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Fred Wilson Quote: “A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.”

A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.

— Fred Wilson



Fred Wilson Quote: “Given New York City’s cultural diversity, it has always attracted creative people.”

Given New York City’s cultural diversity, it has always attracted creative people.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Not only do you have to put yourself in harms way in service of your country, you have to leave your families at home. It is a great sacrifice.”

Not only do you have to put yourself in harms way in service of your country, you have to leave your families at home. It is a great sacrifice.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “To see things differently requires you to be wired a little differently.”

To see things differently requires you to be wired a little differently.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “People already love to play casual games. But when you take a casual game and stick it inside a social network, it becomes way more exciting.”

People already love to play casual games. But when you take a casual game and stick it inside a social network, it becomes way more exciting.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “If you want to create something great and do it faster than the competition, you need to be action oriented.”

If you want to create something great and do it faster than the competition, you need to be action oriented.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I think ‘crazy’ is a compliment. I think you make money with people who are crazy.”

I think ‘crazy’ is a compliment. I think you make money with people who are crazy.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Being an entrepreneur is hard. Having supportive and caring investors helps.”

Being an entrepreneur is hard. Having supportive and caring investors helps.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “When I see people laughing at ideas and companies we have backed, I smile. It means we are going to make a lot of money on that investment.”

When I see people laughing at ideas and companies we have backed, I smile. It means we are going to make a lot of money on that investment.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I don’t like to talk about myself. I like to talk about stuff that’s happening, stuff that’s going to happen, and the people who are going to make it happen.”

I don’t like to talk about myself. I like to talk about stuff that’s happening, stuff that’s going to happen, and the people who are going to make it happen.

— Fred Wilson



Fred Wilson Quote: “Early in a startup, product decisions should be hunch driven. Later on, product decisions should be data driven.”

Early in a startup, product decisions should be hunch driven. Later on, product decisions should be data driven.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “There is a difference between hiring a CEO and turning over control of the business.”

There is a difference between hiring a CEO and turning over control of the business.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “The companies that do the best job on managing a user’s privacy will be the companies that ultimately are the most successful.”

The companies that do the best job on managing a user’s privacy will be the companies that ultimately are the most successful.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Don’t try to solve the entire problem on day one.”

Don’t try to solve the entire problem on day one.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “If you have an idea that you can’t get out of your head, do a startup. Otherwise join a startup.”

If you have an idea that you can’t get out of your head, do a startup. Otherwise join a startup.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I’m really interested in the intersection between reputation, identity, and knowledge.”

I’m really interested in the intersection between reputation, identity, and knowledge.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “The fact is that the amount of money startups raise in their seed and Series A rounds is inversely correlated with success.”

The fact is that the amount of money startups raise in their seed and Series A rounds is inversely correlated with success.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Not acknowledging that beauty is complex-that’s the problem. I enjoy making it complex for people, because that’s my world.”

Not acknowledging that beauty is complex-that’s the problem. I enjoy making it complex for people, because that’s my world.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Investing in management means building communication systems, business processes, feedback, and routines that let you scale the business and team as efficiently as possible.”

Investing in management means building communication systems, business processes, feedback, and routines that let you scale the business and team as efficiently as possible.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “When my dad was in Vietnam, we lost a parent for a year. Thank God we didn’t lose a parent for good.”

When my dad was in Vietnam, we lost a parent for a year. Thank God we didn’t lose a parent for good.

— Fred Wilson



Fred Wilson Quote: “Marketing is for companies who have sucky products.”

Marketing is for companies who have sucky products.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Many artists stick to making and hire a manager to focus on their business. Artists that build websites and mobile apps can do that, too.”

Many artists stick to making and hire a manager to focus on their business. Artists that build websites and mobile apps can do that, too.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “It’s not easy for an entrepreneur to find the time to blog. But for those who do it, it is a great tool to communicate with the various stakeholders in their business and build a reputation for thought leadership.”

It’s not easy for an entrepreneur to find the time to blog. But for those who do it, it is a great tool to communicate with the various stakeholders in their business and build a reputation for thought leadership.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Profiles aren’t journalism.”

Profiles aren’t journalism.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Venture capitalists are professional money managers. We are provided capital to invest as long as we can return it to our investors with a strong return in a reasonable amount of time. A strong return is three times cash on cash. A reasonable amount of time is ten years max.”

Venture capitalists are professional money managers. We are provided capital to invest as long as we can return it to our investors with a strong return in a reasonable amount of time. A strong return is three times cash on cash. A reasonable amount of time is ten years max.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I would like to reiterate that I don’t want any profiles of me. I am not newsworthy.”

I would like to reiterate that I don’t want any profiles of me. I am not newsworthy.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Markets come and go. Good business don’t.”

Markets come and go. Good business don’t.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “If you have a native monetization system where the atomic unit of content is the ad unit, that scales down all the way to a small screen experience. That’s why Twitter is performing so well on mobile.”

If you have a native monetization system where the atomic unit of content is the ad unit, that scales down all the way to a small screen experience. That’s why Twitter is performing so well on mobile.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “All markets have boom and bust cycles, and I think venture capital market has even more exaggerated boom and bust cycles.”

All markets have boom and bust cycles, and I think venture capital market has even more exaggerated boom and bust cycles.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Equity capital is expensive. Every time you do a raise, you dilute.”

Equity capital is expensive. Every time you do a raise, you dilute.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Board meetings should not be for the benefit of the board. They should be for the benefit of the CEO and the senior team.”

Board meetings should not be for the benefit of the board. They should be for the benefit of the CEO and the senior team.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “If you want to unleash more creativity in your company, you need to allow for a little contamination. It is the sand in the oyster that creates the pearl.”

If you want to unleash more creativity in your company, you need to allow for a little contamination. It is the sand in the oyster that creates the pearl.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “The entire world is now a rival to Silicon Valley. No country, state, region, nor city has a lock on innovation in technology anymore.”

The entire world is now a rival to Silicon Valley. No country, state, region, nor city has a lock on innovation in technology anymore.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Ideas that most people derided as ridiculous have produced the best outcomes. Don’t do the obvious thing.”

Ideas that most people derided as ridiculous have produced the best outcomes. Don’t do the obvious thing.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “There are so many startups out there raising money. I don’t think this is a bad thing. It’s a good thing. Entrepreneurship is in vogue. Innovators are innovating. Makers are making.”

There are so many startups out there raising money. I don’t think this is a bad thing. It’s a good thing. Entrepreneurship is in vogue. Innovators are innovating. Makers are making.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I believe Android will be stronger in the developing world than it is in the developed world.”

I believe Android will be stronger in the developing world than it is in the developed world.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I believe the mobile OS market will play out very similarly to Windows and Macintosh, with Android in the role of Windows. And so if you want to be in front of the largest number of users, you need to be on Android.”

I believe the mobile OS market will play out very similarly to Windows and Macintosh, with Android in the role of Windows. And so if you want to be in front of the largest number of users, you need to be on Android.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “The Internet is a computing platform built on top of core technology. Applied technology is what gets built on top of that: It’s Web services.”

The Internet is a computing platform built on top of core technology. Applied technology is what gets built on top of that: It’s Web services.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Blog-based businesses have lower cost structures and are more ‘authentic,’ and as a result are drawing larger shares of ad budgets.”

Blog-based businesses have lower cost structures and are more ‘authentic,’ and as a result are drawing larger shares of ad budgets.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Startups are rapidly changing systems. If you use an annual review cycle, you aren’t getting feedback at the same pace that you need to adapt and change the business.”

Startups are rapidly changing systems. If you use an annual review cycle, you aren’t getting feedback at the same pace that you need to adapt and change the business.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I’m a free speech bigot. I don’t like censorship; I just don’t think it’s a good thing.”

I’m a free speech bigot. I don’t like censorship; I just don’t think it’s a good thing.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “It’s upsetting to me that you have to be a millionaire to invest in your friend’s start-up.”

It’s upsetting to me that you have to be a millionaire to invest in your friend’s start-up.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Facebook is not an unstoppable juggernaut. There are a lot of other things people can do on the web.”

Facebook is not an unstoppable juggernaut. There are a lot of other things people can do on the web.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Most adults I know start their Internet session at Google, and most kids I know start their Internet session at either Facebook or MySpace.”

Most adults I know start their Internet session at Google, and most kids I know start their Internet session at either Facebook or MySpace.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “I get everything that satisfies my soul from bringing together objects that are in the world, manipulating them, working with spatial arrangements, and having things presented in the way I want to see them.”

I get everything that satisfies my soul from bringing together objects that are in the world, manipulating them, working with spatial arrangements, and having things presented in the way I want to see them.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “The more entrepreneurs in the world that are getting their ideas financed, the more great companies there are going to be that we can all invest in.”

The more entrepreneurs in the world that are getting their ideas financed, the more great companies there are going to be that we can all invest in.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Skyping with your spouse works well enough, but apparently it is hard to get the kids to hang out on Skype for long.”

Skyping with your spouse works well enough, but apparently it is hard to get the kids to hang out on Skype for long.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Games are the most social of all things on the web.”

Games are the most social of all things on the web.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Certainly anything that is news or opinion needs to be free on the Web, because the Web is this very fluid medium that is very much driven by links and the flow of visitors through a discussion via links.”

Certainly anything that is news or opinion needs to be free on the Web, because the Web is this very fluid medium that is very much driven by links and the flow of visitors through a discussion via links.

— Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson Quote: “Foursquare’s adoption of a game dynamic when it launched is a particularly clever implementation of a social hook.”

Foursquare’s adoption of a game dynamic when it launched is a particularly clever implementation of a social hook.

— Fred Wilson

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