Qik, $50M to $300M
MMTG Labs, Undisclosed
"It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."
Freedom; it serves as oxygen for the soul to flourish just as soon as it would fan the flames of one's own destruction.
Underestimating the important and delicate nature of beginnings. Initiatives set into motion significantly larger events. Compromising in the beginning will yield a vastly significant compromise in the future.
Get. Shit. Done.
1) Get good people to support you financially and productively. Without people you can do nothing greater then yourself.
2) Shit will suck. Startups are hard, and you need to have the courage of your convictions. Get good people and this step is made easier. Get stuff done and your momentum will help you cruise through the lulls.
3) Done. Execute, execute and execute. Always be in motion forward. It's so important, its repeated in the three most important lessons.
Marcus has worked with a number of startups and established companies in consumer web, distributed computing, real estate, and news media. He has both a business and technical background having served on over 10 Boards of Director positions, worked as a web programmer with the LAMP technology stack, Windows and Novell systems administrator, a Cisco network designer and engineer. Marcus currently serves as a Resident Mentor at 500 Startups.