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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Sep 6, 2016

For our last episode of season one, a roundtable of Forbes reporters discuss the tech stories to watch for this Fall, from Apple to self-driving cars.

Aug 23, 2016

At the Forbes AgTech Summit, Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard sits down with Dr. Robert T. Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, about what the future holds for farming technology.

Aug 16, 2016

In 2015, Instagram earned an estimated $630 million in revenue. In 2016, it's on track to earn $1.5 billion. In this episode, we examine how Instagram made itself a prestige brand for advertisers and why its acquisition by Facebook is a model that other tech companies should pay attention to.

Jul 26, 2016

The recent Forbes AgTech Summit highlighted over 40 companies working to change the technology behind agriculture. We talked to Julie Borlaug of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Kim Nicholson, VP of Business Development at Spensa Technologies. They talked about how big data, robots, machine learning and better bug zappers are revolutionizing farming.

May 31, 2016

Shipping is becoming more important for online retailers – but how do you ship to people with no address? And how do you track that shipping globally? Chris Sheldrick, founder and CEO of What3Words and Nick Allain of satellite company Spire join us to talk shipping, satellites, and fighting pirates.

May 17, 2016

Tech startups in Silicon Valley get the lion's share of attention - and investment - in the United States. But it's not the only area where tech companies are finding success and investors. Forbes staffers Alex Konrad and Alex Knapp talk to two venture capital funds making investments in startups in New York City and Kansas City.

Apr 26, 2016

Two conversations about how design informs technology and vice versa. David Edge leads the visualization team at UK engineering firm Arup and talks about how the firm is using augmented and virtual reality tech to help design and pitch giant projects like London’s Olympic Park and the upcoming Garden Bridge over the Thames. Gadi Amit is one of Silicon Valley’s most important product designers (clients include Fitbit, Netgear, Palm, Google) and cares deeply about making sure human needs and democracy make it into tomorrow’s tech gadgets.

Apr 19, 2016

Lyft is locked in a battle for market share with Uber and nailing the driver and passenger experience is crucial to winning their fickle loyalties. Morelli, a veteran technologist, talks with Forbes managing editor Bruce Upbin about what's going on inside Lyft's design, test and product development culture.

Apr 5, 2016

How do you create a digital experience that leads to great real-world experiences? Equal parts art and technology, says Airbnb’s VP of Engineering Mike Curtis. He shares some of the design secrets behind one of the most successful on-demand startups of all time.

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.