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9/9: Dinner with John Lilly and Greylock Partners

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John Lilly is the CEO of Mozilla Corporation. He joined Mozilla Corporation in 2005 as Vice President of Business Development, and, since 2006, has served as COO and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to this, Lilly was the founder, CEO, CTO and VP of products for Reactivity, a software company acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007. Previously, he held staff positions at Apple, Sun Microsystems and Trilogy Software. Lilly has been an active participant in open source projects, serving on the boards of the Open Source Applications Foundation and Participatory Culture Foundation.

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Tonight John Lilly, Asheem Chandna and David Thacker from Greylock Partners joined us for dinner at 395 Page Mill. He engaged our teams with an interesting discussion on entrepreneurship as well as Mozilla’s history and vision. A few of his recommendation to new entrepreneurs are:

  • “I’ve gotten my ass kicked a lot; its about longevity.” It’s always good to be reminded that successful entrepreneurs don’t give up.
  • “Try to find things that make your soul sing.” We’ve heard from a lot of our mentors and speakers that you need passion to succeed, but this was a great new way to relate passion as an emotion.
  • If you find good people, hold on to them and stay close to them. These are people you’ll know years down the line, and you never know what opportunities these relationships may lead to.
  • “Scared” isn’t a business term.

Thanks to our generous Greylock hosts for putting us in touch with John; we appreciate the help and insight you’ve been able to provide to our teams.

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Written by ahzietsman

September 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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