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CNBC's Fortt Knox, Podcast Edition

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Fortt Knox is a digital show produced by CNBC that goes deep with people who make things happen. The first guests include Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, trailblazing technology CEO Lisa Su of AMD, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, and actor Bradley Whitford. During the show, I'll lead conversations with power brokers on how they navigate a world increasingly defined by diversity and innovation -- and hopefully give you insight into how you can navigate it, too.

Fortt Knox is a digital show produced by CNBC that goes deep with people who make things happen. The first guests include Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, trailblazing technology CEO Lisa Su of AMD, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, and actor Bradley Whitford. During the show, I'll lead conversations with power brokers on how they navigate a world increasingly defined by diversity and innovation -- and hopefully give you insight into how you can navigate it, too.
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Fortt Knox is a digital show produced by CNBC that goes deep with people who make things happen. The first guests include Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, trailblazing technology CEO Lisa Su of AMD, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, and actor Bradley Whitford. During the show, I'll lead conversations with power brokers on how they navigate a world increasingly defined by diversity and innovation -- and hopefully give you insight into how you can navigate it, too.

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44: Never An Easy Time to Do A Hard Thing: Rachel Drori, founder & CEO, Daily Harvest

9/16/2017
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Rachel Drori comes from from a long line of entrepreneurs – her immigrant grandparents started a business when they got to the United States. Even more unique: Her mother started a business too, so she grew up around women founders. Today she's the founder and CEO of Daily Harvest, a young startup that sits at the intersection of nutrition and convenience. You think starting a business is hard? Well, it is. But Rachel started Daily Harvest when she was seven months pregnant, then raised...

Duration: 00:30:04


43: Orphan to Entrepreneur: Njavwa Mutambo, CEO of Musanga Logistics

9/10/2017
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Njavwa Mutambo is the CEO of Musanga Logistics, a delivery company in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. Technology has the potential to transform economies in Africa, empower small businesses, lower costs – but before any of that can happen, there are some basic challenges. One of those is the cost of delivery. That's where Njavwa, and Musanga Logistics come in. He's using bicycle couriers and people who own trucks and need side-work, Uber-style – to connect people in Zambia like it's...

Duration: 00:40:12


42: A Layoff Pushed Him to Success: MailChimp co-founder Ben Chestnut

9/2/2017
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Seventeen years ago, life gave Ben Chestnut the push to start the company that became MailChimp. He was in web design. He got laid off. His employer offered him another job, but he knew: this was his chance to build his own thing. Today if you run a small business or you're into marketing, you've probably heard of MailChimp. For everyone else, it's the way a lot of people reach their customers' email inboxes. Newsletters, offers for special sales, you name it – MailChimp is in the tricky...

Duration: 00:23:42


41: How a Master of Scale Climbed to the Top: Reid Hoffman, investor & entrepreneur

8/26/2017
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There is no one in Silicon Valley who's more connected than Reid Hoffman. That might be because he plays all of the connector roles, sometimes at once. He's a venture capitalist, at Greylock. He's an entrepreneur who co-founded LinkedIn, and sold it for 26 billion dollars last year. Reid's net worth is estimated to be north of 3 billion dollars. Now he has a seat on the board of directors at Microsoft. After teaching a class at Stanford, Reid started a podcast, Masters of Scale, that's...

Duration: 00:25:23


40: The Beauty of Reinvention: Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO of North America

8/12/2017
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This is a conversation about reinvention. Not just once, but over and over. Julie Sweet leads the North American business at Accenture, a global consulting giant that employs more than 400,000 people and produced more than $32 billion in sales last year. Julie's territory made up almost exactly half of that total. I'm not really sure how most people become consultants. Ideally they get good at something, then show other people how to do it better. Julie's path was different. She was a...

Duration: 00:50:43


39: A Black Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley: Tristan Walker, founder, Walker & Company Brands

8/6/2017
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Tristan Walker is the founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands. He's 33 years old. In this episode I somewhat jokingly say that growing up, he was an odd kid, because of the surface contradictions. He's a business mind who made a name for himself when he joined a mobile technology startup, but his first company focuses on skin and hair care. He grew up in a working-class family in New York, and his father was killed when he was young – but he went to a boarding school. His most...

Duration: 00:52:45


38: The Brooklyn Kid Turned Angel: Jason Calacanis, Investor

7/30/2017
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Brooklyn in the 70s and 80s. Today, he says, his net worth is somewhere north of 100 million dollars. That's not because he's an entrepreneur, though he has started a handful of companies. Jason got rich as an entrepreneur. But he got really, really rich by investing in the crazy ideas … of other entrepreneurs. He just wrote a book: Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups. He says he can tell you how he did it, and give you pointers so that – maybe you can do it, too. In the tech...

Duration: 00:30:26


37: If You Change the World, You Change the Law: Brad Smith, Microsoft President

7/23/2017
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Brad Smith has been at Microsoft for nearly 25 years, and has been the top lawyer there for 15. He now holds the title of president, also running corporate affairs and working alongside CEO Satya Nadella. Brad led Microsoft's legal defense against David Boies and the U.S. government a generation ago. You might have heard of that infamous antitrust case against Microsoft. Today he's fighting for Microsoft's right to shield certain customer data in the cloud. Brad and I did a panel together...

Duration: 00:38:21


36: Even CEOs Need Mentors: Anil Chakravarthy & Bruce Chizen, Informatica

7/16/2017
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Think of this as getting to audit a little bit of a leadership master class. Bruce Chizen has the kind of unique executive experience that would fill a book of business school case studies. As the CEO of Adobe – the company that makes Photoshop, Premiere and more – Bruce mentored his replacement, Shantanu Narayen – and he often sat across the bargaining table from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. That's when I met him, as a young reporter in Silicon Valley, nearly 20 years ago now. Today, Bruce sits...

Duration: 00:27:43


35: Millennial Mavericks: Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, The Skimm

7/10/2017
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This week on the podcast: Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, co-founders and co-CEOs of the Skimm. Their core product? The Daily Skimm, a newsletter targeting millennial women that keeps you up to date on what's happening in the world. They didn't invent the daily newsletter by a long shot, but Weisberg and Zakin are working the kind of magic with it that should make every media executive in the world sit up and take notice. Here's a little context: The New York Times announced recently...

Duration: 00:52:24


34: A Teen Adrift Becomes A CEO: Mike Tuchen, Talend

7/2/2017
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Mike Tuchen is the CEO of Talend, a company with a billion-dollar market value. It helps customers take advantage of their data and apply it effectively. But before kicking off a career that's included an executive stint at Microsoft and a turn as CEO of Rapid7, he was nearly kicked out of boarding school and had to figure out how to make a contribution as the runt of his Brown University rowing team. Tuchen joined the Fortt Knox podcast to share a story that's not your typical...

Duration: 00:27:33


33: Building a Powerhouse for the Smartphone Era: Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm

6/25/2017
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It's been about 10 years since the debut of the modern smartphone, when Apple's iPhone first went on sale. One of the companies that has most defined this decade? Qualcomm. Leading the charge at Qualcomm for most of that time has been executive chairman Paul Jacobs. His father Irwin co-founded the company, and Paul helped build it into a power broker in mobile computing. Qualcomm designs the chips that serve as the brains for most premium Android phones, and its patented technology is in...

Duration: 00:43:38


32: Uber's Wake-Up Call for Leaders: Deirdre Bosa, Mike Isaac, Vivek Wadhwa

6/18/2017
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It's a story of ambition, innovation, management gone wrong: Uber. It's been a ride-hailing game changer, but also a cautionary tale, so this week on Fortt Knox Live, I brought together an expert panel to discuss the latest news and what it means for Silicon Valley. Mike Issac of the New York Times, Vivek Wadhwa of Carnegie Mellon, and my colleague Deirdre Bosa of CNBC joined me in San Francisco this week to break down the big changes coming for Uber's management, and what the rest of us...

Duration: 00:32:10


30: Billionaire vs. Elephant: Tom Siebel, CEO of C3 IoT

6/3/2017
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30: Billionaire vs. Elephant: Tom Siebel, CEO of C3 IoT by CNBC

Duration: 00:40:57


29: Riding Out the Boom/Bust Cycles: Nicole Eagan, Darktrace CEO

5/29/2017
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Today she sits at the helm of a promising cybersecurity company. But first Nicole Eagan had to survive the dotcom bust. Eagan is CEO of Darktrace, a startup that battles hackers using software that gets smarter over time. Invented by mathematicians and former British intelligence operatives, the technology, much like a human immune system, looks for signs of odd behavior in a client's network. Eagan and Darktrace are on the cutting edge not only in security, but also in a gender-balanced...

Duration: 00:45:13


28: Married to the Game: Kevin Busque, TaskRabbit co-founder & Guideline CEO

5/21/2017
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You've probably heard of TaskRabbit – the online service lets you pay a contractor to run an errand, clean an apartment, put together an Ikea bookshelf – any number of odd jobs. Before there was Uber or Airbnb, TaskRabbit birthed the so-called "gig economy." You might not know that Kevin Busque co-founded TaskRabbit with his wife, Leah, who he is quick to admit was the brains behind the operation all along. In an unusual twist on the typical Silicon Valley story, Kevin and Leah were high...

Duration: 00:42:04


27: Solitary Genius Is Not Enough: Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov

5/16/2017
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27: Solitary Genius Is Not Enough: Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov by CNBC

Duration: 00:38:38


26: Starting a Business and Keeping it Going: Dell CEO Michael Dell

5/7/2017
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Michael Dell founded his company 33 years ago, in his freshman dorm room at the University of Texas, Austin. He had $1,000 to buy PC parts, and took orders over the phone. After that, it ballooned like crazy – and made Dell Computer one of the fastest-growing companies ever. The stock price went on a dizzying tear throughout the 1990s, roughly doubling most years throughout the decade. It also made Michael Dell a multi-billionaire. Since then, the path hasn't been easy. The era of gonzo...

Duration: 00:32:13


25: Taking On Wall Street's Boys' Club: Alexandra Lebenthal, CEO, Lebenthal & Co.

4/30/2017
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Alexandra Lebenthal is a third-generation Wall Street power broker. Her grandparents started Lebenthal & Co. 92 years ago, helping to redefine the municipal bond business. Her company has seen better days – she's in the process of selling much of it to South Street Securities Holdings, though she'll maintain control of the corporate bond operation. Through the years, Lebenthal has shown a steadfast determination to maintain the family business, and to blaze a path in the boys-club world of...

Duration: 00:38:39


24: Be Sure the Sleeves Match the Cuffs: Ford CEO Mark Fields

4/23/2017
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24: Be Sure the Sleeves Match the Cuffs: Ford CEO Mark Fields by Jon Fortt

Duration: 00:23:48

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