“A tip would be to work for yourself or with a small team, it is much better to do that from the start and not include investors at the early stage. This because the hard thing with investors is that they have a time horizon and they are quite stressed getting the product into the market. It could be really time consuming to just keep them happy and in a good mood so that they support you. Do not use venture capital if you do not need to. Just believe in yourself because the capacity in every human is really really big.”—Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt – Industrial designers and inventors – Amazers
“If at any point over the coming days, weeks, and months to come, you find yourself confused as to how to navigate the thicket of pictures of Nelson Mandela coming at you in every country in the world, bear in mind this salient fact of history: it was once illegal in South Africa to have a picture of Nelson Mandela in your home.”—Evan Fleischer | Esquire
“Human beings like control,” says Sarandos. “To make all of America do the same thing at the same time is enormously inefficient, ridiculously expensive, and most of the time, not a very satisfying experience.”—Netflix’s War on Mass Culture | New Republic
“Millennials appear to be more interested in living lives defined by meaning than by what some would call happiness. They report being less focused on financial success than they are on making a difference.”—Millennial Searchers - NYTimes.com
“People want to start their own business or become financially independent. But you don’t end up a successful entrepreneur unless you find a way to love the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether will be successful or not. Some people are wired for that sort of pain, and those are the ones who succeed.”—The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today | Mark Manson
“there are famous stories of bosses fretting that because all of their employees were suddenly sending international emails that they were at some point going to be hit by the bill by the people who ran the Internet. And it took some time to realize that there is no people who run the Internet, and therefore there is no bill, that once you, it’s infrastructure that everybody pays for and everybody gets to use.”—Freakonomics » Who Runs the Internet? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
“Social media permeate the personal, academic, political and professional lives of millennials, helping to foster the type of environment where innovation flourishes. So when compared with older generations, millennials learn quickly — and that’s the most important driver of innovation.”—Embracing the Millennials’ Mind-Set at Work - NYTimes.com
"The first lie… is that you’re going to need far more talent than you were born with. The second lie is that the people who are leading in the new connection economy got there because they have something you don’t. The third lie is that you have to be chosen. The fourth lie is that we’re not afraid. We’re afraid. Afraid to lead, to make a ruckus, to convene. Afraid to be vulnerable, to be called out, to be seen as a fraud. The connection economy isn’t based on steel or rails or buildings. It’s built on trust and hope and passion. The future belongs to those that care and those that believe."
As the employees sat, hushed, Dick [Costolo] paced in front of them with the microphone in his hand and told a story about their recent move.
He said that when he had directed the movers to transport the artwork from the old office, he had instructed them to leave one piece of art behind. It had hung in the Folsom Street office since late December 2009. The piece of art was in a black frame with a white border. In a bit of irony, it had been hung upside down. And in bold white letters on a dark background, it made a statement in thirty-six characters: “Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow.”
The new office, Dick explained, meant that it was time for Twitter to grow up as a company. To the end of rolling site outages and a long list of other problems that had plagued Twitter’s infancy.
"We’re leaving the motto of making better mistakes tomorrow in the old building," Dick said. "That’s not the type of company we are anymore."
“The shift to remote work will be driven by Millenials. As our generation rises into leadership roles within organizations, we will understand exactly how silly the “butts in seats at the office = work” mentality is and push for flexible working options.”—My Biggest Takeaway on 37Signals’s New Book on Remote Work
“Get scared. It will do you good. Smoke a bit, stare blankly at some ceilings, beat your head against some walls, refuse to see some people, paint and write. Get scared some more. Allow your little mind to do nothing but function. Stay inside, go out - I don’t care what you’ll do; but stay scared as hell. You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetic justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.”—Albert Camus
“Do What You Love is a nirvana state, an end goal, and output. It too simplistically describes the nuances, the ups and downs of life, the journey. It’s valid, sure, but maybe not helpful in the day to day.”—Andre Agassi, Do What You Love, Bob Dylan
“F) Time it takes to reinvent yourself: five years. Here’s a description of the five years:
Year One: you’re flailing and reading everything and just starting to DO.
Year Two: you know who you need to talk to and network with. You’re Doing every day. You finally know what the monopoly board looks like in your new endeavors.
Year Three: you’re good enough to start making money. It might not be a living yet.
Year Four: you’re making a good living
Year Five: you’re making wealth”—