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Jan Koum Quotes

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Jan Koum quotes: billionaire WhatsApp co-founder coughs up the following quotes.

“I want to do one thing, and do it well.”

“The F-word here is focus.”

“A lot of times people start out with a lot of good ideas, but then they don’t execute.  They lose the purity of their vision.  You end up running around in circles.”

“If you really go all in, you go all in.  Keep trying.  If your original idea isn’t working, use what you’ve built to pivot into something else.  Keep trying to find a solution to people’s problems.”

“Communication is at the very core of our society.  That’s what makes us human.”

“Focus on simplicity, listen to your customers, and iterate if you fail.”

“Anybody can build a company and sell the company the next day.  That doesn’t make you special, it doesn’t make you unique, it doesn’t make you all that great.”

“Marketing and press kicks up dust.  It gets in your eyes, and then you’re not focusing on the product.”

“No one wakes up excited to see more advertising, no one goes to sleep thinking about the ads they’ll see tomorrow.”

“When advertising is involved, you, the user, are the product.”

“I grew up in a country where advertising doesn’t exist.”

“Experiences from our youth shape what we do later in life.”

“We’re the most atypical Silicon Valley company you’ll come across.  We were founded by thirty-somethings; we focused on business sustainability and revenue rather than getting big fast, we’ve been incognito almost all the time, we’re mobile first, and we’re global first.”

“You want to raise money when you don’t need money, because when you need money you aren’t going to have the terms you want or leverage.  It’s always good to have money in the bank.  You can always do something with it.”

“We focus a lot on the quality of experience, speed, reliability.  It’s not sexy from a lot of people’s perspective, it’s not glitzy in the feature set, but it’s what people come to rely on.”

“Our team has always believed that neither cost nor distance should ever prevent people from connecting with their friends and loved ones, and won’t rest until everyone, everywhere, is empowered with that opportunity.”

“People appreciate a good product, a stable system.  They want to communicate easily and use a product that just works.”

“Being able to reach somebody halfway across the world, instantly, on a device that is always with you, was powerful.”

“We were just fortunate in a way that we stumbled into something that people really wanted… but the credit really goes to not necessarily us having some brilliant idea.  I think the credit goes to also being in the right place, at the right time, and building a product that people wanted, and just realizing that people wanted it.”

“We didn’t set out to build a company.  We just wanted to build a product that people used.”

“We still have a lot of people who don’t use our product.  We want to convince them.  We still have problems to solve.”

“Build a sustainable company that’s here for the next 100 years.”

“I didn’t have a computer until I was 19 – but I did have an abacus.”

“There were a lot of negatives, of course, but there were positives to living a life unfettered by possessions.  It gave us the chance to focus on education, which was very important in the Soviet Union.”

“I had so much fun in the early days learning about networking, security, scalability, and other geeky stuff.”

“I still live in the same place.  I have the same friends, and that is very important.  And I have the same job.  After the deal with Facebook, 90% of my life did not change.”

“I have many regrets and things I wish I could go back and change, but I have also worked hard and tried to improve myself.”

“I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars, and playing ultimate Frisbee.”

“Be simple and reliable.”

“Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible.”

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