What Some Of The Biggest Names In Silicon Valley Wish They Had Known At Age 20

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“What do you know now that you wish you had known at age 20?”

That’s the question Benjamin Ling, a partner at venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, posed 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.

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

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

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