Best 132 Quotes & Tweets on Tips to founders

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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

If you want less competition, pick a harder problem.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

3

The home run theory of careers: What matters is eventually hitting a home run, and the way to do that is training hard and a lot of at-bats. You only have to be right once, and it's ok to be wrong a lot of times. Be bold. Move fast. Work hard. Ignore haters. Keep swinging.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

4

Startups are hard, try to avoid: -living with your team -conferences -delaying equity convos -raising $ from non seasoned investors -schwag -business advice from lawyers -endless coffee meetings -decompressing w/ social media -not sleeping -equity grants to trophy advisors

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

5

Founder-mentality means not caring who gets the credit.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Build things you wish people built for you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

Startups shouldn’t worry about how to put out fires, they should worry about how to start them.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Falling sick reminds you that the largest competitive advantage you can have is being healthy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

10

As a founder, your primary product is clarity.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

Founders run every sprint as if they’re about to lose, but grind out the long race knowing that victory is inevitable.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

Delete your product backlog every six months. If it’s important, it will emerge again. If not, you’ll save your team the mental anguish of rehashing something that will never see the light of day.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

13

The most impressive people I know spent their time with their head down getting shit done for a long, long time.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

14

If you consistently do something today instead of scheduling a meeting for next week, your career is likely to be far more impactful than most.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

15

You can guarantee yourself the ability to start a startup: Buy a domain. Learn to code so you won't need to pay for engineers. Learn a bit of design so you won't need any designers. There you go. Now you can launch anything.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Simple rule for founders: don't take money from people you wouldn't hire. Simple rule for investors: don't give money to people you wouldn't work for.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

How to be a better engineer: work with great engineers. How to be a better founder: spend time with great founders. How to be happier: surround yourself with happy people.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

Searching for 10x engineers before you’ve ensured you have a 10x workplace is the epitome of premature optimization.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

19

Being a founder is great for personal growth, because if you don’t grow your business dies.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

If you are customer focused, you're proactive. If you are competitor focused, you're reactive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

21

If you think the customer discovery process is "too slow" and you'd rather jump straight to building stuff... ...just wait and see how long it takes to acquire new customers when you build the wrong thing.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

22

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

23

You can skip all the parties, all the conferences, all the press, all the tweets. Build a great product and get users and win.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

24

Build many things to find the one you should have been building all along.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

25

How to be "an overnight success" in any industry: Work for 5, 10 or even 20 years under the radar making oodles of mistakes until you finally get a big break. That's it. That's the secret.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

26

Your startup probably won’t work. Pick a problem you’d be proud to tell friends about 10 years from now, even if it fails. The worst failure happens when founders spend years grinding on a problem they don’t care about & finally admit this to themselves when things fall apart.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

27

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

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

Own a business or be owned by a business.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

29

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

30

In business and in life, the most successful people focus the best. No matter what goes wrong, they never lose sight of the destination.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

31

Great customer support will get you: - A cult following - A better product through customer feedback - A humbled team It might be more important than having a great product!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

32

Three things that put you on the path to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

33

If you’ve been leading people in an organization for more than a year or two and you know how to do their job better than them, you’re the problem.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

Pro tip: If you're bootstrapping, you can still take advantage of venture capital by using all the VC-subsidized software available on the market.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

Entrepreneurs there's so much high quality off-the-shelf software out there right now. Ignore building anything that's not your unique differentiator. You'll save time. You'll save money. You can finally focus on what makes your product special & relevant. Good luck!

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

36

An average product with exceptional marketing will dominate an exceptional product with average marketing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

37

Chaos Monkey your organization. Get rid of all meetings, deadlines, and goals. Let everyone work on whatever they want. See what happens.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

38

Avoid making food decisions when hungry. Avoid making product decisions when desperate.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

39

"Make something people want" includes making a company people want to work for.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

40

It's a great time to implement: - No meetings - No deadlines - No goals - No "core" working hours - No expectations on response times

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

41

Good founders are experts in one area. Great founders are generalists.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

42

If you don’t enjoy the process, you won’t enjoy the payoff.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

43

The longer I am an entrepreneur (8+ years) and the more I become friends with other entrepreneurs, the more I believe: It is never as sexy on the inside as it appears on the outside. Never. Whoever your entrepreneurial idols are, they have plenty of headaches behind the scenes.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

44

How to build a great product: 1. Build a terrible product 2. Keep iterating

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

45

Do not improve your product based on the feedback of those who do not use your product. Improve your product by talking to the people who already use your product, but aren't in love with it. Reward early adopters, who in turn will reward you with more users.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

46

Tech companies should do a better job engaging their Alumni Network. The level of pride employees might have after departing a company could feel more like graduating college. Few companies engage their alumni. A powerful & underutilized asset for hiring, referrals & goodwill.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

47

Number one tip for new leaders, managers, and CEOs: spend a few minutes every day complimenting the people around you on their awesome work. Easy to forget, and your words mean more than you think.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

48

Incredibly tough to find founders who are strong at both product and distribution. Left brain: distribution Right brain: product Most often, I see great product minds who do not understand distribution. This generally catches up with them as they raise their Series A.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

49

1. Build for yourself. 2. Build for your close friends and family. 3. Build for your community. The further you move away from your sphere of understating the harder it is to deliver what the customer wants. Don’t delude yourself in building for people you don’t understand.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

50

To become successful you have to say yes to almost every opportunity To stay successful you have to say no to almost every opportunity

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach