Go For Broke
Go For Broke
Nov 19, 2020
Fax to the Future
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Pets.com. Webvan. Kozmo.com. All these companies met their demise when the bubble burst. But their ideas live on today, in Chewy.com, Fresh Direct, Postmates, and many other start-ups. Looking at 2020 through the lens of the dot-com crash, what's changed about the tech industry and the way we think about technology, and what's stayed the same? And are we in another bubble?

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The War on Cars
The War on Cars
Proving Ground Media
Humane Streets with Anil Dash
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52 min
KQED's The California Report
KQED's The California Report
Local Leaders Ask For Help With Vaccine Rollout
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8 min
The Interchange
The Interchange
Greentech Media
Is 'Too Much' Wind and Solar a Good Thing?
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37 min
The Book Review
The Book Review
The New York Times
James Comey and Truth in Government
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