WORK IT OUT
When I first heard about Foursquare, I emailed [co-founder] Dennis Crowley. He said, “Are you ever in New York?” I said, “Actually, yeah! I plan on being in New York tomorrow.” [Laughs.] I booked my flight that night, met with him and, a month later, I was working for Foursquare.
I don’t care if I’m working on technology or making toilet bowls. As long as the product is innovative, I will become an expert in that space.
HOLD YOU DOWN
When I decided to move to the West Coast, I had just gotten married. My wife has been as supportive as possible. You can have all the skills in the world and still be pretty lonely, so it’s important to have that support system.
WATCH AND LEARN
I have a ridiculous amount of respect for Reginald Lewis, who at one point was the most prominent Black businessman in America, and Diddy. They out-hustled everyone. I respect everyone who ascribes to that philosophy.
There’re always cynics. For every cynic, I could find you three or four or 500 people that are happy. [Laughs.] People are just fighting the inevitable.
This story appears in the June/July 2010 issue of VIBE Magazine.
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