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.
April 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 51 mins
I could have misheard it , but I'm pretty sure Ryan just challenged the CEO of Audi/VW to a fight. He's registering the vanity plate DONTATME right now.
This week: bringing the Disney magic to OTT, the Magic leaves the Lakers front office, and the profitability shell game that is the Uber's S-1.
April 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
Do you have a minute? We’re collecting signatures for the Orchard Fund. We’re a coalition of activists and thought-leaders dedicated to helping CEOs in the greater Santa Clara area gain the courage to make the pivot from hardware to a services based future, for the sake of our children and our children’s children.
This week: the pink mustache heads to the NASDAQ, Spindrift making Kirkland-sized moves, and AirPower’s quiet cancellation that is either a nothing-burger or harbinger of the end of Apple. A real Schrödinger’s wireless charger, if you will. 🐈.
March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 44 mins
There are a thousand no’s for every yes, they say. Well, we’d sure love to see the list of 999 things that lost out to “partner with Goldman Sachs for a credit card that gives customers 3% back on products that have 40% margins and subscriptions they take a 50% cut from”.
This week: paper towel roll size hierarchies, Notes.app apologies, and an Oasis appears in the Amazon. Oh, and we briefly touch on the Apple services event. 🤢.
March 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
We've made this episode about 10% bigger and given it a new name to juice this quarter's cash flows. Shipping late 2026.
This week: the Swedes lobby for fair play in Apple's walled garden, Google gets its head in the game, and an exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Eddy Cue. 🎬.
March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 46 mins
If you want a Model 3, you better purchase one before Tesla pivots again and decides to convert half of their stores into Pinkberry franchises. Everything is amateur hour all the time now … except in energy bar PR — they came to play and brought the receipts.
This week: cities v. cashless stores, Elon Musk v. himself, and Ryan v. the command line. 🤦🏻♂️.
March 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 44 mins
Unveiling a breakthrough new concept in thoughtfully appointed hotels and no Ja Rule is not welcome to invest.
This week: deciphering the Fearless Flyer, pondering how Orange County became California’s Texas, and digging up the lede Tesla buried under a bunch of last gen Superchargers. 🚗.
February 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 37 mins
Little known fact: nutritional facts are listed in descending order by weight. If Tim has his way, Apple’s quarterly earnings reports will have ‘Services’ as the top ingredient.
This week: both the SEC and Carlos have beef with Tesla, Jeffrey B. abandons his plan to get a brownstone HQ2 in Long Island, and what likely will be an immediately out of date discussion of Bryce Harper-gate. ⚾️.
February 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 48 mins
With Amazon’s surprise acquisition of eero, podcasters everywhere expressed nervousness about the day Bezos Co. buys Squarespace and there is no one left to buy podcast ads. Not us though. We’re sustained by a generous grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
This week: window cleaning robots, rumblings from the Genius Grove, and Tim Cook holds the editor of the Orange County Register upside down until all the quarters fall out. 🗞.
January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 21 mins
“Psst. Hey kid. Yeah, you. Let’s make a deal. I’ll give you $20 a month and you give me root level access to all your web traffic, online shopping history, contacts, location data, personal connections, photographs, videos, life events...”
This week: Carlos gets a robot, Apple celebrates National Privacy Day, Facebook pulls a Facebook, and Spindrift comes out of nowhere to top our Still or Sparkling® power rankings. 🍋.
January 23rd, 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins
Loyal listeners, get your bingo cards ready because I think we might clear the board with this one. This week: EVs, mobile payments, streaming video, sparkling water, and a Canadian musician gets a PepsiCo payday. 💸.
January 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 49 mins
If there’s two things we know about hockey, it’s that you never leave your goaltender alone when Sorenson is on the move and you definitely should have launched your streaming video project five years ago when it would have actually mattered.* 🥅.
- Your hosts disagree about that last one a little bit.
January 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 34 mins
Tim wrote a letter. 📉.
December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 55 mins
Big news. We're brokering a partnership between Uber Eats and August Home to bring you mimosas from the kitchen straight to your couch via an app. Tech workers in the Mission will love it.
In this holiday spectacular, we say good riddance to Paul Ryan, add a warm glow to your Mac's screen, and look for the bright spots in 2018. Items 1 and 3 may be related.🗽.
December 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 39 mins
Okay, follow me here. Pre-made Christmas lights for your roof that spell out “stay in your lane”. Get our lawyers on the phone — it’s going to be big.
This week: cable companies, gutter robots, and Carlos does some mythbusting by explaining the profound unexceptionalism of 2018 Apple. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, and then sell the leftovers at 40% margins while pretending it’s $300 off, Tim. 💰.
November 28th, 2018 | 1 hr 27 mins
With the holidays upon us, it’s so important we not forget the reason for the season: Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot. This week: an even-handed evaluation of how unmistakably doomed Apple is, Google Home Hub and the voice assistant market, and Away’s new $700M suitcase. 🥅.
November 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 37 mins
Life comes with some hard truths. For instance: your time on earth is limited, iPads will likely always be poor productivity devices, and the most difficult of all: JoJo probably isn’t writing her own tweets. We’re sorry.
This week: 538's projections on the Lakers taking the Senate in 2020, Disney+, M&M minis, and Ryan sneakily embraces the multipad lifestyle. 🥀.