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Tammy Haddad, Scott Galloway, Hilary Rosen, Kara Swisher
Tammy Haddad, Scott Galloway, Hilary Rosen, Kara Swisher

“Happiness is,” according to Webster’s Dictionary, “a state of well-being and contentment.”  How you obtain happiness is another question. Enter Scott Galloway and a night in his honor at the home of Hilary Rosen, co-hosted by Kara Swisher and Tammy Haddad in Washington, DC for his latest book: The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning. But before we get to the happiness thing, Galloway talked about his love/hate relationship with the big four and their effect on our society.  It was his previous book: The Four

Synopsis: “Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. For all that’s been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway. Instead of buying the myths these compa­nies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone chal­lenge them? In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world’s most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can’t match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career. Whether you want to compete with them, do business with them, or simply live in the world they dominate, you need to understand the Four.”