20 Quotations from Successful Startup Entrepreneurs

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20 Quotations from Successful Startup Entrepreneurs

Guest Speaker: Thomas Oppong “20 Inspiring Quotes on How to Build a Successful Startup”

Startups have always been hard. Even when you think you are putting in your best, it may not be enough to pull it off. Truthfully, most people fail. But don’t give up on your dream just yet. If you really believe that you have something amazing to share with the world (and there is a market for it), go for it. Don’t be discouraged by the number of times you have tried and failed, but be inspired by the number of people who have failed and bounced back as successful entrepreneurs.

Here are some of the most important insights from amazing founders on building a great startup.

source: forbes

Source: Forbes

  1. “User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s still undervalued and under-invested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.”
    Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter
source:inc

Source: inc

2. “No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long-term if you don’t have a sufficiently good product.”
Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator and co-founder of Loopt

source: inc

Source: inc

3. “The product that wins is the one that bridges customers to the future, not the one that requires a giant leap.”
Aaron Levie, co-founder of Box

Source: Etzy via Bloomberg

Source: Etzy via Bloomberg

4. “The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.”
–Rob Kalin, co-founder of Etsy

Source: Cosmopolitant

Source: Cosmopolitant

5. “Mistakes will not end your business. If you are nimble and willing to listen to constructive criticism you can excel by learning and evolving.”
Meridith Valiando Rojas, co-founder and CEO of DigiTour Media

Source: Fast Company

Source: Fast Company

6. “Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.”
–Tim Westergren, co-founder of Pandora

Source: Youtube

Source: Youtube

7. “Make something people want” includes making a company that people want to work for.” Sahil Lavingia, founder of Gumroad.

Source: Venturebeat

Source: Venturebeat

8. “As an entrepreneur, you have to be OK with failure. If you’re not failing, you’re likely not pushing yourself hard enough.”
Alexa von Tobel, founder of LearnVest

Source: Wbez

Source: Wbez

9. “Unless you are a fortune-teller, long-term business planning is a fantasy.”
–Jason Fried, founder of 37signals

Source: First Round

Source: First Round

10. “The strategy is to first know what you don’t know, the tactic is to grind, and the value is to remember: there are plenty of places to innovate.”
David Friedberg, founder of Weatherbill

Source: Artiwards

Source: Artiwards

11. “Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.”
Victoria Ransom, co-founder of Wildfire Interactive

Source : Joeapfelbaum

Source : Joeapfelbaum

12. “Micromanage the process, not the people.”
Joe Apfelbaum,co-founder of Ajax Union

Source: Business Insider

Source: Business Insider

13. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.”
–Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce

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14. “Bad shit is coming. It always is in a startup. The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster happening are one in a thousand. So don’t get demoralized.”
Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator

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15. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.”
–Anthony Volodkin, founder, Hype Maching

Source: Carkeys

Source: Carkeys

16. “If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”
–Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors

Source: Vice

Source: Vice

17. “I think not focusing on money makes you sane, because in the long run it can probably drive you crazy.”
–Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram

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18. “We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.”
Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

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19. “Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.”
–Mark Cuban, serial entrepreneur and investor

Source: Stylist

Source: Stylist

20. “Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle.”
Wendy Tan White, co-founder and CEO of MoonFruit

Failure hurts, but it’s your response to it that matters.

Thomas Oppong
Thomas Oppong

Thomas Oppong is the founder of Alltopstartups.com, a blog that offers ideas and resources for startups. He is the author of Don't Start A Business, Solve A Problem.

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