Episode 19: Quarantine Diaries

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Julie Samra: Hello…? Laurie Segall: Hi. Julie Samra: Hi! I’m Julie. Laurie Segall: I’m Laurie. I love… this is my quarantine call. Julie Samra: Where are you? Laurie Segall: I’m- I’m in New York. I’ve been in self isolation so I signed up for this. Out of my own … Continue reading Episode 19: Quarantine Diaries

Episode 18: It’s “Boss Level Mode” Time: Remote Work Pioneer Matt Mullenweg On Staying Productive

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Matt Mullenweg: It’s worth saying that this is kind of boss level mode in that this is the hardest version of working from home that you could imagine, because a lot of people might have kids or they didn’t really have a chance to prepare for this. Laurie Segall: … Continue reading Episode 18: It’s “Boss Level Mode” Time: Remote Work Pioneer Matt Mullenweg On Staying Productive

Episode 17: Ev Williams on Coronavirus and the ‘Extreme’ Tech of the Future

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a Production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Hey Guys- I want to do something a little different for this episode of First Contact. About two and a half weeks ago I interviewed Ev Williams who founded Twitter and Medium and Blogger. And I had asked him you know about the Corona virus and his thoughts on … Continue reading Episode 17: Ev Williams on Coronavirus and the ‘Extreme’ Tech of the Future

Episode 16: Coronavirus: The Rise of Isolation Tech

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Zander Shapiro: The last chance to pull people back from this digital bubble, is now. If people don’t do it now, it’s gone, right? There’s gonna be a moment where you’re gonna go into a hundred percent digital state for a period of time because of a version of … Continue reading Episode 16: Coronavirus: The Rise of Isolation Tech

Episode 15: Inside the Minds of Trolls

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Camille Francois: I talk to trolls and hackers who, uh, made a living doing, uh, disinformation, and propaganda for hire. People who said, “Initially I joined because I wanted to do campaign messaging for, you know, for my candidate to win. And then Iwoke up and I was just … Continue reading Episode 15: Inside the Minds of Trolls

Episode 14: AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Laurie Segall: I guess, I come back to this line, maybe it’s a little dramatic, but it’s like AI to kill or not to kill, right? Like this idea that you guys could be building out autonomous systems that can make the decision to, to kill. Um, will you … Continue reading Episode 14: AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

Episode 13: Ex-Facebook Security Chief Speaks Out on Russia & Spies in Silicon Valley

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Alex Stamos: I expect that every major US tech company has at least several people that have been turned by at least China, maybe Russia, probably Israel, and a couple other US allies. Laurie Segall: Did you ever uncover anybody that had been turned? Alex Stamos: I’m not gonna … Continue reading Episode 13: Ex-Facebook Security Chief Speaks Out on Russia & Spies in Silicon Valley

Episode 12: She Spent 10+ Years at the CIA. It Didn’t Prepare Her for Life at Facebook.

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Yael Eisenstat: When I left the CIA, it’s you can’t talk about anything classified, which is essentially an NDA. They never said you can’t say anything negative about us. The non disparagement at Facebook was so strong, I would have never been able to talk about even why I … Continue reading Episode 12: She Spent 10+ Years at the CIA. It Didn’t Prepare Her for Life at Facebook.

Episode 11: Sam Altman: Growing Up Silicon Valley

First contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio.  Sam Altman: One thing where I do think Silicon Valley gets a little bit dishonest is, saying like, “Okay. We’re going to build these incredibly powerful systems. They’re going to do all these wonderful things for us on this incredible exponential curve of technology. And then right when we … Continue reading Episode 11: Sam Altman: Growing Up Silicon Valley

Episode 10: Kickstarter’s Co-founder on Paralyzing Fear & Staying Punk Rock

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio.  Yancey Strickler: the moment that I can remember where I most felt the pain and pressure of all that was, in my last year as CEO and I was just standing there and my wife thought I left for work and then found me standing by the door. And … Continue reading Episode 10: Kickstarter’s Co-founder on Paralyzing Fear & Staying Punk Rock