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Reid Hoffman

Internet Entrepreneur

Reid Hoffman: Yeah, if you'd ask me -- because this is one of the things Peter and I would talk about -- the first book I ever thought I would write would be a book on friendship. Because I think there's a bunch of interesting things about friendship. In fact, the way that we go through life together is essentially the thing that most occupies my attention. Whether it's the way we go through life as friends, whether it's as colleagues, whether it's as citizens, whether it's as workers. And to some degree, I think all the theories and meaning of life that I think have some substance is: How are we going through life together? What are our obligations to each other? What are our obligations to ourselves? What are the things we can aspire to? How do we make ourselves -- when we aspire to what is the best in humanity -- how do we get there? And the way that we discover that is through conversation with each other. This is part of the public intellectual, through hearing other people's points of view, and evolving our own and evolving theirs. So that network connectivity, how we shape each other, is at the bedrock of what I pay attention to and work in.
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Elizabeth Holmes

Health Technology Revolution

Elizabeth Holmes: My passion comes from being able to make an impact in people's lives. And the way I personally feel is most fundamental, because I really believe that not a lot matters more than finding out too late that someone you love is really, really sick and not being able to do something about it. If I can live a life that helps to change that, then it's a life of purpose, and it's a life of purpose that resonates incredibly strongly with me.
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Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan's Tumultuous History

Khaled Hosseini: I loved to read as a kid. In fact, I was raised in a household where classic Persian literature and poetry was revered and prized. Both of my folks were really into it and they got us into it. In fact as a kid, I grew up around the likes of Saadi and Hafez and Omar Khayyam and Rumi and people like that. And I really discovered the novels at a little bookshop in Kabul, because there is not a great tradition of novel writing in Persian literature, certainly not in Afghanistan. There is a great tradition, an ancient tradition of poetry, but not of prose novel. So I discovered Western novels, though translated into Farsi, at a local little bookshop in Kabul, and it was there that I read my first novels. I read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and I was in wonderland. I think they had these condensed young adult editions of classics like Don Quixote and Ivanhoe and Treasure Island, and I remember reading all of those and just falling in love with the format. And then they also had serialized novels that they would publish in magazines, and I was really a sucker for those as well. So I really fell in love with prose at that time and I began writing my first short stories at that age. I was probably eight or nine years old when I began writing. I really loved it, and I was really passionate about it. I felt so in my element when I was writing. And pretty much since then, I haven't stopped writing. It is really kind of when my history of writing began.
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