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Kara Swisher with Reid Hoffman: Silicon Valley's Burn Book

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While tech titans bragged they would “move fast and break things,” Kara Swisher was moving faster and breaking news.

She has been a fixture of the tech revolution, and her consistent scoops led Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to once say: “It is a constant joke in the Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this.’”

Now Swisher returns to talk about her new book, which is part memoir, part history and, most of all, a necessary recounting of tech’s most powerful players. She might know more inside tales than anyone else in Silicon Valley, and she’ll share the inside story of the Valley and the biggest boom in wealth creation in the history of the world.

Despite tech’s many pitfalls, Swisher remains optimistic about its potential to help solve problems and not just create them. She calls upon the industry to make better, more thoughtful choices, even as a new set of powerful AI tools are poised to change the world yet again.

Hear more from the chronicler of the high-tech revolution.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: in-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

If you have symptoms of illness (coughing, fever, etc.), we ask that you either stay home or wear a mask. Our front desk has complimentary masks for members and guests who would like one.

Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our programming.

Copies of Burn Book are available for purchase during checkout (U.S. domestic shipping only).

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

Speaker photo by Philip Montgomery/New York magazine.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Thu, Mar 7 / 12:00 PM PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher

Host, "On With Kara Swisher"; Host, "Pivot" podcast; Author, Burn Book: A Tech Love Story; X @karaswisher

Image - Reid Hoffman

In Conversation with Reid Hoffman

Partner, Greylock; Founder, LinkedIn; X @reidhoffman


11:30 a.m. doors open & check-in
12–1 p.m. program
1 p.m. book signing
(all times Pacific Time)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers
$45 members with a book
$55 nonmembers with a book
Free for Leadership Circle members and students (without a book)
Free for members
$10 nonmembers
$30 members with a book
$49 nonmembers with a book
Free for Leadership Circle members and students (without a book)