Silicon Valley and the Individuals that Drive It

December 23, 2016 - 3 minutes read

Silicon Valley. What’s the big deal?

 Be thankful young millennial, because of Silicon Valley we have the iPhone, Uber, and google.

What makes Silicon Valley successful however is not the companies that have come from it, but the brilliant individuals that lead Silicon valley.

So…just in case you ever find yourself in the land of tech and startups, here is a list of people you can’t embarrass yourself in front of.

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Peter Thiel –Founder of Thiel Fellowship, Partner at Founders Fund, Chairman of Palantir and Investor

“The best entrepreneurs know this: every great business is built around a secret that is hidden from the outside. A great Company is a conspiracy to change the world; when you share your fellow secret, the recipient becomes the fellow conspirator. “ -Peter Thiel

Todd McKinnon-Former Salesforce engineer, Founder and CEO of Okta,

“Competition is very motivating, it just fires you up. And you want to win You want to be the top player in this space.” -Todd McKinnon

Renee James- President of Intel and investor

Andy Rubin-Managing Director of Playground Global

“ I will have one foot on the lily pad of mobile and one foot on the future, and I can jump forward when the next ecosystem emerges. That’s a pretty good place to be.” -Andy Rubin

Susan Wojcicki- CEO of Youtube

Larry Ellison-Chairman of Oracle

“Think things out for yourself. Come to your own judgements. Don’t simply conform to conventional ways of thinking, conventional ways of dressing, conventional ways of acting.” Larry Ellison

Marissa Mayer-CEO of Yahoo

“I realized in all cases where I was happy with the decision I made, there were two common threads: surround myself with the smartest people who challenge you to think about things in new ways, and do something you are not ready to do so you can learn the most.”

Larry Page-Co-founder of Google

Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, and Joe Gebbia –Cofounders of Airbnb

Elon Musk –CEO and CTO of SpaceX; CEO of Tesla Motors; chairman of SolarCity

First Impressions are everything, and if you want to one day see yourself at Silicon Valley then It’s best to be prepared about who you might see. Louis Pasteur said it best, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

Go forth my lil entrepreneur

Go forth my lil entrepreneur

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