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 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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  • 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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Episode 147 — There’s Always a Bigger Fish

Ben and James discuss Microsoft’s reorganization, how Satya Nadella has managed the decline of Windows, and how it applies to Apple and services.

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  • Ben Thompson: The End of Windows — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Stratechery 4.0 — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Services, Not Devices — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Curse of Culture — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Truth About Windows and the Mac — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Microsoft’s Monopoly Hangover — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Microsoft’s Reorganization Is a Bad Idea — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Redmond and Reality — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • The Seven-Year Itch: How Apple’s Marriage to Siri Turned Sour — The Information
  • Ben Thompson: The Disruption of IBM — Stratechery

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Episode 146 — Facebook’s Real Mistake

Ben and James discuss Facebook’s current crisis, and why almost everyone misunderstands what the company did wrong: the problem isn’t advertising, it was Facebook’s desire to be a platform.

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  • James Allworth: What the F*** Was Facebook Thinking — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Brand — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Tim Cook’s Unfair and Unrealistic Privacy Speech — Stratechery
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Reckoning: ‘This Is a Major Trust Issue’ — The New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: Mobile Makes Facebook Just an App; That’s Good News — Stratechery
  • Nicholas Thompson: Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Wired About Facebook’s Privacy Problem — Wired
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery

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