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 119 — Amazon and Avocados

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

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Episode 118 — Podcasting and Centralization

Ben and James discuss the business of podcasting specifically and advertising generally, and why Apple’s recent changes will have less of an effect than people think.

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Episode 117 — Fruitful Clapping

Ben and James discuss Apple’s WWDC keynote, playing to your strengths, and privacy that matters.

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  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Strengths and Weaknesses — Stratechery
  • IAMA Foxconn insider with information on next 12 months of hardware updates — Reddit
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • How Apple’s Siri Lost Her Mojo — Wall Street Journal
  • Zac Cichy on Apple and Privacy — Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: Strategy Credit — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Tim Cook’s Unfair and Unrealistic Privacy Speech, Strategy Credits, The Privacy Priority Problem — Stratechery

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Episode 116 — Blockchain Beauty Contest

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

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

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  • 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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Episode 115 — Business Matters

Ben and James discuss Google I/O, the importance of business relative to technology, and why Uber is in trouble.

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Episode 114 — The Job of Local News

Ben and James discuss why figuring out a new model means abandoning the old, this time in the context of newspapers and news.

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Episode 113 — WeChat, China, and Apple

Ben and James discuss how leverage shifts in a value chain, why WeChat is so powerful in China, and why that is a problem for Apple.

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  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s China Problem — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Messaging: Mobile’s Killer App — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Slack and the State of Technology at the End of 2015 — Stratechery
  • Connie Chan: When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China — a16z
  • Ben Thompson: Peak Google — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Beyond Disruption — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014 — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Doesn’t Apple Enable Sustainable Businesses on the App Store? — Stratechery

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Episode 112 — It’s Complicated

Ben and James discuss whether or not monopolies are good, the differences between education and healthcare, and how to build an economy of the future.

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  • Episode 012: The Internet Rainforest — Exponent
  • Episode 005: The World Has Changed — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Not OK, Google — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly — Stratechery
  • How Google Eats a Business Whole — The Outline
  • Meet the Google Alum Who Created China’s Facebook-Groupon Mashup — Bloomberg

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Episode 111 — Lamentation Not Condemnation

Ben and James discuss what it means if Facebook is a monopoly, what is lost if it is, and why there isn’t anything that can be done about it — for now.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Epoch — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly — Stratechery
  • Kurt Gessler: Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery

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Episode 110 — Moral Hazard

James and Ben discuss moral hazard and what seems to be going wrong with the U.S. economy, the different kinds of regulation, and how the App Store explains government policy.

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  • James Allworth: Prioritizing Economics is Crippling the U.S. Economy — Medium
  • Ryne Rohla: Creating a National Precinct Map — Decision Desk HQ
  • Jeff Bezos: Annual Letter to Shareholders — SEC
  • Matt Stoller: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul — The Atlantic

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