I’ve been given the privilege of getting old with some modicum of dignity and knowledge (born of a thousand mistakes), so one of the things I enjoy most is teaching the younger generation of would-be founders and leaders around the World.
But the most important thing I teach is this – “The World is not big enough for you to fuck people over and get away with it.” You break enough promises, oversell enough things and bounce enough paychecks – people will start talking until a scar forms on your face.
Reputations make us money or loses us money (often without us knowing it) while we sleep. It’s frankly amazing to me how many people in Silicon Valley and beyond forget this, or don’t believe it applies to them.
Time always proves them wrong.