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The role of the CIO is a paradox. CIOs are entrusted with managing technology but in many cases struggle to get a seat at the CEO’s table. In a world where technology and change is accelerating, it’s more critical than ever for CIOs to make a significant impact on business, products, and operations. Yet despite emerging opportunities, many CIOs feel powerless to drive meaningful digital transformation programs.

This interview with Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook during the company’s growth from $1 billion to $30 billion in revenue, was conducted and condensed by Jedidiah Yueh, bestselling author of Disrupt or Die


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I’m a Patriots fan, but I had a sinking feeling when I read that Tom Brady had won his 3rd MVP the day before the Super Bowl. I’m not superstitious. It wasn’t the curse of the MVP that bothered me (last nine consecutive regular season MVPs have failed to win the big game, Tom included twice).

It was what winning the regular season MVP meant for the Patriots. It meant that Tom was the singular best player in the league, that his contributions above and beyond his team, were enough to highlight him as the best player.

He had a…


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When I started my second software company, one of my venture capitalists asked if I really planned to build another technology company in a “wasteland” like Orange County.

A wasteland?

I had spent a fair amount of time in Silicon Valley. It looks quite a bit different than Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, or Corona del Mar — the beautiful beach cities of Orange County.

Instead of sprawling land and endless sunshine, you have broken roads meandering aimlessly through the dense, old neighborhoods of Cupertino, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Palo Alto. …


It’s time to let go of fear and the mistakes from your past

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PHOTO CREDIT: Acacia Falzone Photography.

I recently attended a party. It got a little wild.

At one point the DJ started playing House of Pain’s Jump Around. Naturally, everyone started jumping around. Including me.

And then it happened.

I jumped my iPhone right out of my pocket.


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I’m an accidental entrepreneur.

After studying English as an undergraduate, I used my skills in literary analysis to ... become the founding CEO of my first enterprise software company. Seven years later, we sold the company to EMC for $165 million.

I went from reading Hemingway and writing an epic fantasy novel to shipping a data de-duplicating file system.

Sound far fetched?

Most of my friends thought I would fail but wouldn’t tell me to my face. When I pitched my software idea to anyone that would listen, I could tell people were wondering: “Is this guy for real? …


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Photo credit: Finding a way out of the dark ages. (Reuters/Stephen Lam)

The world has finally met its first mad scientist: Elon Musk.

Elon Musk is a Dickensian figure. He’s tall and imposing, but with an oddly boyish face. His expressions bear faint traces of scars from his past, of the suffering he endured growing up in the chauvinistic, violent world of South Africa. He seems to balance that well, however, with Amber Heard or some other actress on his arm.

Musk’s ambition and reach know no bounds. He makes Google’s famous moonshots look unambitious by literally aiming for Mars.

In his latest announcement, Musk unveiled plans to send you anywhere in…


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Down five points with two minutes and ten seconds left in the fourth quarter last weekend, the New England Patriots did what they do best. Tom Brady orchestrated the 50th comeback win of his career as they beat the Houston Texans 36–33 in game three of the 2017 season.

How does a team remain poised, focused, and confident against low odds and the clock ticking quickly down to zero?

It comes down to the key elements of leadership.

Robert Kraft is the owner of the New England Patriots. He’s also a considerate, caring, and perceptive human being.

Robert gave me…


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What if Apple, the world’s richest company, bought a bank? What if Alphabet (Google), the world’s most powerful data company, bought an insurance company? What if Amazon, the world’s most valuable retailer, privatized the mail service? And what if Facebook, the world’s powerful media company, bought a television network?

The world can change in the blink of an eye.

When Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the threat landscape for disruption changed forever.

Within hours of the news, the stock prices of the other major grocery chains tumbled downward beneath waves of market pessimism. …


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I’ve spent two decades decoding innovation, collecting the hidden frameworks that drive many of the most successful entrepreneurs in technology today. I’ve personally implemented these frameworks, inventing software products that have driven more than $4 billion in sales. As founder and executive chairman of Delphix, I work with industry giants from Apple to Walmart to drive faster internal innovation through radical improvements in data management. Prior to that, I was the founding CEO of Avamar (acquired by EMC), which pioneered the data de-duplication market. In 2013, I was named CEO of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times.


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Today’s apps grow bigger and faster than ever before.

Ten years ago, you had to move mountains to reach billions of people with an app. You had to finance huge capital outlays, master complex physical operations (racking and stacking football fields worth of hardware) and hire the world’s smartest engineers to develop software that could manage and scale across hundreds of thousands of servers.

Today, you can buy limitless infrastructure from Amazon by the drip. Powerful software platforms like Kubernetes are given away for free.

Open source software continues to proliferate in variety and sophistication. Code for an incredible range…

Jedidiah Yueh

Bestselling Author of Disrupt or Die, Delphix executive chairman and founder, Avamar founding CEO

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