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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

This week, we speak with Michael Tolkin, the CEO of IMAX Labs, an innovation lab backed by IMAX Corp. He's pretty excited about what the future of augmented and virtual reality hardware have to offer, and he shares his thoughts with us.

Plus, we tell you what to think the continuing growth of Slack, Etsy’s IPO, and Mobilegeddon.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_51.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02am EDT

You might think politics and e-commerce might seem unrelated, but Harper Reed, who was the CTO of President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, would disagree. On this week's episode of What to Think, Reed, who's now building mobile commerce startup Modest, tells us why he's thankful for learning about getting people to donate to a campaign. (Hint: It's not that different from getting people to buy T-shirts.)

Plus, we tell you what to think about pre-ordering the Apple Watch, Snapchat's deep-learning research, and LinkedIn's $1.5 billion acquisition of lynda.com.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_50.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

The accepted narrative about Steve Jobs has been that he was half genius and half jerk, but that isn’t the whole truth. So say authors Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender in the new biography “Becoming Steve Jobs.” Jobs’ character is more multidimensional than that, and over the course of his life he proved he was capable of change. Tetzeli’s and Schlender’s book presents Jobs in a very different light than did the “authorized” biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.

Plus: We tell you what to think about Jay-Z’s new music site Tidal, Bill Gates’s 40th anniversary letter to Microsoft employees, and the HBO Now service on Apple TV.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13am EDT

The Ellen Pao discrimination case, which concluded last week, has many in the tech world thinking about the roles of women in technology. One woman who is now in a very high profile role is Elena Donio, who is president at Concur, maker of the market-leading travel and expense management software. Donio believes we should try to bring more of our true selves to the workplace, not just the small part we believe to be “businesslike.”

Plus: We tell you what to think about Facebook’s announcements last week at its f8 conference, about the possibility of a smaller iPhone 6, and about the new line of Microsoft Surface tablets.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_48.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34am EDT

In the future, you might not own a car. Instead, you'll get around town by hopping into one of many driverless, autonomous pods swarming the streets. To get a picture of how we'll get there, we invited Xerox executive David Cummins to talk to us about the company's efforts to improve parking -- yes, parking -- and the future of transportation in cities around the world.

Plus: We tell you what to think about the new Steve Jobs biography, Microsoft offering free Windows 10 upgrades to pirates, and the worst subreddits on the planet.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16am EDT

This week, we speak with Elissa Shevinsky, chief executive of JeKuDo Privacy Company, a new startup building easy-to-use privacy tools like a group-messaging app.

Also, we tell you what to think about the new MacBook, Pinterest's $11 billion valuation, and IBM's new cloud software for analyzing tweets.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT