George, Dan and Carly talk about why Spotify may never make a profit with their business model, how smart contracts could be the key to social media moderation at scale, and the importance of imbuing ethics into your business proactively versus reactively. Carly forgets how many weeks are in a year.
- The meeting formerly known as the Book Club has a new host and a new book! Mark Kates will be leading us through Richard Russell’s Liberation Through Hearing starting next Friday, January 29 - Learn More
- Who Is Keytar Bear and Why Does Boston Love Him?
- Mat Dryhurst and Holly Herndon’s podcast Interdependence
- John Mulaney’s There's a Horse In The Hospital metaphor, which is… perfect?
- Spotify’s big bet on podcasts is failing, Citi says
- Apple Mulls Podcast Subscription Push Amid Spotify's Land Grab
- The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America
- Airbnb blocks and cancels all DC metro area reservations, citing reports of ‘armed militias’
- Don’t let George fool you, it’s pronounced Chick-fill-A
- Jesus, man, could you change the channel?
- Listening: To Ariel Posen, who is not a cannibal, play his new song “Coming Back” on Pickup Music, which was one of Dan’s three things last week
- Listening pt 2: To Teenage Wrist’s “Yellowbelly”, a band he’s recently discovered but reminds him of what he liked when he was in highschool, another nod to last week’s episode
- Listening pt 3: To friend of the podcast (in Dan’s mind at least) Pete Yorn’s Pete Yorn Sings The Classics, the classics including the Pixie’s "Here Comes Your Man" featuring Scarlett Johansson, and Bob Dylan’s "Lay Lady Lay"
- Listening: To the audio version of Rachel Kushner’s article The Hard Crowd, published in The New Yorker about aging. The piece quotes Bob Dylan “He not busy being born; is busy dying” which Jimmy Carter also used in his acceptance speech, a statement George feels is relevant today for America and himself, too
- Listening pt 2: The Great Gatsby is officially in the public domain and somewhat oddly, but beautifully, NPR’s Planet Money did a reading of the book
- Quoting: Ekhart Tolle, “The world is not here to make you happy. It's here to make you conscious.”
- Wearing: Her PANGAIA, a materials science company, hoodie. They make comfortable clothes using innovative tech and bio-engineered materials, but what Carly also loves is that they want to make their materials and technology available to companies across other industries too
- Using: Native deodorant, a vegan and cruelty-free deodorant that actually works! They have plastic free versions and you can choose three packs of your choice to find your favorite scent. She recommends the charcoal. #NotAnAd
- Listening: To The Worst Idea of All Time podcast where the two hosts watch Adam Sandler’s movie Grown Up 2 which, and they can’t stress this enough, you should not ever watch. If you’re like George, here’s episode one, episode two and episode three