Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on startups

Published: Jun 17, 2018 08:38:24 AM IST
Updated: Jun 17, 2018 09:20:40 AM IST

Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.
—Jack Ma
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It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
—Paul Graham

Building a startup is very much an endurance sport.
—Max Levchin
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On Day One, a startup is a faith-based initiative built on guesses.
—Steve Blank

Act confident even when you are not.
—Larry Ellison
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A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about what its product is, who its customers are, and how to make money!
—Dave McClure

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.
—Drew Houston
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Startups don’t just die, they commit suicide.
—Takudzwa Razemba

If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, you are too large.
—Jeff Bezos
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Fail early, fail often.
—Tarun Sharma

When you are ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
—Bob Parsons
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In a startup company, you basically throw out all assumptions every three weeks.
—William Lyon Phelps
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Why join the navy when you can be a pirate?
—Steve Jobs
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(This story appears in the 22 June, 2018 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)