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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

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...

Duration:00:20:08

78 - Anthony Wood, Roku founder & CEO: Continual Reinvention

5/26/2018
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Today it's a $4-billion publicly-traded company. It's synonymous with streaming video, going head-to-head with Apple, Amazon, Google and lately Netflix, in the cord-cutting era. But Roku's been around for more than 15 years. That means it's older than YouTube. Anthony Wood, the founder and CEO, hasn't followed a straight line to get Roku where it is. He's gone through a few different business models. He got some help from Netflix. Now he's defying the odds and talking about Roku's latest...

Duration:00:31:18

77 - Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network: The Tools to Break Barriers

5/19/2018
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A little more than 40 years ago, there was a live event that changed television forever. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. A boxing match: "The Thrilla in Manilla." But the men in the ring weren't the only ones with big career stakes on the line. A 30-year-old entrepreneur named Kay Koplovitz had waited about a decade for this moment. She was the driving force behind making the fight the first live satellite broadcast. It changed the cable industry forever, and laid the groundwork for her to...

Duration:00:34:56

76 - Bastian Lehmann, Postmates CEO: Forget About Plan A

5/13/2018
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Sometimes Plan A doesn’t work out. You’ve got to be ready to improvise. That’s one of the themes in Bastian Lehman’s story. He had a different career path in mind, but ended up settling for entrepreneurship. So far it’s going pretty well. He’s the cofounder and CEO of Postmates, a delivery startup that’s part of this race to remake the way we shop. He's raised about a quarter billion dollars. Postmates was originally supposed to be doing furniture delivery. That didn’t work out for some...

Duration:00:32:40

75 - Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO: The Vision for Power in Cloud and AI

5/7/2018
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I’ve never had a repeat guest on Fortt Knox in the year and a half I’ve been doing this. That’s not because there’s a rule against it, I just never had a compelling reason to. That changes this week. A few days ago I flew out to Seattle and then went up to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, and sat down with CEO Satya Nadella. Satya was my guest in October, when his book "Hit Refresh" came out. It was a big deal because Nadella has dramatically changed the perception and trajectory of...

Duration:00:36:08

74 - Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral founder and CEO: A Multi-Billion-Dollar Midlife Crisis

4/28/2018
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Vlad Shmunis just wasn't an enthusiastic employee. Didn't like following directions. And he had ideas – lots of ideas. Eventually, something had to give. So the entrepreneurial engineer took a leap, even though family members said he was nuts. How'd that work out? Well today, Vlad Shmunis is the founder and CEO of RingCentral, a Silicon Valley company at the intersection of communication and cloud. The company went public just under five years ago. Today it's worth more than $5...

Duration:00:34:35

73 - Rafat Ali, Skift founder & CEO: A Long Journey to Paid Content and Beyond

4/21/2018
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Rafat Ali has done something remarkable in an era where it's really tough to make money telling people the truth. He built and sold PaidContent, a site that covered the digital media revolution with trenchant foresight. And now he's built Skift, an information company focused on the travel and dining industries. I sat down with Rafat Ali at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square to get an insider's look at how you revolutionize a crumbling industry. Rafat's a guy whose career I've sort of...

Duration:00:31:06

72 - Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO: This Leader Bet the Farm on Generosity

4/14/2018
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GoFundMe is a generosity powerhouse – it's helped people raise a total of more than 5 billion dollars for all kinds of causes and pet projects. Rob Solomon is its CEO. Late last year, Solomon made a bold move – GoFundMe no longer takes an automatic cut of the money people raise. Now GoFundMe itself runs purely on donations. Solomon didn't think he wanted to be the CEO of GoFundMe when he first got the offer – he saw people using it to raise money for cat toys – but he soon changed his...

Duration:00:24:01

71 - Tim Ryan, PwC U.S. Chairman: Tech is Reshaping the Dynamics of Global Business

3/30/2018
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Tim Ryan grew up in a working-class family in Boston, where his early jobs included a paper route and a job at a grocery. He’s now the U.S. chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the global accounting firm known as one of the big 4 auditors. In 2016 it was ranked as the fifth largest private employer in America. Whether it’s the changing political landscape, the headaches companies face over protecting data, or getting the right envelopes at the Oscars, PwC handles issues large and small –...

Duration:00:33:14

70 - Tony Xu, DoorDash CEO: It's About Data, Not Just Food or Delivery

3/24/2018
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This week on the podcast? DoorDash cofounder and CEO Tony Xu. He just raised more than half a billion dollars to build out his business. There’s this idea out there that today’s consumers are lazy, and that’s why we're getting stuff delivered all the time. The thing is, I don’t know about you – but the reason why I’m ordering so much delivery is because I’m so busy. That’s where DoorDash comes in. The company was cooked up by four students at Stanford four and a half years ago. One of...

Duration:00:25:29

69 - Danny Govberg, Watchbox CEO: Tech Didn't Kill the Luxury Watch Business After All

3/17/2018
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Everybody loves a David and Goliath story. The problem is, in business these days, the David is usually a family business, and the Goliath is some technology-juicing giant. Goliath is usually winning. So here's a story that returns to classic form: Danny Govberg is the CEO of Govberg Jewelers in Philadelphia – and he's also the CEO of Watchbox, an app and website that's shaking up the world of luxury watches. By Govberg's count, he's selling at a rate of $200 million worth of watches this...

Duration:00:23:12

68 - Abe Ankumah, Nyansa cofounder & CEO: Building on a Legacy of Entrepreneurship

3/10/2018
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Abe Ankumah had never touched a computer before he arrived at Caltech in 1997, but quickly became captivated and decided to major in computer science. Now he’s the cofounder and CEO of Nyansa, a Silicon Valley startup that monitors the health of wireless networks. An immigrant from Ghana, raised by hopeful entrepreneurs, he has the kind of story that has fueled Silicon Valley for decades. I met Abe at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square and talked to him about his journey, and the...

Duration:00:32:08

67 - Oren Jacob, PullString cofounder & CEO: Teaching Alexa to Be a Better Conversationalist

3/3/2018
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Oren Jacob saw Star Wars as a kid, and fell in love with the idea of bringing together technology and storytelling to create something entirely new. Today, he’s the cofounder and CEO of PullString, a tech startup that teaches software how to have conversation. That could mean helping companies build an Alexa skill for Amazon’s Echo, or allowing Hello Barbie to talk. I caught up with Oren at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where he spoke to leaders in the tech world about...

Duration:00:22:50

66 - Matt Meeker, Bark co-founder: Super-Serving the Pet Economy

2/24/2018
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Boutique treats and toys for dogs, it turns out, are a big business. Bark was co-founded by Matt Meeker, who's now its CEO. It's the seller of the subscription BarkBox. And it expects to do a quarter billion dollars in sales in 2018. Americans spend about $70 billion a year on their pets; that’s part of the reason why General Mills just announced that it plans to pay $8 billion for pet food maker Blue Buffalo. And it’s part of the reason why I went to see Matt Meeker at Bark’s...

Duration:00:38:01

65 - Rob Bernshteyn, Coupa CEO: Saving Your Way to Success

2/17/2018
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Frugality is baked into Rob Bernshteyn’s life experience. His family immigrated from Russia when he was a kid, and he used savings from a paper route to start a baseball card business … which helped pay for his college education. In his mid-30s, after an executive role at SuccessFactors, a tech company that went public, Rob’s entrepreneurial itch became overwhelming, and he used his modest IPO windfall to launch Coupa. Coupa’s mission? What else — help businesses save money through smart...

Duration:00:33:37

64 - Ron Shaich, Panera founder: Raise the Minimum Wage, Build for the Long Term, and Other Heresies

2/10/2018
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Who doesn't like to eat? Maybe my seven-year-old … he'd rather talk at the table … but the rest of us, when we're hungry, want something right now, and something that's not going to induce a lot of guilt. That, in a nutshell, is what has given birth to the fast casual movement over the past 20-plus years, and this week, I want you to join me for my conversation with the father of fast casual, Ron Shaich. Before there was Chipotle or Dig Inn, there was Panera Bread. Founded in Missouri in...

Duration:00:53:56

63 - Kaz Hirai, Sony CEO: Leading a Japanese Company With Global Challenges

2/3/2018
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Kaz Hirai has been the CEO of Sony for six years, and the company just announced that he'll be stepping aside and taking the title of Chairman in April. That means he's been the CEO at Sony for much of time that I've been at CNBC. And in that span I've sat down with him most every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, a sprawling event in Las Vegas where the world's gadget giants gather every year. Funny thing about Hirai – he stepped in to take the reins at Sony at a moment when the sky...

Duration:00:17:51

62 - Adena Friedman, Nasdaq CEO: Build A Career With Smart Adjustments

1/27/2018
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You don’t have to be playing the markets every day to know that stocks have been doing very well lately – and not just lately, for about nine years now. That means you might be hearing a bit more about stock exchanges. Which brings us to my next guest. Adena Friedman is the first woman to lead a global stock exchange. She’s the CEO of Nasdaq, a job she’s held for a year. To get there, she’s had to chart a path where there was none. For example, it meant choosing what was right for her...

Duration:00:33:46