Wealth Valley

A fine new book about the legendary Jim Clark shows how the engineers humbled Wall Street

Forget Wall Street. More than 75 years ago, a Stanford University economist named Thorstein Veblen predicted that one day, engineers would be the true masters of the financial universe. It's technology that drives the economy, he argued, and since engineers create the stuff, it'll only be a matter of time before they come to their senses, seize power and undercut the venture capitalists and corporate bigwigs who make so much dough from other people's brilliant ideas. Veblen was right, it turns out. And though they never met, the man who would lead the revolution was a more recent Stanford professor, peripatetic...

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