The Premise: Stories From The Front Line Of Tech

The Premise is a new podcast from Forbes’ tech news team that defogs and defuses the hype in business technology. We try to spot and explain the most important trends in mobile, security, cloud and data and explore how companies and organizations are using these tools to make the world a better and more profitable place. The Premise will alternate between feature segments and interviews with the brightest minds in tech.
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Mar 24, 2016

Tony Scott, former CIO at Disney and Microsoft, is halfway into his tenure overseeing the world’s biggest IT budget: $81 billion. That’s $260 of tech spending for every man, woman and child in America. His job is a tough one, wrestling with cyberhacks, creaky IT infrastructure, warring agencies and garrulous Congressmen. He’s a class act with lessons for any technology executive about doing important things at scale. Recorded live in conversation with Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard at our CIO Summit on March 7, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Mar 17, 2016

Can big software companies innovate? Can tech companies do more to defend the rights of women and LGBT communities? Are we working ourselves sick? The answers to all these questions and more await you in this episode of The Premise, Forbes’ tech podcast hosted by editor Bruce Upbin. In this episode we talk with Marc Benioff, the Chairman and CEO of Salesforce, recorded live on March 7, 2016, at the Forbes CIO Summit at Half Moon Bay Calif.

Mar 10, 2016

People now spend more time on mobile messaging apps than on social networks. Sensing the shift, businesses and brands globally are starting to connect with customers on chat apps such as WeChat, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Kik. Rather than deploy humans, they're turning to bots, virtual assistants that respond to open-ended text messages. New bots are springing up to handle all kinds of use cases: shopping, ride-hailing, customer service queries. This episode of The Premise explores technology's new bot economy and bot culture, including interviews with Dennis Mortensen, cofounder and CEO of, a meeting-scheduler bot, and Peter Fjallstrom, a Swedish programmer who created a household bot for his family using Slack. Hosted by Bruce Upbin and Parmy Olson. 

Mar 1, 2016

Technology accelerates everything. Is that really what we want? Episode feat. Starship Technologies, Ally Financial CIO Michael Baresich and Warby Parker cofounder Neil Blumenthal.