Christine Tsai Quotes

  • The change I want to see is a start-up environment where everyone, regardless of gender and background, feels welcome and safe; where sexual harassment or discrimination will not impede great talent from producing great impact.
  • Unfortunately, a lot of Silicon Valley venture capitalists are disconnected from African Americans, Latinos, and other people of color.
  • The best thing women in tech can do is to invest in other women.
  • People will never stop having kids, and people will never stop spending money on them to make sure they're safe, healthy, and educated.
  • When you grow up in poverty, suffer from abuse, live in a violent neighborhood, come from a broken home, lack positive role models, are told you'll never amount to anything, etc, the challenges are enormous.
  • Many of the problems that families face can be solved with great technology, design, and distribution.
  • I love the fact that Facebook offers equal leave for moms and dads. Consider that for your company.
  • In life, you don't get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate. So don't be afraid to ask - the worst you can hear is 'no.'
  • What many single male 23-year-old entrepreneurs don't realize is that family tech is a 'big freaking business'. As in, trillions of dollars.
  • Be transparent about why the termination is happening. If you did things right, it shouldn't be a surprise to the person.
  • It was my first time in prison. I was there to volunteer with Defy Ventures, along with 500 teammates Tara Graham, Brian Wang, and Aerin Lim. While I didn't feel particularly scared about going to prison, I had no idea what to expect.
  • Be the person you want others to perceive you as. So if you want others to see you as a leader, then act like one. Don't expect things to be handed to you. You have to work for it.
  • Offering unequal leaves just reinforces the longstanding notion that parenting responsibilities aren't equal, and that doesn't help anyone.
  • Breaking down barriers is tough. Many companies make the mistake of dismissing diversity early on, only to realize later how foundational it is to their success or failure.
  • Entrepreneurs don't have a regular 9-5 work day. They don't take vacations. They live and breathe their business 24/7 and wear many different hats.
  • You don't need to visit a prison to know that racial inequality exists. There's enough talk about it, especially in Silicon Valley, to know that there's a diversity problem.
  • I mostly read online - tech/VC blogs. I also enjoy the 'NY Times', 'Atlantic', 'New Yorker'.
  • If you invest the time earlier to create structure and process around communication, planning, and goal-setting, you can prevent missteps before they occur.
  • I took on the role of CEO, which involves directing the Management Team and overall day-to-day operations of 500.
  • Throughout the day, I'm always thinking about 500, the team, and how we can do things harder/better/faster/stronger.
  • Values are the foundation of a company. Culture is the manifestation of values - the day to day actions and behavior. Adapt tactical cultural behavior that helps you execute on your values.