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Chris Cardell

25 intriguing startup quotes

I stumbled across a startupquote.com today, a great Tumblr blog by Rollin’ Egg. So I had a look through the hundreds of quotes and these are the ones that stood out for me. All the images below link through to the specific Tumblr post. They are in no particular order.

Paul Graham

Y Combinator / @paulg

“It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.”

Ryan Freitas

about.me / @ryanchris

“If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.”

David Karp

Tumblr / @davidkarp

“Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.”


“The more people we have on our team, the less room there is in the elevator and the more complicated everything gets.”

Aza Raskin

Massive Health / @azaaza

“Every time you make the user make a decision they don’t care about, you have failed as a designer.”
“When I’m hiring, I don’t look for credentials, I look for knowledge.”

Michael Arrington

TechCrunch / @arrington

“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.”

Rob Kalin

Etsy / @rokali

“I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.”


“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.”

Tony Hsieh

Etsy / @zappos

“Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.”

Guy Kawasaki

Alltop / @GuyKawasaki

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”

Jason Fried

37signals / @jasonfried

“No is easier to do. Yes is easier to say.”

Jessica Livingston

Y Combinator / @foundersatwork

“The media often glamorizes successful founders and makes their paths seem easier than they actually were.”

Joel Spolsky

Stack Exchange / @spolsky

“Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.”

Magnus Jepson

WooThemes / @mjepson

“I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back.”

Mark Cuban

HDNet / @mcuban

“Find something you love to do. If you don’t make money at it, at least you love going to work.”

Andrew Mason

Groupon / @andrewmason

“I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur before I started this. I just like to build things.”

Marc Andreessen

Andreessen Horowitz / @pmarca

“In a startup, absolutely nothing happens unless you make it happen.”

Garrett Camp

StumbleUpon / @gmc

“Stay self-funded as long as possible.”

Chris Dixon

Hunch / @cdixon

“People capable of making enough money to never work again are the same people who will never quit working.”

Kevin Rose

Digg / @kevinrose

“If you believe in something, work nights and weekends, it won’t feel like work.”

Biz Stone

Twitter / @biz

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”

Drew Houston

Dropbox / @drewhouston

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

Caterina Fake

Flickr / @Caterina

“We don’t have meetings unless absolutely necessary.”

Seth Godin

Squidoo / @ThisIsSethsBlog

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.”

To keep up with further quotes, visit startupquote.com.

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