venture into cryptocurrency, Tim Cook's Stanford commencement speech, and YouTube for kids. In wins and fails, looks like Slack is killing it, and a stressed out Sheryl Sandberg is decidedly not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Pivot LIVE! From the 2019 Code Conference

    Jun 14 2019

    This week's Pivot is live from the Code Conference in Arizona. Kara and Scott talk regulations for the tech industry and why we need more female CEOs so we don't feel bad about firing the bad ones. Also, our hosts review some of their old predictions and see just how spot on they were about Lyft, Snap, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The FTC and DOJ are Stayin' Alive, and YouTube backtracks on bigotry

    Jun 07 2019

    This week, Kara and Scott talk breaking down the big boys (Facebook, Google, etc) and YouTube kicking out the bad boys ("free speech" haters). Wins and fails this week include the revival of the FTC and DOJ, and some Bernie Sanders grandstanding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Deepfake takedowns, white supremacy on Twitter, and the companies boycotting anti-abortion states

    May 31 2019

    Pivot takes up the internet-age-old question of Facebook's responsibilities as a media company. And, should businesses be boycotting states that are passing harsh anti-abortion laws? Also, Kara and Scott discover that both their dads were in the Navy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Medium's "Shampoo Effect," and Tesla, coming undone?

    May 24 2019

    The hosts opine on Medium, L'Oreal, and Quora. Scott critiques WeWork's EBITDA reporting, as well as the final GoT plot. Kara's back from Canada and her interview with Ev Williams, and now gearing up for the Code conference in Arizona. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Alabama's big fail, Uber's disastrous IPO, and the Facebook breakup debate

    May 17 2019

    Recode's Kara Swisher and NYU's Scott Galloway discuss Chris Hughes' Facebook breakup proposal, Away Travel's big funding, how southern states are trying to ban abortion and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Chris Hughes' Case Against Facebook, Strikes on IPO Week, GoT vs Avengers

    May 10 2019

    "Union Scott" shows up to discuss the work stoppages at Uber and Lyft. Kara asks whether tech money for candidates is tainted. And the hosts analyze Game of Thrones (Facebook edition). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook's privacy fakeout, WeWork's reckless IPO, and Reagan the welfare queen

    May 03 2019

    Kara and Scott discuss Facebook's new focus on privacy; what comes after the Web 3.0 era; and what Oprah has to say about Scott's new book. Enjoy more of Kara and Scott on Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or in your favorite podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The FTC & the "Algebra of Deterrence"

    Apr 26 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about the FTC's fine on Facebook -- it's basically a "parking ticket". They also talk about the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and their social media ban. In wins and fails they talk about the shake-ups at The MarkUp, the Tesla board and Scott's love big Broadway musicals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Uber's IPO and, more importantly, Game of Thrones

    Apr 19 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about Disney breaking into the content streaming business, the Uber IPO and, yes, Game of Thrones. Facebook actually gets a win this week for bringing on their first African American woman as a board member (but will she hold Zuckerberg to account?). YouTube very failed at getting accurate information on the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral. Prediction: the unicorn-class is the big loser of this year... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington ... again

    Apr 12 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about Congressional hearings on tech platforms responsibility for spreading white nationalism and other hate speech. New Zealand, Australia and the EU are so far ahead of the US in regulations ... when will we catch up? They also discuss the Pinterest IPO and AirBnB reversing their decision to pull out of the West Bank. MacKenzie Bezos becoming the 3rd richest woman in the world is a win. And Scott has some predictions for 2020.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcas...more

  • "It's not a meritocracy, it's a mirror-tocracy"

    Apr 05 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about the avalanche of recent Facebook news -- including Zuckerberg's new professed want for regulations. They also talk about YouTube and how the company actively seems to be overlooking all the toxic things that end up on the platform. We reached out to Managing Editor of AfroTech, John Ketchum, to talk about the late-Nipsey Hussle's contributions to tech and entrepreneurship as a way to uplift his community. It's part of a broader trend of affluent black celebrities puttin...more

  • Will the rising tide of ride sharing Lyft all boats?

    Mar 29 2019

    Scott and Kara are skeptical of Lyft's IPO. What exactly is the network effect of ride shares? Also, Facebook says it's banning white nationalist posts. Cool, it's about time. Will anyone follow? Scott and Kara also talk about what Apple TV even is, the EU hitting Google with more antitrust fines and AOC continuing to win the heart of the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Does social media cause terrorism?

    Mar 22 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about terrorism against the Muslim community in New Zealand and how social media may be exacerbating this type of violence. They talk about admissions scandal and how colleges are harming the middle class with their exclusivity. Of course, Scott shouts out his man-crush Beto. His prediction is a white man becomes the 2020 Democratic nominee for president.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • LIVE! From SXSW it's Kara and Scott

    Mar 15 2019

    Kara and Scott are live in Austin, Texas for SXSW. They talk antitrust, the breakdown of big tech and take audience questions and predictions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook says it’s all about privacy now. OK, sure.

    Mar 08 2019

    Kara and Scott are back! They talk about Zuckerberg's supposed shift towards more privacy on Facebook and, well, we'll believe it when we see it. Meanwhile Congress is ramping up its efforts on shaking up how we think of antitrust and big tech companies. They get into what they expect to talk and hear about at South by Southwest this week. If you're looking to learn more about all things Facebook check out our friend Casey Newton's newsletter The Interface. Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...more

  • News flash: Facebook’s contractors are people

    Mar 01 2019

    Kara brings on her former co-host, Wired senior staff writer and Gadget Lab co-host, Lauren Goode. They talk about the moderating content on Facebook -- and the working conditions of the people who are tasked with looking at the gruesome videos.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • DC is old news. “The universe revolves around Silicon Valley”

    Feb 22 2019

    Kara brings on co-host, legendary NYTimes journalist, Maureen Dowd. They talk about how Silicon Valley has eclipsed Washington, DC as the country's true seat of power.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Hot Take: Amazon HQ2 breaks up with NYC

    Feb 15 2019

    Kara and Scott pop back into the studio to give their hot takes on Amazon pulling out of their HQ2 deal with New York City.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Is this the year big tech gets regulated? (Probably not.)

    Feb 15 2019

    Scott blusters in from his breakfast with Congress on how to regulate big tech — so Kara and Scott get into whether Congress will ever be regulating tech (seems not so likely). Kara sums up her twitter showdown with Jack Dorsey. Also more shade thrown on media outlets doing a bad job — like Esquire Magazine featuring a cover story about being a white boy in America and more generally Tucker Carlson, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Hot Take: Scott Galloway on Bezos vs. AMI [BOOM!]

    Feb 08 2019

    BONUS episode: Scott couldn't wait to tell Pivot listeners what he thinks about Bezos' post accusing the National Inquirer of extortion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Happy(ish) birthday, Facebook.

    Feb 08 2019

    Kara and Scott (sort of) celebrate Facebook's 15th birthday. With pop-ins and hot takes from a couple friends, including Congressman Ro Khanna and podcast Queen Aminatou Sow, they get into how they REALLY feel about the platform. Scott and Kara also talk about the moniker "people of wealth", the future of podcasting, and clap backs from Nancy Pelosi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Cook vs. Zuckerberg vs. consumer privacy

    Feb 01 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple and Facebook's latest gaffes and how Apple might be the only force left regulating Facebook. There's a-latte to say about Howard Schultz's presidential ambitions. Nancy Pelosi was a big winner this week (and Scott for predicting the shutdown would end on last week's episode!) We also hear from a historian who told the Davos crowd that a top-marginal tax has historically worked in the United States.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoi...more

  • MAGA teens, Fyre Fest and Twitter wars

    Jan 25 2019

    Kara and Scott talk about how Twitter duped us all again. Scott is fresh off a conference where both he and Sheryl Sandberg talked about the future of Facebook (spoiler alert: they have very different takes on how the company should move forward). Kara gets caught up in the Covington Catholic video drama. Now she's going head-to-head with Tucker Carlson (hey Tucker, want to come on our podcast?). Meanwhile, in another Twitter feud this week, Cardi B is a big winner after saying she'd "dog walk" ...more

  • "Woke" is the 2019 business strategy

    Jan 18 2019

    Kara and Scott are back together again! This week they catch up on Jeff Bezos' divorce and his not so hot texting skills (hey alive girls!). We're pretty sure Gillette listens to Pivot because they took Scott up on one of his predictions; they used a social justice trend in their latest marketing campaign. Meanwhile, during this weeks senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee William Barr got a surprising amount of questions -- from both sides of the aisle -- about enforcing antitrus...more

  • Tech addiction and how it might be ruining Gen Z

    Jan 11 2019

    Scott brings on a guest-host, his NYU colleague and bestselling author Jonathan Haidt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Why the “Fakakta Shutdown” is slowing tech regulation even further

    Jan 04 2019

    Kara brings on guest host Jon Lovett (Pod Save America) to talk about the government shut down, the new Congress and how it all might shake out for big tech.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • 2018's biggest stories and 2019 predictions

    Dec 28 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about some of the biggest stories in tech and business of the past year. They also make some big predictions for 2019.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook’s latest scandal and the "tyranny of technology"

    Dec 21 2018

    Kara and Scott breakdown yet another Facebook scandal. This time, it turns out Facebook was passing on private user message data to partners like Netflix and Spotify.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Google doesn't make iPhones, and other things Congress learned this week

    Dec 14 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about Google's CEO testifying to Congress. The company is being evasive about its controversial search engine in China. But on the other hand, some US Representatives didn't know Google doesn't make the iPhone.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • The U.K. piles on Facebook

    Dec 07 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about the latest dump of emails exposing Facebook management’s malfeasance, but Scott thinks it’s just the U.K. piling on.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?

    Nov 30 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft surpassing Apple. They also come to an agreement that “Republicans buy football teams and Democrats buy media properties”. In case you missed some recent headlines, Kara and Scott talk under-reported stories. China is unveiling a social credit surveillance system and it’s literally a ‘Black Mirror’ episode. Scott’s “win of the week” is NASA beating big tech to a Mars landing. Kara’s win is Google employees making bold statements about their company on her rece...more

  • It's time for Facebook's board to step up

    Nov 23 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about how Facebook's C-suite has responded to reports of mismanagement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Facebook's dirty tricks

    Nov 16 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about Facebook and the explosive report on their mismanagement and deception over the past three years.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Amazon’s HQ2 was a con, not a contest

    Nov 09 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about the upshot of the 2018 midterms, Amazon’s surprise HQ2 announcement and how our perception of social media has been permanently changed by bots and trolls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Sexual harassment at Google, nasty YouTube comments and Beto O'Rourke

    Nov 02 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about Google's attempts to cover up sexual harassment claims against three of its top executives; the negative effects of cable news on society; and Scott's man-crush on Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke. Plus: What Kara did on Halloween and Scott's taxonomy of love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Tim Cook’s 'data industrial complex,' Uber’s IPO and Saudi money

    Oct 26 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest critiques of Facebook and Google; the fact that Uber's IPO could value the company at as much as $120 billion; and the ethical question of what to do if you're a startup that could raise money from Saudi Arabia, or a tech company that already has. Plus: Scott goes car-shopping for Kara, and the implications of Facebook losing another Oculus co-founder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Saudi money, Facebook’s fib and Amazon HQ2

    Oct 19 2018

    Recode's Kara Swisher and NYU's Scott Galloway talk about Silicon Valley's Saudi money crisis, the ongoing fallout from Facebook Portal and the cities that never had a chance in Amazon's HQ2 competition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Google's data breach, Facebook Portal, and Taylor Swift

    Oct 12 2018

    Kara and Scott discuss why the Google Plus hack matters, the new Facebook Portal and its plastic lenscap, and Kara's affection for Taylor Swift (even before Swift's Instagram post exhorting her fans to register to vote). In this episode: (01:48) The Google hack; (7:03) Facebook Portal; (12:49) Wins of the week: Taylor Swift and Nikki Haley; (16:23) Anand Giridharadas and the problem with elites; (21:12) Predictions: Sniper retail acquisitions and techlash; (25:51) Would Apple or Google buy Tesla...more

  • Facebook's data breach, Elon vs. SEC and the Kavanaugh hearings

    Oct 05 2018

    On this episode of Pivot, Kara and Scott talk about: (01:20) Facebook's massive data breach; (06:05) Elon Musk's $20 million SEC settlement; (12:43) Wins of the week: Jeff Flake, Amy Klobuchar and Jeff Bezos; (20:47) Soul-sappingCycle and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

  • Instagram co-founders, "tech bias" and why Amazon will buy Snapchat

    Sep 28 2018

    Kara and Scott talk about the dramatic departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Attorney General Jeff Sessions' war on "tech bias," and the future of Snap. In this episode: (01:44) The big story: Why did Instagram’s co-founders leave?; (07:13) Attorney General Jeff Sessions and “tech bias”; (12:39) Will Amazon buy Snapchat?; (17:44) GOATs of the week: Craig Newmark and Margrethe Vestager; (20:08) Absurd quotes of the week; (21:27) Scott’s prediction on the future of Fac...more

  • Kara and Scott explain what happens on Pivot

    Sep 24 2018

    Subscribe to Pivot on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, or your favorite podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices