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Chris Hughes Quotes

Chris HughesChris Hughes quotes: wisdom from the web entrepreneur.

“Use your own experiences and pain points to identify an opportunity.  Be arrogant, thinking you can do it better than others.”

“Anybody can be ambitious.”

“You need to be surrounded by good advisers, but you also need to trust your instinct.”

“I’m the kind of person that needs to think things through.  But when I know what I want to do, I really know.”

“I am a person who feels compelled and then gets immersed.”

“It takes time for people to get to know a cause or an organization.”

“People are not good at expressing their frustration.  The best way to listen to the customer is through metrics.”

“I fundamentally believe that people have a genuine desire to be positively engaged in the world around them.”

“My theory of change is that there are already millions of people working day in and day out on the ground to deliver on promises on global change.  We need to strengthen those institutions and help those people in the field.”

“I really want to move away from the old model in which you have to rely on people giving $10 after a humanitarian crisis to a newer model where people give money but also their time and their skills, whatever they have, to the causes that are personally meaningful to them well before the crisis moment presents itself.”

“The more connected that individual is to an issue they care about, the higher probability there is they will stay involved over a longer period of time.”

“People are doing amazing things right now on the web.”

“I think that for the people that I went to college with, wanting to be entrepreneurial is as much about leaving a mark on the world as it is about the financial reward.”

“By 2007, we were finally living in a culture where people get what networks are and what technology can do to connect people.”

“Ads shouldn’t be in people’s way.”

“What’s really interesting is the introduction of the tablet—not just the iPad, but the Nook and the Kindle.  While they aren’t going to solve all of our problems, I do think they make it easier for people to pause, linger, read and really process very important ideas.”

“I’m surprised at how much Facebook has burrowed itself into real life along with instant messaging, text messaging and email.  It’s another reason to be on the net.  So many people come back because it’s fun and useful.  They use it to find people, they meet people, organize a party and so many other things.”

“I don’t think there’s much question that Facebook is a monopoly.  I mean, by really any number or any stat that you look at, Facebook totally dominates the social networking space.  Of every dollar that’s spent on ads and social networking, 84% goes to Facebook.”

“Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability.  But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.”

“The fears for how technology will impact workers is not some hypothetical futuristic threat.  In my view, the future is already here.  Technology, globalization, finance… all of which have changed the nature of work in America.”

“I went to boarding school Southern—religious and straight—and I left boarding school not being at all religious and not being straight.”

“I look up to a lot of people, but outside of my parents, I’ve never really had a mentor.  I was on significant financial aid, an only child, with parents who didn’t have much living in North Carolina.”

“I knew I wanted to do something at the nexus of what I call global development and technology.”

“I didn’t know anything about Silicon Valley.”

“America has created and supported powerful economic forces—specifically globalization, rapid technological development, and the growth of finance—that have made the rise of Larry Page, Jeff Bezos and other new billionaires possible.  The companies we built went from dorm room ideas to assets worth hundreds of billions of dollars because America provided the companies with a fertile environment for explosive growth.  Google, Amazon, and Facebook may be extreme examples, but the massive wealth they create for a select few isn’t as rare as you might think.”

“My real big internet claim to fame is the fact that I was first to jailbreak the iPhone.”

“Mostly what I’m focused on is finding people who are younger who haven’t built companies before but have a good idea.”

“My book, Fair Shot, traces my journey from a little town in North Carolina to Harvard, through Facebook’s blockbuster rise, and to my life afterward.  It tells the story of how I grappled with the responsibility of such early success, and how I came to embrace a guaranteed income.  That journey began with poking around blog posts and online forums.  It took me to Kenya and back three times and to communities in Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, California, and Alaska, all in the pursuit of figuring out what works and what doesn’t in our economy today.”

“We have to start having honest conversations about fairness and economic opportunity—even if they are awkward or painful—if we are ever going to fix our country’s problems.  I hope this book can be a starting point for a frank discussion about the fraying connection between work and wealth, and specifically, how a guaranteed income can restore stability and opportunity to the lives of working Americans.”

“You can have the best technology in the world, but if you don’t have a community who wants to use it and who are excited about it, then it has no purpose.  I don’t really know what ‘community’ means.  And I never use that word.”

“At the age of 25, I helped create two of the most successful startups in modern history: Facebook and the campaign apparatus that got Barack Obama elected.  Both were dedicated to the proposition that communities, and the way we share and interact within them, are vitally important.  Well, I just never think of myself as being in the business of building an online community.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a company or a campaign; you build around commonality.  If it’s real people and real communities, then it’s valuable.  Otherwise it’s just playing around online.”

“Maybe it is because of Facebook or something else, but I have been interested in journalism for a long time.”

“I believe that the demand for long-form quality journalism is strong and I think that despite all of the changes in technology over the past few years, people still want in-depth, rigorous reporting.”

“Profit per se is not my motive.”

“Buzz is not what I am looking for.”

“You name it, I’m interested in a lot of things.”

“I’ve been in the business of building technology that networks people.  So far, the goal has been to make it easier to communicate and self-organize.  Depending on what I do next, it may be to make it easier for people to learn about the world around them.”

“The last guilty pleasure I bought was a cup of Starbucks coffee this morning.  Despite all the changes in my life, I’m still cheap about a lot of things.”

“For the early part of my life, my story played like a movie reel for the American Dream.  I grew up in a middle-class family in a small town in North Carolina.  I studied hard, got financial aid to go to a fancy prep school, and then went to Harvard.  My roommates and I started Facebook our sophomore year, and my early success there and at the Obama campaign garnered me acclaim and notoriety.  Eventually, Facebook’s IPO made me a lot of money.  I worked my way up, and I took every chance offered to me.  I also got very lucky.”

“That luck wasn’t just because I was Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate.  Much larger forces were at work.  A collection of economic and political decisions over the past four decades has given rise to unprecedented wealth for a small number of fortunate people, collectively called the one percent.”

“The American Dream, the idea that we can all do a bit better than the generation that came before us, is an optimistic idea that we should cultivate and reinforce.  It has long been more myth than reality, but it is up to all of us, particularly those of us who are benefiting most from the status quo, to work to build a country where everyone has a fair shot to pursue their dreams.”

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