100+ Inspirational Quotes to Start-ups

Looking for inspiration? We have collected some of the most inspirational quotes to help you get motivated.

1. Ideas are simple. Implementation can be difficult.

-Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of AllTop.

2. Your greatest source of learning is from your most unhappy customers

-Bill Gates is Microsoft Co-founder

3. We have a “strategic” plan its called doing things.

-Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines Cofounder

4. Avoid making mistakes faster

-Andrew Grove, Intel Co-founder

5. The price you pay is the price you pay. Value is what you get.

-Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway chairman

6. Stay hungry. Get out there and get your feet wet.

-Rob Kalin (Etsy Co-founder)

7. Make sure to start learning early. Learn often.

-Drew Houston is the Dropbox Co-founder

8. We make our own choices. Create a great story for yourself.

-Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder

9. Your reputation is as important as your salary, and your integrity is more valuable than your job.

– Ryan Freitas, About.com Co-founder

10. Use it!

– Thomas Edison, General Electric Co-founder

11. It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.

– Scott Belsky, Behance Co-founder

12. At the moment, we are not planning to conquer the entire world.

– Sergey Brin, Google Co-founder

13. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.

– Drew Houston, Dropbox Co-founder

14. Focus on the vision and not the money. The money will eventually follow you.

– Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

15. Always search for the fool in every deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.

– Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur

16. Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.

– Chris Dixon, Investor

17. It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.

– Paul Graham, YCombinator Co-founder

18. Entrepreneurs are people who have a vision and a desire to create.

– David Karp, Tumblr founder and CEO

19. I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.

– Rob Kalin, Etsy founder

20. People who are driven to solve a problem are the best entrepreneurs.

– Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder

21. Every day we wasted on improving our products was a wasted one.

– Joel Spolsky, Stack Exchange CEO

22. As long as possible, remain self-funded

– Garrett Camp, founder of StumbleUpon

23. You will become a overnight success if you have patience, timing, and perseverance.

– Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder

24. The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.

– Seth Godin, Squidoo founder, author and blogger

25. When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.

– Tom Preston-Werner, Github Co-founder

26. You can turn a perceived danger into an asset.

– Aaron Patzer, Mint founder

27. Anything that is measured and monitored improves.

– Bob Parsons, GoDaddy founder

28. Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the up market.”

– Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Ticker founder

29. It’s not enough to fantasize about how great it is being an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life – and your own skin – every day of the week.

– Spencer Fry, CarbonMade Co-founder

30. Successful hiring starts with finding people who are motivated to make a difference in the world.

– Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO

31. See things in the present, even if they are in the future.”

– Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder

32. If you’re going to put your product in beta – put your business model in beta with it.

– Joe Kraus, Google Ventures partner

33. You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.

– Peter Shankman, HARO founder

34. It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.

– Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software founder

35. Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.

– Noah Everett, Twitpic founder

36. Ideas are commodities. Execution of ideas is not.

– Michael Dell, Dell chairman and CEO

37. Data beats emotions.

– Sean Rad, Adly and Tinder founder

38. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.

– Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

39. You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.

– Larry Page, Google co-founder

40. A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about 1. 2. What its product is. 2. Who its customers really are. 3. How to make money.

– Dave McClure, 500Startups co-founder

41. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.

– Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

42. Entrepreneurship is not something that all humans should do, but because their DNA encodes the desire to create.

-Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

43. Before dreaming about the future or making plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you – as entrepreneurs do.

-Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

44. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.

-Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

45. You can change your life by spending time with people who are already what you want.

-Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

46. I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars — I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.

-Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO).

47. A vision that is not possible to be executed is most likely a hallucination.

-Steve Case, AOL co-founder

48. Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.

-Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

49. Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. You will be different from everyone else.

– Sara Blakely,  SPANX founder

50. What do you need in order to start a company? There are three simple things you need to know about your product. Have a burning desire for success and a deep understanding of your customer.

– Dave Thomas, Founder, Wendy’s

51. As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.

– Donald Trump, The Trump Organization president

52. Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.

– Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company founder

53. Watch out for the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks out his neck.

– Bruce Levin

54. Fearlessness is like having a muscle. My own experience has shown me that my fearlessness is more natural when I practice it.

– Arianna Huffington The Huffington Post Media Group president and EIC

55. You are more likely to take risks than you think. You can dream more than you think.

– Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

56. The mother of all good fortune is diligence.

– Benjamin Franklin

57. You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. Instead, you should be able to do it.

– Steve Case, AOL co-founder

58. To get started, you must stop talking and start doing.

– Walt Disney, Disney founder

59. The best leader is one who is confident and quiet.

– Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures co-founder

60. We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”

– Pete Cashmore, Mashable founder, and CEO

61. I take pride in thinking long-term but not very long-term.

– Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

62. Always deliver more than you expected.

– Larry Page, Google co-founder

63. Don’t limit yourself. Limit your abilities. Many people are limited to what they believe they can accomplish. Your mind can take you as far as it wants. You can do anything you put your mind to.

– Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics founder

64. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

– Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder

65. In my twenties I never took a day of vacation. None.

– Bill Gates,  Microsoft co-founder

66. Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.

– Victoria Ransom, Wildfire Interactive co-founder

67. High expectations are key to success in everything.

– Sam Walton, Walmart founder

68. Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything.  I have made the mistake of thinking too much about problems. Build things, and see if they work.

– Ben Silbermann, Pinterest founder

69. It is important to be aware of what people want and what hasn’t been done.

– Russell Simmons, Def Jam founder

70. You leap off a cliff, and then you build an airplane to go with it.

– Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

71. Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down.

– Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg L.P. founder

72. Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.

– Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions, OWN founder

73. I resolved then to do my best to make a difference. No amount of hours, no amount of labor, and no amount of money could stop me giving my best. That is what I have done since and I continue to win. I know.

– Harland Sanders, KFC founder

74. People often work hard at the wrong thing. It’s probably more important to focus on the right thing rather than work hard.

– Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder

75. Trust your gut instincts.

– Estee Lauder, Estee Lauder founder

76. There are many bad reasons to start your company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.

-Phil Libin. Evernote CEO

77. If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.

-Ray Kroc, McDonald’s founder

78. While theory can be beautiful, it has no value unless it is put into practice.

– James Cash Penney, J.C. Penney founder

79. It takes a lot to sustain a business that is successful. Staying hungry is half of the battle.

-Wendy Tan White MoonFruit cofounder and CEO

80. Your greatest source of learning is from your most unhappy customers

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

81. If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.

– Omar Hamoui, AdMob co-founder

82. Design is not only what it looks like or feels like. Design is how it works.

– Steve Jobs,  Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO

83. If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.

-Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

84. Find out what your customer wants. Ask. Don’t tell.

– Lisa Stone, BlogHer co-founder and CEO

85. If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.

– Pierre Omidyar, Ebay founder and chairman

86. Get a mentor in the applicable field if you’re at all unsure of what you’re looking for.

– Kyle Bragger, Forrst founder

87. When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.

– Josh James, Omniture CEO and co-founder

 88. A quick acceptance of an invention will make it seem trivial to alter something that already exists.

-Edwin Land (Polaroid cofounder)

89. Money is like gasoline when you’re on a roadtrip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.

– Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media founder, and CEO

90. If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.

– Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

91. Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Do not worry about when they will stop.

– Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart Publisher

92. You should make every detail perfect. Limit the number of details you have to perfect.

– Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder

93. Your work will take up a lot of your time. The only way to truly be satisfied with your work is to do great work. The only way to be great at what you do is to love it.

– Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO

94. The most harmful poison is the sensation of achievement. To counter this, every night think about what you can do better tomorrow.

– Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder

95. Follow your intuition and heart. They know exactly what you want to be. All else is secondary.

-Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder

96. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.

-Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder

97. If you believe something is important enough, it’s worth trying even if the odds don’t favor your side.

-Elon Musk, Tesla founder

98. Never take more than you can give.

-Elton John

99. That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people get up.

-Walt Disney

100. If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.

-James Cameron

101. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

-John Lennon

Get latest news from African Startup ecosystem

Latest stories

You might also like...