Basecamp co-founder and Chief Technology Officer David Heinemeier Hansson has been ranting on Twitter about monopolistic practices in Big Tech for a while, and he recently got an unexpected opportunity to air his grievances about Google, Apple, and Facebook in front of a congressional subcommittee. In this episode, David debriefs on his experience and Basecamp's data analyst, Jane Yang, talks about her work helping David prepare for his appearance.
"Pick A Fight," our episode about why David enjoys arguing on Twitter - 2:38
"Open Source Beyond the Market," David's 2019 RailsConf keynote - 4:59
"The Google Ads Shakedown," our episode about our displeasure with the way Google handles ads in search results - 5:51
"100% Facebook-Free," our episode about pulling Basecamp from Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp - 6:42
Previous subcommittee hearings on "Online Platforms and Market Power" - 8:01
David's prepared remarks - 8:35
Congressman Ken Buck - 11:25
The other witnesses were Patrick Spence of Sonos, David Barnett of PopSockets, and Kirsten Daru of Tile - 12:13
"PopSockets CEO says Amazon uses 'bullying with a smile' to press for lower prices" (CNBC) - 13:02
"Everything we know about Apple's Tile-like item tracking device" (9to5Mac) - 19:22
"Apple's Flashlight Is Why We Can't Fund Nice Dumb Things" (TechCrunch) - 19:40
The story of Steve Jobs calling Dropbox a "feature" is recounted in this 2011 Fortune article - 20:23
"Here's how we can break up Big Tech" (Elizabeth Warren) - 26:29
Goldman Sachs estimated that Google paid Apple $9.46 billion in 2018 to be the default search engine - 26:50
The European Union's landmark antitrust case against Microsoft required it to offer a choice of browsers to Windows users - 27:08
NerdWallet's explainer of the Glass-Steagall Act - 27:24
A New York Times explainer of the Overton window - 31:13
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