Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on ethics

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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Smart partners negotiate fair deals because they know that lopsided deals are fragile and that most value accumulates in long term trust relationships. You can tell a lot about a potential partner by their opening offer.


Envy is an illusion. The part of the person that we envy doesn’t exist without the rest of that person. If we aren’t willing to trade places with them completely - their life, their body, their thoughts - then there is nothing to be envious about.


The selfish reason to be ethical is that it attracts the other ethical people in the network.


Wisdom is the product of experience and honest reflection.


If you're intellectually honest and advocate for a system that controls people, turn over the keys to your enemies for a dry run.


Small deals rely on promises and contracts. Big deals rely on alignment and trust.


Build a reputation that makes other people do deals through you.


To be honest, speak without identity.


Ethics is what you do despite the money. If being ethical were profitable, everyone would do it.


Distrust futurists. More so if they haven't created anything fundamental in their field. Distrust completely if they claim many fields.

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