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 178 — More Ergonomic

Ben and James discuss the downsides of monopoly, and Apple. Then, why there is no absolute answer when it comes to integration or modularization, and why different approaches require different types of organizations and different types of leaders.

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  • Ben Thompson: Integration and Monopoly — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly — Stratechery
  • John Gruber: 16-Inch MacBook Pro First Impressions: Great Keyboard, Outstanding Speakers — Daring Fireball
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Microsoft’s Reorganization Is a Bad Idea — Stratechery

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Episode 177 — Principle Stacks

Ben and James discuss the origins of the First Amendment, what a culture of free expression means, and Facebook’s ad policy.

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  • Ben Thompson: Tech and Liberty — Stratechery
  • Randall Munroe: Free Speech — xkcd
  • Pat Kerr: Why I think xkcd is wrong about Free Speech — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: The China Cultural Clash — Stratechery
  • The Federalist Papers : No. 84 — Yale Law
  • Rep. Ocasio-Cortez questions Mark Zuckerberg on when Facebook will fact check — YouTube
  • Jon Gertner: The Very, Very Personal Is the Political — The New York Times Magazine
  • United States v. Alvarez — Casetext
  • Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr.: Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race — ProPublica

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Episode 176 — The Second Estate Era

Ben and James discuss how the Internet’s impact will be like the printing press’s, and what that means for how we should think about Facebook.

Note: We apologize for the slight audio discrepancy between Ben and James

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  • Ben Thompson: The Internet and the Third Estate — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Zuckerberg’s Speech, Facebook Versus China, The Structure of Free Expression — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — And Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Perry Link: China: The Anaconda in the Chandelier — ChinaFile
  • Mark Zuckerberg Stands for Voice and Free Expression — Facebook
  • The Federalist Papers: No. 47— Yale Law
  • Ben Thompson: Strategy Credit — Stratechery

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Episode 175 — The Abyss Stares Back

Ben and James discuss the NBA and Apple in China and the long-term implications of doing business with authoritarian governments.

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  • Ben Thompson: The China Cultural Clash — Stratechery
  • r/HongKong: List Of Companies Under China’s Censorship Orders (So Far). Credit To U/Lebe — Reddit
  • Sam Dastyari Quits As Labor Senator Over China Connections — The Guardian
  • Rejected three times due to fear of Beijing, controversial book on China’s secret influence will finally be published — Business Insider
  • Ethan Strauss: Can Steve Kerr and the NBA do better on China? — The Athletic
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Pulls Hong Kong App, Tim Cook’s Memo, Honesty and Control — Stratechery
  • A message about iOS security — Apple
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Versus Project Zero, Apple’s Poor Response, The China Paradox — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Privacy Fundamentalism — Stratechery

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Episode 174 — Distracted at Facebook

Ben and James discuss Facebook from multiple angles, including child sexual abuse material, encryption, Oculus, and a leaked all-hands meeting.
 

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  • Ben Thompson: Friction — Stratechery
  • The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? — New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: Child Sexual Abuse Material Online, The Problem With Community, Towards More Friction — Stratechery
  • Casey Newton: Read The Full Transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s Leaked Internal Facebook Meetings — The Verge
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook’s All-Hands Leak, Facebook Versus Warren, Zuckerberg’s Culture
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  • Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook’s Apps — BuzzFeed News
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook’s Privacy Cake — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Beachheads and Obstacles — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Curse of Culture — Stratechery

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Episode 173 — The Exponent IPO

Ben and James discuss Cloudflare and what it is like going through an IPO, as well as what has gone wrong with WeWork.
 

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Episode 172 — Game of Phones

Ben and James discuss WWDC keynote and why it was so important for Apple to move past the iPhone.
 

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  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Audacity — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Middle Age — Stratechery
  • Letter from Tim Cook to Apple investors — Apple
  • Ben Thompson: Strategy Credit — Stratechery
  • Updates to the App Store Guidelines — Apple
  • Ben Thompson: Antitrust, the App Store, and Apple — Stratechery

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Episode 171 — An Intra-west Debate

Ben and James discuss the U.S.-China trade war and the fundamental issues facing both countries generally and tech specifically.

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Episode 170 — A Perfect Meal

Ben and James discuss the Zoom and Slack IPOs in the context of Microsoft’s current success and long-term challenges.

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  • Ben Thompson: Microsoft, Slack, Zoom, and the SaaS Opportunity — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The State of Technology at the End of 2018 — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Google Fights Back — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The End of Windows — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Microsoft’s Earnings, Microsoft’s Growth Opportunities — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Microsoft Build, Microsoft’s Strategic Clarity, An Interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Cost of Developers — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Google Fights Back — Stratechery
  • Geoffrey Moore: To Succeed in the Long Term, Focus on the Middle Term — Harvard Business Review
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Should Buy Netflix — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Services, Not Devices — Stratechery

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Episode 169 — Family-Friendly Disney

Ben and James discuss Disney’s recent announcements on streaming and what it says about not just TV but strategy broadly in the Internet era.

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  • Ben Thompson: Disney and the Future of TV — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Disney and the Value of the Consumer Relationship, Disney’s Consolidation of Hulu, Comcast and AT&T — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger Unveils Details on Disney+ Streaming Service — CNBC
  • Ben Thompson: Airbnb and the Internet Revolution — Stratechery

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