Words From Silicon Valley Billionaires For Every Businessman


Silicon Valley – is the region in San Francisco, California that is considered to be a technological hub where the success of the world’s brightest risk-takers of the Internet Age who made billions of dollars on hugely popular websites, software and computing technology happened.

Here is a list of inspiring quotes that speak to the spirit of Silicon Valley and to the mindset of the entrepreneurs who said them.

1. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful – that’s what matters to me.”

Steve Jobs – iconic founder of Apple Inc. and inventor of some of the world’s most widely used technologies such as Macintosh, iMac, iTunes, iPod, and iPad.  

2. “Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.”

Sergey Brin – co-founded Google with Larry Page, whom he met at Stanford University.

3. “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”

Larry Ellison – one of Silicon Valley’s most recognizable figures, Ellison is the somewhat controversial founder of Oracle Corp, a leading enterprise software company.

4. “Entrepreneurs are like visionaries. One of the ways they run forward is by viewing the thing they’re doing as something that’s going to be the whole world.”

Reid Hoffman – a co-founder of LinkedIn, entrepreneur, and prominent venture capitalist.

5. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Mark Zuckerberg – a billionaire by the age of 23, Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook.com, the world’s second most visited website behind only Google.com and in front of YouTube.com.

6. “If you’re unhappy, you should change what you’re doing.”

Marc Andreessen – co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser, one of the founders of Netscape Communications Corp, and a co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firms.

7. “I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.”

Elon Musk – an innovator hardly like any other, Musk is the founder or co-founder of several very successful companies.

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

Jack Dorsey – co-founder of Twitter and Square, a platform that allows credit and debit payments using devices like the iPhone and Android.

9. “In fact, technology has been the story of human progress from as long back as we know. In 100 years people will look back on now and say, ‘That was the Internet Age.’ And computers will be seen as a mere ingredient to the Internet Age.”

Reed Hastings ­- mostly known as the founder of NetFlix, but also founded Pure Software, which grew quickly, was taken public, and was merged with Atria Software and later acquired by Rational Software.

These are all quoted by successful people with different views on how to make a difference and how to make the world a better place through technological innovation. One thing’s really evident though, based on their inspiring words, they all remain humble and accepting from the world’s reaction to what they are trying to do. We all learn from these risk-takers as they are very relatable and truly inspiring.

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