Sean Parker Quotes

Sean Parker

Sean Parker quotes: Mr. Napster’s nicest content.

“When you go fishing, you can catch a lot of fish or you can catch a big fish.”

“Running a startup is like eating glass.  You just start to like the taste of your own blood.”

“You have got to be willing to be poor as an entrepreneur.”

“Part of the challenge of being an entrepreneur, if you’re going for a really huge opportunity, is trying to find problems that aren’t quite on the radar yet… and try to solve those.”

“Your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is not concealing your idea from others or keeping your idea a secret, it is actually convincing people that you’re not crazy and that you can pull this off.”

“The transition strategies are more important than understanding what the outcome state will be.”

“You just keep pushing yourself harder and harder to achieve more and more – I don’t think it’s ever quite as glamorous as it appears on the outside.”

“I focus on things that are the highest value and do them perfectly.”

“The leader of a company needs to have a decision tree in his head – if this happens, we go this way, but if it winds up like that, then we go this other way.”

“Like any good venture investment, you need the right group of people, the right team that really understands the problem and approaches it in the right way at the right time.  You need certain resources available to you that weren’t available to you before, and you need certain technologies that weren’t available before.”

“We lived on farms, then we lived in cities and now we’re going to live on the internet!”

“You want people using your product because it’s a part of your life, then they can’t stop using it.”

“You actually don’t want people thinking your product is cool, because then you’re a fad.”

“It seems like the right thing to do is tackle problems other people aren’t working on.”

“Look – there’s good creepy and there’s bad creepy.  Today’s creepy is tomorrow’s necessity.”

“We need our smartphones, notifications screens and web browsers to be exoskeletons for our minds and interpersonal relationships that put our values, not our impulses, first.  People’s time is valuable.  And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.”

“Facebook is such a basic utility.  It’s something that is such a part of people’s lives, I think it’s hard to imagine it going away.”

“Facebook uses likes and shares to create a ‘social-validation feedback loop’ that keeps users coming back.  We need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.  And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you… more likes and comments.  The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, was all about: how do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?”

“It would be incredibly presumptuous and self-serving of me to believe that Facebook was the end of history.  The only way it could possibly be the end of history is if it becomes some sort of artificial super intelligence that takes over the world.”

“It’s never the end game.  Facebook is now a platform upon which all kinds of applications are being built – it’s definitely not it.”

“You’re not 100% sure if you’re having a totally positive or totally negative impact in the world when you’re working in consumer internet.”

“You’re spending a lot of time trying to make your products as addictive as possible.  Transitioning to life sciences is incredibly refreshing, because you really feel as though the energy and time you are putting into it are helping people.  It’s about saving lives, really changing people’s lives, advancing medicine.”

“Scientists find the work itself ‘the true reward.’  It reminds me of the early days working on the internet when people like me were more interested in making products that were ‘great for the world.’  Scientists have a level of humility where they have quite a bit of pride in their work, and being published is important, and being recognized by your peers is important, and having an impact on patients is important – but scientists aren’t running around trying to get rich and don’t have the same distorted expectations about how rich they are going to become.”

“The market is ridiculously overcrowded with early stage investors.  This results in a talent drain, where the best talent gets diffused and work for their own startups.”

“At the end of the day, money is just a proxy for votes.  That is what makes politics so vulnerable to social media.”

“What comes after the revolution is inevitably bureaucracy.  Whoever wins the revolution builds a bureaucracy.”

“There’s a lot of artists whose contracts are written in such a way that they do not get paid for what’s happening on streaming services.”

“Solving specific problems is what drives me.  I am not interested in having a career.  I never have been.”

“I’ve been doing a hybrid of investing and entrepreneurship, which I think initially I wasn’t set out to do.  But I realized it fit my personality.”

“I had a desire to prove to myself that I was actually in control – that I wasn’t a puppet.”

“I’ve never been much of a joiner.”

“There is no simple answer to what I think.”

“You can now be a master of your own destiny.  I’m not sure why you would sign up with a record label.”

“If I were worried about my reputation, I wouldn’t do anything with startups.”

“I definitely wanted to earn my freedom.  But the primary motivation wasn’t making money, but making an impact.”

“I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.”

“I think the perception of wealth and power is that things just become easier and easier when in reality as you raise the stakes things become more stressful.”

“It’s not cool.  I think being a wealthy member of the establishment is the antithesis of cool.  Being a countercultural revolutionary is cool.  So to the extent that you’ve made a billion dollars, you’ve probably become uncool.”

“I lived on couches for something like six months.  I had no home.  I was totally broke.  I would stay at a friend’s house for two weeks, then move because I didn’t want to become this permanent mooch.”

“I’m a geek from Silicon Valley.  There are no Victoria’s Secret models in Silicon Valley.”

“One of the difficulties in living the lifestyle I lead is that it is hard to get my friends in one place.”

“I can sort of do what I want.  Maybe I have to work harder to prove myself in some new relationship because they’ve heard some wacky stories about me.  But at least I can get the meeting.”

“There came a time when these two incompatible notions of who I was, well, something had to give.  Either that ‘something’ is where you acquiesce to the world around you and you conform, or you sort of defiantly break whatever remaining bonds connect you to that world and create for yourself a different set of values.”

“If there’s some triumphant end of the story, I guess in a roundabout way I’ve gotten what I wanted, which is the ability to do interesting things and the wealth to be free.”

Spotify is returning a huge amount of money.  We’ll overtake iTunes in terms of what we bring to the record industry in under two years.”

“A million dollars isn’t cool.  You know what’s cool?  A billion dollars.”

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