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Every Tuesday and Friday, tech journalist 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 one else. After all, with great power … read more

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Dow is Up, Santos is Out, and Guest Sixto Cancel

December 5th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the Dow's record highs and home ownership's new lows. Then, George Santos leaves Congress like a "Scandal in the Wind," while the Newsom/DeSantis debate was a circus of another kind. Plus, Google …

Elon, Kissinger, Cuban, Haley, IPOs, and Guest Rob Copeland

December 1st, 2023


We have a newspalooza for you today. Kara and Scott discuss Elon Musk's decision to put advertisers on blast, Henry Kissinger's death, Nikki Haley's …

Sam Altman's Return to OpenAI, Meta's Underage Users, and Guest Alan Patricof

November 28th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Jeff Zucker's return to the news business, and the cost of advertiser backlash in Elon Musk's antisemitism controversy. Then, Sam Altman is back at OpenAI, but who are the winners and losers after …

Decoder: Barack Obama on AI, Free Speech, and the Future of the Internet

November 24th, 2023


Happy Thanksgiving! While Kara and Scott take a break after a crazy week of news, enjoy this episode of Decoder, featuring Nilay Patel's interview …

Sam Altman Goes to Microsoft, Elon Goes Thermonuclear, and Guest Dr. Joy Buolamwini

November 21st, 2023


Kara shares her latest reporting on Sam Altman and his decision to go to Microsoft, then she and Scott discuss what's next for OpenAI. Plus, Elon Musk threatens a "thermonuclear lawsuit," and X CEO Linda Yaccarino …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the OpenAI Debacle

November 21st, 2023


In the swirl of drama around Sam Altman’s exit from OpenAI, one company seems to be the winner: Microsoft. It has both a significant partnership with, and an ownership stake in, the company, and now it's welcoming …

Emergency Episode! Sam Altman Out at OpenAI and X's Advertiser Exodus

November 18th, 2023


It's an emergency crossover episode of Pivot and the Prof G Pod and there's a lot to discuss. Sam Altman is out as CEO of OpenAI – but what exactly happened? Kara shares her latest reporting. Plus, major advertisers are …

Government Shutdown Averted, A Surge in Hate Speech, and Guest Adrian Aoun

November 17th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Nikki Haley's social media stance, Truth Social's waning prospects, and the revelation that Google sends a third of Safari ad revenue to Apple. And don’t worry, they also talk about the Jeff Bezos …

Shutdown Deja Vu, AI and Actors, and Guest Meredith Levien

November 14th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the new (and bizarre) AI pin, and Trump's desire for a televised trial. Also, the threat of a government shutdown is back, but will Speaker Mike Johnson be able to make a deal in time? Plus, what …

Actors Strike Ends, OpenAI's Big Moves, and Guest Mattie Kahn

November 10th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the winners and losers from the GOP debate, Disney's latest earnings, and why Rivian seems to be bucking EV trends. Then, the 118-day SAG-AFTRA strike is coming to an end, but who's really coming …

Biden's Bad Polls, Lessons Learned from SBF Trial, and Guest Kashmir Hill

November 7th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss why Jeff Bezos is really moving to Florida, major changes coming to the real estate business and Elon's new AI bot, Grok. Plus, what's next for crypto and investors after Sam Bankman-Fried's …

Disney's Hulu Deal, UAW Strike Impact, and Guest Chris Krebs

November 3rd, 2023


Kara and Scott tell all about their trip to the White House. Then, they discuss the Ozempic effect on Krispy Kreme stock, and Disney taking full …

EV Declines, Net Neutrality, and an AI Executive Order

October 31st, 2023


Kara and Scott are making the TV rounds: Kara was on The Simpsons, and Scott was on Bill Maher! They’re also on their way to The White House as President Biden launches a new approach to AI. Then, the FCC is ready to …

Speaker Johnson, Meta Lawsuit, and Elon's Twitter-versary

October 27th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss where Twitter/X stands one year after Elon's acquisition. They also break down Biden's upcoming A.I. executive order, and the UAW—Ford agreement. Then, Mike Johnson is the new Speaker of the …

AI Ethics at Code 2023

October 25th, 2023


Platformer's Casey Newton moderates a conversation at Code 2023 on ethics in artificial intelligence, with Ajeya Cotra, Senior Program Officer at Open Philanthropy, and Helen Toner, Director of Strategy at Georgetown …

Supreme Court and Social Media, Cybertruck Troubles, and Guest Matt Mullenweg

October 24th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the investigation into what Jim Jordan knew about sexual abuse at Ohio State, Jon Stewart and Apple parting ways and a tough road ahead for Tesla's Cybertruck. Then, how the Supreme Court's latest …

Goldman Sachs' Earnings Woes, X Tests Subscriptions, and Marc Andreesen’s Manifesto

October 20th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the ongoing House speaker’s race, tech leaders dropping out of the Web Summit conference, and Google cutting news division …

Middle East Messaging, Microsoft's $69B Deal, and Guest Rick Wilson

October 17th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss whether companies should speak up or stay silent on the Israel-Hamas War. Then, what Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of …

Israel-Hamas War, Search for a Speaker, and Guest Esther Perel

October 13th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss how the Israel-Hamas war is getting covered on social media and the influx of misinformation. Then, Republicans still can't decide on a Speaker of the House. Plus, the failed talks between …

Driving Upward Economic Mobility — with Professor Raj Chetty | The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway

October 10th, 2023


Pivot will return on Friday! In the meantime, we're bringing you an episode from another podcast in the Pivot universe: The Prof G Pod.

Raj Chetty, the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and …

Congress in Chaos, The Ozempic Effect, and the Healthcare Strike

October 6th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss declining social media traffic to news sites, Amazon using an algorithm to test how high they could boost prices, and why the …

Whitney Wolfe Herd at Code 2023

October 4th, 2023


Bumble Founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd speaks with CNBC Correspondent Julia Boorstin at Code 2023. They discuss the power of AI, and whether it …

Newsom's Senate Pick, SCOTUS Takes on Social Media, and Guest New York Times Pitchbot

October 3rd, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss California Governor Gavin Newsom's choice of Laphonza Butler for Dianne Feinstein's senate seat, and whether Kevin McCarthy …

Byron Allen at Code 2023

September 30th, 2023


Allen Media Group Founder, Chairman and CEO Byron Allen speaks with CNBC Correspondent Julia Boorstin at Code 2023. They discuss his bid to buy ABC, …

Code Drama, WGA Revisited, and The Taylor Swift Effect

September 29th, 2023


After a headline-making Code Conference, Kara discusses her interview with Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, and also talks …

Writers Strike Deal, Betting Against the FTC, and Guest Mathias Döpfner

September 26th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the tentative deal between Hollywood writers and studios, and what it means for the future of the industry. They also talk …

Rupert, Russell, and a Looming Shutdown

September 22nd, 2023


As Rupert Murdoch announces his retirement, Kara and Scott discuss the future of the media mogul's empire and his legacy. They also react to the …

Strike Winners & Losers, Disney's ABC Decision, and Guest Benyamin Cohen

September 19th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the Jann Wenner controversy, and the new management term "feedforward." And as the "summer of strikes" marches into the fall, they talk about the State of the Unions. Then, is Disney selling off …

AI Summit, U.S. v. Google, and Drew Barrymore Backlash

September 15th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the new openings for the greatest jobs in journalism – Taylor Swift and Beyoncé reporters. They also unpack Apple's underwhelming product launch and the backlash Drew Barrymore is facing after …

Inside Elon’s New Bio, A.I. Goes to Washington and Guest Kristi Coulter

September 12th, 2023


Kara and Scott dish on their big date night at the U.S. Open. They also preview A.I.'s big week on Capitol Hill before Kara gives her no-holds-barred …

Cable Wars, FTC vs. Amazon, and Elon vs. the ADL

September 8th, 2023


Scott is back! He and Kara waste no time digging into Charter vs. Disney and the FTC’s possible Amazon suit. Our Friend of Pivot is CEO and National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt. He shares …

Land of the Giants: How Tesla Became the Elon Musk Co.

September 5th, 2023


Not many people can name the original founders of Tesla. So how did two guys who wanted to build an electric car create a company synonymous with Elon Musk?

Listen to more from Land of the Giants here

Learn more about …

The Apple Vision Pro, Being Present, and Scott’s Hair

September 1st, 2023


Scott Free August is over, welcome to Scottember! As we head into the holiday weekend, Kara and Scott open the listener mail bag to answer questions …

Electric Vehicles, Tech Giant Land Grab and Co-Host Joanna Stern

August 29th, 2023


Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern is Kara's co-host as Scott-free August comes to an end. They explore how Trump's mugshot is spawning merch …

GOP Debate, AI in Medicine and the Right Wing's New Favorite Song with Co-Hosts Louie Swisher and Dr. Jeffrey Swisher

August 25th, 2023


All in the family! Kara's son Louie Swisher and her brother Dr. Jeffrey Swisher join her to co-host. The trio discuss Ronan Farrow's new reporting on Elon Musk and Oliver Anthony's hit song "Rich Men North of Richmond." …

The Future of Threads, Biotech, and Education

August 22nd, 2023


A minor break in Scott-Free August (because Scott misses you all): Kara and Scott open the listener mail bag to answer your questions about Instagram Threads, biotech, and education. Stick around to hear a listener call …

Trump Indictments, Blind Side Drama, and Co-Host Don Lemon

August 18th, 2023


Journalist and anchor Don Lemon joins Kara for his first major conversation about leaving CNN, what he's been doing since, and what he's planning to do next. He also chats with Kara about the Trump indictments, The …

Maui Fires, the Hollywood Strikes, and Co-Host George Hahn

August 15th, 2023


George Hahn is back to join Kara as co-host! They discuss the latest in the Zuckerberg v. Musk cage match, Sam Bankman-Fried reporting to jail, and Donald Trump’s looming fourth indictment. Then, the Maui wildfire is …

Twitter’s Trump Warrant, and An Abortion Rights Win in Ohio with Co-Host Will Hurd

August 11th, 2023


Republican presidential candidate joins Will Hurd joins Kara as co-host to discuss aging politicians, an FEC efforts to regulate AI in campaign ads, …

Tech Money in Politics, SBF, and Billion-Dollar Barbie with Co-Host Teddy Schleifer

August 8th, 2023


Puck's Teddy Schleifer is Kara's co-host, chatting about Sam Bankman-Fried’s legal woes, Barbie hitting $1 billion, and the Musk v. Zuckerberg cage fight. Then, Donald Trump’s response to his latest indictment, and the …

Trump's Latest Indictment, Strike Update, and Co-Host Savannah Guthrie

August 4th, 2023


We’re starting off Scott Free August strong with TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie. Kara and Savannah give us a look behind the scenes at how they've …

Elon Musk’s Outer Space, Scott-Free August Preview, and Guest Ian Rogers

August 1st, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the comeback of the Chevy Bolt, and Scott’s thoughts on Barbie. Also, what should the government do about the dominance of the …

Big Tech Earnings, College Admissions Controversies, and UFOs

July 28th, 2023


Kara and Scott talk about the latest interest rate hike, Mitch McConnell’s health scare, and whether the aliens are finally here or not. Plus, it’s earnings season, and the AI effect is making money moves for Big Tech. …

The X Factor, AI Guardrails, and a Barbenheimer Post-Mortem

July 25th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss a huge weekend at the box office, and Jeff Bezos' renewed interest in The Washington Post. Plus, WTF is Elon doing with his Twitter re-brand? Also, Big Tech agrees to some AI safety commitments, …

Barbenheimer, AI in the Newsroom, and Scott Doubles Down

July 21st, 2023


Kara's got the latest from the Barbie premiere, where YES she saw Mr and Mrs. Gaetz. Scott has some more thoughts on who the real enemy is in the …

Bob Iger’s Rough Ride, Record-Breaking Heat Waves and Guest Ashlee Vance

July 18th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Tesla’s Cybertruck, Tucker Carlson’s new media company, and a drop in Threads engagement. Also, Bob One’s contract has been extended after a rough first year, and SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher …

Zuck's Second Chance, Lina Khan's Losing Streak, and More

July 14th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss actors joining writers on the picket line, and Ticketmaster vs. Taylor Swift fans, again.* Also, Threads hit 100 million users in just five days, does its success give Mark Zuckerberg a chance to …

Tesla’s Chargers, The Writers’ Strike, and What Global Policies Will Save the World

July 11th, 2023


Will Tesla’s Charging network provoke the FTC? Can writers take control of their intellectual property? Can our electrical infrastructure support EV …

Meta’s Threads, and A Major First Amendment Ruling

July 7th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Apple hitting a $3 trillion valuation, China announcing export restrictions on minerals used in the production of …

The Economy, the Media, and Fatherhood — with Kai Ryssdal

July 4th, 2023


Kai Ryssdal, the host and senior editor of Marketplace, joins Scott to discuss the state of the economy and his take on the media. We also learn how Kai approaches fatherhood and his thoughts on being a good partner. …

Psychedelics in Silicon Valley, and Restrictions on AI Chip Exports

June 30th, 2023


Donald Trump may soon return to Twitter, new F1 team owners, and Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White wants a raise. Then, psychedelics have a hold on tech …

Rebellion in Russia, Titan Fallout, and Guest Jason Del Rey

June 27th, 2023


Breaking news: Kara Swisher will not referee the cage match between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Also, SpaceX is looking to up its valuation, and Meta wants to shut down access to news in Canada. And this weekend’s …

Tesla’s Rising Value, Meta’s AI, and Twitter’s Ad Problem

June 23rd, 2023


Kara and Scott are live at Cannes! They discuss Tesla’s market value going up a quarter of a trillion dollars, and Meta letting advertisers know how …

Google’s Sundar Pichai Talks Seach, AI, and Dancing with Microsoft

June 20th, 2023


Nilay Patel, editor in chief of The Verge, talks to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet about what he thinks of the future of search, and his vision for Google.Listen to more from Nilay in the feed of Decoder …

E.U. Tech Regulation, Bud Light Sales, and Kara Tries the Apple Vision Pro

June 16th, 2023


Kara has a pretty rave review of Apple's Vision Pro, but can she sell Scott on trying it out? Also, E.U is on a tear of technology regulation, …

Trump Heads to Court (Again), Tesla's Autopilot Danger, and Guest Jennifer Pahlka

June 13th, 2023


Trump Heads to Court (Again), Tesla's Autopilot Danger, and Guest Jennifer Pahlka

Kara and Scott talk about George Soros' succession plan, Twitter’s new “odd couple,” and Trump's latest legal battle over classified …

PGA Tour's Mysterious Merger, Instagram's Pedophile Problem

June 9th, 2023


The SEC is coming for crypto’s biggest players, Fox News says Tucker Carlson broke his contract with a new Twitter show, and Chris Licht is out at CNN. Then, Instagram’s algorithms are promoting accounts sharing child …

Apple's Vision Pro, Chris Licht Outlook, and Friend of Pivot Ben Terris

June 6th, 2023


The Directors Guild avoids a strike, Amazon may join the wireless market, and tech companies prepare for 2024 by acting like it's 2020. Also, Apple finally unveils its headset. Kara and Scott talk about the weird world …

Biden Wins the Debt Deal, and AI Extinction

June 2nd, 2023


Elizabeth Holmes goes to prison, the Sackler family escapes liability, and Twitter's valuation drops even lower. Also, Congress votes to raise the …

How worried—or excited—should we be about AI? Recode Media with Peter Kafka

May 30th, 2023


AI is amazing… or terrifying, depending on who you ask. This is a technology that elicits strong, almost existential reactions. So, as a Memorial Day …

The Twitter DeSaster and the Surgeon General’s Social Media Warning

May 26th, 2023


Meta will sell Giphy in an antitrust loss, and the man who ran a Twitter account tracking Elon Musk’s private jet is now tracking Ron Desantis. Also, …

Disney’s Billion Dollar Punch, AppGPT, and Guest Chasten Buttigieg

May 23rd, 2023


The EU deals Meta a record-breaking fine, Jeffrey Epstein reportedly attempted to blackmail Bill Gates, and the debt ceiling is looming closer. Also, Disney is cancelling plans to build a complex in Florida. Kara and …

Supreme Court Saves Social Media, Montana Bans TikTok, and Sam Altman Wants AI Regulation

May 19th, 2023


EU regulators say 'game on' for the Microsoft-Activision deal, WeWork's CEO is stepping down, and the latest call for AI regulation is coming from …

A New Chief Twit, CNN Fallout, and Senator Mark Warner

May 16th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Taylor Swift's economic impact, and why there are troubles at Disney Plus and Netflix. Meanwhile, over at Twitter: a new CEO, and a censorship controversy. Also, the Trump Town Hall stirs up …

Trump's Town Hall, Santos Charged, and STFU with Dan Lyons

May 12th, 2023


Tucker Carlson says he's moving to Twitter, Google cuts a deal with the New York Times, and the Biden administration might make airlines pay their customers. Kara and Scott unpack the Trump verdict and CNN town hall, …

Debt Ceiling, Trump Town Hall, and Guest Claire Hughes Johnson

May 9th, 2023


Kara and Scott talk about the coronation, CNN's Trump town hall, and Elizabeth Holmes. Also, Twitter is bleeding blue checks, and Tucker Carlson …

Regulating AI, Culture Wars at the School Play, and Guest Anne Applebaum on Ukraine

May 5th, 2023


Kara and Scott on interest rates, new Airbnb features, and the text that got Tucker Carlson fired. AI CEOs are headed to the White House as the FTC puts the industry in its crosshairs, and Scott redefines LLM. Plus: the …

J.P. Morgan's First Republic Deal, Twitter v. Bluesky, and Friend of Pivot Joelle Emerson

May 2nd, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the recent warnings from one of the “Godfathers of AI,” as well as the potential writers' strike. Then, J.P Morgan keeps getting bigger with its latest acquisition: First Republic. Elon Musk says …

Disney Sues DeSantis, Meta's Good Quarter, and the Case Against TikTok with Senator Michael Bennet

April 28th, 2023


The UK moves to block the Microsoft-Activision deal, Peter Thiel announces a change to his political giving, and First Republic Bank shows we're not …

Tucker & Don Out, Elon's Blue Check Wreck, and Guest Baratunde Thurston

April 25th, 2023


Kara and Scott react to news that Tucker Carlson is out at Fox, and Don Lemon at CNN. Plus, Kara's got a blue check and Scott doesn't after a messy week at Twitter. Layoffs and closures are hitting left and right with …

Fox News Must Pay, DeSantis Doubles Down on Disney, and Dmitri Alperovitch on Discord

April 21st, 2023


Meta's Year of Efficiency continues with 10,000 more layoffs. Apple gets into the savings game with a competitive interest rate. Florida's Ron DeSantis is losing his war on Disney, while Fox News agrees to pay Dominion …

The Discord Leaks, San Francisco Safety, and Kate Crawford on AI

April 18th, 2023


Scott’s back on Twitter, and Elon says the platform could be cash-flow positive this quarter - coincidence? Kara and Scott discuss growing calls for …

Twitter Payments, Financial Illiteracy, and the Out-of-Touch Elite

April 14th, 2023


Why does anyone need another form of payment? Who's really behind all that "un-American" content on TikTok? And which Pivot co-host is the most elite? Learn the answers to all that and more as Kara and Scott tackle …

Twitter vs. Substack, Stormy Daniels, and Jennifer Senior On Grief

April 11th, 2023


SPOILERS: Succession.

Jill Biden makes a rare gaffe after the NCAA championships. Dueling court rulings could endanger access to abortion pills. …

Trump Arrest Fallout

April 7th, 2023


The View co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin joins Kara to discuss the fallout from former President Donald Trump's arrest. What does it mean for his …

Blue Checks Live On (For Now), Adam Neumann of Arabia, and Guest Liz Hoffman

April 4th, 2023


Kara and Scott still have their blue checks! They discuss a confusing and slow legacy check removal process at Twitter. Also, the Russian government’s arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, and other …

Trump Indicted, Alibaba Splits, School Shooting Misinformation

March 31st, 2023


Disney drops out of the metaverse, Apple jumps into buy now, pay later, and tech leaders call for a pause on A.I. Also, Donald Trump says that he's been "INDICATED," and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is splitting …

Twitter Blues, Israel Protests, and TikTok espionage with Emily Baker-White

March 28th, 2023


Short sellers come to Jack Dorsey's Block, Apple's employees don't like what they're seeing in the company's AR device, and there's peace in the Silicon Valley Bank tonight. Also, NPR cancels four podcasts, the SEC gets …

TikTok’s Testimony, and Google’s Bard Release

March 24th, 2023


Scott and Kara* dissect TikTok CEO Shou Chew’s testimony in the House as the app fends of a potential U.S. ban. And in A.I. news, Google released its chat bot, Bard, to the general public. Plus, President Trump is still …

TikTok Gets Ready to Testify, UBS Rescues Credit Suisse, and Guest Dr. Gloria Mark

March 21st, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss another round of Amazon layoffs, former President Trump’s call for protests, and of course, raccoon dogs. Plus, the banking drama continues as banks in the U.S. and Switzerland come together to …

ChatGPT Will See You Now, and Silicon Valley Bank Fallout Continues

March 17th, 2023


The Biden administration tells Tiktok to leave ByteDance or leave the US. Meta's year of Zuck-ficiency continues, with another 10,000 layoffs. Kara and Scott unpack the decision to backstop Silicon Valley Bank, as …

The Oscars, a Silicon Valley Bank Update, and Data Privacy

March 14th, 2023


Sam Sanders of Into It joins Kara for co-hosting duties!  They discuss the latest on the Silicon Valley Bank fallout, then break down this year's Oscars. Also, data security issues are at play in a church scandal …

Silicon Valley Bank’s Downfall

March 12th, 2023


Kara, Scott, and William D. Cohan are back with a bonus episode to talk through Silicon Valley Bank’s 48 hour collapse. What does its fall mean for …

Wheels Come Off at Tesla, Tucker's Texts, and Hannah Dreier on Immigrant Child Labor

March 10th, 2023


More layoffs are coming to Meta, and President Biden's pick for the FCC, Gigi Sohn, drops out of the running. As the FTC investigates his company and the wheels literally come off at Tesla, Elon Musk publicly picks (and …

TikTok, Freedom, and the First Amendment with Jeff Kosseff

March 7th, 2023


Kara and Scott talk big earnings at Salesforce, Amazon's HQ2 construction pause, and more executive departures at Apple. Also, TikTok ban bills are moving ahead, amid renewed GOP attacks on Big Tech. Plus, we’re joined …

Twitter Competitors, Lab Leak Theory, and Guest Mehdi Hasan

March 3rd, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Tesla’s “Master Plan 3,” and TikTok's new time limits. Also, the world of Twitter competitors is growing with Jack Dorsey’s new app Bluesky joining the ranks. Plus, the COVID-19 lab leak theory …

Meta Joins the A.I. Race, More Twitter Cuts, and Guest Malcolm Harris

February 28th, 2023


Dilbert is out of work after his creator made racist remarks. House Republicans are launching an investigation into the toxic train derailment in Ohio. Also, Twitter has cut staff yet again, and prominent Elon-backers …

Meta Verified, SCOTUS, and the Future of the Internet

February 24th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Don Lemon's troubling comments, the high cost of shooting down UFOs, and Amazon sealing the deal with One Medical. Also, Elon Musk and Tesla return to California. Plus, Mark Zuckerberg wants us to …

America’s Progress Has Stalled — with Derek Thompson | The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway

February 21st, 2023


Happy President's Day! Pivot will return on Friday. Today, an episode from our other favorite podcast: The Prof G Pod.

Derek Thompson, a staff writer at The Atlantic and host of the Plain English podcast, joins Scott to …

Elon’s Timeline Takeover, Bing’s AI Freakout, and the Sordid Affairs of Sumner Redstone

February 17th, 2023


A week of surprising resignations: the FTC’s lone Republican commissioner announced her departure in the Wall Street Journal, and Scotland’s First Minister will step down after drama around a transgender prisoner. Also, …

UFOs, The State of Tech, and Guest Lakshmi Rengarajan

February 14th, 2023


Kara and Scott talk Super Bowl ads and legacy blue check wars. And what on Earth (or Mars?) is the deal with all of these UFOs? Plus, the state of Big Tech: the layoffs, the opportunities, the A.I. Also, Friend of Pivot …

AI Blunders, The GOP Cries Censorship, and Adam Neumann’s Comeback

February 10th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the latest changes at Disney, including layoffs, and the expensive mistake made by Google's chatbot. Also in the mix: Adam Neumann is back, and has invented apartments! Plus, how did that …

Balloon-Gate, The AI Arms Race, and Guest Jerry Saltz

February 7th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Google's newest effort to compete with ChatGPT, the Koch network's anti-Trump efforts, and the latest on Elon Musk’s many legal battles. Plus, of course, the fallout from the Chinese balloon. …

Meta Shakes Off the FTC, and AAG Jonathan Kanter takes on Google

February 3rd, 2023


The Fed eases up on the brakes, Elon Musk looks for new ways to monetize Twitter, and Snap has another rough quarter. Also: Meta may have prevailed in a fight with the FTC. Today’s Friend of Pivot is Jonathan …

Sick Day! Tinder Changed the Game - from Land of the Giants: Dating Games

January 31st, 2023


Today Kara’s out sick and we’re sharing an episode of Land of the Giants.

When Tinder launched in 2012, it changed dating culture and our expectations …

Trump is Back on Meta, The DOJ Sues Google, and No More Murdoch Merger

January 27th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss the Bad Blood between the Senate Judiciary Committee and Live Nation, Walmart giving workers a raise, and the cancelled Murdoch merger of Fox and News Corp. Also, will you see more covfefe in your …

Netflix Shakeup, More Tech Layoffs, and Guest Cory Doctorow

January 24th, 2023


Biden will get a new Chief of Staff, the U.S. Attorney has questions for Amazon, and Elon takes the stand. Over at Netflix: strong subscriber growth, and Reed Hastings is out as Co-CEO. And of course, more layoffs. Then …

Microsoft's Hard Landing, Bitcoin Bounces Back, and Inside Twitter with Zoe Schiffer

January 20th, 2023


Kara and Scott discuss Microsoft layoffs, cryptocurrency’s surprising recovery, and Jacinda Ardern’s resignation. Plus, someone bought a Twitter bird statue for $100k, and it wasn’t Kara. Friend of Pivot Zoë Schiffer (

Live from London: Recession Calling?

January 18th, 2023


Kara and Scott visit London's "new Palo Alto" for a live discussion on Tim Cook's pay cut, Prince Harry's memoir "Spare," and what European …

Live from DLD: Microsoft's AI Future and the FAA Meltdown

January 13th, 2023


At Munich's Digital-Life-Design conference, Kara and Scott unpack EU tech regulations, Tesla's many challenges (including Twitter), and OpenAI's …

The New McCarthy Era, A.I. on the Rise, and Guest Mike Allen

January 10th, 2023


Kara and Scott are back together! They discuss the new power balance in Congress, how A.I. will and won't transform, and a potential ban on …

House Arrest, Meta Fined Over Fine Print, and More...with Audie Cornish

January 6th, 2023


CNN's Audie Cornish joins Kara as guest co-host with plenty to cover: the Republican disarray in the Speaker of the House vote, the E.U. fining Meta …

State of Play: Inflation, Recession Signals, and the Housing Market — with Mark Zandi - The Prof G Pod

January 3rd, 2023


Today we're sharing an episode of The Prof G Pod, Scott Galloway's other favorite podcast. Enjoy!

Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics …

Elon Musk: Somebody That I Used to Know - On with Kara Swisher

December 30th, 2022


Today we're sharing an episode of On with Kara Swisher - her other favorite podcat.

Elon Musk is a puzzle, but if there’s anyone who can make sense of him it’s Kara Swisher. She’s covered him since the late 90s – back in …

Elon, SBF, AI and What the Hell is Up in Tech? - On with Kara Swisher

December 27th, 2022


Enjoy this episode of On with Kara Swisher!

From the high speed train wreck at Twitter to the extradition of a fallen crypto kingpin and an AI that can rewrite your dating profile, there’s a lot happening in tech right …

2022: Pivot's Year in Review

December 23rd, 2022


We're looking back at the BIGGEST stories of the year. And what a year! When 2022 began, Russia enjoyed somewhat normal relations with the West, many Covid measures were still in place, Queen Elizabeth II reigned, and …

The Future of Antitrust, Bitcoin, DWAC, and more

December 20th, 2022


Kara and Scott look back on a year of predictions. What did they get right? What did Elon ruin? We’ll tally up the wins and losses around super-acquisitions, metaverse real estate, Trump’s SPAC, and, or course, Twitter. …

Microsoft Takeovers, the World's Richest Person, and Jack Dorsey's Legacy

December 16th, 2022


Kara and Scott open the ol' listener mailbag to answer queries about LinkedIn etiquette, Microsoft products, and why Jack Dorsey is the best CEO ever

The FTC Sues Microsoft and Twitter Blue is Back

December 13th, 2022


Shortly after we recorded this episode, Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas. Don't worry, the takes in here are still fresh.

The Respect for Marriage Act is headed to President Biden’s desk, and Sam …

The Growing U.S.-China Divide, Senate's Journalism Bill is DOA, and Congressman Ro Khanna

December 9th, 2022


Twitter ads are showing up on white nationalist profiles, and some big names exit Salesforce. Also, Congress killed the Journalism and Competition Preservation Act, and the divide between the U.S. and China is growing …

The Twitter Files, How to Make Good Business Decisions, and Guest Maria Ressa

December 6th, 2022


In another big week for content moderation, internal Twitter emails detailing the decision to block the Hunter Biden laptop story were released, and Ye was suspended from Twitter. Then, welcome to Prof G University: …

SBF’s Publicity Tour, Elon vs. Apple, and The Respect for Marriage Act

December 2nd, 2022


Elon Musk calls a truce with Tim Cook after picking a series of fights with Apple. Kara and Scott review Sam Bankman-Fried's publicity tour, and discuss the Senate's passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. Finally, …

The Excruciating Toll of Elon's Stunts

November 29th, 2022


Guest host William D. Cohan joins Kara to discuss the latest developments in the Twitter saga: banned accounts will return! Apple could ban Twitter …

How to Raise the Next Scott Galloway

November 25th, 2022


Happy Thanksgiving! Kara and Scott take a break from the news to answer all your questions about raising happy, healthy, successful Pivot listeners. …

Bob One Returns, Trump Can Tweet Again, and Guest Noam Bardin on Post News

November 22nd, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Elon Musk’s latest moves, including letting Former President Trump back onto the Twitter. And Bob 1 has returned to replace …

Elon Bets It All, Apple Grows Out of China, and Guest Kate Klonick

November 18th, 2022


Apple will source chips from a plant in Arizona, in a move to lower its dependence on Taiwan. Also, Chief Twit is still at it; this time with a …

Deep Cuts at Twitter, FTX Hack, and Friend of Pivot Joe Coscarelli

November 15th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the latest belt-tightening measures at Amazon and Disney and the latest round of the Apple v. Epic Games antitrust fight. Also, Twitter’s shrinking workforce, Musk v. Markey, and the mysterious …

Crypto Chaos, Meta Layoffs, Musk Mania, and Guest Jonathan Haidt

November 11th, 2022


Kara and Scott dissect what the FTX meltdown means for cryptocurrency, Meta's layoffs, and how the midterms might impact big tech. Friend of Pivot Jonathan Haidt stops by to talk about the impacts of social media on …

Parody Accounts on Twitter, Peak Layoff Season, and Tech Monopolies

November 8th, 2022


Kara and Scott question Elon Musk's sense of humor after he bans comedian Kathy Griffin (and others who spoofed his account) over the weekend. They also talk about the layoff trend in the tech industry, as Meta …

More Twitter Drama, Amazon Post-Pandemic, and Guest Jon Favreau on the Midterms

November 4th, 2022


Kara is joined by guest host Kai Ryssdal, Host and Senior Editor of Marketplace! They discuss the latest dispatches from Elon Musk’s Twitter, from layoffs to subscription plans. Also, Amazon’s new post-pandemic reality, …

Chief Twit, Apple’s Earnings, and Guest Margaret Sullivan

November 1st, 2022


From a misinformation scandal to a so-called trolling campaign, Kara and Scott discuss the first few days of Elon Musk's Twitter. Also, Apple beat …

Twitter’s Future, Big Tech’s Bad Earnings, and Adidas and Ye

October 28th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the headwinds Elon Musk and Twitter employees will face, as well as disappointing earnings reports for big tech. Warner Bros. Discovery will pay $1 billion to downsize, and Adidas has terminated …

Republicans v. Google, Musk’s Twitter Plans, and Guest Dahlia Lithwick

October 25th, 2022


Elon Musk wants to layoff 75% of Twitter’s staff, and Republicans are suing Google. Amazon's getting in to home insurance, while Apple's getting in to home security. Friend of Pivot Dahlia Lithwick joins to discuss her …

Netflix Breaks a Losing Streak, Zuck Swipes at iMessages, and Guest Ben Smith of Semafor

October 21st, 2022


Netflix beat estimates for Q3 and added two million subscribers. Meta has Super-App dreams for WhatsApp, and Mark Zuckerberg is ready to take on iMessage. Plus, Twitter freezes employees' stock accounts, and an activist …

Ye's Parlay, Rupert's Reunion, and Guest Anne Applebaum

October 18th, 2022


It’s been a big week in right wing media: Kanye’s buying Parler, Murdoch may re-merge Fox and News Corp, and whistleblowers are getting fired at Truth Social. Plus, Musk is under federal investigation, stemming from his …

Elon and Russia, the Metaverse, the Economy, and Alex Jones

October 14th, 2022


Elon Musk pushes back against reports that he had conversations with Putin, but Kara and Scott aren't having it. They also discuss Meta's new hardware and what it means for the company's overall strategy. Plus, the …

On with Kara Swisher: Maggie Haberman Makes Sense of Donald Trump

October 10th, 2022


Hey Pivot listeners! The Pivot team is off for the Monday holiday, so instead of your regularly-scheduled episode, you're getting an exciting …

Elon and Twitter's Wild Ride, Q3 Wins and Fails, and OPEC

October 7th, 2022


Kara and Scott give us a break down of the biggest themes of Q3, and wins and fails of the quarter. And of course, the latest with Elon and Twitter. Also, Amazon won’t make any new hires for the rest of the year, Uber’s …

Emergency Bonus Episode: Now Elon's Really Ready to Buy Twitter at $54.20

October 4th, 2022


Kara and Scott are ready with the hot takes in reaction to the breaking news that Elon Musk has revived his offer to buy the social media company. They discuss everything from his possible motivations, to the financial …

Elon’s Texts, TikTok’s Wins and Fails in Europe, and Guest Gabriel Debenedetti

October 4th, 2022


So many Elon texts. Kara and Scott discuss A-listers’ conversations with Musk, and TikTok’s wins and losses in Europe. Also, Liz Truss’s reversal on tax cuts for the wealthy, and Kim Kardashian’s crypto trouble with the …

Oprah and Apple End Deal, 'Dahmer' Sets Records, Advertisers Flee Twitter, and More

September 30th, 2022


Oprah and Apple TV cut the cord on their deal while Netflix's Dahmer series breaks records. Kara and Scott discuss what it all means for the …

The Legacy of Steve Jobs, at Code 2022

September 28th, 2022


Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs unpack the life and work of Steve Jobs, the legendary Apple co-founder who changed consumer …

Market Mayhem, Iran Protests, and Guest Jessica Yellin

September 27th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the growing protests in Iran, and what dramatic market declines mean for the future. They also chat about Elon's pre-trial deposition in Delaware, and how Meta allegedly bypassed Apple’s tracking …

Jen Psaki at Code 2022

September 24th, 2022


Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks with Kara Swisher at Code 2022. They discuss Psaki's new career at MSNBC, the state of news, and her time in the White House.

Recorded on September 8th in Los Angeles.

The Future of Crypto, SPACs, and Trump's Legal Troubles

September 23rd, 2022


The Biden administration makes a full-court press at crypto. Could a digital dollar be next? Also, the FTC wants the dirt on the Amazon/Roomba deal. …

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy at Code 2022

September 21st, 2022


Amazon CEO Andy Jassy speaks with Kara Swisher at Code 2022. Kara and Andy discuss his thoughts on unionization, returning to the office, higher wages, and tech legislation.

Recorded on September 7th in Los Angeles.

States vs. Social Media, Adobe Acquires Figma, and Guest Marta Tellado

September 20th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the impacts of a Texas social media law, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bill to protect children’s data. Also, Adobe acquired Figma. Plus, a mega stock crash at Meta, a bizarre harassment case …

Bob Iger at Code 2022

September 17th, 2022


Bob Iger, the former CEO and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, speaks with Kara Swisher at Code 2022. Kara and Bob discuss the winners and losers in the streaming wars, the future of movies, that time he almost …

Big Tech Testifies, California v. Amazon, and Patagonia for the Climate

September 16th, 2022


It’s a big week on the Hill for tech companies. Kara and Scott discuss the testimonies of TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas and Twitter whistleblower, “Mudge.” Also, California’s Attorney General sued Amazon, Patagonia’s …

Frances Haugen at Code 2022

September 14th, 2022


Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who turned over a trove of documents known as the Facebook Files, speaks with Kara Swisher and Casey Newton at Code 2022. What was the impact of Haugen’s disclosure, and what …

The Twitter Whistleblower, A Potential Saudi Vice Deal, and Guest Mark Bergen

September 13th, 2022


Kara and Scott are back to discuss the demise of a journalism antitrust bill, as well as a potential deal between Vice and a Saudi media giant. Also, …

Snap Inc.'s Evan Spiegel at Code 2022

September 10th, 2022


2022 has been a difficult year for Snap, Inc. Shortly after announcing layoffs, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sat down with Kara and Scott to discuss the …

Queen Elizabeth, Code 2022, and Return of the Dawg!

September 9th, 2022


Scott Galloway is back! He joins Kara at Code 2022, where they spent the week interviewing the biggest names in tech (and some presidential hopefuls) …

Land of the Giants: The Facebook Election

September 6th, 2022


Today, we're sharing a special episode from Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption. To listen to the full series from episode one, Follow …

Trump’s Top Secret Photo, Snap Layoffs, and more with George Hahn

September 2nd, 2022


George Hahn is back for our final Scott-Free August episode! Kara and George discuss Twitter's big changes (hello, Edit Button!), Snap’s disappearing staffers, and a photo shoot that may have laid Trump's secrets bare. …

The Fed’s Dire Warning, Apple's Legal Headache, and Guest Kevin Delaney

August 30th, 2022


Today’s co-host is William D. Cohan! He and Kara discuss a dire warning from the Fed, and a potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, Truth Social is struggling, and the @WhiteHouse Twitter is getting feisty. …

Twitter's Whistleblower and Biden's Debt Jubilee, with Sam Sanders

August 26th, 2022


Sam Sanders (of Vulture's podcast "Into It") joins Kara to discuss the politics of Yellowstone, the return of MoviePass, and HBO's big win with …

Social Media Bad Guys, Mar-a-Lago Mania, and Co-Host Monica Lewinsky

August 23rd, 2022


Monica Lewinsky co-hosts Pivot! She and Kara discuss Andrew Tate's ban from Meta and TikTok, Dan Price's exit from Gravity Payments amid assault …

Adam Neumann's Return, Climate Change Tech, and More with Molly Wood

August 19th, 2022


Guest host Molly Wood joins Kara to discuss how social media platforms are preparing for the midterm elections, Elon Musk's Republican pajama …

Salman Rushdie Recovers, Republicans vs. the FBI, and Guest Ken Burns

August 16th, 2022


Roxane Gay joins Kara as guest co-host! They discuss the growing threats of violence following the FBI’s search of Mar-A-Lago and Salman Rushdie's …

Trump Pleads the Fifth, Privacy Post-Roe, and Elon Dumps More Tesla For Twitter

August 12th, 2022


Judd Apatow is Kara’s guest co-host! They discuss what the Fifth Amendment means to Donald Trump, the use of private Facebook messages in a Nebraska …

A Landmark Climate Bill, Alex Jones Owes, and Guest Isaac Fitzgerald

August 9th, 2022


Kara’s co-host for this episode is the one and only Sean Hayes! They discuss the Alex Jones verdict awarding more than $45 million to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim, and the Senate passing a landmark climate, …

Primary Results, An Abortion Win in Kansas, and Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip

August 5th, 2022


Kara is joined by co-host Lis Smith! They discuss this week’s primary results and Kansas voting to uphold the right to abortion. Also, Nancy Pelosi’s …

The Missing January 6th Texts, Sinema’s Disruption, and Guest Sari Horwitz on the Opioid Industry

August 2nd, 2022


Scott-Free August is here, and comedian Kathy Griffin is Kara’s first guest co-host! They discuss the missing Secret Service text messages, and whether Kyrsten Sinema will disrupt the Schumer-Manchin bill. Also, Alex …

The DOJ’s Trump Investigation, Meta’s Revenue Drop, and Joe Manchin’s Deal

July 29th, 2022


MSNBC’s Katy Tur is Scott's guest co-host on this episode! They discuss Meta’s first ever drop in revenue, and the backlash against Instagram's new design. Also, Trump is under investigation by the Justice Department, …

Liz Cheney's Next Move, a Massive Crypto Scam, Earnings, and More

July 26th, 2022


Of course Kara and Scott will talk about the sex lives of tech leaders. But once that's out of their system, they'll discuss Q2 Earnings, whether the Jan. 6th committee will hear from Ginni Thomas, and salary …

Amazon's Healthcare Move, Netflix Earnings, and More

July 22nd, 2022


Amazon's purchase of One Medical could disrupt the healthcare industry, maybe for the better, Kara and Scott discuss stock gains for Netflix and …

Microsoft & Netflix are BFFs, Delaware Showdown, and Sperm Donors

July 19th, 2022


Elon Musk doesn't want to go to Delaware anytime soon. Adam Neumann's new blockchain venture isn't bearing fruit. "Normal Family" author Chrysta …

Everyone’s Favorite Legal Battle, and So Much Inflation

July 15th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss inflation being at a 41 year high, and predict what's to come in the showdown at the Delaware Chancery Court between Twitter and Elon Musk. Also, the newest revelations from the January 6th …

Twitter and Elon Head to Court, The Uber Files, and Guest Mark Leibovich

July 12th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Elon Musk and Twitter gearing up for a court battle, the initial revelations from The Uber Files, and Klarna’s slashed valuation.  They also debate the ethics of a liberal group offering bounties …

Bonus Episode: Elon is Done with Twitter

July 9th, 2022


Breaking news: Elon Musk has informed Twitter that he is terminating his $44 billion dollar deal. Kara and Scott have a few things to say, and a few …

Twitter’s Suing the Government of India and Yet Another Mass Shooting in America

July 8th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Twitter alleging the Government of India abused their power, and more Government vs. Tech news. And there was yet again, another mass shooting in America. Plus, Boris Johnson will Brexit, and he’s …

Twitter, Layoffs, and Streaming: Pivot's Q2 Quarterly Review

July 5th, 2022


Kara and Scott are back with a Quarterly Review, to see how our predictions from the past quarter have held up. We'll also get some predictions for the next quarter from Friends of Pivot, including Preet Bharara, host …

Corporations Adapt Post-Roe, Disney’s Bob Chapek is Here to Stay, and Cassidy Hutchinson’s Testimony

July 1st, 2022


Kara and Scott take a look at how corporations are adapting to a post-Roe world, including Facebook blocking abortion content, and major pharmacies limiting the sale of Plan B. Also, Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s contract was …

Post-Roe America: Politics, Privacy, and the Court

June 28th, 2022


Kara talks to three experts about the fallout from Dobbs v Jackson. First, Irin Carmon, Senior Correspondent at New York Magazine, joins to discuss the immediate impact on the front lines, Then, Amy Kapczynski, …

TikTok's China Problem, Kellogg's Snack Attack, and MSNBC'S Katy Tur

June 24th, 2022


Twitter's board gives Elon's bid the go-ahead, the Obamas ditch Spotify for Amazon, and TikTok denies that it's sending data to China, even as reporting says otherwise. Kara and Scott speak with MSNBC's Katy Tur about …

Couples, Money, and the Future of Dating Apps

June 21st, 2022


In Pivot’s first (and possibly last) dating-themed show, Kara and Scott discuss expert predictions on the future of dating apps, and listener questions about romance, finance, and personal marketing.

You can find Logan …

Elon's Meet-and-Tweet, Microsoft's Union Deal, and Senator Michael Bennet

June 17th, 2022


Netflix plays a Squid Game in real life, but the Fed may have already launched its own. The January 6 Committee gives tech a break, Microsoft reaches a deal with a union, and Elon Musk meets with Twitter staffers to …

Will Netflix Buy Roku? Are You Ready for Antitrust Summer? And More.

June 14th, 2022


Kara and Scott sounds off about the rumors of a Netflix-Roku deal. Also, the Senate could vote on two antitrust bills this month. And Meta is …

Apple’s Buy-Now-Pay-Later, Texas’ Twitter Investigation, and Buzzfeed’s Stock Drop

June 10th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Apple getting into the Buy-Now-Pay-Later game, and Texas announcing an investigation into the number of bots on Twitter. Also, Buzzfeed shares took a major tumble. Then, a listener question on …

Elon Threatens to Walk, TikTok's Fave CPA, Krystal Todd, and more.

June 7th, 2022


Surprise, surprise: Elon is threatening to walk away from the Twitter deal. We look ahead to the upcoming public hearings from the January 6th committee. Then, Kara and Scott are joined by Friend of Pivot, Krystal Todd, …

Sheryl Sandberg's Next Move

June 3rd, 2022


Elon Musk orders Tesla executives back to the office, Texas's social media law goes back on ice, and the FTC sets its sights on Amazon. Sheryl Sandberg announces she's leaving Meta (née Facebook). Kara and Scott predict …

Ask Kara and Scott!

May 31st, 2022


You send us great questions, and we owe you answers. On this episode, we open up the listener mailbag, fielding queries such as: What's the best way to change jobs? How does Kara prepare for her interviews? Why isn't …

Judd Apatow, Texas, and Snap Inc.

May 27th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Also, Snap Inc.’s stock spiral, and Paypal and Klarna layoffs. Then, they’re joined by Friend of Pivot Judd Apatow to discuss the state of comedy, harnessing …

Just the SPACs, Ma'am

May 24th, 2022


Apple pulls up roots in China, Facebook gives researchers access to some treasured data, and the SPAC market falters. Also, the S&P moves Tesla …

Billionaires Shouldn't Tweet, Netflix Layoffs, and Guest Rebecca Traister

May 20th, 2022


Primary results are in! Aggrieved billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk can't stop tweeting at the government and Netflix laid off 150 full-time …

Twitter's Lots of Bots, Netflix Isn't Joking With Employees

May 17th, 2022


Disney+ gains subscribers in Q2, but winter may be coming. Kara and Scott discuss Twitter's bot problem, and what it could mean for Elon's takeover …

Bonus Episode: Elon Pauses Twitter Bid

May 13th, 2022


Elon Musk is putting his Twitter deal on hold. Who could have predicted this??? Kara and Scott have a few things to say.


We'll be back on Tuesday …

Thiel Thinks BlackRock is Woke, Tesla Stalls Out, and a Crypto Crash

May 13th, 2022


Tesla halts production in Shanghai, Grindr flirts with going public, and Democrats get an edge at the FTC. Also, Peter Thiel sets his sights on BlackRock, because apparently it's too woke? Kara and Scott discuss the …

Market Madness, The Latest on Roe, and Guest Kirsten Grind

May 10th, 2022


Kara and Scott ponder the market slide and where its worst impacts will be felt, and discuss legal efforts to jump-start a Post-Roe society. Plus, Elon thinks he can quintuple Twitter’s revenue in the next six years, …

Can Corporations Plan for a Post-Roe World?

May 6th, 2022


Roe v. Wade could be overturned. Kara and Scott discuss the implications for big business and beyond. Also, Uber and Lyft get a flat tire in their …

Tech Stock Slump, Staff Morale Down at the FTC, and Guest Tripp Mickle

May 3rd, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Amazon missing its earnings target, employee morale at the FTC, and Warren Buffet’s latest comments on the stock market. Plus, the Correspondents Dinner is back and workers behind union drives at …

The Latest Twitter Battle, What's Up With Tech Stocks, and Our Guest Is State Senator Mallory McMorrow

April 29th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the fallout so far from Elon’s Twitter purchase, and some mixed news for big tech stocks. Also, Fidelity is throwing Bitcoin into 401Ks and Robinhood is cutting staff. Then, Friend of Pivot, State …

Twitter! CNN+! Unions!

April 26th, 2022


In the most Elon Musk move ever, the billionaire bought Twitter just 2 hours after we finished taping. But don’t worry, we did an emergency re-tape so you’d have our latest thoughts. Scott & Kara discuss the …

Everyone's Watching NFLX, and Elon Says "Funding Secured"

April 22nd, 2022


Elon Musk says he's financed his Twitter bid to the tune of $46 billion. Netflix subscriber numbers dropped for the first time in over a decade, but is the market missing the bigger picture? Also, Governor Ron DeSantis …

The Poison Pill, The State of Streaming and Guest William D. Cohan

April 19th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the Twitter board's “poison pill” approach to fend of Elon’s bid. Friend of Pivot William D. Cohan joins to discuss whether or not Elon has the cash. Also, Alex Jones’ Info Wars has declared …

Is Elon's Offer Serious? Plus, Inflation, Astroturfing, and DAOs

April 15th, 2022


The Elon and Twitter saga continues: Kara and Scott talk about Musk’s offer to buy all of Twitter for $43 billion. Also, inflation, price gouging vs supply and demand, and more trouble at the Texas border. Then, a …

Elon's Twitter Board Reversal, Warner Bros. and Discovery Merger, and Cathy O’Neil on Shame

April 12th, 2022


Never mind: Elon's NOT joining the Twitter board after all. Kara and Scott discuss the Warner Media and Discovery deal closing. Plus, a strike at Etsy, and Saudi investments in Jared Kushner. Then, Kara is joined by …

Has Musk Crossed a Red Line? Plus: Uber’s Superapp, and Career Advice for Grads

April 8th, 2022


Stock buys, joining the board, edit buttons, polls: Kara and Scott Discuss everything Elon and Twitter. Also, Uber’s looking to create a superapp. …

Elon’s Twitter Buy, Urban Hellscapes, and Guest Dr. Laurie Santos

April 5th, 2022


Kara is joined by co-host George Hahn today to discuss Elon Musk becoming Twitter's largest shareholder, Louis C.K.'s Grammy win, and urban crime …

Pivot Q1 Quarterly Review

April 1st, 2022


Kara and Scott are back with Pivot’s Quarterly Review series. They take a look at Scott’s past predictions on Alibaba, Meme Stocks, and record entrepreneurship to see how they’ve held up. Then, they get some predictions …

Oscars Reactions, Apple Subscriptions, and The Team Behind Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

March 29th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss new regulations for tech in Europe and Apple planning a subscription service. And of course, all the Oscars news. Then, …

Buzzfeed Layoffs, SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings, and MacKenzie Scott’s Donations

March 25th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, layoffs at Buzzfeed, and a new social network from AARP. Also, Ben and Justin Smith announce the name of their new venture and more impressive …

Disney Drama, Amazon Owns MGM, and Guest Kelly AuCoin

March 22nd, 2022


Kara and Scott talk about the latest drama at Disney, Amazon officially owning MGM, and some impressive download numbers for Crypto apps. Also, China …

Universities Cut Ties with Russia, Antitrust Action, and Guest Preet Bharara

March 18th, 2022


Kara and Scott talk about universities cutting ties with Russia, this week's antitrust action against Amazon, and the Fed raising interest rates for the first time in three years. Also, Tesla prices are going up, and …

More COVID Disruptions, Government Internet Carve-Ups, and Friend of Pivot, Dr. Vivek Murthy

March 15th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the latest COVID-related supply chain interruptions in China, and Disney's pause on all political donations in Florida. Plus, …

Let's Say Gay, The U.S. Bans Russian Oil, and Guest Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

March 11th, 2022


Florida's “Don’t Say Gay” has impacts for Pivot. Kara and Scott discuss the U.S. ban on Russian oil, and Biden’s executive order on cryptocurrencies. Also, Elon just wants his Twitter freedom back. Friend of Pivot …

Truth Social Sinks, More Russia Fallout for Big Tech, and Guest Elizabeth Williamson

March 8th, 2022


Russia’s invasion has more impacts for Big Tech, including Facebook. Elon Musk wants a union vote, and Apple may have big surprises at today’s event. Also, Trump’s Truth Social does not have the largest audience ever. …

The Latest on Ukraine, A TikTok Investigation, and Guest Gal Beckerman

March 4th, 2022


Kara and guest host Stephanie Ruhle discuss the latest developments in Ukraine, the Fed's plan to raise interest rates, and a new investigation of TikTok's effects on mental health. Plus, Friend of Pivot Gal Beckerman …

BONUS EPISODE! Live from Pivot MIA: The Life Cycle of a Company with Prof. Aswath Damodaran

March 3rd, 2022


In one of the most popular presentations from Pivot MIA, Professor Aswath Damodoran of NYU's Stern School of Business compares the life cycle of a …

How Big Tech is Responding to Russia, with guest Nicole Perlroth

March 1st, 2022


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine causes trouble for Big Tech players. Kara and Scott discuss its effects on moderation, monetization, and cybersecurity …

BONUS EPISODE: Parler, GETTR CEOs in Conversation with Casey Newton at Pivot MIA

February 26th, 2022


Platformer's Casey Newton speaks with Parler CEO George Farmer and GETTR CEO Jason Miller about the conservative social media business model, free speech, and content moderation.

Recorded live at Pivot MIA on February …

Russia Invades Ukraine, Texas Gov.'s Attack on Trans Youth, and Guest Ben Stiller

February 25th, 2022


New Friend of Pivot Ben Stiller joins to talk about his new Apple TV+ thriller, Severance. Kara and Scott also discuss Texas Governor Greg Abbot's attack on health care for trans youth, as well as what Russia's invasion …

Disney’s Housing Venture, Truth Social’s Soft Launch, and Scott’s Voicemails

February 22nd, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Truth Social’s future, Elon Musk’s beef with the SEC, and Disney’s new housing venture. Plus,

Kara hired a plane to fly Scott’s phone number on a banner over South Beach. We play the voicemails.

BONUS EPISODE! Live from Pivot MIA: Kara & Scott in conversation with Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb

February 19th, 2022


Kara and Scott chat with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky about the future of the travel industry, housing, workplace culture, human interaction, and why the …

What Happens in Miami....

February 18th, 2022


Couldn't make it to Pivot MIA? Kara and guest host Casey Newton bring you the highlights: from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's remarks on how his company …

All Things Pivot MIA, California’s Lawsuit Against Tesla, and The Latest on the Trucker Convoy

February 15th, 2022


Kara and Scott are in Miami! They talk through what’s to come at Pivot MIA, including interviews with Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky, Chairman and CEO of …

Peloton's Executive Shuffle, Peter Thiel's Meta Exit, and the Future of Fintech with Jeremy Allaire

February 11th, 2022


Listeners tell Kara and Scott why they're not watching the Olympics, and Elon's tweets draw SEC attention (again). Also, Amazon wants five star talent, and it's willing to pay. Friend of Pivot Jeremy Allaire, CEO of …

More Bad News at Spotify, Amazon’s Ad Business Revealed, and Guest Wajahat Ali

February 8th, 2022


Meta threatens to shut down Facebook in Europe! Kara and Scott discuss the latest twist at Spotify, and the surprising scale of Amazon's advertising business. Also, no one is watching the Olympics. Friend of Pivot …

Listeners Sound Off on Spotify, Big Tech's Winners & Losers, and CNN’s Jeff Zucker is Out

February 4th, 2022


Kara and Scott go through your responses on Spotify’s Joe Rogan controversy. Then, they unpack the Big Tech winners and losers of earnings week. Also, Jeff Zucker is out at CNN. Plus, a prediction on what’s to come for …

Spotify's Joe Rogan Controversy, Canada's Trucker Protests, and Guest Neal Kaytal

February 1st, 2022


Kara and Scott have a lot to say about Spotify, Joe Rogan, and Neil Young.  A "Freedom Convoy" of Canadian truckers are protesting vaccine mandates, …

Facebook’s Crypto Dreams Bite the Dust, Robinhood M&A Rumors, and Guest W. Kamau Bell

January 28th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the downfall of Facebook cryptocurrency, Diem, and M&A speculation surrounding Robinhood. Also, another round of Elevator …

Stock Market Blues, a Crypto Crash, and Mark Cuban's Pharmacy

January 25th, 2022


Can things get any worse for Peloton? Kara and Scott discuss the D.C. tech lobby, Twitter's push into NFTs, and the troubled stock market. Plus, Mark Cuban's new online pharmacy, and a listener question about whether …

The FTC's New Rules, Sony's Fall, and Starbucks 86's a Vax Mandate

January 21st, 2022


Kara and Scott delve into Peloton's uphill battle, and what the proposed Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal means for Sony. Also, they unpack Kara's interview with FTC chair Lina Khan. Plus: A listener question about …

Google’s Manipulated Ad Auctions, Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard, and the Danger of Billionaires

January 19th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss Microsoft's play for Activision Blizzard, Google's alleged ad auction shell game, and Peleton's rise in prices. Also, DirecTV is dropping One America News. We’re joined by our Friend of Pivot, …

The Biggest Deal in Video Game History, and the FTC Comes for Meta (Again)

January 14th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the return of the FTC’s monopoly case against Meta, Take Two's purchase of Zynga, and a new lawsuit claiming the nation’s top …

Tech Stocks, Covid Sick Leave, The Winners of The Chip Shortage, and Guest Jonathan Greenblatt

January 11th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss The New York Times' plans to buy The Athletic, how Tesla adapted to the 2021 chip shortage, and the latest tech stock slide. Also, Amazon cuts paid leave time for Covid. Our Friend of Pivot is …

Rep. Adam Schiff on the Capitol Attack Anniversary, The Theranos Trial Verdict, and Adam Neumann is back

January 7th, 2022


Kara and Scott discuss the verdict of the Theranos trial, Ben Smith's new global news startup, and Apple crossing the 3 trillion dollar-mark. Also, …

Twitter Boots Marjorie Taylor Greene, Russia’s Demands for Netflix, and Omicron Ruined the Holidays

January 4th, 2022


Kara and Scott are back! On the agenda? Twitter's decision to ban Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal account, Russia forcing Netflix to stream state-owned channels, and Apple’s plan to keep their engineers from leaving. …

Guest Episode: Stay Tuned with Preet: College Cartels and Facebook Follies (with Scott Galloway)

December 31st, 2021


Preet answers listener questions about Michael Cohen’s assertion that former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is “not the key” to the Manhattan DA’s investigation. He also addresses the news that former Trump …

2021: Pivot's Year In Review

December 28th, 2021


Kara and Scott look back at the biggest news of 2021. From the Capitol insurrection to the Facebook Files, 2021 was chock full of wild events, big …

Guest Episode: Decoder with Nilay Patel: Why the future of work is the future of travel, with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

December 24th, 2021


Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky prides himself on thinking very differently than other CEOs, and his answers to the Decoder questions about how he structures and manages his company were almost always the opposite of what I’m …

BFFs: The Best of Kara and Scott 2021

December 21st, 2021


This episode takes a look back at 12 months of the most aspirational friendship in podcasting. Kara and Scott review a year's worth of hot takes, …

End of Year Listener Mail Bag

December 17th, 2021


In this episode, Kara and Scott dedicate a full show to the questions you've sent in! They answer questions on responsible gambling, the future of …

Pivot Predictions Special: 2022

December 14th, 2021


Kara, Scott and a handful of Friends of Pivot make some predictions about what 2022 has in store for the Metaverse, China, Apple and more.

In this …

Apple’s Secret China Deal, Buzzfeed’s Mild Disaster, and Newspapers Strike Back

December 10th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss a massive Amazon Web Services outage, Trump Media's new CEO, and Tim Cook’s Chinese diplomacy. Also, what BuzzFeed's stock launch means for the rest of us. Plus, a prediction on who will acquire …

Twitter’s Reorg, Comedians v. Spotify, and Friends of Pivot Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson

December 7th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Twitter’s split into three divisions, Spotify’s royalty dispute with comedians, and the charges against parents of the …

Twitter’s New Anti-Harassment Policy, Chris Cuomo’s Suspension, and Stacey Abrams is Running for Governor

December 3rd, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Twitter’s new anti-harassment policy, Chris Cuomo’s indefinite suspension from CNN, and Stacey Abrams running for Governor in …

Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter, Omicron’s Impact, and Friend of Pivot, John McWhorter

November 30th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Jack Dorsey's Twitter exit, and Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri's upcoming congressional testimony. Also, a bidding war for an original U.S. Constitution, and the …

Build Back Better Passes in the House, Amazon’s Exposed Customer Data, and the Holmes Trial's Surprise Witness

November 23rd, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Amazon reportedly leaving customer data exposed inside the company, Build Back Better passing the House, and Apple’s …

Pulp Fiction NFTs, Netflix’s Numbers Revealed, and Peloton Peddles New Stock

November 19th, 2021


Kara is back with Scott to discuss Peloton's new stock offering, the Miramax versus Tarantino battle over Pulp Fiction NFTs, and alarming updates in …

The Great Resignation Continues, J&J’s Two-Way Split, and Friend of Pivot, Blake Scholl

November 16th, 2021


Kara is out welcoming the newest member of the Pivot family! Scott is joined by co-host Stephanie Ruhle to talk about The Great Resignation, inflation, J&J’s split, and Steve Bannon’s indictment. Also, Elon is still …

GE’s Three-Way Split, Facebook Scraps “Sensitive”Ad-Targeting Categories, and Friend of Pivot, Jonathan Haidt

November 12th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss GE’s plans to split into three companies, Facebook’s decision to disable ad targeting based on sensitive categories, and the …

Elon’s Taxes, Infrastructure Week at Last, and Friend of Pivot, Mark Mahaney

November 9th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill, and Scott’s Twitter feud with Elon Musk. Big Bird and Aaron Rogers take heat for their vaccination statuses. Plus, Friend of Pivot …

The Tesla and Hertz Mystery, a Tough Election for Democrats, and the Squid Crash

November 5th, 2021


Kara and Scott unpack Tuesday’s election results, dive into the confusion around the Tesla and Hertz deal, and examine Zillow quitting the …

Facebook is So Meh-ta, Biden's Budget Package, and Friend of Pivot, Aswath Damodaran

November 2nd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook’s rebrand, Biden’s big week at COP 26, the spending bill drama at home, and the CEO who actually asked for a pay cut. Plus, Friend of Pivot Aswath Damodaran on taxing billionaires, the …

The Billionaire Tax Bites the Dust, Big Tech’s Q3, and Tesla’s Worth a Trillion

October 29th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss the latest on Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed billionaire tax, Big Tech’s Q3 results coming in strong, and testimony from YouTube, …

Land of the Giants: This Changes Everything

October 27th, 2021


In Land of the Giants: The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that changed what a computer is — and then changed what a …

Apple’s Privacy Changes, Amazon’s Flawed Leave System, and Friend of Pivot Pamela Paul

October 26th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Amazon’s leave system short-changing workers, the impacts of Apple’s privacy changes on Big Tech, and PayPal saying it won’t acquire Pinterest. Also, the Facebook headlines keep coming. Plus, …

Live from Advertising Week: Netflix’s Q3 Numbers, Facebook's Name Change and Trump's Social Network

October 22nd, 2021


Kara and Scott are (virtually) live from Advertising Week! They discuss Facebook changing its name, Netflix’s Q3 numbers and Trump launching a social network. And they tell us how they feel about the latest vaccine …

Bonus Episode: Ari Emanuel at Code 2021

October 20th, 2021


Kara speaks with Endeavor's Ari Emanuel about entertainment lawsuits, UFC, movie theaters, and more. Recorded live at Code Conference 2021.

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LinkedIn is Leaving China, TikTok is Bad for Teens, Too, and Friend of Pivot Christopher Mims

October 19th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss the latest bad news for teens on social media, LinkedIn shutting down in China, and Harvard’s endowment. They also talk about …

Facebook’s Blacklist, Apple Trims iPhone Production and William Shatner Went to Space

October 15th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Facebook’s blacklist of dangerous users, Apple cutting iPhone production due to the global chip shortage, and how Texas-based airlines are responding to Gov. Greg Abbot’s anti-vaccine mandate. …

Bonus Episode: Satya Nadella at Code Conference 2021

October 13th, 2021


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins Kara for a discussion on ransomware, remote work, and dealing with the Trump administration. Recorded live at Code 2021.

This interview was been lightly edited for runtime and clarity.

Rent The Runway’s IPO, Southwest’s Flight Cancellations and Friend of Pivot Eli Saslow

October 12th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Southwest’s flight cancellations, Rent The Runway's IPO filing, and Nick Clegg’s non-apology tour. Also, Ireland wants …

BONUS EPISODE: Marc Benioff at Code Conference 2021

October 9th, 2021


Kara and Stephanie Ruhle sit down with Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff. Recorded live at Code 2021 in Los Angeles.

This interview has been condensed and lightly edited.

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Pivot Q3 Quarterly Review and Friend of Pivot, Senator Amy Klobuchar

October 8th, 2021


Pivot is back with its Quarterly Review series, taking a look back at Q3 and predicting what’s to come. Kara and Scott discuss the biggest wins and fails of the past quarter and check their prediction track records. …

BONUS EPISODE: Elon Musk at Code Conference 2021

October 6th, 2021


Kara sits down with SpaceX CEO/Tesla Technoking Elon Musk for a discussion on China, rockets, Mars colonization, and more. Recorded live at Code 2021 …

The Pandora Papers, Facebook’s Whistleblower and Friend of Pivot, Andrea Elliott

October 5th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the Facebook whistleblower’s debut, the release of the “Pandora Papers,” and Ozy Media’s demise. They also discuss the U.S. passing yet another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, and …

The Biggest Moments from Code, the Latest Robinhood Controversy, and the Future of Fitness Apps

October 1st, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss the biggest moments from the Code conference, including Kara’s Elon interview that sparked a Musk vs. Bezos rumble. Also: the latest with Robinhood, Citadel and #KenGriffinLied, and a big …

Code Galore, No More Instagram for Kids, and Friend of Pivot Jim Bankoff

September 28th, 2021


Code has begun! Scott helps Kara prep for her conversations with Elon Musk, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and many more. Plus, Facebook puts Instagram for Kids on pause, and what are the …

Apple Wants to Diagnose Your Depression, Google Bets on New York City, and a Friend of Pivot on Facebook Marketplace

September 24th, 2021


Facebook wants to push pro-Facebook material in News Feed. Also, Kara and Scott dive into Google's big bet on back-to-office, and Apple's plan to diagnose depression with iPhone data. Friend of Pivot Craig Silverman …

Russia vs. Big Tech, Facebook Responds (Dismissively), and Friend of Pivot Max Chafkin on Peter Thiel

September 21st, 2021


Kara and Scott unpack Russia's fight with Big Tech, Facebook's disappointing response to the Wall Street Journal’s revealing series, and how streaming swept the Emmys. Also, Kara has a big announcement. (Hint: She …

Instagram Knows it’s Toxic, Amazon’s Starting Wage Hike, and Another Big Week for Apple

September 17th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the newest revelation in the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files series, Amazon raising their starting wages, and what we’ve learned from the California Recall Election. And Kara reminds us …

Epic v. Apple, Facebook’s VIP List and a Friend of Pivot Brian Derrick on the California Recall

September 14th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about a new report on Facebook’s special rules for their internal list of VIP users, how the Epic v. Apple lawsuit played out, …

The red-hot IPO Market , El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment and SCOTT IS BACK!

September 10th, 2021


Scott has returned! He and Kara talk about The Justice Department’s ad tech suit against Google, the SEC-Coinbase spat, a record year for IPOs, and …

The Texas Abortion Ban, Joe Rogan's Covid, and the Politico Acquisition Soap Opera

September 3rd, 2021


Guest host George Hahn joins Kara to talk about the Texas abortion ban and Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s threats to tech companies over the Jan. 6 riot inquiry. Plus, why are there so many viral videos of anti-maskers and …

Lessons from Afghanistan, the California Recall, and this week’s Friend of Pivot is Nathan Allebach aka The Steak-umm Twitter Guy

August 31st, 2021


Guest host Katie Couric joins Kara to discuss the withdrawal from Afghanistan and lessons learned, possible outcomes of the California recall, and of course, Jeopardy! Plus, Friend of Pivot Nathan Allebach joins to talk …

What the OnlyFans news says about power and control, Cathie Wood's transparent investment strategy, and a prediction on the federal reserve pulling away from the punch bowl

August 27th, 2021


Guest co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin joins Kara to discuss TikTok's e-commerce play with Shopify, Airbnb's announcement to house 20,000 Afghan refugees, and how more businesses are going to start requiring COVID-19 …

Big Covid Questions, the Nursing Shortage Crisis and a Friend of Pivot on the upcoming Elizabeth Holmes Trial

August 24th, 2021


Guest host Dr. Jeffrey Swisher joins for a medical (and Swisher) themed episode. What does full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine mean for public …

What the Taliban’s Rise Means for Big Tech, Facebook’s Plans for a Virtual (Reality) Work Space, and Fox News' Vaccine Database

August 20th, 2021


What will the Taliban do with Afghans’ data? Kara and guest host Casey Newton discuss that, and how social media platforms are handling pro-Taliban accounts. Plus, will workers go for Facebook’s new VR meeting app, …

Tucker goes to Hungary, the Taliban take Afghanistan, and a Friend of Pivot on why Epstein couldn't have killed himself

August 17th, 2021


Guest host Ben Smith joins Kara to discuss Afghanistan's fall to the Taliban, and what it means for news coverage of the region. And: a new business deal aims to bring movies back to movie theaters. But will audiences …

Rudy Giuliani's on Cameo, Marjorie Taylor Greene's off Twitter (for now), and Baratunde Thurston's on Pivot to discuss it alll

August 13th, 2021


Guest co-host Baratunde Thurston tells Kara what he'd pay to hear Rudy Giuliani say on Cameo. Kara pulls no punches on the politicization of …

We're not the only ones obsessed with Preet Bharara. Plus, the vaccine mandate divide and Friend of Pivot Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

August 10th, 2021


Guest host Preet Bharara reacts to getting in Team Cuomo's crosshairs. Friend of Pivot Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on the phone call that …

Cuomo digs in, Chaos in the skies, and Evictions delayed... perhaps

August 6th, 2021


Guest host George Conway (and a pack of dogs) join Kara to unpack the results of a special election, new information on Trump's last days in office, …

Hollywood on Blast, Vaccine Mandates, and Friends of Pivot Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

August 3rd, 2021


Kara and guest host Stephanie Ruhle talk about why Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Knox are putting the Hollywood establishment on blast. They also …

Instagram's new privacy settings, Big Tech's record profits, and the Capitol insurrection hearing.

July 31st, 2021


On this week’s Pivot, Kara and Scott wonder why Instagram took so long to add protections for teens, and what Big Tech will do with its record profits.

A Pivot listener wants the details on Scott’s investment strategies, …

Tokyo Games Can't Catch a Break, Klobuchar Targets Vaccine Misinformation, and Friend of Pivot Eliot Brown

July 27th, 2021


A tropical storm threatens the Olympics, Kara enjoys being the Bad Girl of GETTR, and Friend of Pivot Eliot Brown explains how WeWork's Adam Neumann attracted experienced investors, and kept his hair looking good at all …

Jack Dorsey's Bitcoin hopes, Biden picks a heavy hitter, and the Pegasus spyware scandal

July 23rd, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Marjorie Taylor Greene's recent Twitter ban, Jack Dorsey's hopes for a bitcoin "world peace," and the "joyless" Olympics. Kara has high hopes for Jonathan Kanter, Biden's pick for the Justice …

Biden vs. Facebook, the U.S. accuses China of cyberattacks, and Friend of Pivot Paxton Smith on Texas' new abortion law

July 20th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk Robinhood's IPO, Netflix earnings, and Jeff Bezos' rocket ride. They also weigh in on the war of words between Facebook and President Biden, as well as the administration's stance on China and …

Big banks' quarterly earnings and economic recovery, and a prediction on space SPACs

July 16th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk what the big banks' quarterly earnings can tell us about economic recovery. They also discuss Senate Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget deal. In listener mail, we get a question about Apple and the …

Regulators are cracking down on tech, and Friends of Pivot Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang on Facebook's leadership

July 13th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Biden's broad executive order aimed at stirring competition and limiting corporate dominance. They also discuss the …

Q2 Quarterly Review: The State of the World According to Pivot

July 9th, 2021


Pivot launches its Quarterly Review series, with a look back at the past two quarters and predictions of what's ahead. Kara and Scott discuss the biggest wins and fails of the year so far and check their prediction …

Facebook FTC antitrust case thrown out and Amazon vs. Lina Khan

July 2nd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about a Federal judge throwing out an antitrust case against Facebook by the FTC and more than 40 states. They also discuss Amazon's motion to have newly instated FTC Chair Lina Khan recuse herself …

Toyota's GOP contributions, BuzzFeed's SPAC and a Friend of Pivot from Microsoft

June 29th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the revelations that the car company Toyota is the highest contributor to Republicans who voted to invalidate the presidential election. They also discuss BuzzFeed's plan to IPO with a SPAC and …

House Judiciary Committee antitrust bills, Microsoft hits $2 trillion, and a prediction on the future of social media

June 25th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the six antitrust bills the House is contemplating this week and what it means for big tech and political divisions. They …

American Airlines cancellations, Bitcoin mining bans, and Friend of Pivot Chuck Todd

June 22nd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about American Airlines cancelling flights because of staff shortages. They also discuss China banning the mining of Bitcoin in the country. Meanwhile, the SEC is readying new climate change …

Amazon's worker problem, Andreessen Horowitz's new website and a prediction about inflation

June 18th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about a blockbuster story exposing worker issues in Amazon warehouses as Mackenzie Scott donates money to counteract the forces of her ex-husband's company.

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Apple vs. the Trump Administration, CEO compensation broke records during COVID, and Friend of Pivot Caleb Scharf on space exploration 8:18

June 15th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss how Apple unknowingly handed over phone data of two Democratic congressmen to the Trump Administration. Then, they discuss how the pay gap between workers and CEOs grew even wider during the …

Billionaires and the tax code, Facebook smartwatch and a listener mail question on children's screen time

June 11th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the ProPublica report that America's wealthiest people paid basically nothing in taxes and what the country should do about …

G-7 nations' historic tax reform, Bitcoin 2021, and Friend of Pivot Jon Meacham on de-platforming Trump

June 8th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the historic tax reform deal reached by the G-7 nations that would make the minimum global corporate tax rate 15%. Then …

The SEC goes after Elon Musk's tweets, Fauci's emails, and should Roku acquire more content?

June 4th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the SEC saying that several of Elon Musk's tweets were not vetted before they were posted and violate a previous settlement …

Uber and Lyft price surge, the Biden infrastructure bill and Friend of Pivot Casey Newton

June 1st, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Uber and Lyft rideshare prices surging as the companies struggle to find contract drivers. They also discuss hold-ups from …

Russia crackdown on social media, Amazon buys MGM, and is 5G worth the hype?

May 28th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Russia increasing penalties and crackdowns on Google, Twitter, and Facebook. They also discuss Amazon's $8.45billion purchase of MGM Studios. In listener mail they answer a question about …

Tim Cook takes the stand in Apple vs. Epic trial and a Friend of Pivot on app dating

May 25th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Apple CEO Tim Cook's testimony in the final days of the Apple vs. Epic antitrust case. Scott gives a mini-lesson on why "big is bad". Then we're joined by Friend of Pivot, author Nancy Jo Sales

Crypto-crash, Streaming wars and tax plans with MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle

May 21st, 2021


Kara and Scott are joined by MSNBC Host and NBC News Senior Business Correspondent Stephanie Ruhle for a lightning round about the week's news. They talk about the tough week for the crypto-market, more on the AT&T …

AT&T's TimeWarner/Discovery+ super merger and GLAAD's report on social media platforms

May 18th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about AT&T spinning off their streaming service Time Warner and combining it with Discovery+ to compete with streaming content giants. They also discuss Twitter's potential new subscription …

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and Tesla breaks up with Bitcoin

May 14th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the fallout from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the gas hoarding that followed. They also discuss Tesla's …

Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live and the dogecoin tumble

May 11th, 2021


Kara and Scott recap Elon Musk's host appearance on Saturday Night Live and how it affected the cryptocurrency market. They also discuss a major cyberattack on a US natural gas pipeline. Then we are joined by author of …

Facebook Oversight Board and the Trump ban, trouble for Peloton and a listener question about AI

May 7th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the Facebook Oversight Board's decision to uphold Facebook's ban of Donald Trump's Facebook account... for the next six …

Apple and Epic go to trial and Friend of Pivot Senator Amy Klobuchar

May 4th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Apple going to trial with Epic over its choice to kick Fortnite out of the app store. They also discuss the upcoming …

Trouble at Basecamp, Bezos fights for the moon, and a listener question about dating apps

April 30th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about controversies at Basecamp, as the company rolled out a new ban on internal political talk. They also discuss Jeff Bezos's …

CEO wealth surge, Apple/Facebook tensions heat up, and Friend of Pivot DoorDash COO Christopher Payne

April 27th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about how CEOs in the United States wealth has surged during the pandemic as compared to their workers. Meanwhile, tensions heat up between Tim Cook at Apple and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, as …

Apple's podcast play, Netflix's rough quarter, and a listener mail on crypto's carbon footprint

April 23rd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Apple's big announcements in the podcast space and what that means for other competitors in the podcast market. They also discuss Netflix's falling subscriptions and take a look back at their …

Facebook gets into audio, WeWork's SPAC, and Friend of Pivot Preet Bharara

April 20th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's new foray into the audio space and what it means for creators. They also discuss NASA partnering with SpaceX on its next moon landing mission. Scott's favorite disaster story is …

The crypto-surge, Bernie Madoff's dark legacy, and a question on Russia slowing Twitter

April 16th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the Coinbase IPO and the surge for Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other currencies. They also discuss the legacy financial Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, who died in prison this week. We have a pop-in …

Amazon union defeat, Alibaba’s antitrust fine, and Walter Isaacson on CRISPR

April 13th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the failure to form a union at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama; this was the biggest unionization effort in the company's history. They also discuss China's antitrust fine against the e-commerce …

Twitch's new guidelines, YouTube's video violations, and a prediction on LG's handset company

April 9th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Amazon's live-streaming service Twitch's new guidelines to keep hate speech and other forms of violence off their platform. …

Global corporate tax, Facebook's data breach and a Friend of Pivot on "cancel culture"

April 6th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss Janet Yellen's call for a global corporate tax and what that would mean for corporations. They also discuss a new report …

Big Tech military contracts, Compass's IPO, and President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan

April 2nd, 2021


In this episode of Pivot, Kara and Scott talk about Big Tech getting involved in military matters, and how their employees are responding. They also …

Tony Hsieh, Jeff Bezos's Twitter fingers, and Big Tech in Congress (again)

March 30th, 2021


This week, Kara and Scott chat about the Wall Street Journal's deep dive on Tony Hsieh, Jeff Bezo's twitter fingers, and the future of unions. Then, Friend of Pivot Zephyr Teachout joins us to talk about Cuomo …

Microsoft and Discord, Goldman Sachs' junior bankers and a listener mail question on news consumption

March 26th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft's potential acquisition of the video gaming social platform Discord. They also preview the big tech hearings on …

Struggles at Dispo, Trump's own social media network, and the 411 on NFTs

March 23rd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about troubles at Dispo – the photosharing app – after allegations of sexual assault came out around the founder's circle. They …

Facebook makes a Substack competitor, Netflix's carbon footprint and the future of McKinsey

March 19th, 2021


Kara and Scott discuss scandals at Substack as Facebook builds a newsletter competitor. They also discuss a new tool that is measuring the carbon …

The future of travel and a Friend of Pivot on telehealth

March 16th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the biggest weekend for airlines since the pandemic started and what that means for the industry. They are joined by Hims/Hers CEO Andrew Dudum to talk about how telehealth surged in the past …

Roblox IPO, Facebook doesn't think it has an antitrust problem and a listener question on PlayStation5

March 12th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Roblox going public – and making a big splash – and what that means for the gaming industry. Then they discuss Facebook asking Federal judges to overturn the FTC's antitrust charges. In …

SPACs tumble, the education tech market and the future of automation

March 9th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about how SPACs have tumbled in recent weeks and what that means for the IPO landscape. They also discuss Coursera going public and the future of education tech post-pandemic. Then, New York Times …

Google ad track changes, implosions for the entertainment industry and Square buys Tidal

March 5th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Google changing its ad model – they won't be selling ads based on how your browse the web anymore. They also discuss Square purchasing Jay-Z's music streaming service company – and we're not …

The new COVID stimulus and Andy Slavitt on vaccine plans

March 2nd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the $.19 trillion stimulus package that passed the House and the fight for a $15/hour minimum wage. They also discuss the …

More hearings for big tech, GameStop stock surge (again), and predictions come true

February 26th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about deals reached between Facebook and Australia as Facebook, Google and Twitter prepare to testify in front of Congress. They also discuss the new surge of GameStop stock. In listener mail we get …

U.K. says Uber drivers are employees, and the future of cyber attacks

February 23rd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about a U.K. Supreme Court ruling that says Uber drivers must be treated as employees and what that means for the future of the …

Australia vs. Facebook and the GameStop hearings

February 19th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook restricting users and publishers from using the platform in Australia as the country weighs a law that would …

Lincoln Project implosion, Microsoft says Google should pay newspapers, and Friend of Pivot Adam Grant

February 16th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft CEO Brad Smith's stance saying the US should follow Australia in a model that would force tech giants to pay for …

Is there a Trump without Twitter? A mini class on "dispersion", and a prediction about CNN

February 12th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's fourth-quarter earnings and the decision to ban Trump's account for life. Scott gives a mini-class on the idea of "dispersion". In listener mail we get a question about whether …

Twitter subscription service, Tesla invests in Bitcoin, and Friend of Pivot Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

February 9th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Tesla investing $1.5billion in Bitcoin and what that means for the future of cryptocurrencies. They also discuss Twitter …

The end of the Bezos era, SpaceX for civilians, and a stock prediction

February 5th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Jeff Bezos stepping away from his role as CEO of Amazon and moving into the Executive Chair position. They talk about Elon …

Who is profiting off Reddit stock threads? And the "Marshall Plan for Moms"

February 2nd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about more fall out from the Reddit/Robinhood stock blitz. They also discuss escalating tensions between Facebook and Apple. Then in Friend of Pivot, we hear from Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani, …

The GameStop, Reddit, Robinhood saga

January 29th, 2021


Kara and Scott break down how amateur traders best hedge fund managers, driving up GameStop stock and what that means for the future of the stock market. They also discuss Google's PAC ending donations to congress …

Facebook's oversight board takes on the Trump ban and Friend of Pivot Congressman Ro Khanna on what's ahead in Washington

January 26th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's oversight board are deciding whether to permanently ban Donald Trump from the platform and what that might mean for other world leaders. Then we are joined by Silicon Valley's …

Inauguration Day, Biden's antitrust issues, and the future of Fox News

January 22nd, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Inauguration Day and the Biden administration. Big tech critics are concerned about his potential DOJ antitrust division appointees. They also discuss several big names at Fox News departing …

More GOP Twitter suspensions, Parler is back, and FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter on the future of big tech

January 19th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about Twitter suspending republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading misinformation about the election. They also talk about Parler's resurgence on the internet. Then in Friend of Pivot, we …

Impeachment number 2, Airbnb cancels DC reservations, and rebranding America

January 15th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about the second impeachment of Donald Trump. They also discuss a roundup of more businesses and platforms banning Trump his alt-right supporters. Airbnb is cancelling its DC area reservations ahead …

Parler goes dark, Trump's power without Twitter, and a Friend of Pivot on the history of coups

January 12th, 2021


Kara and Scott talk about how an alt-right social media app got shut down. They also discuss Trump's permanent ban from Twitter. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat about the history of fascists, …

Twitter and Facebook ban Trump, the future of Internet regulations under Democrats, and a prediction on Sheryl Sandberg

January 8th, 2021


Kara and guest hosts Casey Newton and Louie Swisher talk about the insurrection on the US Capitol and the de-platforming of Donald Trump. They also …

The Trump tapes and Tesla sales soar with guest host Stephanie Ruhle

January 5th, 2021


Kara and guest host MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle talk about the Georgia special Senate election and the leaked tapes of Trump asking to doctor votes. They also discuss the major sales of Tesla vehicles in 2020 despite …

The Wonder Woman premiere, Georgia's run off election, and friend of pivot Olivia Nuzzi

December 29th, 2020


Kara and guest host Hilary Rosen talk about Wonder Woman and the future of streaming. They also talk about the stimulus package, the January 5th …

2021 Predictions Special: the future of markets, healthcare, and media

December 22nd, 2020


Kara and Scott are joined by a slew of Friends of Pivot to look ahead at what to expect in markets, acquisitions, automation, work culture, …

Facebook vs. Apple, Robinhood reckoning, and a prediction for Zoom

December 18th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's ad campaign going after Apple as both companies face antitrust lawsuits. They also discuss the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth filing a complaint against Robinhood. In …

Covid vaccine in the US, Roblox IPO delay, and friend of Pivot Stephanie Ruhle

December 15th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the covid-19 vaccine being distributed in the United States and the apps that will trace who has gotten the vaccine. They also discuss Roblox delaying its IPO until 2021 after Airbnb and …

Facebook's monopoly reckoning, the Pfizer vaccine begins, and predictions for Airbnb stock

December 11th, 2020


Kara and Scott discuss the FTC and 48 states bringing a lawsuit to Facebook, alleging it is a social media monopoly. They also discuss the future of …

DoorDash and Airbnb IPOs, WarnerMedia streaming updates, and Casey Newton on Substack

December 8th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Airbnb and DoorDash's IPOs expected this week. They also discuss Warner Media potentially launching more streaming services in 2021. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Casey Newton about his jump …

Amazon’s podcast acquisition, what led to Slack losing its lead, and Trump's move on 230

December 4th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Amazon's move into podcasting companies and Salesforce buying Slack. They also talk about Trump threatening to veto a defense bill in Congress if it doesn't include striking down Section 230. …

Antitrust trouble for Facebook and Google, Friend of Pivot on Covid vaccines, and remembering Tony Hsieh

December 1st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about new antitrust cases being prepared against Facebook and Google. They also talk about Amazon's hiring surge this year – the biggest employment growth in corporate America history. Then we are …

What happens post-Corona, marketing "defund the police", and predictions on SPACs

November 27th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about an outage at AWS, Salesforce potentially buying Slack and Scott's new book Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity.

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Media consolidations, Snapchat's TikTok competitor, and Joanna Coles on retail during the pandemic

November 24th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about BuzzFeed acquiring the Huffington Post and other media consolidations as the industry shifts. They also discuss Snapchat's …

Airbnb’s IPO, Amazon breaks into the pharmacy business, and predictions on a CNN sale

November 20th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Airbnb's S1 and public offering in a risky moment. Then they discuss Amazon's announcement that it will now sell prescription drugs on its website and app, which may spell doom for some …

Disney earnings, TikTok saga continues, and Maggie Haberman on the Trump transition

November 17th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Disney's Q4 earnings and the Board's decision that it will not declare a semi-annual cash dividend for the second half of the year. They also discuss the Trump administration extending the …

Covid’s ‘second wave’ and business, Europe brings antitrust suit to Amazon, and a prediction on fitness trackers

November 13th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the spike in covid-19 cases and how that's affecting the stock market ånd business. They discuss antitrust charges against Amazon from Europe. In listener mail, Scott talks about whether …

Pfizer's covid-19 vaccine, China looks at fintech regulation, and Lyft President John Zimmer on the future of gig work

November 10th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Pfizer's early success with a covid-19 vaccine and how that is effecting the stock market. They also discuss Ant's halted IPO, the repercussions for the company and how China is using the …

The endless election, Twitter keeps Jack Dorsey as CEO, and a listener question about Pinterest

November 6th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the seemingly endless election and how the platforms have kept false information in check. Also, Twitter's board has decided to keep Jack Dorsey in his position at the company after a …

Platforms prep for election, Panera CEO on the coffee "rundle", and proposition-22 is a fail

November 3rd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about how the platforms prepare for election misinformation in the week ahead. Then they are joined by Niren Chaudhary, the CEO of Panera Bread, to discuss their coffee "rundle" and grab and go food …

Republicans vs. Big Tech hearing, Apple is getting into search, and California votes on the future of gig work

October 30th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Republican Senators on the Commerce Committee grilling the big tech CEOs. Then they discuss Apple reportedly developing …

Facebook readies the ship, Robinhood looting, Katy Tur on election night and Ant Group

October 27th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the measures Facebook will put in place if there is unrest after the election. They also discuss funds being looted on the Robinhood app; the company does not have a system to retrieve these …

DOJ/Google showdown, RIP Quibi, and a listener mail question on Airbnb IPO

October 23rd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the Department of Justice filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google and their search advertising monopoly behavior. They …

The China economy boom and a Friend of Pivot on cyber warfare and election disinformation

October 20th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the surge of the Chinese economy this quarter and what it means for the rest of the world. Then we are joined by New York Times national security correspondent, David Sanger, to discuss cyber …

The iPhone and augmented reality, Facebook and Twitter clamp down on misinformation, and predictions about Airbnb

October 16th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Apple's new LiDAR technology on the iPhone and the avenues it may or may not open up. They also discuss Facebook and …

Apple goes 5G, the Feds want to break up Google Chrome, and Fareed Zakaria on lessons from 2020

October 13th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Apple's iPhone event and the future of 5G. They also discuss a potential plan from the federal government to break apart Google Chrome. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from author Fareed Zakaria

Antitrust gets real, Facebook purges QAnon, and a prediction about AWS

October 9th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the House Judiciary Committee releasing their report after a 15-month antitrust investigation into the 'Big Four'. They also discuss Facebook (finally) purging QAnon accounts and pages from …

Stock market reacts to Trump’s covid diagnosis, end times for Regal Cinemas and Advertising week 2020

October 6th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about how the stock market and media have reacted to the rollercoaster of Trump's covid-19 diagnosis. They also discuss the …

ProfG on US brand post-debate, Disney layoffs = Disney opportunity? and fighting ransomware

October 2nd, 2020


Kara and Scott discuss the debate and how each candidate's brand was displayed. They also talk about Disney round of layoffs in the parks division and how Disney can recover. In listener mail we get a question about …

Trump’s tax returns, Amazon’s home drone, and NYSE President Stacey Cunningham on upcoming IPOs

September 29th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the President Trump's tax returns. They also discuss Amazon's dystopic new home surveillance drone. Then Friend of Pivot, Stacey Cunningham, president of the New York Stock Exchange joins the …

Tesla’s “Battery Day”, the DOJ prepares for Google, and Scott’s prediction on “algorithmic e-commerce”

September 25th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Tesla's "Battery Day" and California Governor Gavin Newsom saying his state with be gas-vehicle free by 2035. They also discuss the DOJ's plan to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google. Plus …

TikTok deal gets a presidential blessing, friend of Pivot Julia Angwin's internet Blacklight, and RIP RBG

September 22nd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the details of the new TikTok deal that garnered President Trump's blessing. Scott rants about Palantir going public, and …

Pivot Schooled #5: The Psychology of Recovery, with Recode co-founder Walt Mossberg, Howard University's Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, and Los Angeles Superintendent Austin Beutner

September 20th, 2020


Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the process of recovery from COVID-19, with a focus on how college and K-12 education will be permanently …

“The Apple “Rundle” is anemic, the California brain drain (California’s exodus) and a prediction on Palantir’s direct listing

September 18th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Apple's "rundle" and their push into the fitness space. They also talk about celebrities freezing their Instagram accounts in protest of Facebook. In listener mail, they discuss how California …

Oracle wins Tik Tok, the future of AI chips, and Friend of Pivot Alex Stamos deep dives on TikTok privacy

September 15th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Oracle beating out Microsoft in the bid to be Tik Tok's US partner. They also discuss Nvidia buying up a chip company from Softbank. Then Friend of Pivot and privacy expert Alex Stamos joins …

Pivot Schooled #4: The Big Four, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Columbia University's Tim Wu

September 13th, 2020


Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the growing power of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon during the COVID-19 pandemic. Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai joins to talk about Google’s impact on society, its …

Apple vs. Epic battle escalates, GOP’s Section 230 legislation, and a listener question on Chipotle conscious consumerism

September 11th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Apple's countersuit filed against the video-game company, Epic. They also discuss Republican Senators' new legislation to amend Section 230. In listener mail, we get a question about conscious …

Pivot Schooled #3: The Sharing Capitalists, with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Gig Workers Collective co-founder Vanessa Bain

September 8th, 2020


In this audio version of the third episode of our live video series Pivot Schooled, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the future of the …

Facebook's Russia problem (pt.2), Zoom's soaring market cap, and a prediction on Shopify

September 4th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Russian election interference found on Facebook and Twitter. They also discuss Zoom quadrupling revenue in the past year …

Walmart wants to buy TikTok, Amazon unveils its fitness tracker, and Kara and Scott catchup on the big stories of August

September 1st, 2020


Kara and Scott are reunited to talk about Walmart joining forces with Microsoft in a bid to buy TikTok. They also discuss Amazon's new fitness …

Pivot Schooled #2: The New Generation of Innovators, with Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar and investor Rana Yared

August 30th, 2020


In this audio version of the second episode of our live video series Pivot Schooled, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the future of …

Kevin Mayer exits TikTok, Palantir’s scorching S-1, and a listener mail question about cable news with Baratunde Thurston

August 28th, 2020


Kara and guest host Baratunde Thurston talk about TikTok's CEO Kevin Mayer stepping down amid tensions with the Trump administration. They also discuss Palantir, the controversial data-mining company filing to go public …

Mark Zuckerberg and Tik Tok, Friend of Pivot Maureen Dowd on the digital Conventions and… Baratunde Thurston’s Wins and Fails

August 25th, 2020


Kara is joined by podcast host, comedian, and writer Baratunde Thurston to talk about the DNC, the upcoming RNC, Steve Bannon's arrest, and Mark Zuckerberg stoking TikTok fears. Plus, Baratunde's wins and fails. …

Pivot Schooled #1: Media's Overnight Chaos, with TikTok's Vanessa Pappas and Columbia University's Emily Bell

August 24th, 2020


In this audio version of the first episode of our live video series Pivot Schooled, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the rapidly changing …

Lyft and Uber consider franchising, Apple becomes the first $2 trillion company and a listener mail question about social distancing with Aminatou Sow

August 21st, 2020


Kara is joined by author and podcast host Aminatou Sow to talk about more trouble for ride-share companies in California. They also discuss Apple becoming the first company valued at $2 trillion. In listener mail, we …

Epic Games challenges Google and Apple, guest host Aminatou Sow on keeping the post office public, and Friend of Pivot Mary Trump on her uncle Donald

August 18th, 2020


Kara is joined by guest host, author of Big Friendship and host of the podcast "Call Your Girlfriend", Aminatou Sow to discuss Epic Games suing Apple and Google. They also talk about about how to save the Postal Service …

Uber threatens to shutdown app over AB5, Airbnb's surprise IPO and a listener mail question about WFH with Andrew Ross Sorkin

August 14th, 2020


Kara is joined by New York Times columnist, founder of Deal Book and CNBC Sqwuakbox Host Andrew Ross Sorkin to talk about Uber threatening to shut …

Trump’s executive order on TikTok & WeChat, Friend of Pivot Jennifer Palmieri about women in politics, and guest host Andrew Ross Sorkin on a billionaire tax

August 11th, 2020


Kara is joined by New York Times columnist, founder of Deal Book and CNBC Sqwuakbox Host Andrew Ross Sorkin to talk about about Trump's new executive …

Disney+ pioneers at-home movie premieres and Facebook signs a lease in Manhattan, with guest host Stephanie Ruhle

August 7th, 2020


Kara and guest host MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle talk about Disney launching its first big budget movie release for rent on their streaming app. They also discuss Facebook inking a new lease in midtown Manhattan and …

Guest host Stephanie Ruhle on TikTok ban, SpaceX splash down, and Friend of Pivot Rep. David Cicilline on antitrust hearings

August 4th, 2020


Kara is joined by guest host MSNBC Live anchor Stephanie Ruhle to talk about Microsoft in talks to buy up TikTok after Trump threatens to ban the China-based app. They also discuss SpaceX's return to Earth and the …

The surprises at Big Tech's antitrust hearing, Snap's first diversity report, and a scary prediction for parents of college students

July 31st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the winners and losers from Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing in Congress and answer listener questions about what the US government might do next. They also discuss Snap's first diversity …

Facebook’s “cultural crisis,” Mark Cuban on the NBA’s rebound, and Kara gets replaced by AI

July 28th, 2020


Kara and Scott chat about the delay of the tech antitrust hearing, the "unprecedented culture crisis" at Facebook, and the think-tank financed by Big …

Previewing the Big Four's antitrust appearance, Twitter bans QAnon, and prediction on Tesla buying up companies

July 24th, 2020


Kara and Scott look towards next week's historic antitrust hearings as the CEOs of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon all head to Washington for the first time. They also look at Twitter's decision to ban QAnon accounts …

Jack Ma bypasses NYSE, a Friend of Pivot on how the Lincoln Project is trolling Trump, and Netflix's earnings fail

July 21st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about billionaire Jack Ma taking his company Ant Group public in Hong Kong and Shanghai and what that means for the US stock market. They discuss the fall out from Twitter's biggest user hack in the …

NBC's streaming service launches without Roku or Amazon Fire TV, Apple wins a tax battle, and a prediction on Netflix earnings

July 17th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the launch of NBC's new streaming service and why it isn't on major streaming devices. They also discuss Apple's big tax battle win in the European Union and what it may mean for upcoming …

Google is the latest FAANG to invest in India, Facebook might ban political ads, and civil rights advocate Rashad Robinson on the ad boycott

July 14th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Google's big investment in India; it's the latest big tech company to make big moves in the country this year. They also …

Facebook fails a civil rights audit, college campuses will be "mini-Wuhans", and can the Trump admin ban TikTok?

July 10th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about an audit released about Facebook's lack of civil rights practices, the groups that have pushed them on moderating their platform, and Sheryl Sandberg's first public response. They also discuss …

Uber buys Postmates, Taylor Lorenz talks Clubhouse, and Big Tech will testify in Congress — but Congress has already lost

July 7th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Uber's acquisition of the food delivery company Postmates and what that means for the future of that market and the ride-hailing company. Also, they discuss the big four tech CEOs, Mark …

Facebook changes its speech policy, Amazon moves into driverless cars, and a Friend of Pivot on how suspension of visas will affect Silicon Valley

June 30th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook announcing it would change its policies around hate speech on the platform after mounting pressures from Civil …

Square withholds from its merchants; Twitch’s female streamers have had enough and a Listener Mail on contact tracing apps

June 26th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about how Square has been taking about 20% off of merchant transactions, as Jack Dorsey helms both Twitter and Square. Meanwhile, Twitch has been facing backlash from womxn gamers who are alleging …

TikTokers take down Trump in Tulsa, a former-Google exec starts an anti-Google Google and John Rice on how to get more Black people in leadership

June 23rd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about TikTokers pranking Trump out of rally goers and a new potential competitor to Google's search engine. They also discuss more issues of racism reported at Pinterest. They are joined by Friend of …

Twitter’s new audio innovation, Apple’s dominance gets a closer look and a prediction on the impact of online trading apps on mental health

June 19th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's new feature that allows certain users to post audio recordings. They also get talk about Pinterest reconciling with claims from Black employees that the company has internal racist …

Bezos offers to testify, COVID-19 infections are up and Suze Orman on why emergency savings are more important than ever

June 16th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the possibility that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might speak to the House Judiciary Committee as a part of a broad antitrust investigation into big tech. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo …

Amazon suspends facial recognition technology, Starbuck’s closes 400 stores and a prediction on Apple and search

June 12th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Amazon and IBM moving away from their facial recognition technology because of algorithm's known racial biases. They also …

Amazon warehouse workers issue lawsuit, Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit board and a deeper debate on Section 230

June 9th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about a new lawsuit waged by Amazon warehouse workers alleging the company did not follow CDC protocol well enough to stop the …

Zuckerberg does nothing about Trump, Google’s Incognito is not Incognito?, Amazon bonds and a prediction about 2020 IPOs

June 5th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Zuckerberg doubling down on Facebook policy that allows Trump to continue posting inflammatory content on the platform. …

How Facebook and Twitter are dealing with racist posts and Friend of Pivot Baratunde Thurston on why “now is the time to step up, show up, or shut up”

June 2nd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about how protests have played out across the country and corporations responses. As US citizens take to the streets to protest …

Fact checking Trump on Twitter, SpaceX privatizes space, and a Listener Mail question on mental health apps and big tech

May 29th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's responsibility in fact-checking and regulating Trump tweets as they slap their first misinformation label on one …

Disney open doors to the NBA, NYSE rings the bell, plus former Facebook Exec on Zuckerberg's WFH move

May 26th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Disney open its doors to the NBA as professional sports leagues attempt to resume their seasons. Meanwhile, the New York Stock Exchange will be open to traders again this week. Scott thinks …

Spotify’s podcast boom, Amazon checks out JCPenny, Kara loves TikTok and a prediction on Shopify

May 22nd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Spotify's new deal with Joe Rogan and the implications for the podcast industry. They also discuss Amazon reportedly in talks with bankrupt JCPenny about a potential sale. Meanwhile, Saudi …

The DOJ readies a lawsuit against Google, Amazon tries to get into designer retail again, and a Friend of Pivot on the “plandemic”

May 19th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook purchasing Giphy and reports the DOJ is likely to sue Google for antitrust violations in the digital ad space. …

Uber offers to gobble up GrubHub, Elon Musk is “Re-open America guy”, and a prediction on mergers in digital media

May 15th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Uber's offer to buy GrubHub, which would give the company a majority of food delivery market share. They talk about whether …

Amazon might acquire AMC theaters and Friend of Pivot Stephanie Ruhle on business, CARES Act, wins and fails

May 12th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Amazon in talks to acquire AMC theaters, Uber earnings and how education will change with white collar workers at home. …

Facebook's oversight board is the "League of Nations", Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's master class on leadership, and a prediction about Uber's numbers

May 8th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's new oversight board and whether it will be effective in controlling content on the platform. They discuss …

Congress weighs liability for businesses, Amazon will put its $4billion profit into its supply chain, and Anand Giridharadas on "Rich Corona; Poor Corona"

May 5th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about whether or not Congress should give businesses legal protections against lawsuits from workers who contract COVID-19. They …

Facebook pushes e-commerce business, Uber in trouble, eyes on Amazon Media Group… and a prediction: Sonos gets acquired

May 1st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook earnings during the pandemic and the company's push into e-commerce. They discuss Uber's reported lay-offs and other issues facing the ride-share company as their longtime CTO steps …

Amazon under scrutiny; Zoom security expert Alex Stamos explains it all (and talks Facebook), plus some special Wins and Fails

April 28th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Senate Democrats being vocal about breaking up Amazon, after a report that the company lied to the House Judiciary Committee. They talk about the Wall Street Journal investigation into Amazon's …

Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a huge quarter, Facebook makes big investment in India, Bezos takes the reins at Amazon

April 24th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Netflix's biggest quarter yet. The company doubled its projections for how many new subscribers it would acquire. They …

Andreessen tells Silicon Valley it’s “time to build”, Facebook/Google’s ad market hit, Friend of Pivot Rebecca Traister on women’s leadership

April 21st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Marc Andreessen's manifesto to Silicon Valley. They also discuss the PPP and the big companies that applied for those loans. They dig into Facebook and Google's digital ad market hit in the …

World Health Organization in the crosshairs, the robot revolution, Softbank's struggling Vision Fund and a big prediction: Amazon is going to be a $2 trillion company by 2020

April 17th, 2020


Kara and Scott evaluate President Trump's recent business decisions from defunding the W.H.O., to his "council to reopen America", and the public/private partnership. They also talk about the possible end of Vision Fund …

Google and Apple team up to track COVID-19, Uber drivers face unemployment hurdles, and Robert Reich says 30% of people may be out of work by summer

April 14th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about tech giants Google and Apple teaming up to track COVID-19 cases on iPhones and Androids. They also discuss the hurdles ride share drivers are experiencing as they attempt to apply for …

Dorsey donates 28% of his wealth to COVID-19, Zoom as the poster child for tech privacy and the video-game industry as Amazon enters the production game

April 10th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Jack Dorsey's $1 billion donation to fight COVID-19, as well as other tech billionaire's contributions to fight the virus. They think that those contributions can't fill the void of a well …

Zoom isn’t as “encrypted” as you think, tech regulation amidst COVID-19, and economist Gene Sperling on being in a “jobs depression”

April 7th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about privacy issues at Zoom as we move our doctor's appointments, work, therapy, social lives and school onto the platform. They …

Sean Hannity has a meltdown. Twitter, Facebook and Google tackle misinformation. Softbank abandons WeWork. PLUS Quibi gets a break.

April 3rd, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Sean Hannity defending his work at Fox News (after Kara called him out for spreading misinformation in the early days of COVID-19). They discuss how the big tech companies are dealing with …

The Internet is buckling under COVID-19 pressure, Esther Perel on our relationships in quarantine, and the possible Fox News reckoning

March 31st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Internet slow downs and how companies are coping as the country starts living their work and personal lives online. They discuss reports that the government is using mobile advertiser …

Zoom stock surpasses airlines; MLB, NBA, Olympics are on pause — what happens to the media that covers them? And a Listener Mail about relief package guardrails.

March 27th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Zoom's immense stock value in this moment and what the company should do with new power. They discuss what is to come with …

Stimulus package stalled, how Airbnb, Tesla and Uber fare during COVID-19, and Corey Johnson (NYC Speaker) on small businesses and New York on “PAUSE"

March 24th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the stimulus package in limbo and the Defense Production Act. They break down how tech companies like Lyft, Airbnb and …

Addressing the US economy (a note from Andrew Yang), data privacy in a public health emergency, and a listener question on the "great WFH-experiment”

March 20th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about stimulus packages and possible emergency checks to deal with the US economic crisis. We hear a bite from Andrew Yang about …

The private/public partnership to stop Covid-19, Facebook’s board sees more shakeups, and Kara’s brother Dr. Jeff Swisher on hospitals prepping for coronavirus

March 17th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the announced public/private partnerships between major companies and the federal government. They discuss the Trump administration’s misinformation about a Google website that will be …

Tech in the time of COVID-19, Congressional antitrust hearing and Google Search, PLUS a listener asks: could Amazon Care roll out COVID-19 tests?

March 13th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about COVID-19, what tech could do to help, and what we need to see from leadership. We hear from Ron Klain, who was the "Ebola …

Twitter’s new board, Silicon Valley vs. Washington’s approach to COVID-19, and Aminatou Sow joins to discuss women in leadership

March 10th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the deal reached at Twitter, the fate of Jack Dorsey and his tenure as CEO. They discuss how big tech companies have been stepping up to take care of gig-workers as COVID-19 spreads; Silicon …

Fed cuts interest rates (and banks lobby for deregulation), Facebook’s Libra fades… Dorsey’s next move and moments of happiness

March 6th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the Federal Reserve's interest rate cuts and big banks asking for deregulation. They talk through how COVID-19 may halt the …

S&P hits a low, Jack Dorsey faces activist investors at Twitter and election technology — Kevin Roose joins to discuss

March 3rd, 2020


.Kara and Scott talk about the stock market's recent lows -- and how that may be a good thing for millennials. They speculate about Jack Dorsey's …

Bob Iger exits — what’s going on at Disney? The stock market takes a coronavirus hit. PLUS Is “coffee” a disruptable industry?

February 28th, 2020


Kara and Scott speculate about what is happening at Disney following Bob Iger's abrupt exit. They talk about the stock market's tumble in reaction to …

Coronavirus hits the global supply chain, the demise of at-home-trading and updates on the Saudi infiltration of Twitter

February 25th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the spread of coronavirus and how it is affecting the global supply chain. They discuss Bernie Sanders' win in Nevada and what that means for the economy. Morgan Stanley bought E*Trade, so the …

The debate after the debate (Kara and Scott assess Nevada), Bezos and Buffet: who is the “better” billionaire and a big prediction on Zoom

February 21st, 2020


Kara and Scott have a lot of thoughts about the Nevada debate and how the candidates should be marketing themselves. In Listener Mail, we get a …

The EU takes on AI, the US vs. Huawei continues, Airbnb is in the red, and a Friend of Pivot on your children’s data privacy

February 18th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the big players in Silicon Valley headed to the EU where they are debating new regulations on artificial intelligence. In …

Amazon pays taxes (and fights for JEDI), SoftBank gains on Sprint and what ClassPass tells us about the fitness economy

February 14th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about what it means for Amazon to be paying (minimal) taxes, as Jeff Bezos is "going Hollywood", and the company battles with the …

The Oscars' rebrand, Uber’s ‘yoga babble’ earnings call, and Friend of Pivot Andrew Ross Sorkin calls Instagram the 'Super App'

February 11th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about The Oscar's and how the award is being rebranded. They discuss Uber's most recent earnings call and whether or not they'll actually be profitable next year. Kara thinks that while the January …

Tech meltdown in Iowa, Sheryl Sandberg’s engagement (Kara and Scott debate), One Medical and US healthcare disruption and a Tesla prediction

February 7th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about technical difficulties at the Iowa caucuses. They disagree about whether Sheryl Sandberg's engagement announcement was a PR …

IBM leadership shuffle, Amazon earnings, plus "Friend of Pivot” Jon Lovett pops in from Iowa to talk Trump’s inevitable ad operation

February 4th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about IBM's new CEO as the company struggles to keep up with cloud computing. They also discuss Zuckerberg's "new approach to social media", and breakdown Amazon's major earnings. In "Friends of …

US budget deficit will hit $1-trillion; AAPL, MSFT, GOOGL, AMZN, FB earnings breakdown; and Britain sides with China on Huawei

January 31st, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the Congressional Budget Office projecting that the U.S. budget deficit will pass the $1 trillion threshold in 2020. They …

Kara’s back in action; a listener question on WeWork’s impact on co-working companies, and a pop culture quiz

January 28th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about the spread of coronavirus and how it is affecting China. They discuss how the story of Kobe Bryant's tragic death played out on Twitter. Also, YouTube is now having their moderators sign a …

Bezos vs. the world, retail in India and Scott’s earnings predictions

January 24th, 2020


Scott co-hosts with Erica Anderson (Pivot's indomitable Executive Producer!) and they talk about the Saudi's hacking Jeff Bezos' phone. They talk about how Amazon has the power of its own nation and the implications of …

Trillion dollar companies and tax season; how the “Black List” shapes Hollywood’s big business… and is podcasting coming for radio dollars?

January 21st, 2020


Kara talk about Google becoming the world's fourth trillion-dollar company ... and who is actually paying taxes on all of it? They discuss world …

Gloves off over privacy, from Apple to Microsoft to Grindr. PLUS Scott's big 2020 bets.

January 17th, 2020


Kara and Scott argue about whether the government should have the right to hack into phones of suspected criminals. In a reversal of strategy the …

Will Casper go public? How will Softbank’s latest fail affect Asia? And how will Sundar Pichai move Google forward?

January 14th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Casper's S-1 and how it compares to other internet retail companies like Away and Warby Parker. We also get a rant out of Scott on Softbank's latest fail: their hotel chain OYO let-go a huge …

Social networks' minimum effort to be less toxic, Listener Mail from Australia, and fails at CES

January 10th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's decision not to change their political ad policies. They also discuss Facebook banning "deep fakes" and Teen …

Trump vs. Iran on Twitter, more on HQ2 incentives, and 'mandatory happiness'

January 7th, 2020


Kara and Scott talk about how Trump has been escalating US conflict with Iran on Twitter. They also discuss how politics were downplayed at the …

California is regulating consumer data privacy, the gig economy revisited, and Tesla’s big stock spike.

January 3rd, 2020


Kara and Scott are back to talk about a suite of new regulations in California that will give consumers agency over their data and gig workers more …

"Friends of Pivot" breakdown the big stories of the decade

December 27th, 2019


Kara and Scott look back at the 2010s and the biggest stories of the decade with the help of some friends. With cameos from Colorado Senator Michael …

Impeachment… it happened, Peter Thiel’s influence at Facebook, and prediction: “FedEx gets acquired"

December 20th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about what impeachment might mean for business. Also they talk about Peter Thiel's influence behind the scenes at Facebook and …

What’s up with the China/US trade deal, why haven’t “smart guns” popularized, and who is going to stream the NFL?

December 17th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about the "Phase One" trade agreement between the US and China and what it means for big tech. It's the anniversary of the tragic …

Netflix Golden Globe noms, bipartisan agreement on encryption, and Amazon's plan for fashion

December 13th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about Congress' hearing on regulating end-to-end encryption on messaging apps. They discussJack Dorsey's tweet storm about …

A letter to Twitter, Uber's data transparency, and Away proves startup culture is rough

December 10th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about a letter Scott wrote to the board about concerns at Twitter. They discuss Uber's data report on sexual assault that …

CEO’s are out (literally), France's "digital service tax” is in, and 'innovator privilege’

December 6th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about leaderships shifts at Google -- Larry and Sergey are out and Sundar Pichai is in. In Friend of Pivot we hear from French lawyer, Dan Shefet about France's newly approved "digital service tax". …

Dorsey moves to Africa and streaming platforms trump movie theaters

December 3rd, 2019


Welcome to Pivot 2x! Our first twice weekly episode. Kara and Scott talk about the future of Twitter as Jack Dorsey announces he's off to live in Africa. They discuss the streaming wars and how movies fared on on …

London gives Uber the boot, the billionaire's 2020 strategy, and streaming wars continue

November 29th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about Uber getting kicked out of its biggest EU market, London. They parse out the ad, media and digital strategy of Michael Bloomberg in his quest for the White House. In Friend of Pivot, Kara and …

Trump lies about Apple, HBOMax fumbles its brand, Juul gets sued

November 22nd, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about how Apple CEO Tim Cook, let Trump get away with lying about being responsible for building a 2013 factory. They also talk about how a Facebook executive says the company wants the government to …

Big Tech wants to be your wallet and your healthcare provider. What could go wrong?

November 15th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about all the Silicon Valley companies rolling out credit cards and checking accounts. Google is also partnering with a Catholic …

Twitter and the Saudis, Facebook’s 'Switcharoo', and the 2020 digital ads race

November 8th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about former Twitter employees who were spying on user data for Saudi Arabia. They also talk about a big leak of internal Facebook emails that further shows Facebook's conniving use of data. A year …

Twitter will stop running political ads ... your move, Facebook

November 1st, 2019


Kara and Scott celebrate Jack Dorsey announcing that Twitter will not be running political ads anymore. That puts Facebook on the spot. They talk …

The screw-up-billionaire, quantum computers, and the skewering of Zuckerberg

October 25th, 2019


Kara and Scott take a victory lap as SoftBank buys out Adam Neumann, the founder of weWork for a cool $1.7 billion. They talk about what the future …

Mark Zuckerberg the free speech jester, and Marc Benioff the class traitor

October 23rd, 2019


Kara and Scott met up at Stanford University (where they were both rejected from) for a live Pivot! They talk about the decline of applicants to elite M.B.A. programs, free speech in China and how Zuckerberg says he …

LIVE at the Podcast Upfronts in NYC!

October 18th, 2019


Kara and Scott meet up at the Podcast Upfronts in NYC. And we make a special announcement...wait for it... WE'RE GOING TO 2 DAYS A WEEK! BOOM! They also talk about the likelihood that weWork has layoffs and declares …

Going after venture capital culture and the unicorn industrial complex

October 11th, 2019


Kara and Scott talk about feuds with VC's, billionaires paying fewer taxes than the working class and tech companies folding to Chinese state media …

Mark Zuckerberg’s leaky staff and the silver lining to WeWork’s downfall

October 4th, 2019


Someone inside Facebook secretly recorded Mark Zuckerberg for two hours and sent the audio to The Verge’s Casey Newton; Kara interviews Casey about his scoop and gets Scott’s take on Zuckerberg’s apparent fear of …

LIVE from Toronto, Kara and Scott go international!

September 27th, 2019


Kara and Scott are live at the Elevate in Toronto -- Pivot's first international appearance! They talk about the continued implosion at weWork and CEO Adam Neumann stepping down. They ask -- have we reached peak …

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

September 20th, 2019


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 …

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

September 18th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. 

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

July 12th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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

May 10th, 2019


"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).

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

May 3rd, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

March 8th, 2019


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


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


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. 

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Hot Take: Amazon HQ2 breaks up with NYC

February 15th, 2019


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. 

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

February 15th, 2019


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


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

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Happy(ish) birthday, Facebook.

February 8th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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

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

January 4th, 2019


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. 

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2018's biggest stories and 2019 predictions

December 28th, 2018


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. 

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

December 21st, 2018


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. 

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

December 14th, 2018


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


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. 

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Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?

November 30th, 2018


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


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

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Facebook's dirty tricks

November 16th, 2018


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

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Amazon’s HQ2 was a con, not a contest

November 9th, 2018


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


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


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


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.

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

October 12th, 2018


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


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


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 …

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