Sam Altman

Sam Altman quotes on finding ideas

American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. Former president of Y Combinator.

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There's always a technology frontier somewhere, and one of the best reasons to go work there is that it's where the smartest and most interesting people congregate.

2

A lot of great ideas look easy and obvious in retrospect, but it's still somehow enormously difficult to figure out the first time someone does it. It's an easy way to trivialize important contributions. If it was so obviously good, why did no one else do it?

3

Very hard to learn to say no to the pretty good ideas to save focus for the great ones.

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Followup: neither hard work nor a great idea alone will make you successful. Only hard work on the right thing counts.

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