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Tech Start-Ups: Dan Lyons’ Eye-Opener

Tech Start-Ups: Dan Lyons’ Eye-Opener

Because my son works in Sil­i­con Val­ley, and has start-up expe­ri­ence both as an employ­ee and a founder, I found this book of inter­est and devoured it in three nights. It’s the sto­ry of a jour­nal­ist who, at 52, tries his hand as a tech mar­keter, and is grave­ly shocked and dis­ap­point­ed with the cul­ture he dis­cov­ers in a start-up tech firm with hun­dreds of employ­ees and bazil­lions in ven­ture cap­i­tal. . Dis­rupt­ed: My Mis­ad­ven­ture in the Start-Up Bub­ble, by Dan Lyons. Hachette Books, $15.16 from Ama­zon, Kin­dle $13.99.  . Tech morphs con­stant­ly; human­i­ty nev­er changes. I book­marked descrip­tions which remind­ed me of peo­ple my son has described—and peo­ple I’ve met in my own career, which is as far away as it gets from the Sil­i­con Val­ley tech world.…

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“10,000 Regulations…Destroy All Respect for the Law”

“10,000 Regulations…Destroy All Respect for the Law”

Today I saw on Facebook a quote attrib­uted to Win­ston Churchill. “If you have ten thou­sand reg­u­la­tions you destroy all respect for the law.”I can find no doc­u­men­ta­tion to sup­port his say­ing or writ­ing these words. Can you help me to ver­i­fy it is an accu­rate quote or a mis­at­tri­bu­tion? —Jen­ny via email

Jen­ny, Facebook and Twit­ter must be the world’s lead­ing sources of false Churchill quotes, so thanks for ques­tion­ing this one—which is, for a change, right (although his word was “make,” not “have”)….

From Churchill By Him­self page 17:

Free Mar­ket

“If you destroy a free mar­ket you cre­ate a black mar­ket.”

—House of Com­mons, 3 Feb­ru­ary 1949

Churchill added: “If you make ten thou­sand reg­u­la­tions you destroy all respect for the law.”

He was argu­ing against the sti­fling reg­u­la­tions of indus­try and com­merce by the post­war Labour Gov­ern­ment (1945-51).…

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