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Kara Swisher with Alex Stamos

Burn Book

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Tuesday, March 5
7:30 pm PST
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Burn Book: A Tech Love Story

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Headshots of Kara Swisher (with fair skin and short brown hair) and Alex Stamos (with light skin, short black/grey hair, and beard)
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Get an inside look at the multifaceted history of the tech industry, its key players, and the evolving impact of technology on society.

In her latest work, Burn Book, Award-winning journalist Kara Swisher presents a witty and fair examination of the tech industry and its founders who aspired to change the world but inadvertently disrupted it. Covering the digital explosion in the early 1990s to breaking news faster than tech titans could “move fast and break things,” Swisher’s journey through the evolving landscape of Silicon Valley is a mix of memoir and history.

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Unearth the inside story of modern Silicon Valley, exploring the highs and lows of the biggest boom in wealth creation in history. Despite chronicling the industry’s flaws, Swisher remains optimistic about technology’s potential to address challenges, urging for more thoughtful choices in an era dominated by powerful AI tools.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into the heart of the digital revolution and its impact on our world.

Kara Swisher is the host of the podcast On with Kara Swisher and the cohost of the Pivot podcast with Scott Galloway, both distributed by New York magazine. She was also the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast, and co-executive producer of the Code conference. She was a former contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and host of its Sway podcast and has also worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Alex Stamos is the Chief Trust Officer at SentinelOne (NYSE: S), a leading AI-powered cybersecurity firm. He is also a Lecturer at Stanford University, specializing in computer science and international policy. Formerly a co-founder of the Krebs Stamos Group, which was acquired by SentinelOne, he has an extensive background as the Chief Security Officer of Facebook and Yahoo. Stamos is recognized for his contributions to cybersecurity, having founded the Stanford Internet Observatory and co-founded iSEC Partners. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and is involved in various cybersecurity advisory roles and organizations. Based in the Bay Area, he is married with three children. 

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