1. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
2. I think a simple rule of business is, if you do things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.
3. In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people’s perspectives…
4. Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.
5. So many businesses get worried about looking like they might make a mistake, they become afraid to take any risk.
6. It takes courage to choose hope over fear.
7. Don’t let anyone change who you are.
8. People don’t care about what you say, they care about what you build.
9. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.
10. People think innovation is just having a good idea but a lot of it is just moving quickly and trying a lot of things.
11. It is important for young entrepreneurs to be adequately self-aware to know what they do not know.
12. Entrepreneurship is about creating change, not just companies.
13. You are better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything at all.
14. The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?
15. If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.
16. I literally coded Facebook in my dorm room and launched it from my dorm room. I rented a server for $85 a month, and I funded it by putting an ad on the side, and we’ve funded ever since by putting ads on the side.
17. The amount of trust and bandwidth that you build up working with someone for five, seven, 10 years? It’s just awesome. I care about openness and connectedness in a global sense.
18. Once you have a product that you are happy with, you the need to centralize things to continue growth.
19. There are different ways to do innovation. You can plant a lot of seeds, not be committed to any particular one of them, but just see what grows. And this really isn’t how we’ve approached this. We go mission-first, then focus on the pieces we need and go deep on them and be committed to them.
20. Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.
21. People don’t care about what someone says about you in a movie – or even what you say, right? They care about what you build. And if you can make something that makes people’s life better, then that’s something that’s really good.
22. If people want change, then they will find a way to get that change. So, whatever technology they may or may not have used was neither a necessary nor sufficient case for getting to the outcome that they got to, but having people who wanted change was.
23. You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.
24. When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.
25. My number one piece of advice is: you should learn how to program.
26. I think that the way that you achieve the best longterm value is by
building real value in the world.
27. Almost any mistake you can make in running a company, I’ve probably made.
28. I generally think if you do good things for people in the world, that comes back and you benefit from it over time.
29. Done is Better then Perfect.
30. If you go through some big corporate change, it’s just not going to be the same. If we sold to Yahoo, they would have done something different; if you want to continue your vision of the company, then don’t sell because there’s inevitably going to be some change.
31. People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.
32. In our society, we often don’t do big things because we’re so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today.
33. I think as a company, if you can get those two things right–having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff–then you can do pretty well.