Veteran startup mentor, executive, blogger, author, tech professional, and Angel investor.
Martin Zwilling is the founder and CEO of
Startup Professionals, a company that provides products and services to startup founders and small business owners. The author of Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? and Attracting an Angel, he writes a daily blog for entrepreneurs and dispenses advice on the subject of startups.
Superstar status belongs to those who, for starters, focus on completion of a task rather than blind adherence to a work process.
Register your intellectual property and demonstrate a customer focus early; just do these things in the right sequence.
Ready to Launch
Even superstars like Facebook and Google started slowly based on customer demand and resources available. So should you.
The most sustainable mentor-mentee relationships are ones where each party adds value to the other's life.
There is no room in business today for entrepreneurs who are worried about how smart they are, how they'll look or what a mistake will mean.
Great entrepreneurs make their own luck. The smart ones get some extra support early on critical decisions, and work a bit harder on issues that are common startup killers.
You should be looking for evidence of your business's success, rather than being stuck in your own head.
There is plenty of evidence that too much money can undermine a startup more quickly than squeezing pennies.
Young people are more accustomed to facing a new world each day, so they don't worry about it, and usually actually relish the new adventure.
Creating an innovative new business is guaranteed to test your skills, patience and determination, and you need to derive satisfaction from the journey, as well as the destination.
Motivation and Retention
A lack of focus on leadership results in a huge loss in productivity and morale and potentially the death of a promising startup.
The willingness and determination to overcome the risks of a new venture is one of the first criteria that defines an entrepreneur.
If an entrepreneur can't build a culture of excitement and commitment at a startup, the chances of long-term success are negligible.
Rarely do inventors and product creators possess the business skills necessary to launch a successful startup. That's why they need an effective parter.
Customers and opportunities don't wait. If your startup culture doesn't include a sense of urgency, your probabilities of long-term success are miniscule.
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