Words of Wisdom from Kevin Rose

by Scott Edward Walker on December 20th, 2013

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To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.  This week, we present Kevin Rose, a Partner at Google Ventures and a brilliant entrepreneur.

In this solid interview by Jason Calacanis at the LAUNCH Hackathon last month, Kevin shares his experiences, his insight and the following nuggets for entrepreneurs:

  • “It’s just trial and error – and understanding that’s not a bad thing.”  (at 21:12)
  • “There’s nothing wrong with failing.”  (at 21:18)
  •  “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that, if you went and built something and it failed, you’re a failure.  That’s not true because what did they do?  They didn’t build anything.”  (at 21:31)
  • “Look at Pincus from Zynga.  How many companies did he start before he finally had a hit on his hands?”  (at 21:51)
  • “You have to have that in your body and in your DNA to understand that failure is not a negative thing.”  (at 22:07)
  • “There are a couple of things that I think are key when you guys are going out there and pitching [investors].  One, I think, is…that you have an original idea. This can’t be ‘Pinterest for cats’ or just another knock-off.”  (at 28:38)
  • “[The founders] have to be a little crazy – I kind of like that… ready to take-on the world.”  (at 29:21)
  • “You only get one chance on mobile. When a user takes the time to go and download and install your application, …that fit and finish has to be there…you have to have that polish…”  (29:50)

I hope you enjoy it.  Cheers, Scott


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