Dustin Moskovitz (born May 22, 1984) is an American internet entrepreneur who co-founded the social networking website Facebook along with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes. In 2008, he left Facebook to co-found Asana with Justin Rosenstein.
In March 2011, Forbes ranked Moskovitz as one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaires on the basis of his 7.7% share in Facebook
Four people, three of whom were roommates — Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz — founded Facebook in their Harvard University dorm room in February 2004. Originally called thefacebook.com, it was intended as an exclusive online directory of all Harvard’s students to help residential students identify members of other residences. In June 2004, Zuckerberg and Moskovitz took a year off from Harvard and moved Facebook’s base of operations to Palo Alto, California, and hired eight employees. They were later joined by Sean Parker. At Facebook, Moskovitz was the company’s first chief technology officer and then vice president of engineering; he led the technical staff and oversaw the major architecture of the site, as well as being responsible for the company’s mobile strategy and development.
On October 3, 2008, Moskovitz announced that he was leaving Facebook … In response, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, released a statement, saying, “Dustin has always had Facebook’s best interest at heart and will always be someone I turn to for advice.”
Moskovitz co-founded the philanthropic organization Good Ventures with his girlfriend (and now fiance) Cari Tuna in 2011. In June 2012, Good Ventures announced a close partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell.
Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to philanthropy
After three years, several hundred interviews and trips that took them from Washington think tanks such as the Brookings Institution to health clinics in Burma and rural villages in Kenya, they have narrowed their interests to four major “buckets”: U.S. policy, global catastrophic risks, international aid and science.
The team wondered whether there was way to reduce the number of people in prison in a way that is neutral or, better yet, positive for public safety. Could the solution lie in policing practices? Or other ways of stopping people from entering the system? Sentencing reform? Or something they haven’t thought of yet?
“There are so many important things that need to be done in the world.
so – perhaps set 7 billion people free – to take care of them. perhaps that’s the big/first problem. no? short ness
Moskovitz left Facebook three years ago to start business software company Asana. To hear him describe it, his newfound wealth sounds almost burdensome: “I used to be really anxious about money. I got that from my parents. I still am, but for entirely different reasons,” he told us before sitting down with Gates.
Why make the decision to give away your money now?
Dustin Moskovitz: As I started to talk to people about my plan to get into charity, I actually ran into a lot of cynicism. Some people view it as neutral at best and counterproductive at worst. My reaction to that was: “Hey, there’s opportunity here.” If there’s that much waste in the system but that much capital being applied, then if you can apply it well, then you can have quite a bit more impact. I can’t apply $3 billion in capital to the tech industry. It wouldn’t work. But in infrastructure, education, I can make a real difference. I can change someone’s life, for the better, permanently. If I can improve a kid’s education, I can increase their salary later on and for decades.
FORBES: You haven’t given much away yet.
DM: If you’re talking about ramping up to giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year, you need to invest upfront time. We’re expecting at least ten years of simply educating ourselves. Look, if we actually find something sooner than that, we’ll ramp up sooner, but we’re trying to be conservative on how quickly we’ll gain understanding.
find something sooner..
FORBES: Bill, have your own thoughts evolved on how much bang you can get for your buck and how much you’re willing to experiment and even fail?
BG: Well, even in capitalistic-driven things the percentage of time that you get a high return is not very large. We all know about Facebook and Google, the cases where there was a very high return, but there were a hundred companies formed within months of those two whose names will be forever obscure.
DM: And even within those successful companies there were plenty of opportunities that ended up as dead ends.
BG: Right. They have projects that don’t have 100% hit rates. The key is picking things that if they work have huge impact. So inventing a vaccine is that way. Helping to rethink how education could be done using the Internet is that way. A new seed that can deal with weather is something like that. And, amazingly, there tends to be an underinvestment in these areas.
The key is picking things that if they work have huge impact.
DM: On the point about the government, yes, mainly I think I’m still where Bill was ten years ago. I don’t know nearly enough to be able to make a case to the government, but I definitely agree they’re just massive entities in the world, and if you can get them to wield their powers slightly more effectively it can often have much more impact than any program we could start.
so what if this (a people experiment) is a means to burning man the world… hugs all around.. no waiting.
april 2015 – via Paul..
We want to burn down our foundation before we die, and ideally well before we die,” says Tuna. So she and Moskovitz joined forces with GiveWell to form the Open Philanthropy Project, whose mission is to figure out how, exactly, they should spend their billions to do as much good as possible.
What’s radical about GiveWell and Open Phil is their commitment to do substantial empirical research before deciding on causes.
some research.. storyboard
“We want to give people more power to live the life they want to live. It’s a consequentialist moral framework,” GiveWell’s Karnofsky says. “Justice as an end in itself, liberty as an end in itself — those aren’t things we’re interested in.”
Open Phil will be in a research phase for a while, but soon it will need to start spending down Tuna and Moskovitz’s billions more rapidly.
“The world is getting better, and that means that giving opportunities now are better than they’re going to be 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, hopefully,” Tuna says. “The good you do today compounds over time.”
That suggests Good Ventures’ money needs to be distributed sooner rather than later.
Will MacAskill – effective altruism