Michael Dell is the chair and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s leading sellers of personal computers. In his new book, “Play Nice But Win: A CEO’s Journey from Founder to Leader,” Dell shares his story of how he took on Silicon Valley and Wall Street to turn his namesake company into one of the world’s leading technology companies with more than $92 billion in revenue.

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He added that he found whistleblower Frances Haugen’s Congressional testimony Tuesday ‘pretty compelling’. “I think it’s also a good reminder that it’s called ‘artificial intelligence’ for a reason. It’s not real intelligence… And it’s certainly not wisdom… With the scale of these social networks, a lot of thought and care has to be put into them to make sure they don’t create ill effects, as you know. Certainly the testimony is pretty compelling.” (Washington Post Live)
“It’s worked out very well… The company has built an industry leading position in cloud infrastructure and all things technology that help customers accelerate their digital futures… I also observed… in the mid- to late 2000s was that debt was just way less expensive. And of course that’s only continued…. Debt used smartly to buy highly productive assets… can be a great way to create a lot of value.” (Washington Post Live)
“I think it’s a question for policy makers and legislators… Let’s let society figure out how it wants to deal with that and I’ll participate as a citizen like everybody else.” (Washington Post Live)
“The idea is to do both, right? It’s been a very simple guiding principle for me, and can’t claim that I’ve done it with 100 percent of my actions but I think it’s generally worked well.” (Washington Post Live)

Michael Dell

Michael Dell is chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information.

With revenues of $94B and 158,000 team members, Dell Technologies is one of the world’s largest IT companies serving the needs of global corporations and governments to small businesses and consumers. The company's unique structure allows innovative, fast-moving startups to co-exist with, and leverage, the global reach and trusted reputation of the large enterprise.

Michael’s story started when he founded Dell Technologies with $1000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Michael’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Michael became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500. Known and admired for his astute business vision and bold moves, Michael took Dell Technologies private in 2013, setting the stage to architect the largest technology deal in history with the combination of Dell, EMC and VMware in 2016 and the subsequent relisting of Dell Technologies on the public markets in 2018.

In 1998, Michael formed MSD Capital, a private investment firm that exclusively manages the capital for the Dell family. And in 1999, he and his wife, Susan Dell, established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to accelerate opportunity for children growing up in urban poverty in the U.S., India and South Africa.

Michael is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. He is also a member of the Technology CEO Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the advisory board of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China and on the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. He is a board member of Catalyst and also served as the United Nations Foundation’s first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.