GeekWire Podcast: Netflix Ads, Amazon’s Shipping Business, and Paul Allen’s Real Legacy

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. (GeekWire file photo / Kevin Lisota)

Does it seem like activity is increasing there in the tech world? Big fundraisers may be less frequent (with notable exceptions like Convoy), but the return of events and face-to-face meetings seems to have created a collective energy that has been missing over the past two years.

In that vein, we have a grab bag of topics on this week’s show:

New Era for Netflix: News that Netflix is ​​exploring a lower price point, supported by advertising, reminds us of our recent episode with Anthony Skinner, tech chief of ad measurement and analytics company iSpot, who foreshadowed this move.

We are also amazed at the short lifespan of CNN+ and regret all the streaming subscriptions on our monthly bills.

Amazon’s next big venture? Amazon’s unveiling of a new program called “Buy with Prime” will allow Prime members to purchase items on non-Amazon e-commerce sites, and it’s an important step toward a standalone Amazon shipping company, which may meets the qualities of a “dreamy” company that Jeff Bezos outlined in his 2014 letter to shareholders.

Paul Allen’s Legacy: The reported sale of the Flying Heritage Collection from the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen fits a pattern of his estate divesting some of its more fanciful projects while sticking to its core investments in technology and science. It also hints at what lies ahead for the Living Computers Museum, the Seattle Seahawks, Cinerama, etc.

More Topics: GeekWire’s Upcoming Trip to Pittsburgh; the May 12 GeekWire Awards; our recent episode with Soviet-born Seattle tech CEO Sergei Dreizin; and an upcoming episode with Reggie Fils-Aimé, the former president of Nintendo of America, about his new book.

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Featuring GeekWire co-founders Todd Bishop and John Cook; Audio Editing and Production by Curt Milton; Theme music by Daniel LK Caldwell.

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