Valley of Genius (MP3)

25 EpisodesProduced by TWiT

Ripped from the pages of Adam Fisher's uncensored history of Silicon Valley, Valley of Genius features the hackers, founders, and freaks who made Silicon Valley boom, in their own words. Drawn from over 200 interviews with the brightest stars and hidden heroes of technology, Valley of Genius is requ… read more

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VoG 24: Larry Brilliant

March 4th, 2019

23:12

Larry Brilliant met Steve Jobs in India, helped eradicate smallpox, and co-founded The Well.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Larry Brilliant

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VoG 23: Howard Warshaw

February 25th, 2019

22:18

Howard Warshaw is infamous for creating the "worst video game ever," ET the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. He tells tales of the final days of Atari.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Howard Warshaw

VoG 22: Fabrice Florin

February 18th, 2019

23:08

Fabrice Florin produced a documentary of the first ever Hackers Conference, and was influential in the development of Hypercard. He tells his story here.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

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VoG 21: Charlie Ayers

February 11th, 2019

22:35

Google's first Chef dishes on Google's early days, the Grateful Dead, and Burning Man.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Charlie Ayers

VoG 20: Tiffany Shlain

February 4th, 2019

11:21

Tiffany Shlain is the founder of the Webby Awards. She talks about the early days of the Web and the crazy times she had.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Tiffany Shlain

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VoG 19: Jaron Lanier

January 28th, 2019

8:47

Jaron Lanier is a virtual reality pioneer and the inventor of the EYE Phone, the first commercially available head-mounted display. He talks about the early days of VR.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Jaron …

VoG 18: Aaron Sittig

January 21st, 2019

12:21

Aaron Sittig was the first designer at Facebook, and the man who created the "Like" button. He talks about writing the first Mac client for Napster and the earliest days of Facebook.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

VoG 17: Mark Pincus

January 14th, 2019

11:18

Before Mark Pincus made it big with Zynga, he made it even bigger by investing in a couple of little companies called Napster and Facebook. He talks about those early days, and what Mark Zuckerberg was really like back …

VoG 16: Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe

January 7th, 2019

18:41

Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe are the founders of Wired Magazine and Wired.com. They talk about starting Wired, the early days of the Web, and inventing the banner ad.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

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VoG 15: Biz Stone

December 17th, 2018

16:49

Biz Stone is the co-founder of Twitter. He talks about his days at Google and Odeo, the predecessor of Twitter. He also tells his version of how Twitter was born.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Biz Stone

VoG 14: Mark Pauline

December 10th, 2018

15:22

Mark Pauline is the founder of Survival Research Labs, an art collective famous for its pyrotechnic shows featuring giant robots. He talks about his …

VoG 13: Steven Levy

December 3rd, 2018

9:03

Steven Levy is a legendary tech journalist and author of the seminal book Hackers. He talks about the reaction to his book and the famous Hackers …

VoG 12: Andy Hertzfeld

November 26th, 2018

8:38

Andy Hertzfeld is one of the minds behind the Apple Macintosh. He talks about the early days at Apple.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Andy Hertzfeld

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VoG 11: Brenda Laurel at Atari

November 19th, 2018

18:15

Brenda Laurel tells what it was like working at Atari, the office antics and wild parties that occurred, and the eventual downfall of Atari with the infamous ill-fated ET game.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

VoG 10: Joey Anuff

November 12th, 2018

9:20

Joey Anuff created Suck.com, one of the earliest humor sites on the web. In his own words, he talks about working at Wired magazine's first website, HotWired, and creating Suck.com in secret.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and

VoG 9: Tony Fadell

November 5th, 2018

9:37

Tony Fadell is one of the creators of the iPod and a co-founder of Nest. In his own words, he talks about his start at General Magic and building the iPod.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Tony Fadell

VoG 8: Ev Williams

October 29th, 2018

14:42

Ev Williams is the co-founder of Twitter. In his own words, he talks about starting Blogger and selling it to Google, starting Odeo as a podcast platform, and pivoting to create Twitter.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam …

VoG 7: Alvy Ray Smith

October 22nd, 2018

21:05

Alvy Ray Smith is the co-founder of Pixar. In his own words, he talks about his early experiments with computer graphics at Xerox PARC, work at Lucasfilm, and his opinions on Steve Jobs' contribution - or lack thereof …

VoG 6: Sean Parker

October 15th, 2018

18:33

Sean Parker is the co-founder of Napster and the first President of Facebook. In his own words he talks about the beginning and end of Napster, meeting Mark Zuckerberg, and the early days of Facebook.

Hosts: Leo …

VoG 5: Alan Kay

October 8th, 2018

18:30

Alan Kay is one of the founders of Xerox PARC. In his own words, he talks about developing early personal computers, the famous demo at Xerox PARC that gave Steve Jobs the idea for the Macintosh, and his feeling that …

VoG 4: Scott Hassan

October 1st, 2018

12:05

Everyone knows Larry Page and Sergei Brin, but who really came up with the idea of creating the Google search engine? Meet Google's unknown third creator, Scott Hassan.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Scott …

VoG 3: Nolan Bushnell

September 24th, 2018

32:55

Nolan Bushnel was the prototypical "t-shirt tycoon." He tells the stories of how he founded Atari, ushered in the first video game gold rush, and …

VoG 2: Stewart Brand

September 17th, 2018

20:47

Stewart Brand coined the term "personal computer" and the phrase "information wants to be free." He organized the first Hackers Conference and founded The Well, one of the earliest social networks. He talks about these …

VoG 1: Steve Wozniak

September 10th, 2018

11:39

Steve Wozniak describes his early days at Atari and the beginning of Apple. He details his lifelong dreams and his bitterest regret.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Adam Fisher

Guest: Steve Wozniak

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VoG: Introduction to Valley of Genius

September 6th, 2018

2:06

Leo Laporte introduces TWiT's newest podcast, Valley of Genius.

Valley of Genius features Adam Fisher's interviews with the hackers, founders and freaks who made Silicon Valley boom.

Host: Leo Laporte

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