Six years ago, the producers of the HBO hit show Silicon Valley were looking to fill a part for a journalist who grills a character on the show. Instead of hiring an actor, they went with Kara Swisher, the co-founder of Recode and host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts.
“Quite honestly, our very first choice was: We’ve got to get Kara Swisher,” observed Jonathan Dotan, the Valley insider the show’s producers hired to help get the details right. “She’s iconic.”
Swisher is one of the very best tech reporters in the country, having covered Silicon Valley since the ‘90s. Her longevity has made her a trusted voice for many entrepreneurs who would simply ask for advice. Swisher’s rolodex and blunt-yet-accurate reporting has helped her break numerous stories in the industry.
One of her recent pieces for the New York Times focused on the recovery of big tech and their place in the overall recovery.
“…All are larded up with cash, and some have a nearly monopolistic grip on their business arenas, such as online advertising (Google), e-commerce (Amazon) and social media (Facebook), that are not going away. That is a head start that lesser rivals — who will now have to eat up their seed corn to stay viable — cannot compete against,” she wrote.
Kara Swisher will join the HBS Club for a discussion about tech and how the coronavirus has impacted the left coast—San Francisco has been in a lockdown for a month and there are major ramifications.
Join us for this insightful discussion.
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5:00PM SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH
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Co-Executive Editor and Co-Founder at Recode
Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) 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, with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, the Google leadership, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey and many other leading players. She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media Web site, 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, D.C. 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 by Times Business Books 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 the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact
Chitra Nawbatt is a highly accomplished executive with a track record of leading, innovating and transforming organizations to achieve growth. Ms. Nawbatt has spent most of her career as a strategic multidisciplinary change agent with the mandate to build teams, processes and systems to reinvent culture, market strategy to execution, growth and risk management.
Currently, Chitra is the Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact, a leading lean digital, artificial intelligence, analytics and design thinking consulting firm. She delivers strategic solutions to clients focused on revenue discovery and business performance transformation using digital, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
Previously, Chitra was the New York based Anchor for Reuters International TV where her broadcasts were seen by millions of households across the world including Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. C-level executives, politicians and world leaders had differentiated interviews with her because of her prior track record from Wall Street.
Before her media career, Chitra was a C-level executive at Deutsche Bank, as well as held leadership roles in the areas of Global Banking and Regional Management. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Nawbatt established risk management functions at CIBC, and before that started her career at EY in Advisory and Assurance. Chitra has her Certified Public Accountant designation and was educated at Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
You can reach her on twitter @chitranawbatt.
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