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Topic: Values & mission

Confronting Elon Musk

Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt

JONATHAN GREENBLATT: We’ve been working with Twitter for years. And I started a dialogue with Elon Musk before he closed the acquisition — texting, …

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Empathy in AI

Inflection AI’s Mustafa Suleyman

MUSTAFA SULEYMAN: It takes a little bit of naivete to declare that your mission is to build artificial general intelligence ethically and safely.

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Podcast: Must Listen

Prioritize principles in crisis

Upwork’s Hayden Brown & General Catalyst’s Ken Frazier

Navigate today’s uncertain climate with a steadfast resolve. Recorded live at the Masters of Scale Summit in San Francisco, former Merck CEO Ken Frazier and Upwork CEO Hayden Brown talk with host Bob Safian about how leaders should trust their values when faced with social, political, and economic challenges. Brown shares how leading through the chaos of the pandemic brought new opportunities to increase diversity and productivity. Frazier details Merck’s reactionary strategy to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and offers clear advice to socially conscious leaders.

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Podcast: Episode 131: Must Listen

Better metrics for better culture, part 2

Kapor Capital’s Mitch Kapor & Kapor Capital’s Dr. Freada Kapor Klein

In part 2 of this episode with veteran founders and investors Mitch Kapor & Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, we get into the data of building human-centered cultures. In part one, we heard how Mitch and Freada went all-in on investing their values, committing 100% of new investments in “gap-closing” companies that aim to improve society, even as they aim for scale and liquidity as well. Now, Mitch and Freada can share how that’s played out in practice, with both positive examples … and some negative ones as well. (Yes, they were early investors in Uber!)

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How to inject AI into your core business

Smart Eye’s Rana el Kaliouby

Rapid Response with Bob Safian: Should you begin incorporating AI now or wait to see how it shakes-out for early adopters? AI pioneer Rana el Kaliouby urges business leaders to embrace their exploration mindset in order to accelerate faster. El Kaliouby takes us inside her own AI shop, Smart Eye, where she serves as deputy CEO, to share their process for adapting to the latest technology. An expert on emotional AI and its ethical boundaries, El Kaliouby argues that to succeed in the AI era, we need to focus on what makes us human. She offers key lessons about AI’s role on your core product and functions as well as the risks of overreaching.

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Podcast: Episode 130: Must Listen

Better metrics for better culture, part 1

Kapor Capital’s Mitch Kapor & Kapor Capital’s Dr. Freada Kapor Klein

Can you build with conscience and still succeed? Mitch Kapor & Dr. Freada Kapor Klein certainly think so. As tech industry veteran founders and investors, Mitch and Freada have long embraced non-traditional metrics that put humans at the center. Mitch co-founded Lotus, the 1980s software giant, and hired Freada to help make the company “the most progressive employer in the U.S.” And years later, their early-stage VC firm, Kapor Capital, aligns their portfolio with their values, investing in companies that close gaps in access and opportunity. Human-centered metrics don’t just improve cultures — they improve the bottom line.

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