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Exponent

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Rank #23 in Technology category

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A podcast about tech and society, hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

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A podcast about tech and society, hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

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612 Ratings
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Thought-provoking insights

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Consistently valuable information, presented clearly.

Excellent

By lazarillo de tucson - Nov 08 2018
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Sometimes a bit redundant, but you’ll always learn something.

iTunes Ratings

612 Ratings
Average Ratings
520
36
19
17
20

Thought-provoking insights

By SideHustlerInTraining - Jul 21 2019
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Consistently valuable information, presented clearly.

Excellent

By lazarillo de tucson - Nov 08 2018
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Sometimes a bit redundant, but you’ll always learn something.

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Exponent

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A podcast about tech and society, hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

Rank #1: Episode 034 – The Story of Stratechery

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This is the story of Stratechery, presented with much sheepishness on Ben’s part. How Ben thought about the market, his business model, and more. We apologize that this is a little long and perhaps a bit choppy. It’s hard to talk about us!

Links

  • Andrew Sullivan: A Note to my Readers – The Dish
  • Ezra Klein: What Andrew Sullivan’s Exit Says About the Future of Blogging – Vox
  • Ben Thompson: Blogging’s Bright Future – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Dear Zoë Keating: Tell YouTube to Take a Hike – Stratechery
  • Taylor Swift: For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music is a Love Story – Wall Street Journal

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Feb 06 2015

1hr 28mins

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Rank #2: Episode 003: Valiantly Defending Jobs

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This episode is all about the (alleged) Apple Beats acquisition. While it may make a certain amount of business sense, does it signify a small but significant change in Apple’s priorities, and is it a cause for concern? Topics covered include:

  • The rationale for the acquisition
  • The difference between making and recognizing market opportunities
  • What makes Apple uniquely capable of building revolutionary products
  • Apple’s previous responses when threatened in music
  • How to think about mergers and acquisitions
  • How to best motivate employees

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May 14 2014

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: Episode 005: The World Has Changed

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This episode surprised us; through a discussion of who is at fault in the latest series of new vs old-world spats, we realized that not only has the Internet fundamentally changed winners-and-losers, but also the very nature of economic competition and the type of regulation that is required.

Topics & Links

  • Mathew Ingram: Giants Behaving Badly – GigaOm

Google v MetaFilter

  • Matt Haughey: On the Future of MetaFilter – Medium

Journalism v Facebook

  • Mike Hudack: A Rant About the State of Media – Facebook
  • Ben Thompson: Newspapers are Dead; Long Live Journalism – Stratechery

Amazon v Publishers

  • Ben Thompson: Publishers’ Deal With the Devil – Stratechery
  • George Packer: Cheap Words – New Yorker

Antitrust, Network Effects, and the Age of Abundance

Do Tech Companies Have a Responsibility to Society?

On how the Internet has fundamentally changed the world, and how government regulation is hopelessly behind

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May 28 2014

59mins

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Rank #4: Episode 004 – Technology and Politics

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Are the recent debates on net neutrality, the protests of Google buses, even SOPA a sign of things to come? Building on Ben’s article The Net Neutrality Wake-up Call Ben and James discuss the intersection of technology and politics.

  • Why do people in technology tend to dislike politics?
  • Is net neutrality really that important and understanding open loop unbundling
  • The tech industry and creative destruction: is it good for society when companies go out of business?
  • The impact of money on politics
  • Why tech and politics are on a collision course
  • What we can do to effect change on an individual basis

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Note to listeners: the Stratechery.FM feed is now redirected to Exponent (although the archives remain on Stratechery.FM). If you have subscribed to both, just delete one or the other. Thanks! Also, James is not actually married. That was the joke…

May 20 2014

1hr 2mins

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Rank #5: Episode 084 — The Old World Order

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Ben and James discuss how the TV industry and the companies that advertise on TV are interconnected, and how they will rise and fall together.

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  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — and Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Cord Cutting Fantasy — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Disney and ESPN Will Be OK — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: How Technology is Changing the World (P&G Edition) — Stratechery
  • Ken Doctor: The Macy’s Factor — Politico
  • Ben Thompson: Cars and the Future — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Changing — and Unchanging — Structure of TV — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The FANG Playbook — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery

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Jun 24 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #6: Episode 081 — We Have Always Been at War with Amazon

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Ben and James explain why Alexa is an even bigger deal than it seems, and why both Apple and Google should fear Amazon. Plus, why Microsoft’s challenges are only beginning.

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Jun 03 2016

54mins

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Rank #7: Episode 012: The Internet Rainforest

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In this week’s episode we discuss how the Internet is enabling not only big winners, but also small, focused niche players, and why that’s exciting. We also discuss the impact this transition will have on society, follow up on last week’s integrated/modular discussion, and in a special “After Dark” segment briefly discuss Ben’s recent experience with Android and theorize that the Android/iOS are at equilibrium.

Links

  • Ben Thompson: Daily Update: Micromax Wins on Local Taste – Stratechery (members-only)
  • Rohin Dharmakumar: Can Micromax Become India’s Leading Smartphone Maker? – Forbes India
  • Ben Thompson: How Technology is Changing the World (P&G Edition) – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Christmas Gifts and the Meaning of Design (includes a reference to P&G’s design process in the footnotes) – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Pleco: Building a Business, not an App – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Smartphone Truths and Samsung’s Inevitable Decline – Stratechery
  • Anita Elberse: The Way of The Blockbuster – Harvard Magazine
  • Albert Wenger: It is OK to Worry about Work (& Doesn’t Make you a Luddite or Socialist) – Continuations

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Aug 07 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: Episode 085 — Ballots Versus Guillotines

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Ben and James discuss why the sociopolitical factors underlying the Brexit vote and their relationship to technology and a system of the future.

Links

  • Ben Thompson: The Brexit Possibility — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — And Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Follow-up: The Big Picture — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Brexit, Trump, and the Ultimatum Game — Medium

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Jul 01 2016

59mins

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Rank #9: Episode 014: The Rise of the Algorithm

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In this week’s episode we spend a good bit of time revisiting the native ads discussion, then dive into the different ways that Twitter and Facebook have handled the news this week. From there we discuss Twitter’s timeline changes, the realities of venture capital, and whether or not our entire economic system will survive the automation revolution. Yes, it gets deep quickly!

Links

  • Ben Thompson: Print, Chinese Walls, and “Objective” Journalism – Stratechery (members only)
  • Clay Shirky: Last Call – Medium
  • Jay Rosen: When Quoting Both Sides and Leaving it There is the Riskier Call – PressThink
  • Hamilton Nolan: Time Inc. Rates Writers on How “Beneficial” They Are to Advertisers – Gawker
  • Derek Willis: New Republican Leader Finds New Friends, and Quick Cash – New York Times
  • Marco Arment: I’ll Never Fly Amazon Again – Marco.org
  • Ben Thompson: Twitter is Great for Unprofitable News – Stratechery (members-only)
  • Mathew Ingram: Twitter vs. Facebook as a news source – GigaOm
  • Matt Buchanan: The Twitter of Tomorrow – New Yorker
  • Humans Need Not Apply – YouTube

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Aug 22 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #10: Episode 022: Peak Google, Monologue Edition

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In this week’s episode Ben and James discuss Ben’s article “Peak Google” and the future of advertising.

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  • Ben Thompson: Peak Google – Stratechery
  • Benedict Evans: The Irrelevance of Microsoft – Ben-Evans.com
  • Peter Kriss: The Value of Customer Experience, Quantified – Harvard Business Review
  • Ben Thompson: Mobile Makes Facebook Just an App; That’s Great News – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: I Love the Blackberry Passport (on Generic Strategies) – Stratechery (members-only)
  • Ben Thompson: The Cord-Cutting Fantasy – Stratechery

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Oct 24 2014

59mins

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Rank #11: Episode 023: Apple Pay

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In this week’s episode Ben and James discuss Apple Pay and its impact on retailers and banks.

Links

  • Glenn Fleishman: A Week of Apple Pay: Chips, PINs, and…signatures? – Six Colors
  • Ben Thompson: The Problem with Payments – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Apple Pay was Blocked, Why Apple Pay Will Succeed – Stratechery
  • Josh Constine: CurrentC is the Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt to Kill Apple Pay and Credit Card Fees – TechCrunch
  • Charles Duhigg: How Companies Learn Your Secrets – New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve – Stratechery

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Oct 31 2014

1hr 10mins

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Rank #12: Episode 097 — Google Versus AWS

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Ben and James discuss cloud computing and why Google fell behind AWS, and how the company is taking a very wise strategy in catching up.

Note: Due to a recording error Ben’s track quality is poor. Our apologies.

Presented by MailChimp

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Dec 02 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #13: Episode 091 — Google’s New Business Model

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Ben and James discuss the history of Android and why Google’s new phone signifies such a profound shift for the company.

Presented by MailChimp

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  • Farhad Manjoo: MailChimp and the Un-Silicon
    Valley Way to Make It as a Start-Up — The New York Ttimes
  • Ben Thompson: The Android Detour — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Truth About Windows Versus the Mac — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014 — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Google’s Go-to-Market Gap — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Google’s Pixel-Android Strategy is Smart, Samsung Buys Viv, Google Home — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Peak Google — Stratechery

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Oct 07 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: Episode 057 — The User Experience

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Ben and James discuss the importance of the user experience in not only avoiding disruption but also in building dominant companies. It’s a key component of Aggregation Theory

This episode is sponsored by Wealthfront. See recommended portfolios and get up to $15,000 managed for free by visiting Wealthfront.com/Exponent.

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  • James Allworth: Measure What Matters — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Airbnb and the Internet Revolution — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Uber Fights — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Stop Doubting the iPhone — Stratechery

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Oct 30 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #15: Episode 149 — Zillow and Sustaining Aggregation

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Ben and James discuss Zillow’s shift in business model and the further refinement of Aggregation Theory through the incorporation of the ideas of disruption.

Presented by WordPress.com: Get 15% off on a new site by visiting WordPress.com/Exponent.

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  • Ben Thompson: Zillow, Aggregation, and Integration — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Opendoor: A Startup Worth Emulating — Stratechery
  • Episode 098: Shattered Glass — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Defining Aggregators — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Truth About Windows Versus the Mac — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Books and Blog — Stratechery

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Apr 27 2018

46mins

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Rank #16: Episode 119 — Amazon and Avocados

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Ben and James discuss Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, when acquisitions make sense, and the potential future of antitrust law.

Presented by MailChimp

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Jun 23 2017

59mins

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Rank #17: Episode 154 — Legacy Leverage

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Ben and James discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub.

Note: This is the last episode of the season; Exponent will return in the fall

Presented by WordPress.com: Get 15% off on a new site by visiting WordPress.com/Exponent.

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Jun 08 2018

51mins

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Rank #18: Episode 078 — Bending Trees

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Ben and James discuss how the world will change, how change happens in companies and society, and debate whether or not we have crossed the rubicon to a new world.

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The web app that Ben mentioned for writing is Draft.

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May 06 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #19: Episode 026: GROW GROW GROW FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

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Ben and James briefly discuss Ben’s belief in the Internet opportunity for content creators, and then dive in to the recent Uber controversy.

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Nov 21 2014

1hr 12mins

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Rank #20: Episode 030 – Xiaomi

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Ben and James discuss Xiaomi’s ambition to own the home, why we’re frustrated with patents, why the West is unfair to the developing world, and what makes China unique.

Links

  • Jordan Lewis: Exponent Bingo – Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: Xiaomi’s Ambition – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Handicapping the Internet of Things – Stratechery
  • When Charles Dickens fell out with America – BBC
  • To Live (The film about the Cultural Revolution) – Wikipedia

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Jan 09 2015

57mins

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