Quote of the Week: Platforms of Purpose


January 15, 2015

The world is now a network. Deficiencies in health, education, food, transportation, goods, services, finance, entertainment, communications and politics, can now best be solved by platforms, led by founders of purpose.

Who said it: Terrance Rohan, Index Ventures Seed Fund Manager

In Context: Referring to startups like Etsy, Kickstarter, Patreon, GoodEggs and Science Exchange, Terrance Rohan, a Silicon Valley native with a British university degree and experience working at Google and YouTube, describes an emerging category of company that he’s investing in. (Four out of the five examples are in the Index portfolio). These startups exhibit a trend where business is driven more by mission and passion and creating product than by the sheer wish to exploit a new technology or introduce an innovation. Those factors are even more important than profit, at least for the founders. His view is that these “Platforms of Purpose” will prove successful in attracting both talent and customers. (Image source: trohan.com)

Where we found it: Index Ventures blog

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