Techlash

Hit Start Media

Techlash is an immersive chat show featuring montages, interviews, and informed opinions. Silicon Valley captured our imaginations with advances in e-commerce, mobile, and social by 2010. Ten years later, we're still grappling with the consequences of such rapid innovation. Techlash is a celebration and dissection of this complex moment in time.

Introducing Techlash
Trailer 1 min 35 sec

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Representation in the media and in the workplace get a lot of attention for good reason. Who we see onscreen and in our daily lives impacts the way we perceive one another, but diversity in tech is potentially even more important. As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly central in our lives, we are at risk of programming our biases into software that will one day guide our decision making. Deon Nicholas happens to be a CEO and co-founder from an underrepresented group. His company Forethought uses AI to assist customer service teams and eventually most (if not all) other functions in the workplace.🗓 Quick scheduling noteThis is the final episode of Techlash season one! Thank you so much for all your support. We're about to take a break, but we'll be back with a newsletter and a new format in the coming weeks and months.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Mar 4

31 min 15 sec

Advances in consumer technology have allowed us to track almost every aspect of our lives, whether we're awake or asleep. Eight Sleep is a smart mattress company that markets itself as a fitness brand. Our guest is Alexandra Zatarain, one of the co-founders and the VP of Brand & Marketing at Eight Sleep.We recently launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Feb 25

37 min 21 sec

Even as access to healthcare expands in the United States, we struggle to provide specialized care for those in need. Gil Addo, CEO and co-founder of RubiconMD, explains how his company democratizes medical expertise through innovation.We recently launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Feb 18

28 min 20 sec

We're excited to announce the Techlash newsletter (launching in March) and share some of the great feedback we've received in response to season one. We're taking a two-week hiatus and will return on February 18th with the final three episodes of season one.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›

Feb 4

1 min 59 sec

Even when co-workers have the best of intentions, it can be hard to create an inclusive workplace. Danielle Applestone, CEO and co-founder of Daughters of Rosie, a placement startup focused on getting underrepresented groups into manufacturing (with an emphasis on women of color), has a fresh perspective on how to make the workplace more inclusive. 🗓 Quick scheduling noteThere are three episodes left in season one of Techlash. We're taking a two-week hiatus before publishing those three. We'll return with our next episode on February 18th.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Jan 28

25 min 50 sec

Tech has something of a recruiting problem. In addition to venturing outside of personal and professional networks to find candidates, hiring managers have to avoid unconscious bias in the hiring process. Aline Lerner is the CEO and co-founder of interviewing.io and her company provides anonymous technical interviews for practice and placement.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Jan 21

25 min 7 sec

It's hard to break into tech and, by definition, more difficult for people from underrepresented groups. Coding bootcamps promise access to the industry, but they don't provide the necessary tools for everyone to succeed. This week's guest is Michael Ellison, CEO and founder of CodePath.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Jan 14

29 min 29 sec

Student loan debt has ballooned to over $1.7 trillion in the United States. While political candidates campaign on bold solutions, one YC-backed startup provides students with income share agreements to pay for tuition. This week's guest is Mike Mahlkow, the CEO and co-founder of Blair.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Jan 7

27 min 1 sec

Acquiring a work visa is a time-consuming process that creates a major hurdle for anyone who seeks a professional opportunity outside of their home country. Todd Heine, the CEO and co-founder of Legalpad, addresses this notoriously tedious process. His startup makes it easy to obtain a work visa for employees and more efficient for startups too. As a former immigration attorney himself, Heine combines practical software and legal expertise to help immigrants obtain the paperwork they need without the hassle. This week, Theo and Zibbie explore the societal and professional implications of immigration and its evolution in an increasingly interconnected world.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›Techlash usually publishes on Thursdays, but not during the last two weeks of this holiday season. The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Dec 2020

20 min 10 sec

The healthcare debate has been raging for decades in the United States. Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, one bad visit to the ER can ruin someone's financial well-being. This lack of humanity is unjustifiable in a country as wealthy as this. Even with insurance, deductibles can be too expensive for patients to cover out-of-pocket. Kaushik Tiwari, co-founder and CEO of betterbank.app, wants to address this urgent human need. As a neobank, betterbank.app provides an emergency fund for anyone who signs up for a checking account. Sounds amazing, right? In this episode, we explore the shortcomings of the social safety net in the United States and the role startups play in healthcare. We also dive into the rise of neobanks and the nuanced reputation of Peter Thiel because Kaushik has the honor of being a Thiel Fellow.We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›Techlash usually publishes on Thursdays, but not during the last two weeks of this holiday season. The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest.

Dec 2020

24 min 51 sec

Silicon Valley has long been dominated by one group and popular digital platforms reflect this lack of diversity. When different genders, races, and generations are excluded from the design process, we all suffer the consequences. Lisa Marrone, CEO and co-founder of Revel, demonstrates the importance of building for underserved groups with her community for women over fifty. This week, Theo and Zibbie unpack the potential of building for underserved groups and explore how it opens new doors for innovation and growth in the tech industry.Theo wrote a companion essay for this episode on Forbes. Read it here ›We just launched a Techlash LinkedIn page. Follow it here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest. Techlash is an independent production that is unaffiliated with Forbes.

Dec 2020

22 min 36 sec

Privacy will always be a relevant topic in the United States with its don't tread on me mentality. No one wants a big tech company to buy and sell their data, but complex account settings on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter make it difficult for users to protect themselves. Pierre Valade, founder and CEO of Jumbo Privacy, helps users regain control by making settings simple and accessible through design. In this episode, we examine data collection, ad-based businesses, and whether we value convenience over privacy.Theo wrote a companion essay for this episode on Forbes. Read the piece ›We want to hear what you think, so we're launching a LinkedIn group today. Join here ›The views of the hosts do not reflect those of the guests, the sponsors, or any other competing interest. Techlash is an independent production that is unaffiliated with Forbes.

Dec 2020

22 min 27 sec

Diversity and Inclusion has been a hot topic in tech this year, but the data shows that we still have a long way to go. As a first step on this journey, let’s be honest about what diversity really means. We need skilled people from a range of economic backgrounds, just as much as we need greater gender and racial diversity in tech. Not by 2042, but like yesterday.It’s not enough to hire upper middle class kids from wealthy suburbs abroad; we need to hire from the inner city here at home. This isn’t a matter of equality, it’s one of competitiveness; creative thought occurs in the gap between two ideas, and between two perspectives in the case of collaboration. If we all kneel at the altar of Steve Jobs and therefore believe software development is an art, why don’t we spark a renaissance by empowering all the talent that has been shamefully shoved to the side? If we want to eliminate online harassment, why don’t we empower people who have actually been harassed?In an increasingly competitive and global industry, diversity is as imperative for the long-term viability of the technology industry in the United States as it is for the prosperity of the people who are being discriminated against. And as software rapidly becomes an invisible layer of our everyday experience, the fallout of unconscious bias may soon be too pervasive for us to ever reverse.

Dec 2020

20 min 18 sec

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May 2020

1 min 35 sec