Eric Ries – I can’t say I’m not…

I can’t say I’m not grateful to have journalists writing about me as a genius…


“I can’t say I’m not grateful to have journalists writing about me as a genius. But I know it’s not true. I’m not confused. I understand that success comes through a lot of failure and a lot of very embarrassing failure. People want to create the next Facebook, but they are too afraid to create the next Facemash.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – Here in Silicon Valley, I…

Here in Silicon Valley, I have taken part in hundreds of conversations trying to convince…


“Here in Silicon Valley, I have taken part in hundreds of conversations trying to convince people to dive in and become entrepreneurs. All too often, innovators with good, safe, jobs are unwilling to put their family’s access to health care at risk by walking away from company-backed medical insurance.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – You know how people always…

You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and…


“You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and perseverance and really seeing what other people don’t see? We can actually redeem a fair amount of that folk wisdom.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – Customers don’t know what they…

Customers don’t know what they want. There’s plenty of good psychology research that shows that…


“Customers don’t know what they want. There’s plenty of good psychology research that shows that people are not able to accurately predict how they would behave in the future. So asking them, ‘Would you buy my product if it had these three features?’ or ‘How would you react if we changed our product this way?’ is a waste of time. They don’t know.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – Famous pivot stories are often…

Famous pivot stories are often failures but you don’t need to fail before you pivot…


“Famous pivot stories are often failures but you don’t need to fail before you pivot. All a pivot is is a change is strategy without a change in vision. Whenever entrepreneurs see a new way to achieve their vision – a way to be more successful – they have to remain nimble enough to take it.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – The United States is locked…

The United States is locked in a new arms race for that most precious resource…


“The United States is locked in a new arms race for that most precious resource – the future entrepreneurs upon whom economic growth depends. Substantial research shows that immigrants play a key role in American job creation.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – There was a study done…

There was a study done in the early 20th century of all the entrepreneurs who…


“There was a study done in the early 20th century of all the entrepreneurs who entered the automobile industry around the same time as Henry Ford there were something like 500 automotive companies that got funded, had the internal combustion engine, had the technology, and had the vision. Sixty percent of them folded within a couple of years.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – Science and vision are not…

Science and vision are not opposites or even at odds. They need each other. I…


“Science and vision are not opposites or even at odds. They need each other. I sometimes hear other startup folks say something along the lines of: ‘If entrepreneurship was a science, then anyone could do it.’ I’d like to point out that even science is a science, and still very few people can do it, let alone do it well.”
-Eric Ries

Eric Ries – Except in very narrow cases…

Except in very narrow cases, where there’s breakthrough science that needs patent production, worrying about…


“Except in very narrow cases, where there’s breakthrough science that needs patent production, worrying about competitors is a waste of time. If you can’t out iterate someone who is trying to copy you, you’re toast anyway.”
-Eric Ries