Words matter. These are the best Douglas Leone Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
We want people who come from humble backgrounds and have a need to win.
If you start a successful company in China at 11 A.M., by 2 P.M. there’s three more companies like it.
Our business is all about helping someone – a founder, a CEO – building a great business. It’s not about seeing our names in the press.
Give me an entrepreneur with a lot of courage, gusto and who iterates rapidly, and I will back that person day in and day out.
We like companies that can get big and powerful on $50 million or less and not two, three, four or five billion.
Be incredibly, ruthlessly selfish with your equity.
I routinely make trips to China and India where we have offices to continue to maintain the linkages that are necessary to run a successful business.
We look at the number of engineers coming out of India; we look at the growth of the economy, and it’s clear that India is a place we want to be.
You have to be willing to risk things; otherwise, somebody else will put you out of business.
I was working on boats as a teenager, sweating like a pig during a summer job.
We work as a team. I think having the individual being shown as a star actually creates problems internally. We encourage all our investors to work as a team for the benefit of the founders.
The trick is, a market has to be nonexistent when you start. If the market is large early on, you will have too many competitors. You have to make it large.
A tremendous chief executive in a small market will never be great. All great companies start with great markets.
We have co-opted seed funds. You know, Y Combinator, that was completely our money. We have secret handshakes with a whole bunch of people. Very dangerous, because word gets out that so-and-so’s money is Sequoia’s money, that would not be a good thing.
In a globalized world, one application can spread like wildfire and there’s only one winning company, which means you have to invest more than you’ve ever had.
We’ve tried to build Sequoia Capital with an eye for the long term that we really look for in the companies we like to partner with.
I’ll say this: I can’t think of one instance in my 20 years in venture capital in which I have wanted to sell a company before the entrepreneur.
Raise as little as you can to get you to something that you can show – plus maybe a quarter or two so you have a little bit of cushion – and then raise some more money. Raise as little – not as much – as you can because that’s the most expensive equity you’re going to sell.
There’s a number of companies clearly that we wish we had invested in either at the early or at the moderate stage.
You meet with a CEO or founder. You talk about sales, engineering, product management and give some ideas or suggestions. And the founder quickly understands that you really can help them both operationally and from a strategic standpoint.