Feb 23, 2011

Groupon cofounder Andrew Mason on the benevolence of self-interest in the market

One of the eye-opening realizations I had was that most of the web businesses that have been truly successful at making the world better, that usually happens as a side effect to something that is fundamentally self-serving. Not to sound cynical, but if you look at Flickr or YouTube or Twitter, the primary-use case for those tools is something far more base than when they're used to document protests or brutality or all the other ways they've helped usher in social change.

~Andrew Mason, cofounder and CEO, Groupon.com, Fast Company interview, March 2011

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