What the greatest technology investors say about Naysayers


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BILL GROSS (1 post)

Bill Gross: The Biggest Entrepreneurial Lesson

PETER THIEL (1 post)

Peter Thiel:  Answers to Contrarian Questions  Look into the Future

FRED WILSON (1 post)

Fred Wilson:  The Only Way to Make Money


The Only Way to Make Money

Fred Wilson venture capitalist and Co-Founder Union Square Ventures

“So Bill Gurley one time wrote something that I think is really really true which is the only way to make a lot of money is to believe something that everyone else believes is wrong [] that turns out to be right. [] The only way to make money is to believe something that turns out to be true that nobody else believes.” This Week in Startups, Fred Wilson, episode # 523, Mar 10, 2015 @ approx. 16.42 min.

Answers to Contrarian Questions Look into the Future

Peter Thiel General Partner Founders Fund and former entrepreneur

“Our contrarian question- What important  truth do very few people agree with you on? – is difficult to answer directly.  It may be easier to start with a preliminary: what does everybody agree on? [] If you can identify a delusional popular belief, you can find what lies hidden behind it: the contrarian truth.” 

“The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself.”

“The business version of our contrarian question is: what valuable company is nobody building?  This question is harder than it looks, because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself.  Creating value is not enough – you also need to capture some of the value you create.” 

“Most answers to the contrarian question are different ways of seeing the present; good answers are as close as we can come to looking into the future.”  Peter Thiel, Zero to One, copyright 2014, pg 12, 22, 23, 6

The Biggest Entrepreneurial Lesson

Bill Gross Founder and CEO business incubator Idealab

“[Perhaps the] biggest, entrepreneurial lesson: All truth passes through three stages. First, an idea is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Think about it: A breakthrough idea is a crazy idea . . . right until it crosses over to be a big breakthrough idea. You must be willing to face some ridicule and opposition before you can make your idea become self-evident.”  Bill Gross: Here Are The 12 Lessons I've Learned In My 30 Years Of Being An Entrepreneur, Dec. 15, 2011, as quoting German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer;