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Non-Technical

Non-Technical

By Alexis Gay
San Francisco-based comedian Alexis Gay interviews influential folks from tech, media, business and beyond about everything except their resumes.

Who are the people building, funding, and running the tech companies shaping our daily lives? And like, has [INFLUENTIAL PERSON] ever kept a plant alive? Is [VERY IMPRESSIVE FOUNDER] actually afraid of the dark? What was [STALWART OF VC TWITTER] known for in high school? Tune into Non-Technical with Alexis Gay to find out.
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08. Chetan Puttagunta (GP, Benchmark) knows where to get gulab jamun in Scotland

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13. Zak Kukoff (VC, General Catalyst) hasn’t made a dime from the French horn
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Zak Kukoff, VC at General Catalyst. They talk about how Zak got himself banned (and unbanned!) from this very show, why there’s no such thing as too many Livestrong bracelets, what my physical therapist has in common with Zak’s grandma, and whether his DMs are open for combat. You can find Zak on Twitter @zck and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Public.com, the investing social network, where you can buy stocks with any amount of money and share ideas within a community of investors. Head to Public.com to sign up, or take a look at what I’m investing in at public.com/yayalexisgay! (And now for the fine print: Valid for U.S. residents 18+ and subject to account approval. See Public.com/disclosures for more info!)
45:51
March 3, 2021
12. Adam Davidson (Author, The Passion Economy) didn’t do enough drugs in high school
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Adam Davidson, economics journalist and author of The Passion Economy. They talk forsaking an ant farm for an enduring marriage, the “dumbest” thing Adam ever did (for years!), which punctuation choice is for cretins and fools, and more! You can find Adam on Twitter @adamdavidson and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Public.com, the investing social network, where you can buy stocks with any amount of money and share ideas within a community of investors. Head to Public.com to sign up, or take a look at what I’m investing in at public.com/yayalexisgay! (And now for the fine print: Valid for U.S. residents 18+ and subject to account approval. See Public.com/disclosures for more info!)
49:05
February 24, 2021
11. Sara Mauskopf (CEO & Co-founder, Winnie) is NOT Most Likely to Study for the SATs After the SATs Are Over
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Sara Mauskopf, CEO & Co-founder of Winnie. They talk about buying pants with no holes, tricking kids into exercise, secretly keeping score, the most polarizing flavor of La Croix, and the time Sara got kicked out of yoga class. You can find Sara on Twitter @sm and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Public.com, the investing social network, where you can buy stocks with any amount of money and share ideas within a community of investors. Head to Public.com to sign up, or take a look at what I’m investing in at public.com/yayalexisgay! (And now for the fine print: Valid for U.S. residents 18+ and subject to account approval. See Public.com/disclosures for more info!)
44:36
February 17, 2021
10. Jarvis Johnson (Comedy YouTuber, Forbes 30 Under 30) has Big Rice Cooker Energy
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Jarvis Johnson, prolific youtuber, former software engineer, and Alexis’ friend! They talk about falling asleep to speed runs, their shared knowledge of Simple Plan lyrics (you’ve been warned), which insurance spokesman is due for a Jarvis collab, and MORE! You can find Jarvis on Twitter @jarvis and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Public.com, the investing social network, where you can buy stocks with any amount of money and share ideas within a community of investors. Head to Public.com to sign up, or take a look at what I’m investing in at public.com/yayalexisgay! (And now for the fine print: Valid for U.S. residents 18+ and subject to account approval. See Public.com/disclosures for more info!)
45:30
February 10, 2021
09. Julie Zhuo (Author, The Making of a Manager) is raising a family of cheese artisans
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Julie Zhuo, author of The Making of a Manager and Co-Founder at Inspirit. They talk about tooth fairy disappointments, the promise of tiger’s blood energy, contemplating one’s own mortality, and the romantic implications of logging 150 hours of Final Fantasy 7! You can find Julie on Twitter @joulee and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Chorus Meditation. Chorus is virtual, instructor-led, group meditation and breathing classes that make you feel better from your very first class. For a one-month free trial, use the promo code HELLOHELLO at chorusmeditation.com.
40:04
February 3, 2021
08. Chetan Puttagunta (GP, Benchmark) knows where to get gulab jamun in Scotland
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Chetan Puttagunta, GP at Benchmark. They talk about laughing at inappropriate times, cost-per-lego ratios, how to decorate for Valentine’s Day, Chetan’s unbridled 90s nostalgia, and of course—gulab jamun. You can find Chetan on Twitter @chetanp and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Chorus Meditation. Chorus is virtual, instructor-led, group meditation and breathing classes that make you feel better from your very first class. For a one-month free trial, use the promo code HELLOHELLO at chorusmeditation.com.
40:42
January 27, 2021
07. Adrienne Porter Felt (Dir. of Eng., Google) has a history with the Backstreet Boys
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Adrienne Porter Felt, Director of Engineering at Google. They talk about the highlight of Adrienne’s tweeting career, which infuriatingly talented actress might play her in a movie, the importance of mainstream media ghost representation, and whether Alexis is having her Walden Pond moment. You can find Adrienne on Twitter @__apf__ and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Worklife, the first venture capital firm designed for builders and creators. Sign up for the Worklife newsletter for interviews with creators and updates on new tools for your worklife at worklife.vc.
41:39
January 20, 2021
06. Scott Belsky (CPO, Adobe) hates elephants… in the room
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer of Adobe. They talk about the difference between dealing with neighbors in SF and in NY, Alexis takes a trip down Hairagami memory lane, Scott shares his number one parenting tip, and at one point they… both do an Australian accent! (?) You can find Scott on Twitter @scottbelsky and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Worklife, the first venture capital firm designed for builders and creators. Sign up for the Worklife newsletter for interviews with creators and updates on new tools for your worklife at worklife.vc.
48:10
January 13, 2021
05. Megan Quinn (COO, Niantic, Inc.) knows where there be dragons
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Megan Quinn, COO of Niantic, Inc. They talk about why Emily in Paris is misunderstood, the teenage fad Megan’s grateful escaped photo evidence, failing their driver’s tests, and which near-universally beloved treat Megan finds “absolutely revolting.” You can find Megan on Twitter @msquinn and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Worklife, the first venture capital firm designed for builders and creators. Sign up for the Worklife newsletter for interviews with creators and updates on new tools for your worklife at worklife.vc.
47:10
January 6, 2021
04. Terri Burns (30 Under 30, Venture Capital) is a lightning rod for bagel controversy
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Terri Burns, one of the youngest venture capital partners in the Valley. They talk about meditating by accident, Rihanna’s Myers Briggs type, surviving NYC rat encounters, and the dinner party they’re throwing in 2021. You can find Terri on Twitter @tcburning and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Worklife, the first venture capital firm designed for builders and creators. Sign up for the Worklife newsletter for interviews with creators and updates on new tools for your worklife at worklife.vc.
55:21
December 23, 2020
03. Web Smith (Founder, 2PM Inc.) is rewriting The Great Gatsby
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Web Smith, Founder of 2PM Inc. They talk through Web’s late-night creative outlet, his kids using TikTok dances to communicate, the time he was wrong on Twitter, and—unfortunately—how Alexis once got a concussion…… at SoulCycle. You can find Web on Twitter @web and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod.
52:01
December 16, 2020
02. Ankur Nagpal (Founder & CEO, Teachable) has a haunted house
This week, Alexis gets non-technical with Ankur Nagpal, Founder and CEO of Teachable. They talk about the only right way to serve an Old Fashioned, whether Alexis should hire a Mario Kart coach, and the feedback an 18-year old Ankur got from a VC about his bold… er… fashion statement. You can find Ankur on Twitter @ankurnagpal and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Worklife, the first venture capital firm designed for builders and creators. Sign up for the Worklife newsletter for interviews with creators and updates on new tools for your worklife at worklife.vc.
45:33
December 9, 2020
01. Cassidy Williams (Principal DX Engineer, Netlify) loves a wholesome Korean Drama
In the first-ever episode of Non-Technical (!!!), Alexis chats with Cassidy Williams, a Principal Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify, one of Glamour Magazine’s 35 Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry, and lover of mechanical keyboards and karaoke. They talk about what’s (not) in Cassidy’s fridge, why she’s into K-Dramas, whether her astrological sign means anything and more! You can find Cassidy on Twitter @cassidoo and Alexis at @yayalexisgay and @NonTechnicalPod. This episode is sponsored by Worklife, the first venture capital firm designed for builders and creators. Sign up for the Worklife newsletter for interviews with creators and updates on new tools for your worklife at worklife.vc.
53:25
December 9, 2020
Non-Technical Trailer
The trailer for Non-Technical — Join San Francisco-based comedian Alexis Gay as she asks today’s most interesting founders, execs, operators, VCs, thoughtleaders, and other blue-checks about everything except their resumes. First two episodes drop 12-9-2020!
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November 29, 2020