Mitch Kapor is a pioneer in personal computing and information technology; his software, Lotus 1-2-3, is what popularized the personal computer in the business world in the 1980s. Today, he is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that create a positive social impact, as well as a Co-Chair at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, an organization dedicated to promoting social impact for communities that are on the periphery of access to opportunity, participation, and influence in the U.S.
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In this video, filmed at the 15th Founder Showcase, Mitch Kapor discusses the need for more startups to espouse an altruistic mission, as well as how more investors should invest in social entrepreneurship.
These impact issues are complicated. There’s no simple formula about it. It pays everybody to be thoughtful about looking at the full range of impacts if they’re going to do something, and the bigger and more disruptive it is, the harder the analysis is.