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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20
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"What do you know now that you wish you had known at age 20?"

That's the question Benjamin Ling (who you should definitely follow on Twitter), a partner at venture capital firm Khosla Venturesposed to to his Twitter followers two weeks ago.

Thanks to the reputation he garnered from his senior roles at Google, YouTube, and Facebook, Ling was able to get answers from a range of big names in Silicon Valley, from the CEO of Reddit to one of the founders of Sun Microsystems.

Many of the responses focus on the importance of building relationships, the importance of perseverance, and advice for those looking to start their own companies.

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Ben turned to Twitter to ask what people wish they had known at age 20. After getting over 200 responses, he rounded up the top 20.
Ben turned to Twitter to ask what people wish they had known at age 20. After getting over 200 responses, he rounded up the top 20.
image credit: Ben Ling

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Hunter Walk, Director of Product Management at YouTube
Hunter Walk, Director of Product Management at YouTube
image credit: Ben Ling
Michael Yang, Head of Biz Dev at Pinterest
Michael Yang, Head of Biz Dev at Pinterest
image credit: Ben Ling
Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab
Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab
image credit: Ben Ling
Logan Green, CEO of Lyft
Logan Green, CEO of Lyft
image credit: Ben Ling
Brian Caldwell, Partnerships for Evernote
Brian Caldwell, Partnerships for Evernote
image credit: Ben Ling

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Walter Kortschak, Senior Advisor at Summit Partners
Walter Kortschak, Senior Advisor at Summit Partners
image credit: Ben Ling
Om Malik, Founder of GigaOM
Om Malik, Founder of GigaOM
image credit: Ben Ling
Ben Smith, Founder of MerchantCircle
Ben Smith, Founder of MerchantCircle
image credit: Ben Ling
Chris Sacca, Founder of Lowercase Capital
Chris Sacca, Founder of Lowercase Capital
image credit: Ben Ling
Eric Rosser Eldon, Co-editor at TechCrunch
Eric Rosser Eldon, Co-editor at TechCrunch
image credit: Ben Ling
Naval Ravikant, Founder and CEO of AngelList
Naval Ravikant, Founder and CEO of AngelList
image credit: Ben Ling
Mitch Colleran, Partnerships at Eventbrite
Mitch Colleran, Partnerships at Eventbrite
image credit: Ben Ling
Ben Ling, Partner at Khosla Ventures
Ben Ling, Partner at Khosla Ventures
image credit: Ben Ling
Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures
Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures
image credit: Ben Ling
Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit
Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit
image credit: Ben Ling

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Tom Katis, Founder and CEO of Voxer
Tom Katis, Founder and CEO of Voxer
image credit: Ben Ling
Sam Altman, Partner at Y Combinator
Sam Altman, Partner at Y Combinator
image credit: Ben Ling
Matt Douglass, Co-founder of Practice Fusion
Matt Douglass, Co-founder of Practice Fusion
image credit: Ben Ling
Aaron Levie, Founder and CEO at Box
Aaron Levie, Founder and CEO at Box
image credit: Ben Ling
Vinod Khosla, Founder of Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures
Vinod Khosla, Founder of Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures
image credit: Ben Ling

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