Sam Altman

Born: April 22, 1985

Quotes of Sam Altman

Sam Altman

The natural state of a start-up is to die; most start-ups require multiple miracles in their early days to escape this fate.

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One thing I tell startups all the time is that the best way to grow is to make their product better.

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Starting a business is like riding a wave between life and death. If you can hang on long enough, you're bound to succeed

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Growth solves (nearly) all problems

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Keep salaries low and equity high. Keep the organization as flat as you can.

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No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long term if you don't have a sufficiently good product.

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You can create value with breakthrough innovation, incremental refinement, or complex coordination. Great companies often do two of these. The very best companies do all three.

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Everyone starting a startup for the first time is scared, and everyone feels like a bit of an imposter.

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Share results (financial and key metrics) with the company every month.

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Move fast. Speed is one of your main advantages over large companies.

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Remember that you are more likely to die because you execute badly than get crushed by a competitor.

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Obsess about the quality of the product.

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If you pivot, do it fully and with conviction. The worst thing is to try to do a bit of the old and the new-it's hard to kill your babies.

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In general don't start a startup you're not willing to work on for ten years.

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It's better to have a few users love your product than for a lot of users to sort of like it.

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Be suspicious of any work that is not building product or getting customers. It's easy to get sucked into an infrastructure rewrite death spiral.

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Every company has a rocky beginning.

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As long as you keep doing the right thing and have the best product, you can beat the bigger company.

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The startups that do well are the ones that are working all the time.

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Great execution is at least 10 times more important and a 100 times harder than a good idea…

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Sam Altman

You need someone that behaves like James Bond more than you need someone that is an expert in some particular domain.

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Sam Altman

The best ideas often look terrible at the beginning the truly good ideas, don't seem like they're worth stealing.

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No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people.

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