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Ben Horowitz on the HP firing of their CEO

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Oops, posted too fast, I wanted to quote this:

Why do companies have standards and ethics anyway? Shouldn’t they just be concerned with profits? Do we want choir boys or shareholder value?

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Companies should not merely be thought of as money generating machines. Business can represent human society at its best. A business is a group of people working together to deliver value to the world and improve people’s lives. When done ethically, business quite literally changes the world for the better. However, if the dark side of human motivation is not mitigated with standards and ethics, business can destroy.

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Very interesting. The implication is that Hurd was using HP to pay for an escort or a mistress, which seems likely based on the facts as I know them.

If it was company money he used then that is a criminal offence. If not, one can still judge a man on his conduct regardless. Those who are in charge of other people's money are expected to show a high level of judgement in the way they conduct themselves. What shocked me in regard to Clinton was not his sexual conduct per se. It was his disrespect for the office he held. There are obligations that need to be respected, particularly when in high office.

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Very interesting. The implication is that Hurd was using HP to pay for an escort or a mistress, which seems likely based on the facts as I know them.

If it was company money he used then that is a criminal offence. If not, one can still judge a man on his conduct regardless. Those who are in charge of other people's money are expected to show a high level of judgement in the way they conduct themselves. What shocked me in regard to Clinton was not his sexual conduct per se. It was his disrespect for the office he held. There are obligations that need to be respected, particularly when in high office.

It is primarily the principle of trust and honesty. If former President Clinton could not be honest with his own wife and family, how could we expect honesty towards the people of the United States or the other people he must work with? Or to look at it another way, if he fails at the most basic human responsibility--raising a happy family and being honest to your spouse--then how can he be trusted with the ultimate responsibility of being President of the most powerful country in the world?

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Very interesting. The implication is that Hurd was using HP to pay for an escort or a mistress, which seems likely based on the facts as I know them.

If it was company money he used then that is a criminal offence. If not, one can still judge a man on his conduct regardless. Those who are in charge of other people's money are expected to show a high level of judgement in the way they conduct themselves. What shocked me in regard to Clinton was not his sexual conduct per se. It was his disrespect for the office he held. There are obligations that need to be respected, particularly when in high office.

It is primarily the principle of trust and honesty. If former President Clinton could not be honest with his own wife and family, how could we expect honesty towards the people of the United States or the other people he must work with? Or to look at it another way, if he fails at the most basic human responsibility--raising a happy family and being honest to your spouse--then how can he be trusted with the ultimate responsibility of being President of the most powerful country in the world?

Obviously he could not handle it, but some idiotic voters gave him eight years to have a huge party at tax-payer's expense.

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