The Deseret News Silicon Slopes Hour

Hosted by Silicon Slopes executive director and editor-in-chief Clint Betts, the Deseret News Silicon Slopes Hour airs on KSL Newsradio every Sunday at 7 a.m. The show provides an in-depth look inside Utah's growing startup and tech community from the perspective of the entrepreneurs, executives and community leaders at the forefront of the industry. A new podcast episode is published every Monday morning.
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Apr 17, 2017

Clint Betts caught up with Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith right after his company raised $180 million in new venture funding. The company is on track to earn $250 in revenue and is valued at $2.5 billion.

Apr 3, 2017

On today's episode of the Silicon Slopes Hour, Chris Rowle shares a keynote speech by Scot Cutler, president of Stub Hub, at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit. Cutler is joined later in the speech by Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight and executive board member for Silicon Slopes.

Mar 27, 2017

On this week's episode of the Silicon Slopes Hour, Clint Betts shares a keynote speech given by Liz Wiseman at the Silicon Slopes Summit. She is the President of the Wiseman Group and has worked with Apple, Disney, Nike, Twitter, and Gap. She is also the recipient of the 2016 ATD Champion of Talent award and author of three books.

Mar 13, 2017

On this week's episode of the Silicon Slopes, Clint Betts plays a couple of very interesting interviews from the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit. The first is a talk given by Sorenson Media CEO Greg Woodward. Next, you will hear Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith interview General Catalyst Managing Director David Fialkow and Excel Partners Founder Jim Swartz.

Feb 27, 2017

Neylan McBain, Founder and CEO at The Seneca Council, joins Clint Betts on this week's episode to talk about equal pay for women, how Utah's tech sector is doing with gender diversity, and how employers can better support their female employees.

Feb 20, 2017

On this week's episode of the Silicon Slopes Hour, Clint Betts interviews Orrin Hatch, Utah's Senior Senator. Betts and Senator Hatch talk about the growth Utah has experienced over the years and how the Senator has facilitated it. Chris Rawle also joins the show and recaps all the recent major tech events in Utah.

Feb 13, 2017

In this week's episode of the Silicon Slopes Hour, Clint shares speeches from Kickstart Seed Fund founder Gavin Christensen, entrepreneur Josh Little, and Do Good Foundation Executive Director Tema Laussen. The speeches were given at a prior event and were so good, we had to play them for you. Enjoy!

Feb 6, 2017

Today, Steve Case and Alex Lawrence join the Silicon Slopes Hour. Steve Case, founder and former CEO of AOL, founded Revolution LLC. Revolution is a Washington D.C. based venture capital firm. Clint Betts discusses his history and asks Case how he became so successful.

Alex Lawrence is an associate professor at Weber State. Prior to his current position, Lawrence was a self-made entrepreneur that started, led and sold multiple companies. These ventures were built across software, consumer Internet, commercial real estate, venture capital and franchising. He regularly appears on KSL 5 as their tech expert.

Jan 30, 2017

On this week's show, Clint Betts interviews Jive CEO John Pope and recaps what happened at the RootsTech Summit in downtown Salt Lake City. One of the things that makes Jive so special is that it started without taking any venture capital funding.

Jan 23, 2017

Clint Betts kicks off this week's podcast talking to's Mike and Megan McEwan., a boutique marketplace, was started by the couple and they share the struggle they went through in getting the company off the ground. Clint also speaks with Aaron Ollivier, owner or Precision Concrete Cutting and managing director Utah Angels II.

Jan 9, 2017

The very accomplished founder of the Women Tech Council, Cydni Tetro, joins Clint Betts on today's episode of the Silicone Slopes Hour. She talks about some of her past ventures with Disney and why she founded the Women Tech Council.

Jan 2, 2017

Landesk CEO Steve Daly joins Clint Betts to talk about Utah's tech startup industry and Chris Rawle provides an update on VidAngel's legal battles.

Dec 19, 2016

Alison Westner, managing director of Mercato Partners, and Frank Mayka, CEO of RizePoint join Clint Betts this week. Alison gives us some insight into the world of investment and Frank talks to us about what it's like to run one of Utah's fastest growing startups. This episode originally aired on December 18, 2016 on KSL Newsradio.

Dec 14, 2016 is a website that will turn your Instagram pictures into beautiful photo albums for your family and friends. The founders, Nate and Vanessa Quigley, talk to Clint about their previous business ventures, about how they met, and how they created Chatbooks.

Dec 5, 2016

David Bywater, COO of Vivint Solar, joins the Silicon Slopes hour to talk about the solar panel rate increase proposal by Rocky Mountain Power.

Nov 28, 2016

This week we finish our interview with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and get his take on education and business in Utah. We also provide some important information about Startup Santa, a program to get books into the hands of children. The program is possible because of Beehive Startups and the United Way.

Nov 21, 2016

On our inaugural podcast over the KSL airwaves, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox joins the show to talk about the elections of Donald Trump. The Lt. Governor speaks to us about why the people elected the real estate billionaire and how he thinks this will affect Utah's economy.