HTDI Quote Collection

“Make sure you empower your employees. You do that by giving them credit, letting them make decisions, and allowing them to make a few mistakes.”

– Thomas Rockwell Mackie: TomoTherapy

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“I don’t believe in a particular industry, and I don’t believe in technology or product. I believe in people. Give me the right horse and I’ll bet on any race.”

– Raj Soin: MTC Technologies

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“If you have to raise money you have to get over the fact that you are not going to control everything. You’d like to, you want to, but you’re not. Do not expect to manage your business on the basis of always having 51 percent of control.”

– Chris Moffitt: Rubicon Technology

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“I still hear people in all walks of life talk about the problems they have, but no one seems to be listening. If they did, they’d hear business opportunities.”

– Jim Dolan: The Dolan Company

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“After developing Mosaic, which became Internet Explorer, I got into transportation. I drove semis and ran my own trucking company. I always get more energy and can focus more on the right problems when I’ve actually tried to do something myself. You go do the job in order to find out the real story.”

-Tim Krauskopf: Spyglass

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“Don’t look for shortcuts. Until you’ve got a few singles, don’t look for a home run. Sometimes when you cut corners, you avoid the learning experience you might have had, if you stayed on the path and did the whole thing.”

– Dane Miller: Biomet

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“I thought I better cover my bases, so I had a Plan B. I didn’t think we would ever need it I just thought it would be a good idea. It turned out that our Plan B saved the company.”

-Bill Gantz: Pathogenesis

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“Take your revenues, and cut them in half. Take your costs and double them. Now you have a realistic business plan!”

– Mark Tebbe: Lante Corporation

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“In this economy or any economy what you are selling must be a painkiller. Not just vitamins.”

– Mahendra Vora: Intelliseek

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“Until a business is self-funding, it’s just a really expensive hobby. Your first goal as an entrepreneur is always, no matter what, to get your business to break even.”

– Rich Heise: InnerWorkings

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“Being an entrepreneur has everything to do with putting every second and every ounce of energy into building your business. No venture guy will ever invest in your business if you say your life is ‘in balance.”

– Glen Tullman: CEO, Allscripts (formerly co-founder ECIN)

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“A lot of customers thought we were as big as the big guys, whereas we were sitting in a 10 foot by 10 foot room, just two guys.”

-Viresh Bhatia: InstallShield

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“We like to say we do a lot of “littles.” We do a lot of little things a little bit better than everybody else.”

– Jim Gray: optionsXpress

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“I keep starting companies because of all the regrets I have about the 50 things I did wrong on the previous one.”

– Dick Costolo: CEO, Twitter (formerly co-founder FeedBurner)

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“There are so many people I’ve met who are very talented, but they become paralyzed when faced with problems. These are difficult problems and they just can’t figure a way out. I think, really to be successful, you have to be able to continually see that glass half full, and not ever, ever give up.”

– Bonnie Baskin: AppTec Laboratory Services

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“The biggest mistake founders make is that they fall in love with their idea. There has to be a capacity to take feedback from other people and from the market, because the idea that you start with is unlikely to be the exact idea you’re going to win with.”

– Steve Shank: Capella Education

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“A lot of people wait for a perfect solution to come along and never get their businesses going. The idea of just getting going and assuming that the right tools, the right systems, and the right people will come along is crucial to the entrepreneurial process.”

– Howard A. Tullman: Certified Collateral Corporation

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