Some of Pixar’s most illustrious alums, steeped for decades in Pixar’s potent creative culture, reveal how they apply the company’s philosophies of success to their own ventures—and you can, too.
"While I’ve tried different online to-do lists, I cannot work off of a to-do list that isn’t written or typed. The delete button will never give you the kicks that crossing off tasks will give you.”
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“Fifty was a shock, because it was the end of the center period of life. But once I got over that, 60 was great. Seventy was great. And I loved, I seriously loved aging. I found myself thinking things like: ‘I don’t want anything I don’t have.’ How great is that?”
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“You’re looking at a production cost of nearly $40 per pack of Mary Janes.”
“Running a business is like going through life with just what’s in your backpack,” Gwen Dean says. “You need to be able to think outside the box, inside the box, through the box, and while standing on the box. You must be up for a wild ride.”
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“People say they want to be in risky environments and do all kinds of exciting stuff. But they don’t actually know what risk means, that risk actually does bring failure and mistakes.”
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“Not everyone believes in Airbnb’s potential. Bill Carroll of Cornell University’s esteemed School of Hotel Administration says there’s too much “hoopla” around the service, and contends Airbnb will never be able to deliver as consistent of an experience for guests as hotels do. “It’s always going to be niche, constrained by how many people want to stay in an Airbnb type of experience,” he says. Carroll compares staying in a stranger’s home to the manger Joseph and Mary stayed in according to the Bible, joking, “That certainly wasn’t a chain property!”
“My inner critic is a full-on monster, and she’s the reason I kept my rates ridiculously, laughably low, just so no one would get mad at me if they weren’t happy with my services.”
“What if we could turn a three hour flight into a mentoring program at 35,000 feet?”
Much like Warby Parker’s flagship SoHo store, its new Upper East Side location has the feel of a luxurious, smartly curated book lover’s den. You can browse frames, get an eye exam, or flip through books from independent presses and magazines geared toward the smart set like n 1 and The Paris Review. The new twist? Your glasses will now be delivered to you via the old-timey magic of pneumatic tubes.
"Pneumatic tubes were fun, and the most effective way to do it. Sometimes you don’t need the newest technology to create the best customer experience."
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