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Kakul Srivastava is the vice president of product management at Github, the collaborative service used by over 12 million developers to share software code. We caught up with her recently to talk about how Github has evolved into a platform (and what it means to be a platform), how the company figures out which new features and products to build, and the role of open source software in stimulating innovation.

Plus, we tell you what to think about what 2015 meant for Microsoft, virtual reality, and Silicon Valley "unicorns."

Direct download: Innovation_Engines__Kakul_Srivastava_GitHub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35am EST

Jonathan Rende is the chief research officer for Castlight Health, a company that aims to bring transparency to the U.S. healthcare market by giving employees of its client companies detailed information on what medical procedures cost at various local providers. We talk to Rende about how Castlight is trying to transform healthcare and build a platform for health data.

Plus, we tell you what to think about rumors of a new Apple Watch, children's toys getting hacked, and the continuing battle over ad-blocking software.

Direct download: Innovation_Engines__Jonathan_Rende_Castlight_Health.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am EST

This week's guest, Tomasz Tunguz, is a partner at Redpoint Capital, where he focuses on SaaS investments. He's become quite well-known for an influential blog and newsletter where he writes daily, data-driven posts about key issues facing startups.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Apple's new iPad Pro, Facebook's $300 billion market cap, and BlackBerry's new Priv phone (it has a keyboard!).

Direct download: Innovation_Engines__Tomasz_Tunguz_Redpoint_Capital.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

This week, we talk to Kieran Hannon, the loquacious and influential chief marketing officer of Belkin, the massive maker of technology accessories, routers, and more. Plus, we give you the latest news on Amazon Web Services, Twitter, and Microsoft's latest gadgets.

Direct download: The_CMOs_Dilemma__Kieran_Hannon_Belkin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am EST

Josh Elman is a VC at Greylock and a veteran of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. He knows more than almost anyone about building platforms and growing users. We talk to him about both of those topics in the latest edition of our "Innovation Engines" series.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Apple's upcoming news, Google's new logo, and Hampton Creek's eggless mayo controversy.

Direct download: Innovation_Engines__Josh_Elman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

This week on VentureBeat's podcast, we talk to Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress and founder of Automattic. Mullenweg describes how he created the blogging platform, which now powers 24% of the Web -- and why open source has been critical to the growth of the platform and the community that supports it.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Windows 10, GitHub, and Uber. 

Direct download: Innovation_Engines__Matt_Mullenweg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am EST

This week, we bring you the first in an ongoing series of interviews with platform builders. We're calling this series 'Innovation Engines,' and we kick it off with Jeff Lawson, the founder and CEO of Twilio, a company that's building a platform to connect apps with telephone capabilities. If you've ever used an app that connected you with a customer service rep via a phone call, it was probably using Twilio under the hood.

Plus, we tell you what to think about personalization technologies (and why marketers find it so difficult), the $25 billion mobile advertising gap, and Apple's strangely persistent support for the iPod Touch.

Direct download: Innovation_Engines__Jeff_Lawson_Twilio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21am EST

We sat down with Michael Williams, the chief marketing officer for Grand Prix of America, which is bringing Formula 1 racing to the U.S., to find out what challenges he's facing in helping Americans wake up to one of the world's most popular racing sports. Among other topics, we discuss personalization and how brands can build connections with their most loyal customers.

Plus, we tell you what to think about growing Internet ad revenue, mobile advertising engagement, and Google Photos.

Direct download: WtT_CMOs_Dilemma_Episode_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

This week, we talk with Etan Lightstone, the VP of design for New Relic, about the importance of good design and user experience (UX) in enterprise apps. He tells us what technologies have helped enable better design, and we also discuss how data visualization tools have evolved. Don't miss Etan's ratings of other enterprise software providers' designs at the end!

Plus, we tell you what to think about Tesla's new Powerwall batteries, Amazon's acquisition of cloud company ClusterK, and Microsoft's newest browser, called Edge.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_53.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

We talk to John Koetsier, who heads up VentureBeat's new research product, VB Insight -- which is collecting hundreds of thousands of data points to make sense of the burgeoning field of marketing technology. With more than $3B poured into this sector in the last quarter, there's a lot of hype but also some nuggets of real value.

Plus: We tell you what to think about Google's new Fi wireless service, how Facebook is trying to kill Google, and what Amazon's $5B in revenues for AWS means.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26am EST