Welcome to the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Podcast!
These conversations with luminaries from the global technology community were recorded as part of the monthly Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series, which convenes students from Cornell Tech, Bloomberg employees, and members of New York’s tech community at Bloomberg’s Global Headquarters in New York City. Now, they’re available to you in an easy-to-listen podcast!
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Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Podcast
Episode 1: Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator (Interviewed by Tom Giles)
Early-stage tech entrepreneurs face many nuanced problems. In this conversation, Sam Altman shares useful insights gleaned from the many companies incubated through Y Combinator.
Episode 2: Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck & Executive Chairman Dennis Crowley (Interviewed by Vonnie Quinn)
Discover how Foursquare’s location intelligence services extend well beyond social networking.
Episode 3: Mark Josephson, CEO of Bitly & Bloomberg Beta’s Karin Klein (Interviewed by Vonnie Quinn)
It’s not hard to make a link shortener, as Bitly’s Mark Josephson shares. The trick is doing it at scale, in order to provide marketers with the insights they need.
Episode 4: Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya (Interviewed by Pimm Fox)
What will unlock the next great wave of disruption? Social Capital founder and CEO Chamath Palihapitiya shares his ideas in this candid chat.
Episode 5: Union Square’s Fred Wilson & SV Angel’s Ron Conway (Interviewed by Tech:NYC’s Julie Samuels)
Ron Conway, the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” and Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson discuss trends in venture capital beyond Silicon Valley and New York City.
Episode 6: Kargo Founder/CEO Harry Kargman & Arkadium CEO/Co-Founder Jessica Rovello (Interviewed by Vonnie Quinn)
How do startups meet crises with ingenuity? Entrepreneurs on the bumpy road to profitability: take note.
Episode 7: Danny Meyer, Founder & CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group (Interviewed by Vonnie Quinn)
In this discussion about the evolving intersection of hospitality and technology, learn how restaurateur Danny Meyer’s ideas continue to shake up and shape the future of restaurant services.
Episode 8: Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker (Interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about e-commerce strategies and how to build lasting relationships with customers, Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker shares some of his secrets for disruption.
Episode 9: Female Entrepreneurship with Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp, Brit + Co’s Brit Morin and Dia&Co’s Nadia Boujarwah (Moderated by Scarlet Fu)
In this panel discussion about how female entrepreneurs can empower themselves while also building and scaling their businesses, these CEOs offer insights rooted in their own ups and downs.
Episode 10: Ben Lerer, Founder Group Nine Media/Thrillist Media Group and Managing Partner of Lerer Hippeau (Interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about problem-solving through technology, the ever-changing media landscape, and the future of online content, Ben Lerer shows why he’s a leader in digital media.
Episode 11: John Martin, (former) Chairman & CEO, Turner (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about content distribution and the skills needed by the next generation of storytellers, John Martin shares his vision for how television networks should be growing.
Episode 12: Panel discussion with Andrew Yang, Founder of Venture for America, Labib Rahman, Product Manager at IPC Systems and Kate Catlin, Founder of Flock (moderated by Scarlet Fu)
Following a screening of the movie “Generation Startup,” we chatted with three entrepreneurs (two of whom are featured in the film) about what it takes to build the next generation of startups.
Episode 13: Brian S. Cohen, Chairman, New York Angels, and Founding Partner, New York Venture Partners (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about what angel investors look for when choosing to invest and how to project the future ramifications of certain investments, Brian S. Cohen addresses these subjects head-on.
Episode 14: Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia and partner at Vayner/RSE (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about professional motivation and understanding consumer behavior, internet personality and bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk looks at innovation and entrepreneurship through an unorthodox lens.
Episode 15: Panel on The Future of Education & Work with Jake Schwartz, co-founder/CEO of General Assembly, Leah Belsky, VP of global enterprise development at Coursera, and Jeremy Snepar, founder/CEO of New York Code + Design Academy (moderated by Scarlet Fu)
In this panel discussion about how education and business adapt to the changes that technology creates, three entrepreneurs discuss the importance of creativity and adaptability when facing these challenges.
Episode 16: Miguel McKelvey, Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about workplace culture, Miguel McKelvey talks about the shifting perspectives of what an office should be, as well as WeWork’s ambition, expansion, and valuation.
Episode 17: Mario Schlosser, CEO and Co-Founder, Oscar Health (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about the future of digital health and how to shape a profitable insurance company that still focuses on people, Mario Schlosser discusses the complex world of American health care.
Episode 18: Women in Venture Capital with Beth Ferreira, Managing Director at FirstMark Capital, Ellie Wheeler, partner at Greycroft & Rebecca Kaden, partner at Union Square Ventures (moderated by Scarlet Fu)
In this panel discussion, three female VC leaders talk about the New York venture capital landscape and the importance of diversity in a corporate org chart and the obstacles that female founders face.
Episode 19: Eva Chen, Head of Fashion Partnerships, Instagram (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about editorial content in social media and making products accessible to consumers, Eva Chen discusses why Instagram has become the platform of choice for the fashion industry.
Episode 20: NYC’s Venture Capital Landscape with Lerer Hippeau’s Eric Hippeau, EXPA’s Naveen Selvadurai & FirstMark Capital’s Catherine “Kit” Ulrich (moderated by Scarlet Fu)
In this panel discussion, several of New York’s most successful venture capitalists discuss a range of topics such as how to hire the right types of superheroes to go above and beyond for your brand.
Episode 21: Shan-Lyn Ma, CEO and co-founder of Zola (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about the importance of maintaining a personal user experience while scaling a multi-channel e-commerce business, Shan-Lyn Ma talks about breaking into the $300 billion global wedding industry and becoming its fastest-growing company.
Episode 22: Anthony Casalena, Founder and CEO of Squarespace (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about entrepreneurship and the importance of website design, Anthony Casalena talks about how his passion for blogging turned into an innovative solution to the problem of self-expression.
Episode 23: JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes & JetBlue Technology Ventures’ Bonny Simi (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Robin Hayes and Bonny Simi talk about innovations that are shaping the future of the travel industry, the challenges of engaging startups as a corporate VC, and the importance of identifying opportunities to create better customer experiences.
Episode 24: Beth Comstock, former CMO and Vice Chair of GE; Author of “Imagine It Forward” (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
In this discussion about her career as a changemaker, leader, risk-taker, and innovator, Beth Comstock describes a problem she believes all organizations — large and small — must address: managing change.
Episode 25: Anjali Sud, Vimeo CEO (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Anjali Sud talks about being introduced to entrepreneurship at a young age, the importance of pursuing one’s career goals, how she managed Vimeo’s successful shift from a media company to a technology company, and why she chose to focus its business on video creators rather than viewers.
Episode 26: Shaun Stewart, CEO of New Lab
(interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Shaun Stewart talks about New Lab’s vision and future, why New York may be the place to scale a cutting-edge tech company, the promise and peril of self-driving vehicles, and his transition from growing Airbnb’s vacation rental business and directing Waymo’s self-driving car project to creating a perfect destination for entrepreneurs in Brooklyn.
Episode 27: Melanie Whelan, (former) CEO of SoulCycle
(interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Melanie Whelan talks about the SoulCycle brand, its growth and global expansion plans, how it inspires customer devotion by injecting fun into the workout experience, and what the company is doing to build community and extend the SoulCycle experience beyond the studio.
Episode 28: Rob Wiesenthal, Blade Co-founder & CEO
(interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Rob Wiesenthal talks about the crowdsourcing of transportation, his vision for Blade, how the company has expanded the market for private flights, and its plans for the future of short distance aviation: making urban air mobility a mass-market product.
Episode 29: Chad Dickerson, former CEO of Etsy, and Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management at Google
(interviewed by Caroline Hyde)
Bradley Horowitz and Chad Dickerson, two executives who know first-hand the importance of innovating inside large organizations, talk about the risks, failures and successes behind game-changing innovation and their BigCo Studio course at Cornell Tech, which is teaching students to build products in complex environments at scale.
Episode 30: Ganesh Srivats, CEO of Moda Operandi (interviewed by Emma Chandra)
Ganesh Srivats talks about how Moda Operandi’s trunkshow model lets customers purchase any piece from a designer’s collection, enabling the company to play a direct role in determining which fashions shown on the runway actually make it into production.
Episode 31: Joel Flory, CEO of VSCO
(interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Joel Flory talks about his background as a commercial and wedding photographer, VSCO’s rapid growth, its unique position in a landscape of Snapchat filters and Instagram influencers, the power of community and creativity, and the impact of social media usage on mental health.
Episode 32: Zachariah Reitano, CEO & Co-founder of Ro (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Zachariah Reitano discusses Ro’s rapid growth, the challenges of operating a telemedicine startup in a highly regulated industry, plus how & why the company addresses stigma in its ads.
Episode 33: Carolyn Childers, co-founder & CEO of Chief (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Carolyn Childers discussed Chief’s mission and rapid growth, the importance of women’s leadership, workplace diversity and inclusion, and what we all can do to help more women reach the C-suite.
Episode 34: Daniel Ramot, Co-founder & CEO of Via (interviewed by Scarlet Fu)
Daniel Ramot talks about Via’s place in the rideshare market, how his Ph.D. in neuroscience was the perfect preparation for launching the company, plus how and why the company is reshaping public transportation in cities around the globe, and where it might go next.