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Episode 17: Waze

Episode 17: Waze

Ben and David navigate the mobile platform wars of 2012-13, avoiding speed
traps en route to Waze’s destination as a $1B+ acquisition by Google.

Topics covered include:

* Community Showcase: the Nexcast podcasting platform from listener
Brian Sanders, along with their podcast chronicling the team’s
journey building the company 
* Waze’s origin in cofounder & CTO Ehud Shabtai’s desire to hack his
portable GPS navigation unit
* Waze CEO Noam Bardin’s retrospective blog post on the Waze journey
* Waze’s Palo Alto office and the bizarre Silicon Valley phenomenon of
tech companies being located in retail storefronts
* Apple’s ill-fated launch of Apple Maps as part of iOS 6 at WWDC
2012, Apple’s subsequent apology letter, and Scott Forstall’s
ultimate ouster from the company
* The climax of the mobile platform wars… which it turns out Apple and
Google both won
* Apple, Facebook, and Google all vying to acquire Waze thro