Archive for the ‘Doriot Quote Of The Day’ Category

Doriot Quote of the Day

September 7, 2009

Here’s one that seems appropriate for Labor Day, which also applies to startups of course.

“Never go into venture capital if you want a peaceful life. Keep on financing concrete that doesn’t move, that doesn’t call you at 2am in the morning.”

Doriot Quote of the Day

August 27, 2009

“A real courageous man is a man who does something courageous when no one is watching him.”

Doriot Quote of the Day

August 17, 2009

Over the next week or so, I am reviving a great idea that venture capitalist Fred Wilson came up with last year: The Doriot Quote of the Day.

One of the fun and surprising things I discovered while researching my book is that Georges Doriot had a knack for coming up with pithy, humorous and Nietzschian aphorisms.

Here’s one of my favorites:

“You will get nowhere if you do not inspire people.”

Doriot Quote Of The Day

May 30, 2008

This just in from Fred Wilson’s Blog A VC.

“At early board meetings, I would try to give an accurate accounting of the profit and loss. He would look through me and ask what I really thought about when I was shaving.”

High Voltage Engineering CEO Denis Robinson, about General Georges Doriot

Says Fred: I really loved this one. Its rarely about the numbers at the early stage. Its about the challenges and opportunities. Speaking of “loving this one” I’ve noticed few if any comments on these Doriot quotes. Am I the only one enjoying them?

So far, 32 people have left comments after Fred’s question–and most folks said they liked the quotes, which makes me feel good. A few people have even gone out and bought the book as a result of reading the Doriot quotes.

What do you think about when you are shaving?