The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.
An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late.
One thing I learned in '97, when I thought the right time to found a company was during a swing-up, is that it's much better to start during an economic downturn. Partnerships are easier; hiring is easier; and the competition starts later.
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team.
Ironically, in a changing world, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do.
A networker likes to meet people. I don't. I like accomplishing things in the world. You meet people when you want to accomplish something.
The entrepreneurial journey starts with jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.
People will be discovering that the Internet helps their career. One of my theses is that every individual is now a small business; how you manage your own personal career is the exact way you manage a small business. Your brand matters. That is how LinkedIn operates.
In software, speed to market, speed to learning is really key. In hardware, if you screw it up, you're dead. So accuracy really matters.
Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurally.
One of the tests that I frequently use in an interaction is I push on the idea and what I'm looking for is both flexibility & persistence.
Having a great idea for a product is important, but having a great idea for product distribution is even more important.
You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.
First mover Advantage doesn't go to the company that starts up, it goes to the company that scales up
Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that's really powerful.
Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They're attached to people. If you're looking for an opportunity, you're really looking for a person.
Not only CAN anyone be an entrepreneur, but they MUST be.
Success...is no longer a simple ascension of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down, and sometimes you need to swing from the jungle gym and establish your own turf somewhere else on the playground.
It's better to be the best connected than the most connected.
Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.
I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not.
All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.
One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it's making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it's the people who already have strong trust relationships with you, who know you're dedicated, smart, a team player, who can help you.
This is classic when you begin thinking about what is a great founder is, you navigate what is apparent paradoxes.
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