Another Podcast

By Benedict Evans, Toni Cowan-Brown

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If you're 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.

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What we know about web 3 so far
00:41:34

Another episode on our theme ‘how to talk about X if you’re not in the field’ - this time ‘Web3’, the new brand name for crypto. How do we ignore the noise (SO much noise) and think about where and how this will be useful?

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Nov 15, 2021
How to think about tech
00:36:57

We can talk all day about crypto, or VR or Facebook, but how might we talk about *everything* in tech? What are the frameworks and tools to structure the noise? 

Nov 08, 2021
The Meta reality
00:40:39

There are two strands to this story: the second phase of Facebook which is the Metaverse (which we previously spoke about on the podcast) and Facebook actually changing its name to Meta. If and when you decide to create a new brand because the existing brand comes with a lot of baggage, a marketing person would probably suggest you fix the problems first, and then decide how to communicate the rebrand. So why would Facebook move to ‘Meta’ today?

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Nov 02, 2021
Metaverse - beyond the buzzword
00:39:46

‘Metaverse’ is the buzzword of the moment, yet it doesn’t really exist as more than a label on a whiteboard, and many of the ideas it tries to combine might not happen, or not like that. This might be the new ‘information highway.’ But however it works, some kind of break-out of new devices, new experiences and new kinds of popular culture seems pretty easy to believe in.

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Oct 18, 2021
Regulation - Who will notice?
00:35:56

Tech regulation and the problems that prompt it to fill every headline. But is structural change coming? Who will this affect? Who will notice?

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Sep 28, 2021
Apple's metronome
00:39:34

The new iPhones are boring, and why that's interesting. Plus, Apple and Epic stumble towards a new App Store model, and - Real Soon Now - Apple! glasses! and! cars! It's the Apple metronome. 

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Sep 20, 2021
Games and Roblox
00:35:42

The barrier to entry to gaming is lower than it has ever been. But are there more gamers today? Are more 10-year-olds playing games today than they did 10 years ago? And why are we more focused on what is happening in this space?

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Aug 26, 2021
Telcos and Tesla
00:40:07

Why hasn't tech disrupted mobile network operators? Smartphones changed everything about mobile, and yet the networks are all still there with pretty much the same business. Does software always matter? At what level of the stack? And what's the read-across to cars?

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Aug 15, 2021
Creativity and Optimism
00:51:48

A conversation about creativity, working with tech and optimism with Nicolas Roope, agency and startup co-founder who has ridden many of the revolutions we talk about on this show.

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Jul 13, 2021
'Digital transformation' - beyond the silly slogan
00:43:23

'Digital transformation' sounds like a terrible marketing slogan, but it describes a pretty basic generational change in how big companies do tech. Why is that interesting if you're not a big company? 

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Jul 05, 2021
Tech in china, from inside and outside
00:57:13

This is a follow-up to our conversation on Chinese tech with someone who knows a lot more about this space than we do - Lillian Li, who writes the weekly newsletter, Chinese Characteristics.

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Jun 29, 2021
The Business of publishing
00:52:46

This is a follow-up to our conversation on Ad Tech with someone who knows a little more about this space than we do - Jeremy White, Executive Editor WIRED UK.

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Jun 21, 2021
Paying attention to Apple again
00:41:32

Why do we watch WWDC? Did Apple do anything that matters if you don't own an iPhone? And what's the war on privacy?

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Jun 14, 2021
Trying to understand Ad Tech
00:37:08

Online advertising is worth $300bn, and yet almost no-one that doesn't work on an ad team really understands much of it. So what is the cookie apocalypse, what does it mean, and where is the money and power moving? No, we don't know either. 

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Mar 14, 2021
App stores: arguing like it's 2009
00:29:49

Benedict and Toni discuss  the ongoing debates surrounding app stores, but specifically Apple's app store.

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Mar 07, 2021
Who's in the office? Notes on a year of remote work.
00:38:15

Benedict and Toni discuss remote work, collaboration and conferences in 2022.

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Feb 28, 2021
Shopify and digital transformation
00:37:26

Benedict and Toni discuss changing habits, digital transformation and Shopify.

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Feb 21, 2021
Clubhouse and the endless cycle of social apps
00:34:37

Benedict and Toni discuss the new forms of social, and specifically Clubhouse, the latest social audio app.

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Feb 14, 2021
Bezos and the Amazon machine
00:40:30

Benedict and Toni discuss Amazon and solving problems.

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Feb 07, 2021
Telling stories with charts
00:42:00

Benedict and Toni discuss  the best ways to tell compelling stories with charts.

The presentation we discussed 

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Jan 31, 2021
Why do we care about games?
00:30:32

Benedict and Toni discuss why games  matter and their place within the tech industry.

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Jan 24, 2021
Two Europeans talk about China
00:39:57

How do we look at China if we're *not* China experts?

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Jan 17, 2021
There's no such thing as data
00:44:52

Benedict and Toni talk about data, buzzwords and TED talks.

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Jan 10, 2021
The history of doom-scrolling
00:45:14

Benedict and Toni talk about newsletters and more specifically, Substack.

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Jan 03, 2021
What comes next?
00:27:17

Benedict and Toni talk about what comes after the smartphone, and whether even matter. Maybe the models of how to think about this question have more to offer us than the question itself.

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Dec 22, 2020
The FTC and Facebook
00:37:40

Benedict and Toni talk about the latest big antitrust push - the US (both states and FTC) versus Facebook. Will it work? And how to contrast it with the laws the EU will announce this week?

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Dec 13, 2020
Slack, Salesforce and the future of work
00:28:51

Benedict and Toni talk about the latest Slack acquisition by Salesforce and what this means for the whole 'future of work' thing.

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Dec 07, 2020
F1 - the plane that never takes off
00:44:33

Benedict and Toni talk about Formula 1 and 50s experimental aircraft, and how they overlap in interesting ways with technology, innovation, and creation.

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Nov 29, 2020
The acceleration of ecommerce habits
00:34:14

Benedict and Toni discuss how ecommerce shot up in lockdown and what habits may be sticking.

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Nov 23, 2020
The paradox of Apple
00:32:57

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Nov 16, 2020
Is content moderation a dead end?
00:42:29

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Nov 09, 2020
How do you destroy a tech monopoly?
00:40:31

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Nov 02, 2020
Amazon and eCommerce
00:42:05

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Oct 26, 2020
What the Apple and Facebook events tell us about their product cycles
00:32:02

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Oct 19, 2020
Is Europe a market?
00:45:17

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Oct 11, 2020