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Exponent

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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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602 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

602 Ratings
Average Ratings
510
36
19
17
20

Thought-provoking insights

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

Excellent

By lazarillo de tucson - Nov 08 2018
Read more
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 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 #2: 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 #3: Episode 083 — Microsoft & LinkedIn versus Apple & WWDC

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Ben and James discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn and Apple’s WWDC announcements, and figure out why they feel so differently about the two of them.

Links

  • James Allworth: Who’s going to be having sleepless nights after Microsoft’s LinkedIn deal? — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Microsoft and Apple Double Down — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: How Satya Nadella Killed Windows Phone — Stratechery
  • Microsoft’s Nadella Manages Legacy of Ballmer-Board Split — Bloomberg
  • Ben Thompson: The Deal That Makes No Sense — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Curse of Culture — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No — Stratechery

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Jun 17 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: Episode 055 — AWS and Venture Capital

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Ben and James discuss how cloud services have set the stage for fundamental changes in venture capital, just as they have in the enterprise.

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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Oct 16 2015

55mins

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Rank #5: Episode 025: Twitter and Taylor

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Ben and James discuss Twitter and its strategic options, as well as YouTube’s new music service, Taylor Swift and Spotify, plus the special return of the garbage truck song.

Links

  • Twitter Sharpens Its Strategy to Win Over Investors – Wall Street Journal
  • Ben Thompson: There are Two Twitters; Only One is Worth Investing In – Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Twitter’s Marketing Problem – Stratechery
  • Daniel Ek: $2 Billion and Counting – Spotify
  • Taylor Swift: For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story – Wall Street Journal
  • Ben Thompson: What Taylor Swift Gets Right – Stratechery (members-only)

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Nov 14 2014

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: Episode 052 — All About Ads

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Ben and James briefly discuss ad-blockers, then admit it’s an academic debate and move on to the business of advertising and the far more profound shifts that are caused on the Internet and by new places on the Internet.

Note: This podcast references Marco Arment’s Peace application, but was recorded before Marco pulled the app. Please see the relevant links below.

This episode is sponsored by Zendesk. Make your customer service seem like magic by building it directly into your apps, websites and products with Zendesk Embeddables.

Links

  • James Allworth and Ben Thompson: Everything Has a Price — Exponent
  • Marco Arment: The Ethics of Modern Ad-Blocking — Marco.org
  • Marco Arment: Introducing Peace, My Privacy-Focused iOS 9 Ad-Blocker — Marco.org
  • Marco Arment: Just Doesn’t Feel Good — Marco.org
  • David Barnard: Fifty Shades of Ad-Blocking Grey — DavidBarnard.com
  • Nilay Patel: Welcome to Hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the Slow Death of the Web — The Verge
  • Eric Chemi: Advertising’s Century of Flat-Line Growth — Bloomberg
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Popping the Publishing Bubble — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Mobile Makes Facebook Just an App; That’s Great News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Content Blockers and Facebook — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: How Many of These 39 Articles Underneath the One with Original Reporting are Necessary? — Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Reckoning — Stratechery

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Sep 20 2015

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: Episode 056 — YouTube Red

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Ben and James try to make sense of YouTube Red. Plus, why is Amazon responding to The New York Times now?

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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Oct 23 2015

53mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: Episode 104 — Snap’s Gingerbread Strategy

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Ben and James compare Snap and Facebook to Apple and Microsoft, and worry that Snap’s business is misaligned.

Presented by MailChimp

Links

  • Ben Thompson: Snap’s Apple Strategy — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Truth About Windows Versus the Mac — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Audacity of Copying Well — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat Spectacles and the Future of Wearables — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery

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Feb 17 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: Episode 116 — Blockchain Beauty Contest

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Ben and James discuss myths, culture, and blockchains — and yes, bubbles.

NOTE: The original version had a corrupted file. Our apologies.

Presented by MailChimp

Links

  • Ben Thompson: Tulips, Myths, and Cryptocurrencies — Stratechery
  • Abhishek Chakravarty: The Product Manager’s guide to the Blockchain  — Medium
  • Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens
  • Fred Ehrsam: Blockchain Tokens and the dawn of the Decentralized Business Model — Coinbase Blog
  • Greeks are Rushing to Bitcoin — CNN
  • Facebook accused of targeting ‘insecure’ children and young people, report says — Mashable
  • Ben Thompson: The Cost of Bitcoin — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Selling Feelings — Stratechery

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May 26 2017

59mins

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Rank #12: 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.

Links

  • 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 #13: Episode 082 — A Podcast About Podcasts

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Ben and James discuss the present and future of podcasts, and how media companies need to take a holistic approach to their businesses.

Links

  • Ben Thompson: The Future of Podcasts — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Web Pages Suck — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Grantland and the (Surprising) Future of Publishing — Stratechery
  • Ezra Klein Show: Ben Thompson on How to Make it in the Media in 2016 — Vox
  • Marco Arment: Apple’s Actual Role in Podcasting: Be Careful What You Wish For — Marco.org
  • Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening — New York Times

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Jun 10 2016

1hr 21mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Episode 105 — The Most Political

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Ben and James discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, the problem with regulation, and why Facebook needs exactly that.

Presented by MailChimp

Links

  • Mark Zuckerberg: Building Global Community — Facebook
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Inspired Media — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Founders and Motivation — Stratechery
  • The Ezra Klein Podcast: Tim Wu’s Interesting, Unusual, Fascinating Life — Panoply

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Feb 24 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: Episode 054 — Check Facebook Time

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NOTE: James’ mic developed a bad connection half-way through the podcast. We apologize for the audio fuzz.

Ben and James make clear that they know pollution causes death, then discuss the future of brand advertising. Then, a rather strident debate as to whether radical ideas will have a home in the future.

This episode is sponsored by Zendesk. Make your customer service seem like magic by building it directly into your apps, websites and products with Zendesk Embeddables.

Links

  • Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz: How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.? — The New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Epoch — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Liability Shift Has Arrived — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Sherry Turkle: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk — Stratechery
  • Instagram Says Apple is Why Female Nipples are Banned — Digiday

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Oct 05 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: Episode 086 — Following a Pokémon Off a Cliff

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Ben and James discuss Facebook Live and Pokémon Go. Please note that this episode was podcast five days ago, on Saturday, July 16.

Links

  • Ben Thompson: A Technical Glitch — Stratechery
  • The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed — Wired
  • Mat Honan: Why Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg Went All In On Live Video — BuzzFeed
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Feed — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Pokémon Go Phenomonan, Nintendo’s Pivot, Additional Notes on Pokémon Go — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Activision Blizzard Buys King Digital — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Aaron Levie: Nintendo’s Mobile Strategy — Twitter
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebooks — Stratechery

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Jul 22 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #20: Episode 108 — Statistics Gone Wild

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Ben and James discuss the meaning of artificial intelligence, whether machine learning qualifies, and a platform for dealing with the impact.

Presented by MailChimp

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Mar 31 2017

1hr 5mins

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