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A tighter focus means a bigger impact

Our approach is based on three basic values: people, focus, and scale.

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Our principles

Principles are more important than rules to guide culture. We operate by a series of principles written by our team in 2020 and first published in early 2021. We start by finding the right people, bringing them together into networks, and focusing their talent on specific challenges. Then we help them access the tools and resources they need to prove out and scale ideas that make the world better.

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People

We bet on human ingenuity, taking risks others can’t.

When faced with a choice between investing on what’s already been tried or placing a bet on brilliant people, we take the risk and take it early.

We put others’ interests ahead of our own.

Service is our business, and people are our purpose. Public benefit is our north star.

We can and must support both equity and exceptionality at the same time.

We favor supporting people who have experimental ideas, who have been overlooked or excluded, or who do not have a track record—from any background, anywhere in the world.

Everything we do outside, we also do inside.

All our principles also apply to ourselves; people are ends, not means.

Focus

We must always balance between helping people more and helping people now.

Every bet must be clear on the goal. As we grow, we will work on a smaller number of larger initiatives to achieve those goals.

We drive excellence by challenging everything.

We compete everything, often in multiple rounds—programs to launch, investments to fund, people to hire, partners to engage.

We celebrate learning no matter what the lesson.

We reward information and insight—whether from success or failure—to improve our work and others’.

Scale

We design for substantial growth from the outset and reinvest in what works.

Scale is a plan, not only a result.

We favor working together with others and building partnerships even at the “cost” of credit.

Credit is free, infinite, and less important than significant impact.

We use all our tools to help solve a problem.

Speed and flexibility matter—so we prize agility and make diverse types of capital available to the efforts we support in order to maximize the potential for bigger and faster results.

Our method

We don’t believe there’s only one solution to every problem, we believe there are three:

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