- When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
- Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.
- Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
- Optimism, pessimism, f*ck that – we’re going to make it happen.
- It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
- You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.
- Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time.
- Great companies are built on great products.
- Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.
- Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success.
As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.
Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. … Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.
Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.
People work better when they know what the goal is and why.
I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
I think most of the important stuff on the Internet has been built.
If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.”
“I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign. The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren’t that smart, who aren’t that creative.”
“I’m interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you’re like, ‘Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?’”
“There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.”
“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”