Founder of Hubspot, Dharmesh Shah, also runs a blog called OnStartups where he shares his experiences and ideas. It is often educational and this post on Insights from Street Smart Entrepreneurs is worth a read.
Here are my favorites:
3. You pour your heart and soul into a startup. Someone who hasn’t done it won’t understand the effort until they go through it.
23. It is important that you like your customers. If you do not like your customers you will by design not do the best you can for them because they annoy you.
24. As any entrepreneur knows, you are pretty much selling all the time to everyone, whether VCs, prospective clients, employees or significant others.
33. There are three primary ways to get cash in: 1) Customers 2) Financing 3) Sale/Disposal of Assets. Great businesses figure out #1 so they don’t have to worry about the others.
It took the recession and the loss of a few clients to kick me in pants to remember this last nugget of wisdom from #33.
I’d like to add to Number 23 with this – look at their business as if it were yours and you’ll be better able to help them succeed. I stopped asking myself about my billable time, my next project, and just started doing everything I could to help my client succeed.
Buried within other post are ideas and strategies for marketing online. Hubspot itself is in that line of work and defining a new sub-category of it: Inbound Marketing. Like me, they are big believers that the era of push selling is coming to an end. Or, more clearly stated, that pulling people into your site is the best way to drive new sales.
These ideas are not just for startups, of course, but any business or owner can leverage these. It could be said these are common sense, but I hear lots of people freaking out in this economy and some positive thoughts can help move you from neutral into gear.