In the course of their travels, startup founders get tons of advice. Here is what top entrepreneurs said was the single best piece of advice they had received:
Tiki Barber, co-founder, Thuzio.com and former Giants star
The best piece of advice I ever got was from my mother. When my twin brother and I went to UVA (University of Virginia) to get our bachelor’s degrees she went to get her MBA. She said no matter what happens, if you never stop trying you’re never going to fail. When you think about it, that’s smart.
Leigh Drogen, founder, Estimize
At the beginning build s**t and talk to the customers. That’s the only two things you should be doing.
Michael Fitzgerald, head of corporate strategy, DriveWealth
If it was easy, anybody could do it. Our business model is penetrating China and India and emerging markets. It’s hard but you have to get up every day and know it isn’t easy to do and just do it.
Phil Pearlman, director of marketing, Bank of the Ozarks
You can have anything you want but you can’t have everything you want. You just have to make unbelievably difficult decisions and then stick with them and go with them.
Jason Raznick, founder, Benzinga:
Never take ‘no’ as an answer. It just means they don’t ‘know’ enough.
Dan Schliefer, co-founder, ChartIQ
Tap everybody you know and ask them for everything you need as soon as you need it.
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