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" I found a great mentor early on in my career, Dave Duffield - a legendary software innovator, great individual, and a wonderful leader and human being. "
" You don't see a lot of great companies built on easy problems to solve. "
" The best way to avoid bureaucracy is to have small teams who are empowered to make decisions and get their work done. "
" Happy employees build great products, and they take care of customers. "
" When we started Workday, we were originally very focused on the core HR system. Then we added payroll, and then we got into performance management. "
" We work as a team, and that is a huge part of why we have been successful; we run fast as a team. "
" I'm hard-pressed to think of companies that don't need venture capital that are going after big opportunities. I think, in almost all cases, if they're going after big opportunities, they are going to need to raise quite a bit of money. "
" If I could get Office on a tablet, I'd throw my laptop away. "
" Every employee at Workday thinks about how they are going to help customers be successful. It is a simple formula, but a lot of companies go out, and they don't listen to their customers; they don't try to solve hard problems, making it tougher for themselves to create a great business. "
" San Francisco is a wonderful city, but you do have housing issues. If tech companies don't do the right thing, they can dislocate a lot of what makes San Francisco special. At Workday, we want to be on the right side of that. "
Do The Right Thing
" I liked business. I found it fascinating. "
" There's no question: the finance market is moving into the cloud. "
" If you've got five or six cloud apps, do you want a different user ID and password for each one? No. "
" We spend a lot of time looking at the things we like: Amazon, Google, Facebook. "
" If you stay very focused on customers and customer success, people pay attention to that - and in turn, they also want that same type of success. "
" We invest very heavily in the employees. We get the return, and the employee gets the return if they stay with us for a while. So, we focus on people that will commit to us for the long run. "
" Oracle is not known for its high levels of customer satisfaction. "
" When you get big, there's a tendency to get caught up in process and bureaucracy. "
" You can't replace luck and timing. With Workday, our timing was perfect. We started in 2005 right as cloud computing was beginning to take off. "
" Every time you see a new paradigm emerge, it's always new vendors that lead it. I can't think of one case where an incumbent led a paradigm shift. "
" Small companies tend to go out of business. Large ones don't. "
" Candidly, when you go back to '07 or '08, it was hard to sell cloud. We started out by focusing on large enterprises on day one. Everybody thought cloud was for SMBs (small and mid-size businesses), but we made the leap that it was going to be for large enterprises, that they were going to replace their core systems. "
" What I hope is, over time, users should not have to read a training manual. They should say, 'I totally get the Workday iPad app, because it runs the way my consumer apps run.' "
" NetSuite was a really good company. "
" All you can worry about as CEO is making sure your company continues to build great products, deliver the revenue, and keep your customers happy. "