E238: Chamath Palihapitiya of The Social+Capital Partnership on This Week in Startups



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On This Week in Startups, entrepreneur and investor extraordinaire Chamath Palihapitiya of The Social+Capital Partnership stopped by to talk Facebook, philanthropy, funding–and a little basketball.

0:00-2:00 Welcome everyone, we’re here with angel investor and entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya.
2:00-4:00 Thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the program. Everyone use the promo code “START” for a free 30-day trial.
4:00-4:45 How did you end up meeting Mark Zuckerberg and getting involved with Facebook?
4:45-6:30 How did you wind up at AOL?
6:30-10:00 Ram Shiram was the mentor to Larry and Sergei, correct?
10:00-10:45 What appealed to you about being a VC?
10:45-13:30 Is it a similar rush that you feel when you’re playing a hand of poker?
13:30-14:45 Is it hard for you to say no as an angel investor? How do you do it?
14:45-17:45 What percentage of the time does someone fight you on your feedback?
17:45-19:30 What about when someone has been told they’re good their whole life, and then you come in and tell them that they’re not?
19:30-21:30 Did you know when you met Mark that he was destined for greatness?
21:30-22:45 Thank you to LiquidWeb for sponsoring the show! Everyone thank them @LiquidWeb!
22:45-24:45 How crucial was Sean Parker in the development of Facebook?
24:45-30:00 When you look back on the privacy errors that Facebook made, what do you think was the cause of them?
30:00-32:15 Bill Gates’ legacy of philanthropy will exceed his legacy of Microsoft, won’t it?
32:15-33:45 But your venture fund is not non-profit?
33:45-37:00 How big is your fund and what stage is it at?
37:00-41:30 So who did you go to to get involved in the fund?
41:30-44:30 What do you think about the market today? What do you think about the angel space?
44:30-45:30 And god forbid we have some type of terrorist attack that causes the markets to go haywire. What happens then?
45:30-48:15 So you’re not jumping out of your seat to write a check for something like Pinterest?
48:15-54:30 Facebook does a good job of not interrupting the social flow.
54:30-56:30 Even if you were a die-hard capitalist, having people protesting outside of your townhouse, isn’t that a good indication of the fact that something’s wrong with the system?
56:30-57:45 What do your parents do?
57:45-1:01:15 How do they reconcile your tremendous success?
1:01:15-1:06:30 Chamath tells a story of a company that his fund invested in on the spot after seeing their setup.
1:06:30-1:07:15 Thank you to @GoToMeeting and @LiquidWeb for making this episode possible.
1:07:15-1:10:00 Why did you cut Jeremy Lin from the Warriors?
1:10:00-1:10:30 Chamath, thank you for joining us. We’ll see you next time!

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