Ben Thompson (writer)

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Ben Thompson is an American business, technology, and media analyst, who is based in Taiwan. He is known principally for writing Stratechery, a subscription-based newsletter featuring in-depth commentary on tech and media news that has been called a "must-read in Silicon Valley circles".[1] He also is the co-host of Exponent, a podcast focused on the same themes.[2]

Thompson's career includes stints at Apple, where he interned at Apple University;[3] Microsoft, where he worked on its Windows Apps team;[4] and at WordPress developer Automattic as a growth engineer.[5] Thompson launched Stratechery as a blog while still a Microsoft employee, and in April 2014 devoted himself to the site full-time, operating on a "freemium" subscription model.[6] As of April 2015, Thompson had more than 2,000 paying subscribers.[7] Thompson's success with Stratechery has drawn comparisons to Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish and Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. However, Thompson has stated his primary inspiration was John Gruber, author of the site Daring Fireball.[8]

Thompson's undergraduate education was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his graduate education at Northwestern University, where he received an MBA from the Kellogg School as well as an MEM from the McCormick School of Engineering.[9]

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  1. ^ Felix Salmon (February 6, 2015). "The ingredients of a great newsletter". Fusion. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Jordan Novet (April 3, 2015). "10 tech podcasts you should listen to now". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Josh Horwitz (April 16, 2014). "Stratechery goes solo: Ben Thompson on Asia, Apple, and the shifting tides of online media". Tech in Asia. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Juli Clover (May 6, 2013). "Jony Ive's iOS 7 Influence Will Be More Than Skin Deep". MacRumors. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Jonathan Libov (October 5, 2013). "Rise of the prosumer analyst: How mobile is driving a new brand of business analysis". Gigaom. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Kara Swisher (April 16, 2014). "Ben Thompson's Stratechery Expands and Goes Freemium". Recode. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  7. ^ Mathew Ingram (February 2, 2015). "Ben Thompson: The one-man blog isn't dead, it's better than ever". Gigaom. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Matthew Ingram (April 17, 2014). "Can a little-known blogger turn his site into a business by selling memberships? Ben Thompson is sure going to try". Gigaom. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Postmodern Computing Summit". Pixxa / Asymco. June 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2016.

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