Why Do We Keep Elevating Horrible CEOs?
Back in 2007, I accepted a job as the IT Manager for tribe.net, one of the first social networks. It was started as part of a triumvirate of websites by three CEOs who had linked up to buy the Six Degrees patent. You see, in the early days of the internet there was one social network called SixDegrees and they patented the equation for graphing how many degrees away from any other person on their social network. This was bought by the founders of Tribe, Friendster, and LinkedIn — Mark Pincus, Jonathan Abrams, and Reid Hoffman. I thought it was pretty cool to work for Tribe at first, and then I realized that the people in charge had no sense of ethics. Working with Andrew Trader (popularly known as AT) and Mark Pincus was a bit like talking to Donald Trump — whatever story they made up that (...)