Jessica Livingston

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

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    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    So many companies at the time took their consumer Internet thing and made it an enterprise Internet thing and then died anyway.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    I’ve come to realize over the years that companies are just the people that make them up.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    Everyone heard
    “Internet,” but then they went and signed up for AOL because it was the easiest way to get online. Although we thought it was crazy, AOL’s walled garden was bigger than the Internet for a handful of months there, which made our strategy impossible.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    I’ve never taken the perspective of “build a cool piece of technology and see where it goes.” It’s more or less been based on an intuition about a hole in the market—or, more accurately, a future hole in the market.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    We wanted to be very selective in how we hired people. We had a process we called
    “chemistry, mechanics, and religion.”
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    the biggest thrill is frankly not the financial success, it’s the ability to have an impact. Because we’re both engineers at heart and that’s every engineer’s dream—to build something that millions of people will use.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    That was the ironic thing, because when you need money, nobody will return your calls. When you don’t need money and you say, “Sorry, guys, don’t need any money,” they can’t stop calling you.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    The other thing is that there’s kind of an attitude here that people should try things, and, if they fail, if they understand why they failed, they may actually be a better investment in the next round than somebody who quickly succeeded just by sheer luck.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    “Why didn’t you click on that little button there?” He said, “I’m not a dolt. Why would I click on that?” People were reading it as “dolt,” not “do it,” because it was an unusual combination of words. So they changed dialog boxes to say “OK.”
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    I always had these little fictitious motivations that motivated me and got me to do such great work.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money, and (b) not having done it before, ever.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    I think the hallmark of a really good entrepreneur is that you’re not really going to build one specific company. The goal—at least the way I think about entrepreneurship—is you realize one day that you can’t really work for anyone else.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    Part of having a CEO is that you can respectfully disagree, but you can resign if you don’t like it that much.
    Konstantin Savenkovhas quoted5 years ago
    the less energy people expend on performance, the more they expend on appearances to compensate
    Натаhas quoted7 years ago
    All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money, and (b) not having done it before, ever.
    Станислав Овсянкинhas quotedlast year
    you can almost always take a negative situation and turn it to your advantage if you work hard at it
    Станислав Овсянкинhas quotedlast year
    Machiavelli said you judge a leader by the strength of his generals, and it’s so true.
    Станислав Овсянкинhas quotedlast year
    I think it’s really important that you have a realization of what’s important.
    Станислав Овсянкинhas quotedlast year
    If you’re doing a startup and you’re relaxed, you should be very worried.
    Станислав Овсянкинhas quotedlast year
    It’s easier if people aren’t bugging you until you have something to put in their hands, and then they can tell you if it’s good or not.
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