• Kara Swisher

    Co-founder of Recode, Host of the Recode Decode podcast, and New York Times columnist

    Kara Swisher is the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, producer and host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference series. She also has a special series on MSNBC called Revolution on the impact of technology on work, society, and more, and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

    Swisher co-founded Recode and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted the Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference series (now called the Code conference) with Walt Mossberg starting in 2003. It was, and still is, the country’s premier conference on tech and media. She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media website, AllThingsD.com, founded in 2007.

    Swisher worked in the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and online at WSJ.com. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper.

    Earlier in her career, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, DC. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

    Swisher is also the author of aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web, published in July 1998. The sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future, was published in 2003.

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  • Completed: March 5, 2020 PST

    Where the Long Symbiotic Relationship of Tech & Media Might End Up

    Kara Swisher has watched the rise of tech and the fall of media since the beginning of the trouble with the arrival of the Internet in the mid-1990s. She knows better than almost anyone how entangled the two industries are from her long prominent perch as a well-known tech journalist. Kara can lay out that story and make the definitive analysis of what’s going on today and potentially in the future like almost no other. Her storied career covering the tech business began with the Wall Street Journal. She regularly interviewed the top tech titans and media moguls at her “D: All Things Digital” conference. She’s gone on to co-found Recode that was acquired by Vox. And she’s now got one of the rare slots as an opinion columnist for the New York Times. Watch what she has to say now.

    Participants: Kara Swisher