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 104 — Snap’s Gingerbread Strategy

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

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  • 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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Episode 103 — Dull Knives Don’t Cut

Ben and James discuss what kind of politicians and products cut through in the Internet age, and why they are profoundly different than what worked before.

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Episode 102 — Snakes and Ladders

Ben and James discuss the history of messaging apps, the rise of Snapchat, and why Instagram Stories was such a brilliant move.

NOTE: The original audio file had a problem at the 36:50 mark; if you encounter this, please delete the file from your podcast app and re-download.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Audacity of Copying Well — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat’s Ladder — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebooks — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat User Growth Concerns, What Makes Snapchat Valuable? — Stratechery

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Episode 101 — TV is the Oak Tree

Ben and James discuss why different types of media have responded to the Internet with varying degrees of success.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Great Unbundling — Stratechery
  • Chris Dixon: How Bundling Benefits Sellers and Buyers — cdixon blog
  • The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly — Hollywood Reporter
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Jobs That TV Does — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium

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Episode 100 — The Anniversary Episode: iPhone and Exponent

Ben and James celebrate two milestones: 10 years for the iPhone, and 100 episodes for Exponent. This is a good one: it in many respects summarizes the entire run of both Exponent and Stratechery.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Ten Year Anniversary of the Apple TV — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Beyond Disruption — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Shameless Samsung — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: How Apple Creates Leverage, and the Future of Apple Pay — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: From Products to Platforms — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Friction — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — And Inevitable Fall — Stratechery

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Episode 099 — Fate Has a Sense of Irony

Ben and James discuss Amazon Alexa and the history of operating systems

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Episode 098 — Shattered Glass

Ben and James discuss real estate and Opendoor, and the types of startups that will succeed in the future.

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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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