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Alison Van Diggelen

Michael Lewis: 'Moneyball' Prequel Arrives December 2016

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 04.22.2016 | Arts
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By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues This week, I had the pleasure of meeting the talented and influential author, Michael Lewis. You prob...

Sebastian Thrun: AI Pioneer Seeks Education Revolution

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues This week, artificial intelligence (AI) reached a significant milestone. For the first time, Go...

Donald Trump's Racism: Influential Mexican-Americans Respond

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
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By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues As any Fresh Dialogues follower knows, we seldom cover politics, but given Donald Trump's seemingly...

Nest's Tony Fadell: The New Steve Jobs?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology
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This week, I met the "legendary" Tony Fadell at SVForum's Visionary Salon in Palo Alto. Fadell has been called "the father of the iPod."

14-Year-Old Gets Lessons in Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
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By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues This year a teen delegation from the United Kingdom won a trip to Silicon Valley, courtesy of...

BBC Report: Will El Nino End California's Water Saving?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.15.2016 | San Francisco
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With dramatic El Nino conditions building in the Pacific and predictions of an unprecedented deluge of rain hitting drought-starved California this winter, will the "save water" mantra evaporate as the first raindrops fall?

Tesla's Elon Musk Gives VW a Lesson in Clean Air at Model X Launch

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
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Last night, the long awaited Tesla Model X was launched and Elon Musk took great pleasure in underlining its clean air qualities. He couldn't contain a smile, as he talked about air quality and referred to "recent events," i.e. the VW DieselGate scandal.

Steve Jobs' First Love: Why the Whole Truth Matters

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.08.2016 | Technology
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Steve Jobs is a hero, even a saint, to millions of Apple fans. But to others, he's clearly a villain for his mistreatment of colleagues and friends. I asked his first love, Chrisann Brennan, who suffered greatly from his callousness, what she'd say to Jobs today. Her answer may surprise you.

California Drought Official Tells Techies: Get Your Hands Dirty

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
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California's drought has spurred everyone to pay close attention to their water use. Farmers are especially thirsty for water-saving ideas, but where are the innovative tech solutions?

They Shot the Wrong Girl Says Malala's Favorite Author, Khaled Hosseini

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.02.2016 | World
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On Friday, she joined her favorite author, Khaled Hosseini (of Kite Runner fame) at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, for a hard hitting conversation about Islam, violence and her dream of one day becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Cynthia Breazeal: Will Robots Like Jibo Take Your Job?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.09.2016 | Technology
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Many people worry about the consequences of tech innovation, in particular: will automation and robots take our jobs? I sat down to explore the impact of robots and the chance of "robo-apocalypse" with social robot pioneer Cynthia Breazeal.

What You Can Learn From Elon Musk Book: 6 Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
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Today, the Elon Musk biography by Ashlee Vance is finally available. It will "likely serve as the definitive account" of the most successful entrepreneur in the world, writes Jon Gertner in the New York Times.

What's Musk's 'Missing Piece?' Tesla Insider Shares Insights

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
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This evening, Elon Musk announces details of Tesla's new products: not cars, but battery storage for the home and for the business/utility. So why does Musk call battery storage "the missing piece" and why is it so significant?

'Eat, Pray, Love for Families': Wide-Open World Book Review

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
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The book really hits its stride when the family spends time at an orphanage in India, and Marshall forges a powerful connection with a little orphan named Job. He's a cheeky little fellow, who lectures Marshall on religion and politics and yet is fiercely loyal and protective.

5 Lessons for Successful Entrepreneurs: A VC Perspective

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Small Business
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Heidi Roizen has been on both sides of the entrepreneur funding divide, so her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is particularly potent. Last month I interviewed her, and that interview led to many more questions about what it takes to succeed, especially the need to build meaningful relationships. I asked her to share her top five lessons for being a successful entrepreneur.

Daydreaming Helped 13-year-old Auschwitz Prisoner Survive

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
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Seventy years ago today, the prisoners of Auschwitz were liberated. Irene Weiss is one of those survivors. She was 13 years old when she was captured, her long blond braids shaved off and her family killed in the gas chambers. Weiss sat down with me to share her inspirational story.

Fear Is Not An Option

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
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She's done it all: married (and divorced) a prince; been painted by Andy Warhol; made the front page of Newsweek; survived cancer; faced bankruptcy and become a doting grandmother.

Why Isaacson's Rewrite of Tech History Is So Timely

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
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In the parlance of modern movies, Walter Isaacson's new book had me at "Ada Lovelace." She's the woman who outlined the very first computer algorithm, and envisioned computer programs that could make art, even music. All this back in 1843.

Chelsea Sexton Explains Why Getting Butts in Electric Cars Is Top Priority

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
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An employee of GM, Sexton was part of the L.A. team tasked with leasing the first commercial electric vehicle: the EV1. When GM decided to recall the car, she became a vocal opponent of the recall, but that didn't stop the company crushing the majority of the fleet.

Kiva Cofounder Jessica Jackley Shares 3 Startup Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Technology
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Kiva cofounder Jessica Jackley enthuses about Silicon Valley being "an incredibly special pocket of the world" where "people have a great capacity to imagine new futures."

Mad Men's Harry Hamlin: It's Easy Being Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Media
Alison van Diggelen

We discuss his vision for a clean energy future and he gives us a lesson from Einstein on nuclear fusion. You may notice a big smile on my face when he launches into an explanation of E=MC Squared.

Lesley Stahl on Barbara Walters: Why They're Soul Sisters

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.16.2014 | Media
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"Barbara has been a pioneer all along," Lesley Stahl says. "Even in hanging in there to the age of 84, she's still leading the way."

Climate Change Response: How to Keep Cleantech Fire Burning

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
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With climate change now officially a real and present danger, attention is turning back to the promise of clean energy and cleantech.

Great Gatsby Era Building in San Francisco Goes Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
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Built in the "Great Gatsby era," this remarkable Art Deco building was the tallest tower in San Francisco for almost 40 years. Today, 140 New Montgomery may be only 33rd in height, but it's still the talk of the town, from NPR's KQED Radio in San Francisco to The Atlantic in D.C.

Apple vs Samsung: The Battle for the Green Halo

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.25.2014 | Technology
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Yesterday, I was invited to join the live BBC World Service show, Business Matters to discuss Apple's green manifesto and its rivalry with Samsung. I was interviewed by the BBC's talented Manuela Saragosa. Here's a transcript of the highlights.