Episodes

Space Regulation

Tue. 12/28 – China Is Mad At Elon’s Satellites

Dec. 28, 2021

China is pissed at Elon Musk cause of his Starlink satellites. Xiaomi’s new smartphones. The delivery robots taking over college campuses. The three fund companies that made fully 12% of all venture investments this year. An…

Crypto

Mon. 12/27 – Gibraltar To Become The Rock Of Crypto?

Dec. 27, 2021

Gibraltar wants to add crypto to its stock exchange. The complicated truth about how successful Alexa has been as a product for Amazon. It was a big year for decentralized exchanges, but an even bigger one for centralized on…

Metaverse

(TWTR SPC) The Top 10 Tech Stories Of 2021 (And The Spatial Pivot)

Dec. 23, 2021

First we talk to the Spatial folks about pivoting in Web3. Then, the top tech stories of the year, as picked by you.

Crypto NFTs Metaverse

Wed. 12/22 – We Still Doing CES?

Dec. 22, 2021

Some big names pull out of CES at the last minute. TikTok is now the most popular destination in all the Internet. Justin Kan’s new NFT platform got hacked before even launching. Why my beloved Arsenal is in trouble for offe…

Crypto

Tue. 12/21 - @Jack And The Tech (Cold) Civil War Over Web3

Dec. 21, 2021

I do my best to give you all the angles on the cold tech civil war concerning Web3 that has been bubbling under the surface for a while now but burst out in the open overnight. Interesting raises in the crypto space and inte…

Regulation

Mon. 12/20 – 5G To Ground Airlines?

Dec. 20, 2021

Could a new 5G system lead the FCC to ground flights around some major metropolitan areas? Chipmakers are busting a gut to try to build out capacity. To what degree is Siri holding back Apple? A longtime Metaverse startup yo…

Apple

Fri. 12/17 – Apple Really Is Going To Do The Whole Widget, Aren’t They?

Dec. 17, 2021

Settings Fri. 12/17 – Apple Really Is Going To Do The Whole Widget, Aren’t They? Information Fri. 12/17 – Apple Really Is Going To Do The Whole Widget, Aren’t They? Apple really is going to try to make all its gadget compon…

Thu. 12/16 – Reddit Files For An IPO

Dec. 16, 2021

Reddit finally files to go public. Is Apple once again the canary in the coal mine, this time for Omicron? HR Block sues Square cause Square is now Block. Get it? The biggest investing star of Web3 is starting her own fund. …

Google

Wed. 12/15 – Google To Adopt Vaccine Mandate?

Dec. 15, 2021

Is Google the first Silicon Valley company to adopt a vaccine mandate? A new foldable phone from Oppo. Why the US might ban you from investing in DJI. Twitter gets auto captions. And a look at the up and coming Chinese ecomm…

Security

Tue. 12/14 – Is Log4j The Worst Bug Of All Time?

Dec. 14, 2021

More fallout from what is now being called potentially the worst bug of all time. Apple helps Android users discover if they’re being tracked by AirTags. A new entrant into the AR and VR product category that I guess we’re g…

Security

Mon. 12/13 – Why the Log4j Bug Is Such A Big Deal

Dec. 13, 2021

A huge bug in Apache servers is causing chaos around the Internet. What to expect, and what we’re still waiting on from iOS 15.2. Why did Instagram steal the @metaverse handle from a woman in Australia, and the story of the …

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…