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Early Stage Advice from famous founders

We’ve compiled 10 quotes from famous startup founders and leaders, offering advice about early stage startups. 

Paul Graham, Co-founder of Y Combinator:

"Make something people want. The best startup ideas seem at first like bad ideas."

Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn:

"The only way to scale is by doing things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty."

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple:

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work."

Marissa Mayer, Former CEO of Yahoo:

"Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them. Work as hard as they do."

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla:

"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor."

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook:

"The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."

Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx:

"Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else."

Eric Ries, Author of 'The Lean Startup':

"The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else."

Peter Thiel, Co-founder of PayPal:

"Competition is for losers. If you want to create and capture lasting value, look to build a monopoly."

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook:

"What would you do if you weren't afraid? And then go do it."

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