Means of Creation

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Alex Kantrowitz is a journalist who has spent years studying the inner workings of tech companies—how and why they make strategic decisions. He’s also a solo creator with a newsletter and podcast (Big Technology), and has written a book, Always Day One, in which he studies the internal decision-making frameworks within big tech companies.

In this conversation, we talk to Alex about:
- Why the creator economy went mainstream, and how Big Tech’s attitude toward it shifted
- Why he is bullish on Twitter Spaces and why he thinks live audio will not really replace podcasting
- His work as a solo creator, and how having direct control of his audience compares to his time working for larger media companies
- The pros and cons of monetizing through advertising versus subscriptions, and
- His personal strategies to avoid burning out

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Music by Keizo Fish

What is Means of Creation?

Work is changing. The old structures that dominated the 20th century are gradually being replaced by platforms and cultures that have grown up on the internet that aim to help people do what they love for a living. Li and Nathan unpack this new passion economy in a weekly conversation with guests at the forefront of this change.