"What do you know now that you wish you had known at age 20?"
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.
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.
Hunter Walk, Director of Product Management at YouTube
Michael Yang, Head of Biz Dev at Pinterest
Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab
Logan Green, CEO of Lyft
Brian Caldwell, Partnerships for Evernote
Walter Kortschak, Senior Advisor at Summit Partners
Om Malik, Founder of GigaOM
Ben Smith, Founder of MerchantCircle
Chris Sacca, Founder of Lowercase Capital
Eric Rosser Eldon, Co-editor at TechCrunch
Naval Ravikant, Founder and CEO of AngelList
Mitch Colleran, Partnerships at Eventbrite
Ben Ling, Partner at Khosla Ventures
Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures
Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit
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Tom Katis, Founder and CEO of Voxer
Sam Altman, Partner at Y Combinator
Matt Douglass, Co-founder of Practice Fusion
Aaron Levie, Founder and CEO at Box
Vinod Khosla, Founder of Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures