Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Silicon Quotes from famous persons: Rutger Bregman, George Packer, Jeff Bewkes, Jack Dangermond, Daniel Lyons. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Silicon Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.
From Scotland to India, and from Silicon Valley to Kenya, policymakers all over the world have become interested in basic income as an answer to poverty, unemployment and the bureaucratic behemoth of the modern welfare state.
Because we’re in a small town and somewhat isolated from the fast lane of high tech, we’ve been able to grow and concentrate on our work instead of being distracted by the competition and getting caught up in the soap opera of Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley is constantly saying that the government is irrelevant and powerless. But that’s because most people there have never seen it get serious.
I’m coming to Silicon Valley to turn up!
Hollywood used to control the distribution; now Silicon Valley does.
If I had to pick three of my favorite magazines, they would be ‘Fast Company’, ‘Silicon India’, and ‘Smithsonian.’
The most successful company in Silicon Valley is Apple, and they’re the most secretive.
Silicon Valley tends to be very myopic – to be focused on one or two things – which has some strengths as well as weaknesses.
Seed investing is the status symbol of Silicon Valley. Most people don’t want Ferraris, they want a winning seed investment.
The global triumph of American technology has been predicated on the implicit separation between the business interests of Silicon Valley and the political interests of Washington.
My mission is to grow business in Silicon Alley.
There’s no single right place to be an entrepreneur, but certainly there’s something about Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley needs partners. You can’t do edited manufacturing just in the Valley. Why not have the DNA of manufacturing but combine it with the digital world?
An open-minded and diverse population that readily shares information, encourages experimentation, accepts failure and dispenses with formality and hierarchy is what makes Silicon Valley the successful hub that it is.
At the end of the day, I live in Silicon Valley and L.A., and for selfish reasons, I’d love to have Los Angeles and San Francisco connected with the Hyperloop.
Historically, people have flocked to Silicon Valley because of the belief that that’s where the latest innovation is happening. It’s a snowball effect.
Silicon Valley is actually a prime target for an ICBM missile strike. It occurred to me as I has touring Apple Park that if I was concerned about Americans’ safety and the symbol of America’s future I would think that those is Silicon Valley as the most vulnerable. That’s where you would be attacking the future economy.
The thing we should all be looking for are people who want to make a difference. I’m a big believer in the Silicon Valley religion of the power of markets. But I also believe in our obligation to give back, and to give back in the way we do business, to create more value than we capture for ourselves.
From the outside, there’s a perception Silicon Valley is full of really young, geeky guys. The reality is there are lots of different types of people there.
I would still rather be in Silicon Alley. I like the West Coast also, but it’s sort of fragmented. You have companies in downtown San Francisco, companies in Mountain View, and people are driving between them all. It’s kind of nice in New York to just jump in a cab and reach another company so easily.
Most of the stress we feel here in Silicon Valley is self-inflicted.
In Silicon Valley, there are a lot of startups using computer vision for agriculture or shopping – there are a lot for clothes shopping. At Baidu, for example, if you find a picture of a movie star, we actually use facial recognition to identify that movie star and then tell you things like their age and hobbies.
Running a successful, growing company in Silicon Valley can create an ironic sort of depression and delusion. The better you’re doing, the higher the stakes, and higher expectations for you to win. Maybe that’s why people say it’s so hard. But that doesn’t make it hard. That just makes it distracting.
Obviously, everything that has been built in Silicon Valley is something that a lot of places are trying to mimic, and rightfully so. There’s been a lot of amazing companies that have come out of there.
I think that’s exactly what Silicon Valley was all about in those days. Let’s do a startup in our parents‘ garage and try to create a business.
A lot of the books that have been written about Silicon Valley are really good. Michael Malone’s books are incredible. I think his ‘Infinite Loop’ is the best book that’s been written about Apple.
It’s not a coincidence these two industry areas – Silicon Valley and Hollywood – use the same jargon. They share a common language, the language of the creator, of the entrepreneur.
For a long time, I’ve ranted against naming your startup community ‘Silicon Whatever.’ Instead, I believe every startup community already has a name. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder. The L.A. startup community is called L.A. The Washington D.C. startup community is called Washington D.C.
My feeling is that if a human being can coax life to build bonds between silicon and carbon, nature can do it too.
Silicon Valley is a great place for Bitcoin, since everyone understands computers, and there are lots of libertarians running around.
Silicon Valley’s definition of luxury is a Tesla in every garage.
The convertible note is a useful and common financing structure in Silicon Valley. It’s a form of debt that is really more a type of equity – one where the valuation hasn’t been determined yet.
Silicon Valley’s involvement with Washington dates from one event, which was John Scully – who was the CEO of Apple – had dinner with President Clinton and Vice President Gore in 1993. And we’re all going, like, ‘What’s going on? Why would we have dinner with the president?’
New York is the new Silicon Valley.
You see this swirl of ideas and interaction of different players. Those interactions are helping to increase the pace of commercial space activity. We are bringing the pace of Silicon Valley to the space program.
There are a lot of billionaires in Silicon Valley, but in the end, we are all heading to the same place. If given the choice between making a lot of money or finding a way to make people live longer, what do you choose?
If you have to be a female in business, Silicon Valley is the best place because it’s a meritocracy. It’s not about who you are, it’s about what you can do.
If you want to go and build a company that exists in Silicon Valley, then you should go and do it there. But if you want to build a company that is Australian, that represents your culture and your being, then you should do it in Sydney.
The number of African Americans in Silicon Valley is dismal. It’s not up to one company – it’s up to the entire industry to make sure that we are moving the conversation forward. Sometimes those walls of competition need to come down so we can move the entire industry forward.
Venture capital today is clustered in just a few locations – Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, and D.C. It’s far from efficiently distributed and accessible.
Unfortunately, in the race to the most douchebaggery, Silicon Valley is fast in gaining on Hollywood. That race is neck and neck.
In Silicon Valley, you want things done instantly.
People are still very focused on the startup story: Risk-taking founders, with a bold idea, some capital and a network supportive environment, go out and take the shot on goal. But the problem is, this is no longer the truth about what makes Silicon Valley so special.
I’ve been called ‘paranoid,’ ‘schizophrenic,’ ‘the wild child of Silicon Valley.’
China just banned ICO fundraising. They did Silicon Valley and the U.S. a favor – now we get first dibs.
The problems that you see startups tackling are dramatically different in different cities. Silicon Valley is unlikely to produce the same set of companies as New York or Cleveland because the region has a different set of strengths and defining institutions.
The tech industry – and, more specifically, Silicon Valley – continues to stumble forward in earnest about how few women are represented in its top ranks of management and on its boards.
People tend to pay too little attention to history – the history of Silicon Valley and American business – and think they’re the first people to come across a problem.
I think governments will increasingly be tempted to rely on Silicon Valley to solve problems like obesity or climate change because Silicon Valley runs the information infrastructure through which we consume information.
I consider everybody who takes themselves seriously to be a little bit off. And Silicon Valley seems to be the most effusive about how important their contributions are to society.
For Israel to retain its amazing position as the largest concentration of high tech after Silicon Valley, we need more engineers and mathematicians. We have too many lawyers.
As a community, Silicon Valley must adopt principles that reflect our abhorrence toward sexual harassment – and it is these principles that must guide our collective behavior.
There’s a reason why Silicon Valley is the worldwide innovation center, or why this is the startup valley, because I truly believe startup companies like mine are pushing the economy forward.
My sense is that we’re ready for another industrial revolution in this country. The great minds and innovators of Silicon Valley would come through China and say, The pipeline is full of ideas – there’s personalized medicine, biotechnology, new forms to power ourselves, clean energy, etc., etc.
The decision to join Stripe and run ‘Increment‘ was a pretty easy one for me: It was an opportunity to be impactful, to collect and share best practices from the most effective engineering teams in the world. ‘Increment’ is a step toward flattening the distance between the Silicon Valley elite and developers everywhere.
I would say Silicon Valley and New York have inflated salaries.
I think that Silicon Valley and technology can play a huge role in redefining what community looks like and how people come together and what authentic relationships look like, but that is not only their burden.
For all the billions of dollars created here, Silicon Valley is remarkably stingy when it comes to giving.
I had better cellular coverage on a ship in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea than I have in many parts of Silicon Valley.
One of the issues we face here in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is a sense that the people all around us are as conversant in startup and tech culture as we are. But we need to remember, and remind ourselves repeatedly, that we’re a small minority in a larger population.
Some people in Silicon Valley are as bad as the ‘Koch Brothers‘, you know? Don’t be mistaken. For every some of those, though, you get people who come up with something like ‘Leafly’, which does what ‘Yelp’ has done, but in a much more specific way, and it’s important because it’s the dawn of this new era.
More than stock prices or product launches, Silicon Valley’s legacy will be defined by whether tech leaders step up to contribute to the larger American experiment.
I have a feeling that life as a billionaire in Silicon Valley is very different than the life that you or I would lead. Unless you’re a billionaire; I don’t know your financial situation.
Current ethos in Silicon Valley is that if you build a website that people keep coming back to and is changing the lives of millions, you can eventually make money.
In the universe of possibilities that exist for life, we’ve shown that it is a very easy possibility for life as we know it to include silicon in organic molecules. And once you can do it somewhere in the universe, it’s probably being done.
The power in Washington, D.C., is centered on the status quo – outdated systems, models, and programs built for a previous century. With more silicon and less concrete, we can open up those models to return power and independence to every man, woman, and child.
One of the great things about moving to Silicon Valley is that you’re surrounded by all these people who’ve done it before. This place is an assembly line that takes a couple of twenty-somethings and walks you through everything you need to learn.
The world’s better off the more Silicon Valleys there are and the more scaled companies there are.
Success in Silicon Valley, most would agree, is more merit-driven than almost any other place in the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what sex you are, what politics you support or what color you are. If your idea rocks and you can execute, you can change the world and/or get really, stinking rich.
Windell Oskay is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a Silicon Valley company that has designed and produced specialized electronics and robotics kits since 2007.
I basically apply with my teams the lean startup principles I used in the private sector – go into Silicon Valley mode, work at startup speed, and attack, doing things in short amounts of time with extremely limited resources.
Even Silicon Valley investors have put well over a $1 billion in new energy technologies.
Google has been amazing at acqui-hiring, buying small companies for the engineers. I think in the competitive market of Silicon Valley, it’s really a good way to do it. Big acquisitions often don’t work out.
If every sector of business and society will be driven by software – how does that get enabled? By highly-paid computer scientists funded by risk capital in Silicon Valley? Or by lots of engineers who can build it themselves?
But I try to play everything very authentically, even if it is an accented immigrant, Jian Yang, that I play on ‘Silicon Valley.’
Car technology needs to advance, and the best place for that to happen in is Silicon Valley.
Unfortunately, a lot of Silicon Valley venture capitalists are disconnected from African Americans, Latinos, and other people of color.
Growing up in Silicon Valley, during my time at Morgan Stanley and as a member of Stanford’s Board, I’ve had the opportunity to experience firsthand how tech companies can help people in their daily lives.
What I Iove about Y Combinator is that it is a level playing field. If you get in, you immediately become a Silicon Valley insider.
I’ve little in common with the scene in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. I’m a New Yorker.
There is no greater country on Earth for entrepreneurship than America. In every category, from the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, where I live, to University R&D labs, to countless Main Street small business owners, Americans are taking risks, embracing new ideas and – most importantly – creating jobs.
It’s often lost in most Silicon Valley startups, the importance of storytelling when most people are thinking about they assemble their team and the critical functions that the team needs to be successful. Storytelling is normally not on the list.