The half-lives of businesses are shrinking, so companies need to have the maturity and thoughtfulness to stay on top — not just to get there.

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So says Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of Social Capital, whose mission it is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems – in healthcare, education, consumer enterprise and financial services. He is a former Facebook senior executive who helped the social media giant’s phenomenal growth

The Sri Lankan-born, Canadian-raised Palihapitiya acts as a social conscience for Silicon Valley and the greater tech community — seeking more gender and cultural diversity in executive ranks and more attention paid to solutions of social problems.

In July, the tech website Business Insider published an interview in which the ever-candid Palihapitiya offered a taste of some of the topics he’ll explore as a keynote speaker at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, September 14 to 16.

To read the rest of this interview, visit the Waterloo Innovation Summit blog.

Photo: Chamath Palihapitiya by JD Lasica is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Bill Bean

Bill Bean is an award-winning journalist with 40 years experience who has been writing about innovation in Waterloo Region for three years, and who has a weakness for grandchildren, bicycles and chocolate.