Posted November 14, 2012 by Steve Young

I love startups. I love everything about them. I love building a product from nothing and seeing it become something much more than you ever expected.

Just today we saw a SmartShoot request that was accepted within 20 minutes after being posted. Incredible! The project ended up having 3 bids within that 20 minute span.

However, startups are hard. Jess Lee, Co-founder and CEO of Polyvore, wrote a great blog post about Why Startup Founders are Always Unhappy. Great insight on the ups and downs of startup life.

That’s why we rounded up 21 startup quotes from the amazing founders behind them to give a little inspiration during the down times of startup life. All images are courtesy of Flickr user e27sg.

21 Inspirational Startup Quotes


I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.
– Warren Buffet
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Sweat equity is the best startup capital.
– Mark Cuban
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If you have a strong, loyal community, you can do anything.
– Jacob Dehart
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You have to be ready for hard work and frugal spending to get the idea off the ground.
– Garrett Camp
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Global vision, local win.
– Jack Ma
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Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.
– Drew Houston
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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
– Walt Disney
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A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.
– Fred Wilson
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Patience, drive and very little fear.
– Jack Nickell
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A business model that hasn’t been tried before is always interesting, even if it’s likely to fail.
– Michael Arrington
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It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
– Paul Graham
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You have chosen the wrong path if it’s not fun. And you are probably not taking enough risk if it’s not hard and rocky sometimes.
– Marc Benioff
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We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.
– Pete Cashmore
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We did anything possible just to get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business.
– Mark Pincus
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It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.
– Jonathan Ive
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Recessions are great because they unlock the best people.
– Aaron Patzer
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Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.
– Seth Godin
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Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.
– Biz Stone
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It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.
– Jason Cohen
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The essence of profound insight is simplicity.
– Jim Collins
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The lean startup method is not about cost, it is about speed.
– Eric Ries
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About Steve Young

Steve Young is the Director of Product Marketing at SmartShoot. He enjoys writing about marketing, design and product development. Although he shares the same name as a famous quarterback he unfortunately does not share the same bank account, so please throw him a bone and share or comment on his posts. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+.

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