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Dec. 28, 2023

E8: Antitrust, the Future of Competition, and Higher Education

E8:  Antitrust, the Future of Competition, and Higher Education

This week, writer Byrne Hobart and investor Erik Torenberg discuss the failed acquisition of Figma by Adobe, a deep dive on antitrust, Byrne's take on higher education and viable alternatives, unions, and more.

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This week, writer Byrne Hobart and investor Erik Torenberg discuss the failed acquisition of Figma by Adobe, a deep dive on antitrust, Byrne's take on higher education and viable alternatives, unions, and more. The Riff is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period.

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LINKS:

Byrne's writing: https://thediff.co

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X / TWITTER:

@eriktorenberg (Erik)

@byrnehobart (Byrne)

@turpentinemedia (Turpentine)

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00) Intro

(00:24) Figma and Adobe

(03:28) Antitrust Perspective on Figma and Adobe

(03:41) Understanding Antitrust in Tech

(07:49) Role of Big Tech Companies in Antitrust

(19:00) Sponsor: Shopify

(20:38) Higher Education: A Cartel?

(24:15) YC and Disruption in Higher Education

(31:07) Funding Higher Education

(32:50) Rethinking the Role of Traditional Institutions in Education

(33:26) The Potential of Separating Vocational Training and Liberal Arts

(33:47) Imagining a Different Approach to Post-High School Education

(34:32) The Unpredictability of Career Paths and Interests

(35:36) The Case for Subsidizing Knowledge Acquisition

(36:35) The Importance of Failing and Learning in Education

(37:51) Personal Experience and Reflections on College Education

(38:43) The Future of Higher Education for the Next Generation

(46:27) The Challenges of Traditional K-12 Education

(53:24) The Ideological Monopoly in Universities

(53:54) The Impact of Political Ideologies on Education