people will think of everything if you let them
(Source: usv.com, via nickgrossman)
At first I hoped that such a technically unsound project would collapse but I soon realized it was doomed to success. Almost anything in software can be implemented, sold, and even used given enough determination. There is nothing a mere scientist can say that will stand against the flood of a hundred million dollars. But there is one quality that cannot be purchased in this way -and that is reliability. The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay.
— C.A.R. Hoare
If I may make a sweeping generalization: the people who show up for something because it’s clear what the thing is — and the something sounds cool — often aren’t the people you want to have around to create a cool something out of the odds and ends of a hundred conversations.
We waste so many days waiting for weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.
— Joshua Glenn Clark (via maxistentialist
(Source: joshuaglenn, via maxistentialist)
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
— Edmund Burke (via brendn
On the last day of Hackerschool, Nick gave a speech saying “hacking is not just for computers, if you see something in the world you don’t like, change it!” That’s what being a hacker is about. I like that!
Theory is the first term in the Taylor series of practice.
— Thomas M Cover
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Why do so many founders build things no one wants? Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. That m.o. is doubly dangerous: it doesn’t merely yield few good ideas; it yields bad ideas that sound plausible enough to fool you into working on them.
— Paul Graham
If you are working from your inbox, you are working on other people’s priorities
— Donald Rumsfeld (via fred-wilson
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