7 Ways Ignitia is working with you to create a safe working environment in a post Covid-19 world

1. Increased Cleanings- We have doubled the amount of cleaning in our space, eliminated high contact touch points, provided cleaning and hand sanitizers at entrances as well as key locations around our space to keep you safe, healthy and clean.

2. Direct Access, No Elevators- We are a ground floor retail establishment. You never need to walk through a large public space or go upstairs or an elevator to get access to your office.

3. Private offices allow social distancing- Each office is designed to be a small private space with full glass enclosures. Teams can take multiple offices to allow social distancing but not lose the value of being onsite.

4. One way hallways- As we re-open our space our hallways are now one-way directional loops as well as split in half so that you don’t risk bumping into someone and can maintain social distancing.

5. Low population density- Our offices are larger than most coworking spaces per desk and desks can be removed. This allows for a lower population density throughout our space.

6. Isolated HVAC Systems- Our airflow system is set up to be separated into 3 parts. The air is pulled in from the rooftop of the building and is piped individually into each office. The split of different zones keeps air circulating within the space without having to share the air with the entire space.

7. We are working with you- We are all in this together, we will work with you and your team to make special accommodations to make sure you are comfortable and safe.


How to start a business

5 Things To Consider When You Start Your Business

How to start a business

When you set out to build your business you are looking to build a team of people that all have the same vision or end goal. However, you need diverse skill sets.

Most companies are comprised of some or all of the following

  1. CoFounders
  2. Investors
  3. Board Members
  4. Executive Leadership Team
  5. Auxiliary teams

The importance of each part of your team

1. CoFounders

If you choose to start your business with a partner this will likely be the most important and lasting choice you make for your company.

What to look for- The most important trait in a cofounder is integrity. Without integrity, nothing else matters. You need to be working with someone that you can trust.

To quote Warren Buffett "you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you"

Beyond integrity look for someone who you enjoy being around, is smart, has skills that are highly complementary to your weakness and believes in you and the bigger picture.

Keep in mind you don't need a Cofounder or business partner but most of the time the right person is incredibly helpful to have as a partner.

What to avoid- The most obvious things are poor ethics or character. However, you probably don't want a cofounder who has the exact same skill set as you do. If you are amazing at coding and programming you don't need another coder as a cofounder. You might be better off with a sales/marketing expert.

Think about Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Jobs was master of sales and Wozniak was an amazing builder of computers

2. Investors

Not every company needs investors, but if your company does here are some basic tips.

What to look for- You want an investor group that shares your vision, believes in you and has experience investing in your type of business. Ideally, someone who is a "value add" investor that has connections in your industry that can help you with anything from hiring, to raising capital to important introductions.

Professional investors typically have investment classes that they like to invest in. Each class of investment has different pros, cons and expectations.

Examples: A professional early-stage venture capital investor expects that over 50% of her investments will fail and lose 100% of their value. They make a positive ROI on investing because 10% of their investments will yield extraordinary results of 10-1000x.

Thus, a VC investor is much more likely to be ok with taking high risks.

Inversely, a professional real estate investor typically has a much lower risk tolerance but typically can expect to make money on each deal.

Why this is important- A professional investor who invests in your type of business will typically understand your needs and be far more comfortable with the ups and downs of your business. They may be able to help you with specific problems like contractors for real estate or hiring for VC. You will have many challenges along the way building your company. In an ideal world you want to avoid unnecessary challenges associated with an investor who is not familiar with your style of investment.

However, if someone is open to investing but somewhat new to your class this isn't necessarily fatal. The key is to give them a clear understanding of the risks and not give away too much power.

What to avoid- You want to avoid people who do not share your vision and people who have unrealistic expectations. You want to avoid giving up too much control, equity or power to people who don't have your business's best interests in mind. If you feel like an investor is grinding you down during the investment process, that is not likely to change once they are actually an investor. Remember this is a long term relationship not a one night stand. Choose accordingly.

3. Board Members

Your board will be a group of people who will functionally control your company. Not all businesses have board members or a board of directors. This is typically reserved for businesses that have investors

What to look for- Very similar to investors, look for many of the same things.

Composition of a board- There is no perfect way to build your board of directors, however there are certainly some "wrong" ways to build them. Try to keep your board to a reasonable number of people who are actively engaged in each meeting. Having too many people on your board can make decision making challenging. Typically a board will have an odd number of people for voting purposes, consist of investors, executive staff, and a potential outside party.

What to avoid- Avoid board members who don't come prepared to meetings with valuable insight. Remember, even though the board is a form of a corporate governance, their job is to help your company be successful.

Investor and Board Relationships- Often times each class of investors will want at least one board seat. So your seed round, series A, Series B etc. each will likely want a place at the table to help the company grow and control their interests.

4. Executive leadership team

Your executive leadership team will directly relate to the size of your company. As your company grows you will look to add pieces to your executive team.

When a company first starts out a few people wear many hats. However, as your company grows you will hire more specific people. Additionally, as your company grows, you as the CEO should be more focused on managing your executive team and less focus on performing tasks.

When you look to add someone new to the executive team, typically look for what role can have the most positive impact on the overall business and also look at where the company might have a potential weakness.

Make sure each new person brings a divergent viewpoint and has a skillset that enhances the company while sharing the overall vision for the greater picture.

Let people grow- As a side note make sure that the people in your organization have room to grow if they want to do so and are proving the right value for your team. Don't be overly romantic and put someone in a position that they cannot handle, however you don't always need to hire someone outside of the company.

5. Auxiliary Services

Legal, accounting, design, etc.

Get good work and don't get robbed.

Potentially easier said than done. Your legal team will be incredibly important. You will need to find a balance of a highly competent lawyer or lawyers to look over your documents but someone that isn't going to charge you an unreasonable amount of money as a startup.

What to look for- A good lawyer should give you legal advice and some general good business advice as well. They should know best practices for your venture. Bonus points if they can make introductions to valuable people like investors.

The same holds true for the accountants graphic designers etc.

Remember that you are in charge, you run the company and trust your gut instincts to find people that are helping you achieve your goals. At the end of the day you are employing the services and they work for you.

In an ideal world pick people that you have either gotten as references or that have a great reputation.


Ignitia Open Finalists

 

Ignitia Office is proud to announce the Finalists of our first annual Ignitia Open. We were overwhelmed with the quality and number of people that applied to the Ignitia Open. After sorting through a large field of amazing companies we have narrowed our competition down to the 7 finalists. Listed below are the finalists in no specific order.

We will be giving away a $20,000 grand prize of $10,000 cash and $10,000 in coworking space. With an all-star cast of judges that manage billions in assets across many industries. To sign up for the event click here

The event will be hosted at Ignitia Office at 1002 Dean Street in Brooklyn.

 

Geopipe, Inc.  Creates Immersive Virtual copies of real world built by algorithms, instantly downloadable for simulations, games architecture and beyond.  Geopipe was Founded by 2 computer scientists Christopher Mitchell- Founder-CEO (PHD NYU) and Thomas Dickerson Founder-CSO (PHD candidate Brown).

Christopher Mitchell and Thomas Dickerson

Padspin, Inc.  Finding an apartment can be a real nightmare. Padspin helps cut down on the pain of the apartment hunt by cutting back broker fees and helps connect residential tenants and landlords directly and efficiently. Founded By Jeff Segal.

The LieuBeauty Bars for workspaces. From the founder Rebecca Lima: "We partner with office properties, workspaces, corporations and events to create self-care beauty bars for women."

 

Lilu, Inc.  is building the next generation of mom-tech products to help mothers pump, track and manage their breast milk supply. Founded By Adriana C Vázquez  Ortiz (MIT Graduate) Sujay Suresh Kumar ( UPenn Graduate).

 

Biotrak Therapeudics- Behavioral Therapy to assist with those who suffer from migraine headaches led by Adam Kirell and an incredible team of experts.

 

Podible.  Founded by Sheldon Smickley, Podible uses machine learning to solve both discovery and monetization for podcast authors and listeners.

 

 

Futureproof Retail-  Creates high end shopping experiences for both customers and consumers through point of sale technology. Founded by Di Di Chan & William Hogben Futureproof is out to change the way we shop in a big way.


The First Annual Ignitia Open- $10,000 Cash Prize Pitch Event

Ignitia Office is proud to announce our first annual Ignitia Open! June 20th 2018

 

What is the Ignitia Open?

The Ignitia Open is a winner-take-all pitch competition open to startups based in New York City.  Hosted by Ignitia Office, a premium coworking space located at 1002 Dean Street in Brooklyn, the winning company will receive $10,000 in cash as well as $10,000 in office rental credit to be used at Ignitia Office for a total prize of $20,000. There is no second place prize.

Each of the companies that reach the final round will receive $2,000 in credit for office space at Ignitia Office

*The event will be judged by investors who manage billions of dollars in capital*

 

Sponsored By Thompson Hine 

 

Who Qualifies for The Ignitia Open?

Any startup whose primary office is located in New York City. Additionally, in order to qualify your startup must not be a subsidiary of a larger company, must have raised less than $5 Million in funding and must have less than $250,000 in Monthly Revenue.

 

How to Apply?

Submit the application form in the link below.

 

***Click Here To Apply***

 

What is the timeline for the event?

 

*Deadline for Application Submissions May 25, 2018*

  • May 1 2018 through May 25 2018- Open Registration 
  • May 25-26- Announcement Semi-finalists Announced
  • May 28 through June 8th- In-Person Semi-Finals
  • June 11- Announcement of Finalist Companies
  • June 20, 2018- Main Event 

 

Does Ignitia Office take a percentage of our company if we win?

No. The cash and the coworking space are gifted without any exchange of equity. It is yours to keep to help grow your business. We believe in helping the NYC startup community and are excited to do so.

Who will the Judges Be? 

 

Anthony Westreich- Founding Managing Partner , Monday Properties- Under Mr. Westreich’s leadership, Monday Properties has completed over 60 property transactions representing $13 billion in capital value and 28 million square feet, and has leased over 10 million square feet of office space. Mr. Westreich is an active investor and donator to multiple charities.

Peter Mobberley- Managing Director at Stamford-based SPM LLC Hedge Fund- SPM has over $1.5 Billion in assets under management. Peter is an expert in fundraising and throughout his career has raised over $600 million in capital for various funds  

Josh Bobrowsky- CoFounder & CEO of Ignitia Office: Ignitia Office has raised $5 million in Seed Round funding and was named "Top NYC Startups for of 2018" by Inc Magazine. Josh is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years experience building and running companies.

Terry Rice- Founder of Brooklyn Digital Marketing- Terry is a digital marketing expert and SXSW Keynote speaker. Former employee of Facebook, he currently consults with Venture Capital firms to evaluate potential investments based on their Digital Marketing presence. He also mentors startups at Techstars and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute.

 

Jeffrey Bergman- General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Expansion and Development, Westchester Management- Jeff raised capital for The Bergman Residential Real Estate Fund, LP (“BRREF”), a fund managed by Westchester Management, which launched in April of 2016. BRREF  has acquired nearly $100 million worth of assets, and Westchester Management now manages approximately $225 million in assets.

Kristina Fan- Co-founder and CEO of 7 Chord, a fintech start-up that empowers bond traders with predictive pricing and trading signals. BA in Economics from NYU, MSc in Finance from LSE. Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance 2017. Barclays Accelerator, by #Techstars, Class of 2017.

Jason Cahill- Managing director of McCune Capital (Venture Capital Firm), Jason is an early stage investor specializing in supply chain, infrastructure, agtech and cleantech. Additionally, Jason is a US Army Special Forces combat veteran and a adjunct professor at Columbia University.

 

 

For any additional questions about the event please feel free to call or submit a form request.


Ignitia Office Leveraging Creative Direction for Business EVENT

Ignitia Office is proud to host an expert panel on how design can impact your business and influence your customers.

Sign up for the event here

"At Leveraging Creative Direction for Business Growth, we'll look at the close relationship between creative direction, business strategy, & growth, while speaking with an awesome group of creatives operating in unique roles." Dave de Cespedes

PARTICIPANTS 

Justin Huxol- Founder of HuxHux
Tyler Hopf- Creative Director, IrisVR
Tiffany Jen- Designer at Facebook
Pedro Motta- Creative Design Manager at Coach

Moderated by:
David de Cespedes, Co-Founder of Superform

Some key questions we'll be focusing on: 
What is Creative Direction in 2018?
What are some ways in which strong Creative Direction drive business growth?
How do I know if creative initiatives are a success? How can they be improved?
How does creative direction facilitate competitive advantage?
What does the future of Creative Direction look like?

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions & join in on the conversation!
Drinks & light snacks will be provided.

 

Event will be held in the main lounge of Ignitia Office

 

SCHEDULE

6:30 PM - Refreshments & Networking
7:00 PM - Leveraging Creative Direction Discussion
8:00 PM - Q+A
8:15 PM - Networking
8:45 PM - After-party at Berg'n next door!


Ignitia Office Grand Opening Party December 14th

We are excited to announce the grand opening of our first location at 1002 Dean Street.

 

Our Grand Opening Party will be held from 6-9 pm on Thursday, December 14th. This will be an excellent event for networking and seeing our new location.

Sign Up Here

We are a premium coworking space with a focus on community, entrepreneurship and startups. Our space is roughly 17,000 square-feet and can hold teams between 1 and 50 people.

We pride ourselves on creating amazing offices that have everything you need to help your business grow. From exceptional skylight conference rooms, to craft coffee to an amazing member created library.

 

 

Everyone is welcome.


24 Hours in Tesla's Model X

While back in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I decided to rent a Tesla Model X from the car sharing app Turo. I was curious about the technology, the car and especially the self-driving capabilities. As the home of Uber's self-driving fleet and Ford's recent billion dollar investment in Argo.ai it seemed like the perfect place to test out the Tesla's capabilities.

The video below is taken from Tesla's website, highlighting Tesla's ability to provide level 4 autonomous driving (fully self-driving vehicle).

Unfortunately, the Model X I drove only offered Level 2 self-driving. Check out the chart below for a bit more details on the 5 classifications of self-driving vehicles. You may need to zoom in.

As far as I can tell Level 2 self-driving essentially means that the Tesla can drive a little bit on its own, but will crash if you are not careful. Tesla does a nice job of requiring you touch the wheel every few minutes to ensure you are both paying attention and have hands on the wheel. The self-driving performed well when on the highways when the vehicle can read clear lines painted on the road. However, in the city or suburbs, self-driving became very dangerous and almost unusable.

Below is a quick video I shot while the car drove on a 4 lane highway while using self-driving and changing lanes.

One of the largest dangers with the self-driving feature was that it did not detect red lights. Self-driving was good in traffic as it detected other vehicles around you but if you were the first person at an intersection with a red light you could easily cause an accident.

Battery & Charging

I was impressed with the range of the car. This was my first experience with an electric vehicle and with over 250 miles of range, I felt that the vehicle would make an excellent daily driver as long as you were staying within one city. However, that's a bit short for a drive from NYC to Pittsburgh.

A quick charge estimator below shows that 100 miles of charge will take just about 2 hours and cost $4.55 from a home outlet. Although, charging may be difficult for people who live in apartments without charge stations.

The Catch 22

Tesla's current self-driving is great for long highway trips but not great for commuting around the city. Tesla's battery range is great for commuting around cities but not great for long highway trips. Despite cool technology this limits the functionality of self-driving. However, it is obvious that they are making strides on both battery range and self driving so I am excited to see both improve.

Gadgets Gadgets Gadgets

Having only 24 hours with the Model X I felt like I barely scratched the surface of what the car was capable of doing. A few of the cooler features of the car are below.

  • Summon- Press a button on your phone and the car backs out of your parking spot or garage
  • Brake Hold- A pretty cool feature where you don't have to hold the brake at a traffic light
  • Phone App- The app has many cool features including checking your range on your car
  • Valet Mode- Drastically slows down the car and limits the top speed to 70mph and kills access to glove box and front trunk

Falcon Doors

A topic of much debate.  Aesthetically they look cool but using them on a regular basis just feels weird. Trying to get in and out of the grocery store feels like a real production rather than a cool innovation.

Every time the doors opened I kept thinking of Russ Hannevan from Silicon Valley.... "These are not the doors of a billionaire Richard"

 Video Contains Explicit Language

 

Speed

The car is fast. Really fast. Insanely fast. 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds.  Truly one of the fastest cars on the road.  Check out the video below of a model X smoking a Ferrari F430 on the drag strip.

Conclusion

The Tesla was very cool. It had more advanced technology than any vehicle I have driven and is one of the fastest SUVs in the world. Some of the technology is a bit unrefined but overall it is an amazing accomplishment by Tesla and Elon Musk. It is exciting to think what will be next for Tesla and self-driving vehicles.

 

Josh Bobrowsky- CoFounder & CEO


7 Tools Every Business Should Know About

Here are seven of the most popular tools founders and their teams are relying on to increase their effectiveness.

  1. Trello

Trello is a project management and collaboration platform that enables users to easily track how specific projects are progressing. Earlier this year, Atlassian acquired Trello for $425 million.

Trello allows founders to create boards that they can store different lists on. For example, a startup media company might create the following lists: “Story Ideas,” “Assigned Stories,” “Ready to Edit,” and “Editing Complete.” Users can also create individual “cards” that can be added to any list and moved from one list to another. As progress is made on an individual task, cards are moved from list to list, enabling users to see how far along certain projects are instantly. When cards are moved, relevant stakeholders are sent email notifications automatically, thereby ensuring everyone stays on the same page.

  1. Calendly

Calendly is a platform that automates meeting scheduling, so users don’t have to participate in never-ending email chains to find time to meet.

Here is how it works: a user fills out their availability on Calendly and includes a link to their schedule in their email signature. Clients, employees, colleagues, business partners and vendors can then click that link to schedule a meeting that works with their own availability. As a result, a long process is accomplished in one simple step. Users don’t have to worry about time zone-related mistakes, either.

  1. MailChimp

MailChimp is a popular email automation platform that simplifies email marketing. According to Built In NYC, 61% of New York City-based startups use MailChimp to engage customers and prospects without spending an endless amount of time doing so.

MailChimp provides startups with a ton of functionality, including A/B email testing, email segmentation, and the ability to create customized, brand-specific email templates. The platform also features many integrations with other applications, providing even more utility.

  1. Zapier

Zapier enables startups to automate their workflows in a customized way. For example, you can use Zapier to make sure that whenever you get an email that has an attachment, the attachment is automatically copied to your Dropbox account and you are notified in a designated Slack channel.

To date, Zapier works with more than 750 apps. No matter which platforms you rely on, Zapier will almost certainly save you a lot of time. Check out this list of some of the more popular “Zaps” to get started.

  1. Evernote

Evernote is a cloud-based organizational and note-taking platform that enables users to archive and store articles, notes, or other data they want to access later. All of that information is then accessible from any connected device.

Thanks to Evernote, even the busiest founders are able to stay on top of industry trends. If they don’t have time to read an article during the day, for example, they can easily save it on Evernote and pull it up to read when they have a spare moment, without having to search their email or Slack chain.

  1. Slack

Slack is a real-time business messaging and project management app that enables teams to stay connected across geographies and time zones as an alternative to email. Users can either chat with one another in channels or private messages in real time, or they can collaborate with each other asynchronously at their own convenience. Slack has been linked to buyout offers worth as much as $9 billion.

Slack holds the record as the fastest company in the world to hit a $1 billion valuation.

  1. Buffer

Buffer is a social media management platform that lets users schedule social posts ahead of time across a number of networks. The tool also allows users to seamlessly schedule posts to highlight content they come across on the web.

This is a more efficient way to handle social media. By optimizing workflow users ensure they are maintaining strong presences on social media without managing multiple platforms.


Inspirational business advice from Simon Sinek

How great leaders inspire actions

Simon Sinek is a British/American author and motivational speaker. He takes a unique look at the psychology of how and why people work, and what it takes to be a great leader.

Concepts

Opening transcript. 

"How do you explain when things don't go as we assume? Or better, how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions? For example: Why is Apple so innovative? Year after year, after year, they're more innovative than all their competition. And yet, they're just a computer company. They're just like everyone else. They have the same access to the same talent, the same agencies, the same consultants, the same media. Then why is it that they seem to have something different? Why is it that Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement? He wasn't the only man who suffered in pre-civil rights America, and he certainly wasn't the only great orator of the day.Why him? And why is it that the Wright brothers were able to figure out controlled, powered man flight when there were certainly other teams who were better qualified, better funded -- and they didn't achieve powered man flight, and the Wright brothers beat them to it. There's something else at play here."

People care why you do it

"Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it, whether you call it your differentiated value proposition or your proprietary process or your USP. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by "why" I don't mean "to make a profit." That's a result. It's always a result. By "why," I mean: What's your purpose? What's your cause? What's your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? "

Hire based on passion

"The goal is not just to hire people who need a job; it's to hire people who believe what you believe. I always say that, you know, if you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money, but if they believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood and sweat and tears."

Your passion leads to success

"Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it'll change the course of the world. Samuel Pierpont Langley was different. He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. He was in pursuit of the result. He was in pursuit of the riches. And lo and behold, look what happened. The people who believed in the Wright brothers' dream worked with them with blood and sweat and tears. The others just worked for the paycheck."

 

Why good leaders make you feel safe

Concepts

Origins of good leaders making us feel safe

"If you go back 50,000 years to the Paleolithic era, to the early days of Homo sapiens, what we find is that the world was filled with danger, all of these forces working very, very hard to kill us. Nothing personal. Whether it was the weather, lack of resources, maybe a saber-toothed tiger, all of these things working to reduce our lifespan. And so we evolved into social animals, where we lived together and worked together in what I call a circle of safety, inside the tribe, where we felt like we belonged. And when we felt safe amongst our own, the natural reaction was trust and cooperation. There are inherent benefits to this. It means I can fall asleep at night and trust that someone from within my tribe will watch for danger.

Creating safety allows the group to be greater than the sum of its parts

"You see, if the conditions are wrong, we are forced to expend our own time and energy to protect ourselves from each other, and that inherently weakens the organization. When we feel safe inside the organization, we will naturally combine our talents and our strengths and work tirelessly to face the dangers outside and seize the opportunities."

Authority vs leadership

"Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. I know many people at the seniormost levels of organizationswho are absolutely not leaders. They are authorities, and we do what they say because they have authority over us, but we would not follow them. And I know many people who are at the bottoms of organizations who have no authority and they are absolutely leaders, and this is because they have chosen to look after the person to the left of them, and they have chosen to look after the person to the right of them. This is what a leader is."

A lesson from marines

"I heard a story of some Marines who were out in theater, and as is the Marine custom, the officer ate last, and he let his men eat first, and when they were done, there was no food left for him. And when they went back out in the field, his men brought him some of their food so that he may eat, because that's what happens. We call them leaders because they go first. We call them leaders because they take the risk before anybody else does. We call them leaders because they will choose to sacrifice so that their people may be safe and protected and so their people may gain, and when we do, the natural response is that our people will sacrifice for us. They will give us their blood and sweat and tears to see that their leader's vision comes to life, and when we ask them, "Why would you do that? Why would you give your blood and sweat and tears for that person?" they all say the same thing: "Because they would have done it for me." And isn't that the organization we would all like to work in?"

 

The videos and transcripts are from Ted Talks an amazing collection of inspirational videos.

 

Josh Bobrowsky- CoFounder & CEO


100 Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

2. Dream audaciously. Have the courage to fail forward. Act with urgency. – Phil Knight

3. You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can and be one of the exceptions. –Steve Case

4. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe- Anatole France

5. It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.- Theodore Roosevelt

5. Ideas are easy, implementation is hard- Guy Kawasaki

6.Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do. - Amelia Earhart

7. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs

8. Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.
–Biz Stone, Twitter cofounder

9.A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. –Albert Einstein

10. I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it. -Gary Vaynerchuk

11. I think if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve got to dream big and then dream bigger. –Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman.

12. If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. –Kevin Systrom, Instagram cofounder

13. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. –Mark Twain

14. Here's how I'm going to beat you. I'm going to outwork you. That's it. That's all there is to it. -Pat Summitt

15. What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

16. Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it. –Mark Cuban

17. It’s just a matter of the pieces that you have around you and what you can do to elevate everybody else. –Kobe Bryant

18. If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach. And it’ll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. –Steve Wozniak

19. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. –H. Jackson Brown

20. Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good. -Malcolm Gladwell

21 If you take one typewriter and build 100, you’ve made horizontal progress. If you have a typewriter and build a word processor, you have made vertical progress.- Peter Thiel

22. You Can't just keep doing what works one time, everything around you is changing. To succeed stay in front of change.- Sam Walton

23. I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it. –Pablo Picasso

24. Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. –Stephen King

25. If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.- Malcolm Gladwell

26. Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. – Jack Welch

27. Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line. - Richard Branson

28. High expectations are the key to everything. –Sam Walton, Walmart founder

29. There is no perfect fit when you are looking for the next big thing to do. –Sheryl Sandberg

30. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new.- Bob Parsons, Godaddy Founder

31. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. –John Quincy Adams

32. Opportunities—the good ones—they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you. –Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO

33. When you cease to dream, you cease to live. –Malcolm Forbes

34. All Rhodes Scholars had a great future in their past- Peter Thiel

35. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. –Aristotle

36. Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. –Larry Bird

37. The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. –Meister Eckhart

39. It only seems impossible until it’s done. –Nelson Mandela

40. Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. –Jack Kerouac

41. Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. –Frank Zappa

42. Avoiding mistakes costs more than making them. –Omer Shai

43.There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.- Marianne Williamson

44. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. –Yogi Berra

45. We led with our conviction rather than rational, because rational said it was impossible. –Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO and cofounder

46. When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. –Elon Musk

47.We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.- Queen Elizabeth

48. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. –John Lennon, musician

49. It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. –Leonardo da Vinci

50.The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. - Amelia Earhart

51. If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
–Michelangelo

52. Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. –John Wayne

53. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. –F. Scott Fitzgerald,

54. It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane. –Charles Lindbergh

55. Take time to deliberate. But when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. –Andrew Jackson, U.S. president

56. Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough- Oprah Winfrey

57. Culture drives great results. – Jack Welch

58. Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself. –Jack Nicklaus

59. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. –Thomas Jefferson

60. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. - Helen Keller

61. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. –Coco Chanel

62. People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe. –Simon Sinek

63. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. –Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn cofounder

64. The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. –Henry Kissinger

65. A company shouldn’t be addicted to being shiny because being shiny doesn’t last. –Jeff Bezos

66. If everything is under control, you’re not going fast enough. –Mario Andretti

67. To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. –Elbert Hubbard

68. Everyone has an idea. But it’s taking those first steps towards turning that idea into a reality that are always the toughest. –Daymond John

69. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. –Eleanor Roosevelt

70. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King

71. I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong. –Derek Jeter

72. From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. –Franz Kafka

73. Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles. –Walter Cronkite

74. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin,

75. The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra

76. If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.
–James Cameron

77. Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds. –Albert Einstein

78. Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small. –Tim Ferriss

79. If Google teaches you anything, it’s that small ideas can be big. –Ben Silbermann, Pinterest cofounder

80. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. –John Wooden

81. In business, you're the chief salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand. Barbara Corcoron

82. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. –Warren Buffett

83. I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once. I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. –Bruce Lee

84. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But the really great make you feel that you too can become great. –Mark Twain

85. We are really competing against ourselves. We have no control over how other people perform. –Pete Cashmore, Mashable founder

86. Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who never achieved much. –Joan Collins

87. You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, love big, and live big. –Andrew Carnegie

88. I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success. –Jack Welch

89. If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful. –Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder

90. There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: It’s to change the world. –Phil Libin, former Evernote CEO

91. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. –Babe Ruth

92. Do not be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again. –Richard Branson

93. I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. –Thomas Edison,

94. If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. –Ray Kroc

95. If you can dream it, you can do it. –Walt Disney

96. I can accept failure—everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. –Michael Jordan

97. What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world. –Simon Sinek

98. Success in a career is no longer a simple ascension on a path of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down; sometimes you need to swing and jump from one set of bars to the next. –Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn cofounder

99. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

100. Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
–Calvin Coolidge

 

 

Written By Josh Bobrowsky Cofounder & CEO