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" Aspiring entrepreneurs are often advised to work at a startup for a couple of years first, to understand what's involved. But often, each company's approach to success is very narrow. So my advice is, 'Just do it.' "
" At TechStars, I have the privilege of working with hundreds of the best and brightest start-up mentors on the planet. We coach our mentors to take a Socratic approach and to provide data rather than decisions. "
" Because one of the main jobs of a CEO is to set the vision and strategy for the company, I'm a big believer in making one of the founders the default CEO. "
" Because Techstars is an intensely productive three-month program in which product development and iteration are primary goals, we're constantly looking to streamline our program to help entrepreneurs avoid recurring obstacles. "
" Clearly, there is a gender imbalance when it comes to venture capital and entrepreneurship. "
" Company naming is a key part of the branding process, but it's subject to contrasting tastes and an illiquid domain name market that results in startups wasting their time during the branding process. "
" Consumers have zero time for products that are not simple, intuitive, and attractive to use. This is especially true with Internet products, where clean and useful design is a prerequisite to keeping anyone on your site for more than 30 seconds. "
" Deciding whether or not to bring in an outside CEO is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions that a founder will ever need to make. "
" Entrepreneurship transparency, I think, is important because there are so many problems that you just have to be real about them. There are so many ways for a startup to die, so the transparency attitude is key. "
" Every year, it seems to be there are more people right out of college who are willing to jump into a start-up. "
" Focusing on the right priorities can help you do more faster. "
" For most people, their home is their most valuable asset. Yet most of us don't take care of it. "
" Going public is one step in the life cycle of a company; it's not the last step. "
" If I had a do over, I'd indubitably start investing in startups earlier in life! "
" If I'm an entrepreneur and I have an idea, and I don't have the development talent around me but I need to find a developer, I would do my selection just like I would with hiring an employee. "
" If you look at the history of innovation, the innovations coming through the defence department have been some of the most important innovations ever. Little things like drones, sensors, and the Internet of Things are defence-type initiatives, but the big one is the Internet itself. "
" If you're in a squeeze for capital and you have a solid, mutually beneficial relationship with a VC, your chances of raising will increase dramatically. "
" If you're not working on something you're passionate about, it's a long, hard road. "
" If you're pitching to investors for the first time and expecting them to be so blown away by how thoroughly amazing your pitch is that they write a check on the spot - well, prepare to be disappointed. "
" I had done six or eight traditional angel investments and basically just thought it sucked. "
" I had to quit a 'real job' to start my first company. "
" I'm an investor in a lot of things that have to do with human-computer interaction. "
" I'm most proud of helping so many others achieve their dreams as founders. "
" I'm often asked what it takes to be 'Series A ready' in terms of metrics, progress, and traction. Unfortunately, there's no easy answer. "
" In Boulder entrepreneurship circles, there is a genuine desire to see others succeed and a general belief that karma matters. There's a sense that together we're building something here, and that we're all a meaningful part of it. "
" In innovation, you're trying to create something from nothing. "
" In the rare cases where I've had to cut a company loose, I just tell them why and wish them luck and hope they learn something from it. I don't spend more mental energy on it than I have to, and I try very hard not to hold a grudge or try to negatively affect them either. It's just done for me. "
" I think entrepreneurs really appreciate directness and honesty, coupled with empathy. "
" I think entrepreneurs should demand transparency for startup accelerators. "
" I think just calling up a VC and saying 'I want to pitch you' is an enormous waste of time. "
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