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" A bubble in early-stage funding means maybe there's $300 million at work when maybe there should be $150, as opposed to a bubble in late-stage funding which means there's $20 billion at work when there should be $3. "
" Companies that tend to survive are the rebels. "
" Entrepreneurship is usually about people executing in the face of other folks telling them that it's not going to work. "
" Europe is kind of fragmented. Africa is nascent; we've made a few investments, including four in Egypt. I visit 50-60 cities and 20-25 countries a year. The intent is to be a global fund, which takes time and prioritization. "
" Even for a lot of people in the Valley who are more conservative, a lot of them find Trump to be incredibly offensive and a blowhard. "
" Everybody in the industry thinks I'm the crazy person. "
" Everyone has a different definition of risk. Sometimes that creates opportunities as well. "
" Food tech has been kind of an area that we have been making a number of investments in. Kind of a big boring industry, but a lot of people eat. "
" Hottest space that I think is interesting would be education, particularly, like, ages 3-10. "
" I actually find it's more interesting to play in the niches and find ways to apply technology to relatively straightforward problems. "
" I aim to combine all the things I do in a comprehensive and holistic fashion that benefits startups and the people who make them grow. "
" I bet on a lot of stuff that's low-priced, and most of it's going to go back down to zero. But some of it's going to go up. "
" I did pick Lyft, but Lyft didn't seem amazing. "
" I don't expect anyone to believe I will change, but I'm working on it. "
" I don't know if we're doing the optimal things that we can to try and connect different people on the planet with different points of view and not be so angry at each other. "
" I don't think there's nearly enough interesting ways to do education online, particularly for younger children. "
" If you already have some amount of significant traction with customers, either in usage or in revenue, you should very quickly try and get that clearly out. "
" I made advances towards multiple women in work-related situations, where it was clearly inappropriate. I put people in compromising and inappropriate situations, and I selfishly took advantage of those situations where I should have known better. My behavior was inexcusable and wrong. "
" I'm ashamed I didn't change my behavior until I was forced to do so by circumstance and by others. The reality is, I was stopped from further bad actions by those who spoke up about my offenses, at substantial risk to their personal and professional reputations... and subsequently, by Christine and others on the 500 team. "
" I'm better than probably 90 percent of the people out there. Doesn't mean I'm smart; probably means I'm lucky. "
" I must say I have turned down several great companies, so I'd probably say I have to keep learning. "
" I think 'Shark Tank' is targeting companies that are really trying to raise their very first dollar. A lot of them aren't really tech focused. We're definitely going after companies that are building real technology, either software or hardware, they probably have raised a couple hundred thousand already. "
" I think you'll see a lot more people in the Valley get more involved in politics. "
" It's pretty challenging for large funds to spend the time and energy necessary to get a meaningful return when most of the wins coming out are perhaps below $100 million exits and the ones above are very few and far between. "
" I want to invest in a functional product that people are using. "
" I won't say that 'shotgun' is the word I'd prefer to use, but we certainly do a lot of investments. "
" Most firms do two investments a year. They may talk to between 50 and 100 and do a couple, whereas we're talking to thousands and doing several hundred. "
" Most of what we do is software, Internet, and mobile. A fair amount of that is transactional. "
" My personal failures aside, 500 has long supported a diverse community of entrepreneurs including women, minorities, LGTBQ, international, and other overlooked founders. "
" My role has been limited to focus on fiduciary obligations to our investors as a general partner of our funds. "
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