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.
June 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
Having identified a weakness in having the majority of its sales being driven by its iconic 20% off coupons, Bed Bath & Beyond is seeking to diversify its total revenue with, drumroll please, services. No joke here. Tune in to find out the very creative name. Give it a few more quarters and BBBY be making its own TV shows too.
This week: HBO Max spreads its feathers, the NBA saved enough pennies for a Disney vacation, and a surprise white whale appears. 🐋 .
May 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
Shots, shots, shots, shots! Espresso shots, that is. Thanks for the reminder, Lil’ Jon. Very prescient of our current work from home situation. Yeeeeeeaahhhhh, etc.
This week: Korean baseball, Ryan’s new Ziggurat desk, and considering whether HBO Max’s marketing already needs to “Pivot!” ¹. 🛋
¹ This is the only Friends quote I know, tbh.
May 20th, 2020 | 59 mins 23 secs
We’re going to level with you: it’s week nine of sheltering in place and we’ve gotten to the point where we’re just taking quizzes off the HGTV homepage. Email complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week: more Coronatalk®, United airline’s clean skies initiative, and the lose-lose-lose world of food delivery.
May 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
I mean, I know there’s ballooning deficit and everything, but you’d think Congress could appropriate a few bucks for the pro plan of Zoom.
This week: face masks, pandemic politics, and the unlikely food world mensch and his iconic frosted tips in the era of coronavirus. 🌶.
May 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 30 mins
The stark reality of 2020 is that many business models will have extreme difficulty adapting to a post-COVID reality. It is with this in mind that we humbly propose all movie theaters be converted into mini Disneylands for no more than 10 visitors at any one time. Keep six feet away from Daffy. Tickets are $1,399. No upgrades, Points Guy.
This week: magic keyboards, dogvertising, and adding some caffeine to Still or Sparkling®. ☕️.
April 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
Where Bada meets Bing meets oh no they’re really just going to package and sell the streaming service equivalent of that one kitchen drawer filled with random stuff that made it through three moves over two decades okay i see you at&t i mean you paid for it so you do you i guess.
This week: getting frunky, betting the spread on the over under, and Ryan hops in the metaphorical Camaro for some quarantine Trip-D. 🔥.
April 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
For over 200 episodes, we've been here for you. Through thick and thin, boom and bust, dark mode and light. And though these may be unprecedented times, we want you to know that we're committed to navigating these insufferable Magic Keyboard reviews — together.
This week: sit stand sleep desks, runner particulate clouds, and thawing a pint in honor of Three Twins. 🍨.
April 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
We’re all learning a lot during this pandemic. About ourselves, about government, about humanity. But also we’ve also learned something we already kind of knew: ain’t nobody buying Bubly®.
This week: paper product supply chains, the Pepsi Universe, and an extremely specific reference for people who remember where North Hall Room 1110 is.
April 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 14 mins
Sure, Top Chef gets the class-leading sparkling water sponsors like San Pellegrino, but where does that leave Bubly? Even the people at Last Chance Kitchen asked them to “pack their bubbles and go”.
This week: cronchifying some potatoes, trying to remember how to spell Kracizynski, and watching as Sterling Cooper helps decade old startup Zoom navigate a PR crisis. 🥃.
April 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
In uncertain times, it's helpful to remember this ancient proverb: sometimes to keep moving forward, you have to stop at every green light.
This week: the iPad gets some pointers from its brother Mac, Disney also finds time has no meaning, and pod listening habits in the shelter-in-place era. 🦠 .
March 18th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
Um. Anything eventful happen while we were gone?
This week: sleep is canceled, sports are canceled, outside is canceled. Bull market conditions for existential dread, tho. 📈.
February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 12 mins
It’s a shame Herman Melville isn’t still around to finish writing his magnum opus, Moby Dick 2: Watts in the Box. Or put another way: a multi-year journey through the world of travel chargers reaches its climax.
This week: sleep shirts, subscription software, and Xzibit heard you like smart home hubs so he added a hub to your hub to control you bridges. 🤯.
January 28th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
Okay. Open Overcast. Tap play.
"This episode will begin after a brief message from Tom Steyer..."
Wait what the?
This week: car dealership slogans, a Peacock gets its feathers, and we mark 10 years of the iPad not being very good. 😬.
January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 18 mins
Rumor has it that Amazon is considering a reboot of "Field of Dreams" but this time it stars Pete Buttigieg getting lost in a cornfield on his way to the next wine cave fundraiser.
This week: encryption quid pro quo, paper towel math redux, and a special impeachment edition of Still or Sparkling. 💦.
January 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 21 mins
Our podcast makes one guarantee: fall asleep to it for up to 100 nights and if you don’t love it, we’ll refund you your time. Really. Just draft a signed affidavit saying you didn’t laugh once and mail it to the Treasury Department, care of Steven Mnuchin. Terms and conditions apply, see our S-1 for details.
This week: going to the mattresses, USB-C whale watching, and Ryan makes a troubling admission. ⌨️.
January 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
In 1992, then President George H.W. Bush was forced to admit he didn’t know how much a gallon of milk cost, painting him as out of touch with the general electorate. In light of a recent smart home catastrophe, we want the 2020 candidates to answer two questions:
1) How much is a 4-pack of AAA store brand batteries?
2) How many Hue lights is too many Hue lights?
This week: Carlos has a head cold, Ryan almost has his kitchen back, and LeBron thinks you need to Calm down. 🧘♀️.