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February 7, 2017

25 One-Liners From the World’s Most Influential Entrepreneurs

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Everybody loves a good one-liner, right? How about one-liners from the people in business that you look up to (and possibly covet/loathe) the most? Rather than inundating you with a list of purely inspirational quotes, I’ve compiled a list of some of the wittier statements from perceived business role models across the world.

Now to be completely honest, these aren’t all true one-liners… I’ve peppered in some “thought—provoking” quotes as well as some “two—liners.” That being said, I’m betting you’ll forgive me once you’ve had a few laughs, shifted your business paradigms, and realized that turning some of these statements into true “one-liners” would erase their overall punch and make them grammatically incorrect (heaven forbid). You’re welcome.

Without further ado, here are 25 classic one-liners from some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs.

“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.”
—Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon

“Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.”
—Angelo Sotira, co-founder of deviantART

“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.”
—Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and AXS TV chairman (among about a million other things)

“If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.”
– Omar Hamoui, AdMob co-founder

“Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
—Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter

“We are currently not planning on conquering the world.”
—Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

“Stay self—funded as long as possible.”
—Garrett Camp, founder of Uber, StumbleUpon and Expa

“I like to pride myself on thinking pretty long-term, but not that long-term.”
– Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, co-founder

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”
—Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media founder and CEO

“It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.”
—Edwin Land, Polaroid co-founder

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”
—Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox.

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
– Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

“Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.”
— Chris Dixon, Andreesen Horowitz investor

“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.”
— Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and co-editor

“In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.”
—Steve Case, co-founder of AOL

“A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about – 1. What its product is. 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to make money.”
— Dave McClure, 500Startups co—founder

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
— Donald Trump, president of The Trump Organization

“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.”
—Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

“You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.”
— Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

“It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.”
—Paul Graham, YCombinator co—founder

“When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.”
— Josh James, Omniture CEO and founder of DOMO

“Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.”
— Ryan Freitas, co-founder

“Data beats emotions.”
— Sean Rad, Adly and Tinder founder

“I don’t look to jump over 7—foot bars — I look for 1—foot bars that I can step over.”
—Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO

And last but not least….

“If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.”
— Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s

So there you have it, folks. Take each of these One-Liners with a grain of salt and look for the underlying wisdom and you’ll be a self—made billionaire in no time. Feel free to post your favorite quotes in the comments section below!

Bonus One-Liner: “Fake it until you Google it.”
– Matt Secrist, BKA Content co—founder



Matt Secrist is the VP of Business Development and co-founder of BKA Content, an industry-leading SEO content creation services company. Matt is passionate about writing quality content, watching NBA basketball, going backpacking and taking mid-day naps.