We at inventures do a lot of interviewing. Most of the time we get to know some really inspirational stories. We love those. Yet, every now and then, we get to hear a quote or two, or ten that that make us go “Please, oh, please tell us you didn’t just say that?!” We love those, too. To kick the year off on a fun note, we’ve decided to introduce you to a few of the unpublished slips – or should we say, gems – of 2013. Please bear with us – we couldn’t resist the temptation to comment.
“Do you know U2, like, the band? Well, we are like them.” – You mean good singers? Rich? Famous? Please elaborate.
“I have this thing, when I always think I pronounce people’s names wrong, and then I realise I pronounce them right.” – Fascinating. You said everybody loves working at your startup?
“You need to be a 100% open. You have to be absolutely open, no matter how good or bad things are. You got to be open.” – Copy that.
“We even have a soccer ball with money written on it. We call it the money ball. So, whenever someone is playing with it, it’s not like he’s wasting time: he’s making money, he’s kicking money around! Because there is “money” on it! See what I mean?” – I think we just discovered inventures’ new team building activity.
“Our monthly revenues are equivalent to 3 or 4 new BMW cars.” – Whatever happened to regular currencies again?
“I have a son and this is the best thing that ever happened to me. Beside other personal hobbies, this is the most important thing for me.” – Things, humans, all the same.
“We have a phantasmic team.” – Wait, what? We just shook hands…
“Although I don’t like very much failure because it’s not failure, it’s a learning process. So you talk failure, you learn. It’s absolutely natural not to manage to do everything and make it happen that way that you estimated, the way you foresee it to happen so well, things happen from time to time, some things do not happen. It’s a natural thing. To make it very clear. Not succeeding. All the small things that you call failures are helping you to understand that there could be such a thing as small failures but it’s a learning process and there is always something better coming in the near future so it’s a natural thing.” – So what’s failure again?
“I see myself as a caveman, who goes through the desert and the rainforest, to kill a lion, then make a spear with a claw, and then come back alive to the cave where all the tribe members are astonished. That’s how I see my business and myself.” – Respect.