startupquote:

See things in the present, even if they are in the future.
- Larry Ellison

startupquote:

See things in the present, even if they are in the future.

- Larry Ellison

startupquote:

The essence of profound insight is simplicity.
- Jim Collins

startupquote:

The essence of profound insight is simplicity.

- Jim Collins

startupquote:

If you’re going to put your product in beta - put your business model in beta with it.
- Joe Kraus

startupquote:

If you’re going to put your product in beta - put your business model in beta with it.

- Joe Kraus

The extraordinary success of Homo sapiens is a result of four things: intelligence, language, an ability to manipulate objects dexterously in order to make tools, and co-operation. Over the decades the anthropological spotlight has shifted from one to another of these as the prime mover of the package, and thus the fundament of the human condition. At the moment co-operation is the most fashionable subject of investigation. In particular, why are humans so willing to collaborate with unrelated strangers, even to the point of risking being cheated by people whose characters they cannot possibly know? Evidence from economic games played in the laboratory for real money suggests humans are both trusting of those they have no reason to expect they will ever see again, and surprisingly unwilling to cheat them—and that these phenomena are deeply ingrained in the species’s psychology. Existing theories of the evolution of trust depend either on the participants being relatives (and thus sharing genes) or on their relationship being long-term, with each keeping count to make sure the overall benefits of collaboration exceed the costs. Neither applies in the case of passing strangers, and that has led to speculation that something extraordinary, such as a need for extreme collaboration prompted by the emergence of warfare that uses weapons, has happened in recent human evolution to promote the emergence of an instinct for unconditional generosity.

Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.
- Jack Dorsey

Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.

- Jack Dorsey


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.
- David Karp

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.

- David Karp


Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.
- Noah Everett

Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.

- Noah Everett


Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.
- Michael Dell

Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.

- Michael Dell

It is by now an old idea in futurology, originating with Alvin Toffler, that modern man exists in a state of constant shock at the changing landscape of the technological world — akin to “culture shock,” but as ceaseless as the progress of technology. But we quickly become accustomed to, and adjust ourselves to, the technologies that increasingly form the fabric of our interaction with the world — and so their novelty rapidly fades. And then we find our experience of moving through the world is not one of perpetual awe and wonderment, but of boredom and restlessness.

You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.
- Peter Shankman

You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.

- Peter Shankman