0G: A History of Forgotten Phones

0G: A History of Forgotten Phones

By Peter Rojas and Christie Pitts
A limited-run podcast about how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the day. Hosted by Christie Pitts of Backstage Capital and Peter Rojas of Betaworks Ventures.
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Bonus Tablets Episode!
Hi everyone, welcome to what is likely the final episode of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! We are wrapping up our limited-run podcast with a special bonus episode on tablets. Yes, there were plenty of weird and wonderful tablets from produced in the years before (and even after) the iPad!  For this episode we take a look back at Intel's Web Tablet, Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Smart Display, the Nokia 770, the Pepper Pad 3, the ill-fated Crunchpad/Joojoo, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, the HP Touchpad, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the Motorola Xoom. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
1:09:42
April 19, 2019
Episode 7: 2009 - Pre-empted
Welcome to Episode 7 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. In Episode 7 we take a look at the phones of 2009, including the Palm Pre, the BlackBerry Storm 2, the Microsoft Kin 1 & 2,  the Motorola Droid, and the HTC HD2.  Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
54:53
March 25, 2019
Episode 6: 2008 - The Storm Arrives
Welcome to Episode 3 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. In Episode 6 we take a look at the phones of 2008, including the Nokia E71, Nokia N97, Palm Treo Pro, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 (and the desktop charger!), the Samsung Omnia, and the Blackberry Storm. Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
37:29
March 11, 2019
Episode 5: 2007 - The Last Year of Blissful Ignorance
Welcome to Episode 3 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. In Episode 5 we take a look at the phones of 2007, including the LG Prada, LG Dare, LG Voyager, Blackberry 8830, the Helio Kickflip and Ocean, and the Samsung Juke. And discuss how the mobile phone industry had no idea what was about to hit them with the announcement of the iPhone this year. Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is@peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
50:49
March 4, 2019
Episode 4 - Special Guest: Jason Gordon (Handspring, Microsoft, Motorola, HTC)
Welcome to Episode 4 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! On this episode, we have a special guest, Jason Gordon, who worked at Handspring, Microsoft, Motorola and HTC and was on the front lines as smartphones went from barely usable to indispensable. We chat with Jason about what goes into phone development and launches, including the history of devices at Handspring, Windows Mobile, Mobius, the Motorola Q, the Motorola MPX, the HTC G1, the HTC Diamond, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Thunderbolt.  0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt.  Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts, Peter is @peterrojas, and Jason is @jasongordonhk on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
52:40
February 25, 2019
Episode 3: 2006 - The Year Palm Wanted to Arrest Peter
Welcome to Episode 3 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. In Episode 3 we take a look at the phones of 2006, including the Treo 700w, LG Chocolate, Sony Ericsson W810i Walkman phone, Nokia N93, and the BlackBerry Pearl 8100.  Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
43:45
February 9, 2019
Episode 2: 2005 - Before the Fyre Festival, Ja Rule was Really Into Phones
Welcome to the Episode 2 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. In Episode 2 we take a look at the phones of 2005, including the Treo 650, LG VX9800, Nokia 770 Internet Communicator, Moto ROKR, Blackberry 7100 and 8700, and the HTC Universal. Content warning: there is an anecdote involving Ja Rule in this episode.  Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
50:00
February 9, 2019
Episode 1: 2002-2004 - The Misty Dawn of the Smartphone Era
Welcome to the very first episode of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. Each episode we'll take a look back at a bunch of phones that were emblematic of that era. For Episode 1 we're going all the way back to 2002 through 2004 to discuss the Treo 600, Danger Hiptop / T-Mobile Sidekick, Motorola RAZR, Nokia N-Gage (and of course sidetalking!), Audiovox 6600 and 6700 (aka the HTC Apache), and HTC Canary. Note that this episode was recorded in September 2018, so some references we make to iPhones that were still unannounced at that time might be a little confusing. Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
47:58
February 9, 2019
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