Thoughts on startups

Published: Jun 18, 2021 01:39:00 PM IST

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I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
—Michael Jordan
Former American basketball player


Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.
—Drew Houston,
Co-founder and CEO, Dropbox


Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.
—Michael Dell
Founder, chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies


Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.
—Guy Kawasaki
American venture capitalist


The last 10 percent it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90 percent.
—Rob Kalin
Co-founder, Etsy


The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.
—Walt Disney
Co-founder, Disney


Always deliver more than expected.
—Larry Page
Co-founder, Google


Trust your instincts.
—Estée Lauder
Co-founder, Estée Lauder Companies


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
Former president, Y Combinator


If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.
—Reid Hoffman
Co-founder, LinkedIn


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 demoralised.
—Paul Graham
Co-founder, Y Combinator


I think not focusing on money makes you sane, because in the long run it can probably drive you crazy.
—Kevin Systrom
Co-founder, Instagram

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