A Silicon Valley CEO Speaks Out

Peter Burrows

In recent months, I've made a point of asking CEOs I speak with for their view on the stock options scandal. Almost none have been willing go on the record, for fear of drawing unwanted attention to their own company's books. But there is a very common prevailing view: that despite the growing number of companies that have been implicated or who have admitted accounting irregularities, that the vast majority of Silicon Valley companies are run by talented, law-abiding people--and that the scandal is now doing more damage than good for the investors that are ostensibly being protected.

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