Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.



episode 7: Silicon Valley Needs a Shakedown with Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya, investor and CEO of Social Capital, joins Azeem Azhar to explore the dysfunctional relationship between capital and companies, why SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies) are such a necessary innovation, and why he’s pivoted his own firm to focus on hard, important issues like climate change and health.

They also discuss:

  • How SPACs can open up the investing ecosystem for everyday retail investors.
  • What tech regulators should learn from GDPR and how well-intentioned regulation can go wrong.
  • How aggressive taxation of Big Tech could redirect capital to startups.

Further resources:

  • “The Unusual Ambitions of Chamath Palihapitiya” (Institutional Investor, 2020)
  • “Chamath Palihapitiya’s next big hustle” (Techcrunch, 2020)
  • “The Man With Six SPACs” (Newcomer, 2020)


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