Why end poverty? well, I think poverty is the root cause of many challenges. I am not going to write about all those challenges but I am going to write about how I plan to end poverty. I think we can end poverty one startup community at a time. Building a vibrant, sustainable startup community gives the fertile ground for anyone to venture into starting an initiative to end their economic, environmental, social or even political problems. I hear many nay sayers talking about how we are depleting our natural resources and the only way is to fight or kill for it. The two alternative thinking is status quo or conflict, I seek a Third Alternative, which is better than anything that we have thought so far. I believe the answer is to focus on building an entrepreneurial culture in every community. With a community supporting entrepreneurs, it will create a model that anyone can pursue ventures to create value, feed their customer and themselves.
I believe there are tremendous opportunities in front of us. Technology is radically transforming everything we do. Don’t you want to play a part in this transformation? Elon Musk wants to be able to send a Human to Mars, i.e colonize another planet. Do you think the entire humanity can help in that effort? do you think there could be economic drivers which could propel you to participate in building a business that supports that initiative? Here is Sal Khan talking to Elon about his mission.
If all my fellow entrepreneurs live up to their end of the bargain, like Sal Khan, Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson, Larry and Sergei etc we can literally change the world and build a different future where there is NO POVERTY. Every human becomes a valuable contributor to the grand mission of our existence. It is quite insane to think about existence, but I am forced to think this way given the constant squabble in many parts of the world where we are killing each other, it is sad. I think we need a better mission for our collective humanity. So here is mine. END POVERTY, What is yours?
As you mentioned, my BHAG endgame is:
“My “end game” is to become a Venture Capitalist and an Angel Investor to fund insane research and businesses that focus on moving the human race forward.”
.. specifically how I will get there doesn’t matter as much. All that matters is that I move forward day by day towards this BHAG 😉