Entrepreneurs get bombarded with advice from friends, investors, family, founders and the media.
Receiving conflicting ideas and opinions has a negative impact on their ability to focus and make quick decisions.
Although too much advice can lead to decision paralysis, listening to the right voices can open growth opportunities for a startup.
To help founders along, I put together a list of 15 B2B entrepreneurs and influencers to help inspire the work of your startup:
Bill Aulet – Serial entrepreneur, managing director of the Martin Trust Center at MIT, Disciplined Entrepreneurship author.
Ironically, those who pursue an ambitious goal & struggle end up happy, those who pursue pleasure do not.
— Bill Aulet (@BillAulet) November 7, 2015
Stewart Butterfield – Slack founder, Flickr co-founder, fellow Canadian.
The "principle of the drunkard's search" holds the key to understanding most bad design and business decisions: https://t.co/CQ53iffJJ0
— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) September 24, 2015
Steli Efti – CEO at Close.io, sales expert.
— Steli Efti (@Steli) October 26, 2015
Brian Halligan – HubSpot co-founder, Inbound Marketing author, MIT Sr. Lecturer.
Transparency is a trust multiplier
— Brian Halligan (@bhalligan) October 18, 2015
Christoph Janz – SaaS investor, Point Nine Capital partner.
— Christoph Janz (@chrija) November 1, 2015
You do realize that the multiples for Salesforce, Workday, Box, Zendesk, etc. really aren't that high, right? https://t.co/fDwu8A8h4I
— Jason M. Lemkin (@jasonlk) November 7, 2015
Aaron Levie – Box co-founder, funny guy.
Future enterprise software leaders will build like Facebook, design like Square, measure like Zynga, and support like Zappos
— Aaron Levie (@levie) May 14, 2012
Mark MacLeod – VC partner at Surepath Capital, DJ.
— Mark MacLeod (@startupcfo) October 28, 2015
Eoghan McCabe – Intercom co-founder.
We have reached peak "behavior driven email" software. Technologists of the world: Build something new!
— Eoghan McCabe (@eoghanmccabe) October 14, 2015
Geoffrey Moore – Crossing the Chasm author, venture partner at MDV.
Why do start-ups routinely outperform incumbents when it comes to catching the next wave in disrupted markets? https://t.co/A4NwLpqHtd
— Geoffrey Moore (@geoffreyamoore) November 4, 2015
Aaron Ross – Predictable Revenue author, sales expert.
#salestips: over the long term, grow 2/3 of your people internally and hire 1/3 externally for new ideas and blood.
— Aaron Ross (@motoceo) November 6, 2015
Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed.
— Hiten Shah (@hnshah) October 29, 2013
— David Skok (@BostonVC) October 21, 2015
Tomasz Tunguz – Venture capitalist at Redpoint Ventures.
The Risk Sales Discounts Impose to Startup Burn Rates https://t.co/tCZIpaVEzO
— Tomasz Tunguz (@ttunguz) November 5, 2015
Michael Wolfe – Serial entrepreneur, startup advisor.
If we are in a bubble, why is a company at >$2B revenue and growing >50% a year (Twitter) considered a "failure" ?
— Michael Wolfe (@michaelrwolfe) November 7, 2015
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