Advice for Startups from Industry Leaders

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.” – Lindsay Manseau

“You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done.” – Russell Simmons

“Don’t be a lone wolf. Lean on the experience and smarts of your teammates, investors, and mentors to help solve the tough problems and take advantage of the opportunities.” – Seth Bannon

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” – Richard Branson

“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas

How to Create a Successful Startup

“Any time is a good time to start a company.” – Ron Conway

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

“Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down.” – Michael Bloomberg

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh

“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” – Mark Cuban

“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand

“The best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” – Michael Arrington

“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” – Rob Kalin

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman

“Behold the turtle, he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – Bruce Levin

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