Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. You can follow him on Twitter @benthompson.

James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of How Will You Measure Your Life and a writer for the Harvard Business Review. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesallworth.

Episode 080 — Multiple Full Circles

Ben and James discuss briefly revisit last week’s discussion on Facebook, then discuss the Peter Thiel versus Gawker affair, and the implications for tech broadly. Then, how culture helps and hurts at Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Real Problem with Facebook and the News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero — Stratechery (note: this was written after the podcast)
  • When the Most Personal Secrets Get Outed on Facebook — Wall Street Journal
  • Ben Thompson: The Curse of Culture — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Google’s Go-to-Market Gap — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Everything as a Service — Stratechery

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Episode 079 — Twerk the Algorithm

Ben and James discuss the allegations that Facebook is censoring conservative news, and renew their ongoing debate about Facebook’s power. Then, why Google’s current situation is similar to Microsoft, even though the long-term looks good.

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  • Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here’s What Happened When It Hired Some. — Gizmodo
  • Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News — Gizmodo
  • Nilay Patel: Let’s Say Obvious Things About Facebook and Conservative News — The Verge
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Real Problem with Facebook and the News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Defending Facebook Stratechery Daily Update
  • Nicholas Kristof: A Confession of Liberal Intolerance — New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebook — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Google’s Go-to-Market Gap — Stratechery
  • Steve Yegge: Stevey’s Google Platforms Rant — Google Plus
  • Ben Thompson: Everything as a Service — Stratechery

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Episode 078 — Bending Trees

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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Episode 077 — Physical Goods

Ben and James follow-up on last week’s Apple services discussion and take a look at Apple’s earnings. Then a discussion of the European Commissions investigation of Google for antitrust, and a debate about how antitrust regulation needs to change, if at all.

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Episode 076 — Apple’s Organization and Services

Ben and James discuss the different types of organizational structures, the benefits Apple gains from having a unitary form, and whether or not the company should make changes to more effectively compete in services.

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Episode 075 — Baby Picture Bots

Ben and James discuss Facebook F8, how the company is trying to own both public and private social, and why Messenger is a good idea, but bots may not be.

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  • Twitter Has Outsized Influence, but It Doesn’t Drive Much Traffic for Most News Orgs, a New Report Says — NiemanLab
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebooks — Stratechery
  • David Kirkpatric: The Facebook Effect — Simon & Schuster
  • Amir Efrati: Facebook Struggles to Stop Decline in ‘Original’ Sharing — The Information
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Feed — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Problem with Facebook’s Ten-Year Plan, Is BuzzFeed Struggling? — Stratechery Daily Update

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Episode 074 — Tesla Fervor

Ben and James discuss the Tesla phenomena, how they built such a powerful brand, and debate whether that will be enough to lead the company to success.

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Episode 073 — Get Off My Lawn!

Ben and James discuss how Snapchat has built it’s product so effectively, the narcissist in all of us, and the structure of social around the world.

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  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat’s Ladder — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery
  • Snapchat’s Updated Policies Hint at Bigger Search, Ad Ambitions — MarketingLand
  • “The Snarkie” — Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: The Multitudes of Social — Stratechery
  • Alex Muir: Facebook is the New Excel — AlexMuir.com
  • WeChat Payments Rocket as China’s Tencent Rides Gaming Wave — Reuters
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat Follow-up; WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage — Stratechery Daily Update

After-show:

  • Ben Thompson: Services, Not Devices — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: It’s Time to Split Up Microsoft — Stratechery

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Episode 072 — Low Hanging Fruit

Ben and James continue last week’s discussion about Apple’s struggles with the cloud, then discuss why the iPhone SE is such a brilliant move — and how those two things are related. Plus, an after-show about Microsoft and Intel and what makes for an effective leader.

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  • Amir Efrati and Steve Nellis: Inside Apple’s Cloud Infrastructure Troubles — The Information
  • Ben Thompson: iCloud and Apple’s Founding Myth — Stratechery
  • Adam Lashinsky: The Cook Doctrine at Apple — Fortune
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Music and Apple’s Focus — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Two Bears — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Do Carriers Subsidize the iPhone — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple, China, and the Upper Middle Class — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: The End of Trickle-Down Technology — Stratechery

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  • Ben Thompson: Services, Not Devices — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: It’s Time to Split Up Microsoft — Stratechery

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Episode 071 — Pickaxe Retailers

Ben and James discuss the connection between Amazon’s business model and organizational structure, why Dropbox shouldn’t have left AWS, and why Apple should buy Dropbox. Plus, does WeWork’s valuation make sense, and why such company’s are exciting.

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James’ sister’s startup (referenced at 1:06) is Adorne Monde.

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