A thoughtful, unpretentious, mostly weekly conversation about the companies, ideas and products that are transforming our world. We look at what it is, why it matters and where it fits in the broader business of consumer technology. So, grab your favorite Blue Barn sandwich, put the Giants game on mute and join us.
Hosted by Ryan Fretwell and Carlos Gomez.
May 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 31 mins
Elon Musk has voiced concerns about the way Tesla has been covered in the media recently, questioning the legitimacy of the media’s ethics and connection with the truth. Here’s some of that inconvenient reporting from the past year.
- Consumer Reports reports “big flaws” in the Model 3
- Tesla fires factory workers suspected of unionization activities
- Musk promises free frozen yogurt as remedy to unionization concerns
- Tesla continues to burn cash at alarming rate and miss ambitious Model 3 deadlines
- Tesla to “scrub off the barnacles” with mass firings of contractors
- Tesla overpromises on self-driving tech with “auto-pilot” feature
- Tesla considered adding eye tracking and steering-wheel sensors, opts not to
- Tesla booted from crash investigation by NTSB for not following roles, protocol
- Tesla PR to family of auto-pilot crash driver: “the reason that other families are not on TV is because their loved ones are still alive.”
We’re living in a post-facts world where the rich try to define what’s true. Maybe blindly cheering on the bro who launched his sports car into space might not have been the best idea.
This week: novelty entrees from 1990s family restaurants, slacking off, and Ryan considers converting his spare bedroom into a WeWork style ad-hoc collaboration space. 🤝.
May 16th, 2018 | 1 hr 34 mins
When the algae blooms, sometimes you just have to do the show standing up. This week: counting the rings on your suitcase, IKEA’s new butterfly switch meatballs, and recovering sunken treasure in the San Francisco Bay. 🛴.
May 9th, 2018 | 1 hr 28 mins
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a brand marketing and IP licensing deal was forged between a direct-to-consumer luggage startup and mouse themed mega-corporation. The UPS driver was their only hope. This week: speculation on when LeBron will get tired of all the winning, grabbing a mimosa at the multiplex, and we pour one out for the late Ford Fiesta. 🚗.
May 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 37 mins
More cardboard boxes, more weekends spent in a crawl space — that's the power of Home Depot. This week: Pocket Casts gets acquired for an undisclosed number of tote bags, some well placed little birdies, and the ketchup Rorschach test for food. 🏡.
April 17th, 2018 | 2 hrs 4 mins
We wanted you to hear this straight from us before someone goes and leaks it to Bloomberg News. Okay. Ready? Opening up this wall would really brighten up your ranch style home!
This week: Bird gets its wings clipped by the city, GOAT iPhone Power Rankings presented by FanDuel, and we try our hand at being eccentric billionaires — minus the billions. 💸.
April 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 45 mins
The American dream is alive and well — turns out it was just hiding in Waco, Texas.
This week: Congress asks if Facebook is the worst house on the best block, Uber bets on e-bikes adding some curb appeal, and Apple's professional product line as the ultimate metaphorical fixer upper. 👷🏻♀️.
April 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 40 mins
Hi, Listener. We have your large Silken Splendor and a pound of fair trade media industry news to take home.
Plus: Apple's rumored move away from Intel processors for the Mac, Buster Posey's new restaurant, and Backstage®️ presented by American Express. Made with love by Carlos and Ryan. 🤗.
March 27th, 2018 | 1 hr 38 mins
If, even as an adult, one truly never stops learning — where’s your 200GB? This week: new developments on Uber’s autonomous vehicle struggles, Facebook’s oddly consistent position on user privacy, and Carlos takes Ryan to task for irresponsibly overstating the scope and importance of Apple’s education event. Heckin’ churlish. ⚖️.
March 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 40 mins
That’s a real nice democracy you have there. Would be a shame if something were to happen to it.
This week: Facebook has its psychographs full with a privacy controversy that just might stick, Uber’s autonomous driving project is involved in its first fatal crash, and Apple heads to the Windy City. 🌬.
March 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 40 mins
Elon Musk thinks he can get to Mars by 2019 but can’t even get a supercharger installed at King’s Cross station for muggles to charge their Model 3s. This week: midterm elections, sad hamburgers, an update on wearables, and much ado about iPhone X. 🔌.
March 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
In light of the recent boom of big money moving into spoken audio, we are proud to announce we have become the official podcast partner of the Washington Wizards. This week: airport wine, the health of the Mac, and an investigation into Italy’s most prized export. 🇮🇹.
February 28th, 2018 | 1 hr 19 mins
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world there was money to be made in streaming music. This week: Ryan and Carlos have a difference of opinion about Spotify’s IPO filing, Amazon really wants you to buy those other six waffle makers you were looking at, and proven tips for becoming an eBay power seller. 🏷.
February 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 32 mins
"Your honor. If the State of California and City of San Francisco didn't want us Uber drivers to use bike lanes as UberX waiting areas, you shouldn't have painted them the same color as a cactus. That's entrapment."
This week: spending money to make money, hobby horses, and one of your hosts forgets the teachers edition for his digital life. 📙.
February 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 40 mins
Struggling to break our Olympic fever, the conversation gets weird early and often; this is one of the good ones. This week: Mikey B. and the NYT failing all the way to the bank, 4K uphill skiing, Omni’s roadmap for 2018, and PepsiCo’s sparkling water ambitions run afoul of M. Bublé. 💦 .
February 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 52 mins
"Waiting is the hardest part." - Tom Petty, as quoted by Elon Musk.
This week: space junk, Model 3 delays, fancy cameras, and Netflix pulls a Beyoncé. 🤫 .
January 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 29 mins
Much like the upcoming Amazon/JPM/Berkshire Hathaway health care experiment, we too are “free from profit-making incentives and constraints”. This week: production cut rumors for iPhone X, sizing up Apple’s 2017, and starting out 2018 centered by meditating with Jeff. 🛎.