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.
Great opportunities almost never fit your schedule.
Ironically, in a changing world, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do.
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team.
Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that's really powerful.
The entrepreneurial journey starts with jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having a great idea for a product is important, but having a great idea for product distribution is even more important.
Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.
The real secret of Silicon Valley is that it's really all about the people
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.
Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurally.
It's nice to be happy. But the meaning of life is meaning - what's the impact you're having on the world. Suffering to accomplish that is a perfectly fine thing.
The reality is: a founder is someone who deals with a ton of different headaches and no one is universally super powered.
We believe that when the right talent meets the right opportunity in a company with the right philosophy, amazing transformation can happen.
The underpinnings of the alliance: the company helps the employee transform his career; the employee helps the company transform.
Entrepreneurship is a life idea, not a strictly business one; a global idea, not a strictly American one.
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.
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
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