Nathan Robinson, the co-creator of Current Affairs magazine, took a lot of his time and read many (and I mean many) books (ghost) authored by billionaires, from Michael Bloomberg to Richard Branson to Marc Benioff. In one of the better takedowns of billionaire doublespeak and hyper-capitalism, he eviscerates their hypocrisy– and suggests: don’t believe the hype!

“Anyone who is secretly insecure, and wonders whether perhaps the people at the top are smarter and better and more hardworking, you will be reassured to know that they are not,” Robinson writes. “It’s right there in their books.” It makes me think of that Maya Angelou quote: “When people show you who they are, believe them.”

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In Benioff we trust

Ari Levy has come up with an old-fashioned and often gone missing style of corporate leader profile of Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff. If there is any criticism of this piece — there is too little criticism and counterpoints from others. For example, the decision to keep the ICE contract needed more deliberation.  It would have been valuable to get the point of view from others — Microsoft, for example — and get a better understanding of the business of Salesforce. Again, I am nit-picking on what is an excellent profile of a technology CEO who is not shy about speaking up.

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