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Walter Isaacson is the author of the acclaimed official biography of Steve Jobs, which came out in 2011. He's just published a new book about the history of technology called "The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution." We talk with him about the book -- and the lessons it has for today's tech innovators.

Plus, we tell you what to think about the terrifying POODLE security leak, Y Combinator's startup school, and a mysterious hipster net-neutrality group.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_25.mp3
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John McAfee is the legendary founder of the antivirus software company that bears his name -- and a man who achieved notoriety over the past few years for his party lifestyle, leading to a much-publicized outlaw escape from Belize. We talk to him about surveillance, privacy, and an app called Chadder he's invested in, which promises to give you secure messaging.

Plus, we tell you what to think about Hewlett-Packard's breakup, 76 million hacked accounts at J.P. Morgan, and how Facebook, Google, and Apple are trying to track you across apps and across devices.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_24.mp3
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Ben Golub is the CEO of Docker, one of the hottest and buzziest cloud startups around. He joined VentureBeat to explain what Docker is, why it's suddenly so popular, and why open-source is such a lasting strategy for enterprise technology companies.

Plus: News about Microsoft's Windows 10, Silicon Valley legends Sam Altman and Dustin Moscovitz teach a startup class, and why we're not buying the iPhone 6.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19am EST

Lew Cirne is the founder and CEO of New Relic, a company that has made its name helping website makers and app developers keep track of how their software is performing. Now it's making a move into helping businesspeople understand their customers. We talk to Lew about big data, enterprise software, and whether Silicon Valley is in a bubble.

Plus: iOS 8, the Alibaba IPO (and what it means for Yahoo), and the latest version of the Oculus virtual-reality headset.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22am EST

Tim Draper has been in the news for his controversial proposal to split California into six separate states. But he made his reputation as one of Silicon Valley's most successful venture capitalists, with investments in Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Hotmail, and Twitch.tv, among many others. This week, we talk to Draper about the future of California, the state of the startup economy, how he picks entrepreneurs, and why he's so bullish on Bitcoin.

Plus: Drug dealers on Instagram, the iPhone 6's missing Sapphire screen, and a headband that measures your brainwaves to reduce your stress.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:05am EST

Kathleen McGee heads up the Internet Bureau for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. This bureau has played a key role in helping define Internet law, protect consumers, and clarify online companies' responsibilities. It has worked with Internet companies including Yelp, Airbnb, Ask.fm, and Uber to more clearly define the way laws apply to their businesses.

Just last year, the Bureau reached a groundbreaking agreement with 19 reputation management companies to end their practice of posting fake online reviews for businesses on consumer-review websites.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26am EST

Phil Sanderson, a game-savvy partner at IDG Ventures, has been investing in games for a long time. He has invested in companies such as Telltale Games, the maker of the acclaimed The Walking Dead episodic adventure game series and mobile developer Funzio, the creator of titles like action role-playing gname Crime City. He looks at lots of potential game deals but invests in just a few every year.

Plus: Ouya explores a sale, mobile commerce will hit $700 billion in 3 years, and the first VC firm to invest in Twitch raises a new $100 million fund.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33am EST

Kathryn Gould was one of the first women venture capitalists anywhere. After a successful career at Oracle, she joined a VC firm and then later started Foundation Capital. Now retired, she recently gave a commencement speech at the University of Chicago that's filled with advice for graduates -- especially women -- who want to make it in tech.

Plus: Life360 fights back against patent trolls, a U.S. hospital network fights back against Chinese hackers, and Amazon acquires Twitch TV.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_18.mp3
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In this week's episode, we talk with Diego Oppenheimer, chief executive of startup Algorithmia, which is creating an app store for algorithms. We also discuss doctors' dim view of data from your Fitbit and why Google executives have been fleeing to Chinese companies.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

Product Hunt is like a "Reddit for Products," where people submit products, web sites, and projects they've been working on -- then vote them up and comment on them. This week, we talk with Ryan Hoover, the co-founder of the site, who joined us from a car parked outside Y Combinator, where he was getting ready for the incubator's demo day. Plus: news about Nest hacking, Foursquare's relaunch, and the latest details on the iPhone 6 -- both of them.

Direct download: What_to_Think_by_VentureBeat__Episode_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EST