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Gary Shapiro is the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts the annual electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas called CES. With CES starting next week, we check in with Gary to learn about some of the highlights of the show -- and what the electronics industry has in store for 2015, from new tablets, phones, and TVs to 3D printers, drones, and even tech that can help save the world.

Plus: We discuss 3 of the most popular VentureBeat stories from 2014: What's up with The Pirate Bay, how to get hired by Google, and our early coverage of the iPhone 6.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Steven Hillion is the chief product officer of big-data startup Alpine Data Labs and Tim Guleri is managing director at Sierra Ventures, which invested in Alpine. We talk to them about big data: What is it, really? And how do you figure out which big-data companies to bet on? And what does the future hold for data analysis?

Plus: We tell you what to think about Windows 10 and Cortana, Facebook's misguided attempt to become relevant to the enterprise, and how everyone just loves to complain about brands on social media sites.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59am EST

It's almost the end of 2014, and that means it's the perfect time to look back on the highlights and lowlights of the year in tech. New Relic's Fred Paul joins the VB team to talk about what Facebook and Apple tell us about the year -- and we also give you a sneak peek at some of VB's picks for the most exciting startups of 2014 and our list of the best and worst companies and technologists.

Plus: News on Google eliminating the Captcha, Epic systems helping doctors share digital medical records, and a porn site sponsoring an e-sports team.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49am EST

Deena Rosen heads up the user experience (UX) team at Opower, a company that is using data analysis and behavioral science to help people reduce their power consumption. She joins us this week to talk about big data and the new era of "behavioral design."

Plus: news about how marketing tech could increase voter turnout, why Google+ has lost its way, and doing your holiday shopping on Etsy.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27am EST

Sucharita Mulpuru is a Forrester analyst who focuses on mobile commerce, e-commerce, and retail. We talked with her to find out more about the holiday shopping season online and on mobile -- and to find out where (and when) the best deals are online.

Plus: news about the exciting future of smartwatches, BlackBerry's pathetic Passport, and new stats on Uber vs. Lyft.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28am EST

Jonathan Rosenberg is the co-author, with Eric Schmidt, of the new book "How Google Works." We talk with him about some of the management and innovation secrets that helped make Google into one of the most successful technology companies in history.

Plus: News about net neutrality, Amazon's Lambda cloud service, and a way to send money in Snapchat using "Snapcash."

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55am EST

Today on What to Think, we talk with Michael Beach, a cofounder of Targeted Victory. The company provides programmatic advertising across all screens and other services for Republican political campaigns.

Plus: how deep learning could change the game for music streaming, President Obama’s endorsement of Net neutrality, and Microsoft’s decision to open-source its .NET framework.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54am EST

With the midterm elections over, we check in with Bryan Whitaker, chief operating officer of NGP VAN, a company that uses technology to support the campaigns of Democratic and progressive political candidates. We talk with him about how the company uses data to help campaigns reach out to voters in the best possible way.

Plus: a new organizational structure for data scientists at LinkedIn, the $199 Microsoft Band wearable, and a controversial new proposal for net neutrality.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36am EST

Aneesh Chopra was the first chief technical officer for the White House and was one of the architects of the federal government's open data initiative, Data.gov. He's now working with Box and with a new startup, Hunch Analytics. We caught up with him to talk about the digitization of health care records, the bumpy rollout of HealthCare.gov, and the future of digital health.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24am EST

Steve Jurvetson is a Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and currently sits on the boards of SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors. He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail, Interwoven, Kana, and NeoPhotonics.

Also, we tell you what to think about BitTorrent Sync, Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablets, and how Silicon Valley can help fight Ebola.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm EST