What Kara Swisher Has Learned From Decades Covering Tech

ALISON BEARD: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Alison Beard.

No industry has had more impact on society over the past few decades than technology. Tech companies have changed the way we live, work and interact with each other. They’ve helped us a lot of ways, but they’ve also problem created some big problems. The question now is whether they’re going to direct all the brain power they have and wealth they’ve created toward the biggest challenges we face as a society, or just keep selling us more stuff.

My guest today has had a front row seat to this entire evolution, and she no doubt has some thoughts on where it’s going next. As a journalist, she started covering the tech industry, and she has interviewed, some would say grilled, all of its biggest players. She co-founded her own conference and media company, first within the Wall Street Journal and then independent independently. Now she’s a popular podcaster. Her…

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