99 Quotes From Startup Founders To Crush It In 2015

Raad Ahmed
Dec 26, 2014 · 9 min read

Working on a startup is like being on roller-coaster. While at times it is fun and exciting, there are times when you feel completely down and powerless. During those rough patches, there’s not much you can do than to keep grinding on.

Here are 99 quotes that will help you push your business forward.

  1. 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 Click to Tweet
  2. As a startup CEO, I slept like a baby. I woke up every 2 hours and cried. — Ben Horowitz Click to Tweet
  3. When people are placed in positions slightly above what they expect, they are apt to excel. — Richard Branson Click to Tweet
  4. Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. — Anthony Volodkin Click to Tweet
  5. You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea. — Larry Page Click to Tweet
  6. A startup founder is in effect an economic research scientist. Most don’t discover anything that remarkable, but some discover relativity. — Paul Graham Click to Tweet
  7. Time’s a wasting — don’t talk about wanting to do something, just start doing it. — Garrett Murray Click to Tweet
  8. Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. — Biz Stone Click to Tweet
  9. If everyone loves everything that we’re releasing all the time, we are failing. — Jen Beckman Click to Tweet
  10. A good idea is worthless without impeccable execution and a commitment to iterate. — Zach Klein Click to Tweet
  11. If you want to succeed, you’ve got to be okay to just lose control. — Alexis Ohanian Click to Tweet
  12. The strongest thing you can cultivate as an entrepreneur is to not rely on luck but cultivating an ability to recognize fortunate situations when they are occurring. — Jack Dorsey Click to Tweet
  13. We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s party of success. — Arianna Huffington Click to Tweet
  14. You have to be ready for hard work and frugal spending to get the idea off the ground. — Garrett Camp Click to Tweet
  15. There is no finish line. So love the journey. — David Weekly Click to Tweet
  16. When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say “wow, that was an adventure,” not “wow, I sure felt safe.” — Tom Preston-Werner Click to Tweet
  17. Remember: It’s not innovation until it gets built. — Garry Tan Click to Tweet
  18. You are the most powerful force in your life. — Brian Wong Click to Tweet
  19. There is not learning without trying lots of ideas and failing lots of times. — Jonathan Ive Click to Tweet
  20. The mind is powerful — it shapes the way you see the world. Be positive and be amazed at the difference. — Amelia Chen Click to Tweet
  21. To be successful, you have to have quantity of quality. — Mark Frauenfelder Click to Tweet
  22. Don’t worry about failure, you only have to be right once. — Drew Houston Click to Tweet
  23. We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies. — Walt Disney Click to Tweet
  24. Perform day after day. — Aaron Wall Click to Tweet
  25. You need to keep your head down and build a great product before you raise money. — Dina Kaplan Click to Tweet
  26. Just be prepared for a long and often uncertain journey. The good stuff doesn’t come easy. — Tim Westergren Click to Tweet
  27. Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you. — Tony Hsieh Click to Tweet
  28. Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career. — Ryan Freitas Click to Tweet
  29. Do stuff you enjoy, as opposed to the stuff you think you should be dong. — Evan Spiridellis Click to Tweet
  30. If you’re building a product, you can’t be afraid of hearing criticism about it. — Kyle BraggerClick to Tweet
  31. Stay self-funded as long as possible. — Garrett Camp Click to Tweet
  32. Customers buy for their reasons, not yours. — Orvel Ray Wilson Click to Tweet
  33. Turn a perceived risk into an asset. — Aaron Patzer Click to Tweet
  34. Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. — Anthony Volodkin Click to Tweet
  35. The key to getting a reputation for being brilliant is actually being brilliant, not just acting like you are. — Seth Goddin Click to Tweet
  36. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. — Bill Gates Click to Tweet
  37. No one gives a damn about the size of your to-do list. — Ryan Freitas Click to Tweet
  38. The more people we have on our team the less room there is in the elevator and the more complicated everything gets. — David Karp Click to Tweet
  39. You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. — Charles F. Kettering Click to Tweet
  40. If there is something you want to build, but the the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen. — Dennis Crowley Click to Tweet
  41. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. — Reid Hoffman Click to Tweet
  42. Tell stories. — Seth Godin Click to Tweet
  43. If you’re going to put your product in beta — put your business model in beta with it. — Joe Kraus Click to Tweet
  44. Hire the best people you can find. You will sleep better at night. — Bijan Sabet Click to Tweet
  45. If you need the user to tell you what you’re selling, then you don’t know what you’re selling, and it’s probably not going to be a good experience. — Marissa Mayer Click to Tweet
  46. Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way. — Jason Fried Click to Tweet
  47. Stop selling. Start helping. — Zig Ziglar Click to Tweet
  48. I think a simple rule of business is: if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress. — Mark Zuckerberg Click to Tweet
  49. Focus on the user. — Adam Smith Click to Tweet
  50. We never thought of it as customer service. We just treat people how we would want to be treated. — Sally Strebel Click to Tweet
  51. You need three things to create a successful startup: 1. hire exceptionally great people. 2. make something customers actually want. 3. spend only on the priorities and maximize profitability. — Paul Graham Click to Tweet
  52. It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes happy between 9 and 5. It’s whether our work fulfills us. — Malcom Gladwell Click to Tweet
  53. Learn from your unhappy customers. — Bill Gates Click to Tweet
  54. Success is very much the intersection of luck and hard work. — Dustin Moskovitz Click to Tweet
  55. You make your own luck. Every single minute of every day. — Hiten Shah Click to Tweet
  56. People do make judgements of trust on appearance — in the real world and online. — Aaron Patzer Click to Tweet
  57. Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can complain. — Henry Ford Click to Tweet
  58. Do what you love and the rest will come. — Dennis Crowley Click to Tweet
  59. The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else. — Eric Ries Click to Tweet
  60. Theory is splendid but until you put into practice, it is valueless. — James Cash Penney Click to Tweet
  61. Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors. — Chris Dixon Click to Tweet
  62. Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity. — Michael Dell Click to Tweet
  63. It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas. — Edwin Land Click to Tweet
  64. Fail often so you can succeed sooner. — Tom Kelley Click to Tweet
  65. If a user is having a problem, it’s our problem. — Steve Jobs Click to Tweet
  66. Anything that is measured and watched, improves. — Bob Parsons Click to Tweet
  67. Create something simple. Let the market pull you in. — Brad Burnham Click to Tweet
  68. Don’t make decisions based on fear. — Jack Nickell Click to Tweet
  69. In many cases, the more you try to compete, the less competitive, you actually are. — Kathy Sierra Click to Tweet
  70. Build Credibility. — Aradath Albee Click to Tweet
  71. If you’re not working on your best idea right now, you’re doing it wrong. — David Heinemeier Hansson Click to Tweet
  72. Do what you’re truly passionate about. I’m working hard at something I truly love. — Sam Lessin Click to Tweet
  73. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me. — Steve Jobs Click to Tweet
  74. The value of an idea lies in the using of it. — Thomas Edison Click to Tweet
  75. I can understand wanting to have a million dollars… but once you get beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger. — Bill Gates Click to Tweet
  76. Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it. — Richard Branson Click to Tweet
  77. Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not. — Michael Dell Click to Tweet
  78. Success is not delivering a feature; success is learning how to solve the customer’s problem. — Mark Cook Click to Tweet
  79. Shiny doesn’t last. — Jeff Bezos Click to Tweet
  80. Content is king. — Gary Vaynerchuck Click to Tweet
  81. Customers always want something new — Steve Jobs Click to Tweet
  82. All MBA have said are correct, but they can’t execute it. — Jack Ma Click to Tweet
  83. I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know. — Harland Sanders Click to Tweet
  84. If you want to unleash more creativity in your company you need to allow for a little contamination. It is the sand in the oyster that creates pearl. — Fred Wilson Click to Tweet
  85. Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. — Steve Jobs Click to Tweet
  86. You have to be ready for hard work & frugal spending to get the idea off the ground. — Garrett Camp Click to Tweet
  87. Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. — Ernest Hemingway Click to Tweet
  88. Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you. — Mark Cuban Click to Tweet
  89. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Adrienne Gusoff Click to Tweet
  90. Any time is a good time to start a company. — Ron Conway Click to Tweet
  91. Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in peoples lives. — Michelle Obama Click to Tweet
  92. The only thing worse than starting something and failing.. is not starting something. — Seth Godin Click to Tweet
  93. Perfectionism is often an excuse for procrastination. — Paul Graham Click to Tweet
  94. It takes time, it’s a grind. There are no shortcuts. You’ve got to grind and grind. — Mark Cuban Click to Tweet
  95. A startup is a company that is confused about — 1. What its product is, 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to make money. — Dave McClure Click to Tweet
  96. Sleep is that time you’re working on startup problems with your eyes closed. — Dharmesh Shah Click to Tweet
  97. You have chosen the wrong path if it’s not fun. And you are probably not taking enough risk if it’s not hard and rocky sometimes. — Mark Benioff Click to Tweet
  98. One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion. — Tim Ferris Click to Tweet
  99. In the startup world, you’re either a genius or an idiot. You’re never just an ordinary guy trying to get through the day. — Marc Andreessen Click to Tweet

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