What Quotes from Startup Founders Everyone Should Know

What Quotes from Startup Founders Everyone Should Know

These days it’s easy to get lost in your startup idea. The little details cost time, and sometimes, what you thought would take a day or two ends up being one month or even three. For many founders, there are things that get in the way of focusing on one particular project even when that project ends up being the most profitable. There are also questions about which road to take when it comes to the forks, and then there are issues with funding. Most founders had a full-time job or even had issues with depression and motivation that had to be dealt with first, too. When you have a clear view of the destination but don’t know the path to get there, it may just mean you start somewhere, anywhere and allow your path to develop as you work. When all else fails to get your creative juices flowing, these startup founder quotes can direct your passion or at least make you smile. We’ve included net worth information, but at a certain point, it’s just numbers.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin, Founder of Squidoo

Net Worth: Reportedly over $30 million.

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

Seth Godin, Founder of Squidoo

Paul Graham

Paul Graham, Co-Founder of Y Combinator

Net Worth: Paul Graham’s net worth is a pretty big secret (Go ahead, we dare you to find it), but Y Combinator reportedly has stakes in so many companies that combined they total over $13.7 billion.

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

Paul Graham, Co-Founder of Y Combinator

David Karp

David Karp, Founder of Tumblr

Net Worth: Karp landed a $1 billion deal from Yahoo to purchase Tumblr in 2013. He’s now worth $450 million since you know, he had $200 million before just from Tumblr earnings.

“The more people we have on our team, the less room there is in the elevator and the more complicated everything gets.”

David Karp, Founder of Tumblr

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch

Net Worth: Reportedly $15 million.

“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.”

Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch

Rob Kalin

Rob Kalin, Founder of Etsy

Net Worth: Etsy raised $300 million in venture vapital funding in 2010. Kalin is reportedly worth around $50 million.

“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” “I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.”

Rob Kalin, Founder of Etsy

Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos

Net Worth: Tony is a big believer in re-investing. However, it’s safe to say he’s worth near $450 million.

“Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.”

Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos

Jessica Livingston

Jessica Livingston, Co-Founder of Y Combinator

Net Worth: Like Paul Graham, it’s unknown what her net worth is, but it’s safe to say around $250 million as this Quora member breaks it down.

“The media often glamorizes successful founders and makes their paths seem easier than they actually were.”

Jessica Livingston, Co-Founder of Y Combinator

Drew Houston

Drew Houston, Founder of Dropbox

Net Worth: Forbes said it’s $1.22 billion. We’ll go with that.

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

Drew Houston, Founder of Dropbox

Mark Pincus

Mark Pincus, Founder of Zynga

Net Worth: Sometimes the startup road gets a little hairy. Mark’s hit a rough patch with Zynga, but he’s sold some shares and made a couple hundred million dollars. We wonder if Mark is using his own advice still.

“Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.”

Mark Pincus, Founder of Zynga

Tom Preston-Werner

Tom Preston-Werner, Former Co-Founder of GitHub and Current Co-Founder of Codestarter

Net Worth: There’s not too much information on Tom’s net worth. He has a lot of bright ideas, and even though he left GitHub, he’s doing something brilliant with Codestarter, which is a charity to give laptops to kid coders. That’s sort of priceless.

“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, Creator of Gravatar, Former Co-Founder of GitHub and Current Co-Founder of Codestarter.org

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

Net Worth: Time reported that Forbes reported he’s worth about $3.1 billion, and that was a year ago.

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post

Net Worth: At 63, there’s no stopping Arianna. She’s worth $50 million.

“But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.” “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz

Net Worth: Software engineers make great investors apparently. He’s reportedly worth $700 million.

“In a startup, absolutely nothing happens unless you make it happen.”

Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz

Biz Stone

Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter

Net Worth:The Guardian believes it’s an estimated $200 million.

“Timing, perseverance and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”

Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter

Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka, Founder of the Chocolate Factory

Net Worth: He gives out golden tickets. That’s saying something.

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

Willy Wonka, Founder of the Chocolate Factory

Neil Patel

Neil Patel, Founder of KISSMetrics

Net Worth: He co-founded CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics before the age of 30. He’s worth about $10 million. He also has a pretty nifty infographic illustrating his success from “diapers to riches.”

“If an investor doesn’t give you money, it’s because you did something wrong. In most cases, you couldn’t get them excited enough or you couldn’t help them understand how you were solving a big problem and creating a big enough company that they could get a good ROI from.”

Neil Patel, Founder of KISSMetrics

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder of WordPress

Net Worth: It’s safe to say WordPress has hit the sweet spot, and there’s no stopping its growth, but Mullenweg isn’t a billionaire. He still makes millions though. He’s focused on keeping WordPress to an open source model.

“We focus on two things when hiring. First, find the best people you can in the world. And second, let them do their work. Just get out of their way.”

Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder of WordPress

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.

Net Worth: We all know he was pretty rich, but he could have been richer. It’s one of those typical tech stories where you never sell out, but there was a bit of a happy turnaround for Jobs. This article goes through some interesting points on Steve Jobs’ rise and return to Apple as well as comparison to Bill Gates.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Inc.  

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft

Net Worth: Bill Gates is worth about $76 billion. He also regularly gives to charity and has given away more than $26 billion.

“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”

Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft

Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google

Net Worth: Sergey is the type of rich where any idea is not just a possibility but a probability. Forbes estimates his worth is $29.4 billion, but can you really put a price on “special projects” of Google? It sounds like something out of a bat cave.

“We are currently not planning on conquering the world.”

Sergey Brin, C0-Founder of Google

Peter Gregory

Peter Gregory, Angel Investor

Net Worth: Gregory helped fund the compression engine for Pied Piper when it was first starting. He’s worth billions and regularly goes on safari with Kanye West.

“How many of you have eaten at Burger King?”

Peter Gregory, Angel Investor

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