Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.
You have got to be willing to be poor as an entrepreneur.
The transition strategies are more important than understanding what the outcome state will be.
It seems like the right thing to do is tackle problems other people aren't working on.
I definitely wanted to earn my freedom. But the primary motivation wasn't making money, but making an impact.
Part of the challenge of being an entrepreneur, if you're going for a really huge opportunity, is trying to find problems that aren't quite on the radar yet and try to solve those
Little startups are ridiculously overfunded.
I can sort of do what I want. Maybe I have to work harder to prove myself in some new relationship because they've heard some wacky stories about me. But at least I can get the meeting.
A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.
There's a lot of artists whose contracts are written in such a way that they do not get paid for what's happening on streaming services.
You want people using your product because it's a part of your life, then they can't stop using it.
You just keep pushing yourself harder and harder to achieve more and more - I don't think it's ever quite as glamorous as it appears on the outside.
What comes after the revolution is inevitably bureaucracy. Whoever wins the revolution builds a bureaucracy
I think the perception of wealth and power is that things just become easier and easier when in reality as you raise the stakes things become more stressful.
The market is ridiculously overcrowded with early stage investors. This results in a talent drain, where the best talent gets diffused and work for their own startups.
If I were worried about my reputation, I wouldn't do anything with start-ups
One of the difficulties in living the lifestyle I lead is that it is hard to get my friends in one place.
Spotify is returning a huge amount of money. We'll overtake iTunes in terms of what we bring to the record industry in under two years.
I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.
There's definitely some sort of dissent brewing between labels, publishing companies and artists. A lot of it has to do with older licensing schemes.
You actually don't want people thinking your product is cool, because then you're a fad.
I lived on couches for something like six months. I had no home. I was totally broke. I would stay at a friend's house for two weeks, then move because I didn't want to become this permanent mooch.
You can now be a master of your own destiny. I'm not sure why you would sign up with a record label.
It would be incredibly presumptuous and self-serving of me to believe that Facebook was the end of history. The only way it could possibly be the end of history is if it becomes some sort of artificial super intelligence that takes over the world.
The leader of a company needs to have a decision tree in his head - if this happens, we go this way, but if it winds up like that, then we go this other way.
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