tech, startups, internet

The Slack social network

First came Slack, taking the world of chat software by storm. Then came Microsoft Teams, drawing some competitive ribbing from Slack in a full page ad in the NY Times. Then within a few years, Teams’ adoption overtook Slack’s by a wide […]

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The TikTok war

Ben Thompson at Stratechery digs into the drama around TikTok, it’s Chinese ownership, and the implications for international relations. Meanwhile, as if to gain grassroots support in the US, the platform is giving away free advertising credits to US small businesses. | learn more

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The anti-Amazon alliance

Ben Thompson writes in Stratechery, reminds us that “everyone in commerce is, whether they realize it or not, in the Anti-Amazon Alliance, and that provides plenty of motivation.” | learn more

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What is a tech company?

Ben Thompson of Stratechery takes us on a tour of tech companies over the decades to build a framework to classify whether a company fits the description. His framework is a great one (IMHO). Then he applies it to WeWork […]

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Stratechery’s take on the WeWork IPO

It’s hard to say something about WeWork that hasn’t already been written in the popular press in the past two weeks. Yet, Ben Thompson does a nice job of highlighting the bull case for WeWork. It sounds really good right […]

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Uber’s bundles. 

Ben Thompson of Stratechery discusses how he looks at Uber’s business in the context of bundles: transportation as a service, uber eats, and self-driving cars. | learn more

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HBR is down on Amazon Go grocery store. 

Three authors writing for Harvard Business Review take a skeptical view of the prospects for Amazon Go. They make the case that tech adoption in retail often falters, using comparisons like RFID and self-checkout. I think they are missing the […]