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When we established Social Capital in 2011, the goal was to develop meaningful solutions to meaningful problems — which is why we started with a focus on healthcare, education and financial services. They are areas that we believe share a common trait: a critical part of humanity’s infrastructure that had not sufficiently benefited from the broader advancements in software. The byproduct was a world that was advancing rapidly but increasingly asymmetric — favoring the few at the expense of the many.

The motivation to do this was also quite personal — an abiding belief that many more people could accomplish much more, had these systems been working coherently for them. …


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Since our founding, we’ve never stopped searching for better and better ways to help entrepreneurs win. …


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“The lesson is, we all need to expose ourselves to the winds of change”
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If you’re a student of technology companies, you’ve heard this adage many times. That, ultimately, you must disrupt yourself. Because if you don’t, the winds of change will set upon you and you will be rendered obsolete. It has been true for a multitude of technology companies big and small, and technologies important and not. The lesson from all of this is that you must always question where the world is going, place small bets about what the future could look like but then have the courage to follow through on some of these bets when the data says so.

Over the past seven years, I have seen firsthand that we’ve built a strong brand at Social Capital — known for investing in great companies including Slack, Groq, and Saildrone. …

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Chamath Palihapitiya

CEO @SocialCapital, Owner @Warriors, Merchant of Progress.

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