Garry Tan

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Name: Garry Tan
Twitter: @garrytan

Garry Tan (born March 21, 1981) is a notable accelerationist figure in the tech industry, known for his extensive work as an entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. As a prominent leader and influencer in the startup and venture capital ecosystems, Tan has significantly contributed to the growth and success of numerous companies.

Early life and education

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Garry Tan grew up in Fremont, California, where he attended American High School. He pursued his higher education at Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering. During his time at Stanford, Tan was actively involved in various activities and societies, including the Asia Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society, Stanford Consulting, and the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.


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  • Being born in the late 20th century and being interested in computers and capable of programming them is basically like winning the lottery.
  • Bitcoin has the potential to destroy credit cards and banks as we know it. Maybe that is a good thing or a bad thing, but I like the idea that if someone needs to remit payments, they can do it without being gouged.
  • To create the future you need a beginner’s mind: In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few.
  • When hiring most positions, raw talent and energy beats the resume. There are a lot of diamonds in the rough waiting to be found out there.
  • Shake Shack started as a money losing burger kiosk to revive an NYC park. The best things start with love, not money.
  • Often new markets are won before anyone knows there's a contest. Great founders secure the prize before others are even aware it exists.
  • People join rocket ships, not question marks.
  • The biggest mismatch in tech is too many founders can execute but can't sell. Others only sell and can't execute. Both are necessary.