I don't work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people.
I don't want to think about how many people have thought or still think that I'm crazy.
You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.
The city needs a car like a fish needs a bicycle.
This is the world's first self-balancing human transporter
It's got motors that do what your muscles do for you. It's got those tires that do what your feet do for you.
One of my biggest fears before we went public was, people would think of this as a toy, ... We think it's much more than that.
Fifty percent of the world's population now lives in cities, those are the people who need this, ... We still get around cities the way the Greeks did 5,000 years ago; they put on sandals, we put on sneakers.
[Quoting Abraham Lincoln, who said the patent system] adds fuel interest to the fire of genius, ... the patent system must appropriately reward innovation and risk.
We have a promising project, but nothing of the Earth-shattering nature that people are conjuring up.
As we move towards 8 or 10 billion people on the planet, there's a little less gold per capita. Each one of us will continue to be fighting over an ever smaller percentage of total resources. This is not a happy thought.
I started realizing that I wasn't so dumb; rather, most people simply didn't know the answers to the questions that I was interested in-or they didn't care.
People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line.
I think an education is not only important, it is the most important thing you can do with your life.
Life is so short. Why waste a single day of it doing something that doesn't matter, that doesn't try to do something big?