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Speaker Quotes from XOXO 2016

The speakers at the XOXO 2016 Conference were amazing and covered a huge range of topics. Here is a collection of quotes from the talks. I jotted these down as I heard them, while trying to follow the talk, so there may be some transcription errors.

What is work? – David Rees

Your ideas might be smarter than you – Simone Giertz

Follow your dreams right up to the point where they become your job, and then run the opposite way – David Rees

I believed in the myth of no effort – John Roderick

OOPS! I made something people are using – Leaf Corcoran

People who succeed lose the right to ask for help – Lucy Bellwood

Platitudes are designed to be told to people who have talent but don’t work hard – John Roderick

Theres an inscrutability to being kind and bubbly all the time – Lucy Bellwood

Emotional control is the ability to resist the urge to appear put together – Sammus

When you’re building things as a kid, no one expects you to build useful things – Simone Giertz

Kids today are born into a recording device, the internet – Neil Cicierega

Where there is surveillance, power imbalances will be exploited in an unethical way – Sarah Jeong

You work so hard. You should be making more – Lucy Bellwood

It is okay to keep the money people give you to because they like the things you make – David Rees

[On the internet today,] eyeballs are an encroachment that have to be paid for – Sarah Jeong

1995, a time before content – Neil Cicierega

You are allowed to want the stability of an income – Lucy Bellwood

So I just quit . . . making an effort – John Roderick

Ideas first, tools later – Simone Giertz

Things on radio are often disappointing when you see them in real life – Starlee Kine

The computer as a glowing box of secrets – Neil Cicierega

When it comes to satire, always read the comments – Jenn Schiffer

I made [the circuit board] blue because green is scary – Star Simpson

I wanted them to succeed – Leaf Corcoran

I want to impress Tokyo – John Roderick