Episodes

Venture Capital

(Bonus) a16z's Andrew Chen On The Cold Start Problem

Dec. 11, 2021

The great Andrew Chen of a16z joins us to discuss his new book: The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects. This an indispensable guide to get that "rocket-ship" action going for whatever product or compa…

Guest: Andrew Chen
Microsoft Google Android

Fri. 12/10 – Google Play Games Coming To Windows

Dec. 10, 2021

Google Play games are coming to Windows, while Microsoft was apparently willing to bend over backwards if Apple had let xCloud games into the iOS app store. Meta’s first tangible foray into the Metaverse. The English Footbal…

Meta

Thu. 12/09 – Instagram To Return To A Chronological Feed

Dec. 9, 2021

Instagram is going to bring back a version of its chronological feed, sort of. The congressional hearings about Instagram, but also crypto. I was wrong: we are seeing Novi in the wild as WhatsApp starts testing it in the US.…

Amazon

Wed. 12/08 – AWS Outage Is Why You Didn’t Get Your Package

Dec. 8, 2021

That AWS outage yesterday disrupted Amazon’s own delivery efforts. When we might see the AirPods Pro 2. More specific details on the Apple AR thingy. Ubisoft is the first major player to bring NFTs to games. And a look at th…

Apple

Tue. 12/07 – Tim Cook’s Secret China Deal?

Dec. 7, 2021

The Information has a story about a secret deal Apple struck that really solidifies Tim Cook as the China whisperer. Intel proves itself to be an astute investor as it weighs a public spinoff of Mobileeye. European tech star…

Mon. 12/06 – DoorDash Tries Something Radical: Employees

Dec. 6, 2021

DoorDash tests a wildly new business model. Apple launches a Winter War in Russia. Two stories of US telecom companies doing what US telecom companies do: act shady. And Buzzfeed finally hits the public markets.

Gaming

(TWTR SPC) Jack Dorsey, Halo Infinite And Foldable Phones

Dec. 4, 2021

Mulling over the whole legacy of Jack Dorsey and name changes for tech companies in general. The weird way gaming is changing right now (see: Halo Infinite). And are foldable phones ready for the big time? With Bloomberg's @…

M&A

Fri. 12/03 – Acquisition Deathwatch: Nvidia/Arm

Dec. 3, 2021

Another tech deal goes on a deathwatch, but this time it’s Nvidia and Arm, and this time I think it’s for real. Google is probably working on its own smartwatch. Didi is the first Chinese stock to delist in the west. Instagr…

Thu. 12/02 – Square Changes Its Name To Block

Dec. 2, 2021

Square changes its name to Block. Apple is hinting at unexpectedly weak iPhone demand. TikTok adds monetization tools. How many people have never used the Internet? And the story behind that whole Spotify Unwrapped thing.

Twitter

Wed. 12/01 – Twitter Bans “Private” Sharing

Dec. 1, 2021

Twitter bans “private” sharing, but there’s some confusion about what that actually means. A big executive departure throws more doubt on Meta’s crypto ambitions. There’s a new Snapdragon flagship chip and I’ve got the specs…

Meta M&A

Tue. 11/30 – Meta Might Do The Giphy Deal Anyway

Nov. 30, 2021

The UK quashes the Giphy acquisition, but is it actually dead? Maybe not. Was Cyber Monday a bit of a disappointment this year? Why your Pixel phone might reject your cheep charging cable. AWS’s new tools to help you build r…

Twitter

Mon. 11/29 – Jack Dorsey To Leave Twitter?

Nov. 29, 2021

Jack Dorsey is reportedly about to be a one company CEO if he steps down from Twitter. The acquisition of Giphy is on life support. Folks remember Microsoft could be an antitrust target too. Will Apple’s AR headset not need …

Crypto DAOs Metaverse

(TWTR SPC) That Feeling When You Almost Buy The Constitution

Nov. 24, 2021

The legendary analyst Benedict Evans @benedictevans comes on to discuss this essay about the state of the Metaverse right now. Then, several members of the ConstitutionDAO team come on to tell us the behind the scenes of all…

Tue. 11/23 – How To Automate Your(self out of a?) Job

Nov. 23, 2021

Italy has fined Amazon and Apple for alleged collusion. Tile taps out by getting acquired. Niantic is an interesting metaverse raise. Walmart is testing Twitter live shopping. And the story of the guy who automated his job s…

Podcasting Entertainment

Mon. 11/22 – Adele Says: Spotify, No Shuffling!

Nov. 22, 2021

When Adele says jump, Spotify apparently says how high? Is Apple Watch slipping in market share? All the crypto miners who fled China have landed in Russia, Kazakhstan and… Texas? And an explanation for why buying bots will …

Crypto DAOs

Fri. 11/19 – ConstitutionDAO Lost The Auction For The Constitution.

Nov. 19, 2021

ConstitutionDAO lost the auction for the Constitution. But it was really about the friends we made along the way, right? More Apple Car rumors. Xbox and PlayStation have harsh words for Activision Blizzard. Everyone wants in…

Crypto DAOs

Thu. 11/18 – So… Who Actually “Takes Delivery” Of The Constitution?

Nov. 18, 2021

Paytm has a rough IPO. Nvidia has another in a long line of crushed earnings reports. Grammarly is an interesting raise. Twitter wants to take the pulse of the stock market. And if ConstitutionDAO wins its auction today, the…

Apple

Wed. 11/17 – Apple Will Let You Do At-Home iPhone Repairs, Yourself

Nov. 17, 2021

Hell freezes slightly over. Apple is gonna let you repair your own devices, at home, yourself. The Staples Center goes crypto. Meta wants to bring touch to VR. Netflix now WANTS you to know which shows have been watched the …

Crypto NFTs

Tue. 11/16 – The War Between The Furries And The NFTs

Nov. 16, 2021

Twitter has followed through on its promise to decentralize and play nice with 3rd party developers. Will the Nvidia/ARM acquisition actually happen? Substack reaches a million subscribers. Apple defends buying Google Ads. A…

Apple Google

Mon. 11/15 – Why Apple Buying Google Ads Might Be Weird

Nov. 15, 2021

Some app developers say Apple is buying Google ads to cut App Store work-arounds off at the pass. Huawei thinks it has an end run around US sanctions. The audacious hacker that managed to send fake emails from the FBI’s own …

Metaverse

(TWTR SPC) How To Build A Metaverse

Nov. 13, 2021

Coming at the Metaverse from a different angle. If you're a dev or even just an enthusiast, how, from a technological perspective, will the Metaverse be built?

Fri. 11/12 – MoviePass Is Coming Back

Nov. 12, 2021

Beware a watering hole, zero day attack that affected macOS. Spotify is getting into the audiobook game. MoviePass looks like it might be coming back from the dead, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.

Crypto

Thu. 11/11 – Do Gamers Not Like Crypto?

Nov. 11, 2021

Discord floats the idea of incorporating crypto, but backs down after a vicious backlash. Apple wants to manage IT for small and medium businesses. YouTube is starting to hide the dislike option. Disney+ growth is suddenly a…

Apple Google

Wed. 11/10 – Big Tech Smacked Down In Court

Nov. 10, 2021

Apple and Alphabet suffer setbacks in court. More hardware moves in the great Metaverse realignment of the tech landscape. Unity buys Weta Digital. No word on if Andy Serkis is part of the package. And Twitter Blue is finall…