21 Superb Randy Komisar Quotes

Randy Komisar is best known for his work spent as the General Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Recognized for his most notable deal in the sale of Nest Labs to Google, here is a look at some of the best Randy Komisar quotes ever recorded.

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

“Considering personal risk forces us to define personal success. We may well discover that the business failure we avoid and the business success we strive for do not lead us to personal success at all.”

“Don’t confuse drive and passion. Drive pushes you forward. It’s a duty, an obligation. Passion pulls you. It’s the sense of connection you feel when the work you do expresses who you are. Only passion will get you through the tough times.”

“Every moment some form grows perfect in hand or face; some tone on the hills or the sea is choicer than the rest; some mood of passion or insight or intellectual excitement is irresistibly real and attractive to us—for that moment only.”

“How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy?”

“In the Deferred Life Plan there will always be another prize to covet, another distraction, a new hunger to sate. You will forever come up short.”

“In the long run we’re all dead. Time is the only resource that matters.”

“In theory, the risk of business failure can be reduced to a number, the probability of failure multiplied by the cost of failure”

“Integrity is my stock in trade.”

“It’s the romance, not the finance that makes business worth pursuing.”

“Management is a methodical process; its purpose is to produce the desired results on time and on budget. It complements and supports but cannot do without leadership, in which character and vision combine to empower someone to venture into uncertainty.”

“Never shrink from making a difference.”

“Passion and drive are not the same at all. Passion pulls you toward something you cannot resist. Drive pushes you toward something you feel compelled or obligated to do.”

“Passion pulls you. It’s the sense of connection you feel when the work you do expresses who you are. Only passion will get you through the tough times.”

“Rather than working to the exclusion of everything else in order to flood our bank accounts in the hope that we can eventually buy back what we have missed along the way, we need to live life fully now with a sense of its fragility.”

“The financial rewards of the moment may fully compensate you for the loss of time and fulfillment. Or maybe you just don’t think about it.”

“The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

“The risk of working with people you don’t respect; the risk of working for a company whose values are inconsistent with your own; the risk of compromising what’s important; the risk of doing something that fails to express-or even contradicts–who you are.”

“We constantly judge ourselves against criteria that others have set and rank ourselves against others in their game.”

“We may well discover that the business failure we avoid and the business success we strive for do not lead us to personal success at all.”

“Work hard, work passionately, but apply your most precious asset—time—to what is most meaningful to you.”

Randy Komisar appeared in this interview on his book, ‘The Monk and the Riddle.’ Having went on to join Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Komisar focused on their digital and sustainability practices throughout his tenure.

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