Superstar chief executives can self-destruct

Charismatic and unruly entrepreneurs such as Tesla's Elon Musk and Uber's Travis Kalanick are risky business titans

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists decamp to the Nevada desert this week for Burning Man, the annual jolly to celebrate "radical self-reliance", gift-giving and cooperation. It culminates on Saturday with the torching of the effigy.

Burning Man is a playful experiment in how community can flourish away from private finance and rival companies. Its art theme this year is "I, Robot".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2018, with the headline 'Superstar chief executives can self-destruct'. Print Edition | Subscribe