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7736: Zucked

Smarter Business

Along with Seth Dobrin, IBM VP & Chief Data Officer, Roger will tell his story of how as a tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. This is the story of a company and its leadership. It’s also a larger tale of a business sector unmoored from normal constraints, at a moment of political and cultural crisis- the worst possible time to be given new tools for summoning the darker angels of our nature and whipping them into a frenzy. McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years and was an early investor in Google and Facebook.

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Think Theater
Wed (February 13), 2:30PM PT


Seth E. Dobrin

VP & Chief Data Officer, IBM

Roger McNamee

Tech Investor, Author, Elevation

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity, including Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. Additionally, along with partners including U2’s Bono and former Apple CFO Fred Anderson, Roger founded Elevation Partners with a focus on the intersection of media and technology. At Elevation, he was an advisor to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. A Founding Advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Roger has been engaged in a campaign with former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris to trigger a national conversation about the dark side of Internet technology. Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, tells the story of how as a long time ally of Facebook woke up to the damage the company was doing to our society, and set out to try to stop it. Roger is a regular guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” and advisor to HBO’s “Silicon Valley”.