By editor on January 28, 2018 — 1 min read

In 40 or 50 years, you’re talking two to three billion people. That’s a big number.

I’d [also] like us to be a part of businesses that are employing at least 10 million.

I’d like for us and our partners to have made a trillion dollars.

All of these things seem crazy, but it gives you a goal that’s far enough away but somewhat tractable in the mind to just stay focused.

I think that part of doing this and building Social Capital is showing a path where we become an alternative to what otherwise is a very paradoxical choice amongst young, smart people, which is for-profit technology company, or a non-profit or government.

I think there’s an interesting thing in the middle where you take the best parts of this — which is the ability to get paid, recognized, and valued, with independence and technical leadership and risk taking — with a large broad based, value-oriented agenda about what needs to happen for societal progress.

I want to pioneer that model. I want that to be a safe harbor for thousands of really smart people, millions of really smart people. Because in many ways, that’s the majority, or silent minority of people that will keep this earth from imploding on itself. I think we need that. (20:13)

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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.