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Interesting perspective Dan and something to think about.
However, isn't the comparison a little suspect in that executive pay is determined by compensation committees and Board of Directors(and let's not get into all the biases and issues with those)whereas the cost of an asset like a software system is truly market-driven. If it doesn't deliver it doesn't get paid or purchased. When a CEO doesn't deliver they usually get paid more (think golden parachutes)
It's a good thought exercise but I'm just not sure I can completely buy into the comparison.

Thanks for the comment Kent.

You make a valid point but, from the Boards perspective the two investments are similar. In theory the market drives the value of CEOs (through proxy reporting and survey data). In reality, there is more than a little collusion involved, but there is a bit collusion in the pricing of most products.

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