What Trade-Offs Will We Make in a Post-Vaccine World?
Ben Boyer in Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our daily lives but society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequences of the pandemic. It’s our new daily podcast trying to make longterm sense out of the chaos of today’s global crisis.
In this episode, Andrew is joined by Ben Boyer, the chairman and co-founder of R-Zero, to weigh in on the right and wrong steps taken so far during during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as to explain how economic and other infrastructural policies can help protect jobs and lives moving forward.
From the episode:
Andrew Keen? And vaccine passports? Are we going to have to compromise some of our privacy for security and safety?
Ben Boyer: Yeah, it will be interesting. I think most countries will adopt it. I don’t know if it’s going to be the same privacy concerns that we’ve faced in the past in the United States. I think it’s a great idea. I think we do have to work through an issue of there are people that, because of preexisting conditions, cannot get a vaccine, and how do we create some level of an equitable environment for them? There are going to be some trade-offs, and privacy is certainly one of them. But I think the net result of getting people back, reactivating the economy, these are good trade-offs.
Ben Boyer focuses on consumer and related investments with an emphasis on vertical applications and network effect businesses. He loves partnering with product oriented CEOs who solve problems felt in their own lives. Ben co-founded Tenaya Capital and prior to that was a partner at Lehman Brothers Venture Partners. An avid nature lover, Ben currently serves on the California Leadership Council for the Nature Conservancy.