Jimmy Wales

(Jimmy Donal Wales)

Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales
  • Born: August 7, 1966
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Internet Entrepreneur, Formerly Financial Trader









Quote Topics Cited
Access to information is a fundamental human right. Freedom & Liberty ;Human & Civil Rights
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Media, Journalism & The Press
A huge amount of what goes on in the Middle East has to do with people being fed really bad information.
A lot of people who work on open-source software don't mind making money elsewhere. They aren't anticommercial. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Almost anything is better than three network TV outlets completely controlling the national discourse with their nightly broadcasts. We've moved a long way from that, and that's important.
Dialing down is not an option for me.
Free speech includes the right to not speak.
I am really accessible.
I can't do anything quietly anymore.
I don't come down on any simple place as a deletionist or a completionist.
I don't worry. It's just not in my nature, really. Nature
I have always liked the idea of going to print because a big part of what we are about is to disseminate knowledge throughout the world and not just to people who have broadband. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I have always viewed the mission of Wikipedia to be much bigger than just creating a killer website. We're doing that of course, and having a lot of fun doing it, but a big part of what motivates us is our larger mission to affect the world in a positive way.
I have no regular schedule. I get up whenever I can.
I have zero interest in sports of any kind - professional, college or international. Sports & Athletics
I just get up every day and do what seems like the most interesting, fun thing to do.
I still believe there is a need to open up search and it will come eventually. It is very important to challenge the current models.
I tend to eat things in fours. I'll eat four nuts, four grapes, four chips at a time. I don't know why. It's not really a superstition. I don't think anything bad will happen if I don't, but three potato chips doesn't seem right. Time
I think it's a mistake to treat different realms of knowledge as if they are some how fundamentally the same. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I think people have to recognise that the traditional modes of authority weren't that great.
I think that reality exists and that it's knowable.
I worry about censorship in many parts of the world.
If I had some information, the last thing I would ever do with it is send it to Wikileaks.
If it isn't on Google, it doesn't exist.
If you see a blatant error or misconception about yourself, you really want to set it straight.
I'm a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought. Freedom & Liberty
I'm not real good at the administrative part of running a company.
I'm very much an Enlightenment kind of guy.
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It just didn't occur to me, sitting at my computer, that I would end up travelling all over the world.
It's kind of surprising that you could just open up a site and let people work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Love. It isn't very popular in technical circles to say a lot of mushy stuff about love, but frankly it's a very very important part of what holds our project together. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Massive numbers of people are going to come online from cultures we don't normally interact with.
Mostly, I try to take a rational approach to life. Life
My being some kind of celebrity - not a real celebrity, isn't a welcome part of the job.
My original concept was to provide a free encyclopedia for every single person in the world.
My view is that good community management is like having good municipal government: You should be able to have dissenting opinions and so on, freedom of speech, but your grandmother should also be able to walk down the street at night without having to worry about getting mugged. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
One of the ways that Microsoft beat Apple way back in the day was that they were a lot more open; today, in the world I come from, the free software and open-source world, Microsoft is not generally viewed as open; they're viewed as proprietary.
Our growth rate continues to be staggering.
People are not fundamentally bad. It only takes the smallest of correctives to take care of that tiny minority that wants to disrupt the community.
People do fun and interesting things because they're fun and interesting.
People take issue with individual aspects of Wikipedia all the time. But it's kind of hard to hate the general idea of a free encyclopedia. It's like hating kittens. Time
People who have achieved a public voice find it a mixed bag.
The core of Wikipedia is something people really believe in. That is too valuable for the world to screw it up.
The goal is to give people a free encyclopedia to every person in the world, in their own language. Not just in a 'free beer' kind of way, but also in the free speech kind of way.
The mainland Chinese tend to take a Chinese mainland point of view on controversial issues, and the Taiwanese take another the Taiwanese viewpoint.
The Supreme Court has held that code is speech. And it doesn't matter that it's done on a computer or done face to face or done in a newspaper, reporting the facts of the world is protected speech.
There's a big tendency to gravitate toward a closed and proprietary approach too easily.
There's kind of this real social pressure to not argue about things.
Things work well when a group of people know each other, and things break down when it's a bunch of random people interacting. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language - That's who I am. That's what I am doing. That's my life goal. Life
We are still in the very beginnings of the Internet.
We don't need secrecy.
We have to come together, worldwide, and 'think.' We have a tool - the internet - to let us do that. Let's use it wisely.
We've seen how grassroots journalism by blogs has had an impact at various points politically, as ordinary people have amplified stories that were being ignored by the traditional press.
What can we put into the hands of people under oppressive regimes to help them? For me, a big part of it is information, knowledge - the ability to defeat propaganda by understanding it. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
What you don't get in the mainstream media is so much of the background material.
While I'm optimistic about the direction the world is headed, generally, I think there is a need for constant vigilance and pressure on repressive governments.
Wikis and social networking are just tools.
You shouldn't use anything as the sole source for anything, in my view.