My stance really took over the comment board.
Yeah, Saks, how was your week off when you gave up on the pod for a week and then did
four media appearances for 90 minutes each on other pods? You did six hours of pod. You took
off from this pod to give your ratings to Megyn Kelly and Dave Rubin.
Yeah, I did a 45 minute hit with Dave Rubin on Ukraine. So be sure to check that out. And then
yeah, did I do? No, Megyn, Megyn Kelly, Freeberg and I did that the week before.
Was that this week? Okay.
Surprisingly, she didn’t invite you back.
Yeah, I don’t know what could have happened. It was so great. It was so great. That was
awesome. I love Megyn Kelly.
Didn’t she call you a prick?
Yeah, she did. She did. And she only knew me for 45 minutes. Usually that takes like
three or four days. She just got right to it.
Saks, we have not had such negative panning comments on YouTube since J. Cal got brigadooned
for his pro Ukraine rhetoric a few weeks ago.
Not getting brigadooned for Saks not showing up. I get brigadooned for asking him a question.
Then I get brigadooned from him not showing up.
So maybe you’re not getting brigadooned. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just honest commentary.
When will you guys realize that there are three to five million people a week that listen to
this podcast? 100 nitwits who comment on YouTube. They’re neither right nor wrong.
They should just be completely ignored.
Turn the comments off.
The only thing that matters are the ratings if you care about that at all. And last week
was one of the best rated shows we’ve ever done.
I think it was highest rated after Elon’s episode.
It would have been even better with David. So we should brigadoon the brigadooners.
Those nitwits should be ignored.
I think this is a little bit like a band where you can’t mess with the chemistry of the band.
Yeah, that’s the lesson.
Even though there’s a lot of infighting in the band.
It just works.
It works. And so you don’t want to second guess it too much.
And then if somebody from the band gets sick and somebody sits in,
even if it’s like you get some incredible guitar players sit in, people are like,
that’s not the guitar player who I have the t-shirt of. I need my guitar player back.
All right. Anyway, well, I’m just glad Ringo showed up 22 minutes late.
Welcome back, Freeberg. Let’s get started.
Sorry, sorry. I don’t mean to fuck with the band. I’m not going to fuck with the band.
Ringo was an underrated drummer. Freeberg, you have a role here. That’s amazing.
I think you’re more like the drummer of J-Cal.
You know, I’m the-
Freeberg, maybe bass, maybe bass player.
You know, I’m John Lennon of this group.
George Harrison, George Harrison.
Actually, George Harrison, very underrated, but I, you know, I’m pretty clear.
Have you guys ever heard the version of Blackbird that Paul McCartney did,
just with a ukulele?
No, I’d like to hear that.
Maybe one of the best songs ever recorded. One of the best records I’ve ever heard.
All right, listen, there’s so much to start with, but I think-
Blackbird swimming in the dead of night.
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
All sax life.
Sax, were you at a building on Market Street yesterday by any chance?
No fly zone.
The homeless shelter?
Well, I think you’re talking about abandoned homeless shelter.
Freeberg, I think it’s fair to say that there will be a lot of people
that we know that will go and help make Market Street better.
Make Market Street great again.
Make Market Street great again.
I’m looking forward to some tofu salads and meditation.
Literally, I think 8,000 square feet is meditation rooms that haven’t been used in five years.
Quite honestly, though, like on the other side of this, I would say Parag Agrawal
does deserve a statue for shareholder value creation.
What 54.20 a share, which by the way, we said was going to happen and it did happen,
was ginormous in this market.
And I just want to see the look on that barista’s face when they’re warming up the oat milk.
Haha, when a band of very, very tough knuckled company builders walks through that door.
Yeah, the Oatly has left the building.
Let’s just leave it at that.
So I guess we can talk about it now.
Elon has closed the deal.
I guess we can talk about it now.
Well, no, I’m just saying Saks and I could not talk about this because we had,
you know, we couldn’t talk about it for legal reasons.
They deserve a statue in front of the bronze statue for shareholder value creation
in front of that Twitter building.
Best tech CEO of the year, Parag Agrawal.
Hold on a second.
So your theory is that he did such a bad job in terms of suppressing viewpoints and censorship
that he actually induced Elon to want to buy the company so he could fix their censorship problem.
No, my theory, my theory is simpler than this, which is they got great representation
to do a very bulletproof deal.
And it turns out that contract law still matters in the United States.
And Elon did the right thing and just said, you know what, I’m going to own this thing
and probably double or triple my money.
So I’m just going to go and do it.
And I’ll do it for the benefit of everybody else.
But my point is more that they and the board had the wherewithal to fight because, you know,
that they could have easily gotten intimidated and capitulated.
And in doing that, whether they were right or wrong or good or bad is irrelevant to me.
They represented shareholder values well, and they got shareholders paid in a moment
where the stock market is still down 20, 30, 40%, where big tech is down 50%.
Some of these big tech companies are down 80%.
These guys sold the company at a premium.
And so that just, you know, we just have to acknowledge that that happened.
I wanted to just give you a little bit of background on Twitter.
Historically, you know, in 2013, the stock was trading at $69.
And it got sold for 54.
Like this company has been sideways for a decade, essentially, in terms of its market
And so but there’s no doubt that I think Elon can turn this around pretty quickly.
And to make it massively profitable, I think and clean up the bot problem.
If you can land two rockets at a time, create self driving cars, I think you can figure
This isn’t rocket science.
And Elon’s done rocket science.
So I think he’s going to figure it out.
Yeah, for what it’s worth, I think Elon’s really excited about it.
And there is tremendous potential at Twitter.
I mean, the company’s been sideways because it hasn’t done that much in 10 years.
But there’s so much you can do with that product.
It’s just, you know, there’s a ton of potential.
I think the best way to think about it is he bought a quarter of a billion mouths for
And in the grand scheme of things, that is, I think going to turn out to be pretty reasonably
cheap, especially if he can layer in a few of his bigger ideas.
And and I think that those mouths, the value of those monthly active users could probably
double or triple pretty quickly, right?
I think that was the so I just sent you guys this link from this analyst.
And he said that Twitter was bought at $172 per monthly active user compared to $81 per
monthly active user at Meta, where they sit today.
So but that’s but that’s for a very different point, which we can double click into because
Meta is its own bag of, you know, it’s a little bit of an unfortunately, you know, a bit of
attached to it.
Well, and I’ll explain why because the Meta problem is, it’s, it’s a deep and a very dangerous
situation that they’ve put themselves in, which is why their mal values are this low.
But, you know, if you had done this analysis a few years ago, the trade was looking at
Meta’s mal values being so high, where you would have said, why isn’t Twitter doing more?
So I know that this, this is a little bit, in my opinion, cherry picking.
Yeah, well, I think making everything verified in a path to verification, which Ilan has talked
about publicly many times and payments, you know, he’s talked about publicly many times,
just those two things alone, could make the experience of being on Twitter.
If everybody could verify themselves, this thing could turn around so quickly.
I’ll say I’ll say what you’re saying in a slightly more I think the most powerful change
that Twitter could make today is there are two classes of users, people who are verified
real world identity.
And people who want to stay anonymous.
There is 100% distribution fire hose for people who are real.
And there is a fire hose for fake people or fake names that you need to pay to amplify.
Just that one simple change will cut through all the nonsense.
Because if you want to see where the money is being spent, you will be able to see very
quickly because otherwise, there’ll be virtually no distribution for anonymous fake people.
And it’ll force those people if they really want to be heard that and that there’s something
valuable to say to spend against it.
This really is about the Brigadoons.
And Ilan’s been very clear about this, you know, it’s pretty easy to get rid of the bots.
And if people are opting in to putting themselves into the top class of verified users, well,
that’s a revenue stream, right?
And so all of a sudden, you know, I don’t know how many millions of people would instantly
say, I’ll pay for this for five or 10 bucks a month to be verified.
I think you’re right.
And I think like what we want to do is like, you know, no offense to all the people out
there, although I don’t really care, but no offense, but you cannot use Twitter as a coping
Like, I get that life is hard or that, you know, life hasn’t lived out to your expectations
or, you know, there’s envy and whatever of other people, but to go out there and spew
hate doesn’t solve anything.
Are you talking about the Brigadoons?
Well, there’s also just a lot of people that are just in general.
They’re just, they’re just mean.
And I’ll give you a perfect example.
There was a woman that I saw on TikTok, and she’s like, you know, been married for 13
years, mother of two kids.
And she was, she had a thing that went viral where she was talking about who’s in charge,
her or her husband.
And it was a very funny little thing.
And so I’ve, I’ve followed a couple of her videos just to see what else she had posted.
And one of the videos was how she has some complicated health issues, which she was very
public about PCOS and how it causes, you know, issues in losing weight.
And she posted a pre and post picture of her, which takes a lot of courage.
And she was like, Brigadoon.
And it’s like, what is wrong with these broken people that have to give this woman a hard
And it just it took so to me, these social media channels are not coping mechanisms,
they were never meant to be.
And so, you know, if they have to go to 4chan or 8chan or Reddit or whatever, better to
sort of create these honeypots of hatred than to have it spew everywhere, because it makes
for the rest of us these platforms to be unusable.
Well, Saks, you were the CEO of PayPal with Elon and Roloff and TL and everybody in that
crew over 20 years ago, and verified you understand pretty well, because you yourself have been
Brigadooned of late.
And you’ve experienced this firsthand, the psychological torture that made you take a
week off from the show, in fact, because you were so under duress.
I’m kidding, you had a planned week off, you’re allowed to have a vacation.
Which of the two ideas is the bigger idea payments, making Twitter into PayPal, including
that x.com, which was the original name of that was Elon’s payment company, and he owns
a domain x.com.
Which is a bigger idea, the payments, or the verification, which is the bigger idea for
increasing shareholder value, which would you do first?
I mean, payments is an entire roadmap, right?
So there’s a lot that could be done there.
Well, I mean, it’s about, I mean, you could layer on a lot of services on top of that.
So it’s not just like one feature.
Look, I think they’re both compelling in terms of where they could lead.
I think what’s amazing about Elon as an entrepreneur is he always starts with a mission, and then
he figures out how to turn it into a great product and a great business.
So, for example, with SpaceX, the mission was to get to Mars to make life multi-planetary.
You would think that’d be a spectacularly unprofitable business.
But in the course of pursuing that mission, he figured out the launch business.
And then the satellite business was Starlink.
And I think Starlink is going to be a phenomenal business.
And likewise with Tesla, he started with the mission of moving the world to sustainable
And in the process of doing that, he created the world’s best car, not just the world’s
best electric car, but I just think it’s the best car in the world.
And Tesla is this amazing business today.
It’s so far ahead of every other car company.
So, look, I think what’s cool about what Elon is doing is he’s starting with this mission
of restoring Twitter to being a free speech platform, of being the town square it was
always meant to be.
And in the process of doing that, he’s going to figure out how to make Twitter into an
even better product and into a great business, which it’s not today.
I think Twitter is losing a few hundred million dollars a quarter.
So, there’s work to do on all those fronts.
But I think it’s really impressive to see.
And, you know, he’s still operating at the top of his game.
I mean, 20 years after PayPal, some of us are just doing a podcast, but he’s still like
operating at the top of his game.
Some of us are exhausted.
I know, I know.
We’re tired, but…
We’re tired and he’s like working 16 hour days.
He’s been leveling up for 20 years.
And at this point, he’s like a level 99 mage or something.
No, he’s like a crazy…
It’s amazing to see.
Freeberg, the biggest issue I perceive in the short term for Twitter is going to be
what to do with people like Trump and Kanye West or Ye.
And of course, that’s all going to seem like Elon is making those decisions as an individual,
as opposed to for the platform, etc.
Should he let somebody like Kanye West, I’m sorry, Ye, as he likes to call himself, who
was in the middle of an obvious manic episode back on the platform?
Should he let Trump back on the platform?
How do you think he should handle those two polarizing individuals specifically?
Look, I mean, I think this is what’s going to be really interesting to watch, because
there have been very successful, very inspirational, very intelligent, very creative entrepreneurs
that have started and built generally kind of open platforms at the beginning, only to
over time be challenged with the content that doesn’t feel appropriate.
And then they come back and they make the necessary kind of moderation guidelines and
they make the necessary edits to the way the platform operates.
This is how Google operated originally, you know, and then they ended up saying, you know
what, if we’re going to be in China, we do have to create a censored version of the internet.
And they did that.
And that was controversial.
With YouTube, they’ve got a lot of censoring.
And it was supposed to be just a generally open platform for anyone to use.
And they were even…
Larry and Sergey were kind of flouting DMCA at the beginning.
And they were like, it’s not our job to monitor copyright.
You have to file a takedown notice.
And they kind of waved their hands in the air.
Over time, they realized that that could actually damage and completely ruin the platform.
And they had to go in and create guidelines and moderation systems.
And the same was true of Ev and Jack at Twitter.
The same was true of the founders at Reddit.
And I don’t know if you guys, you know, remember that period of time when Ellen Pao was CEO of
Reddit, and she went in and cleaned up a lot of the bullying and harassment and nastiness that
was going on on Reddit.
And she got a lot of controversy for why are you closing it down?
Why are you censoring it?
Elon is a reasonable person.
And he’s going to be faced with unreasonable people on this platform.
And when that happens, he’s going to have very tough decisions to make about what kind
of platform he wants to have, what’s the quality of that platform gonna need to look like.
And then all of a sudden, he’s gonna have to look in the mirror and say, did I step
on the wrong side?
And, you know, he’s, he’s idealistic.
And it’s great.
And it’s wonderful.
And I hope that he’s successful.
But to some degree, some amount of moderation is going to be necessary to create a high
Would you allow?
Would you if you were in charge yourself?
Would you put Trump back on the platform?
And under what circumstances?
And would you allow something like Kanye West back on the platform?
At some point?
Yeah, you personally?
Yeah, look, my content moderation guidelines, I, you know, it’s, it gets very nuanced very
What do you allow people to say?
What do you not allow them to say?
And then if they violate them, is there the opportunity for a lifetime ban?
I don’t think so.
I don’t think anyone should have a lifetime ban on these platforms.
So I’m totally
Would you do that for Kanye West, who has been saying crazy anti semitic stuff, which
has real world danger, that’s already started to spill over where people are putting up
banners like Kanye’s what right about the Jews, and they’re putting up banners like
over the, you know, 10 freeway, as you may have seen in Los Angeles, how would you deal
with Kanye specifically in a manic anti semitic episode that he’s been?
Look, I think the question is anyone that’s saying anything racist, or, you know, whatever
might be deemed kind of to fall in that category.
There’s a tagging mechanism, you have to figure out how to create the tagging mechanism.
Based on that tagging mechanism, the default is it’s like when you go to Google, and you
search for stuff, they exclude porn.
So all porn content that’s indexed on Google’s index servers is indexes porn, and it’s default
There’s a safe search thing, you got to turn, I think, off or something to access stuff
that Google deems inappropriate.
Sorry, how do you how do you how do you do that?
No, but I think, and by the way, I’ll tell you, when I worked at Google, we used to have
pizza weekends, where you would go into the office on the weekends, they give you free
pizza, and everyone would tag, you’d watch porn, and you would tag porn.
And so you basically go through the indexing servers, they show you images and Google images,
and you click porn or not porn.
And it was just like, hey, come and volunteer, come and help us do it.
And there was all these engineers sitting in the friggin cafeteria tagging porn.
But actually, you know, that happened to sacks.
And he saw Tucker Carlson.
And he said, Yeah, that’s porn.
That’s, that’s, I think, for Yes, I think, I think, yes, I think the same mechanism is
needed on these social networks, which is that you have to figure out what you have
to figure out a way to use AI to tag content.
And think about them as cable.
Just let me finish for one second, you think about them as cable, cable stations on a cable
So they’re the cable company.
And there’s different stations.
And you as a user decide, what do you not want to opt into?
And what do you want to opt into?
What content do you want to exclude from your version and your experience of Twitter?
And if you’re okay with the stuff Kanye says, you’re okay with the stuff Trump says, you
can keep that stuff in.
If you want to exclude that type of content, it’s it’s excluded for you.
And I think that’s what Twitter ultimately has to become.
What do you think Chamath?
Would you put Trump back on the platform?
And seeing, you know, Kanye West having this manic episode and saying, you know, basically
participating in hate speech explicitly?
How would you handle those two specific instances in 2022 going into 2023?
I think that there has to be a way where nobody is banned forever.
Okay, I think that when somebody is banned temporarily, they can be banned for any reason
that violates a term of service that’s well understood and uniformly enforced.
And I think that’s the right of a private company.
But there has to be a way to get back on.
In the case of both of these folks, there should be a way to basically, you know, have
because of the step, the quantity of their reach, some sort of almost like tribunal or,
you know, mediator that can understand what’s going on.
Because if somebody is going through a manic episode, it’s absolutely right to turn that
I mean, these guys should have turned him off much, much sooner.
Because when you’re in the middle of a mania, and I said this last week, like, you know,
like, for example, like this, this relative of mine, when they’re in a manic episode,
it’s 60 7080 emails a day and text messages 100 texts that I get.
And they’re, honestly, they’re vile.
And they don’t even remember them half the time, they don’t even know.
And, and, you know, they go through paranoia, they go through mania, they go through these
periods where they think they’re completely right.
They go through these periods where they look completely sane and normal.
So, so the most important thing, when you have a family member in mental health crisis
is to get the phone away from them.
That is a weapon that only continues the loop and to re regulate this person.
And then there should be a way to prove that you’re back in a re regulated state
to get these tools back.
But I think that that needs to, we just need to acknowledge that there’s just a lot of
people with mental health issues.
There’s a lot of social media, there’s a lot of damage that can be done.
It’s not to forgive these people.
But it’s to explain that in moments, you got to shut these channels down, and then
give them a way to come back when they’ve re regulated.
sacks, how do you think about it?
Well, with regard to Trump, I don’t know what the continuing reason is for him not
being allowed on the platform.
Remember that when he was banned, it was considered to be a temporary measure, because
he was supposedly inciting a riot, right?
So I think incitement to violence is legitimate grounds for taking down speech.
But once that breach of the peace is over, I don’t know why it would become a permanent
ban as opposed to a timeout.
So I don’t even know how the companies continue to justify the ban on Trump, except for the
fact that they just think that he’s a threat to democracy.
Well, I don’t think that’s for social networks to determine is that who gets to
participate in our political process.
So it’s not necessarily the first thing I would do.
But do I think that Trump should be allowed back?
Yeah, I do.
With regard to Kanye, it’s a little more complicated.
Because like you’re saying, it’s hard to know whether he’s having a manic episode,
or he’s just, you know, being Kanye, what he’s saying right now is probably not in his
own interest, and probably it would be in his best interest to have a timeout.
But what I would look for guidance here is there is a Supreme Court decision.
And my general view on the content moderation is that these social networking companies
should be looking for inspiration to Supreme Court decisions, because the Supreme Court’s
been wrestling with these issues for hundreds of years, whereas social networks are just
making it up as they go along.
And there are nine major categories of speech that the Supreme Court has said are not protected,
because they actually are dangerous speech.
So, for example, in this decision called Chaplinsky versus New Hampshire, which came
out in 1942, the Supreme Court held that so called fighting words were not protected.
And they define fighting words as speech that tends to incite an immediate breach of the
peace through the use of, quote, personally abusive language, that when addressed, the
ordinary citizen is as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a
So, you know, I would use that type of decision by the Supreme Court as inspiration to say
that racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and other racial and ethnic slurs shouldn’t be
allowed on these networks, because it doesn’t do anything to enhance the public debate.
Now, there is a question, like, could Kanye frame his arguments in a way that is still
incredibly offensive to us, but doesn’t use slurs?
Yeah, for example, he could say, Hey, here are the top 10 media companies, here are the
executives, here’s the percentage that are Jewish.
And this is, you know, my concern is that this is a, and here’s the percentage people
are Jewish in the population, you could some bullshit like that.
And then you’re like, Okay, did he say something anti submitted, you know, and you’re kind
of in this area.
And there’s always going to be edge cases, and people are always going to be pushing
And so listen, just because we find it offensive, and you know, it’s specifically offensive
to me, that doesn’t mean that it should automatically be banned.
So I think slurs, slurs, banned or out, but, but arguments, I don’t know that we should
be banning entire categories of arguments.
And, and look, part of the problem here is that lots of people are hearing the arguments
that Ye is making, whether he’s making them on Twitter or not.
And because he’s, there’s a total ban, people can’t really engage with him on Twitter.
And so he’s not getting off ramped from this rabbit hole he’s falling into.
And nobody else who might be a fan of his is hearing the other side of the argument.
So I don’t know that it’s ultimately in the long term interest of the town square to be
banning, you know, the argument, the, you know, ACLU and other people have is like,
hey, you put a little sunlight on these bad opinions, at least everybody knows who has
the bad opinions, and you can fight them.
Paradoxically, while we’re talking, I mean, do you really want these folks going to the
dark web? And, you know, being untraceable, there is some value in kind of knowing who’s
getting radicalized, and hopefully, exposing them to other opinions in the same conversation
that can all frame them.
Yeah, I mean, paradoxically, while we’re talking, Elon just tweeted at 1118 am, Twitter will
be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints, no matter no major
content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.
So he’s going to take the same approach that Facebook has, they have a council as well
that Zuckerberg tried to set up. So I think he realizes this should be a thoughtful discussion.
So you’re gonna be on that council?
I have no idea.
That sounds like a, the worst purgatory you could ever be in is to be the person who has
to make these decisions. Like, talk about a no win situation. I’m curious, Chamath.
We talked last week about Kanye and then Lex Friedman dropped his episode, Lex came at it
with he pushed back on Kanye. I don’t know if you watched some of the highlights. I saw
some of the highs he pushed back pretty hard.
I watched the whole thing.
Okay, so he pushed back really hard on the anti semitic stuff. And we had a discussion
last week, I said, Hey, you can’t platform this guy. But it looks like Lex had a specific
point of view, which is he has a friendship with Kanye of some level. And he wanted to
try to convince him in this manicness that he’s wrong about things did do you think Lex
succeeded? And he should have done it? I obviously we won’t question Lex’s intent.
I have had replaced Lex with me and Kanye with my relative wasn’t on television or whatever,
but I’ve had these same kinds of, I’ll call them interventions. And like I said,
this person goes through periods of lucidity, periods of mania, periods of paranoia,
periods of anger. And so that’s all I saw when I was watching this thing is just what a lot
of people in the United States deal in the world deal with when they have relatives who are
suffering from one of these things. And you know, my relative has said the same thing. There’s
nothing wrong with me. You know, I don’t need medication. I’m not on these meds, blah, blah,
blah. And I don’t want to judge because I don’t know him. But I’ll tell you in my situation,
trying to like, you know, for example, like this person thinks that, you know,
myself and one other person, like we hacked into a computer system of the place that they worked
to manipulate the financial records, to point to this person as having committed a fraud,
and has and then thinks that people are now listening and bugging the phone. I mean,
all kinds of stuff over and over again. And then sometimes they don’t think that and sometimes
they do. And it’s like, it’s maddening. What I’m trying to tell you is like,
like, when you’re not when you’re in a normal state, regulated state, and you’re talking to
somebody who’s dysregulated, it’s not too normal people having a conversation where you’re trying
to get them to see the logic of your ways. So again, I just think that it’s not it’s not a
thing that should be litigated in the media. I think it is a thing that is where people that
care for this person need to surround them and get them with a doctor to help them rebalance
in the in the case of our family. What it turns out is that this person needs to constantly be
titrated the drugs for them to be regulated. That may be different for other people. And I don’t
know Kanye situation. So anyways, I see all that and I and I and I go to my own family situation,
which I’m which we actively deal with today. And I don’t have much of an idea of what to do about
Kanye because it brings up too much stuff about what I’m dealing with in real time with my own
family. I’m sorry, going through that. And I, yeah, like I said, I mean, I think Lex had good
intent. I don’t think it’s worth doing. No, he’s somebody he’s incredible. You know, he’s a really
beautiful, empathetic person. Lex is in general. Yeah. So I think he tried to do the best job he
could. So I saw I saw part of the Lex interview, it was two and a half hours. And I wasn’t gonna
sit through two and a half hours of it. You know, that’s I went to the I went to the chapter titles
and I was in the middle is like Holocaust. Like, right. I was like, okay, let’s just go right to
the train wreck. Yeah. So I skipped it to there. But anyway, I think the argument that that Lex
should have made or pointed out to Kanye is like, go see the new Elvis movie, which is all about
how an artist basically got taken advantage of by his business manager. And you’ll see that this
idea is a very familiar trope in the music business. But that manager, Colonel Tom Parker,
he wasn’t Jewish. He was a Dutch con man pretending to be a southern
hick. So this can happen. And it’s a very common story. And it’s got nothing to do
with the religion or race or whatever of the business people. So and in fact, the person
in that movie who has the best advice for Elvis is BB King, who says to Elvis at a very early
point in the movie, he says, if you don’t do the business, the business will do you.
Hmm. And so, look, I think Kanye, again, if I was to sort of steel man and respond to it is,
listen, you know, what you’re describing is a pretty common of artists being taken advantage
of is a common issue. It goes back a long time, and it’s got nothing to do with religion. And
quite frankly, you know, there’s probably a lot of other Jews in your life who’ve helped you. I mean,
I wonder the last time you went to a doctor, did you notice whether they were Jewish or not,
you know, and so he’s developed a little bit of a fixation here of noticing that some people
are Jewish, but probably he’s not noticing when other people are Jewish, you’ve probably helped
him. Yeah. So that’s probably like the argument I would have made with him. You know, if I were
conducting that interview, and you make the argument to a person who’s in a manic episode,
and they don’t even realize what they’re saying. They forget what they say when they get through
the manic episode. These paranoid these paranoias don’t tend to come up when you’re in a regulated
normal state. Exactly. All right, let’s talk about meta. Brad Gerson was on last week,
we’ve had an ongoing discussion about big tech entitlement spending the number of employees
that these companies on Monday, Brad, I think, you know, got a little worked up on the last pod,
maybe, and dropped an open letter, some might say activist, he would say constructivist to
Zuckerberg and the team over there, hey, maybe pump the brakes on the capex, maybe do a riff,
maybe become profitable. Anyway, the revenue and the third quarter was a complete,
utter disaster for meta. And the stock has plummeted, and been under $100 a share.
I don’t know who wants to start on this one. But okay, look, there’s a lot to unpack here. So I
think we should take our time because I think one part of it is meta. Okay. But one part of it
is actually about what we talked about a few episodes ago, which is like this big tech put,
right, where they define the rules of the game on the field for every other startup.
And I think the third part is just about like the era of big tech being over and what it means for
the stock market. If I think if you section it out in those three ways, Jason, we can have a pretty
rich convo, I’d love to tease some of the start. Okay, so let’s let’s start with meta. So Nick,
can you please throw up Apple versus meta for a second. And let me just give you guys the
talk track. And then maybe we can go from there. So when you look at Apple versus meta,
there’s this really interesting thing that comes up, which is in 2016. You know,
and we’ve said this before, you could not give Apple stock away. They were generating a ton of
cash, it was sitting on the balance sheet. In many ways, Facebook was doing the same thing.
And there was this famous dinner, I don’t know if it was a dinner that ever happened. But that’s how
the the lore is told between Tim Cook, Carl Icahn, and I think Luca maestri, the CFO. And in it, what
Carl Icahn said is, listen, I have a below the line suggestion for Apple. And what does that
mean? If you look at a P&L, you have your revenues, that’s above the line, you have costs,
that’s also above the line. And then you have your profits, and then it’s what you do with
the profits. So what he was suggesting is below the line. After the fact, he had no suggestions
for how the business should be run. He just said, give us back the money, and we will reward you,
the stock price will go up. And what’s interesting to note here is the black line is the performance
of Apple stock as as they’ve given back. And they’ve used a ton of their own balance sheet
cash to buy back the stock. Okay, so they’ve spent $396 billion since 2016 to buy back stock in the
same time Facebook has spent almost 100 billion. Now, here he is, here’s where you start to see
the divergence. So you would have said, well, shouldn’t Facebook’s stock have reacted in the
same way? And for a very long time, it actually looked like it was right until about September
- And then obviously, this thing fell off a cliff. And the reason why it started to fall
off a cliff was somebody started to notice that hold on a second. Even though you’re buying back
all these shares, the bottom of the funnel, right, you’re leaking all of these shares to all of these
new employees. Why are you hiring so many people? And this is when people started to uncover what
was happening above the line at Facebook and is what caused this massive dispersion. So,
Nick, if you go to the first chart, so what is actually been going on above the line?
Here’s what’s going on. If you look at the light purple bar, Facebook in the last two years have
spent $25 billion on reality dabs. And they said that they’re going to spend, you know,
meaningfully more in 2023, and then sustain that investment for a while. So if you do a little bit
of math, if they spent, you know, they spend around 4 billion, a quarter right now, so 16
billion a year, that’ll go to 25 billion in 2023. And then they’ll sustain that. What that means
is that over this, you know, 12 or 13 year life of reality labs, as we’ve seen it,
these guys will have spent a quarter of a trillion dollars. And what I did here was I just wanted to
understand there is I wanted to understand a quarter of a trillion dollars in the context of
other major leaps in humanity. So at the left is what Apple spent in its entirety. By the way,
these are all inflation adjusted dollars. For today, Apple spent $3.6 billion to create the
first iPhone. And what they did was they said every subsequent version of the iPhone would only
be funded from the cash flow and profits of the generation before it. Right. So they used consumer
demand as their guiding principle. So it was a very incremental approach, iPhone one, iPhone two,
and now we’re at iPhone, you know, 14, or whatever 13. But the point is, it took 3.6 billion to get
that juggernaut off the ground. The Manhattan Project will cost 23 billion in today’s dollars
to create the atomic bomb. Tesla in its entire life spent 25 billion to get free cash flow
profitability. And they took this incremental approach as well. We’ll create the, you know,
the the coupe, the Roadster, then the Model S, then the Model X, they iterated their way,
they use customer demand, and all of that revenue to fund future growth. The cube spend on Tesla
was 25 billion. Boeing spent 32 Google and other bets has spent 40. The only thing that I could
find in history that is comparable to what meta has basically said they’re going to spend is the
entire Apollo program, which cost in today’s dollars, a quarter of a trillion as well. So
the problem is that below the line meta was doing the right things. Above the line, they’ve created,
I think, an enormous set of pressures for themselves, which is, you know, if you think
about the Apollo program, this was 13 years of building rockets, getting to low Earth orbit,
then getting to be able to, you know, orbit the Earth, then eventually building an entire
infrastructure and capability to land on the moon and get back. So there was a lot of incremental
progress there. I think what people don’t understand is where is this quarter of a trillion
dollars going? And is it going to be a leap in humanity at the scale of the Apollo program?
Because it now is becoming the single largest capital allocation program in capitalism history.
Nothing comes close. So I think that that is a really interesting maybe jumping off point to
talk about what’s going on inside of this business. It’s I think they’re doing all the right things
below the line. But there’s this one major big red flag above the line that has to be probably
better explained by them. If they want to have long term shareholders. And basically,
what happened was when people heard this, they said, this is a dumpster fire.
We’re out of here. Saks, what do you ask the question? What happened with the whole
Brad Gershner’s proposal? Was that actually discussed on the call?
No earnings call? They, you know, they ignored?
Well, I don’t want to say it was totally ignored. Because I do think that they
should be given credit for a couple of things. I think that the core business
continues to march forward. And they basically said, look, we’re going to slow headcount growth,
some teams will shrink. I think the problem is really in this reality labs,
the amount of investment that they’re making is so outsized, and so abnormal,
and doesn’t compare to anything anybody’s ever seen. I think everything else in the business
seems to be actually quite functional. So the problem is that this above the line thing,
though, has become so big. It could sink the business, you know, it’s very, very hard to see
an investment case for a quarter of a trillion dollars of money in the door before you really
start to see something magical. Now, they may have something super magical that nobody knows about
that they’re going to unveil and say, ha, see told you. And maybe there should be a set of
outcomes where we plan for that. But the reality is, it’s, you know, $25 billion a year for the
next umpteen years. And it’s, it’s 10 billion, where did the 25 billion come from? No, this
number, it’s 4 billion, a quarter right now. So 16 billion a year. And they said that they’re
going to significantly increase it to 2023. So I just assumed it was a 50% increase, maybe
significant means 100. But 16 goes to 25. And they said they’re gonna keep going at that pace.
And so if you run that out till 2030, that’s how you get to $250 billion.
You think there’s a business here in VR, AR,
sex? You think this will be the next platform? I guess that’s a key question to ask here.
Yeah, I mean, I like I actually like these Oculus products. I think it’s a very cool product.
The question is really just about the magnitude of the investment level. But I think there is a
future in VR and AR. And it is a, you’ve tried the Oculus headset before it is like a very
magical, you know, experience with software, one of the most magical that I’ve had, the question
is just, we’re talking about magnitude and timeframe. And use case, I think also comes
to mind for me, sex, I everybody seems to, you know, try and then say, Oh, my, and then say
goodbye to these headsets. Like people buy them, they try them. And they’re like, this is incredible.
But there’s no use case for them. I see very few people just use them on a regular basis.
We just invested in a company that is creating professional flight simulators using VR as a
component. And education. Yeah, I think training is actually a huge use case. Huge, huge. And
by the way, these are not like video game flight simulator programs. These are actual,
they create physical cockpits with knobs and dials and stuff. It’s just that the pilot is
using a professional grade VR headset. And so they’re able to load, you know, a lot more
training programs and scenarios, and they’re able to train on more planes, they can like change up
the cockpit. By the way, the cockpits on gyros, so it actually moves around.
Let me put it in a different way. I think that we should assume that VR and AR is going to be
a really important part of our existence. And I do think that as David said, many of these
experiences are magical. I think what investors reacted to was spending $25 billion a year
needs to be measurable somehow. And I think what they said is the things that we’re seeing
don’t necessarily tell us that this bet is going to make any sense at that level of spend. So if
you were spending 2 billion a year, or 3 billion a year, I don’t think people would have said
anything. It’s just the magnitude relative to the progress that’s being demonstrated publicly.
And and that’s the thing that I think the Tesla program got right, the Apple phone program got
right, the Boeing program, even the Apollo 13 program for that quantum of spend. So it’s not
to say that you can’t spend a quarter trillion dollars over the next decade, but you got to eat
what you kill, you have to be able to show progress in a way that says this this investment is tracking
freeberg. I think the biggest issue he’s having is he’s trying to build a moonshot that you’ll
only get to see when I’m done. It’s like, hey, I’m behind the curtain over here. I’m Willy Wonka,
I’m going to come out with the most amazing chocolate bar in 10 years. And after I spend
100 billion dollars, but don’t worry, it’s going to be awesome. Trust me, shareholders, it’s going
to be amazing. And with consumer products in particular, not guys, you keep saying 100. It’s
- Yeah, whatever it ends up being, in general, I think consumer products, you want to see them
in the market. And you want to iterate to success. Tell me one consumer product that launched and
didn’t iterate after launch and didn’t kind of evolve over time, in a way that responded to what
the market was telling the builder or that product, but freeberg, in fairness to them, they’re doing
that, too. It’s just I think what people can’t square is, we see the next gen oculuses. And then
we see the spend, and we think that they’re upside down relative to what we’re seeing in terms of
progress. I think that’s what people are reacting. If he was spending 5 billion a year, this wouldn’t
be an issue, Chamath, right? A nothing burger, nothing. People would say good idea, throw a
long ball. I think that there’s two kind of ways to think about the distinct things that they’re
building. One is this hardware platform with Oculus and a better kind of experience for
immersive experiences, whether that’s VR or AR. The second is what’s all the software layer look
like and what goes on in that platform. That’s where this thing seems to be pretty short and
where people seem to have a lack of confidence and conviction. The hardware seems super interesting.
But I got to tell you, Epic Games just raised money earlier this year at a $31 billion valuation.
If Zuck was a smart guy, he would go to Tencent and cut him a check and buy the whole thing for
50 billion and buy those guys. Because that’s a platform that has a couple hundred million active
users, is making money, has a really deep, immersive, but two-dimensional experience.
It’s not 3D. It’s not on VR. And on top of Fortnite, and on top of their engine that they’ve
built, there are just countless experiences and worlds and interactions and models that exist
today that are already active, that are being iterated, that have been evolving for years.
And if you look at where Fortnite and some of the tools and experiences that have been built
into Fortnite over the past couple of years sit relative to when Fortnite was first launched,
I don’t think that Tim Sweeney and that team would have ever said,
hey, this is where we’re going to be in a couple of years. This is what we’re going to be doing.
It was part of an evolutionary experience of building a great platform and having an engaged
user base. And unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a great engaged user base in the software
layer of what he’s built here today, making it very difficult to track a path to get consumer
feedback and to identify where that goes over time. The hardware experience totally understand
that that takes time to build something incredible also should be in the market and getting iterative
feedback. But really, that software piece is what would feel short.
To your point, I think that that’s another great example of a below the line decision that they
could have made with all of this money. You know, if you compare what Brad asked Facebook to do on
Monday versus what Icon asked Apple to do in 2016, you know, Icon basically said, just make this below
the line change and everybody will be happy. It’s a do no harm solution. None of us are getting in
the way. We’re not telling you how to run the business. The thing that I think that, you know,
what Facebook had to react to was Brad suggestions were fundamentally above the line. It’s like,
you know, firing 20% of the people or 30% or changing the capital allocation would require
some changes to strategy. And I think this is a good moment to recognize it as as much clarity
as Brad’s letter had and as much sense as it probably makes to outsiders looking in.
The minute you have to tell companies how to change above the line, it’s just a good reminder
to me that no, it’s not going to happen. Because these folks will not want to make those changes.
They don’t want saying Zuck won’t make the changes. I think it’s natural human psychology.
I think you want to make those changes yourself. You don’t want to be told what to do.
Got it. Saks, what do you think this is going to do to governance in Silicon Valley writ large?
Probably nothing. Really? It’s not going to change anything.
Well, it is it is interesting. If you look at Elon’s Twitter deal, there is no dual class,
everybody has, this is one class of security. This is one type of stock. So it’s simple
majority voting, Elon actually had the choice of doing dual class, and he decided not to.
So that’s pretty interesting. So if people want to follow Elon’s example, then they would,
you know, not not necessarily go for Tesla doesn’t have super shares either. And he said it many
times, if you want to vote me out, you can vote me out. Right? I mean, he’s, so he’s
SpaceX either. Yeah, he’s putting his neck on the line, right? I don’t know. I
has a SpaceX shoulder. I have no idea. I have no idea. Yeah, I can’t remember.
SpaceX isn’t public yet. So maybe it doesn’t matter. Like they haven’t reached that decision
point. Yeah, I will tell you, I just, I think Starlink has such a huge opportunity. I just
got Starlink for two locations as a backup, because you lose your internet a couple times
a year. And you can get these routers now that’ll fail over. So since I’m doing business,
like, I can’t really lose the internet. So for 1000 bucks a year, I can have Starlink as a
backup, and I started using it. And the speed is getting pretty compelling already. Like zoom calls,
you can’t tell the difference right now, most of the time, and certainly for web browsing or
watching a movie. You know, it just works. So I can see many companies putting in Starlink,
even if they have a fiber line or whatever, just as a backup, that business alone could be
just to provide both sides of the story here. I mean, the reason why dual class emerged and was
seen as viable is that if you look at the historic performance of internet companies,
the ones that have done the best perform the best are the ones where the founder stays involved for
a long time. And the ones where the founder checked out, like after a few years and hired
professional CEO, those are the ones that went off the rails, it happened again and again.
So there, there is an argument for dual class in the sense that you keep the founder involved,
and you avoid a power struggle. That’s not what happened.
Well, but that was why it was considered acceptable.
Well, I think it was considered acceptable, because in the Google bake off, all these
banks were clamoring so hard. And, you know, there were two vectors of iteration. One vector
was on the way that, you know, Google wanted to do this IPO process, they pick Credit Suisse,
they did this Dutch auction. The other one was the bankers basically pitched them on a
dual class voting control structure. And Morgan Stanley, Morgan Stanley, and once Google got it,
everybody else was able to copy because all the bankers realized that if you want to win a bake
off, you’re not trying to win over the CFO, you’re actually trying to win over the CEO.
And giving that person control turned out to be an incredible commitment,
and a way to win the deal. And so I actually think it was never a governance issue or a reflection
of how value was created. It was just basically a feature that you that one banker used in an IPO
bake off to try to differentiate versus another. This is why, you know, like I said, like Elon has
never cared about that stuff, because it’s like, if I’m not doing well, vote me out,
which is so clarifying, because he realizes that that’s actually the best check on him making bad
decisions. You know, and I think part of it is why he’s done so well, you know, one class of stock,
he was able to negotiate an incredible compensation package. And it’s he’s he has
clarity on the few things of the business that matter. But I think he’s also more compelling
than some of these other guys. And there may be some degree of feeling like this is a mechanism
that other people need that Elon has a degree of confidence and a degree of charisma and
salesmanship that gets him what he wants. I just want to read you guys the excerpt from Larry and
Sergei’s founders letter from the IPO in 2004. As a private company, we’ve concentrated on the
long term and this has served us well. As a public company, we will do the same. In our opinion,
outside pressures to often tempt companies to sacrifice long term opportunities to meet quarterly
market expectations. Sometimes this has caused opportunities to manipulate financial results
in order to make their quarter, and they go on and on and on. And they say, Look, you might ask us
how long is long term, usually we expect them in a couple of years, and they go on. Many companies
are under pressure to keep their earnings in line with analysts forecasts. Therefore, they often
accept smaller, predictable earnings, rather than larger and less predictable returns. Sergey and I
feel this is harmful. And we intend to steer in the opposite direction. I think that the statement
that they made really resonated in Silicon Valley at the time, particularly during this era of what
people were calling web two and the internet was being rebuilt. And all these businesses were
starting to thrive. And it was like, we have this massive road ahead of us this long road ahead of
us. And we can really change the world. But in order to do it, well, in order to do it effectively,
we have to as entrepreneurs as engineers, be able to have the freedom to operate for the long term,
I don’t think it had anything to get stuck in the short term. But that had nothing to do with
anything that there was no pressure on them. It’s not like they shied away. It’s not like that super
voting control allowed them to make one seminal decision. There were quarters to moth where Google
was getting a lot of heat for the amount of money they were spending on capex because they were
building their own data centers. They were building their own servers, they were building their own,
eventually DRAM, they started to build their own switches. Every element of how Google build a
competitive advantage over time was difficult for analysts to understand. You’re not saying
you’re not saying the obvious thing. The reason why they were allowed to do it in the end was
because more and more users use their product because it was better and better. And they
consistently meet and beat every expectation. This is not I didn’t need to use this option.
This was not a need to call this option. This is not a company that went back and forth between
meeting and missing expectations. Okay. They were up into the right. They were they were up into the
right is correct. That is the general principle. But the time to return the ROC the timeframe to
hit their ROC targets was long. And it was hard for people to get that when they not true. That
is not YouTube. They bought YouTube and they spent 10s of billions of dollars investing in YouTube
before generated cash. I think that that would Yeah, but you’re not math. You’re not what you’re
saying is not true. It is not mathematically true. What you’re saying there was no 13 year
Roik play that they executed on not true. And you can just disagree. They put their own they put
their own fiber optic lines across the oceans. The capex I understand scrutinized and not well
understood. I get it. You can read but you’re not you can read the analyst reports and see how
difficult this was. I’m asking for you to do is look at they had voting shares is what gave them
the ability to do this bullshit. I think that if you look at their performance, their EBITDA margins
and their Roik was exceptional when they were making those investments. In fact, I would say
the opposite. I would say that they were surprised by high how by how high quality their business
model was. They were generating so much cash. What they were probably thinking back in the day
was oh my gosh, we need to make sure that we are actually making long term investments. And now we
have the ability to do it. Because we have all this cash we didn’t expect. And we should probably
bleed off cash so that we don’t show 50% gross margins to raise all of the attention of regulators
and everybody else. And so what do you think Zuck is doing? What’s different today? I think that
they have an incredible core business because he’s got good business, good EBITDA margins,
good revenue growth, what’s different, they have an incredible core business. And they have decided
for whatever reason, to make an enormous bet. And that bet could be a very good bet. But the way
that you make a bet, and you said this, well, is you have to look at incremental progress.
And you have to demonstrate that all of these bets make sense. Because the problem is when you
could compared to the Tesla program, look, Tesla is reinventing an entire category trillions of
dollars of energy generation and transportation. But they did it on in one year of meta reality
lab spend. Apple reinvented an entire compute platform on one quarter of metas reality lab
spend. That’s not a judgment. That’s just a numerical observation. So if you want to get
people on your side, you just have to be able to double click into that in an elegant, articulate
way and say, here are all of these things that justify $25 billion a year. Hey, guys, let me
show you a chart. Here’s a chart of alphabets, capital expenditures by quarter, and here is their
revenue. The blue line at $7 billion right now, this is my point. Yeah, they struggled.
They struggled. They struggled to find ways to spend money. Exactly. I mean, literally,
they, they created project loon. They were going to do balloons, guys, they wanted to build fiber.
They wanted to build, they wanted to build, they wanted to build at one point, a ladder to the
moon, a ladder. They thought they could build from Ted. It was an elevator, but yeah, whatever
an elevator is in that seven point to climb there. Right. The elevator was in the purple line.
Yeah. And somewhere in there, they spent a billion or whatever on maps, and it ended up
being a phenomenal asset when the whole world moved to mobile. I think we’re not saying the
obvious thing. We spent a lot less than we’re not, we’re not, we’re not saying the obvious thing,
which is great leaps of progress in humanity are not correlated to dollars all the time. In fact,
most examples are the exact opposite, which is it’s more about small and extremely nimble and
talented management teams that generate human progress. And again, if you go back to that first
chart of Apple versus meta, you know, the fact that you’ve hired so many people to work on a
category with so much money, it just violates a lot of pattern recognition that people have
historically seen. So all I’m saying is, maybe this is a great bet. They just need to do a better
job of explaining this would have been so much easier if he had just put
I’m saying this could be this could have been such a better transition. He should have put
Sheryl Sandberg, a CEO of the Facebook Corporation, he should have became CEO of meta.
And then he should have ran that other business to print even more profits. And then if you look
at some of their forays into building a super app, they added Facebook marketplace to Facebook,
and it was a huge hit. They started to pull the ecommerce string over at Instagram,
it started to work. There’s just no focus on those products. If you look at the Facebook
collection of billions of users, what apps could you add to that? You know, whether it’s payments,
they did the whole crypto thing, they gave up on that it seems like there’s no leadership on
the Facebook side that actually wants to take swings over there. They just are obsessed with
this one thing. It makes no sense to me. I think that there’s probably part of it,
which is that, you know, when you’re working on a thing for a long time, there’s a certain
personality type that loves the mastery that comes from working on the thing for a long,
long time. Yep. And then there’s a different personality type that likes more shiny new
things. Yeah. And you kind of have to have a balance of all of those different people.
And so maybe what we’re seeing as well is that, you know, you’re right, maybe the boring business
was just labeled too boring internally. And there wasn’t enough heat around wanting to work on it
forever. Nobody wanted to keep grinding. So you wanted to throw these big hill Marys. All I’m
saying is you just need to explain the hill Mary. All right, let’s look, by the way, let me just
ping you on this. So the meta spend in the quarter relative to the revenue, it’s about 15
are the virtual reality stuff. It’s about 15 billion 15%. Does that sound right?
I don’t know. But they said it was 4 billion this quarter.
Yeah, so 4 billion out of 27 of revenue. So it’s about 15%. And alphabets last quarter revenue
was 70 billion. And they spent about a billion billion. Let me show you this actually actually
have this chart handy because I was talking about it on this, which is 1.4%. So on a relative basis,
alphabet is spending one 10th of what meta is per dollar earned, or top line revenue earned
on their other bets category. So tomorrow, do you think it’s a relative spend problem that
because they’re spending 10 times as much as a percent of revenue, that it’s causing so much
heartache, even if it is directionally correct. If you want to see the capex versus revenue,
here’s that on the screen right now. No, we know, we know what we haven’t shown. This is Google
and meta on the same chart, the blue line on the red on the bottom 9 billion in capex for Facebook
seven for Google. Is this your new like charting tool that you guys have built?
Yeah, no, no, we just do it on this weekend startups all the time.
What do you use? What is it?
Yeah, actually beep it out because I don’t want to give them a free spot.
I’m not giving a free promo.
They didn’t let you invest.
Whatever. I mean,
the truth comes out. They didn’t let him invest.
No, no, they’ve been around forever. They’ve been around for a good product. I’ve used it
just to be a good product. Listen, we’re gonna promo something’s gonna be call in or
Nick, can you throw up the super got super got this is super got charts.
So look, this is a new charting feature on Colin.
I think the problem is, look, here’s the problem. Let’s just say that you’re an analyst that works
at a large hedge fund or a mutual fund. And you woke up on Wednesday and you, you know,
had a decent day. And then you went into the earnings call, believing that, you know, there’s
a this is there’s a value play here. And there’s a lot of upside, which I think there is actually,
you know, this company can throw off an enormous amount of cash.
But then what you hear is, okay, we’re spending 4 billion a quarter, that’s going to go up
materially. And then we’re going to keep 23 spending levels roughly the same in the to the
future. So then you have to go back and build a model, you’re going to be hard pressed to not get
to this number, maybe you don’t get to 250, maybe you get to 200. My point is, all of a sudden,
you have to go back into your, you know, portfolio manager and say, uh, you know,
they’re going to spend all of this, you know, after tax cash flow on this stuff.
Or sorry, not after tax cash flow, but, you know, below the, you know, above the line spending on
this stuff, which won’t come back to us as shareholders. And we’re going to dilute the
stock two or 3% a year. So that’s another 20% dilution. And it just becomes what I again,
I’ve said this before it, you move the stock into what’s called the too hard bucket, you know,
from the it’s obvious to wow, that’s really tough. And I’ll just take a wait and see approach.
You know, I think yesterday, there was a quarter of a I think a quarter billion shares that traded
hands of Facebook, just a ginormous number. And so you know, I think you think that’s tax
loss harvesting to at the end of the year, maybe some people want to take the loss. So there’s tax
loss harvesting for individuals, by the way, there was a couple comments, which we should talk about
and explain what tax loss harvesting is. But a bunch of these mutual funds year ends are actually
October 31. So to your point, Jason, you know, the stock basically gets decimated 20, you know,
25%. In a day, the T rose and the fidelities are like, alright, book the tax loss and be done.
And we’ll we look at it next year, quote, unquote, next year. So, you know, if you put on the spread
trade, so we talked about the spread trade, there was a big hedge fund manager that, you know,
November six, right, when we were basically calling the top of the market and told people to
sell. One of the trades that he put on, Nick, if you want to just throw it up was this long Google,
short meta spread trade, he called to tell me that, you know, he closed it out yesterday.
This is how that trade did. So yeah, there was just a lot of folks that just kind of like went
to the exits and said, you know what, we’re kind of done for the short term, I just think that it’s
it’s a moment in time where those folks have to realize that they just have to explain a little
bit better how they want to spend the money and show a little bit more incremental progress that
justifies that level of spend. Otherwise, people will be a little skeptical, they’ll build their
own histogram. And it’ll violate too many rules. And so it goes into the too hard bucket.
Okay, we got macro, we got Ukraine. And I think I think that you should talk about big tech,
because Amazon puked as well, Jason, the Can you just throw up the big tech chart,
because I think like you guys should see this, because I think this is very important for
Silicon Valley. Amazon reported their q3 earnings yesterday, Thursday, total revenue 127 billion
of 15% year over year 5% quarter of a quarter net income was 2.9 billion. And they’re predicting
they’re giving slower guidance going forward. I mean, what’s incredible on this chart is that,
you know, when when everybody talks about being along the S&P 500, it was always really a proxy
for being long. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. And at the peak, you know,
in May of this year, it was still, you know, 25 cents of every single dollar of the S&P 500 were
these five companies. And, you know, we always said the market bottom will be when the generals
quote unquote get shot, you know, to borrow a phrase from Gavin Baker. And it looks like the
generals have been shot. Yeah. And what’s incredible is this week, every single one of
those companies, other than Apple really reported pretty crappy earnings. They got totally taken to
the woodshed. The percentage of the of these companies as a percentage of the S&P is now you
know, off by 500 basis points, it’s down to 20%. Yet the markets are ripping higher today. So I
think it’s kind of what we talked about three weeks ago, like the bottom is kind of in for the
short term, you know, so it’s really exciting, actually, to see, I think this is the point where
you have to now start to get pretty constructive about where things are going. Because if this
stuff could not bring the market down, it’s hard to see something other than an exogenous event,
probably some Russia, Ukraine event really having a negative impact. So to me, I’m kind of like,
I don’t know, it seems like pretty bullish for also GDP was 2.6%. So I mean, the this very weird
conflicting data, we had two negative quarters of growth, we’re in a recession, then we have a
the third quarter is up 2.6%. So remember, Jason, I said that we were gonna have a double dip that
was I sure that was most likely thing. So we had this sort of mild technical recession based on
nominal GDP growth, not being bad, but simply not quite keeping up with the inflation rate.
Yeah, now things are a little bit better. But I still think the huge recession is to come next
year, because all the interest rate increases we’ve seen. So the Fed is, you know, pedal to
the metal on interest rate increases, just like they were pedal to the metal on printing money.
And so first, they you know, they were too loose. And now they’re probably being too tight too fast.
So I think we’re headed for a huge recession next year. And I think you’re seeing that in
the softness of all these forecasts. Yeah, look at the look at the look at the mortgage rates
right now, something like 7.1%. mortgage rates are crazy. They broke the backs of the housing
market that the inventory and prices inventory shot up, prices have shot up new mortgages have
gone down. And you know, we talked about job openings. Here’s the the Fred chart for job
openings real quick. You can see the the peak we were talking about, we were wondering if that
would come plummeting down. Well, here it is, folks. Yeah, plummeting down from 11 million,
losing a million in a month. Yeah, job openings coming smashing down. There’s the Fed fund rate.
You know, that’s a pretty high ramp. So you think double dip recession,
what do you think Freeberg Chamath in terms of what 2023 looks like? You’re sort of saying
Chamath a bottom is forming. I kind of agree with that. I think the stock market is going up.
Then it’ll go back down, because I think what David said is right. But for the short term,
this thing is going up, short term up. And, you know, we’ve generally been positioned for it to
go up. And, and at some point, we will reverse and position for it to go back down. But it’s
going up sacks. It seems like you took a week off from the all in podcast and people stopped
talking about Ukraine. You want to give us an update? I mean, obviously, the war is not over,
but it does seem like it somehow has fallen out of the public’s consciousness a bit. I don’t know
if I go that far. There was the big event in the Ukraine war debate this week was that the
House Progressive Caucus put out a letter signed by 30 progressive members to merely suggest that
while we continue to fund Ukraine on a virtually unlimited basis, we also in parallel open up a
diplomatic track with Russia to mitigate against the threat of us being drawn into the war and
specifically a nuclear war. And just that very, I’d say anodyne letter that very
tepid sentiment, really, they weren’t questioning in any way, the providing again,
a virtually unlimited support to Ukraine, that met with such a fierce reaction on social media
and in the traditional media that I think all but one of the signatories recanted,
or walk back the letter and kudos to Representative Ro Khanna for not being one of the people who
recanted he so tall and gave an interview on CNN and MSNBC saying why has diplomacy become a dirty
word? I voted for every single appropriation to give aid and weapons to Ukraine. I’ll continue
to do that. But I don’t see a problem with us maintaining diplomatic relations, we might need
those to avoid an unwanted escalation. Well, and here we are, kudos to him for standing tall. But
it’s amazing to me that the Progressive Caucus, which used to be one of the groups in Congress
that questioned American involvement in foreign wars, like the Iraq War, they basically,
they have moved off that. And they threw in the towel so quickly on this, it was really kind of
pathetic to see. I mean, it really like this is back to Shakespeare,
like politics makes for strange bedfellows, you find yourself aligned with the most left part
of the Democratic Party in trying to just say, hey, maybe we should negotiate peace
a little more for us to pursue the right foreign policy. And I don’t really care which
party has you would do would actually donate to anybody who is pushing for that. So did you
actually make any? I mean, I just happened, but I plan to donate to members of both party who push
for a correct foreign policy, which I believe needs to be a little bit more restrained a little
bit more questioning of what is in it for the United States. And we need to be careful about
overextending ourselves. And we need to ask what is in America’s vital interest? And we can support
AOC be coming to the with a with AOC. Oh, she she’s pro recanted. So she’s one of the ones that
what do you think happens in a situation like that? Well, how do they get them to recant? Yeah,
like why? What is the point of recanting something that was so benign? It’s not totally
no, but what do you think? Like what what’s happening behind the scenes? Like why are people
so afraid to say that, you know, you can be in support of Ukraine, but also still try to find a
reason why was that turned into such a scarlet letter? It’s a great point. And I think it just
shows the heat right now on the issue. Here’s what I think does it does it do that? Or does it just
show the progressives as just kind of clown tones? I mean, it’s it’s kind of sad. I mean,
Jayapal, who was sort of the leader who put out the letter through her own staff under the bus.
And I guess there was this snafu where the members all signed this letter in July and then
held it for a few months. And then they put it out two weeks before the election. I can see why
that timing didn’t make sense. I don’t know why, like they released it now, not two months ago,
not three weeks from now after the election. I can understand all those political considerations.
But once you put the letter out to stand by it, don’t throw your own staff under the bus.
Because like you’re saying, the letter was really a pretty anodyne statement of, hey, listen,
do you think we can just have diplomacy on a parallel track at the same time that we’re
arming Ukraine? I just don’t see the downside. But look, here’s why I think they took so much
heat is there’s a lot of people on this issue who start with the end result of what they want.
And the end result that they want is that Putin and Russia leave Ukraine with their tail tucked
between their legs. And they basically don’t get one square inch of Ukraine. They believe that is
the only acceptable moral outcome here. And they may be right about that. But then what they’re
doing is they’re kind of reverse engineering all the beliefs that they have based on that outcome,
that moral outcome they want to get to. So, for example, for the longest time,
you heard things like Putin is definitely bluffing about using nuclear weapons. Well,
how do they know that? They don’t know that. They can’t say that for sure. But it’s what
they want to believe. Because if you believe that nuclear war is a possibility, you might not go
all the way for that maximalist position of the only acceptable outcome here is Russia leaving
with his tail tucked between his legs. And I think the same thing is happening here with
diplomacy is people who want a certain result in the war are afraid that diplomacy might result
in something less than that. That’s not a reason not to engage in diplomacy. And it’s not a reason
to deny the potential of this war to spin out of control, potentially into a nuclear war.
Saks is like a walking thesaurus. So J. Cal, for you, I looked up anodyne and it means
not likely to provoke dissent or offense inoffensive, often deliberately. So yeah,
like, it’s like, Oh, I know you were looking, you were looking at the screen, like a confused
little puppy when he said anodyne. Listen, I got a thesaurus over here. Also, I didn’t know
what it meant. So thank you. But seriously, what is the I want to know the fallout from two things.
And then we’re going to do science corner. So number one, what is the I’ve been getting a lot
of oat milk stands emailing me different brands of oat milk have been emailing me this week.
Just give us an update, generally speaking on the alt milk, milk crowd and your inbox tomorrow.
They’re trying to they’re definitely trying to bring a doing me but what these people,
like, you know, what’s so funny about these folks? They have no judgment clearly. Because they can’t
even say, you know what, it actually tastes much crappier than these alternatives, but I
choose to for x, y, z reasons that I could respect. It’s the Oh my god, it’s incredible.
And he’s so much better. You know, look at my little mustache.
Disgusting. It doesn’t foam properly. It tastes like dishwater. It’s ridiculous. And then sacks
disgusting, this horrific illustration of you in the new republic I saw look like Dolly broke and
they use Dolly to make that illustration. No offense to the illustrator got paid 1000 bucks.
It was like it was pre ozempic sacks. I thought it was Yeah, that’s the problem. If you’re chubby
sacks or chubby j cow. It sucks when people base an illustration on a previous one. But
I mean, you look like Alex Jones. Well, look, they got Elon and Peter up there too. It’s such
a stupid hit piece. Elon looks like Hugh Grant. Peter Thiel looks like he’s rolling on. I’m not
one. He’s got Molly jaw. And also he’s a he you show a lot of stubble, which you also don’t have.
But look how fat they make you look. Look at you. Look like
Jesus, my Lord. But what I mean, what’s going on in terms of the general reaction to
the amount of attention you’re getting for political commentary now,
sacks David sacks will be our next Secretary of State. Well, no, I’m here for it. I can’t wait.
I’ll go along. David sacks will be our Secretary of State within two or three presidents.
He’s got to make a little more cash.
My views, my views are so out of step with the foreign policy establishment.
I wouldn’t feel that’s why you that’s why I wouldn’t feel the need to be so out there on
this issue. If the foreign policy establishment was doing its job. If you actually had, you know,
people from the policy elite going out there saying sensible things about Ukraine, it wouldn’t
fall on me or other people like and China, like Elon basically posted that straw poll on Twitter,
which was totally reasonable, got condemned for it. And then Bill Ackman, actually,
who’s been in Twitter spats with me before we’ve been on opposite sides of issues,
actually came out and retweeted something I wrote as basically being supportive.
Because the weird thing was want this war to escalate out of control.
I think the weird thing is people are, there’s a group in the in the media class,
other podcasters, other journalists, who are saying you have no right to talk about this topic.
And what I said is, you know, hey, listen, Saxon, I could disagree about things on the margin here
or there. But I’m glad we’re having the discussion shouldn’t all Americans be having a discussion
about our foreign policy and what our goals are. That’s our civic duty is to have this discussion.
So whenever you hear the political class, the podcasting class, the coastal elites,
which we are part of, when they tell you, you can’t participate, or this person can’t participate
in the discussion, because they’re successful in this other aspect of life. That’s complete
bullshit. Everybody should talk about this and disagree or agree and try to work towards some
common understanding. You’re right. So first of all, whenever they say, listen to the experts,
and you’re not an expert, first of all, they’re expressing an opinion themselves. And they are
expressing equally passionate opinions on the other side about the sole Ukraine war. So first
of all, why are they allowed to have an opinion? So whenever somebody uses this, you’re not allowed
to have an opinion argument, it’s always very selective. And it’s only applied to people they
disagree with, not to people who are equally inexpert on their side of the debate. So that’s
point number one. Hold on. Point number two is, I’ve listened to plenty of experts, okay? I’ve
listened to the IR scholar, John Mearsheimer. I’ve listened to the international development
economist, Jeffrey Sachs. I’ve gone back and listened to our former ambassador to the Soviet
Union, Jack Matlock. I’ve read George Kennan’s interviews. I’ve read Bill Burns, our current CIA
director on this matter. There are plenty of experts who warned that our policy of trying to
bring NATO right up to Russia’s border would eventually blow up in our faces. It would poison
our relations with them and lead to conflict and this war. So there are plenty of authoritative
sources going back many years on this topic. And the problem is that the people on the other side
of this debate simply want to memory hole all of these warnings and deny that they that this war
was ever predicted. Because if this war was predicted, it means it could have been avoided.
And they don’t want to admit that this war could have been avoided.
Or how about this? How about war is messy, resolving things internationally with dictators
can be very hard. And nobody wins in some of these cases. No, there’s no perfect outcome here.
And you could hold in your head two things. Number one, Putin’s a dictator, we need to hold the line
and make sure it doesn’t invade other countries. And number two, yeah, you probably want to keep
normal relations with these people and negotiate with them to resolve conflict. I’m getting a
little concerned about the saber rattling on both sides in China. You know, we’re escalating all this
chip stuff. We’re escalating and Xi Jinping is taking complete control. I’m wondering who’s
going to meet with him? Who’s going to talk to Xi Jinping about how we could collaborate together?
Who’s left to talk to him? Tim cook? There’s a there’s a bunch of unforced errors happening in
China. How do we de escalate? Well, there’s a bunch of unforced errors that you have to let
play out because they have huge economic implications. So I don’t think this I don’t
think this is a time for again, I think David’s generally right. We do not have time for
adventurism right now. Because even before we engage in some of these other places, there are
a lot of, you know, headwinds that are working against for so for example, in China, you have
these massive demographic headwinds that are just building, we have to see what the Chips Act does
in terms of follow through to China’s ability to expand militarily or technologically. There are
all of these things that that you owe as a citizen of the United States to see some more data on the
ground in terms of its empirical impact before you re underwrite a different strategy right now,
the strategy is working. You know, we are observing this, you know, one China policy,
I think that’s the right thing to do. And now let all of this other stuff play out.
Can I say one thing about this? So what the administration did in banning China from buying
from us or any of our allied countries, these advanced semiconductor chips, that’s what they
did. They not only banned the sale of chips to China, they banned the sale of equipment that
can make the chips. And they even prohibited American citizens and companies from working
in China to basically help them set up their own foundries and chip fabrication. So they are
essentially cutting off China for advanced chips. That’s the goal here. And you know, we’ve talked
about on this pod before how chips are the new oil, right? These advanced semiconductors are
the new oil. So this is almost like an oil embargo of China. If you go back and look at it. Yeah,
if you go back and look at it, the reason why the reason why is they don’t want these in weapons,
correct? That is the stated reason. That’s the tip of the spear. But I think
the more impactful mechanism is to prevent an entire layer of infrastructure to be built in
China that allows them to advance all of these next generation cyber capabilities, including
a whole bunch of things in AI, that we want to make sure that as often and as often as possible
is, is for the United States and our allies as we choose. So all this next generation silicon will
do a lot more to push that forward. And so if you put that in the hands of Chinese technology
companies, or Chinese government, or the Chinese government in the parts that are actually
technological, you actually increase the surface area in which you compete. By preventing that
technology to go to them, you decrease the surface area in which you’re competitive, and they are
one or two steps behind and have an are forced to build it themselves.
So Friedberg, if that happens, do you think that China escalates and says, Well,
why are we building iPhones here? No, I think China makes decisions a little differently
than perhaps US policymakers and foreign policy makers make decisions, they think forward and
calculate the series of events that will follow from that decision. Whereas we are typically
reacting to some event that’s happened in the past, not necessarily always thinking through
the second and third or third order effects and consequences of our decisions. So the China
calculus would likely look something more like, if we were to say stop making iPhones here,
we would estimate that the US would do the following to retaliate back against us.
And as they do through that calculation, you end up realizing pretty quickly that there isn’t as
much to gain as there is more to lose by doing that. That would be my guess. I’m no China expert,
I’m no foreign policy expert. But from my understanding of how Chinese policymakers
do think and do make decisions, it’s much more about what’s the rational calculated
set of outcomes that will emerge and evolve from this decision. And in my experience,
talking with people in the United States that are in various communities of influence,
it’s much more about let’s do what we consider to be the right or moral thing right now.
And in response and retaliation, and let’s do an eye for an eye. So that’s why I don’t think that
they’re likely to be the first step in an escalation escalatory ladder. There probably
be a few more series of provocations before that may happen, at which point it may need to be kind
of an inevitable step that they’d have to take. But again, I don’t know, I mean, so in terms of
the motivation for this, I think it’s pretty clear, this is an attempt to hobble the Chinese economy,
not just that all their weapons programs, but their economy itself, and hold them back and
slow down their rise and their rapid growth. Now, is that a good idea? I mean, I think what this
shows is we’ve moved from sort of economic logic, which is about finding trade surplus and win-win
scenarios to geopolitical logic, which is about balance of power. And this sort of ban on sales
of semiconductors to them, it’s very much geopolitical, because it’s hurting our companies,
but it hurts China more. And so it’s about increasing our balance of power against them.
And now listen, I think you can make the argument that we were overdue to be thinking in terms of
great power competition and geopolitical rivalry. And this is an attempt now to correct the bad
decisions that were made 20 years ago in terms of how we fed the Chinese economy until it became
a pure competitor to the United States. So I think you can make those arguments.
The thing that concerns me most about it is, do our leaders really have the bandwidth to manage
a second front in the sort of great power competition right now, while we’ve got Russia
and Ukraine going on? On the one hand, are they really ready to manage an escalation
of the competition with China? And to Freeburg’s point, have they really thought through
all the second, third, fourth order consequences of this? Have they thought through the incentives
this may create on China, for example, to take Taiwan? I mean, if Taiwan is the place that makes
all these chips through TSMC, for example, and we have now cut them off, we’ve now embargoed them
from these chips, does it strengthen China’s incentive to go after Taiwan? Does it strengthen
China’s incentives right now to help Russia in its war in Ukraine in retaliation, because they
want to see Russia decisively defeated, and then they will solely be in the gun sights of US hawks.
So I think there’s a lot of things that could go wrong here when the US is now escalating
geopolitical tensions and competition, not just on one front, but on two fronts. And
especially given how weak the US economy is, and that we’re headed into a major recession next year,
it just feels to me like they are, you know, they are kind of putting their foot on the accelerator
in terms of geopolitical risk at a time when we’re not really in a great spot to be taking those
risks. Also, on a foreign policy basis, is there no common ground? Are there no things we could
collaborate on and work on together? Right? And that’s the thing that seems to be missing in the
foreign policy for the last couple of administrations is, are there things that we could
be building together? Are there things that we could be working on the environment, energy,
sustainability, education, I don’t know what it is. But it felt like, you know, with China,
for a couple of decades, we felt like we were working in a very collaborative way. And now
it feels like every single instance is adversarial. Right? Because the problem is that those policies
of constructive engagement that you’re talking about, fed the Chinese tiger until it became a
dragon. Yeah. Now it’s the size of Vegard or something. And the US policy establishment in
the Pentagon look at the rise of China. And they’re like, what have we done, we have created
a peer competitor to the United States, we need to stop their economic rise. And I think that,
again, I think there is a geopolitical logic and strategy to what the administration has done.
But I question the timing of doing it at the same time that we have this unresolved war in
Eastern Europe. Well, it is nice that we’re seem to be getting some of this onshoring of chips,
and that money is actually starting to flow. It does seem like we’re thinking a little bit
like in decades and strategies. The other part, I think Biden and Blinken have done a good job.
They’ve done a good job on this right now. They’ve played it well. I don’t know about that.
Come on, first of all, horrible job. Hold on a second. Biden did a horrible job. The tiger
you poke the tiger. No, hold on. I’ll tell you where they did a bad job is last year,
they had a whole year to negotiate to avoid this Ukraine war from happening. Biden even had a
summit with Putin on June 16. Last year, they never engaged in diplomacy. And now they have
stacked this geopolitical risk with China, on top of the risks they’ve already created in Ukraine.
I, this policy may or may not ultimately turn out to be correct. I like I said, I can see the
strategy behind it. But I do not believe that Biden and Blinken have thought through the second,
third and fourth order consequences, just like freeberg said. So I think it’s a little early
to be giving them credit on this. All right, Freiberg, you got anything in the science
corner? We gave we gave saxes red meat. And he ripped it to shreds. Now it’s time to give you
your soy tofu. But I’ll give you guys a quick, a quick science corner, please, please. So we’ve
talked in the past about the human gut biome, 10 trillion bacterial cells living in our gut biome.
And it turns out, and there has been this theory for many years, that a lot of human disease
actually originates in the gut. And there’s increasingly evidence of how and why this
happens. So it turns out that your immune cells can sometimes see a protein on the outside of a
bacteria that sits in your gut, and it attacks that bacteria, and it tries to get rid of it.
That protein can look a little bit like a human protein at some cell in your body. And so that
then triggers an autoimmune reaction, meaning you are now making these antibodies to proteins
that look a lot like your proteins and other parts of your body. And then your cells start
to destroy yourself. And you end up having inflammation and disease. And they found
evidence of this across a lot of disease states. So just the other day published in the journal
science translational medicine was a really interesting paper by a team that identified
a very specific bacteria that we find in the gut that can actually trigger rheumatoid arthritis.
And so you know, I think 2 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s a really debilitating
inflammatory disease. And we never understood where the inflammation comes from. Why is the
human immune cell creating antibodies to attack its own protein in the joints of the body. And
now it looks like that the protein that we find in the joints of the body has some overlap or
three dimensional structure that looks similar to the protein we’ll find on this very specific gut
bacteria that they found, which creates obviously a path now for if we can stop that gut bacteria
from proliferating or, you know, existing in the gut over time, that can have a reduction,
but sorry, it’s a rate of rheumatoid arthritis. Did they guess what the mechanism of action was?
So so this technology, so the mechanism of action is typically what’s called generally speaking,
protein mimicry. And so protein mimicry means that there’s some so think about a protein as
being like, you know, a clumpy rock. And there’s some part of the clumpy rock that looks a little
bit like the part of another clumpy rock. And that’s the protein, think about that as being
the protein on the bacterial cell, and the protein in your joint cells. And so your body makes an
antibody to that little part of the rock on the bacterial cell to get rid of it. And then it that
there’s some overlap that looks a little bit like your own cell. And so that’s called protein
mimicry. And because of the ability now to do DNA sequencing, and now with, you know, some of the
alpha fold technology, we can actually take the genome from that bacteria, predict the 3d structure
of the proteins created that by that bacteria, and then potentially identify that there’s a
mimicry or an overlap between our own protein and ourselves and the protein of the bacteria,
which is why we’re having auto immunity, which now our immune cells are not just attacking the
bacteria, we could solve arthritis, we saw for arthritis. And so there’s a lot of disease states
that are starting to look like this. So the combination of DNA sequencing and our ability
to identify organisms in the gut biome, and by the way, so much of this goes back to the gut
biome, we’re finding all these disease states from lupus to show grins to rheumatoid arthritis
that have some linkage back to some bacteria that shows up in your gut. And so now we can
be very targeted potentially about eradicating that bacteria from the gut, or, you know,
kind of changing our gut biome in a way that ultimately resolves to eliminating that disease
risk. And so it’s really fascinating. Yeah.
Chamath, any thoughts on this gut biome?
I mean, I always knew the solution was either in Freeberg’s gut, you know,
in his gut or on Uranus.
Do it again. The joke didn’t land.
All right, here we go one more time. So Chamath, any, any feedback on this? It’s pretty,
pretty great science going on here.
I mean, it was always 50 50 that the solution was either your guts or Uranus.
Okay, you can’t laugh till after you land the joke. Come on, do it again.
I saw it coming. It was coming around the corner and
By the way, I think you guys should leave this all in.
I started peeking out of
Let’s get this right for the fans.
Okay, here we go. Three, two. All right, Chamath, it seems like very interesting science.
They’re coming to the science corner.
50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, it’s like the entire science corner is just here for us
to beat up the nerd and throw them in a locker.
My stomach is hurting.
You ever see Smokey and the Bandit where they have the reels at the end,
Saks, like Don DeLuise and Burrattles.
I just keep losing it. That’s what this is.
Oh my God.
It’s like, I’m going to say science quarter and people are going to just start laughing
and thinking about Freeburg Zetas.
All right, listen.
Welcome home, Saks. We missed you for your week off.
And we missed you, David.
Thanks. And we’ll see you over on Market Street.
No announcements right now. No testimonials, no announcements.
I’ll see you at yoga. We’re going to do a doing a science.
I’ll see you at the homeless shelter. We’re volunteering today, right?
Yeah, volunteering. I’ll see you over at the homeless shelter.
You’re pouring soup?
Yeah, if you could get me a tofu salad with extra tempeh before Freeburg eats it all.
Don’t don’t go. Don’t get me started on tempeh.
I’m going to go. I’m going to pour all the oatmeal out.
I’m going right to the cafeteria. I’m going right to the cafe.
I’m getting all the oatmeal right down the drain.
Me and Saks are emptying the oatmeal.
There should be one non-lactose alternative and then one milk.
It’s called black coffee. It’s called black coffee. That’s it.
If you’re lactose intolerant, yeah, lactose intolerant milk.
No, have one thing without lactose.
Can we wrap the show now?
No, we’re having too much fun.
What’s a what’s a can you imagine?
Can you imagine the distribution of gluten-free snacks?
I mean, they should have a few, but you know, all kinds of different snacks.
And by the way, the keto snacks have horrendous amounts of chemicals in it.
The xylitol. What is xylitol?
Here’s here’s xylitol.
Well, screw up your stomach, man. Do not have that horrible flavor.
You want to tell everybody about xylitol and the impact it has on your anus?
No, it seriously does.
That’s I think xylitol is the thing that gives you a lot of gas.
You just keep ripping.
I think it’s really bad for you.
Here’s an idea.
Way to go, Jay Cowell.
Yeah, now he’s going to turn into a school shooter.
Well, that’s your fault. You were mean to him.
You came up with the anus jokes.
I’ve been doing that joke for five years with him.
You’re a bully.
No, no, no.
You bullied Freeberg off the show.
You brigaded him.
We brigaded him off the show.
We brigadooned him.
We brigadooned our bestie.
For the dictator himself, Chamath Palihapitiya going into sweater season,
I might note it’s going to be a big, big Q4 for us.
And the beep of the beep corporation, David Sachs.
Oh, if you mean the general partner of Kraft Ventures.
Yes, the general partner of Kraft Ventures.
And the queen of quinoa, the prince of panic attacks, the ambassador of Uranus,
We will see you next time.
I’m Jay Cowell.
Love you, boys.
I love you, bestie.
Your winner’s line.
Besties are gone.
We should all just get a room and just have one big Q, Georgie,
because they’re all just useless.
It’s like this, like, sexual tension that they just need to release somehow.
You’re the bee.
You’re a bee.
You’re a bee.
You’re a bee.
We need to get merch.
I’m going all in.
I’m going all in.