‘Old farts come from young farts’: The 15 best quotes from Web Summit Centre Stage

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Are you fit to pick your favourite quote from three days of Web Summit Centre Stage content? I reckon you’ll find a couple of contenders here.

If nothing else, you’ll need to know Brian O’Driscoll’s advice for explaining away drunken tweets…


“We’ll pay you up to €15,000 if you find vulnerabilities in our software. We encourage you to try.”

– Mikko Hyppönen of F-Secure sets our Centre Stage audience a challenge.


“Old farts come from young farts.”

– Pixar Founder and President Ed Catmull on the circle of life.


“It’s irresponsible to put pictures of your kids online.”

– Privacy expert and Co-Founder of Wickr Nico Sell. This one generated a fair bit of debate over on our Facebook page.


“I was hacked. I was hacked at 4.30 in the morning.”

– Brian O’Driscoll on how he’s explained drunken tweets in the past.


“My modelling only takes up two months a year. My real passion is philanthropy.”

– Natalia Vodianova, international supermodel and Founder of philanthropic startup Elbi on where her heart lies.


“Classrooms are broken. Kids don’t learn the best by reading books.”

– Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey on our education systems.


“I’ve seen all of these false starts .What has happened with Palmer Luckey and Oculus Rift and Facebook buying them is sort of the democratisation of virtual reality. Now you have tens of thousands of people looking at virtual reality and thinking about how it can be used. I think that’s a wonderful thing.”

– Jacquelyn Ford Morie on the dawn of the ‘second wave of virtual reality’.


“There’s something about the human mind that craves order and craves answers. The human mind craves the knowledge that it’s not all random.”

– Author Dan Brown tells us why our churches are still filled on Sunday mornings.


“David Bowie said: ‘If you feel comfortable or safe, then move on.’ This comfort is the antithesis of creativity.”

– Dazed’s Jefferson Hack doesn’t like comfort. Neither does Ziggy.


“It’s really interesting to look back on my videos when I was 19 to what I am now because I feel like I’ve really grown up on YouTube.”

– YouTuber Estee Lalonde on a life spent online.


“We hire people to think.”

– If you’re looking for a job at Qualtrics, be prepared to use your head said Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Smith.


“We should have given Steve (Jobs) more latitude.”

– Former Apple CEO John Sculley opens up on his former colleague.


“The future of healthcare will be a digital, virtual, home-based subscription model.”

– PokitDok CEO Lisa Maki looks into the future of health.


“What we wanted to do was make children feel like they could be themselves.”

Chloe and Caitlin spoke at our free Schools Night. They’ve developed an app – BullyBug – that will help tackle bullying in schools.


“At the moment I’m in terrible condition. November is pretty much the one time you can have a burger; have a beer.”

– Good thing Chris Froome isn’t defending his Tour de France title for some time.

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