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 194 — Back on Spotify

Ben and James discuss the history of podcasts and why Spotify’s recent announcements are so compelling for creators.

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  • Ben Thompson: Spotify’s Surprise — Stratechery
  • Episode 185 — Open, Free, and Spotify — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Podcasts, Analytics, and Centralization — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Dithering and Open Versus Free — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Spotify Earnings, Podcasts and Lifetime Value, The Ringer Acquisition — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The European Super League, Apple Music’s Letter to Artists — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Podcast Subscriptions vs. the App Store — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Fearing Spotify?, Apple’s Earnings, Margins and Chips — Stratechery

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Episode 193 — Sovereign Podcasters

Ben and James discuss Substack and the rise of the sovereign creator.

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Episode 192 — The Australian Perspective

Ben and James discuss Australia’s Media Bargaining Code and its fall-out.

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  • Ben Thompson: Google Makes Deal With News Corp, Facebook Blocks News in Australia, Microsoft’s Shamelessness — Stratechery Daily Update
  • James Allworth: Australia’s Proposed “Fox News Tax” — Medium

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Episode 191 — Facebook, Twitter, and Trump

Ben and James discuss whether Facebook and Twitter should de-platform President Trump.

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  • Ben Thompson: Tech and Trump — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: New Defaults — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Prioritizing Economics is Crippling the U.S. Economy — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Trump and Twitter — Stratechery

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Episode 190 — Intel, Apple, Disruption, and Differentiation

Ben and James discuss Apple’s new chip announcement and what it means for both Apple and Intel.

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  • James Allworth: Intel’s Disruption is Now Complete — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Shifting Differentiation — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Intel Opportunity — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple, ARM, and Intel — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Chips and Geopolitics — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Intel and the Danger of Integration — Stratechery

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Episode 189 — Bundles

Ben and James discuss the state of bundles in 2020, including Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Microsoft, and Apple.

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  • Ben Thompson: 2020 Bundles — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Great Unbundling — Stratechery
  • Reed Hastings: 2018 Q4 Letter to Shareholders — Netflix
  • Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed — BuzzFeed News
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook Lenses — Stratechery
  • Casey Newton: Mark in the Middle — The Verge
  • Ben Thompson: Losing My Amazon Religion — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Jobs TV Does — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Sports Linchpin — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s “Time Flies” Event, Apple One, Fitness+ and Peloton — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: PS5 and Xbox, Sony’s Console, Microsoft’s Service — Stratechery

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Episode 188 — Big Tech, Antitrust, and Democracy

Ben and James discuss the antitrust subcommittee hearing, the problems of mixing antitrust and Aggregators, and how to think about regulation and democracy.

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  • Ben Thompson: Antitrust Politics — Stratechery
  • The New York Times: Here’s which tech C.E.O. was asked the most questions by lawmakers. — NY Times
  • Ben Thompson: Why Doesn’t Apple Enable Sustainable Businesses on the App Store? — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s China Problem — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Antitrust Hearing, The Role of Congress, CEO Questions — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: A Framework for Regulating Competition on the Internet — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Ends, Means, and Antitrust — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Prioritizing Economics is Crippling the U.S. Economy — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: TikTok Key Money, Rule By Law, China Gaslighting — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Tech and Trump: The Meeting — Stratechery Daily Update

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Episode 187 — India, TikTok, and the U.S.

Ben and James discuss the Indian internet, TikTok, and whether or not the U.S. should ban it.

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Episode 186 — Speech and Systems

Ben and James discuss the current protests and Facebook’s decision to not take down Trump tweets.

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  • Ben Thompson: Zero Trust Information — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Dust in the Light — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Zuckerberg’s Choice, Zuckerberg’s Power, Zuckerberg’s Conviction — Stratechery
  • Principle Stacks — Exponent

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Episode 185 — Open, Free, and Spotify

Ben and James discuss Dithering, how Spotify is like Facebook, and a bit about working from home.

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  • Ben Thompson & John Gruber: Dithering — Dithering
  • Ben Thompson: Dithering and Open Versus Free — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Daily Update Podcast — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: America Wakes Up?, An Interview with Matt Mullenweg About Working From Homey — Stratechery Daily Update

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