Antonio Garcia Martinez Quotes
Most popular Antonio Garcia Martinez Quotes
The classic sign of a shitty startup idea is that it requires at least two (or more!) miracles to succeed.
When confronted with any startup idea, ask yourself one simple question: How many miracles have to happen for this to succeed?
Ideas without implementation, or without an exceptional team to implement them, are like assholes and opinions: everyone's got one.
The harsh reality is this: to have influence in the world, you need to be willing and able to reward your friends and punish your enemies.
One of Mark Twain's more uplifting quotes maintains that small people always belittle your ambitions, while the great make you feel that you too can be great.
First [of two traits that distinguish successful startup founders], the ability to monomaniacally and obsessively focus on one thing and one thing only, at the expense of everything else in life.
To paraphrase the very quotable Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, in the future there will be two types of jobs: people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.
Incidentally, it helps to have enemies. While love is a beautiful emotion, far more empires have been built, books written, wrongs righted, fights won, and ambitions realized out of vengeful desire to prove some critic wrong, or existential dread of some perceived enemy, than all the love in the world. Love is grand, but hate and fear last longer.
As I observed more than once at Facebook, and as I imagine is the case in all organizations from business to government, high-level decisions that affected thousands of people and billions in revenue would be made on gut feel, the residue of whatever historical politics were in play, and the ability to cater persuasive messages to people either busy, impatient, or uninterested (or all three).