I'm building a directory of startup quotes so that when us starters need some quick wisdom or a pick me up, we can browse though awesome quotes about a chosen startup topic. I'm almost done building out a rough prototype of the site and am harvesting quotes to add to it now.
Links to any websites that have quotes related to startups are also appreciated (I already know about startupquote ).
Thanks in advance for your help!
From Founders at Work :
No, it was never clear that we were on-Joe Krauss (Cofounder, Excite)
to something huge. You never know
anything. The hardest part in a
startup is that you wake up one
morning, and you feel great about the
day, and you think, “We’re kicking
ass.” And then you wake up the next
morning, and you think “We’re dead.”
And literally nothing’s changed.
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
-Les Brown (motivational speaker)
Eric Sink on "Starting Your Own Company"...
In your first 40 hours per week, build
custom software or websites for other
companies. Charge them enough money to
pay your expenses. In your other 40
hours per week, work on building your
If this sounds like a lot of hard
work, you are absolutely right. If
that sounds unappealing, keep your job
These quotes are from the 2010 Business of Software conference. I'm including a link back to the original post (my blog ) for each speaker, in case it helps you. I can remove the links if not necessary. Dharmesh Shah (link to original post ):
Peldi (link to original post ):
Rob Walling (link to original post ):
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity."
"Creativity comes from Constraints"
-Biz Stone (Twitter co-founder)
You just can't beat the person who never gives up. -Babe Ruth
If you aren't embarrassed about your 1st version, you have launched it very very late
Rule #1: The customer is always right.
Rule #2: When the customer is wrong, see rule #1
"Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black"
"Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life [or do you want to change the world]"
Supposed quote from Steve Jobs to John Sculley about joining him at Apple.
Note though that I am not a Jobs fan - his ethics are highly questionable and I don't think I would like working for him. But that quote is clear about doing something.
It is similar to the line from The Shawshank Redemption:
"Get busy living, or get busy dying"
"Anything worth achieving in life has a dip" - Seth Godin
"If you think it's expensive to hire a-Red Adair
professional to do the job, wait until
you hire an amateur."
“Teamwork is no accident. It is the-John Adair
by-product of good leadership.”
"It is better to have one seven-foot jumper on your team than any number of six-foot jumpers.
"I most enjoy helping to build something up, taking an unformulated enterprise and making it into what it could become.
"When we set out to create a community of technical scholars in Silicon Valley, there wasn't much here and the rest of the world looked awfully big. Now a lot of the rest of the world is here."
"A journey of one thousand miles begins with one step"