We recently celebrated World Entrepreneurs’ Day, a time to showcase innovation, leadership and the entrepreneurs behind it all.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and it all wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our amazing alumni, mentors, partners, community leaders and team. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to entrepreneurship, but we all are aiming for a common goal.
During the few weeks leading up to World Entrepreneurs’ Day, we asked our network what entrepreneurship means to them and advice they have for future entrepreneurs. In true #givefirst fashion, we were overwhelmed with responses – here’s a handful we wanted to share and hope they help you or a future entrepreneur on the startup journey:
“Entrepreneurship means forging your own life instead of following someone else’s.” – Nicole Glaros, CIO at Techstars
“I failed twice. Accept it, embrace it, funnel it to your next venture.” – Elad Shmilovich, CMO at Joonko
“Know what you’re good at and hire for everything else. Entrepreneurs, especially in the early days, get pulled in so many different directions because there is so much to do. Know what your strengths are, intensely focus on them, and bring on other, smarter people in the areas you aren’t so great at.” – Ben Mackinnon, Founder & CEO at Kard
“Start now, be firm in your vision but flexible in your execution.” – Seyi Fabode, CEO at Asha Labs
“Get out of your own head and talk to people. Talk to potential customers, talk to strangers, share your idea with mentors, angel investors, meetup groups. Attend a Startup Weekend. You aren’t an entrepreneur until you have the courage to pursue your idea and the conviction that will help you speak about it to everyone, anyone, all the time.” – Jordan Rothenberg, Startup Programs Regional Manager, Techstars
“It’s a journey, not a sprint. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, the community is your strongest asset.” – Steven A. Rodriguez, Startup Community Manager at Global Entrepreneurship Network
“Put your nose to the grindstone and work. One day, you’ll look up, and be surprised at how far you’ve come.” – Liang Deng, Business Development Analyst at backstitch
“Don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goal, not even yourself.” – Sky Kelley, Founder & CEO at Avisare
“Entrepreneurship is the ability to see opportunity where others cannot.” – Jenny Fielding, Managing Director for Techstars IoT