The Human Condition is a Winning Bet

By editor on February 20, 2018 — 1 min read

Betting against the human condition and spirit has been basically a losing trade, since the beginning of humanity. I don’t think 2016 is the point where you go short. And so a lot of it makes for great headlines, and you can prognosticate either extreme right libertarianism, or tree-hugging, leftist nonsense… neither are true.

The middle path is what’s roughly going to play out. Great people will get easier, and easier, access to capital. Those people will have less, and less, preventable disease. Those people will roughly be able to educate themselves easier and easier, in simpler ways. They will not need to be credentialed. They’ll just need skills, and they’ll be able to build things cheaper, and cheaper, and cheaper (good segue for Amazon by the way).

You’ll find that things exist that we didn’t expect, and those things become the sinks of human labor, where the sources are these other job classes that change for the better. You have to kind of be a little bit more strategic in the aperture in which you define the problem. (29:33)

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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.