Masters in Business

'Making the Tech World More Humane and Ethical'

Anil Dash is not just a technology entrepreneur. He's an activist on a mission.

This week I sit down with technology entrepreneur, activist and writer Anil Dash. He is CEO of Fog Creek Software. Dash was an adviser to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy.

He was the first employee at Six Apart, the innovative blogging software firm behind Typepad. He observed in 2002: “Any new form of electronic communication will first be dismissed as trivial and worthless until it produces a profound result, after which it will be described as obvious and boring.”

Dash explains how the direction of the digital commons has become derailed by those whose goals are not to create but to purposefully prevent online conversations from progressing. He describes his mission as a technology entrepreneur as “making the tech world more humane and ethical.”

Some of his favorite books are referenced here.

You can stream/download the full conversation, including the podcast extras, on Bloomberg, iTunes, Overcast and Soundcloud. Our earlier podcasts can all be found on iTunes, Soundcloud, Overcast and Bloomberg.

Next week, we speak with Bruce Bartlett, domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official under George H. W. Bush, author of "The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts From Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks."

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