25 One-Liners from the World’s Most Influential Entrepreneurs
Everybody loves a good one-liner, right? How about one-liners from the people in business that you look up to (and possibly covet/loathe) the most? Rather than repetitiously dulling you with a list of purely inspirational quotes, I’ve compiled a list of some of the wittier statements from perceived business role models across the world.
Now to be completely honest, these aren’t all true one-liners… I’ve peppered in some “thought-provoking” quotes as well as some “two-liners”. That being said, I’m betting you’ll forgive me once you’ve had a few laughs, shifted your business paradigms, and realized that turning some of these statements into true “one-liners” would erase their overall punch and make them grammatically incorrect (heaven forbid). You’re welcome.
Without further ado, here are 25 classic one-liners from some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs.
“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” -Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
“Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” -Angelo Sotira, co-founder of deviantART
“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” -Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and AXS TV chairman (among about a million other things)
“If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.” – Omar Hamoui, AdMob co-founder
“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” -Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter
“We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” -Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
“Stay self-funded as long as possible.” -Garrett Camp, founder of Uber, StumbleUpon and Expa
“I like to pride myself on thinking pretty long term, but not that long term.” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder
“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” -Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media founder and CEO
“It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.” -Edwin Land, Polaroid co-founder
“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” -Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox.
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn
“Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” -Chris Dixon, Andreesen Horowitz investor
“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” -Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and co-editor
“In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” -Steve Case, co-founder of AOL
“A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about – 1. What its product is. 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to make money.” – Dave McClure, 500Startups co-founder
“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump, president of The Trump Organization
“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft
“You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
“It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.” -Paul Graham, YCombinator co-founder
“When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James, Omniture CEO and founder of DOMO
“Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” – Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder
“Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad, Adly and Tinder founder
“I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars — I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” -Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO
And last but not least….
“If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” -Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s
So there you have it, folks. Take each of these one-liners with a grain of salt and look for the underlying wisdom and you’ll be a self-made billionaire in no time. Feel free to post your favorite quotes in the comments section below!
Bonus One-Liner: “Fake it until you Google it.” –Matt Secrist, BKA Content co-founder
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