Quotes Posts

Tom Perkins from Kleiner Perkins slaps us with knowledge in this interview with Creative Capital. Here are some choice quotes from the beating:

On Timing

“It’s always a good time to be in venture capital.”

“You can’t look at the stock market and decide whether or not to invest in a startup.”

“The growth of technology has been just about the only constant in our economy for a very long time.”

“[Is green technology trendy?] Sure, it’s trendy but you can’t ignore trends.”

“I love bubbles. We made a lot of money in bubbles.”

Tom speaks from the perspective of an investor but everything he says also applies to entrepreneurship.

On Venture Capital

“I used to say venture capital was like a pilot light. But now it’s like a roaring glass furnace.”

“There’s always been too much money in venture capital. It doesn’t mean you can’t make… money in venture capital.”

“Money is the least differentiated of all commodities. And venture capitalists are in the business of selling money.”

“[Where would I be if I was just getting into the Valley today?] Always as an entrepreneur. Never as a venture capitalist.”

You can find these aphorisms and more in Venture Hacks’ Twitter updates.

We’ve started a Venture Hacks page on Twitter: twitter.com/venturehacks (RSS).

We’ll be posting interesting quotes, links, and other things we like. We’ve started with a few quotes:

“Common stock is decorative.” – Anonymous Investor

“Valuation is temporary, control is forever.” – Venture Hacks

“You never ask board members what they think. You tell them what you’re going to do.” – Bill Watkins, CEO of Seagate

If you use Twitter, feel free to send us quotes, ideas, tips, suggestions @venturehacks.

I also have a personal Twitter profile where I post aphorisms: twitter.com/nivi (RSS). Here’s a few to get you started:

“Confidence in nonsense is required.” – Burt Rutan, Aircraft Designer

“None of us have a real understanding of where we are heading. I don’t. I have senses about it.” – Andy Grove, CEO of Intel

“You can’t be normal and expect abnormal returns.” – Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Business School

If you use Twitter, feel free to reach me @nivi.