Moving from Hubris to Confidence

Title: Moving from Hubris to Confidence
Date: 2014-01-29
Speaker: William Hsu (MuckerLab)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
When you’re naive you can’t identify talent when you see it.
In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
We all have responsibilities.
Chase your dream but understand you might not be a Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates.
Building a company is very different than starting a company.
Building a company is on average a seven to ten year road.
Accumulate skills and experiences–not titles.
Networking is about accumulating trust from others.
You can start a company this instant.
There is tons of access to capital.
The way to find success is to have multiple mutations.
We can all change the world.
We can all make a difference.
Engineers are what fuels the fire to drive the innovation cycle.
You don’t have to be a unicorn to build a unicorn.
Accelerators are for people who are kind of lazy.
Everybody can go and find a mentor.
Have a really long view.
Share the credit.
Go be a unicorn.
The key to success is to gain allies.
We all have one life to live.
The chance of success (in Silicon Valley) will be infinitely higher than anywhere else in the world.
Accumulate applicable skills and apply them to the business you’re working on.
Take any opportunity to accumulate knowledge.
There is always something you can learn, no matter what job you’re in, that can help you become successful in the future.
Classrooms give you a framework to help you understand the problem you’re facing. What it doesn’t do is help you create a solution to the problem.
The process is more important than the outcome.
Helping other people become successful is actually more fulfilling than making yourself successful.