At Social Capital, We Make Big Bets On Transformational Ideas, Technology, And People
We follow our curiosities just as relentlessly as we chase results. We invest in smart, profit-minded opportunities and forward-thinking social investments that have the potential to shape a better future. The sweet spot is where these two overlap, though we understand that innovation and change take time.
We learn by doing and are willing to take a creative approach to investing. Whether it takes building or buying something, hands-on guidance, deep research, or tapping a team of experts, we take action to solve problems and move us closer to our goals.
Social Capital supports entrepreneurship at all stages. Because we operate without many of the limitations of traditional fund structures, this flexible approach allows us to double down on our convictions, and gives founders the runway and resources necessary to succeed.
We believe in the outsized potential of for-profit businesses to drive impact in the world. We aim to set a new standard for what capitalism can be.
Call us what you want. We're here to do the work.
The Social Capital platform was created in 2011 by Chamath Palihapitiya. In its first iteration, Social Capital raised traditional venture funds with investments in companies like Slack, Box, and Relativity Space.
In 2018, the strategy transitioned to primarily a permanent capital model. Since then, two SPAC platforms – Social Capital Hedosophia and Social Capital Suvretta – have been launched to provide an alternative growth path for companies to go public, while continuing to make public and private investments, with a broad focus across climate science, life sciences, crypto/decentralized finance, and deep tech.
Prior to creating the Social Capital platform, Chamath served as an early member of Facebook's senior executive team and led the development and launch of new platforms that drove the company's tremendous global growth. Prior to Facebook, Chamath held leading roles at The Mayfield Fund, AOL, and Winamp.
Chamath was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Canada, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Social Capital is not open to new investors.
Chamath Headshot: Download PDF
Chamath Bio: Download PDF
Any opinions in the above are Social Capital's views only. None of the above is investment advice, a recommendation or an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities relating to Social Capital. Such views are as of the date of such document only. “Social Capital,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to a collective strategy developed by Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder and CEO of The Social+Capital Partnership, L.L.C. (“Social+Capital”), and used in connection with the SC GP/LP Funds and the Proprietary Capital. "SC GP/LP Funds” refers to the venture capital funds managed by Social+Capital. SC GP/LP Funds are not open to new investors. “Proprietary Capital” refers to investments made by Mr. Palihapitiya starting in 2019 through entities owned and controlled by him and related to the Social Capital strategy developed by him, other than those made through the SC GP/LP Funds. Proprietary Capital investments are made on an ongoing basis by Mr. Palihapitiya with cash on the balance sheet rather than commitments of limited partners. Social Capital, including Proprietary Capital, is not open to third party investors.