Yuri Milner and the Giving Pledge

One of the world’s most influential investors in information technology, Russian-Israeli entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist, Yuri Milner is the former chairperson of the internet company, Mail, a concern that he cofounded. He also started Ru Group (now VK)[7] and is a founder of investment firm DST Global, one of the largest and most influential venture firms in the world. Having the utmost admiration for Galileo and Albert Einstein who exhibited the convictions and courage to defy conventional beliefs and attitudes, Milner delved into theoretical physics as a doctoral student, pursuing work with investigations of fundamental particle interactions. Later, he began investing in technology companies throughout the world.

The Manifesto of Yuri Milner

The Manifesto of Yuri Milner is an argument for looking beyond Earth. In this argument, Milner contends that people should seek the universal story of which all humans are a part and the future chapters that all can choose to write. Solutions to the physical, social and ideological worlds must all be made by recognizing and nurturing scientific brilliance. With an increased recognition of this brilliance, those who have scientific talent should possess the same power to inspire others as do those in the art, sports and the media. Scientists are, indeed, leaders whether they run large, dynamic laboratories or a lone dreamers. Progress arrives swiftly when “individual leadership drives collaborative ventures.” For, it is the creativity of extraordinary individuals that produces new ideas that social networks can expand. These new ideas can, then, nurture the next generation.

 

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The Giving Pledge

With their creation of the Giving Pledge, Warren Buffet, along with Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, have not only encouraged people to invest in scientific problem-solving; they have brought to philanthropy something near to the scientific method; that is, learning from experiments and real-world experience to donate effectively. This method of “open-sourcing” people’s brains” and linking ideas together results in improvements in asking the right questions and finding more solutions.

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