If life were a race, it’s fair to say that the starting lines at birth are unevenly distributed. Billions of people never have a real shot at a purposeful and productive life because of insurmountable hurdles like access to quality education and basic healthcare. The byproduct of this is an increasingly entrenched establishment that favors its own and tilts the system towards a few versus the many. It’s a system that can no longer optimize around the best and brightest. And when people are deprived of an opportunity to excel and contribute, we all lose.
We believe this status quo is unacceptable. At Social Capital, our mission is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems. By harnessing technology to address core human needs, we aim to drive a bottom-up redistribution of power, capital and opportunity. To achieve this, we’re building a new kind of company and a platform for empowering brilliant entrepreneurs and breakthrough products. We are technologists and invest our capital and expertise across the company lifecycle, from promising early stage startups to transformational public companies. And where we see important problems that aren’t being solved, we are unafraid to start companies ourselves.
The change we seek won’t happen overnight. This is a decades-long endeavor, and the work will never be done. Success can only come if we live by a stringent and unapologetic set of values. These values are reflected in the company we’re building and the entrepreneurs we choose to partner with.
BELIEF IS AT THE ROOT OF ALL ACCOMPLISHMENT. IT MAKES WEATHERING THE HARD TIMES EASIER, AND KEEPS THE GOOD TIMES IN PERSPECTIVE BECAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO DO. WE BELIEVE DEEPLY IN CREATING A FAR MORE EQUITABLE WORLD THAN EXISTS TODAY, AND IT GIVES US FUEL FOR THE LONG ROAD AHEAD.
CONFLATING LUCK AND SKILL HAPPENS ALL TOO OFTEN, AND THE BYPRODUCT IS AN INCREMENTALLY PREDICTABLE SET OF DECISIONS THAT COMPOUND IGNORANCE. WE MUST BE IN CONSTANT PURSUIT OF GROUND TRUTH, KNOWING THAT THE NEXT LAYER OF DETAIL WILL BRING MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. ULTIMATELY, THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG; THERE IS ONLY LEARNING
IN OUR HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD, EMPATHY IS INCREASINGLY SCARCE. KINDNESS, HONESTY AND AUTHENTICITY OFTEN LOSE OUT TO SPEED AND EGO. WE ARE OWNERS OF OUR REPUTATION, OUR TIME AND OUR CAPITAL, AND WHEN WE CHOOSE TO DO SOMETHING, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE’RE ALLOCATING PRECIOUS RESOURCES THAT AREN’T EASILY REPLENISHED
A WORLD WHERE YOU DO WHAT IS NECESSARY NOT BECAUSE SOMEONE ASKS SOMETHING OF YOU BUT BECAUSE YOUR INTERNAL VOICE SAYS SO IS A WORLD WHERE YOU ARE EMPOWERED VERSUS MANAGED. IT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR ACTIONS AND INTENTIONS ARE SO CONSISTENTLY HIGH QUALITY THAT THEY CAN’T BE IGNORED. IT NOT ONLY EMPOWERS YOU, BUT ALSO ENABLES AND MOTIVATES OTHERS.
APPETITE FOR CHANGE
IF IT WERE EASY, EVERYONE WOULD DO IT. WHILE WE DON’T KNOW THE FUTURE, WE CAN INCREASINGLY KNOW OURSELVES: THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES THAT MAKE UP OUR CHARACTER. WHEN WE KNOW THESE, WE CAN MAKE EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS IN AMBIGUITY AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO CHANGE OUR MINDS AND COURSE CORRECT, UNDERSTANDING THAT THE PATH TO ACHIEVING OUR MISSION IS NON-LINEAR
MAGNET FOR GREATNESS
YOUR CAPABILITY, AMBITION AND ETHICS ARE A DIRECT REFLECTION OF THE PEOPLE YOU SPEND TIME WITH, BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY. IT IS SIMPLY THE CASE THAT A PLAYERS ATTRACT OTHER A PLAYERS. YOU WANT TO WORK WITH THE BEST, AND THE BEST WANT TO WORK WITH YOU.
THERE IS SOMETHING VERY ENDEARING ABOUT THOSE WHO EMBRACE THEIR OWN IDIOSYNCRASIES AND CELEBRATE THEM IN OTHERS. IT IS THIS COLLISION OF CONFIDENCE AND ORIGINALITY THAT BUILDS A VIBRANT WORKPLACE AND MAKES COMING TO WORK FUN.