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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

Owen Thomas, Business Insider

"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.

What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

1. 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.

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

2. Hunter Walk, Director of Product Management at YouTube

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

3. Michael Yang, Head of Biz Dev at Pinterest

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

4. Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

5. Logan Green, CEO of Lyft

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

6. Brian Caldwell, Partnerships for Evernote

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

7. Walter Kortschak, Senior Advisor at Summit Partners

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

8. Om Malik, Founder of GigaOM

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

9. Ben Smith, Founder of MerchantCircle

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

10. Chris Sacca, Founder of Lowercase Capital

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

11. Eric Rosser Eldon, Co-editor at TechCrunch

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

12. Naval Ravikant, Founder and CEO of AngelList

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

13. Mitch Colleran, Partnerships at Eventbrite

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

14. Ben Ling, Partner at Khosla Ventures

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

15. Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

16. Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

17. Tom Katis, Founder and CEO of Voxer

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

18. Sam Altman, Partner at Y Combinator

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

19. Matt Douglass, Co-founder of Practice Fusion

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

20. Aaron Levie, Founder and CEO at Box

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What Some of the Biggest Names in Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known at Age 20

21. Vinod Khosla, Founder of Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures

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