Confessions of a Serial Silicon Valley CEO

Title: Confessions of a Serial Silicon Valley CEO
Date: 2006-11-15
Speaker: Greg Ballard (Glu Mobile)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Started his career by writing speeches.
The most important thing is avoiding boredom as boredom is much more terrifying than poverty.
Law is boring.
It is all about the products that a company delivers into the marketplace.
Great products don’t always win.
Design is everything.
Don’t try to save money on customer service because it is going to cost you in the long run.
If you treat the consumer like a customer you’re going to get more business from them.
If people are enjoying themselves you can keep them with your company longer.
Communicate sincerely with your employees when things are going bad.
Doing the right thing is frequently the right thing to do.
Have a low-risk financial profile.
Have a solid family life.
Companies are not a democracy. They are totalitarianism with participation.
The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
There are a lot of different ways to write the same code.
Creativity is almost everything in business.
There is no upside in letting someone know you don’t like them.