Sohail Prasad

Founder, CEO at Equidate. Y Combinator alum. Founding Partner at S2 Capital. Investor at Zenefits, Coin, 45+ others. Formerly: Zynga, Hiptype, Chartboost, Google, Carnegie Mellon, MIT Media Lab.
Fortes fortuna adiuvat.
Carpe diem.

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The Man In The Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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Taking The Leap

I’m taking time off from Carnegie Mellon. Imagine telling the parents that have done everything in their power to provide you with a good education that you want to leave school. Yeah. It’s been a busy past few weeks, but I’m excited to say that I’ll be moving to San Francisco on January 8th, joining the awesome Chartboost team as their 2nd engineer.

Risk. Technically I’m on a leave of absence, so if things don’t work out I can always come back next fall or spring. Sure, leaving school is “risky”—I won’t have a degree that “certifies” me: I’ll only have my skills, network, and experience to fall back on.

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy where you’re guaranteed to fail is not taking any risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Success. I was discussing life and such with Daniel Tunkelang (who gave me an awesome perspective) and he

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The Magic of Silicon Valley

I read TechCrunch, have since I was 12 years old – during middle school I would religiously sit and go through tech blogs for hours every day. The stories were awe-inspiring; people creating amazing things that change the way people interact, people creating something from nothing. For the longest time I’ve known that I’m going to be an entrepreneur—not for the glory or the money, but for the chance to improve how someone goes about their daily life. For the chance to make someone look at their computer and say “where would I be without that.”

Over the last few months, some of the things I’ve been doing (like NowStream from the Disrupt Hackathon back in May, and more recently, some of my work at Google) have been featured on TechCrunch; it’s actually a dream come true. Still, I feel like people treat TechCrunch posts like they’ve started treating funding rounds: a destination instead of

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Quotes

A collection of quotes that I aspire to live my life by. They’re not just words, they’re a way of life.

“It’s not dying you need to be afraid of, it’s never having lived in the first place.”
–Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet

“We make our fortunes and we call them fate.”
–Benjamin Disraeli

“Chance favors the prepared mind”
–Louis Pasteur

“I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the people that I won’t forget.”
–Drake

“Fortes fortuna adiuvat.”
–Latin Proverb

“Carpe diem.”
–Latin Proverb

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
–Steve Jobs

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
–Pablo Picasso

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
–Proverb

“There are

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