189 episodes

Exponent, a production of Stratechery.com, is hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth.



In this program we seek to explore the massive effect technology is having not just on technology companies, but also on society as a whole. Ben Thompson is the author of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of "How Will You Measure Your Life" and a writer for the Harvard Business Review.



Visit the website at http://exponent.fm for show notes and to subscribe. To see old Stratechery.FM episodes, please visit http://stratechery.fm

Exponent Ben Thompson / James Allworth

    • Technology
    • 4.7, 707 Ratings

Exponent, a production of Stratechery.com, is hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth.



In this program we seek to explore the massive effect technology is having not just on technology companies, but also on society as a whole. Ben Thompson is the author of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of "How Will You Measure Your Life" and a writer for the Harvard Business Review.



Visit the website at http://exponent.fm for show notes and to subscribe. To see old Stratechery.FM episodes, please visit http://stratechery.fm

    Exponent 188 — Big Tech, Antitrust, and Democracy

    Exponent 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. Links 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, … Continue reading Exponent 188 — Big Tech, Antitrust, and Democracy

    • 54 min
    Episode 187 — India, TikTok, and the U.S.

    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. Links Ben Thompson: Facebook Invests in Jio Platforms, The Building of Jio, Understanding the Deal — Stratechery Daily Update Ben Thompson: The China Cultural Clash — Stratechery Ben Thompson: India Bans Chinese Apps, The App Store Firewall — Stratechery Daily Update Hosts   Ben Thompson, @benthompson, Stratechery James Allworth, @jamesallworth, Harvard Business Review   Podcast Information   Feed iTunes SoundCloud Twitter Feedback

    • 56 min
    Episode 186 — Speech and Systems

    Episode 186 — Speech and Systems

    Ben and James discuss the current protests and Facebook’s decision to not take down Trump tweets. Links 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 Hosts   Ben Thompson, @benthompson, Stratechery James Allworth, @jamesallworth, Harvard Business Review   Podcast Information   Feed iTunes SoundCloud Twitter Feedback

    • 43 min
    Episode 185 — Open, Free, and Spotify

    Episode 185 — Open, Free, and Spotify

    Ben and James discuss Dithering, how Spotify is like Facebook, and a bit about working from home. Links 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 Hosts   Ben Thompson, @benthompson, Stratechery James Allworth, @jamesallworth, Harvard Business Review   Podcast Information   Feed iTunes SoundCloud Twitter Feedback

    • 48 min
    Episode 184 — Good is Better than Perfect

    Episode 184 — Good is Better than Perfect

    Ben and James discuss masks and Twitter’s decision to delete tweets about COVID-19. Links Zeynep Tufekci: Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired — The New York Times Ben Thompson: Unmasking Twitter — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Compaq and Coronavirus — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Zero Trust Information — Stratechery China’s Decision to Leave Asymptomatic Patients off Coronavirus Infection Tally Sparks Debate — Caixin Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Books and Blogs — Stratechery Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model — FiveThirtyEight Hosts   Ben Thompson, @benthompson, Stratechery James Allworth, @jamesallworth, Harvard … Continue reading Episode 184 — Good is Better than Perfect

    • 55 min
    Episode 183 — A Search for Everything

    Episode 183 — A Search for Everything

    Ben and James contrast U.S. and China’s response to the coronavirus, and the choices facing society about how to handle information. Links Ben Thompson: Apple’s Earnings, Slowing Services Growth, Apple and the Coronavirus — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Economic Power in the Age of Abundance — Stratechery Ben Thompson: The Corona Virus Whistleblowers; NBA Salary Cap Decreases; Apple, Benefits, and Risks — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Disney and COVID-19, The Coronavirus IPO, In Defense of Twitter — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Zero Trust Information — Stratechery Ben Thompson: The Internet and the Third Estate — Stratechery Hosts Ben Thompson, @benthompson, Stratechery James Allworth, … Continue reading Episode 183 — A Search for Everything

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
707 Ratings

707 Ratings

Gumshue ,

Deep insights into emerging tech

If you’re interested in existing and emerging technologies and gaining deep insights into this multifaceted landscape, you’ll really value what Ben and James generously deliver here. A fun and wonderfully informative listen.

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Thompson & Allworth Partnership is Engaging Without Peers. 10/10

Attentive tech watchers are doubtlessly familiar with Ben Thompson’s analysis by now. As a multi-year reader, I can attest to the volume and quality of his work. Ben also possesses the rare gift of communicating his ideas clearly — to the point where I can borrow his concepts to explain the value of Amazon Web Services to my grandparents who, bless their hearts, only know one type of server: those that work at Golden Corral.

At this point in their careers, Ben may be the more recognizable member of this duo. However, James Allworth provides Ben with what their audience deserves: a true peer. James has great breadth and is particularly adept at provoking engaging discussions. I have yet to listen to another podcaster who excels at going five levels deep to the extent that James does.

Listeners should know that once they hear the “Ben! How are you?” opening they are in for a 45 minute treat. I am gratefully working my way through their 180+ episode back catalog — and hopeful that we will have be able to listen to another 100+ episodes of the great partnership between these two.

Jared Porter ,

I love this podcast but Ben’s App Store critique is wrong

Ben is making it sound like Apple is a gangster company for being allowed to curate the App Store and charge a reasonable fee. Developers know the rules going in and shouldn’t enter the business if they don’t like it. They are not victims.

“ Apple says that app developers get plenty for what they pay, including tools and software kits that make their apps usable and better, free marketing in the app store and camps for entrepreneurs. Consumers get quality control and security assurances, it says.
“We carefully review each app and require developers to follow strict guidelines on privacy, design, and business models,” the company says on a website dedicated to explaining and defending the store’s practices.

Its review team covers 81 languages and since 2016 has removed more than 1.4 million apps that were out of date or not working, Apple says. “This helps unclutter the search for new apps, and makes it easier for users to find quality apps.”

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