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Michael Lewis: 'Moneyball' Prequel Arrives December 2016

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 04.22.2016 | Arts
Alison van Diggelen

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
Alison van Diggelen

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

14-Year-Old Gets Lessons in Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

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...

What's it Like to Work In Silicon Valley if You're Not in Tech?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.12.2015 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

If you're a techie in Silicon Valley today, chances are you have a six figure salary and a comfortable living situation. But what if you don't work in tech? What's it like being in Silicon Valley when you have to struggle to make ends meet and you see 20-year-olds with million dollar mansions?

Steve Jobs' First Love: Why the Whole Truth Matters

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.08.2015 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

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.

5 Lessons for Successful Entrepreneurs: A VC Perspective

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Small Business
Alison van Diggelen

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.

Kiva Cofounder Jessica Jackley Shares 3 Startup Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

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.

Apple vs Samsung: The Battle for the Green Halo

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.25.2014 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

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.

What's Next for PBS NewsHour?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Media
Alison van Diggelen

PBS NewsHour may have found one answer to the plunge in television viewers and that's PBS Digital Studio's new online show, Everything but the News, the brainchild of Steve Goldbloom and Noah Pink.

Tesla Fires: Will GM Share Volt's Protection Tips?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

Although Tesla's Elon Musk has declared, there won't be a recall, it's almost certain the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate. As we all know, three's a trend.

Tom Friedman: Five Ways To Thrive In A Hyperconnected World

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.26.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Fresh Dialogues attended the New York Times Global Forum last week, where Tom Friedman assembled some of his favorite columnists, colleagues and CEOs to share their wit and wisdom about the brave new world of hyperconnectivity.

Elon Musk: His Story in His Own Words (Video)

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 04.07.2013 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

For the first time, entrepreneur Elon Musk shared his whole life story in front of a live audience in Silicon Valley. He joined me in conversation at the Computer History Museum on January 22 and we explored: What makes a Revolutionary?

GM CEO Dan Akerson: On Chevy Volt Future and Climate Change

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.09.2012 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Dan Akerson, CEO of GM, spoke with me in S.F. about the suspension of Chevy Volt production; the future of what he described as GM's "statement car" and his surprisingly candid views on climate change.

Solyndra: A Venture Capitalist's View

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Andrew Chung shares his views on the Post Solyndra Era. Will the failure of Solyndra have a significant impact on private sector cleantech investment? How does Chung respond to critics who say that cleantech investment is a disaster?

Google's Green Spending Spree: How It Chooses

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.15.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Despite the economy, despite Solyndra, Google is on a green spending spree. Fresh Dialogues talks to Google representatives about how the company chooses its investments.

How Green Is Google? An Insider's View

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.30.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

How is Google greening its rapidly growing army of Googlers, on and off campus? Biodiesel buses, Google bikes... But pogo sticks -- really?

Is Green Policy Bad For Jobs?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

As the race for Governor heats up in California, one of the divisive issues is bright green. Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner both say that they'd suspend the greenhouse gas emissions legislation.

Elise Zoli: In Defense of Nuclear Power

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

According to clean tech expert Elise Zoli, nuclear energy will play a significant role in energy security and the battle against climate change.

Paul Krugman: China, Climate Change

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison van Diggelen

"Climate change is the mother of all externalities ... left without any government intervention, we're going to par-boil the planet," says Krugman.