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Episode 116 — Blockchain Beauty Contest [FINAL] [-0.01]

Posted on May 26, 2017, 10:14 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss myths, culture, and blockchains — and yes, bubbles. Our apologies.

apologies

 

Ben and James discuss myths, culture, and blockchains — and yes, bubbles. Our apologies.

apologies

 

Episode 115 — Business Matters [-0.21]

Posted on May 19, 2017, 9:20 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss Google I/O, the importance of business relative to technology, and why Uber is in trouble.

Ben Thompson: Does Uber Have a Strategy Problem?

 

Episode 114 — The Job of Local News [0.18]

Posted on May 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss why figuring out a new model means abandoning the old, this time in the context of newspapers and news.

 

Episode 113 — WeChat, China, and Apple [-0.01]

Posted on May 5, 2017, 10:19 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss how leverage shifts in a value chain, why WeChat is so powerful in China, and why that is a problem for Apple.

Ben Thompson: Why Doesn’t Apple Enable Sustainable Businesses on the App Store?

 

Episode 112 — It’s Complicated [0.16]

Posted on April 28, 2017, 9:19 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss whether or not monopolies are good, the differences between education and healthcare, and how to build an economy of the future.

 

Episode 111 — Lamentation Not Condemnation [-0.40]

Posted on April 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss what it means if Facebook is a monopoly, what is lost if it is, and why there isn’t anything that can be done about it — for now.

Kurt Gessler: Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts.

 

Episode 110 — Moral Hazard [-0.16]

Posted on April 14, 2017, 11:01 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

James and Ben discuss moral hazard and what seems to be going wrong with the U.S. economy, the different kinds of regulation, and how the App Store explains government policy.

 

Episode 109 — Screw-ups Are Fun! [0.00]

Posted on April 7, 2017, 10:11 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss Apple’s Mac Pro screw-up and what it might say about the company and its culture.

 

Episode 108 — Statistics Gone Wild [-0.02]

Posted on March 31, 2017, 11:36 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss the meaning of artificial intelligence, whether machine learning qualifies, and a platform for dealing with the impact.

Maureen Dowd: Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I.

 

Episode 107 — Smiling Curves and Self-Driving Cars [-0.02]

Posted on March 24, 2017, 10:18 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss the concept of The Smiling Curve and how it applies to various industries. Then, where value might be found in self-driving cars, and why both Uber and Google are getting it wrong.

 

Episode 106 — To Be an Outlaw [0.03]

Posted on March 10, 2017, 12:10 p.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss Uber’s recent scandals, and debate whether the company’s business actions can be separated from its culture.

Ben Thompson: Crisis at Uber, Uber’s Culture, Who is Responsible?

 

Episode 105 — The Most Political [0.33]

Posted on Feb. 24, 2017, 12:39 p.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, the problem with regulation, and why Facebook needs exactly that.

 

Episode 104 — Snap’s Gingerbread Strategy [-0.25]

Posted on Feb. 17, 2017, 12:53 p.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James compare Snap and Facebook to Apple and Microsoft, and worry that Snap’s business is misaligned.

 

Episode 103 — Dull Knives Don’t Cut [0.03]

Posted on Feb. 3, 2017, 2:16 p.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss what kind of politicians and products cut through in the Internet age, and why they are profoundly different than what worked before.

 

Episode 102 — Snakes and Ladders [0.42]

Posted on Jan. 27, 2017, 8:44 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss the history of messaging apps, the rise of Snapchat, and why Instagram Stories was such a brilliant move.

Ben Thompson: Snapchat User Growth Concerns, What Makes Snapchat Valuable?

 

Episode 101 — TV is the Oak Tree [0.32]

Posted on Jan. 20, 2017, 11:49 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss why different types of media have responded to the Internet with varying degrees of success.

 

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.

entire Exponent respects Stratechery summarizes

 

Episode 099 — Fate Has a Sense of Irony [0.24]

Posted on Jan. 6, 2017, 8:59 a.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Is That an Echo?

 

Episode 098 — Shattered Glass [0.22]

Posted on Dec. 16, 2016, 12:37 p.m. by Exponent @ [cached copy]

Ben and James discuss real estate and Opendoor, and the types of startups that will succeed in the future.