Four years ago, I walked away from Amazon and a million dollars — thousands of stock options. I was a twenty-something kid running a billion-dollar team but I wanted more.
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about Vittana’s values. What do we stand for? What kind of organization are we trying to build?
There is one quote that was on our first business plan, strategic plan & every other document since founding:
Ridiculing idealism is shortsighted, but idealism without the rigors of pessimism is misleading.
We need very hard-headed idealists who can look into the worst and best of humanity and can create and implement strategies of success.
— State of the Future 2007, Millennium Project