Julio Bruno: Time Out CEO’s playlist
I live on the river Thames near Whitehall in central London. It is a beautiful place and I do not own a car. The greatest luxury in London is being able to walk to work; it takes about 25 minutes to the Shaftesbury Avenue office.
Along the way I pass landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. I pass theatres, bars, restaurants, cinemas and tourists. You are right in the centre of the city — you see it and you live it.
Whenever I go to New York, Chicago, Paris or Tokyo, I do the same thing — always staying a short walk from Time Out’s offices.
I listen to podcasts while I walk — about science, technology and business. We live in a super-connected world and digital is an important part of what I do. I listen to Ted talks, the Financial Times’s podcasts and NPR’s Hidden Brain. The show’s presenter, Shankar Vedantam, is a great communicator and the way he talks about how the brain works is compelling. The FT’s podcasts help me keep up to date on what is happening politically and economically.
I am a prolific tweeter — Twitter is a fast way for me to keep up with what is going on in the world.
I visit the theatre a lot because I need to keep up with the arts. Last week in New York, I saw Dear Evan Hansen. I was mesmerised by the quality of the actors, the play’s themes and how the audience reacted to it.
Recently I visited the Cervantes theatre in Southwark. It is the UK’s first theatre dedicated to Spanish and Latin American plays. The quality of the performances — in Spanish and English — was excellent.
When I fly, I tend to watch one movie, then read. I am reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. It is a near-future story in which US society’s recent trends are taken to extremes.
The book is thought-provoking and slightly disturbing. And I recently read The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, the venture capitalist. It is about his pragmatic approach to management — he is open and brutally honest.
When I worked for TripAdvisor as global vice-president of sales, I spent up to 200 nights a year in hotels. In this job, it is more like 50 or 60, so when I fly I like to catch up with films, like La La Land and Moonlight. Both are great but I preferred the depth and themes of Moonlight and how it was edited to tell the story.
I am also a science-fiction buff. I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a Super IMAX cinema and I loved the spectacle.
I have a US and a Spanish passport and I follow US politics. I watch Real Time With Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver every week, because these days it seems comedians are the ones getting to the heart of fake news, and laughing can help us get through.
I usually read the FT and the Wall Street Journal. I enjoy the FT’s Lombard column and the arts and culture coverage. The WSJ’s Heard on the Street is insightful with snappy commentary.
Of course I read Time Out too. When I visit a city, I want to know what is going on.