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Chris Sacca Quotes

Christopher Sacca

Chris Sacca quotes: here’s the venture investor’s most helpful content.

“A great idea can’t succeed without a great operator.  But rarely can a great operator squeak by with a bad idea.  So, as pithy as it sounds to say, ‘It’s all about the people,’ I only invest when I think I have found the right team for the right business.”

“Ideas are cheap.  Execution is everything.”

“The most successful and ambitious people out there know to create value before asking for anything in return.  You want to get my attention?  Start doing some of my work.  Distinguish yourself through your hustle and your initiative.”

“If you learn to live pretty simply and well, well under your means, you feel incredibly, incredibly rich and that frees you up and gives you the option to start something new, to leave the job you’re not excited about, where there might be a glass ceiling on you.”

“I want to be investing in the future and not the present.”

“We buy things we don’t really want with money we don’t really have to impress people we don’t really care about.  Forget that.”

“You have to offer value without expecting anything in return.”

“[On his signature shirts] Everyone kind of laughed and I realized it just put everyone in the room in a good mood, including me.  It also reminded me that the number-one risk in business is starting to take yourself too seriously and starting to believe your own BS a little bit too much.  These shirts really reset that expectation.”

“I want to make clear that my feedback comes from a place of loyalty and persistent gratitude.”

“Never.  Stop.  Selling.”

“The decision-maker on the other end is still a human being with a spouse, kids, who likes music and movies, so start with something that they can literally, emotionally attach to.”

“The biggest journey in all of our lives is the journey from external to internal validation.”

“The only way I know to be awesome at startups is to be obsessively focused and pegged to the floor of the deep-end, gasping for air.  I succeeded at venture capital because, for years, I rarely thought about or spent time on anything else.  Anything less than that unmitigated full commitment leaves me feeling frustrated and ineffective.”

“Be your unapologetically weird self.”

“Don’t talk stats and charts.  Attach what you’re doing to a narrative about a problem you’re solving.”

“Good stories beat good spreadsheets.”

“The very best products and the very best entrepreneurs are the ones worth arguing with.”

“Every few years I like picking a uniform so I won’t have to think too much about what to wear.”

“What happens next is up to you.”

“Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for.  Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for.”

“You have to ask yourself, you have to be honest.  Do you really have what it takes?  Are you incredibly unreasonable?  Do you have an irrational sense of the inevitability of the success of what you’re building, or are you just here because it’s fashionable?”

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”

“When you get into investing, your default stance should be, ‘No,’ because most deals suck.  Most deals won’t make money.  Most companies will fail.”

“I spent a lot of time learning how to define myself internally rather than externally.  I learned how to care less about external validation.  I think that’s given me a renewed confidence in speaking out loud.  I kind of don’t care what people think about me.  I feel a lot more confident in saying what I believe.”

“Being a cheap bastard now means so much more freedom and choices later.”

“A deep appreciation for politics comes from empathy for our fellow human beings and their diverse paths through life.”

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