If you are looking for another over-scripted and edited podcast this is not it. But if you want to listen to honest and unfiltered discussions about the latest in tech and its impact on society, welcome, you have come to the right place.
This is Another Podcast where two friends and colleagues discuss their overlapping experiences and perspectives on what happens in technology. We might know some of the same things, yet we also have different backgrounds and expertise, or at least, we ask different questions.
Benedict Evans has worked in equity research, strategy and venture capital and owns lots of old phones; Toni Cowan-Brown works at the intersection of tech, policy and politics.
F1 - the plane that never takes off
Our two obsessions - Formula 1 and 50s experimental aircrafts - overlap in interesting ways with technology, innovation, and creation. Both have a long history of providing technological development that has much wider implications than simply making fast racing cars and powerful aircraft.
Note: This episode was recorded on the Friday before the terrible crash that took place during Sunday's Bahrain F1 race. Thankfully Grosjean walked away from the incident. And not that we needed one, but we got a reminder that these drivers are brave, and that the sport has come a long way since 1950, and thankfully so.
The acceleration of ecommerce habits
Ecommerce shot up in lockdown, but how much, and how much is sticking? On some data, online is now 40% of retail. And as things settle down (maybe), what does the second 20 years of ecommerce look like?
The paradox of Apple
For ten years Apple hasn't done much besides but boring execution, and yet somehow it has over a billion users, and now it makes a better PC chip than Intel. How does that happen? Thoughts on disruption by metronome.
Is content moderation a dead end?
We connected everyone - so we connected all the bad people, and more importantly all of our worst instincts. Can we moderate and filter that? Change the mechanics of social software to channel better behaviour? And who gets to decide? Or must we just get used to this, and accept that solutions are limited, just as our speech and behaviour changed when we moved from the village to the city?
How do you destroy a tech monopoly?
Monopolies are on everyone's mind right now, specifically tech monopolies - from the DOJ antitrust suit against Google to the ongoing European investigation against Google for anticompetitive behaviour, as well as the national investigations from Italy into Google and Germany into Amazon.
Monopolies are not new, but at this scale and in this space they certainly look a little different. And so the questions we need to ask ourselves, the way we define the markets and the regulation needed all need to be a little different.
Amazon and eCommerce
People love to argue about Amazon and they really like to discuss the profits, and yet there are a few big misconceptions about Amazon. Mainly, that it's only an ecommerce business, but there's more to dig into, like the $15bn ad business that Amazon built out of nothing in the last years, that might make more money than AWS.