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WNYC Money Talk January 11, 2019
Tech companies are rapidly shaping our lives — often in ways we do not even realize. Artificial intelligence and automation are transforming sectors from manufacturing to transportation to real estate.
One of the people creating that future is Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. In 2016, through the company, Son launched the $100 billion Vision Fund. According to a report from Bloomberg, that was greater than the entire US venture capital industry in 2016.
By directing huge investments into tech startups such as Uber, WeWork, Slack, and many others, Son hopes to accelerate technological advancements, whether the rest of the world is ready for it or not.
This week on Money Talking, Charlie Herman talks with Katrina Brooker, a senior contributing writer at Fast Company whose profile of Son and the company is the cover story for the magazine’s February issue.