GeekWire Podcast: Netflix ads, Amazon’s shipping business, and Paul Allen’s real legacy

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Does it seem like activity is picking up out there in the tech world? Big fundings may be happening less frequently (with notable exceptions such as Convoy) but the return of events and in-person meetings seems to have created a collective energy that’s been missing for the past two years.

In that spirit, we’ve got a grab bag of topics on this week’s show:

New era for Netflix: News that Netflix is exploring a lower-price tier, supported by advertising, has us thinking back to our recent episode with Anthony Skinner, tech chief of advertising measurement and analytics company iSpot, who foreshadowed this move.

We also marvel at the brief lifespan of CNN+, and lament all the streaming subscriptions on our monthly bills.

Amazon’s next big business? Amazon’s unveiling of a new program called “Buy with Prime” will let Prime members buy items on non-Amazon e-commerce sites, and it’s a key step toward a standalone Amazon shipping business, perhaps meeting the qualities of a “dreamy” business that Jeff Bezos outlined in his 2014 letter to shareholders.

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

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

Listen above, or subscribe to GeekWire in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.

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With GeekWire co-founders Todd Bishop and John Cook; Audio editing and production by Curt Milton; Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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