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 097 — Google Versus AWS

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.

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Episode 096 — Sins of Commission and Omission

Ben and James discuss the fake news epidemic on Facebook, from its structural causes to its effects. Then, Facebook committed sins of omission; the tech industry ought not do the same.

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  • Ben Thompson: Fake News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News — BuzzFeed
  • Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ — Washington Post
  • Ben Thompson: Friction — Stratechery
  • Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election — BuzzFeed
  • I’m a Coastal Elite From the Midwest: The Real Bubble is Rural America — Roll Call

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Episode 095 — The Backlash Has Arrived

Ben and James discuss the Trump election, filter bubbles, and the responsibility of the tech industry.

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  • Ben Thompson: Donald Trump is the President-Elect, Tech Under Trump, The Big Picture — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Episode 085: Ballots and Guillotines — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: The Brexit Possibility — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Brexit, Trump, and the Ultimatum Game — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • “Day One in Trump’s America” — Twitter Moments
  • Kim-Mai Cutler: “The best way to have the stickiest and most lucrative product? Be a systematic tool for confirmation bias.” — Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and Filter Bubbles — Stratechery Daily Update
  • The Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded — New York Times

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Episode 094 — Should Apple Buy Netflix?

Ben and James discuss when acquisitions make sense, why Apple shouldn’t buy Tesla, and debate whether they should or should not buy Netflix.

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Episode 093 — The Disruption of Everything

Ben and James discuss the difference between the IT era and the Internet Revolution, first in the context of newspapers and then in the context of society broadly.

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  • Jack Shafer: What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake? — Politico
  • Ben Thompson: The IT Era and the Internet Revolution — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat Changes Publisher Monetization — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Sports Linchpin — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — and Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Friction — Stratechery
  • Barack Obama, Neural Nets, Self-Driving Cars, and the Future of the World — Wired
  • Heidi N Moore: “Nick Denton says he’s one of few who believe internet will improve the world. “Anyone else?” Only @jeffjarvis and @jayrosen_nyu raise hands” — Twitter

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Episode 092 — Defining Consumerization of IT

Ben and James discuss what Consumerization of IT means in the context of Workplace by Facebook, Skype Teams, and Slack.

Note: This podcast originally had a dead spot at the 8:13 mark. It has been fixed. To update please delete the podcast and re-download.

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  • Ben Thompson: Chat and the Consumerization of IT — Stratechery
  • David Moschella, Doug Neal, Piet Opperman, John Taylor: The ‘Consumerization’ of Information Technology — CSC
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • John Gruber: Blackberry vs iPhone — Daring Fireball
  • Peter Bright: Going all-in: Ars interviews Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer — Ars Technica
  • Ben Thompson: Airbnb and the Internet Revolution — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Workplace by Facebook — Stratechery Daily Update

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Episode 091 — Google’s New Business Model

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

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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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Episode 090 — Fashionable to Be Cynical

Ben and James follow-up on Facebook versus the media, and then dive into Spectacles and what makes for a compelling product.

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  • Ben Thompson: Facebook Tweetstorm — Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: How the Snap Spectacles Story Broke, Facebook Overestimated Video Metric — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Economic Power in the Age of Abundance — Stratechery
  • Warren Buffett: 1991 Letter to Shareholders — Berkshire Hathaway
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat Spectacles and the Future of Wearables — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat’s Ladder — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebooks — Stratechery
  • Seth Stevenson: Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product, Spectacles — Wall Street Journal
  • Full transcript: Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley on Recode Decode — Recode
  • Ben Thompson: Does Uber Have a Strategy Problem? — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Obsoletive — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Watch = Health and Fitness — Stratechery

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Episode 089 — Move On from the 80s

Ben and James discuss Oracle’s prospects in the crowd and how the Internet has changed the enterprise.

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Episode 088 — The Dark Side of the Facebook

Ben and James discuss Facebook’s latest run-in with the media: both are wrong but for different reasons.

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  • Ben Thompson: Facebook Versus the Media — Stratechery
  • Espen Egil Hansen: Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture. — Aftenposten
  • Ben Thompson: What the Media Misses About Facebook, Facebook’s Missing Humans — Stratechery Daily Update

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