HP Scandal: Another Blow to the Silicon Valley Way

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 14, 2006

That’s what I’m thinking in a commentary I just wrote, anyway. I don’t want to lard onto the HP mess too much significance. But while HP’s poorly controlled leak probe itself may end up being mostly a case of good intentions gone horribly wrong, the double-barreled response of at least four government agencies on a company considered a paragon of corporate virtue does seem pretty significant. I don’t subscribe to the doomsday attitude of some Valley leaders who think they’re getting sued and regulated into oblivion. But more than ever, the Valley’s on the defensive, and it’s going to have to learn how to contend with the new realities.

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