Peter Kafka is the executive editor at Recode; host of Recode Media, the weekly podcast dedicated to the future of media and technology; and co-executive producer of Recode’s Code Conference, a premiere series that hosts hard-hitting interviews with the media and tech industry’s leading players.
He has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to Forbes.com in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview Steve "Stone Cold Steve Austin" Williams. In 2007, Peter became the first hire at Silicon Alley Insider, the predecessor to Business Insider, where he worked as the site's managing editor.
He began writing for AllThingsD.com in 2008. In 2011, he began producing and hosting the D: Dive into Media conferences; he will continue to work on other live events for Recode. Peter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn.
Here is a statement of my ethics and coverage policies. It is more than most of you want to know, but, in the age of suspicion of the media, I am laying it all out.
I don't invest in individual stocks, and haven't done so since Bubble 1.0. I have invested in a Fidelity 401k plan and have a few more dollars in an IRA managed by Dodge and Cox. I'm not invested in technology-specific funds.
I don't accept paid speaking engagements from companies I cover, and I can't accept gifts or products from them either. I don't serve as a consultant to any companies.
I do own a very small piece of Silicon Alley Media, my previous employer. I hope they do well.
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Vox Media has a number of investors, including, but not limited to, Comcast Ventures and NBCUniversal, both of which are owned by Comcast Corporation.
My posts have total editorial independence from these investors, even when they touch on products and services these companies produce, compete with, or invest in. The same goes for all content on Recode and at our conferences. No one in this group has influence on or access to the posts we publish. We will also add a direct link to this disclosure when we write directly about the companies.
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