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Tales of Silicon Valley

The Times

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Tales of Silicon Valley

Tales of Silicon Valley

The Times

49
Followers
175
Plays
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In a major new series Danny Fortson paints a picture of Silicon Valley - how it became the most important driver of tech and society on the planet, and where the people who run it are planning on going next.


Danny has been the West Coast correspondent for The Sunday Times since the beginning of 2017, covering all things technology and Silicon Valley. He also hosts the weekly Danny in the Valley podcast. Before moving to California, where he was born and raised, he spent more than a decade in London, where he grew up.


You can read more of Danny's reporting from Silicon Valley by subscribing to The Times and Sunday Times at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe/


Latest Episodes

Hot Tub Millionaire

Nolan Bushnell arrived in Silicon Valley in 1968 - and changed it forever. He started Atari,launched the video game industry, gave Steve Jobs his first job, and created the wild, convention-defying model of the modern tech executive that everyone from Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg has followed. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35 MIN2019 JUL 10
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Hot Tub Millionaire

The Bebo Billions

EMichael and Xochi Birch launched Bebo, one of the first social networks. They sold it at the height of the market for $850 million to AOL Time Warner. Two years later, AOL sold it again - for $1. In a two-part podcast, we tell the Bebo story: its extraordinary rise, the fall, and how the Birches made away with the GDP of a small nation. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21 MIN2019 JUL 17
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The Bebo Billions

The Bebo Billions pt 2

Michael and Xochi Birch launch Bebo, one of the first social networks, and ride it to extraordinary heights before it all comes crashing down. In the conclusion to this two-part story, we tell of the rise and collapse of Bebo, and how the Birches become billionaires anyway. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 MIN2019 JUL 24
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The Bebo Billions pt 2

Hello, San Francisco

The city by the bay is ground zero of the tech revolution, but it has taken a dystopic turn. We dive inside San Francisco, where there are more billionaires per square foot than anywhere on the planet, but also more injection drug user than high school students. Families are fleeing; homelessness is soaring. We examine what the city can tell us about our techno-centric present - and the future. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - Longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - Read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29 MIN2019 JUL 31
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Hello, San Francisco

Earth is not enough

Fifty years on from Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, we investigate how billionaires are racing to become the first to settle on the moon. They are convinced that humans will soon be a multi-planetary species, with a permanent settlement in outer space within five years. Is this the ultimate ego trip? Is it realistic? We find out all the answers. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - Longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - Read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28 MIN2019 AUG 7
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Earth is not enough

The Brain: the final frontier

A race has broken out in Silicon Valley to create a breakthrough "brain-computer interface". Such a device would herald a new era of telepathy, and eventually merge with artificial intelligence. It also brings with it a hornet’s nest of challenges. Who will control it? Will our thoughts be policed? Billions of dollars are being poured into the technology that remains wrapped in secrecy. We talk to people on the front lines to figure out what is really going on. In this new eight-part series, The Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through surprising narratives and portraits of key players. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Jim Carey at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MIN2019 AUG 14
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The Brain: the final frontier

The Big Tune Out

Scott Kriens helped build the internet. Now he’s helping undo the havoc it has unleashed with a mountain retreat centre he’s built on the doorstep of Silicon Valley. We journey to 1440 Multiversity in the Santa Cruz mountains to commune with nature, go device-free and explore how the tech industry is trying to find its soul. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - Longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - Read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MIN2019 AUG 21
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The Big Tune Out

Ignore, Delete, Escalate

Millions of people are working every day, every hour, every minute to keep the web safe for the rest of us. They are human filters, finding and blocking the worst things that humanity can muster. But who are they? Why do we hear so little about them? We take an inside look at the world of content moderators, the shadow work force that is doing the web's dirty work - often to their own detriment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 MIN2019 AUG 28
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Ignore, Delete, Escalate

Atari's Nolan Bushnell "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped"

In an additional bonus episode to Tales From Silicon Valley, The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, for the full interview that was featured in episode 1 of Tales Of Silicon Valley. He talks about growing up in Utah (0:45), setting up his first business at age 10 (3:00), managing the games department (4:20), coming to Silicon Valley (7:10), working at Ampex (8:30), playing Space War (9:30), starting a gaming company with $500 (12:30), creating Pong (16:20), running on a shoestring (19:15), selling to Warner (23:30), the Atari culture (24:40), hiring Steve Jobs (27:00), making more than all of Hollywood combined (32:00), turning down an offer to be the first investor in Apple (34:40), his worst day of work (38:15), why the tech industry took root in Silicon Valley (39:00), why he’s excited about tech in 2019 (41:00), his other ventures (45:20), what Steve Jobs got right (48:25). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out in...

50 MINJAN 14
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Atari's Nolan Bushnell "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped"

Special Episode: Stories of our times - Could tech giants get us out of lockdown?

Today an edition of our new daily podcast - Stories of our times. Our new free daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day, it is hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch. Technology might be the answer to our problems - but could we be giving up our privacy in return for our liberty? Guest:Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times West Coast correspondent Host:David Aaronovitch If you want to hear more please search for Stories of our times and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MINAPR 23
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Special Episode: Stories of our times - Could tech giants get us out of lockdown?
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Latest Episodes

Hot Tub Millionaire

Nolan Bushnell arrived in Silicon Valley in 1968 - and changed it forever. He started Atari,launched the video game industry, gave Steve Jobs his first job, and created the wild, convention-defying model of the modern tech executive that everyone from Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg has followed. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35 MIN2019 JUL 10
Comments
Hot Tub Millionaire

The Bebo Billions

EMichael and Xochi Birch launched Bebo, one of the first social networks. They sold it at the height of the market for $850 million to AOL Time Warner. Two years later, AOL sold it again - for $1. In a two-part podcast, we tell the Bebo story: its extraordinary rise, the fall, and how the Birches made away with the GDP of a small nation. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21 MIN2019 JUL 17
Comments
The Bebo Billions

The Bebo Billions pt 2

Michael and Xochi Birch launch Bebo, one of the first social networks, and ride it to extraordinary heights before it all comes crashing down. In the conclusion to this two-part story, we tell of the rise and collapse of Bebo, and how the Birches become billionaires anyway. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 MIN2019 JUL 24
Comments
The Bebo Billions pt 2

Hello, San Francisco

The city by the bay is ground zero of the tech revolution, but it has taken a dystopic turn. We dive inside San Francisco, where there are more billionaires per square foot than anywhere on the planet, but also more injection drug user than high school students. Families are fleeing; homelessness is soaring. We examine what the city can tell us about our techno-centric present - and the future. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - Longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - Read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29 MIN2019 JUL 31
Comments
Hello, San Francisco

Earth is not enough

Fifty years on from Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, we investigate how billionaires are racing to become the first to settle on the moon. They are convinced that humans will soon be a multi-planetary species, with a permanent settlement in outer space within five years. Is this the ultimate ego trip? Is it realistic? We find out all the answers. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - Longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - Read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28 MIN2019 AUG 7
Comments
Earth is not enough

The Brain: the final frontier

A race has broken out in Silicon Valley to create a breakthrough "brain-computer interface". Such a device would herald a new era of telepathy, and eventually merge with artificial intelligence. It also brings with it a hornet’s nest of challenges. Who will control it? Will our thoughts be policed? Billions of dollars are being poured into the technology that remains wrapped in secrecy. We talk to people on the front lines to figure out what is really going on. In this new eight-part series, The Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through surprising narratives and portraits of key players. DIVE DEEPER - longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Jim Carey at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MIN2019 AUG 14
Comments
The Brain: the final frontier

The Big Tune Out

Scott Kriens helped build the internet. Now he’s helping undo the havoc it has unleashed with a mountain retreat centre he’s built on the doorstep of Silicon Valley. We journey to 1440 Multiversity in the Santa Cruz mountains to commune with nature, go device-free and explore how the tech industry is trying to find its soul. In this new eight-part series, the Sunday Times' technology correspondent Danny Fortson tells the story of the valley through portraits of key players through its short history. DIVE DEEPER - Longform interviews on Danny's sister podcast, Danny In The Valley - Read Danny's longform commentary on the series atthetimes.co.uk Produced by Cheeka Eyers at Rethink Audio for Wireless Studios and The Sunday Times. Matt Hall is the executive producer for Wireless Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MIN2019 AUG 21
Comments
The Big Tune Out

Ignore, Delete, Escalate

Millions of people are working every day, every hour, every minute to keep the web safe for the rest of us. They are human filters, finding and blocking the worst things that humanity can muster. But who are they? Why do we hear so little about them? We take an inside look at the world of content moderators, the shadow work force that is doing the web's dirty work - often to their own detriment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 MIN2019 AUG 28
Comments
Ignore, Delete, Escalate

Atari's Nolan Bushnell "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped"

In an additional bonus episode to Tales From Silicon Valley, The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, for the full interview that was featured in episode 1 of Tales Of Silicon Valley. He talks about growing up in Utah (0:45), setting up his first business at age 10 (3:00), managing the games department (4:20), coming to Silicon Valley (7:10), working at Ampex (8:30), playing Space War (9:30), starting a gaming company with $500 (12:30), creating Pong (16:20), running on a shoestring (19:15), selling to Warner (23:30), the Atari culture (24:40), hiring Steve Jobs (27:00), making more than all of Hollywood combined (32:00), turning down an offer to be the first investor in Apple (34:40), his worst day of work (38:15), why the tech industry took root in Silicon Valley (39:00), why he’s excited about tech in 2019 (41:00), his other ventures (45:20), what Steve Jobs got right (48:25). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out in...

50 MINJAN 14
Comments
Atari's Nolan Bushnell "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped"

Special Episode: Stories of our times - Could tech giants get us out of lockdown?

Today an edition of our new daily podcast - Stories of our times. Our new free daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day, it is hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch. Technology might be the answer to our problems - but could we be giving up our privacy in return for our liberty? Guest:Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times West Coast correspondent Host:David Aaronovitch If you want to hear more please search for Stories of our times and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MINAPR 23
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Special Episode: Stories of our times - Could tech giants get us out of lockdown?
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