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Max Levchin Quote: “The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.”

The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.

— Max Levchin



Max Levchin Quote: “Being an entrepreneur is not about being in love with an idea, it’s about being in love with running a company.”

Being an entrepreneur is not about being in love with an idea, it’s about being in love with running a company.

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Max Levchin Quote: “The world is now awash in data and we can see consumers in a lot clearer ways.”

The world is now awash in data and we can see consumers in a lot clearer ways.

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Max Levchin Quote: “Think of Slide as a giant media network for people to transmit information. The content that’s in there now has been provided by users – it’s whatever they want it to be.”

Think of Slide as a giant media network for people to transmit information. The content that’s in there now has been provided by users – it’s whatever they want it to be.

— Max Levchin


Max Levchin Quote: “I’ve been developing mobile for years before anybody else really thought it was that important.”

I’ve been developing mobile for years before anybody else really thought it was that important.

— Max Levchin


Max Levchin Quote: “PayPal once rejected a candidate who aced all the engineering tests because for fun, the guy said that he liked to play hoops. That single sentence lost him the job.”

PayPal once rejected a candidate who aced all the engineering tests because for fun, the guy said that he liked to play hoops. That single sentence lost him the job.

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Max Levchin Quote: “We’re becoming slaves to our social networks – and that’s not a bad thing. You like your favorite networks, so do you friends, and pretty soon you have market winners.”

We’re becoming slaves to our social networks – and that’s not a bad thing. You like your favorite networks, so do you friends, and pretty soon you have market winners.

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Max Levchin Quote: “We’re all put on Earth for a limited amount of time. Am I using in a way that is great, or good enough, or wasteful?”

We’re all put on Earth for a limited amount of time. Am I using in a way that is great, or good enough, or wasteful?

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Max Levchin Quote: “Mobile is the perfect example of what is enabling economic growth in the technology sector.”

Mobile is the perfect example of what is enabling economic growth in the technology sector.

— Max Levchin


Max Levchin Quote: “A classic engineering mistake and one I’ve made is confusing what is hard and what is valuable.”

A classic engineering mistake and one I’ve made is confusing what is hard and what is valuable.

— Max Levchin



Max Levchin Quote: “If I see what you’re up to on Facebook but I don’t see your updates on Flickr, I’ll still care about Facebook.”

If I see what you’re up to on Facebook but I don’t see your updates on Flickr, I’ll still care about Facebook.

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Max Levchin Quote: “Technology has come a long way since PayPal.”

Technology has come a long way since PayPal.

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Max Levchin Quote: “Media is very different from financial services. People are very fickle and very vocal. They believe that things should be one way and not the other. It’s still very rewarding to build products for huge audiences. It feels like you’re making an impact.”

Media is very different from financial services. People are very fickle and very vocal. They believe that things should be one way and not the other. It’s still very rewarding to build products for huge audiences. It feels like you’re making an impact.

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Max Levchin Quote: “Ignore your mistakes. The number one thing to worry about is -Am I doing what I’m good at?”

Ignore your mistakes. The number one thing to worry about is -Am I doing what I’m good at?

— Max Levchin


Max Levchin Quote: “The single most important top-level trend is the shift to mobile.”

The single most important top-level trend is the shift to mobile.

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Max Levchin Quote: “If the game designer produces more content than he can consume per month, some fraction of the people will say more quests, more tests, more challenges, more whatever, and they will be compelled by it.”

If the game designer produces more content than he can consume per month, some fraction of the people will say more quests, more tests, more challenges, more whatever, and they will be compelled by it.

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Max Levchin Quote: “If you’re building a social product, you’re still living in the last century if your product doesn’t work on Facebook.”

If you’re building a social product, you’re still living in the last century if your product doesn’t work on Facebook.

— Max Levchin


Max Levchin Quote: “Facebook is so ubiquitous now that it’s like another manifestation of the web itself.”

Facebook is so ubiquitous now that it’s like another manifestation of the web itself.

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Max Levchin Quote: “Right now, nearly all the apps on Facebook take a week to build. No more.”

Right now, nearly all the apps on Facebook take a week to build. No more.

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Max Levchin Quote: “You can’t get married to any one particular plan. That is the biggest lesson I learned at PayPal.”

You can’t get married to any one particular plan. That is the biggest lesson I learned at PayPal.

— Max Levchin



Max Levchin Quote: “You’re going to pull out your phone and try to use whatever is the most appropriate app on your iPhone or your Android device. Yelp saw that very early on. And when we launched the mobile product, we saw immediate growth, and we were stunned.”

You’re going to pull out your phone and try to use whatever is the most appropriate app on your iPhone or your Android device. Yelp saw that very early on. And when we launched the mobile product, we saw immediate growth, and we were stunned.

— Max Levchin


Max Levchin Quote: “If we compare the two, Facebook is currently a superior place to market a product like Slide. Twitter is more like a general distribution agent. It’s like broadcast radio.”

If we compare the two, Facebook is currently a superior place to market a product like Slide. Twitter is more like a general distribution agent. It’s like broadcast radio.

— Max Levchin

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