Masters of Scale – Reid Hoffman: Vista Equity Partners’ Robert F. Smith
Every great founder has a second purpose — something outside their main business they’re trying to get done in the world. And every successful company is like a Trojan Horse, carrying this second purpose forward. No one knows this better than Robert F. Smith.
As founder, chair, and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert finds profound ways to serve both his business and his second purpose — liberating people to reach their true potential — at scale
Access to knowledge
Access to education and a supportive community can make a significant difference in an individual’s life. Persistence and a desire to learn can lead to opportunities, even in the face of initial rejection.
Mentors who challenge you to learn on your own can foster a sense of autonomy and the joy of problem-solving that can be valuable in developing entrepreneurial skills.
Take time to find the solution
By embracing diversity in the hiring process, companies can expand their perspective and appeal to a broader customer base. Robert Smith’s non-biased approach focuses on skills and capability rather than background, resulting in successful growth for companies.
Taking time to find an “engineered solution” rather than creating temporary fixes can lead to higher output and happier customers. A holistic approach to business can unleash creative potential and positively impact communities.
The importance of equitable opportunities
People of color often face obstacles that prevent them from achieving their full potential. To make our society more equitable, we must create opportunities and use computing power to build businesses and create jobs that enable marginalized communities to thrive.
With widespread access to technology, individuals worldwide have the potential to innovate and contribute to the economy. Ensuring equitable education and healthcare, as well as prioritizing sustainable environments, can unlock potential and drive growth. Leaders of color may face resistance, but persistence will enable them to empower future generations.
Having a meaningful second purpose is important, and it can be incorporated into your career or business, which can reinforce each other. By expanding and prioritizing your second purpose, you can liberate your human capacity and spirit.
Book Buddies program: a heartwarming partnership and the power of personal tuition
Sir Ken Robinson shared a heartwarming and successful partnership between a retirement home and an early-years learning program in Oklahoma. Members of the retirement home sit with young children and listen to them read, creating a personal connection and providing valuable coaching.
This Book Buddies program resulted in extraordinary outcomes, with 70% of the children leaving kindergarten reading at grade three level or higher, outperforming other kids in the district. Furthermore, the children were immersed in cultural education and values of the community from the elderly people they referred to as their “grandmas” and “grandpas.” It proves that personal tuition and attention can achieve great results and foster meaningful connections that transcend age and generations.