“The birth, development and subsequent career of an idea is something like that of a human. The parents have measurable control over the first two stages but not the third.”—John Kenneth Galbraith (via justin-singer)
“Right now, there are brilliant students from all over the world sitting in classrooms at our top universities. They’re earning degrees in the fields of the future, like engineering and computer science. But once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there’s a good chance they’ll have to leave our country. Think about that.
Intel was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Instagram was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Right now in one of those classrooms, there’s a student wrestling with how to turn their big idea—their Intel or Instagram—into a big business. We’re giving them all the skills they need to figure that out, but then we’re going to turn around and tell them to start that business and create those jobs in China or India or Mexico or someplace else? That’s not how you grow new industries in America. That’s how you give new industries to our competitors. That’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”—
“I’ve always been pushing that envelope. I want to risk hitting my head on the ceiling of my talent. I want to really test it out and say: O.K., you’re not that good. You just reached the level here. I don’t ever want to fail, but I want to risk failure every time out of the gate.”—Quentin Tarantino Q&A w NYTIMES (via msg)
“A product is a tangible item sold to make life better, A service is an intangible action sold to make life easier, and An experience is a memorable event sold to make life worth living.”—Know the value of what you are selling, it matters. http://trishtyne.tumblr.com/
“Conservative activist groups such as Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action all pressured congressional Republicans to vote against Hurricane Sandy relief, and while they helped block a bill from coming to a vote on New Year’s Eve, the swift and unsubtle backlash brought a wise reassessment.”—Great read on why Republicans are a dying party if the don’t produce more Christies and less, well everyone else. http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/02/opinion/avlon-christie-sandy-aid/index.html?c=&page=2
“When you get on that plane to go home, if the last thing you think about me is ‘I hate that son of a bitch’, then that is fine because you’re going home alive.”—Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf
RIP (via fred-wilson)
“The idea central to content marketing is that a brand must give something valuable to get something valuable in return. Instead of the commercial, be the show. Instead of the banner ad, be the feature story.”—Nailed it! Well said! How Red Bull Takes Content Marketing to the Extreme
“Last year, for the first time, spending by Apple and Google on patent lawsuits and unusually big-dollar patent purchases exceeded spending on research and development of new products, according to public filings.”—
“The best leaders “reject trite assumptions, reject the status quo, and are really open to listening to solutions from people who are most impacted by the problems,”—Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund. - thought this was great. True of the leaders I follow.