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Why Facebook’s ‘Data Breach’ Is a Big Fat Nothingburger

If you want to #DeleteFacebook or whine about Trump stealing the 2016 election, be my guest, but don’t do it on account of the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal. This is more about overblown sensational headlines and political power grabs than anything for users or investors to be concerned about.[…] Read On

Take a Deep Breath: Bitcoin Will Not Replace the U.S. Dollar

The Silicon Valley hype machine has gone full on crypto crazy. The tech industry has a long history of overhyping technology that’s not ready for primetime, but you don’t often see overly opportunistic VCs shilling for fanatical founders. Then there’s Tim Draper. The famed venture capitalist is excited about cryptocurrency.[…] Read On

The Myth of the Visionary Leader

In his book “Real Leaders Don’t Follow,” Silicon Valley management consultant and former senior executive Steve Tobak busts many of today’s most popular leadership and entrepreneurial myths. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen sees himself as a visionary, an idea man; that much is clear from his book, Idea Man: A Memoir[…] Read On

Why Tesla Model 3 Will Be Elon Musk’s Undoing

This column originally ran August 4, 2016 on FOXBusiness.com; thought it would be interesting to see how my prognostication was turning out.  Back in 2011, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confessed that he “never really wanted to run companies,” but concluded that he “was better than the CEOs” he hired.[…] Read On

Why We Need China to Burst our Bubble Culture

Walking across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China, in 1991, I found a city transitioning from market town to bustling metropolis. Most of the people were poor, and the technology companies I visited consisted of engineers in warehouses with old metal desks and outdated computers. But you could[…] Read On