A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a cool website called startupquote.com. As I was examining the site I noticed encouraging words of wisdom from some very successful people such as Larry Page, co-founder of Google, Seth Godin, founder of Squidoo, and Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to create a post and bring together a collection of great inspirational quotes to get us motivated for some of our own projects that we are working on? What’s also nice about startupquote.com is that you can submit your own words of wisdom and they will tweet it for you. So with no further ado here are my favorite start-up quotes from some of the most influential people in the tech and design industry. Enjoy!
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I love well-designed products that combine form and functionality.
Always deliver more than expected.
Creativity comes from constraint.
If everyone is trying to prevent error, it screws things up.
Be amazing, be everywhere, be real.
The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.
Whatever future you’re building, don’t try to program everything.
Most users have no imagination. They want what they know. When they say they want the future, what they are really saying is that they want a moderately updated version of the past.
If you want to succeed, you’ve got to be okay to just lose control.
Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.
Grow a thick skin and be prepared to take criticism.
When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
Stay self-funded as long as possible.
Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
Set measurable goals, measure relative to competition.
Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.
We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.
I like to pride myself on thinking pretty long term, but not that long term.
Be a user of your own product. Make it better based on your own desires. But don’t trick yourself into thinking you are your user.
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.
Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.
Observe the world around you - everything you do, and especially everything you hate to do.
Don’t make decisions based on fear.
We won’t risk the integrity of our brand by putting a can of soda in the foreground.
In deciding whether to include a service, look at how it fits in with the overall vision.
Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
Starting a company is like getting married and having a kid.
Criticism is the best sign you’re onto something.
If you need scale in order to create value, it’s hard to get scale, because there’s little incentive for the first people to use the product.
We live in a world where you’re not being eaten by a lion when you fail, you just have to get another job.
Among idealists and visionaries, there is no shortage of good intent, but there’s often a shortage of discipline.
We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.
The key to success for everything in business, science and technology is never to follow the others.
There are lots of good reasons to abandon a project. Having a little competition is not one of them.
Always deliver more than expected.
Not having a clear goal leads to death by a thousand compromises.
Making a product better often requires removing features.
It takes some experimentation to figure out what people like and don’t like.
If someone asks you for something, provide them with a clear “No” or a delivery date.
Projections are bullshit. They’re just guesses.
People capable of making enough money to never work again are the same people who will never quit working.
Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.
Branding is what you do, not what you call it.
Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.
It’s in everyone’s nature to say “You can’t do this”. The world will see.
To be successful, you have to have quantity of quality.
The startups that do well are the ones that are working all the time.
When you have rich exchange of ideas, stuff happens.
Planning is valuable, tho the plan is usually useless.
Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.
Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.
You need to keep your head down and build a great product before you raise money.
To us it’s not just about money, it’s about enjoying what we do and believing in it.
Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.
Don’t throw out buzz words without really knowing what is going on behind it.
Features are like having sex. You make one mistake and you have to support it for life.
We’re not really good at knowing what we want, and we are very quick to say “this sucks”. That’s where the opportunity lies.
The difference between a vision and a hallucination is that other people can see the vision.
Expect and hope that a quarter of your projects fail. If not, you’re not taking enough risks.
When bootstrapping, you need to find a team that’s willing to work for nothing and spend their off hours with you.
Learn early, learn often.
Don’t compromise what you wouldn’t want for a quick buck.