Inspirefest 2017

Kara Swisher  

Co-executive editor, Recode

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, BoomTown, originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at, where she covered breaking news about the web’s major players and internet policy issues. She also wrote feature articles on technology for the newspaper.

Swisher previously worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, has written a weekly column for Personal Journal on home gadget issues – called Home Economics – and also writes occasionally for Vanity Fair.

Over the last 11 years, alongside Walt Mossberg, she has been co-producing D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. Swisher was also co-executive editor of the website from 2007 to 2013, winning a Loeb Award for her coverage of Yahoo on the site.

Swisher is the author of How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web, published by Times Business Books in 1998. The sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future, was published in 2003 by Crown Business Books.

You can watch her Inspirefest 2016 panel discussion here.