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Jon Fortt co-anchors Squawk Alley on CNBC, and has covered technology and innovation for more than 15 years. Fortt Knox brings you rich ideas and powerful people. Guests include Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Accenture CEO of North America Julie Sweet, Olympic champion Michael Phelps, and Broadway veteran Rory O'Malley (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon). Join Jon's conversations with power brokers on how they made it, what they value, and what makes them tick.

Jon Fortt co-anchors Squawk Alley on CNBC, and has covered technology and innovation for more than 15 years. Fortt Knox brings you rich ideas and powerful people. Guests include Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Accenture CEO of North America Julie Sweet, Olympic champion Michael Phelps, and Broadway veteran Rory O'Malley (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon). Join Jon's conversations with power brokers on how they made it, what they value, and what makes them tick.
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Jon Fortt co-anchors Squawk Alley on CNBC, and has covered technology and innovation for more than 15 years. Fortt Knox brings you rich ideas and powerful people. Guests include Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Accenture CEO of North America Julie Sweet, Olympic champion Michael Phelps, and Broadway veteran Rory O'Malley (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon). Join Jon's conversations with power brokers on how they made it, what they value, and what makes them tick.

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Episodes

98 - BlackBerry CEO John Chen; Plus, How to Beat Amazon

11/10/2018
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The theme this week is "underdogs." John Chen has history in this department: His parents escaped communist China to Hong Kong, and his father had to work jobs beneath his education level so Chen could have a shot at a better life. At age 17 he came to the United States to finish high school. After he entered the workforce, Chen hit a roadblock. It wasn't common at the time for engineers to get promoted into broader management positions, and he was still growing in his comfort with...

Duration:00:44:54

97 - Panera CEO Blaine Hurst; Plus, Why Parents Must Make A Screen Time Strategy

11/3/2018
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Panera had a problem. At lunchtime, customers were mobbing the counters to order and pick up, and it was a mess. It was frustrating for everyone involved, and management knew they were probably missing out on sales because of it. The company's founder turned to Blaine Hurst to lead the search for a solution. As the company's chief technology officer, he put together a team to make Panera a leader in digital ordering and fast pickup. First through a website and in-store kiosks and now...

Duration:00:58:57

96 - Luis von Ahn, Duolingo CEO: Could Language Be Key to Closing the Wealth Gap?

10/27/2018
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Luis von Ahn is familiar with the idea that education is a great equalizer, but the reality he’s observed is different. More often than not, the opportunity for an exceptional education is available only to the wealthy – and it makes them even wealthier. So what can be done about it? Von Ahn was born in Guatemala, where much of the population is poor. So after he struck it rich selling a company to Google, he decided to build technology that really does address the wealth gap, by targeting...

Duration:00:24:40

95 - HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank, Plus Cannabis Goes Legal in Canada

10/19/2018
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This week, Canada legalized pot. That’s a big deal because it’s the largest country to do it, and because it’s a major milestone in one of the most impressive rebranding exercises in a generation. When I was growing up, many warned against marijuana as a gateway drug, the province of hippies and slackers. Now it’s becoming a multi-billion-dollar global industry, and Elon Musk is toking during a podcast. Seems like an appropriate time to polish off that old meme: “We would like to...

Duration:00:52:05

94 - Carnival CEO Arnold Donald: Achieve Despite the Doubters

10/13/2018
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Arnold Donald has led cruise company Carnival for five years – the company is now worth $40 billion. Before that, Donald had a long career at Monsanto. His path to the top of a publicly traded company is unique. He's one of the few African American Fortune 500 CEOs, and rose to his position from roots growing up in segregated Louisiana in the 1950s and '60s.

Duration:00:26:32

93 - New Rules of the PC Market: A Practical Buying Guide, with Patrick Moorhead

10/6/2018
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Phones are getting huge. Tablets are tweeners. PCs are on the uptick. Microsoft just announced a new lineup of its Surface PCs and tablets and HP unveiled a leather laptop, so it’s a good time to ask: What’s right for you? What’s the difference between a sub-$1K PC and a more than $2K PC anymore? Patrick Moorhead, a top industry analyst who also personally reviews products, joins me at the Microsoft Store in Midtown Manhattan for an unbiased look at the smart shopper’s approach to today’s...

Duration:00:25:30

92 - SiriusXM Buying Pandora, and A New Cloud Alliance: Tim Westergren, Pandora Co-founder

9/29/2018
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SiriusXM, the satellite radio giant, has announced a plan to buy Pandora, the streaming music pioneer. What does it mean for the future of content and subscriptions online? And a big week in cloud computing: I was in Orlando on Monday, and sat down for one triple-play interview with the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP. They've got a big idea for collaboration in the cloud that they call the Open Data Initiative. Why does that matter to the rest of us? Well, it's got some implications for...

Duration:00:28:47

91 - What the Most Successful Founders Have in Common: Maynard Webb, Scott Galloway, Robert Frank

9/22/2018
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We’ve got a fascination with founders in our culture – people who start stuff. Elon Musk. Jeff Bezos. Bill Gates. I’ve had a new generation of founders here on Fortt Knox: Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake, and Guild Education founder Rachel Carlson to name a couple. So this week we’re going to dig into what successful founders do right, and what we can learn from them. Because hey: The way I look at it, even if you’re not starting the next Apple, the chances are pretty good that a lot of us...

Duration:00:47:22

90 - Analyzing the New iPhone XS Max & Apple Watch with Chrissy Farr, Josh Lipton, Jillian Manus

9/15/2018
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Three new iPhone Xs and a watch that's a cleared medical device: That's what Apple announced at its biggest event of the year. But what does it mean for Apple? Which, if any, of this stuff is worth buying? Jon Fortt breaks it down with Christina Farr, CNBC.com health reporter who has been breaking stories left and right on Apple's health advancements; Jillian Manus, Silicon Valley venture capitalist, and CNBC tech correspondent Josh Lipton.

Duration:00:31:10

89 - Nike’s Gamble; Facebook & Twitter Go to Washington. With Charles Duhigg & Ellen Pao

9/8/2018
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Big week for social media. Colin Kaepernick tweets his new Nike ad, Nike retweets, and it’s on. Did Nike just make a big mistake, or did it lock in the loyalty of a valuable customer base? Plus, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey go to Capitol Hill and … I know what you’re thinking, no, Dorsey didn’t go for a Civil War battle reenactment, though with that beard he’d make a dashing Rufus King – I’m just saying – with a bow tie? That’s fresh. No, they went for a Senate...

Duration:00:30:51

88 - How to Get Pay-Boosting Skills Without Going Broke

8/25/2018
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The economy's supposed to be really good, if you look at the official numbers. According to the U.S. labor department the unemployment rate was under 4 percent in July, which is a level that a lot of people used to consider "full employment." Everybody who wants a job has one. Except … not really. The system isn't working the way it's supposed to for working people. Here's what I mean. Typically in the past, when so many people have jobs, pay goes up. I mean, how else are you going to get...

Duration:00:30:09

87 - Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO. Alex Jones & Media’s Wild Summer

8/18/2018
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The conversation with Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal begins at 27:58. Free speech is getting exhausting. It’s a game of online publishing whack-a-mole as wingnut Alex Jones, of Infowars fame, finally gets suspended from Twitter, only to direct his audience to Tumblr. How should those of us who still love America feel about the amount of crazy that’s going on in the media game these days? MoviePass is testing its business model … on Solo. Borrowing a page from Darth Vader’s Cloud City book of...

Duration:01:02:36

86 - Startup or Corporate Giant? How to Decide What Kind of Employer Fits You

8/11/2018
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I've got something different for you this week: A big conversation about work. As in, where should you work? What kind of company: Big or small? Young or established? The idea for this episode came from my CNBC colleague Sharon Epperson, who's just great. Sharon covers personal finance, and I'll often stop at her desk and strategize about work and life. Sharon did a piece on how to land a job at a startup, and I wanted to expand the topic to, should you take a job at a startup, even if you...

Duration:00:35:56

85 - Roger Lynch, Pandora CEO and Sling TV co-founder: The Great Rebundling

7/21/2018
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Pandora, the music streaming service, has a culture that's heavily musical. So as a new CEO of the company, it helps that Roger Lynch not only plays guitar, but he actually still plays live gigs with a band. Lynch sat down with me above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, before the opening bell. He's been in the job for less than a year – and he's got his work cut out for him. Spotify just went public, and has grabbed a lot of attention. Meanwhile, many of the most powerful companies...

Duration:00:21:28

84 - George Kurian, NetApp CEO: A Twin and a Team Builder

7/14/2018
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George Kurian is the CEO of NetApp, a storage technology company whose stock market value is more than $20 billion. Normally I like to start off talking about what makes my guests unique. But in this case, George has a lot in common with another Silicon Valley tech executive named Kurian – his twin brother Thomas is president at Oracle. George and I could spend a lot of time talking about how unlikely it is that anyone climbs to the top level of a multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley tech...

Duration:00:23:25

83 - Ex-CEOs: Intel, Ford, Qualcomm, WPP – Revisiting Bosses Now Gone

7/8/2018
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Nothing is forever. Especially when it comes to running a multi-billion-dollar public company. This week, in a Fortt Knox podcast special, we're going to do a little retrospective … interviews with CEOs who, for now at least, are no longer CEOs. I've been doing this podcast for more than a year and a half, so I've sat down with dozens and dozens of top executives, founders and entrepreneurs. Inevitably, change happens. Sometimes the company's board of directors wants a new strategic...

Duration:00:20:37

82 - Michael Reitblat, Forter CEO: Defending Against the New Digital Organized Crime

7/1/2018
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Digital fraud is a big business. The same trends that are powering the cloud computing era – global brands, pay-per-use pricing, open-source collaboration – are making thieves rich, too. Michael Reitblat is fighting that trend. As co-founder and CEO of Forter, he's trying to keep retailers from getting fooled by credit card scammers. It's a journey that began when he was a teenage hacker, through college and startup dreams, to working on his second startup. At the Nasdaq Marketsite I...

Duration:00:33:14

81 - Tobi Lütke, Shopify founder and CEO: Snowboards Don't Sell in Spring

6/23/2018
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Tobi Lütke is the founder and CEO of Shopify, a public company worth $17 billion. The shopping landscape is changing fast, with new tax laws, same-day delivery, in-store pickup and mobile payments adding new twists and capabilities all the time. Lutke, and Shopify, provide technology tools to simplify all that for merchants. I talked with Lütke recently at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square, as talk of tariffs and taxes are swirling. We talked about what's allowed Shopify's stock to...

Duration:00:28:51

80 - Q-Tip, the Abstract: Championing Creativity in the Digital Age

6/16/2018
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Q-Tip. The Abstract. He’s not going to say it about himself outside of the the playful banter of a rhyme, so I’ll say it: He’s one of the most recognizable voices and influential minds in the history of hip-hop music. Q-Tip is probably best known as part of A Tribe Called Quest, a group that emerged in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Hits like “Can I Kick It?” “Scenario” and “Bonita Applebum” cemented Tribe’s place as innovators, both in their lyrical cadence and the way they used sampling...

Duration:00:46:59

79 - Scott Wagner, GoDaddy CEO: Big Plans for Small Businesses

6/3/2018
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Few companies have gone through the kind of image transformation GoDaddy has over the past decade. Back in 2005, GoDaddy launched its first commercial that used women in revealing outfits and sexually suggestive themes to sell web services. Wagner became GoDaddy's CEO at the beginning of this year, and those commercials are long gone. Today's GoDaddy bears little resemblance to the one of a decade ago, which is probably a good thing given how cultural winds have shifted. I talked to Wagner...

Duration:00:20:08