By editor on January 28, 2018 — 1 min read

We can be tweeting and we can be writing, or we can be building. We are builders, and when we build things that need to get built, we tend to do the right things and there’s so much more progress. And so I just think that, what you believe about him, it’s fine to do it in your spare time. I get a lot of popcorn material reading Twitter. I think it’s great. But at the end of the day, Monday morning I’m there to grind and to build and to help others grind and build.

This is what I mean by conventional capitalism will exacerbate these issues. A modern form of compassionate or ethical capitalism will do it in a very different way, but in order to do it you have to first get these businesses to success, and then have the partnership with an entrepreneur where they respect you for having helped them, where you can have this conversation.

Okay, how do we allocate autonomous cars? How are these markets built? Is it sort of this zero-sum game where we take everything to zero and only you win? There are so many different ways where you can construct markets, but all those nuances we don’t have time for, because he or she doesn’t have a partner.

So the first step is to get the teams to actually win. The second is because you have that social and political capital, to basically cash it in and have those discussions. That is what we need to do. (1:12:03)

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Editor's Note

These are Chamath Palihapitiya's words. They are probably some of the best thoughts on VC, business, and life, but were scattered around the Internet. They live now in this archive.