Top Value Quotations

The notion of ‘value’ is crucial to any business: how to create it, what it represents for customers, and how to use it to drive commercial opportunity. The best business leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries all understand the many aspects of value; here are a selection of value quotations from luminaries including Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, and Eric Reis that serve to elucidate their thinking:

1. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
Warren Buffet – Business Magnate, Investor and Philanthropist

2. “The best way to create value in the 21st Century is to connect creativity with technology.”
Steve Jobs – Former Co-Founder and CEO Apple; Former CEO Pixar; Former Founder and CEO NeXt

3. “You can be so bad at so many things…and as long as you stay focussed on how you’re providing value to your users and customers, and you have something that is unique and valuable…you get through all that stuff.”
Mark Zuckerberg – Co-Founder and CEO Facebook

4. Creating value is not enough – you also need to capture some of the value you create.”
Peter Thiel – Former Co-Founder and CEO PayPal; Co-Founder and Chairman Palantir Technologies; Board Member Facebook; Venture Capitalist; Author Zero To One

5. “If something has to be designed and invented, and you have to figure out how to ensure that the value of the thing you create is greater than the cost of the inputs, then that is probably my core skill.”
Elon Musk – Former Co-Founder and CEO PayPal; CEO Tesla; CEO and CTO SpaceX

6. “It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.”
Jason Cohen – Founder Smart Bear Software

7. “I don’t look at business as a zero-sum game. I don’t. I’ve never seen it play out that way in our industry, and I think you innovate and you add value, deliver value back to customers, and you get value back from the world.”
Marc Benioff – Founder Salesforce

8. “Lean thinking defines value as providing benefit to the customer; anything else is waste.”
Eric Ries – Author The Lean Startup

9. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
Thomas Edison – Inventor and Businessman

10. “If you need scale in order to create value, it’s hard to get scale, because there’s little incentive for the first people to use the product.”
Joshua Schachter – Creator of Delicious

11. “By precipitating change you’ll create value. Those that do this best will win.”
Ben Keighran – Co-Founder Chomp

12. “The 10% between “90% done” to “100% done” takes most of the time, causes most of the stress, but is all of the value.”
Aaron Levie – Founder and CEO Box

13. “A business model describes how your company creates, delivers and captures value.”
Steve Blank – Author, Academic and Entrepreneur 

14. “If it doesn’t add value, it’s waste.”
Henry Ford – Founder Ford Motor Company; Industrialist

15. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
Albert Einstein – Physicist and Founder of the Theory of Relativity