Hi! I’m Ben Thompson, the author and founder of Stratechery.
I write (and occasionally speak) about technology with a specific focus on strategy and business. I am based in Taipei, Taiwan, and am fully supported by my work at Stratechery.
I’ve worked previously at Apple, Microsoft, and Automattic, where I focused on strategy, developer relations, and marketing for Apple University, Windows, and WordPress.com. I attended undergrad at the University of Wisconsin, received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management with a focus on strategy and marketing, and an MEM from McCormick Engineering school in Design and Innovation with a focus on human-centered design.
I occasionally agree to speaking engagements for both public and private events, but not for companies I cover on Stratechery. In addition, I am speaking very infrequently for the rest of 2017 and the first half of 2018. Compensation will vary based on the nature of the customer and event, as well as the topic.
Ideal topics are in-line with the topics covered here on Stratechery, although tailored topics can be negotiated.
Please contact me to learn more.
My goal is to be a truly independent analyst, a commitment that is about more than just not having an employer. To wit:
- I am not paid by any company for any opinion I post on Stratechery or in any public forum, including podcasts and Twitter
- I do not hold individual stocks in any company I write about. I do hold various 401k and IRA accounts that invest in a wide-ranging basket of stocks, over which I have no control
- I pay for all of my own travel and expenses when I attend company events
In addition, I have written extensively about Apple and Microsoft, where I have previously worked, but that experience has no impact on my opinions (beyond the obvious insights gained), and I rely solely on public information unless explicitly stated. In addition, as of 2016, I do not take consulting or speaking arrangements with companies I cover (before that date I spoke at Google once, and did one-off consulting projects with Atlassian, Okta, and Dropbox; in all cases the fees I charged were a very small percentage of my overall income, and I disclosed my activity the next time I wrote about the relevant companies). Stratechery subscriptions are the vast majority of my income; this is purposeful on my part as I want my incentives to be aligned with my readers’.
I take my personal integrity and the integrity of this site very seriously. While I will make (and have made) mistakes, I will always strive to correct them quickly and publicly, and take active steps to ensure I don’t make similar mistakes in the future. On the flip side, I do not tolerate accusations of speaking or writing at the behest of any company (this is the primary reason I — very rarely — block people on Twitter).
If you have any concerns or questions about this ethics policy please contact me.
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To contact me, please email directly. I make every effort to respond to members, and all others as time allows. It may take me a few days. All media requests require at least 48 hours lead time, and I often decline. If your request is urgent, please feel free to send a follow-up email. You can follow me on Twitter.