When you dream of becoming a founder, of being your own boss and calling yourself an entrepreneur, do you think of the unethical corners you can cut to get there? Do you think of the individuals, companies, or whole communities that you can screw over during the process?
If you aren’t a clinical psychopath then the answer is probably no.
So many founders start out with a dream, a mission, a drive to make a change, or better yet, be the change. But as success gets closer on the horizon, it is all too easy to be tempted by the fast track of the easy way. The evil way.
This week on #FOMOSapiens I spoke with the co-authors of System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong, Robert Reich and Jeremy Weinstein. It was fascinating to hear their take on how Big Tech got it wrong and how by applying entrepreneurial thinking, Big Tech can get back to creating change, opportunity, and growth.
Of course no one in Big Tech woke up one day with the sole mind to create an evil company or to corrupt their own ideals. There are many small choices that help to slowly warp one’s thinking and create a sense of moral ambiguity that only helps to justify questionable behavior and decision making.
Check out the latest edition of #FOMOnday on your favorite podcast platform to learn more about how *not* to build an evil company.