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Thoughts on Innovation

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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I never read. I just look at pictures.
Andy Warhol
American Artist, Director and Producer
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A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
Vinod Khosla
Venture Capital Investor
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You’ll see it when you believe it.
Wayne Dyer
American Philosopher, Author and Motivational Speaker
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The greatest discoveries in nanotech have been 20 years away for 20 years.
Theodore Waitt
Co-Founder, Gateway, Inc.
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I never had an idea in my life. I’ve got no imagination. I never dream. My so-called inventions already existed in the environment – I took them out.
Thomas Edison
American Inventor
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It’s not a good strategy until it costs you something to pursue.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
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I’m sure that you’re trying to challenge yourself to invent something new. That’s impossible.
Virgil Abloh
American Fashion Designer
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
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I look for businesses in which I think I can predict what they’re going to look like in ten to fifteen years’ time.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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Nothing new ever happened before.
Benjamin Ferencz, Esq.
Lead Prosecutor, Nuremberg Trials
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If you have no idea how something is supposed to be done, I guarantee you’ll be disruptive. Let what you don’t know become your greatest asset.
Sara Blakely
Founder of Spanx
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Prediction is difficult, especially about the future.
Yogi Berra
Professional Baseball Player
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There’s only one boss: the customer. He can fire everybody from the chairman on down simply by spending his money elsewhere.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
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I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
Buckminster Fuller
American Architect, Systems Theorist, Author, Designer, Investor and Futurist
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One can learn to cook, but a restaurateur is born.
The New Larousse Gastronomique
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They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.
Bill Watterson
American Cartoonist
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Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson
28th U.S. President
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Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Author, Philanthropist and Public Speaker
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Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi
Discoverer of Vitamin C
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If I can’t make money in the $5 trillion U.S. market, it may be a little bit of wishful thinking to think that all I have to do is get a few thousand miles offshore and I’ll start showing my stuff.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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Anytime anybody says, ‘It’s good enough,’ it’s shitty.
Brian Granger
Associate Professor California Polytechnic
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Even if you are on the right track, the train will run you over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers
American Actor
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Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!!
William Safire
Author, Columnist, Lexicographer, Journalist and Political Speechwriter
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Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
Charles Mingus
American Jazz Double Bassist, Pianist, Composer, Bandleader
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Focus wins. Doing too many things fails.
Bill Garley
Venture Capitalist: Benchmark
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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
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You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I will ruin you.
Cornelius Vanderbilt
American Business Magnate and Philanthropist
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Customers don’t want 1/4 drills, they want 1/4 holes.
Ted Levitt
Professor, Harvard Business School
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There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
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Entrepreneurship exists in the tiny space between madness and genius; and, its journey requires a few cross border violations across both madness and genius to get to the final destination.
The Herd Instinct
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The first step in exceeding your customer’s expectations is to know those expectations.
Roy H. Williams
Author and Marketing Consultant
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In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Terry Pratchett
Humorist
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The power of compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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There is nothing so depressing as boundless optimism.
The Wizard of Oz
Wicked Witch of the West
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If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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Elon cares a lot about humanity, but he doesn’t really care about individual people all that much.
Anonymous
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In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.
Rüdiger Dornbusch
German Economist
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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Baptist Minister and Activist
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Mediocre people are always at their best.
Author Unknown
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640 [kilobytes] ought to be enough for anyone.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
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When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
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You can’t innovate once.
Tracey Riese
Early Stage Investor
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Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.
Sergey Brin
Co-Founder, Google
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Success is easy if you think of it like rust: It’s inevitable if you keep at it.
Charles Shaw (Two Buck Chuck)
American Vintner
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More startups die of indigestion than starvation.
Bill Garley
Venture Capitalist: Benchmark
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Done equals good.
David Silverman
American Animator
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The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
William Gibson
American-Canadian Fiction Writer
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You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
Yogi Berra
Professional Baseball Player
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We can’t solve problems using the same thinking that we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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Terrible is the temptation to do good!
Bertolt Brecht
German Theatre Practitioner, Playwright and Poet
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Our company is guided by three deeply held beliefs: That brands with purpose grow, companies with purpose last and people with purpose thrive.
Alan Jope
CEO, Unilever
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I never know how much of what I say is true.
Bette Midler
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Comedian and Film Producer
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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go long, go together.
African Proverb
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Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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No nationwas ever ruined by trade.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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Better salesperson always beats better product.
Cem Erdem
Founder, Entrepreneurs Rally
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It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot
British Journalist, Businessman and Essayist
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If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice.
Lonesome George Gobel
American Humorist, Actor and Comedian
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An entrepreneur is someone who shoots an arrow and then runs to move the target, so the arrow hits it.
Dick Rennick
CEO of American Leak Detection
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The public wants what it can’t get.
Diana Vreeland
Fashion Columnist and Editor
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Typos in your presentation tell your investors how carefully you plan to manage their money.
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