I want to build success and add value to the world.
Groupon, Kayak, Uber, Slacker
Frustrating: Slow pace of dealing with large companies that can't move as quickly as we can.
Rewarding: Putting my signature on a big contract with a great client or supplier.
Committing to specific timelines. Too often early on, we expected things to happen when people said they would - nobody works on your timeline, especially when you're a startup! And even your own teams internally will underestimate the time it'll take to build new things - because they're new!
1) Choose who you work with carefully, and get proper protections in place. You'll spend more time with them than anyone else in your life!
2) Cash is king. Save pennies everywhere you can - money is what keeps you going and gets you through when that contract doesn't get signed when you thought it would.
3) Be willing to do any job to get the company through - and only hire people of the same mindset. And remember, hiring the wrong person is way more costly than not hiring the right person.