The Vaizey View

Kindred Media

The Vaizey View offers an insider's perspective on the tech and media industry in the UK and Europe. Hosted by Lord Ed Vaizey, who served as the UK'sTech Minister for six years, the show features analysis of the latest happenings in the tech space through interviews with the movers and shakers behind the scenes, with a particular focus on how tech disruption is changing public policy in so many areas. You'll get unfiltered opinions and the characteristic dry wit of someone who's seen it all and wants to help his audience get smarter and more insightful about the issues of the day.

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Ed faces down another rival podcaster - Jimmy’s Jobs Of The Future host Jimmy McLoughlin OBE - along with Digital Futures CEO Scott Vincent to discuss how to fill all the new roles coming online as the economy modernizes. McLoughlin, a veteran of 10 Downing Street, and Vincent, who sold his consulting company to Accenture, opine on the challenges of re-skilling an existing workforce as well as finding a more diverse pool of candidates. A timely chat.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 21

42 min 47 sec

Today Ed sits down with a pair of authors who’ve managed to do the impossible: make the mechanics of financial transactions fascinating. The pair’s recently published book, “The Pay Off: How Changing the Way We Pay Changes Everything,” (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094F69F8Q/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1), underscores how the explosion of new payment systems around the world is impacting consumers and the broader economy. Leibbrandt, a former McKinsey Partner and the CEO of Swift (as in ‘Swift Code’) for a decade and De Teran, a veteran journalist who served as Corporate Affairs lead at Swift, have a unique perspective on the topic; their chat spans the implications of “programmable money” and why credit card companies should be worried.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 7

47 min 53 sec

Ed returns to the mic with his second-ever in-person interview - and it’s a great one. William Tunstall-Pedo, a tech pioneer and AI guru, sold his Cambridge, England-based tech company Evi to Amazon; together, they built Alexa - one of the most successful new tech products in history. William’s been coding commercial products since he was 13, so his insights about the challenges and promises of AI and deep learning, as well as the UK’s primacy in the area, are keen.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 3

47 min 35 sec

Ed sits with a big thinker (and rival podcaster), Damian Bradfield, the Chief Creative Officer and co-Founder of WeTransfer and WePresent. While he is focused on tools that empower creativity, he’s taking the long view on what our digital future should look like - as covered in his 2019 book “The Trust Manifesto” (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/307/307675/the-trust-manifesto/9780241369845.html). Tune in to hear the pair engage in a rare and substantive conversation about what we should demand of big data.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 8

42 min 49 sec

Ed has a revealing conversation with Matthew Barzun, the former US Ambassador to the UK and, prior to that, Sweden. A former CNET executive and campaign strategist credited with creating the ‘citizen fundraisers’ that fueled Obama’s rise, Barzun’s communal viewpoint comes to the fore in the conversation. His recently published book, “The Power of Giving Away Power” (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/602163/the-power-of-giving-away-power-by-matthew-barzun/#:~:text=The%20Power%20of%20Giving%20Away%20Power%20shows%20how%20the%20Constellation,making%20the%20leap%20to%20lead), emphasizes the importance of the ‘constellation’ vs. the ‘pyramid’ in the formation of our national identity, an apt metaphor.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 25

44 min 13 sec

Best-selling author Noreena Hertz provides an eye-opening look at the epidemic of loneliness afflicting many of us, and engages Ed in a discussion about what tech’s role could be in addressing a situation that it has played no small role in creating. Her latest work, “The Lonely Century: How To Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart” (https://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Century-Restore-Connection-Pulling-ebook/dp/B0841NT92X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Noreena+Hertz&qid=1625690864&s=books&sr=1-1) serves as a lens for a provocative conversation that touches on everything from how loneliness fuels our extreme politics to sex robots - yes, sex robots. You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 11

44 min 6 sec

Ed returns to in-person recording with an eye-opening conversation with Doug Gurr, the former head of Amazon UK who now serves as Director of the Natural History Museum in London. Braving the aging infrastructure of the building as well as a surprise thunderstorm, Ed and Doug take us beyond the ongoing ‘digitization’ of museum galleries - spurred into overdrive during the pandemic - to explore how AI and machine learning can enhance the institution's mission, giving it new relevance to the pressing issues of biodiversity and climate change.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 27

31 min 31 sec

Tune in for an insightful conversation between Ed and Tim Davie CBE, who is the 17th Director-General (CEO and Editor-In-Chief) of the storied media institution. Tim’s keen understanding of the media firmament is driving the organization’s innovation, and uncovering new opportunities for collaboration with seeming competitors like Netflix. His insights into the threats and opportunities around audio are worth the price of admission alone. You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 13

41 min 29 sec

Today, Ed is joined by LionTree and Kindred Media CEO and Founder Aryeh B. Bourkoff for a crucial conversation with Mark Carney, the former Governor of the Bank of England who’s now serving as the UN's Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance.In a far-ranging discourse, the trio discusses the financial and technical ramifications of achieving net zero, and the work that must go into it. Mark's just-released new book, "Value(s): Building a Better World for All," provides a jumping off point for examining the implications for entrepreneurs, the shifting role of the tech behemoths and how cryptocurrencies fit into all of this.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 30

49 min 24 sec

Ed welcomes Theo Blackwell MBE, whose job Ed (only half jokingly) covets; Theo is London’s first Chief Digital Officer, appointed in 2017. His role is a delicate balancing act between federal, local and commercial stakeholders and the populace. Their conversation is a fascinating look into what happens when a city takes a more holistic approach to innovation, whether it entails blending disparate data streams to create a thorough view of COVID’s impact on London or the introduction of an Emerging Technology Charter that brings more transparency to the various innovations being put in place.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 23

39 min 51 sec

Saul Klein is one of the UK's best known serial entrepreneurs and seed investors. A Founding Partner at seed fund Localglobe, his previous roles include: Partner at Index Ventures; co-Founder of Lovefilm (acquired by Amazon); and part of the original executive team at Skype (acquired by eBay). Ed and he have a fascinating conversation around the possibilities of the UK’s explosive tech growth, and also - counter-intuitively in the post-pandemic digital world - the importance of place and why companies should be good neighbors. It’s a great episode to immerse yourself in the UK tech world. And if you're thinking hard about whether your company should engage with its local community, this is essential listening.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 9

46 min 44 sec

Ed welcomes Australia’s former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who led the country between 2015 and 2018. Turnbull was already a successful tech investor before he became PM, and like Ed, had also served as his country's tech minister. Their discussion covers a fascinating array of timely topics, including: building broadband infrastructure, supporting the tech ecosystem, tech regulation and the role of China. Australia’s recent passage of a first-of-its-kind law that requires Google and Facebook to pay for news content on their sites is also high on their agenda for discussion. There’s lots of talk about some of the exciting start-ups that Malcolm is investing in, as well as frank insights about why the UK has been able to manage messaging around climate change better than either the US or Australia.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 18

38 min 38 sec

Ed is joined by Ron Kalifa, who chairs both Network International and FutureLearn, and served as the CEO and Vice Chairman of UK payments powerhouse Worldpay. He shares findings from the report he recently submitted to UK finance minister Rishi Sunak examining the UK FinTech sector. Bolstered by heavy investment, the country’s financial services heritage and a burgeoning pool of tech talent, England’s FinTech outlook is unmistakably bright.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 21

35 min

If keen insight and quick wit are your thing, then you’ll want to catch Ed’s conversation with Will Page. As Chief Economist at Spotify, he’s had a front row seat as the first industry to suffer digital disruption has reinvented itself. He’s baked those observations into a highly touted new book, “Tarzan Economics: Eight Principles for Pivoting Through Disruption,” and shares some amazing and telling anecdotes about everything from how Meghan Trainor went top 40 in the UK without her music actually being on sale; how car manufacturers are tracking all the wrong data; and why when podcasts win, books lose.For more Will, look for his upcoming Masterclass here (https://howtoacademy.com/masterclass/), which takes place May 5th.And for more Ed, You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 7

46 min 31 sec

Philanthropist and Burnbrae Group Chairman Jim Mellon takes Ed on a whirlwind tour of the very near future of agritech, spanning everything from the meatless burgers that are virtually mainstream; through the rapid transition of the milk market to dairy alternatives; to the enticing world of cell-based meat, where one, non-intrusive sample can produce the meat of eight cows. Exciting stuff! Check out Jim’s new book, “Moo’s Law: An Investor’s Guide To The New Agrarian Revolution” to find out what you’ll be eating sooner than you realize.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 21

34 min 15 sec

It’s hard to imagine two more qualified guests to discuss the good, bad and ugly of government tech initiatives – one of Ed’s favorite topics. Phaedra, who now serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Libra Group, is a veteran of the Obama administration, where she oversaw some of their signature digital initiatives. And Daniel, a former special advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, is the co-founder and CEO of PUBLIC, a VC focused on helping tech startups transform public services. They tackle the thorny topic of how equipped the new administrations on both sides of the pond are to modernize, and why one solution may be to take the “Gov” out of “GovTech.”You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 7

36 min 6 sec

Ed hosts a trans-Atlantic discussion with Form Ventures co-Founder Leo Ringer and Trust Ventures Founder and General Partner Sal Churi, a former professor of law at the University of Chicago’s Law School’s Innovation Clinic. The topic – one of Ed’s favorites: how is the constant cycle of innovation impacting governmental policy in post-Brexit UK, post-Trump US and across the globe. The answers may surprise you!You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 24

43 min 43 sec

Leaning into his second season, Ed welcomes Natalia Brzezinski, who recounts her amazing journey from a hardscrabble Chicago upbringing to becoming America’s co-ambassador to Sweden (with her husband), focusing on tech. Now, as Head of US Strategy for FinTech unicorn Klarna, which is making huge inroads in the American market, she shares her enthusiasm for the incoming administration along with some inspiring words from soon-to-be President Biden.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 10

46 min 20 sec

Ed wraps up the first season of The Vaizey View with an intriguing conversation with Azeem Azhar, the entrepreneur, investor and advisor whose Exponential View newsletter (nearly 200K subs) is a must-read on all things tech. They cover a broad range of topics quickly, ranging from the scientific implications of collaboration during our present health crisis; how nuclear is less of a threat than malicious AI; and whether or not prolonging life is desirable.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Dec 2020

40 min 57 sec

Ed sits with serial entrepreneur Tabitha Goldstaub, who in addition to co-founding the knowledge network Cognition X is the Chair of the UK Government's AI Council. A restless champion of the practical business applications of Artificial Intelligence, she has just published an important book, “How To Talk To Robots: A Girls’ Guide To a Future Dominated by AI.” Listen in to learn why the UK is ahead of the pack in terms of AI research and innovation, and why one of its leaders is reluctant to be called a “guru.”You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 2020

31 min 48 sec

Today Ed chats with Poppy Gustafsson OBE, the CEO of Darktrace – a UK unicorn worth almost $2 billion, and ranked Europe’s ninth fastest-growing European company according to the Financial Times. Their AI-driven solution ‘inoculates’ companies’ systems against cyber threats, be they bad actors peddling malware or unintended data breaches brought about by human error. A crucial conversation full of insight from one of Europe’s top executives.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 2020

40 min 18 sec

Tune in for a compelling conversation with Alex Burton, a 2-star UK Royal Navy Rear Admiral (and US Bronze Star Medal recipient) who now serves in a leadership role at Rebellion Defense. Rebellion Defense, whose investors include Eric Schmidt and James Murdoch, is a leading start up in the defense space. Alex provides an insider’s perspective on why the military needs to pivot away from a hardware mindset in order to meet tomorrow’s threats more readily – and backs it up with historical examples. In this podcast you will find out why the Battle of Britain was actually a data war.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 2020

33 min 24 sec

Ed converses with London and Ghana-based entrepreneur Izzy Obeng, the Managing Director of Foundervine. Ed and Izzy look at the issue of why there is still too little funding for start-ups with female or minority leadership. Izzy's consultancy was established to address the social and economic inequality that’s faced by women and young people from under-served communities when starting a business or social enterprise. Obeng discusses why Foundervine’s workshops and programs begin with pre-teen students, and how their broad-based approach is yielding a strong record of success.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 2020

37 min 33 sec

It’s an exciting cacophony of voices today as Ed is joined by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and LionTree CEO Aryeh Bourkoff. The trio tackles topics ranging from tech's drive to disrupt the ultimate monopoly of government to the role that digital innovation can play in reshaping society and bringing more benefits to more people. Later, Ed speaks one on one to Chris Yiu, who is the Executive Director of the Technology and Public Policy team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, to dive deeper into the institute's ambitions and focus.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 2020

43 min 49 sec

Ed chats with Nina Schick, a political commentator and author whose recently released book “Deepfakes” explores how manipulated media is impacting our lives, and how we can fight back. Though they met as opponents in a debate about Facebook (in which she bodied Ed), they find lots of common ground on the upside of synthetic media – think the “de-aging” effect in Scorsese’s “The Irishman” – as well as the dangers of disinformation to companies and governments.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 2020

43 min 28 sec

Today Ed has a rare opportunity to catch up with Taavi Kotka, an entrepreneur and the first CIO for the Government of Estonia. Taavi shares the steps the government took to outpace tech start-ups in establishing the country of 1.3M as one of the most advanced digital nations. He even shares the seven steps required to becoming a truly digital society.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 2020

42 min 27 sec

Join us for a double-header episode that will get you up to speed on all things tech. First up, Martha Lane Fox, co-Founder of LastMinute.com, joins Ed to discuss the ongoing push for digitization of government services, as well as her role on Twitter’s board; then, Paul Brindley, former Sundays bassist (not guitarist!) and founder of digital trade publication MusicAlly, tells Ed why he’s not afraid of AI’s encroachment into the music space. You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf). The Vaizey View is a production of Kindred Media.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 2020

23 min 30 sec

Israel boasts the largest numbers of start-ups per capita in the world. And today we get a look behind the curtain from Eze Vidra, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures. Vidra, who previously served as a General Partner at Google Ventures, talks about the current talent crunch and Israel’s emerging role in spurring European innovation.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).The Vaizey View is a production of Kindred Media.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 2020

34 min 30 sec

Ed hears from Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, a multi-hyphenate businessman and tech entrepreneur who, like the rest of the Dutch Royal Family, works for a living. Constantijn reveals the changes driving The Netherlands’ success in the digital arena, with blockbusters such as Booking.com and Just Eat Takeaway leading the way for a host of fast growing start-ups. There’s also some football talk. You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).The Vaizey View is a production of Kindred Media.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 2020

36 min 1 sec

Today, Ed digs in with longtime colleague Pascal Cagni, the Chairman of Business France, who serves as the French ambassador for international investment. Since 2012 Cagni has served as Founder and CEO of C4 Ventures, a London- and Paris-based shop that focuses on early stage start-ups in Europe, and from 2000-2012 he served as General Manager and VP Europe for Apple. Tune in for an insightful and far-reaching conversation about France’s enviable increase in inward tech investment as well as the country’s up and coming start-ups.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).The Vaizey View is a production of Kindred Media.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 2020

35 min 50 sec

In the debut episode of "The Vaizey View," Ed converses with tech analyst and pundit Benedict Evans - whom he describes as "a cross between Mary Meeker and a TED conference." Tune in to hear Benedict's striking views on everything from video call technology to how to approach regulation of today's tech juggernauts.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).The Vaizey View is a production of Kindred Media.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 2020

41 min 14 sec

Welcome to The Vaizey View, where host Ed Vaizey, a British MP from 2005-2019 who served as Prime Minister David Cameron's Tech Minister for six years, breaks down the biggest stories in the UK and European tech industry, featuring analysis and interviews with a who's who of leading figures in the sector. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 2020

1 min 23 sec