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How do you identify trends? It's a question of critical importance to any business. Rohit Bhargava, author of the book "Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Curate Ideas, and Predict the Future," has some advice for marketers -- and anyone -- who wants to tell what's going to happen in the next year or so. This week, we talk with Bhargava about his book, his consulting practice, and what content curation and selfies tell us about where our world is headed.

Plus: We tell you what to think about the Apple Watch, Mobile World Congress, and the fact that Intel might be supplying chips for Apple's iPhone for the first time in years.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_45.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33am EST

NumberFire collects data on sports and provides detailed analysis in real time, so you can get insightful statistics on NBA, NFL, NCAA, and MLB games in real time. With March Madness kicking off, we talked to CEO Nik Bonaddio to find out how numberFire analyzes and presents data, how it's used by networks like ESPN, and -- of course -- who's going to win the championship this year.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Spotify knowing who you are, Google helping hasten the death of Adobe Flash, and 11 Google apps you probably didn't know exist.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_44.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29am EST

American Eagle Outfitters is the largest seller of jeans in the U.S. And with customers between 15-25 years old, its target demographic is extremely engaged with mobile devices. So how does the company reach (and keep track of) its customers across smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more? We talk to American Eagle's chief digital officer Joe Megibow to find out more about the challenges retailers face in a mobile-first world.

Plus, we tell you what to think about wireless carriers' newfound love of Google Wallet, what's up with the $5,000 luxury Apple Watch, and a Chinese company giving its workers Teslas as an annual bonus.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09am EST

This week we talk to Joel Spolsky, the founder and CEO of Stack Exchange and Fog Creek Software -- and one of the creators of popular organization app Trello, which just hit 7 million users. Spolsky tells us about the origin and design principles of Trello. A former Microsoft employee, he tells us how he thinks the company is doing at turning itself around. And he dishes on what happens when unscrupulous VCs take over startups.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Pinterest banning affiliate links, Facebook cracking down on names it thinks are fake (even if they aren't), and cloud company Pivotal changing its strategy on Hadoop.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am EST

This week, we talk to Paul Vigna, one of the coauthors of the new book "The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order." Vigna tells us how Bitcoin is growing up, becoming more than just a fringe currency and turning into a potentially major factor in the international economy.

Plus, we'll tell you what to think about Google's $900 million investment into SpaceX, Apple's record-setting profits, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's newfound love of net neutrality.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47am EST

This week we talk to Charlie O'Donnell, the founder and sole partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, the first VC fund based in Brooklyn. He's been making investments in the New York tech world for a decade now, and brings a unique perspective to what makes NYC tick -- and why it's seeing an explosion of tech startups lately.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Yahoo stealing market share from Google, the Apple Watch, and Snapchat's new media channel.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

Vineet Jain is chief executive and a cofounder of file sharing company Egnyte. We talk with him about last week's Box IPO, as well as Egnyte's recent strategy shift.

Plus: We tell you what to think about Slack's sudden popularity, Microsoft's HoloLens initiative, and high times for marijuana startups.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17am EST

Emerson Spartz is one of the world's leading experts on internet virality. He got his start at age 12, as the founder of MuggleNet, a Harry Potter fan site. Now 27, he's the CEO of Spartz Media, which says it is one of the fastest-growing digital media publishers with 160 million page views per month. We'll talk to him about the secrets of virality, the eternal tension between virality and journalism, and the future of content.

Plus, we'll tell you what to think about Microsoft's Windows 10 announcement, the latest antics from T-Mobile CEO John Legere, and the coming year in health gadgets.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10am EST

Nicholas Carlson, chief correspondent for Business Insider, has just published a book that goes deep into Yahoo under Marissa Mayer. "Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo" has details on everything from Mayer's first day at work to her showdowns with activist investors and truculent executives.

Does Mayer have what it takes to turn around the lumbering giant that is Yahoo? Find out in our conversation with Carlson!

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23am EST

This week, we come to you from the Consumer Electronics Show in fabulous Las Vegas. Our special guests this week are Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields and CTO Raj Nair. We talk to Mark and Raj about Ford’s new Sync 3 in-car infotainment system, the about Ford’s new car-sharing experiments (which were announced at CES), and about Ford’s plans in the self-driving car space.


Plus: We discuss some of the major themes and interesting products we’ve seen so far here at CES.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41am EST