Foundation: Evernote’s Phil Libin on Building a Hundred-Year-Old Startup


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For the latest episode of my Foundation series, I interviewed Evernote CEO Phil Libin live from START SF. Phil discusses his views on the “cloud” moniker, Evernote’s plans to be a hundred-year-old startup, and how to make encryption sexy (yes, really!).

Here’s Phil’s healthy perspective on the competitive landscape in Silicon Valley:

People are trained to talk about business like sports, saying it’s a zero sum game. Being in a startup is less like boxing and more like playing music, less like warfare and more like art. Of course there are other competitors and players, but those interactions are not zero sum. If you suck at it, you’re going to fail. You’re not going to fail because someone is better than you. If you’re great, the other people in it will make you greater. Think of it less like baseball and more like playing in an orchestra.”

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