Looking back on my own career, I've come to the conclusion that too much money is worse than too little.
The Future belongs to those who can spread ideas.
Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.
Our mission is to democratize venture capital. We've made great progress in the U.S. market in 1999. Now we are expanding globally so that talented entrepreneurs in the European high tech centers can get access to the world's best venture investors,
Luck favors the people who are willing to grind it out.
The beauty of Goodreads is that you know youâ€™re sowing in a field where everyone, by definition and self-selection, loves to read.
The root of great companies is make meaning vs. make money.
I do have a peripatetic and active intellectual curiosity.
Writing is the starting point from which all goodness (and crappiness) flows.
You're looking for chinks in the armor. You're looking for pockets of dissatisfied customers that you can steal from them.
I travel all the time.
'Branding' has taken on too much of a role as a specialized craft performed by voodoo artists.
Social media allows me to pick my times for social interaction.
Donâ€™t be discouraged by the size of your network â€“ inspire one person and you are doing good.
Try stuff. I also used to believe that it's better to be smart than lucky because if you're smart you can out-think the competition. I don't believe that anymore-this is not to say that you should strive for a high level of stupidity. My point is that luck is a big part of many successes, so (a) don
My real mantra for my life is "empower others".
If you look at my Twitter feed it is 99% links, but 1% is me responding and 1% of a big number is a big number.
The telephone operator has one of the biggest roles in creating your organization's image....indeed, many people may come into contact with no one except your operator.
Evangelism is selling a dream. Guy Kawa
This is the beauty of social media: it helps you find people and then you can contact them fast and inexpensively.
Create something, sell it, make it better, sell it some more and then create something that obsoletes what you used to make.
Money is not the sole or most powerful motivation for many people. A higher and tougher test is to look back and see how you've made the world a better place.
The secret of evangelism is Guy's golden touch - whatever is gold, Guy touches. Thatâ€™s very different than saying whatever Guy touches turns gold.
"No one is doing what we're doing." This is a bummer of a lie because there are only two logical conclusions. First, no one else is doing this because there is no market for it. Second, the entrepreneur is so clueless that he can't even use Google to figure out he has competition. Suffice it to say
Social media puts reciprocity on steroids because now you can reach more people in more ways to do more things for them faster and at lower expense. Positive word about your reciprocity can spread faster than ever.
You need to save some mental, physical, and emotional resources for enhancing your product after you ship. A revolution is a triathlon, not a hundred-yard dash-it requires long distance stamina and multiple skills such as creating, churning, and evangelizing.
For me writing is as close to being an engineer as possible.
You know in a startup, you only need three people. You need someone who can make something. You need someone who can sell it. And you need someone to collect the money. That's the only three roles in a startup. So which one are you?
Knowledge is great. Competence is great. But the combination of both encourages people to trust you and increases your powers of enchantment. And in this world, the combination is a breath of fresh air.
An MBA is a great degree for career paths like investment banking, finance, consulting, and large companies. An MBA is not necessarily the right path for starting a tech company. You should be building a prototype, not getting an MBA in that case.