There was a time when Silicon Valley was the next big thing at Sun Valley. By that I mean that this annual conference—in its 36 years as a summer camp for old-school media moguls—was all about the “disruptors” from the Valley. Travis Kalanick was mobbed by attendees. Mark Zuckerberg was the person everyone wanted to meet. Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt even held a scrum for reporters with the always press-shy Larry Page.
Not so much anymore. And that’s a good thing.