The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world. –Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.
If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. – Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s.
Always deliver more than expected. – Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
“Nothing is too expensive to sell. The solution to poor sales of any product or service is not always to reduce the price.” – Raphael Egbewunmi, founder The Neuromarketing Company
Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. – Anthony Volodkin, founder of HypeMachine.
It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that. – Richard Harroch, Venture Capitalist.
I hate how many people think, glass half-empty when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it. – Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia.
For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way. – Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week.
“Rich people don’t trust cheap products. You must know your targeted customers before putting a price on your goods.” – Raphael Egbewunmi, founder The Neuromarketing Company
Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever. – Noah Everett, founder Twitpic.
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
“In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.” – David Ogilvy, co-founder of Ogilvy & Mather.
If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.
You can say anything to anyone, but how you say it will determine how they will react. – John Rampton, entrepreneur and investor.
Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career. – Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder
If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large. – Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop. – Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart Publisher
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO
It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower. – Paul Graham, YCombinator co-founder
I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas. – Rob Kalin, Etsy founder
Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you. – Mark Cuban, AXS TV chairman and entrepreneur
I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back. – Magnus Jepson, WooThemes co-founder
Stay self-funded as long as possible. – Garrett Camp, founder of Expa, Uber and StumbleUpon
“Business is not something you do by theory and paper statistics alone. Remember you are dealing with human beings. You must understand the way humans behave for you to be successful in business.” – Raphael Egbewunmi, founder The Neuromarketing Company
Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell. – Lisa Stone, BlogHer co-founder and CEO
When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. – Josh James, Omniture CEO and co-founder
There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team. – Jason Fried, 37signals founder
Get big quietly, so you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tip off potential competitors. – Chris Dixon, Andreesen Horowitz investor
The value of an idea lies in the using of it. – Thomas Edison, General Electric Co-founder
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. – Tim OReilly, OReilly Media founder and CEO