Stories by Rameez Tase, Axios VP of Audience Development & Insights

Masters of Scale: Hoffman and startup seven deadly sins

Computer screen with seven deadly sins
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Long before the start of the "techlash," LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman presciently predicted that “social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins." In today’s episode of his own Masters of Scale podcast, Reid talks more about that philosophy.


The case for Google

A Google office.
A line to enter a Google product launch in 2017. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP/Getty Images

Last week’s New York Times Magazine cover story, The Case Against Google, made the bold but not-so-uncommon claim that the government should step in with antitrust action against the search juggernaut. But sweeping regulatory actions against platforms could actually be bad for both consumers and publishers.

Why it matters: Punishing Google won't reverse the structural trends the news industry faces — more in-app mobile browsing, slow adoption of new apps and insufficient payments to publishers. Instead the news industry and platforms need to find new profitable ways in which high quality news and information can thrive.