Pivot

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Every Friday, Recode’s 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 other. After all, with great power comes great scrutiny. … read more

57 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

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

September 20th, 2019

46:40

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 …

BONUS: 'I love Amazon. Let's break it up'

September 18th, 2019

28:59

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 …

LIVE! From the Lesbians Who Tech Summit

September 13th, 2019

58:06

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 …

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

September 6th, 2019

42:39

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 …

Peloton “sells happiness” and bedbugs take over Twitter

August 30th, 2019

46:23

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. …

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

August 23rd, 2019

42:53

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 …

LIVE! From NYC it's Kara and Scott

August 21st, 2019

1:10:13

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 …

Sharks, WeWork & Tumblr's tumble from grace

August 16th, 2019

50:25

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" …

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

August 9th, 2019

39:07

Kara and Scott talk about Cloudfare dropping 8chan after its latest link to domestic terrorism and hate speech. They also talk about SoulCycle and …

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

August 2nd, 2019

33:15

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 …

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

July 26th, 2019

43:16

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. …

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

July 19th, 2019

34:07

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. 

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

July 12th, 2019

33:50

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 …

Fish and Chips and Biden and Harris and Reddit and Twitter

July 5th, 2019

43:02

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 …

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

June 28th, 2019

31:59

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 …

Facebook's New Money and Slack's New Valuation

June 21st, 2019

36:20

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 …

Pivot LIVE! From the 2019 Code Conference

June 14th, 2019

39:56

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 …

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

June 7th, 2019

34:07

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 …

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

May 31st, 2019

36:35

Pivot takes up the internet-age-old question of Facebook's responsibilities as a media company. And, should businesses be boycotting states that are …

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

May 24th, 2019

40:05

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 …

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

May 17th, 2019

40:28

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.

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

May 10th, 2019

34:59

"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).

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

May 3rd, 2019

37:10

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 …

The FTC & the "Algebra of Deterrence"

April 26th, 2019

31:47

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 …

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

April 19th, 2019

40:49

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 …

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington ... again

April 12th, 2019

38:32

Kara and Scott talk about Congressional hearings on tech platforms responsibility for spreading white nationalism and other hate speech. New Zealand, …

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

April 5th, 2019

36:16

Kara and Scott talk about the avalanche of recent Facebook news -- including Zuckerberg's new professed want for regulations. They also talk about …

Will the rising tide of ride sharing Lyft all boats?

March 29th, 2019

36:26

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 …

Does social media cause terrorism?

March 22nd, 2019

31:15

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 …

LIVE! From SXSW it's Kara and Scott

March 15th, 2019

51:27

Kara and Scott are live in Austin, Texas for SXSW. They talk antitrust, the breakdown of big tech and take audience questions and predictions. 

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

March 8th, 2019

36:22
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 …

News flash: Facebook’s contractors are people

March 1st, 2019

43:13

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 …

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

February 22nd, 2019

39:46

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. 

Hot Take: Amazon HQ2 breaks up with NYC

February 15th, 2019

9:49

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. 

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

February 15th, 2019

32:51

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 …

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

February 8th, 2019

4:52

BONUS episode: Scott couldn't wait to tell Pivot listeners what he thinks about Bezos' post accusing the National Inquirer of extortion.

Happy(ish) birthday, Facebook.

February 8th, 2019

40:14

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 …

Cook vs. Zuckerberg vs. consumer privacy

February 1st, 2019

35:26

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 …

MAGA teens, Fyre Fest and Twitter wars

January 25th, 2019

39:39

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 …

"Woke" is the 2019 business strategy

January 18th, 2019

41:16

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 …

Tech addiction and how it might be ruining Gen Z

January 11th, 2019

35:46

Scott brings on a guest-host, his NYU colleague and bestselling author Jonathan Haidt.

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

January 4th, 2019

43:59

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. 

2018's biggest stories and 2019 predictions

December 28th, 2018

33:07

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. 

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

December 21st, 2018

28:29

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. 

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

December 14th, 2018

31:29

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 U.K. piles on Facebook

December 7th, 2018

32:13

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. 

Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?

November 30th, 2018

35:40

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 …

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

November 23rd, 2018

26:57

Kara and Scott talk about how Facebook's C-suite has responded to reports of mismanagement.

Facebook's dirty tricks

November 16th, 2018

37:19

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook and the explosive report on their mismanagement and deception over the past three years. 

Amazon’s HQ2 was a con, not a contest

November 9th, 2018

26:50

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 …

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

November 2nd, 2018

35:09

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 …

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

October 26th, 2018

28:39

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 …

Saudi money, Facebook’s fib and Amazon HQ2

October 19th, 2018

23:05

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.

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

October 12th, 2018

32:28

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 …

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

October 5th, 2018

24:39

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) …

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

September 28th, 2018

25:30

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 …

Introducing Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway

September 21st, 2018

0:56

A weekly look at tech and business headlines, with provocations, predictions and insights from two leading voices in the worlds of journalism and marketing.

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