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  • "If you have an idea, just get on and do it. Get it out there in front of people so they can tell you whether or not it’s good."
    John Abbott (1977–), British cofounder of Oobafit, an online fitness company
    Source: Quoted in “Change Your Life: Meet the Austerity Entrepreneurs,” Independent (London) (January 2, 2011)
  • "You need a strategy, yes. You need a business plan, yes. But most of all you need to sell something, anything, to keep you going and give you cash and cash-flow."
    George Freeman, British biotech entrepreneur
    Source: Quoted in “Change Your Life: Meet the Austerity Entrepreneurs,” Independent (London) (January 2, 2011)
  • "However whizzy the technology seems, however in touch with the zeitgeist the product feels, and however young and trendy your staff, you don't have a viable business until you have a credible business model. If you haven't yet dreamed up a a way to monetise your creation, then don't count on it earning you a living."
    David Prosser, British business journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (June 24, 2009)
  • "Doing a startup is like running a high hurdles race early in the morning before the fog has burned off and before the setup crew has all of the hurdles positioned correctly. The starting gun goes off and you can see perhaps a dozen feet in front of you. You can hear the grunts of the other racers and the scuff of shoes on the track. You take off running and the first hurdle appears out of the fog. You clear it easily and then realize that you are slowing down slightly, expecting the next one, but the setup crew has not put it out. Then suddenly it’s in front of you and you barely clear up. You can hear some of the other runners stumbling but ahead you hear others racing ahead of you. You have to set a pace to catch them but you cannot just put your head down and run because you have to keep a lookout for another hurdle to appear at the limit of your fogbound vision."
    Anonymous
    Source: Quoted in “Two Images of Startups,” SKMurphy blog (Sean Murphy, December 21, 2006)
  • "I can think of several heuristics for generating ideas for startups, but most reduce to this: look at something people are trying to do, and figure out how to do it in a way that doesn’t suck."
    Paul Graham (1964–), US computer programmer, writer, and venture capitalist
    Source: “How to Start a Startup,” paulgraham.com (March 2005)
  • "That’s the essence of a startup: having brilliant people do work that’s beneath them. Big companies try to hire the right person for the job. Startups win because they don’t—because they take people so smart that they would in a big company be doing “research,” and set them to work instead on problems of the most immediate and mundane sort. Think Einstein designing refrigerators."
    Paul Graham (1964–), US computer programmer, writer, and venture capitalist
    Source: Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas (2005)
  • "Reading the Wall Street Journal for a week should give anyone ideas for two or three new startups."
    Paul Graham (1964–), US computer programmer, writer, and venture capitalist
    Source: Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas (2005)
  • "Remember that on day one, when you go in as the boss, you'll feel a mixture of exhilaration that you've made it and fatigue with all the effort."
    Barbara, Lady Judge (1947–), US-British government adviser
    Source: Management Today (October 1999)
  • "Keep starting and the finishing will take care of itself."
    Neil A. Fiore, US self-help writer
    Source: The Now Habit (1993)
  • "One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak."
    G. K. Chesterton (18741936), British novelist, poet, and critic
    Source: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)
  • "The beginning is the most important part of any work."
    Plato (428?347? bc), Greek philosopher
    Source: The Republic (370? bc), bk. 2, sect. 377
  • "In a start-up company, you basically throw out all assumptions every three weeks."
    Scott McNealy (1954–), US software entrepreneur
    Source: Attributed

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