Psychopaths in Silicon Valley: A Guide

Mar 14, 2017

3:30pm – 4:30pm CT

Whether you’re living the startup life or laughing at its caricature portrayal in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” you’ve likely used the word “psychopath” as a casual insult. Is there any truth to it? There are uncanny parallels in the description of a glorified tech exec or online troll and the clinical definition of a psychopath, and the latter can cause massive damage to an organization or community. How do you know if you’re working with/for a psychopath? How do you manage him/her? This panel features a clinician, social scientist, and venture capitalist, each with a different intimacy with psychopaths. Learn how to identify and deal with a psychopath, whether a colleague, troll or date from hell.

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Jeff Hancock

Stanford University

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Bryan Stolle

Wildcat Venture Partners

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Michael Woodworth

Kelowna Professional Group

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