Mark Zuckerberg of popular website Facebook spreads his wisdom to someone who clearly has not failed enough.
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W. David Marx
Sep 23, 2014 · 1 min read

For the past few decades, Silicon Valley has been the future in the present. Visionaries like Jobs, Gates, Musk, Page, Bezos, and Kutcher have disrupted and iterated their way to a brand new society.

But you don’t have to be a techno-brainiac to apply a little IT industry genius into your own life and business. Here’s a roundup of some of Silicon Valley’s most thought-provoking sayings.


Fail fast, fail early, fail often. Never, ever succeed.

Fast is better than slow. Fastest is faster than fast.

The best product doesn’t always win; some lose, some draw.

Stay hungry. Never eat food.

If you’re making a profit, then you’re not growing fast enough — because revenue is exceeding losses.

Done is better than perfect.
Perfect is better than usable.
∴ Done is better than usable.

Software is eating the world. And hardware is drinking our oceans and rivers.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. For example, balloon dogs, rabbits in hats, women sawed in half.

The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who often do extremely crazy, troubling things.

Move fast and break dance.

    W. David Marx

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    Tokyo-based author of “Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style” (Basic Books, December 2015). Co-founder/editor of Néojaponisme. wdavidmarx.com

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