Yossi Vardi wins Quote of the Day at TechCrunch 40

In the category of best closing comment to close the first day of TC40, I hereby declare the legendary Yossi Varid the winner.

(And with that I’m heading to bed, my summary of the first day’s presentations with sundry stars won’t get any better.)

The last panel of the day ended with Yossi Vardi urging the audience to look up Theodore Roosevelt’s “arena” speech from 1910:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

An appropriate wrap to the presentations! Indeed what deserves to be remembered. And nobody has quit put it as well as Theodore did. Good luck to each and every presenter!

And don’t forget those encouraging words, when you meet with those “cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”, the VCs! (I jest, I jest.)

1 Comment

  1. Very inspiring. Reminds me of gladiators for some reason.


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