Startup Founders: 5 amazing pieces of advices!

If you are building a company, you already probably know how hard it can be.

When you are struggling through the early days of building your product, service, technology or innovation; the one thing you should be focusing on is reducing your cost of learning!

Essentially, figuring out ways through which you can make mistakes, fail quickly and move on.

Rather than talking to consultants who have “observed” hundreds of startups through their journey, one thing that helps massively is listening to stories of people who have been-there-done-that.

So, I thought it would be cool to share bites from entrepreneurs and their stories through this blog. Hope it helps.

If you don’t have 5 Hours,

Here’s the essence in a nut-shell; just in-case you are really caught up!

In case you do have the time,

I recommend you going through their stories. It’s worth the time. From the way they carry themselves to the way they structure their answers; clear as a crystal.

AirBnB Co-founder Brian Chesky. Also, the designer that hustled:

In this video, Chesky sits for a chat with Reid Hoffman at Stanford and talks about AirBnB’s journey. From how they din’t have customers for 18 months to getting rejected by 15 investors and going from $30,000 in Credit Card debt to building a $10B giant that has serves 400K travelers every day!

Sun Microsystems Co-founder Vinod Khosla. Also, outspoken as a bull:

In this candid chat with Michael Arrington from Techcruch, Khosla talks about how investors need to earn the right to mentor Startups and why he doesn’t attend board meetings. It’s interesting to look at his perspectives on risk-taking, mistake & failures. Food for thought; for sure.

Paypal, Tesla & SpaceX Co-founder, Elon Musk. Also, real-life Iron-man:

In this chat, we get a chance to go through Elon Musk’s life and he talks about how after a $180Million exit he had from paypal, he invested $100M in Space X and $80M in Tesla without having the money for rent! The passion with which he talks about innovation, it’s worth striving for.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Also, the guy who likes to get his hands dirty:

Mark started off as a feet-on-street sales guy and then ended up founding and exiting 2 super large companies at the time. In this chat, Mark talks about the state of software IP in the world and more importantly, what he looks in an entrepreneur while investing not just money but his time, sweat and experience.

Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki. Also, the guy who makes more sense per word-spoken, than most:

Coined the term “Evangelism”, Guy was a significant part of Marketing team at Macintosh in 1984 and then went on to become an awesome VC in Silicon Valley. In this Ted Talk, Guy talks about the leaps necessary for innovation and how the whole under-understood process actually works.

In the end,

If you likes these videos and their collection, do hit the ❤ below as a recommendation. It will help motivate me in writing more of such stuff!

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Until next time,


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