Pick three key attributes or features, get those things very, very right, and then forget about everything else… By focusing on only a few core features in the first version, you are forced to find the true essence and value of the product.
Start out by making 100 users really happy, rather than a lot more users only a little happy.
Email is not going to disappear. Possibly ever. Until the robots kill us all.
Opportunity is all around us, but we have beliefs and habits that block it.
Honestly, I was pretty sure AltaVista was going to destroy Google
Part of the excitement was just seeing how the world would respond. I kind of like uncertainty to some extent, because it’s a little bit of suspense and excitement and adventure, almost, right? And you can learn a lot even if things don’t work out. But not everyone likes adventure. A lot of people seem to be against uncertainty, actually. In all areas of life.
Consider spending less time talking, and more time prototyping, especially if you’re not very good at talking.
Bitcoin may be the TCP/IP of money.
Until we let go of our mental images of who we are or who we should be, our vision remains clouded by expectation. But when we let go of everything, open ourselves to any truth, and see the world without fear or judgement, then we are finally able to begin the process of peeling off the shell of false identity that prevents our true self from growing and shining in to the world.
I like writing code. I like building product. I like making things that people like.
If everything you do works, then you’re not taking many risks and probably aren’t innovating either.
Cultures that don’t laugh at themselves are cults.
Google is about information and computers and making things really fast. Facebook is about the sharing and connections. These missions give these companies direction and motivation.
Many people with jobs have a fantasy about all the amazing things they would do if they didn’t need to work. In reality, if they had the drive and commitment to do actually do those things, they wouldn’t let a job get in the way.
The intrinsic path to success is to focus on being the person that you are, and put all of your energy and drive into being the best possible version of yourself.