Best 131 Quotes & Tweets on Starting a company

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1

Your company may not be in the software business, but eventually, a software company will be in your business.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

The person who learns the most in any classroom is the teacher. Lesson: If you really want to learn a topic, then “teach” it. Write a book. Teach a class. Build a product. Start a company. The act of making something will force you to learn more deeply than reading ever will.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

There’s never been a better time to launch a digital product.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

Things you don't have to do to start a company: - Quit your job - Learn to code - Write a business plan - Raise money - Hire employees Things you have to do: Start.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

5

Finding a new job is uncomfortable. Starting a company is uncomfortable. Learning a new skill is uncomfortable. Getting healthy is uncomfortable. Growth is uncomfortable.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

6

Don't start a company because you want to be your own boss. You'll have more bosses than ever before: your board, investors, employees, customers, and more!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

7

Whether you’re starting a company or a cult, recruit for conviction, not curiosity.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Investing in the stock market can turn $10,000 into $100,000. Investing in starting your own business can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

9

Want to learn design, product development, sales, customer support, marketing, recruiting, finance, legal, and operations? Start a company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

10

You don’t have to quit your job to start a startup. You don’t have to move to SF to start a startup. You don’t have to raise money to start a startup. If you start when/how you can, you will be pulled in the right direction.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

Something I wish everyone knew: the bar's not as high as you think. You can get that job, meet that person, start that company. But because you think the bar's so high, you won't even try. Which is what makes the bar so low!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

12

In the startup olympics, first place gets a monopoly, second place gets a medal, and there is no third place.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

Start a company to automate your job. Your first customer can be your current employer.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

If you don't own a piece of a business, you don't have a path towards financial freedom.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

Before you can build a business that helps people, you must become a person who helps people.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

The lockdowns are intensely pro-tech. They forcibly accelerate tech adoption and cure the industry of its collective addiction to industrial-era offices.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

17

Some of the most successful startups were started because the founders couldn’t get jobs.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

Most CEOs are CEOs because they started the businesses they run - not because they are abnormally smart or qualified. Often they’re the least qualified people in the company, since they’re the only ones who didn’t go through an interview process.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

If you don’t own capital in a capitalist economy, you are the capital. Things you can own: - your own business - equity in someone else’s - shares in a public company - IP: words, stories, characters - real estate, land What will you own?

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

You will discover the business you should build when you start to build the business you thought you should build.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

Startups don’t need capital - they need signal.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

22

You can launch yourself into the center of your favorite industry with a year's worth of deep research and a month spent writing one really great post.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

More people should start companies.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

24

Things that take longer than you expect: - Building a company - Writing a book - Taking a roadtrip - Saving money Things that take less time than you expect:

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

25

Start a company because you need it to solve a problem. Don't search for a problem because you want to start a company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

26

The right employer for you may not exist. You may have to build it for yourself and others like you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

27

Founding a startup is like putting all of your eggs in one basket, and then throwing that basket off a cliff.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

Building a company is incredibly hard. If you don’t know you don’t know.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

29

If you want to start a tech company and aren't a maker, find a brilliant technologist and become their API to the rest of the world.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

30

Starting a business teaches you how to get things done with very little. Growing a business teaches you how to be data-informed. Scaling a business teaches you about yourself. You’ll never stop learning.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

31

If you’re more passionate about founding a business than the business itself, you can fall into a ten year trap. Better to stay emotionally unattached and select the best opportunity that arises.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

32

The amount of skepticism expressed at the idea that it's possible to start a new company on a ~40h workweek blows my mind. I've been borderline accused of lying several times when I account for our path of doing just that. This is what the ideology of workism brings.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

33

Best way to learn is to be the dumbest person in the room. Best way to guarantee you'll be the dumbest person in the room is to start a company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

34

Starting a business is self-care.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

If you want to make lots of money, don't start a company. Just learn to code, work at Google, and retire with $20M.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

It takes building a business to learn how to build a business.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

37

The variation between engineering output is so high that the best engineers will always be underpaid, and driven towards founding companies.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

38

Make a product people love, and make it super easy for them to delete their accounts. Build a company people want to work for, and make it super easy for them to leave. Anything else delays the inevitable.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

39

When you first start a company, you need Swiss Army Knife people who can do a little bit of everything. Once your company gets big, you need a bunch of kitchen knife people who do one thing very, very well.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

If you want to learn writing, skip class and start a blog. If you want to learn marketing, skip class and build a business. If you want to learn psychology, skip class and spend a day in a casino. Reality is the world’s best classroom.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

41

If you want to “change the world,” don’t work 20 hours more a week. Start your own company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

42

Very few people want to start a company. If you're thinking about giving it a shot, you probably should. There's no better way to build wealth and acquire knowledge – and you can always go back to being a very valuable employee armed with your experiences if it doesn't work out.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

43

Don’t confuse building a product with building a company.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

44

To improve at something, consistently put yourself in an uncomfortable place. Start a startup, train for a marathon, or commit to writing every day. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

45

Startups aren't hard. Stayups are hard. The biggest challenge in business isn't starting a business, it's staying in business for years…

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

46

Starting a company is a great way to train your fight-or-flight response.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

If you fear starting a company because you’re worried you’ll waste your time or you’ll fail, don’t start a company. Start a project. It’s mostly the same thing for 12 months until you have employees, make money, and have users that rely on you every day.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

48

Once upon a time there was someone who was waiting for the perfect moment to start a company. Rumor has it, they're still waiting...

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

49

It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a community to build a business.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

50

A three-step process to starting an online business: 1) Build an audience. 2) Build a product for your audience. 3) Scale the business with plug-and-play software instead of hiring people. The audience comes first. The product, second. I've seen hundreds of people do this.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell