Amazon expose shows how little tech has changed the landscape

The Guardian:

Early in Google’s history, an executive suggested that the firm adopt the slogan “Don’t Be Evil.” It was more than a motto; it was a mission statement for the new “masters of the universe”, as Tom Wolfe described Wall Street over a decade earlier – a group of geeks stationed 3,000 miles away from New York’s corporate excess and malfeasance.

Tech’s take on capitalism was informed more by 1960s counterculture and the hippies who gathered a few miles north of Silicon Valley at Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. Contrary to Gordon Gekko’s infamous 1980s mantra, for web companies catapulted from California garages to the New York Stock Exchange, greed wasn’t “good” – and it definitely wasn’t cool.

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