November 29th, 2014
01:06 PM ET

Kalanick: You can bend reality, but you can't break it

Fareed speaks with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about the link between failure and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Watch the full interview on a GPS special on innovation in the United States, this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

People always say in Silicon Valley... the great thing about the place is you can fail. So what's the upside of down?

It's so easy to talk about failure when you're not failing. It's so much easier. So a lot of the folks who talk about failure and how it's so easy to do in Silicon Valley, those are people who have succeeded.

But when they hadn't succeeded yet, they were scared out of their minds of failing. And yes, I've certainly failed a couple of times. And it's scary. But I think if the folks who do succeed are the folks not who accept failure, but the folks who do not.

And so though Silicon Valley is a place where you can fail and get back up on your feet, I find that the folks that are most successful in Silicon Valley are the ones who do not accept failure, ever. And they just keep going until it works. But they don't keep going on something that's not going to work. They adjust and they move and try to find where reality and their vision meet. I like to say you can bend reality, but you can't break it.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. bobcat2u

    Reality is an illusion that occurs due to the lack of alcohol.

    November 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
    • banasy©

      If you will, lol

      Reality is just a crutch for those who can't cope with drugs.

      ~Robin Williams

      November 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  2. 100% Ethio-Britain (American)

    Why do we have to fail, anyways?

    Are we pre-prepared to succeed and/fail?
    Do others to fail, for us, to scape failure?
    In our life times, we have seen all.

    November 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm |
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