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  • AT&T, Time Warner, and the Need for Neutrality

    3:24am By Ben Thompson
    It is no surprise that a judge allowed the AT&T-Time Warner acquisition to proceed given the government's poor case; the question is if a better case could have been made. What is ultimately needed, though, are new laws.
  • The Scooter Economy

    Jun 11, 2018, 9:12 am By Ben Thompson
    Scooters are everywhere, and the use case is amazing. What is not so clear, though, is how scooter companies can build strong businesses, which means consumers are the real winners.
  • Exponent Podcast: Legacy Leverage

    Jun 8, 2018, 12:00 pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss The Cost of Developers. Listen to it here. Note: This is the last episode of the season; Exponent will return in the fall
  • The Cost of Developers

    Jun 5, 2018, 5:24 am By Ben Thompson
    Microsoft paid a lot for GitHub, because it had to pay directly for access to developers. It doesn't have the leverage of users the way that Apple does on the App Store.
  • Exponent Podcast: Black Holes

    May 25, 2018, 12:00 pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss The Bill Gates Line. Listen to it here.
  • The Bill Gates Line

    May 23, 2018, 1:02 pm By Ben Thompson
    Understanding the differences between aggregators and platforms matters for companies interacting with them and also regulators considering antitrust.
  • Exponent Podcast: Platforms Versus Aggregators

    12:00pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss The Moat Map. Listen to it here.
  • The Moat Map

    May 15, 2018, 8:48 am By Ben Thompson
    The Moat Map describes the correlation between the degree of supplier differentiation and the externalization (or internalization) of a company's network effect.
  • Exponent Podcast: Two By Twos

    May 11, 2018, 12:00 pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss Tech’s Two Philosophies. Listen to it here.
  • Tech’s Two Philosophies

    May 9, 2018, 10:50 am By Ben Thompson
    Google and Facebook represent one philosophy, and Microsoft and Apple represent another; tech needs both, but ultimately platforms are more important than aggregators.