Google’s Bill Maris: Redistribute health, not wealth
October 22, 2015
Posted October 20, 2015: 7:02 PM ET • CNN.com • By: Sara Ashley O’Brien
CNNMoney (New York) – The future may hold self-driving cars and drone deliveries, but Bill Maris is pretty excited about the technologies that already exist. Especially spreading them to far-flung corners of the world.
“The reality is, the technology exists now to extend life and have people live healthier, happier lives,” said Maris, managing partner at Google Ventures.
Maris joined XPRIZE CEO Peter Diamandis on-stage at the Wall Street Journal’s tech conference on Tuesday to talk about what the future of technological innovation might look like.
Maris is passionate about investing in life sciences, a sector that makes up about 30% of his firm’s portfolio. He stressed the importance of distribution.
“If we live in a world where the technologies we’re talking about are for rich white people in Silicon Valley, then we’ve failed,” said Maris.
Maris has previously said he believes humans will eventually live to be 500. When asked about this on stage, he said that was a “conservative” estimate.