You've got to close deals quickly, or else you'll miss out.
While, in general, life satisfaction goes up with wealth, beyond the safety net more and more wealth brings very radically diminishing returns on life satisfaction.
The short version is I'm just a total Apple fanboy. I started programming Apples in seventh grade.
IT is now reaching out to fuels and chemicals, energy and clean tech, rockets, all kinds of bizarre industries that formerly didn't face much competition.
I've actually come to respect the most irritatingly challenging people I've worked with as really valuable in improving group decision-making and what to do and what to invest in.
You have to build businesses for longer term.
Firms that claim domain focus are late movers.
Without disruptions, startups can't survive.
Every new industry has exuberance in advance of reality. The techies get carried away. There is a period of despair. Then the pendulum swings the other way, and people see the long term potential. It's like when the Internet bubble crashed.
We believe strongly that all meaningful change comes from entrepreneurs.
When a nanotech company matures and becomes a real business, it becomes something else. It becomes a biotech company or a cleantech company or a memory chip company. Nanotechnology has fueled the core innovations in electronics and energy.
I don't really care what the venture industry thinks.
If you think 20 years out and ask what's the most important company on the planet, it is not any company you could write down today. The most important company 20 years from now has not even been founded yet and doesn't have a name.
We definitely stand behind Theranos in the sense of, we are an investor, and we want them to succeed.
The commercial space industry is enormous and ripe for disruption.
Venture capital is a dynamic and people-driven business.
Rockets often spiral out of control if you put too much propellant in them.
Flourishing is everyone's birthright. I'm trying to break this hold that being smiley and cheery has on what people think the good life is.
A big part of green tech will be organisms that eat waste.
No politician has a 50-year horizon.
The concept of a 'job' is pretty recent. If you go back a few hundred years, everyone was either a slave or a serf, or living off slave or serf labor to pursue science or philosophy or art.