How Tech Titans Are Disrupting Philanthropy


Bay Area tech entrepreneurs have changed how we communicate and do business. Now the community is trying to disrupt philanthropy by reinventing capitalism.

Leaving traffic-choked San Francisco and heading south on the Pacific Coast Highway feels a bit like entering paradise—tiny hamlets, the wave-buffeted coastline, rolling green hills and fields. South of Half Moon Bay, there’s a highway turnoff to a speck of a town called Pescadero. After a short drive inland, cell service disappears. Soon enough, I come to a lowkey ranch gate with an electronic keypad—the TomKat Ranch, owned by Bay Area power couple Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor. On this particular March morning, a herd of deer leaped and bounded across the rutted dirt track.

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