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Falon Fatemi Quotes

Falon Fatemi

Falon Fatemi quotes: wisdom from one of the top tech entrepreneurs.

“Dream big.”

“Do the job you want.”

“At the end of the day, you are the only one that is limiting your ability to dream, or to actually execute on your dreams. Don’t let yourself get in the way of that.”

“Do the job that you want and go above and beyond the job that you have. I think most people who want a promotion, it is really important that you go above and beyond and really demonstrate that you can do that.”

“Believe nothing is impossible. Be resilient no matter what challenge you face. Ask why. And being empathetic.”

“Be open to the opportunities that are all around you that might be unconventional or that you might not have thought of.”

“Use your intuition to make decisions every day.”

“Be proactive.”

“A lot of what makes someone successful is not just doing what you’re told but thinking about other ideas on how you can benefit the business or benefit your team. Some of the best ideas at Google were really from employees who were interested in a particular problem that they thought the company had and wanted to solve it, and it turned into a million-dollar product line.”

“If you don’t ask for the deal, you’re not going to get the deal.”

“It’s okay to be afraid. Just don’t let it stop you from taking action.”

“It is a reality that we face: barriers and obstacles that make it not an equitable playing field. I’m going to see these obstacles as potential opportunities.”

“Resilience is the only path to success, and, honestly, the path to success in the startup world is not linear.”

“Make connections. Surround yourself with amazing people who’ve reached the success points that you have goals towards. So you can get that coaching.”

“Find good mentors. One thing I did at Google was spend a lot time meeting with people that I was really inspired by. I really wanted to understand their paths to getting where they got. For example, my first boss at Google, I still call him today and he is an adviser to my company.”

“Whenever I was caught off-guard by a question during a business pitch, I would write down the question afterward and incorporate my answer into my next pitch.”

“Learning and development is top of mind for today’s workers. More and more workers are prioritizing opportunities for learning and development over pay. Learning and development is especially sought after by Millennials. Learning and development is the most important benefit when selecting where to work.”

“Having the right technology tools is critical to empowering remote workers to thrive.”

“We now live in a world where there’s more information created in a single day than you could possibly absorb in a lifetime. Like 90% of the information on the web was created in the last two years. That’s insane. That means that right now there’s information that’s being created that’s probably really relevant to us, that we don’t know that we should be searching for.”

“We’re taking the web and turning it into this massive graph of relationships between people to people, people to companies, companies to companies.”

“The pandemic has shown us that the future of video is more than about streaming wars. It’s a battle for how to create content that empowers viewers to engage with relatable content, level up their skills, find happiness, and quell stress. In all likelihood, the trends we’re seeing now will forever change the future of video.”

“Be disciplined. My mom and dad had two rules: my brother and I had to study a year ahead every summer in math and science, and we had to have a summer job that furthered our future career.”

“What I learned from my parents is you work hard, you believe in yourself, you set goals, you don’t give up, and you can do anything. Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to get just any job, like my friends. I had to get a job that was going to further my career in some way. One of my first summer jobs at 16 was doing patent research for a law firm.”

“So while my friends were like babysitting or life guarding, I was actually doing patent research for lawyers at a firm. So I always had sort of a strong sense of discipline.”

“Take action and ask for what you want. I really wanted to learn everything and to work at Google. I got the offer. I had the courage to be like ‘I want this job and I want to learn as much as I can.’ I took action. I chose to do that [Microsoft] research project, and I chose to ask for the job that I wanted.”

“Learn enough about the problem to ask the right questions. You can shortcut a lot of your time by starting with setting up meetings with the right people, and making sure you are prepared for those meetings. You’ve got to be scrappy.”

“I was born into the tech world. I credit much of my ingenuity and work ethic to my family. I’m the third generation of serial entrepreneurs. My parents immigrated to the area from Iran in the 1970s. With encouragement from my family, I pursued a career in the fast-paced tech capital, starting a job at Google at the age of 19 (as one of the company’s youngest-ever employees).”

“The big takeaway from that experience is that at the end of the day, really, through people these opportunities happen.”

“While at Google, I had an idea for a little rabbit-hole experiment of my own. Since my job required me to make strategic partnerships, I wondered how many introductions actually resulted in real, working relationships. What I found was astonishing. During the course of five years, my introductions led to millions of dollars in the form of partnerships, sales and investments. That simple concept of using tech to connect people in the right time proved more influential than anyone could’ve guessed.”

“I spent over a decade focused on go-to-market strategy, global expansion, and strategic partnerships at Google, YouTube and the startup world. I founded Node in 2014 and since then I’ve become one of the leading entrepreneurs in the Valley.”

“If my name was Jack instead of Falon, I would have raised double the amount of money and probably have double the valuation.”

“There is a problem when it comes to the representation of women as power-holders in the professional world. In a lot of ways, it’s a blessing and a curse to be a woman in a male-dominated environment. I actually see it very much as an opportunity. Because, guess what? I’m being underestimated everywhere I go. And there are huge advantages to that, it’s not uncommon to be greeted with skepticism whenever I meet potential investors. They underestimate me when I walk into the room, like ‘What is she doing here? Is she a PR?’ The second I open my mouth, and I know what I’m talking about in such depth that it exceeds their level of understanding from a business standpoint, that all goes away. It blows them away.”

“I think the biggest challenge, being a female founder of a deep tech company—which is making fundamental breakthroughs in science and technology—is that I don’t look the part. And that comes with a level of sexism when you meet with predominantly male investors to evaluate investing in your company. We have to pitch a far greater number of people, and we get less money than our male counterparts, which means we are constantly fundraising. That has its own impact on the business, because our focus has been distracted by trying to raise funds.”

“Being met with an initial level of skepticism in meetings that my male colleagues aren’t subject to is definitely a challenge. To combat this I simply work harder.”

“Work harder. This is a concept many women are familiar with. It doesn’t always pay off, but that is a risk women have to take if they want to accomplish what they know they are capable of. Risk tolerance is an important aspect of carving your own path.”

“I still credit Google for instilling in me key lessons for success.”

“We can all start thinking about making connections in a more thoughtful way that keeps us engaged and focused on success. After all, that next great opportunity could be just one connection away!”

“Being a woman is advantageous because it helps you stand out from the crowd, and if you are well versed and prepared, you can easily exceed expectations. I also believe that women think and work differently, in a way that results in more creative and collaborative approaches, which based on data, leads to more successful businesses.”

“In association with Mark Cuban, he has also given me another reservoir for my ongoing quest for professional wisdom. One thing I learned from Cuban is that if you don’t ask for what you want, you’re never going to get it.”

“And, oh yes, I am happy.”

“Enjoy today. Achieve today. Tomorrow is promised to no one!”

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