Core Theory

Core Theory

Welcome to the Core Theory podcast! A podcast from Core Theory founders Mark & Sara, creators of Paper Space® Arcade, Paper Space®(in the soon-to-be future), The Grid (formerly), and Metamorphic (coming soon). Join us on this ride as we build a different kind of company and navigate the challenges of life and entrepreneurship.


September 12, 2021 42 min

Mark talks about an awesome feature of Metamorphic's Portals that keeps them super secure without you having to think about it. Also, privacy news from the DuckDuckGo privacy newsletter, surveillance capitalism, Metamorphic alternatives, and company changes.


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Shoshana Zuboff Explains Why You Should Care About Privacy — Interview (NYT)
The Coup We Are Not Talking About — Shoshana Zuboff (NYT)

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Summer Reading List
A Beautiful Question — Frank Wilczek
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March 14, 2021 38 min

Happy Women's History Month!

Octavia Butler — Bloodchild
DemocracyNow! — Octavia Butler Interview

Non-profit Partner News

Wild Salmon Center — 2020 recap
The Land Institute — Awarded Food Planet Prize
Pacific Forest Trust — A New Fire PolicyMt. Ashland Project Profile
SAVE — SAVE in the news

Privacy News

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BBC — Spy pixels in emails have become endemic
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January 19, 2021 31 min

Mark's latest Medium piece: On Surveillance Capitalism (and ultimately the climate catastrophe)

Books everyone should be reading

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - Shoshana Zuboff
Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal - Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, with C. J. Polychroniou

Big Tech News

Legislation — Break Up Big Tech Act
Anti-trust — leading contenders for the Biden administration DOJ Antitrust Division personnel
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November 27, 2020 28 min

Happy Thanksgiving/Holidays to everyone! 🦃  Thank you to everyone who supports us on Patreon!

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    July 6, 2020 54 min

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