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As He Preps for Skull Surgery This Week, Brett Bullington Talks About His Brain Injury and Social Media Medicine (Video)


As many know, one of my very favorite people in Silicon Valley — Brett Bullington — suffered severe brain trauma in October after a biking accident.

The well-known tech exec and investor was cycling across the country to raise money and awareness for a charity in Africa. After his spill going down a hill — even though he was wearing a helmet — he was hospitalized with severe brain trauma.

You could not tell by listening to him in this riveting video interview I did this past weekend at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., just before Brett undergoes this week what is hoped will be a key surgery to put a new section of skull into place over his now unprotected brain.

As usual, Brett’s take was lively and smart as he contemplated what happened to him, how social media has helped in his recovery and what he looks forward to in the future.

Right now, that future is looking a whole lot brighter than anyone could have hoped last year, which is a miracle for those who are his friends and, of course, for his beloved family.

Here’s Brett (apologies for the intermittent static):

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work