Best 176 Quotes & Tweets on Investment

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Learn from times iterated over time spent. Craft a thousand tweets before ten blog posts before one novel. Skim a dozen books before absorbing one. Make many small investments before a few big bets. Build many small products before starting a company. Explore, then exploit.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

The two biggest investing mistakes are panic buying and panic selling.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Investing in the stock market can turn $10,000 into $100,000. Investing in starting your own business can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

4

Investing well is a skill that everyone can and should learn. Accreditation rules prevent learning and push people into a small set of "safe" assets, high-priced managers, and into lotteries / gambling. Rules based on sophistication instead of net worth would lower inequality.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Making money through an early lucky trade is the worst way to win. The bad habits that it reinforces will lead to a lifetime of losses.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

You have a problem, so you decide to raise some money. Now you have two problems. So you hire some people. Now you have three problems.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

7

Optimize for tomorrow—as in, literally, one day from now. Save to be a little richer tomorrow. Exercise to be a little fitter tomorrow. Read to be a little smarter tomorrow. 1% better every day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

Ever notice how the biggest fans of overwork are usually investors or company owners? And the primary victims of this culture are workers? If you’re in the latter group, developing a bit of class consciousness would serve you well.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

9

Start making small investments early in life: • Takes many failures to figure it out • Best investments have long feedback loops • Capital : labor ratio generally increases in life • Can improve all the way through old age

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Make the email shorter, get to the point faster, and don't be shy about followup.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

11

Investors have different incentives than founders. What investors often look for in a “great” founder is irrational behavior that the investor doesn’t engage in themselves. I.e., 80-hour weeks for 10 years, passing up a big acquisition to go for broke, zero diversification.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

There’s no investment where money works as hard as it does in a tech startup. Driven founders, leveraged with code, capital, media, and intellect, sweating every dollar spent. An enlightened society would educate investors, not restrict them.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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FanDuel raised $416M at a $1.3B valuation & got acquired for $465M. The founders will get nothing after nearly 10 years--can't really beat pref stack. Maybe they took something off the table but still a farcry from the goal. Let this be a reminder: raise what your company needs.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

14

Time spent honing the pitch is better spent working on the product. Good investors use your pitch to size you up, not to understand or appreciate the business.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

Daily use items that are worth spending more on than the average person: -shower head -garbage can -bath towels -office chair We rarely view basic items as investments, but the things we use everyday can provide a little joy with every use if they are well made.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

Investing advice: only buy something when you can afford two of it. Buy the product, then buy the company's stock.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

"Raising money" would be a lot less popular if it were called "selling company."

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

The tension of life: Thinking only of today degrades the experience of tomorrow. Delay gratification. Thinking only of tomorrow degrades the experience of today. Don’t wait to begin living. Invest in your tomorrows and savor your todays. A delicate balance.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

An expense gives you back less than what you put into it. A transaction gives you back roughly the same as what you put into it. An investment gives you back more than what you put into it. Many things look like investments, but are actually expenses.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

Investing favors the dispassionate. Markets efficiently separate emotional investors from their money.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

21

If you're an investor and you meet a founder you feel is truly playing the long game, it's scary not to fund them.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

22

Whether hiring or investing, you don’t get the best deal at the best price.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

23

To bootstrap a new money, create a religion around it. The core teaching is to hodl at all costs, no matter the temptation, until all unbelievers capitulate.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

24

Founders should be asking VCs: What have you built?

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

25

Bad investors ask about the founders' school. Good investors ask why they picked this idea. Great investors ask about their childhoods.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

26

My favorite part about startup investing: The opportunity to learn from smart people building for the future

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

27

Simple rule for founders: don't take money from people you wouldn't hire. Simple rule for investors: don't give money to people you wouldn't work for.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

Whether you’re excited or nervous when your favorite asset falls in price marks whether you’re investing or merely speculating.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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My algorithm to pick investors: 1. Do they listen? 2. Have they gone to great lengths w/ other founders? 3. Are they an expert at something you suck at? 4. Did they make you think differently? 5. Did they respect your time? 6. Do they make you dream bigger? 7. Are they kind?

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

30

Next time an investor tells you your market is too small, ask them for the size of the market 10 years ago for Airbnb, Uber, or Snapchat.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

31

The biggest gains in investing come when you bet against a gloomy crowd, on the upside. The low price already bakes their opinion in. Your losses are limited to 1x, and your gains are uncapped.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

32

Low burn rate, rapid progress: excellent! High burn rate, rapid progress: ok Low burn rate, slow progress: ok High burn rate, slow progress: disaster, and now common because "we can always just raise more money"...

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

33

Show me a fancy resume and I feel nothing. Show me who else is investing and I see lemmings jumping off a cliff. Show me a big unaddressed problem and I am listening. Show me the solution you’ve built and I lean in. Show me the team of true believers you built and I invest.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

34

When invested wisely, time compounds faster money.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

Put your money where your mind is.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

My algorithm for deciding how much to raise was simple: - $225000 fully loaded cost per hire (SF) - times 6 people (max # I'll need for now) - times 2 years of runway (time I need to succeed) - times 1.3x for a buffer (because I'll get something wrong) Raise just what you need.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

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My favorite question to ask investors at the end of a pitch is: "What do you suspect the reason we will fail will be?" Benefits: (1) You get *some* feedback (don't be defensive) (2) You can learn if they know something you don't (3) Counter-interview - are they smart too?

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

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A principle for writing, investing, and life in general: It is much easier to notice when something is working than to predict ahead of time if it will work. Take action, make many small bets, and run lots of quick (but thoughtful) experiments. Then, double-down on the winners.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

39

Making it clear to a founder that someone believes in him/her, and the idea, is one of the most valuable things a startup investor does.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

40

The most leveraged investment, in energy per dollar spent, is a tech startup.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

41

I love how VCs criticize founders who derisk by giving themselves a market salary or taking secondary, yet none of them are willing to give up their 2% management fee.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

42

Most startup pitches underweight on distribution strategy. You can build the best product - but if you distribute through the same channels as everyone else, you aren’t being creative enough. Create a distribution strategy that surprises the people you pitch. You’ll stand out.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

43

Everyone should angel invest.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

44

Great startups are cleverly selected groups of talented people running hard in a particular direction in lockstep, making valuable things. The money is the byproduct. Focus on the money too much and you mess up the group, the direction and lose the money.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

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Founder tip: Send your investors monthly updates. I know it can be annoying and I’ve missed months when things are hectic, but it’s for your benefit. It’s a great way to: - Get help (ask for it!) - Build trust (very important for raising the next round) - Reflect internally

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

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Investors at early stage are usually willing to take one of the two: team/execution risk (Can they build and scale it?) or market risk (Do people want it/can it grow quickly?) —If you’re pitching, you should know which risk you are asking investors to believe you can overcome.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

47

Startups: although it's become fashionable to raise way more money than you need and not worry too much about the dilution, you'll regret this if you're successful.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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Assumptions that are good to operate by even if they aren’t always true: -The competition is smarter and better funded than you. -Without a great product, nothing else matters. -Projects will take 50% longer than expected. -10 minutes early is 5 minutes late.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

49

I would be so excited to read an investor update where "we've achieved product-market fit" was followed by "now we're going to put our heads down and just grow" instead of "now we're going to spend months trying to raise money."

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

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Show me a get rich quick scheme and I don’t care. Show me a cause that will stir the hearts of talented people and rile them to action? Give them focus, purpose, and meaning? I want to invest.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan