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Chamath Palihapitiya: Why Bitcoin Will Be ‘the Category Winner’ – Ep.178

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Chamath Palihapitiya, the CEO of Social Capital and chairman of Virgin Galactic, talks about a wide range of issues, including Bitcoin, COVID, civil unrest, and broad economic trends and forecasts. We discuss:

  • Whether his economic forecasts have shifted throughout COVID
  • Why he believes a debt crisis will occur
  • How he views the success of BTC as a hedge against the ruling class
  • How the economic pendulum will swing back toward consumers
  • Why he doesn’t mind if big corporations and hedge funds get wiped out
  • Whether he subscribes to the thesis that Bitcoin is uncorrelated 
  • Why the pandemic has not spurred institutional adoption of crypto
  • Why he sees no merit in Ethereum
  • How the economy will become more decentralized in the future and whether blockchain will be a part of it 
  • Why he prefers SPACs over ICOs
  • Why he started capital as a service 
  • Why he believes the government should bust up large corporations

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Social Capital:

Turmoil at Social Capital:

2019 interview with Kara Swisher:

Chamath on Recode Decode in 2020:

Fed buying up to $250 billion in individual corporate bonds:

CNBC interview where he says Bitcoin is an uncorrelated hedge:


China’s blockchain efforts:

Capital as a service:

2019 investor letter:

At Stanford GSB:

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