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 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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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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