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" By day, I'm a venture capitalist. On weekends, I love rockets. "
" Biotech 1.0 is slow, like a lab science, and Version 2.0 is more like computational sciences. "
" I do think there are more and more entrepreneurs all the time that think big. Those are the people we should be finding and funding. Most of them will fail, but the ones who succeed will change the world, and that is progress. "
Change The World
" Hotmail grew its base faster than any company I can think of. "
" Generally speaking, if you control matter more precisely, you can get more efficiency out of any process. "
" There was a time and a place when a pure content start-up had a chance, and that time has passed. "
" As a geek, I take umbrage at the notion that chips are not sexy. But yes, robots, drones, satellites and self-driving cars are the kinds of things that excite me. "
" Because of the rate of technology change, forecast horizons are shrinking. "
" There are many good ideas out there that never get an audience. "
" A big part of green tech will be organisms that eat waste. "
" The economies of the future are information. "
" If there isn't a business logic to get to marketability, the chance of an idea's importance in the world is very low. "
" I've actually come to respect the most irritatingly challenging people I've worked with as really valuable in improving group decision-making and what to do and what to invest in. "
" In chemicals, Synthetic Genomics is one of my real loves. "
" Lots of deals happen in situations that aren't 'pure work.' "
" When you lower the cost of access to space, a boom of innovation follows, just as low-cost fiber optics paved the way for the Internet and the cloud services that followed. "
" Before SpaceX, no space company was worth a second meeting. "
" The first generation of biotech physically cut and pasted from one organism to another. You learned that taxol helped cure cancer, then you found the source organism and extracted the genes to make your drug. Now physical science is becoming information science. "
" When the venture capital industry invests, it's usually because they sense there is money in them hills. And often it takes a high-profile winner to wake everyone up in the category. SpaceX is that company. "
" If your startup is only in the development or idea stage, there is almost no better predictor of failure - I mean, utter failure, scorched-earth bankruptcy - than raising too much money in the first round. "
" Elon Musk is a remarkable individual. "
" Being slick is not the right answer. "
" Building and launching rockets has been a lifelong hobby that my son and I share. We regularly travel to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to launch rockets. "
" Firms that claim domain focus are late movers. "
" If you thought financial crises came and went, just count on them - another economic collapse, it's almost going to be like not news any more. But for startups this is great, because it's a perpetual driver of disruption. "
" Charging a fee for an online service is a good way to lose 90 percent of your customers. "
" Eventually, all cars are going to be autonomous. "
" Back when I was a student, I had Steve Jobs over to my house for a fireside chat with the GSB High Tech Club. "
" Development of space will improve life on Earth. Access to space is important for agriculture, humanitarian efforts, communications, and navigation. "
" Beyond self-driving cars, I think all airplanes should go pilotless. Get the pilots out of there. Even better, have no cockpit at all, and turn it into a nice lounge with a bar. Why give people the illusion of control with a steering wheel? "
" If you ask any VC what it takes to be successful, you'll get a description that sounds a lot like himself. There's a preference for self-similar individuals. "