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 157 — Clumping and Clustering

James and Ben talk about the connection between Jobs to be Done and Aggregation Theory, why the consumer and enterprise markets are so different, and discomfort with big companies like Google.

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  • Ben Thompson: Aggregators and Jobs-to-be-Done — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Scooter Economy — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Jobs TV Does — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The State of Technology at the End of 2018 — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Data Factories — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Slack versus Teams — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Antitrust, the App Store, and Apple — Stratechery

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Episode 156 — Rent-Seeking

Exponent is back, kind of.

Ben and James talk about Apple’s case in front of the Supreme Court, and debate whether the company is acting anti-competitively with its App Store policies.

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Episode 155 — The End, For Now

Exponent is taking a break, for now anyways. We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone that has given us so much of their time.

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Episode 154 — Legacy Leverage

Ben and James discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub.

Note: This is the last episode of the season; Exponent will return in the fall

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Episode 153 — Black Holes

Ben and James continue their discussion on why aggregators and platforms are different and why it matters for big companies, competitors, and regulators.

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Episode 152 — Platforms Versus Aggregators

Ben and James continue to discuss the differences between platforms and aggregators, including Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Netflix, Amazon, and Uber.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Moat Map — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Books and Blogs — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Zillow, Aggregation, and Integration — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Tech’s Two Philosophies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Casual Gaming is a Sustainable Business, but Not a Platform Differentiator — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Doesn’t Apple Enable Sustainable Businesses on the App Store? — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s China Problem — Stratechery

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Episode 151 — Two by Twos

Ben and James discuss the differences between Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple specifically, and the differences between aggregators and platforms generally.

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  • Google Duplex Demo — YouTube
  • Ben Thompson: Tech’s Two Philosophies — Stratechery
  • Note: The Steve Jobs videos are in the above article
  • Ben Thompson: Platforms Versus Aggregators — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Face is Not the Future — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: From Products to Platforms — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Doesn’t Apple Enable Sustainable Businesses on the App Store? — Stratechery

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Episode 150 — Round Numbers

Ben and James discuss how Apple and Amazon’s focus on the customer experience protects them from low-end disruption.

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Links

  • Ben Thompson: Divine Discontent: Disruption’s Antidote — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The $550 iPhone 5C Makes Perfect Sense — Stratechery
  • GRAPH: The Disruptive Innovation Model — Harvard Business Review
  • Louis C K: Everything Is Amazing and Nobody is Happy — YouTube
  • Ben Thompson: Why Microsoft’s Reorganization Is a Bad Idea — Stratechery
  • Ben Bajarin: Top Takeaways From Studying iPhone X Owners — Tech.Pinions

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Episode 149 — Zillow and Sustaining Aggregation

Ben and James discuss Zillow’s shift in business model and the further refinement of Aggregation Theory through the incorporation of the ideas of disruption.

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  • Ben Thompson: Zillow, Aggregation, and Integration — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Opendoor: A Startup Worth Emulating — Stratechery
  • Episode 098: Shattered Glass — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Defining Aggregators — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Truth About Windows Versus the Mac — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Books and Blog — Stratechery

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Episode 148 — Facebook Fatigue

Ben and James discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s appearances before Congress, and try to sort out exactly which Facebook issues matter, and which don’t.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Current — Stratechery
  • Zeynep Tufekci: Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook — Wired
  • Ben Thompson: Fake News — Stratechery
  • The Toutiao Apology — China Media Project
  • Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed — BuzzFeed
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Brand — Stratechery
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  • 2018 Antitrust and Competition Conference: Digital Platforms and Concentration — Stigler Center

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