Big Business with Tyler Cowen
Large software companies have become a target for criticism. Google, Facebook, Amazon and other prominent technology giants find themselves under a kind of scrutiny that is reminiscent of banks in 2008 and oil companies in the early 1900s. Across the planet, there is a growing sentiment that “big tech” has too much power, and that they are abusing that power in order to dominate markets, censor speech, and manipulate politics.
Tyler Cowen is the author of Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero. He is also the host of the popular podcast Conversations with Tyler and an economist at George Mason University. In Big Business, Tyler explores the modern relationships between consumers and businesses, including the large technology companies.
Tyler joins the show to discuss his new book. In previous episodes with Tyler, we also talked about his previous books as well as the effects of technology on American society and the philosophical approaches software engineers can bring to their careers.
Sponsorship inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FindCollabs is a place to find collaborators and build projects. We recently launched GitHub integrations. It’s easier than ever to find collaborators for your open source projects. And if you are looking for some people to start a project with, FindCollabs we have topic rooms that allow you to find other people who are interested in a particular technology, so that you can find people who are curious about React, or cryptocurrencies, or Kubernetes, or whatever you want to build with.
- Podsheets is an open source podcast hosting platform that we recently launched. We are building Podsheets with the learnings from Software Engineering Daily, and our goal is to be the best place to host and monetize your podcast. If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, check out podsheets.com.
- New SEDaily app for iOS and for Android. It includes all 1000 of our old episodes, as well as related links, greatest hits, and topics. You can comment on episodes and have discussions with other members of the community. I’ll be commenting on each episode, so if you hear an episode that you have some commentary on, jump onto the app, or on SoftwareDaily.com to share your thoughts. And you can become a paid subscriber for ad free episodes at softwareengineeringdaily.com/subscribe. Altalogy is the company who has been developing much of the software for the newest app, and if you are looking for a company to help you with your mobile and web development, I recommend checking them out.
Transcript provided by We Edit Podcasts. Software Engineering Daily listeners can go to weeditpodcasts.com/sed to get 20% off the first two months of audio editing and transcription services. Thanks to We Edit Podcasts for partnering with SE Daily. Please click here to view this show’s transcript.
GitLab Commit, GitLab’s inaugural community event, brings together the GitLab community to connect, learn, and inspire. See you September 17 in Brooklyn, NY. Learn how to innovate the future of software development by registering today! Register by August 15, 11:59 pm PT at softwareengineeringdaily.com/commit with code: commit99 to save $99 on conference passes.
It’s hard to get engineering resources to build back-office apps, and even harder to get engineers excited about maintaining them. The idea is that all internal tools kinda look the same – they’re made of tables, dropdowns, buttons, text inputs, etc. Retool gives you a drag and drop interface so engineers can build these internal UIs in hours, not days, and spend more time building features customers will see. Visit retool.com/sedaily to learn more.
Apache Kafka has changed the world of data infrastructure, and Kafka Summit is the place to learn about the new design patterns and engineering practices in the world of Kafka. Kafka Summit returns to San Francisco September 30-October 1, 2019. Listeners of Software Engineering Daily can get 25% off their ticket to Kafka Summit by entering promo code SED.
FindCollabs is a place for finding collaborators and building projects. FindCollabs can be used to manage hackathons and creative projects. Check it out at FindCollabs.com