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 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.

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Links

  • 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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Links

  • 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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Episode 087 — Meditations on Courage

Ben and James discuss James’ adventurous summer and the recent Apple event and what it says about the future of Apple.

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Links

  • Wolverine Misses Exponent — Twitter
  • James Allworth: So You’re Thinking About Doing a 10 Day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat? — Medium
  • Naked People — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Beyond the iPhone — Stratechery
  • Farhad Manjoo: What’s Really Missing From the New iPhone: Cutting-Edge Design — New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’ — The Washington Post
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s PR Push, Maps and Apple’s Organizational Structure — Stratechery Daily Update

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Episode 086 — Following a Pokémon Off a Cliff

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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Episode 085 — Ballots Versus Guillotines

Ben and James discuss why the sociopolitical factors underlying the Brexit vote and their relationship to technology and a system of the future.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Brexit Possibility — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — And Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Follow-up: The Big Picture — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Brexit, Trump, and the Ultimatum Game — Medium

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Episode 084 — The Old World Order

Ben and James discuss how the TV industry and the companies that advertise on TV are interconnected, and how they will rise and fall together.

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  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — and Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Cord Cutting Fantasy — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Disney and ESPN Will Be OK — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: How Technology is Changing the World (P&G Edition) — Stratechery
  • Ken Doctor: The Macy’s Factor — Politico
  • Ben Thompson: Cars and the Future — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Changing — and Unchanging — Structure of TV — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The FANG Playbook — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery

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Episode 083 — Microsoft & LinkedIn versus Apple & WWDC

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.

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  • 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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