Get em wasted and close the deal!!!

June 10, 2008 at 6:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Here’s something funny, this guy smokes more weed than the average varsity first year, and I should know! Drugging people is obviously wrong though, so does he deserve to go down…I’m always very prudent when casting judgement about something like this, especially when it’s based on only one article. It is funny in a very dark way though so that’s why I posted it. Hope you like it:

June 5, 2008, 4:37 pm

New Tech Sales Tactic: Drugging Customers?

Ever think that your business’s tech chief must have been on drugs when he bought a particular piece of computer equipment? Turns out he may have been.
Think twice before accepting a drink from a tech vendor

Henry Nicholas, the co-founder of Broadcom, which makes the chips that power all sorts of tech equipment, was indicted today on a litany of drug-related charges. Among them: Slipping ecstasy into the drinks of “technology executives and representatives who worked for Broadcom’s customers” without their knowledge. The indictment doesn’t say which customers Nicholas allegedly drugged, but it does mention one incident in New Orleans in early 2000. (The indictment, which you can read here, doesn’t allege that any customers or partners were tricked into business deals.)

The indictment alleges that Nicholas distributed ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine, that he hired prostitutes for himself and customers, and that he smoked so much pot on one private plane trip that the pilot had to put on an oxygen mask. (The Journal’s Law Blog has more details, including the news that Nicholas’s lawyers haven’t returned the Journal’s phone calls and that Nicholas checked into rehab in April.)

In the meantime, we’re left to wonder whether secretly drugging customers is a common sales tactic for tech companies. It would certainly explain why so many corporate tech projects fail — and give tech departments a handy excuse.

Ben Worthen


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