Find a space where you can be creative and a place where you are open for free thinking, you want to enjoy what you are doing and do what you are best at.
Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.
Good products are built by people who want to use it themselves
There are a lot of rich people in the world. There are very few people who have the privilege of getting to invent things that billions of people use.
The biggest lesson has been the importance of constantly repeating the mission. It means bringing the team together every week to talk about all of our projects, progress, and vision.
We're not motivated by money. We are into this thing that we're building.
We've tried to keep as cheap and lean an operation as possible.
Every feature has some maintenance cost, and having fewer features lets us focus on the ones we care about and make sure they work very well.
I want to build something I’d be happy to be employed by 10 years out.
For every new feature we add, we take an old one out. A lot of big sites don’t do that, and it’s a problem. Twitter started as a beautifully simple product, but it’s now going the same route as Facebook. The drive to innovate can overencumber and destroy a product.
I never spent much time with people my own age.
Our team isn’t changing. … And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.
Today there are millions of people making stuff and putting it into the world: that's become part of our identity and it shouldn't be limited to people who fancy themselves writers, or who are particularly witty or talented.
I think appointments are caustic to creativity.
Tumblr was simply a tool for anyone to make a blog like mine.
The more people we have on our team. the less room there is in the elevator and the more complicated everything gets.
I'm very antischedule. Except for board meetings, I don't really schedule things or keep a calendar. I think appointments are caustic to creativity.
I've found that if you're not responsive to e-mail, it trains people to leave you alone.
Rituals, even unhappy ones, provide a measure of comfort. Like a superstitious ballplayer who will only use certain bats, my depression rituals have become a fixed, normal part of my life. ... I need rituals to prevent unnecessarily rocking my already shaky emotional boat.
For every new feature we add, we take an old one out. A lot of big sites don't do that, and it's a problem.
You guys are more talented than anyone in the Tumblr office or in Palo Alto or Sunnyvale. We're constantly in awe, constantly in service.
Where I feel the most productive and engaged is when I'm buried in code, buried in some project, tweaking some designs. I'm certainly introverted.
I always carry my camera with me.
Reading for me will be a combination of books, magazines, Tumblr, and just kind of the Web in general on the iPad.
Tumblr gets better faster with more resources to draw from.
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