Behind the Tech invites listeners to geek out with an amazing line-up of tech heroes who have made our modern world possible. Join Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott, as he takes tech enthusiasts of all ages behind-the-scenes with innovators and pioneers. Find out what inspired them to create tech that has had an impact on the lives of developers and folks around the world. Sign up, tune in, and geek out.
Fei-Fei Li is a professor at Stanford University and one of the world’s pioneering researchers in AI. Her work focuses on human-centered artificial intelligence. Hear her ideas about everything from visual intelligence to cognitive neuroscience.
010 – Surya Ganguli: Innovator in artificial intelligence
From quantum mechanics and string theory to monkey brains and electrophysiology mapping, Surya’s take on AI may surprise you. Can we guide AI so it’s good for the world? This researcher is taking his cues from biology.
Author, angel investor and entrepreneur Reid Hoffman talks about starting and scaling massively valuable companies, hyper-competition, and the secrets of blitzscaling. Hear from Reid about the challenges to watch out for and the keys to success.
008 – Jaron Lanier: Father of Virtual Reality, Renaissance man
This scientist, musician and author is best known for his work in Virtual Reality, and his advocacy of humanism and sustainable economics in a digital context. His 1980’s startup, VPL Research, created the first commercial Virtual Reality products - introducing avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences and prototypes of major VR applications. Hear why he is worried the present Internet may be destroying societies, democracies and economies.
006 - Wences Casares: Betting on Bitcoin in a big way
Find out how a man who grew up on a sheep ranch in Argentina ended up a serial entrepreneur who many credit with bringing Bitcoin to Silicon Valley. Wences Casares explains why he believes in cryptocurrency – and how it might help solve some of today’s challenges in the world. Don’t miss this episode!
005 - Danielle Feinberg: Pixar’s Academy Award-winning computer scientist
Science meets art. Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting at Pixar Animation Studios wins Academy Awards by blending computer science with art – creating magical moments. Hear about how she shows the world, especially young women, the beauty of what math, science, code and art can create in the world.
004 - Judy Estrin: Co-creator in developing Internet – engineer, entrepreneur & executive
In this episode of Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott, we’ll hear from Judy Estrin, whose distinguished career in the technology industry includes work as an executive, engineer, and serial entrepreneur. Besides serving on the boards at Disney and FedEx, she is former CTO of Cisco. Judy was one of the key figures in the development of the Internet, working with Vint Cerf on the initial TCP-project at Stanford. Tune in to find out to whom and what she attributes her success – it might surprise you!
003 - Andrew Ng: Influential leader in artificial intelligence
Is AI the new “electricity”? Find out what one of the most influential leaders in Artificial Intelligence and deep learning has to say about our future. Behind the Tech’s Kevin Scott talks with Andrew Ng about the Google Brain project, Coursera, Baidu and Ng’s most recent project, deeplearning.ai. You won’t want to miss this episode!
002 - Alice Steinglass: Code.org expanding access to computer science
In this episode, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott sits down with Alice Steinglass, who leads Code.org. Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing the participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or math. Find out how this amazing organization is making a difference.
001 - Anders Hejlsberg: A craftsman of computer language
In Episode 1, Microsoft’s CTO Kevin Scott introduces us to one of his coding heroes, Anders Hejlsberg. Anders has had a 35-year career building tools that software developers love. He built Turbo Pascal, served as chief architect of Delphi, moved to Microsoft to help create C-sharp and today, spends his time as the core developer on Typescript. You may be surprised to hear how he got started in the tech industry.