Kevin Rose Quotes

Robert Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose quotes: digg these thoughts from the tech titan.

“Go build it.  If you really believe in something, you should just build it.  If you love it, it won’t feel like work.  It’s okay to drop out of college if you have an awesome idea.”

“Don’t spend too much time planning, release early and often, some things will work, others won’t, refine and move forward and above all forget the money, just make sure you love what you’re doing.”

“If you believe in something, work nights and weekends – it won’t feel like work.”

“Bringing down those personal ego walls and learning from other people is a really important thing to do.  That’s really the way to take what you have that’s starting to catch on and grow it, and grow with that company.  All of the most successful entrepreneurs surround themselves with great people.  I’m still doing it today.  I have a handful of mentors, and there are a lot of things I still have to learn.”

“You can’t do it all at once.  Distill all your ideas down to a maximum of two or three things that you absolutely must do.  Focus only on those.  Do everything you can to be excellent at those critical things before thinking about adding more features over time.”

“Look at big problems as challenges, not as obstacles.  A lot of founders will look at a very large problem and get nervous or freak out or think it’s too big to take on.  The best founders, they look at that as a challenge and not an obstacle.  If there’s a big problem or something they need to overcome, it’s a driver.  It’s a motivating factor for that individual.”

“You don’t need anyone’s approval and in fact, you probably won’t get it, so don’t even try.  Build, release and iterate.  Make a list of the features you want to create over the next six months and get going!  For small companies, once a week; for larger companies, maybe twice a month.”

“So what do you need to make your idea a success?  What do you need to do to score a meeting with someone like me?  The first thing you should ask yourself is, is your product new, innovative and is it original?  Does it fulfill a need that is currently missing in the world now?  And most importantly, would you yourself use it everyday?”

“Don’t treat networking like networking.  Like, ‘I have to get that business card.  I have to meet more people.’  Treat it as just going out and having fun and getting to know folks, and it’ll come naturally.”

“Founders: there is no shame in failing, take pride in that you have the guts to try something new.”

“A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains.  Sell them on your roadmap and don’t compromise – care about the details, the fit and finish.”

“Any time you can work with the community and stay active and in touch with the community, the better.  I’m trying to get out there and be in touch with people who use our service.  The best thing I can do is get constant feedback from the community.  They help us shape our products, they tell us when we’re screwing up; and we’ve screwed up.”

“My background is in tech.  I studied computer science, and was working on TechTV, so the first thing I wanted to do was see my favorite motherboard stories hit the front page; you know, like, really geeky stuff.”

“Startups often overlook how their fans can become brand advocates.  By hosting community meetups, you can build relationships with your fans and let them know you’re thankful for them.  They will become your most diehard, hardcore evangelists, going out there and telling all their friends about the product.”

“Letting users control your site can be terrifying at first.  From day one we were asking ourselves, ‘What is going to be on the front page today?’  You have no idea what the system will produce.  But stepping back and giving consumers control is what brought more and more people to the site.  They have a sense of ownership and discovery at the same time.  If you give users the tools to spread and share their interests with others, they will use them to promote what is important to them.”

“Twitter became a major place to find out what was breaking on the internet.  Facebook became a place to share links.  Social media really grew up.”

“People want to have a voice and a say in what is news.”

“With Digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.  Digg will serve as a means of gathering metrics for third party websites, providing them insights into who’s digging their content, who they are spreading it to.  We want to enable publishers to have a better idea of which authors are most popular on their site; which content types are striking a core with their readers, and I think we’ll provide those tools for them.”

“The democratic approach to news is a very valuable thing.  We’re always going to be dependent on the quality of reporting of mainstream media.”

“The key to making money in angel investing is saying no.  You meet with 100 companies and say no to 99 of them.”

“I love well-designed products that combine form and functionality.”

“I focus on consumer internet.  Sometimes it’s a working prototype; sometimes it’s an idea on a napkin.  I don’t do a ton of deals a year, and I really like working with startups – it’s the only way I can invest.  It fits my ADD brain.”

“One of the things that I’ve always loved to do is brainstorm ideas with friends and get together and talk about what they’re building.  Essentially, my day-to-day is just going around and meeting entrepreneurs and talking to them about what they plan on launching.”

“Fasting, especially multi-day, can be quite the emotional roller coaster.  At first, I thought I could use willpower, but the gnawing feeling of hunger quickly depletes this.  From here you have nothing left to do but surrender to it.  Around this time the body begins to adapt, entering ketosis, and you start to regain your mental clarity.  The fasting process wakes up the body and provides a challenge with a new set of feelings to appreciate.”

“I launched an app called Zero to take the guesswork out of daily fasting.  Nearly every animal under the sun alternates periods of feeding and periods of fasting, often when they’re sleeping.  For most, daily changes in darkness and lightness move this cycle along.  We know when the sun sets and we’re settling in for bed, it’s time to put down the Snickers bar.  Zero is a simple tracker that helps users sync a fast with their biological clock.  I wanted to build an app around intermittent fasting once I had heard about the research that was going on at a few different universities by three different scientists.”

“I have no problem on a Friday night going out and having a couple of beers and a slice of pizza, because that’s just life.  And that would be a shame to lose out on that.  Making the right call 90% of the time is what I aim for.”

“Many technologists first entered tech out of curiosity, e.g. how does this machine work?  I think that’s just a love of learning.  As I get older, I find myself extending this love for learning to exploring my psyche and improving as a human.  Stoicism is a great prompt to kick off deep work and personal development.”

“One thing I practice daily is surrender.  I try to surrender to the earth as everything unfolds around me, not judging it, but accepting things as they are.  This, of course, is easier said than done.  One of my favorite quotes is from philosopher Alan Watts: ‘To have faith is to trust yourself to the water.  When you swim, you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do, you will sink and drown.  Instead, you relax and float.'”

“Almost everyone hates the cold.  When I tell friends about the showers and ice baths the number one reaction is ‘I could never do that, I can’t stand the cold.’  My feeling is that technology (primarily the conditioning of air, both hot and cold) has made us soft.  We’re kept in constant comfort.  I try to incorporate practices in my life that mimic our ancestors’ environments and their daily challenges.  This can be simple things like walking in the rain without a jacket or wearing my sandals in the December snow when I take the dog out in the mornings.”

“I want to be known as one of the most accurate investors that ever lived.”

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