Best Quotes About Entrepreneur

My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job. -Ted Turner

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. -Peter Drucker

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. -Peter Drucker

Entrepreneurial profit is the expression of the value of what the entrepreneur contributes to production. -Joseph A. Schumpeter

We are shifting from a managerial society to an entrepreneurial society. -John Naisbitt

The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication. -Harold S. Geneen

My father, one of the great entrepreneurs and philanthropists of this state, taught me that capital – monetary or political – is to be used to benefit others. I intend to continue that tradition. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

When I finished school, I took my entire life savings – $5,000 – and invested it in a business. I was young. I was inexperienced. But I was an entrepreneur, and I was proud. And in six weeks, I was broke. -Mark Warner

I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going. -Richard Branson

Most new jobs won't come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We've got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality. -Ross Perot

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom. -Silvio Berlusconi

For most of the 20th century, we didn't just enjoy economic success in Michigan, we defined it. Our innovators and entrepreneurs created the world's most productive companies, and our unions made sure that productivity led to broad middle class prosperity. -Jennifer Granholm

For America's economic future to remain prosperous, we must encourage pro-growth policies so that we continue to be the leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. -John Ensign

An entrepreneur assumes the risk and is dedicated and committed to the success of whatever he or she undertakes. -Victor Kiam

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

My dad was an entrepreneurial businessman, and maybe I got some of his ability. -Thomas Jane

Before Booker T. Washington, we have small business owners but we do not have a philosopher of black entrepreneurship, and that's what Washington was. -Ed Smith

German businessmen are overwhelmed by the high cost of doing business. Inflexible rules, enforced by a burgeoning bureaucracy, discourage entrepreneurship. -Suzanne Fields

Most entrepreneurs are merely technicians with an entrepreneurial seizure. Most entrepreneurs fail because you are working IN your business rather than ON your business. -Michael Gerber

I consider myself an inventor, entrepreneur, and author. -Ray Kurzweil

Location is the key to most businesses, and the entrepreneurs typically build their reputation at a particular spot. -Phyllis Schlafly

There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy. -John Baldacci

Health care costs blunt the competitive edge of American entrepreneurs, from the auto industry to internet start-ups. -Tom Allen

Accessing capital to start a business can be a daunting process, especially for entrepreneurs who start out with a great idea, but have no real familiarity with the business world. -Gavin Newsom

Our region's economy was built upon their entrepreneurial spirit, and our economy still depends on the continued success of the enterprises they have worked so hard to create. -Doc Hastings

Closing the gap for women entrepreneurs should be a priority for the federal government – and yet the Small Business Administration has failed in their promise to women business owners. -Ruben Hinojosa

Young entrepreneurs should spend an awful lot of time thinking about what they want to go into. -John Kluge

My job involves a lot of different skills now – I'm as much entrepreneur and management consultant as anything else these days – but IA is still my favorite part of the work I do. -Jesse James Garrett

The American economy has always been driven by the entrepreneurial nature of its citizens, and blocking access to affordable health care will only suffocate growth within the small business sector of our economy. -Paul Gillmor

Under Hitler it was the entrepreneurial and professional classes who were the first victims of Nazi boycotts and exclusion. Today it is Israel, the most powerful symbol of Jewish national resurgence in two millennia. -Jack Schwartz

Because of the love affair between the American public and the stock market, it is possible for entrepreneurs, technological visionaries and inventors of every sort to get financing. -Ron Chernow

Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise. -Arthur Erickson

That's the way it is with entrepreneurial people. You try one thing, it doesn't work, you try another. -Pete du Pont

There were some entrepreneurial du Ponts that are a little different from the heads of the corporations today. -Pete du Pont

That's a tough question; I've been acting since I was 10. My dad was an entrepreneur, so I guess something along those lines. I wouldn't want a 9-5 job. -Will Estes

The Jews had, as a matter of fact, long been all along the most ingenious entrepreneurs. It was only our own future that we had never built upon a business basis. -Theodor Herzl

I just have this sort of entrepreneurial spirit and I work really hard at promoting myself. -Alison Bechdel

When you run an entrepreneurial business, you have hurry sickness – you don't look back, you advance and consolidate. But it is such fun. -Anita Roddick

Even the best data security systems can't protect private taxpayer information from entrepreneurial foreign businesses than can make huge profits selling U.S. taxpayer information. -Melissa Bean

The opportunity for an entrepreneur to start a company from scratch today is abysmal. -David Geffen

First of all I would make about 80% of the people law-abiding citizens again. The policy which is carried out now makes every entrepreneur and businessman a thief against his own will. -Aleksandr Lebed

After working for 14 years on Wall Street and growing up in a family with strong roots in small business, I know how important the entrepreneurial spirit is to attaining the American dream. -Ellen Tauscher

I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks. -Billie Jean King

Our tax policies, the tax relief and reform we passed in 2003 and 2005, helped get government out of the way of America's entrepreneurs, and our unemployment rate is now lower than it was in the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. -Marsha Blackburn

In embracing change, entrepreneurs ensure social and economic stability. -George Gilder

Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. -Anita Roddick

Jobs are a priority for every country. Doing more to improve regulation and help entrepreneurs is the key to creating jobs – and more growth. -Paul Wolfowitz

I've been acting since I was 10. My dad was an entrepreneur, so I guess something along those lines. I wouldn't want a 9-5 job. -Will Estes

We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality. -Arthur C. Brooks

As a political independent, I would gladly vote for any political party dedicated to limited government and entrepreneurship. -Arthur C. Brooks

If you look at the fact that the best chance we have for a good economy is the private sector. The government cannot create jobs. If the government could create jobs, then Communism would have worked. But didn't work. So what we have to do is allow the private sector and the entrepreneurial spirit to lead us back to a job-filled recovery. -Tim Scott

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility. -Paul Ryan

The thing that fascinates me is that the way I came to film and television is extinct. Then there were gatekeepers, it was prohibitively expensive to make a film, to be a director you had to be an entrepreneur to raise money. -Tom Hooper

But economic recovery must be earned. And it will be earned by entrepreneurs and it will be earned by small businesses. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Successful entrepreneurs find the balance between listening to their inner voice and staying persistent in driving for success – because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump that's disguised as failure. -Naveen Jain

Great entrepreneurs focus intensely on an opportunity where others see nothing. This focus and intensity helps to eliminate wasted effort and distractions. Most companies die from indigestion rather than starvation, i.e., companies suffer from doing too many things at the same time rather than doing too few things very well. -Naveen Jain

Let me say that I think the economic history of the last 150 years clearly shows that if you want to industrialize a country in a short period, let us say 20 years, and you don't have a well-developed private sector, entrepreneurial class, then central planning is important. -Manmohan Singh

We got government off the backs of the people of India, particularly off the backs of India's entrepreneurs. We introduced more competition, both internal competition and external competition. We simplified and rationalized the tax system. We made risk-taking much more attractive. -Manmohan Singh

We are a mixed economy. We will remain a mixed economy. The public and private sector will continue to play a very important role. The private sector in our country has very ample scope and I am confident that India's entrepreneurs have the capacity, and the will to rise to the occasion. -Manmohan Singh

We worked personally with a lot of great VCs. They just work incredibly hard at supporting entrepreneurs and their companies. -Marc Andreessen

If we didn't have the Albanian entrepreneurial spirit and financial support from the diaspora, this stupid political class would have destroyed the country by now. -Fatos Nano

I have reviewed literally hundreds of dotcoms in my drive to bring Boomer Esiason Foundation onto the Internet, and have selected ClickThings as a partner because of the advanced technology it offers small business, and its understanding of the entrepreneurial spirit of the small business community. -Boomer Esiason

Most great entrepreneurs I know are nothing like the other kids. They're almost like tangent lines – those lines that seem to go nowhere. Nothing connects them, until they get out in the real world. Then they connect just fine. -Barbara Corcoran

I wanted to be a 150% entrepreneur and a 150% mom, and I found that I was having a very hard time doing both. I was about 75% and 75% – still better than 100%, but not what I was accustomed to at work. -Barbara Corcoran

Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. -Allen West

About half my work in education is U.S. political reform around school districts and charter schools, and creating more room for entrepreneurial organizations to develop. And about half on technology, which I look at as a global platform. -Reed Hastings

But as an entrepreneur you have to feel like you can jump out of an aeroplane because you're confident that you'll catch a bird flying by. It's an act of stupidity, and most entrepreneurs go splat because the bird doesn't come by, but a few times it does. -Reed Hastings

Most entrepreneurial ideas will sound crazy, stupid and uneconomic, and then they'll turn out to be right. -Reed Hastings

President Obama's view of a free economy is to send your money to his friends. My vision for a free enterprise economy is to return entrepreneurship and genius and creativity to the American people! -Mitt Romney

When entrepreneurs are free to compete, they grow the pie so that everyone's share gets larger. -John Stossel

Fortunately, right now 'entrepreneurship' is one of the business world's biggest buzz words and so many young people in our country are looking up to this new generation of CEO's as their modern day rock stars. Whenever you have that effect, it makes the job of promoting entrepreneurship much easier. -Daymond John

A savvy entrepreneur will not always look for investment money, first. -Daymond John

An entrepreneur must pitch a potential investor for what the company is worth as well as sell the dream on how much of a profit can be made. -Daymond John

Nothing turns off an investor more than when an entrepreneur comes in with a ridiculous valuation. -Kevin Harrington

I have seen entrepreneurs ask for hundreds of millions of dollars on a concept and try to sell because of 'their passion' for an idea. If the idea is that good, why wouldn't I cut you out and hire someone who is just as passionate for much, much less? -Kevin Harrington

I've been an entrepreneur three times. I started three companies. -Marc Andreessen

There's a new generation of entrepreneurs in the Valley who have arrived since 2000, after the dotcom bust. They're completely fearless. -Marc Andreessen

The desire to do different things was the main motivator that made me leave late night because I'd been there seven years. The combination of an entrepreneurial desire to see how far I could push my success and a short attention span. But now I've done other things. And I'm sort of ready to sit somewhere and sit in the same place for a while. -Andy Richter

I don't have any problem with government helping entrepreneurs and businesses. -Curt Schilling

I think when I was on the corporate ladder, it was very difficult to maintain the hours. It's a little easier when you have you're an entrepreneur. -Tory Burch

Big businesses can help by engaging aspiring entrepreneurs and promoting initiatives which support small businesses from within. -Tory Burch

Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. -Malcolm Gladwell

We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs what we are venerating. They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn't be great businessmen. -Malcolm Gladwell

A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur asked me a question sometime ago, he said, 'When is the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?' I think it's a great question. I'll tell you, in my life I've never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler, because in our community, it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging. -Ted Cruz

Free enterprise empowers entrepreneurs who have ideas and imagination, investors who take risks, and workers who hone their skills and offer their labor. -Paul Ryan

No community values entrepreneurship and small business more than the Hispanic community. -Marco Rubio

Mitt Romney will stop the attacks on job creators, encourage entrepreneurs to chase their dreams, and bring good jobs and a better future to all Americans. -Marco Rubio

Al-Qaeda has a kind of loose, almost entrepreneurial structure with lots of cells in various countries that are semi-independent. -Ron Suskind

I would like to see additional funding for entrepreneurial development programs. -Steve Chabot

I saw the government really using the excuse of a weak economy and a financial crisis to create more government and to push onto the American entrepreneurial society more and more restraints and government activity. -Rob Portman

I've always been an entrepreneur, but it's never been about the money. I like a challenge, the harder the better. -Terry McAuliffe

And innovation and entrepreneurship is the opportunity and best opportunity we have to grow the economy. -Jerry Moran

I call crony capitalism, where you take money from successful small businesses, spend it in Washington on favored industries, on favored individuals, picking winners and losers in the economy, that's not pro-growth economics. That's not entrepreneurial economics. That's not helping small businesses. That's cronyism, that's corporate welfare. -Paul Ryan

It's much easier for a middle class Indian entrepreneur to start up a computer company than it is for an Indian company to build roads and transportation systems suitable for a population that is getting wealthier and demanding more basic services. -Jerry A. Webman

My role is to try to remove the impediments to entrepreneurs' chance to succeed. It's about improving the business climate to give people a better chance of succeeding. -Jerry Moran

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget. -Mitt Romney

The Internet has become an integral part of everyday life precisely because it has been an open-to-all land of opportunity where entrepreneurs, thinkers and innovators are free to try, fail and then try again. -Ron Wyden

With his economic speeches in response to Obama's 'you didn't build that' fiasco, Romney proved that he does have fire in his belly and that he is fervently dedicated to free enterprise, entrepreneurship and pro-growth policies. -David Limbaugh

I unabashedly, unashamedly, unequivocally support the explosion of entrepreneurs in the capitalist system. -Jack Kemp

I would say raising capital is one of the weakest things for most entrepreneurs. -Robert Kiyosaki

When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge. -Robert Kiyosaki

What I'm trying to do is get this message out about self-empowerment, entrepreneurial spirit and true Americanism – the way we were when we changed the world, when Edison was alone, failing his 2,000th time on the lightbulb. -Glenn Beck

For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference. -Richard Branson

I love the incredible variety of demands directing makes on you, from the entrepreneur to the hustler to the deal-maker to the writer; to directing actors and the camera and working with music, sound, marketing and promotion. It uses so many sides of your brain. -Tom Hooper

We want Facebook to be one of the best places people can go to learn how to build stuff. If you want to build a company, nothing better than jumping in and trying to build one. But Facebook is also great for entrepreneurs/hackers. If people want to come for a few years and move on and build something great, that's something we're proud of. -Mark Zuckerberg

I moderated a panel focusing just on women and the specific challenges that women entrepreneurs face. And we found that around the world, the challenges are the same, whether it is gaining access to capital, risk-taking, or the ability to expand beyond a small business and grow. -Valerie Jarrett

You know where entrepreneurship in my opinion has to go? Into the inner city. -John Kasich

The American people are among the most productive in the world. We have the best technologies. We have great universities. We have entrepreneurs. -Ben Bernanke

To me, entrepreneurship means something different. I think of it as identifying and valuing opportunity. -Glenn Hubbard

Walmart is an amazing story of entrepreneurship and, as one of the world's most powerful brands, touches millions of lives every day. -Marissa Mayer

It doesn't matter whether the Dow is 5000 or 50,000. If you're an entrepreneur, there is no bad time to start a company. -Guy Kawasaki

Most venture capitalists won't read a business plan unless the entrepreneur is introduced to them by a contact. -Guy Kawasaki

If you're an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job. -Guy Kawasaki

It's easy to say that entrepreneurs will create jobs and big companies will create unemployment, but this is simplistic. The real question is who will innovate. -Guy Kawasaki

History tells us that America does best when the private sector is energetic and entrepreneurial and the government is attentive and engaged. Who among us, really, would, looking back, wish to edit out either sphere at the entire expense of the other? -Jon Meacham

At President Obama's direction, the U.S Department of Agriculture is working hard to unleash the power of America's innovators and entrepreneurs to build a green energy economy. -Tom Vilsack

When you create more small businesses, you create small entrepreneurship. Out of that comes self-determination and employment. -Jesse Jackson

People are recognizing that I am an entrepreneur and do more than be on a reality TV show. -Kim Kardashian

I don't like indecent, unearned wealth. But it is legitimate for an entrepreneur who has created something to make a good living. -Francois Hollande

Nobody does just one thing. But the real difference between being an entrepreneur and everyone else in the world is the ability to monetize. I am an entrepreneur in the classic mold. -Gene Simmons

Your kids are going to do well in the workplace of the future if they can bring creativity, if they can bring some innovation, if they can bring some entrepreneurialism. -Dalton McGuinty

The Hispanic community values entrepreneurship and family-owned businesses, and we deserve a leader in Washington who is dedicated to creating an environment where our values, our goals and our dreams of prosperity can become reality. -Mario Diaz-Balart

I've always defined myself not as a cartoonist, but as an entrepreneur. That was true before I tried cartooning. I always imagined cartooning would be how I got my seed capital. I always thought my other businesses would be the less dominant part of my life. -Scott Adams

Founders go wrong when they start to believe their business plan will materialize as written. I advise entrepreneurs to burn their business plan – it's simply too dangerous to the health of your business. -Alexander Osterwalder

Great entrepreneurs are often great listeners and they can spot patterns and pick up on small details in customer stories. -Alexander Osterwalder

My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs. -A. Bartlett Giamatti

I found that women entrepreneurs earn 50% less than their male counterparts. -Warren Farrell

'Your Life Calling' is the first thing in my long career I've ever actually invented. It is my entrepreneurial debut. -Jane Pauley

I've been good at product entrepreneuring. -Mark Pincus

I want to be an entrepreneur too; I like the business side of things. When I was younger I wanted to be a vet or a tightrope walker. But I have no sense of balance and I can't bear animals dying, so I abandoned both ideas. -Georgia May Jagger

Part of the challenge of being an entrepreneur, if you're going for a really huge opportunity, is trying to find problems that aren't quite on the radar yet and try to solve those. -Sean Parker

I've been doing a hybrid of investing and entrepreneurship, which I think initially I wasn't set out to do. But I realized it fit my personality. -Sean Parker

As an entrepreneur, if you're the originator, you need to be faster than ever. -Niklas Zennstrom

If you want to be an entrepreneur, it's not a job, it's a lifestyle. It defines you. Forget about vacations, about going home at 6 pm – last thing at night you'll send emails, first thing in the morning you'll read emails, and you'll wake up in the middle of the night. But it's hugely rewarding as you're fulfilling something for yourself. -Niklas Zennstrom

Today as an entrepreneur you have more options. -Niklas Zennstrom

I try not to dwell on big mistakes but to move on when I make a mistake. I make mistakes most of the times and that's part of the risk profile being an entrepreneur. I guess one big mistake I did was not to start my own company earlier. I spent nine years working for others before starting Kazaa in 2000. -Niklas Zennstrom

My transition from scientist to entrepreneur? Some would say that I still haven't made that transition. -Robert Moog

It horrifies me how much it costs to put on shows now, mainly due to EU regulations. The freedom to be entrepreneurial is no longer there. It's a massive business now. -Cameron Mackintosh

The great fear that hung over the business community in the 1970s was death by regulation, and the great goal of the conservative movement, as it rose to triumph in the 1980s, was to remove that threat – to keep OSHA, the EPA, and the FTC from choking off entrepreneurship with their infernal meddling in the marketplace. -Thomas Frank

It's harder, but we're still finding oil in Oklahoma today. The bar has been raised on startup companies, but it can still be done. Every regulation and every rule limits you, but, yes, it can still be done. That's the beauty of living in a free country and having the freedom to have an idea and become an entrepreneur. -Harold Hamm

I'm an entrepreneur and a businesswoman and I do a lot of different things besides my work on television and people probably don't know that about me. -Brooke Burke

My parents were both entrepreneurs. -Caprice Bourret

I have this ratio that if you divide age of entrepreneur by market cap of company. For Facebook it's one. Every year of his life Zuckerberg has been making $1 billion for investors. -Yuri Milner

Well, you know, I love being an entrepreneur and when I did 'Celebrity Apprentice' with Mr. Trump, he taught us a lot about starting businesses. -NeNe Leakes

I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not. -Reid Hoffman

Jeremy Stoppelman started Yelp. Max Levchin started Slide. I started LinkedIn. It was a mininova explosion of folks jumping out to doing other entrepreneurial activities. -Reid Hoffman

Damien Hirst is the Elvis of the English art world, its ayatollah, deliverer, and big-thinking entrepreneurial potty-mouthed prophet and front man. Hirst synthesizes punk, Pop Art, Jeff Koons, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, and Catholicism. -Jerry Saltz

Fashion was in a crisis up until the mid-'90s and, when it came out of the crisis, it was a very different place. It was a place that nurtured and cultivated young entrepreneurial designers. -Tim Gunn

Internet marketing entrepreneurs have truly opened my eyes to just how important a quick turnaround time can be. Often times, an interview they conduct with me today is online by the next morning. The interviewee is then able to start making money less than 24 hours after the initial interview. -Marc Ostrofsky

Internet entrepreneurs are using technology at every level of their company – from a one-person agency to a small firm, the newest technological advances are interwoven throughout every aspect of Internet-based businesses. -Marc Ostrofsky

At a young age I always had an entrepreneurial spirit. So I'm trying to develop things on my own, too, and there are a couple things that have absolutely nothing to do with the entertainment business that I'm trying to tackle. We'll just sort of see. -Jennifer Carpenter

The government does not and cannot create jobs. Only entrepreneurs do. -Sher Valenzuela

The Obama administration believes in experts and blue-ribbon panels. They believe in creating new agencies and boards. They believe in all that, but they just don't trust the entrepreneur's ability to grow her own business and to create jobs. -Sher Valenzuela

I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship – my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do. -Anthony Mackie

We see entrepreneurship and small businesses and supply chains as a critical part of the economic growth and competitiveness agenda. -Karen Mills

I recently had the opportunity to participate in Inc.'s first-ever 'Hire Power Awards' event in Washington, D.C. The event was a testament to the power of American entrepreneurship and the role that it plays in driving job creation and innovation in a wide array of industries. -Karen Mills

One of the most important tools we have at the Small Business Administration (SBA) to reach high growth entrepreneurs is the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program. -Karen Mills

I like to encourage people who are entrepreneurs-in-waiting. -Phil Bredesen

The best entrepreneurs I've ever met are all good communicators. It's perhaps one of the very few unifying factors. -Tim Ferriss

I want completing the single market to be our driving mission. I want us to be at the forefront of transformative trade deals with the US, Japan and India as part of the drive towards global free trade. And I want us to be pushing to exempt Europe's smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU directives. -David Cameron

You have to respect your parents. They are giving you an at-bat. If you're an entrepreneur and go into the family business, you want to grow fast. Patience is important. But respect the other party… My dad and I pulled it off because we really respect each other. -Gary Vaynerchuk

I'm an entrepreneur first and a wine critic second. -Gary Vaynerchuk

I think that if there's some innovative entrepreneurs out there who can help teach people how they can cost-effectively help themselves and their planet, I think everybody would be for it. That's going to be the challenge – figuring a way to get the marketplace and commerce to teach us consumers another way. -Ricky Schroder

Lula da Silva was my hero when he was president. I Googled him so many times. The fact that he got 20 million people out of poverty… that happened by encouraging entrepreneurship, by supporting small business. -Joyce Banda

My advice is never let a publicist call you a 'visionary.' I've hung out with the visionaries at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. I've been a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. I wouldn't touch 'visionary' with a 10-foot pole. -Robert Metcalfe

The relevant questions now are: How do we move beyond coal? How do we bring new jobs to the coal fields and retrain coal miners for other work? How do we inspire entrepreneurialism and self-reliance in people whose lives have been dependent on the paternalistic coal industry? -Jeff Goodell

The entrepreneurial instinct is in you. You can't learn it, you can't buy it, you can't put it in a bottle. It's just there and it comes out. -Alan Sugar

In America, everybody thinks they're an entrepreneur. That's the problem. It's not a title that anybody should call oneself. -Alan Sugar

I want entrepreneurs to be engineers and scientists and designers; they don't necessarily have to be Internet entrepreneurs or retail entrepreneurs. -James Dyson

You know, being an entrepreneur is super hard work, and if you're not passionate about what you're doing, you're probably not going to succeed. -Jeff Raikes

As an entrepreneur, you work out solutions. -Les Wexner

You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and perseverance and really seeing what other people don't see? We can actually redeem a fair amount of that folk wisdom. -Eric Ries

You get a culture of entrepreneurship after you have successfully changed the accountability system so that people can use a better process. Process drives culture, not the other way around, so you can't just change the culture, you have to change the system. -Eric Ries

If your goal is to make money, becoming an entrepreneur is a sucker's bet. Sure, some entrepreneurs make a lot of money, but if you calculate the amount of stress-inducing work and time it takes and multiply that by the low likelihood of success and eventual payoff, it is not a great way to get rich. -Eric Ries

The attributes for entrepreneurs cut both ways. You need the ability to ignore inconvenient facts and see the world as it should be and not as it is. This inspires people to take huge leaps of faith. But this blindness to facts can be a liability, too. The characteristics that help entrepreneurs succeed can also lead to their failure. -Eric Ries

I believe for the first time in history, entrepreneurship is now a viable career. -Eric Ries

The problem with entrepreneurship is we are often working really hard producing high quality products that no-one wants. The creation of stuff is not valued. -Eric Ries

A lot of entrepreneurs hate big companies. But if you hate them so much, why are you trying to build a new one? The truth is, as soon as a startup has any kind of success whatsoever, it will face big company problems. -Eric Ries

There was a study done in the early 20th century of all the entrepreneurs who entered the automobile industry around the same time as Henry Ford; there were something like 500 automotive companies that got funded, had the internal combustion engine, had the technology, and had the vision. Sixty percent of them folded within a couple of years. -Eric Ries

The mistake isn't releasing something bad. The mistake is to launch it and get PR people involved. You don't want people to start amping up expectations for an early version of your product. The best entrepreneurship happens in low-stakes environments where no one is paying attention, like Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room at Harvard. -Eric Ries

Science and vision are not opposites or even at odds. They need each other. I sometimes hear other startup folks say something along the lines of: 'If entrepreneurship was a science, then anyone could do it.' I'd like to point out that even science is a science, and still very few people can do it, let alone do it well. -Eric Ries

When I meet with most entrepreneurial teams, I ask them a simple question: How do you know that you're making progress? Most of them really can't answer that question. -Eric Ries

I would say, as an entrepreneur everything you do – every action you take in product development, in marketing, every conversation you have, everything you do – is an experiment. If you can conceptualize your work not as building features, not as launching campaigns, but as running experiments, you can get radically more done with less effort. -Eric Ries

Our educational system is not preparing people for the 21st Century. Failure is an essential part of entrepreneurship. If you work hard, you can get an 'A' pretty much guaranteed, but in entrepreneurship, that's not how it works. -Eric Ries

There is no greater country on Earth for entrepreneurship than America. In every category, from the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, where I live, to University R&D labs, to countless Main Street small business owners, Americans are taking risks, embracing new ideas and – most importantly – creating jobs. -Eric Ries

The United States is locked in a new arms race for that most precious resource – the future entrepreneurs upon whom economic growth depends. Substantial research shows that immigrants play a key role in American job creation. -Eric Ries

There is much that public policy can do to support American entrepreneurs. Health insurance reform will make it easier for entrepreneurs to take a chance on a new business without putting their family's health at risk. Tort reform will make it easier to take prudent risks on new products in a number of sectors. -Eric Ries

Most entrepreneurs don't need as many customers as they think. A lot of people think 10 is too few for a sample. But if all 10 refused a product, why is that not enough? If you want 100, 1,000 or a million customers, you first have to get 10. -Eric Ries

Famous pivot stories are often failures but you don't need to fail before you pivot. All a pivot is is a change is strategy without a change in vision. Whenever entrepreneurs see a new way to achieve their vision – a way to be more successful – they have to remain nimble enough to take it. -Eric Ries

As an entrepreneur, I knew that if my company failed, I could always try again. So I often felt that the only real risk of true financial ruin came from the possibility of a serious illness that either exceeded my insurance plans lifetime limits, or was not covered due to rescission. -Eric Ries

Most start-up companies fail and it is smart public policy to help entrepreneurs increase their odds of succeeding. But, the biggest loss to our economy is not all the start-ups that didn't make it: It's the ones that might have been created but weren't. -Eric Ries

Here in Silicon Valley, I have taken part in hundreds of conversations trying to convince people to dive in and become entrepreneurs. All too often, innovators with good, safe, jobs are unwilling to put their family's access to health care at risk by walking away from company-backed medical insurance. -Eric Ries

It would be wonderful to become what Oprah has become: she is in such a class of her own, as an entrepreneur, as a performer and an icon. The idea of building a series of programmes and choosing people that I think have talent to do them would be a very interesting idea. I would love to show that television can have soul, depth and range. -Charlie Rose

The classic problem as an entrepreneur is that they have a hard time delegating. But that's really crazy. Recruiting other executives is critical, so is dealing with customers and dealing with regulators. Those are functions that only the top founders can do. -Robert Pozen

Oh, I was brought up in the north of France, and I had a very enjoyable childhood with my family working as entrepreneur. -Bernard Arnault

I've never really thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I think of an entrepreneur as someone who wants to make a lot of money. That has never been at the top of my list. -James Goodnight

Libraries function as crucial technology hubs, not merely for free Web access, but those who need computer training and assistance. Library business centers help support entrepreneurship and retraining. -Scott Turow

In the bubble decade, making money as an end in itself boomed as a calling among students at elite universities like Harvard, siphoning off gifted undergraduates who might otherwise have been scientists, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists or inventors. -Frank Rich

I learned I'm not a good executive, I'm an entrepreneur and I'm creative. I have to go with my gut and do what I want to do. -Jerry Weintraub

True philanthropy requires a disruptive mindset, innovative thinking and a philosophy driven by entrepreneurial insights and creative opportunities. -Naveen Jain

I've been an entrepreneur all my life, and my recent focus is on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address global challenges in healthcare and education. -Naveen Jain

I believe that entrepreneurs play an unmatched role and the accelerating pace of innovation is transforming the face of global challenges. You must think about the solution differently when you're trying to impact 1 billion people rather than affecting 1 million people. -Naveen Jain

We begin to change the world when we stimulate long-term prosperity using technology. There is not a problem that's large enough that innovation and entrepreneurship can't solve. -Naveen Jain

What separates sports from entrepreneurism, however, is that in business we constantly have to overcome undefined and unpredictable challenges. Athletes train for specific events and conditions, whereas entrepreneurs generally have little idea what they will encounter along the way. -Naveen Jain

My children have been learning lessons about entrepreneurship since they were in kindergarten, and these lessons are paying off: even though they are only 22, 18, and 15, they have already collectively launched three nonprofit organizations and several new businesses. -Naveen Jain

Teaching children about entrepreneurship is much like imparting any other skill or piece of knowledge. You will provide them with ways to experience how entrepreneurship works, and you guide them toward the subjects or areas they seem to show an interest in. -Naveen Jain

I worked for Microsoft until 1996, till I had a different angle to view life. I wanted to be an entrepreneur and control my own destiny. -Naveen Jain

I started off with a company, InfoSpace, with my own funding. The company was listed among the most successful companies and I went on to start Intelius and Moon Express. Now, I focus my time on using the skills of an entrepreneur to solve many of the grand challenges facing us in the areas of education, healthcare, clean water and energy. -Naveen Jain

Because I was poor I had one special advantage. When you are poor, and basic survival is your concern, you have no alternative but to be an entrepreneur. You must take action to survive just as you must take action to seize an opportunity. -Naveen Jain

The most frequently asked question I hear first-time entrepreneurs ask is, 'How do I know when to launch my product?' The answer, more often than not, should be: 'Now!' -Naveen Jain

Great entrepreneurs focus intensely on an opportunity where others see nothing. -Naveen Jain

Just like any business is a living, breathing thing, an entrepreneur has to be able to adapt over time. -Robert Herjavec

People ask, 'Are entrepreneurs born, or are they made?' I think it's a combination of both. -Robert Herjavec

You can never be satisfied as an entrepreneur, and the basis of any successful, growing business is new clients. -Robert Herjavec

It is human nature, especially as we get older, to look for stability in our lives. But if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to fight against that somewhat, as starting a business requires movement. You cannot stay still. -Robert Herjavec

What is great about entrepreneurship is that entrepreneurs create the tangible from the intangible. -Robert Herjavec

The most direct path to achievement whether you're an entrepreneur, a company executive, or a pro soccer player is to be a great performer and a great team member. This is also the secret to a meaningful career and self-fulfillment. -Maynard Webb

I know the rewards of focusing on innovation and outcomes as opposed to hours. I've been fortunate to work with brilliant entrepreneurs who didn't have years of experience, and yet they changed the world. -Maynard Webb

All companies can benefit from fostering a more flexible environment (creating a place where the most talented, industrious, and entrepreneurial people want to work) and relinquishing hierarchical control to favor a results-oriented meritocracy. -Maynard Webb

I am thoroughly enjoying spending the majority of my time with entrepreneurs. I find that their enthusiasm, dedication, willingness to take huge risks and desire to make a dramatic impact quite inspiring. -Maynard Webb

Becoming an entrepreneur was the furthest thing from my mind. I actually had an identity crisis when I realized I had become one. -Anne Taintor

Unstructured play gives kids the space they need to tinker and take risks – both vital for the budding entrepreneur. -Darell Hammond

We are raising today's children in sterile, risk-averse and highly structured environments. In so doing, we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens and mark bubbles on standardized tests. -Darell Hammond

Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur. -Darell Hammond

A lot of people who own a business aren't entrepreneurial at all. -Carol Roth

Making loans and fighting poverty are normally two of the least glamorous pursuits around, but put the two together and you have an economic innovation that has become not just popular but downright chic. The innovation – microfinance – involves making small loans to poor entrepreneurs, usually in developing countries. -James Surowiecki

Artists, writers and people in creative fields are entrepreneurs by necessity. Nobody gives them a paycheck or picks up their medical insurance. The ones who succeed learn to think and act like 'independent operators.' I think people who are technically 'employees' have to think this way as well. The company is not looking out for you. -Steven Pressfield

I'm a capitalist by conviction and profession. I believe the best economic system is one that rewards entrepreneurship and risk-taking, maximizes customer choice, uses markets to allocate scarce resources and minimizes the regulatory burden on business. -Gary Hamel

It's not unusual for a would-be entrepreneur to get turned down half a dozen times before finding a willing investor – yet in most companies, it takes only one 'nyet' to kill a project stone dead. -Gary Hamel

I've known entrepreneurs who were not great salespeople, or didn't know how to code, or were not particularly charismatic leaders. But I don't know of any entrepreneurs who have achieved any level of success without persistence and determination. -Harvey Mackay

A recession is very bad for publicly traded companies, but it's the best time for startups. When you have massive layoffs, there's more competition for available jobs, which means that an entrepreneur can hire freelancers at a lower cost. -Tim Ferriss

Every day I would wake up and think, 'Today is another missed opportunity to do something important.' After enough days like this, you start feeling like you are getting old, even when you are relatively young. We are all natural entrepreneurs, and being manacled to a desk job is not for us. -Brian Chesky

What an entrepreneur does is to build for the long run. If the market is great, you get all of the resources you can. You build to it. But a good entrepreneur is always prepared to throttle back, put on the brakes, and if the world changes, adapt to the world. -Vinod Khosla

Seeking an acquisition from the start is more than just bad advice for an entrepreneur. For the entrepreneur it leads to short term tactical decisions rather than company-building decisions and in my view often reduces the probability of success. -Vinod Khosla

Imagine the world of mobile based on Nokia and Motorola if Apple had not been restarted by a missionary entrepreneur named Steve Jobs who cared more for his vision than being tactical and financial. -Vinod Khosla

China is very entrepreneurial but has no rule of law. Europe has rule of law but isn't entrepreneurial. Combine rule of law, entrepreneurialism and a generally pro-business policy, and you have Apple. -Marc Andreessen

In Silicon Valley, when you're a private company, the entrepreneur can do no wrong. -Ben Horowitz

Steve Jobs is the most epic entrepreneur of all time. He served as a guiding light for any emerging businessperson who wanted to learn how things should get done. He'll be looked at as one of the best business leaders of all time, and certainly one of the best tech entrepreneurs. -Aaron Levie

I've never isolated role models based on gender. I have more male role models due to the mere fact that I've done business with more of them and they're leaders within the verticals I work. Of those, Tony Hsieh, CEO of, is an entrepreneur and personal friend that I have a great deal of respect for. -Amy Jo Martin

There are a lot of people building small ideas now. There's an idealization of being an entrepreneur, but the most important thing is to have a really great idea. -Dustin Moskovitz

In social policy, when we provide a safety net, it should be designed to help people take more entrepreneurial risks, not to turn them into dependents. This doesn't mean that we should be callous to the underprivileged. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

As entrepreneurs, we often get pressured into hiring an industry executive. While it's good to hire people with experience, it can also be a stumbling block because they think about the business the same way everyone else does. -Blake Mycoskie

I think the word 'social entrepreneur' is a really good description of what I am. What that means me to is that you have the entrepreneurial gift and spirit to create something out of nothing. -Blake Mycoskie

Like many of my fellow entrepreneurs, I didn't create Hearsay Social with my co-founder Steve Garrity because it would be fun and easy, but because we're at our best when faced with enormous challenges. -Clara Shih

As entrepreneurs, we must constantly dream and have the conviction and obsession to transform our dreams into reality – to create a future that never existed before. -Clara Shih

The collision of mobile and social platforms and the need to build these companies from the ground up – whether it's a game, a healthcare application, an education application – building these from the ground up is what allows entrepreneurial activity to be unleashed. -Jim Breyer

I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started my own software company in high school and went to college to study entrepreneurship. -Marc Benioff

I want to be happy. I realized that being happy isn't necessarily about getting there, it's how you get there. It almost sounds like a cliche, but every entrepreneur I've talked to – every good entrepreneur – really enjoys the 'how you get here.' -Ben Huh

I always read about these stories of entrepreneurs – it's like they're in the desert with no water, and they're the ones that survive. But I've been really fortunate to have people on my team who are optimistic about the future and who know that if you work through hard times that there's usually something good at the end. -Ben Silbermann

As a kid, I always idolized entrepreneurs. I thought they were cool people in the way that I thought basketball players were cool people. It's cool that some people get paid to dunk basketballs, but I'm not one of those people. -Ben Silbermann

I never said I enjoy anything about using the Internet. I enjoy helping the entrepreneurs who are building this thing that I don't necessarily like or use. -Ron Conway

By working to ensure we live in a society that prioritizes public safety, education, and innovation, entrepreneurship can thrive and create a better world for all of us to live in. -Ron Conway

I'm just more excited about helping new entrepreneurs create the next Facebook or Google. -Paul Buchheit

If we overregulate, over control, impose too many burdens and too much bureaucracy – or if we do it across the board, without taking into account the differences among businesses and their relative impact on society – that could make people risk-averse and dampen the entrepreneurial spirit. -Samuel J. Palmisano

I don't want to be known as a serial entrepreneur. I like doing one thing at a time and making sure that gets my full attention until it's well established. I enjoy the initial years of a company because they are the most dynamic, and that is when I can give the best of myself. -Silvio Scaglia

I think Coran Capshaw is such a brilliant entrepreneur and he always thinks about new stuff; the biggest stuff you can imagine. I know he's working on a lot of things for me at the moment, and I think it will definitely help my career to go to the next level. -Tiesto

I think entrepreneurs have a great opportunity to think of how to make things more understandable, simple and beautiful. -J. Christopher Burch

I've always loved to write, and I kept a diary of what I thought about my business, being an entrepreneur and other things of interest to me. -Ben Casnocha

My creative side is identifying all these great entrepreneurial creative people that come up with great ideas, whether they are in fashion or technology or a new tool to improve ourselves. -Carmen Busquets

I've been entrepreneurial since middle school. I was always arranging bake sales, dances and school trips to raise money for the Dalton School. -Dylan Lauren

I think America is a hard nut to crack. But once you get a toehold, it's a great place for an entrepreneur because people are so enthusiastic, and you have the most enthusiastic audiences in world. -Simon Cowell

It's the government's job to encourage entrepreneurialism and investment. Most importantly, it's the government's duty to inspire confidence. -Simon Cowell

Economic growth creates jobs, and countries grow when they educate their people and pursue policies that encourage households to save, existing businesses to invest, and entrepreneurs to innovate and create new markets. -Peter Blair Henry

Israel has incredible entrepreneurial spirit and a deep bench of technology talent. -Roelof Botha

I've witnessed first hand the impact the Benchmark team has had on new ventures, and I believe their commitment to the entrepreneur and dedication to building companies of lasting value really set the firm apart. -Mitch Lasky

The world's most successful entrepreneurs play hard, but they work even harder. -Ben Parr

You know, as most entrepreneurs do, that a company is only as good as its people. The hard part is actually building the team that will embody your company's culture and propel you forward. -Kathryn Minshew

Thinking big is only one part of being a successful entrepreneur. -Kathryn Minshew

For almost the first year of The Muse's life, I would do 5 to 8 networking events a week. And I don't necessarily think that's the right path for everyone, but I realized that as an entrepreneur, one of my strengths was finding the right people who could help us. I didn't come into startups with any network. -Kathryn Minshew

So many of my rookie mistakes could have been avoided by first-hand exposure to other, more experienced technology entrepreneurs. -Kathryn Minshew

When talking to first-time entrepreneurs, I often ask them: 'How do you know that people want your product or service?' As you can expect, the answer is often that they don't yet, but will know once they launch. And they're right. That's why it's critical to launch as quickly as possible so you can get that feedback. -Kathryn Minshew

I think a good entrepreneur has a very clear grasp of what the goal is, an unwavering sense of the goal, an utterly agile approach of getting there. -John Katzman

I'm not a non-profit person. I think of myself as an entrepreneur who wants to work on global education. -Adam Braun

I always had this desire to be an entrepreneur, except I felt I didn't really know what I was doing. -Ruzwana Bashir

In 2007, there weren't any other accelerators, at least that I was aware of. We were almost the prototypical Y Combinator founders: We were highly technical but had never done a startup before. We also didn't know anyone in the Valley – investors, other entrepreneurs, potential hires. YC seemed like a great way to bootstrap that network. -Patrick Collison

As a young entrepreneur starting an enterprise company, be prepared for the fact that you'll need to get involved in enterprise sales. Everyone wants to speak to the founder, and this is also how you'll get feedback on your product. It's worth bringing in early somebody with enterprise sales experience. -Anthony Goldbloom

The life purpose of the true social entrepreneur is to change the world. -Bill Drayton

An entrepreneur is someone who brings a pattern change. -Bill Drayton

We started Ashoka here in India with a simple idea: that you needed social entrepreneurs to deal with problems that don't fit the business paradigm. -Bill Drayton

What does an entrepreneur do? The first thing is they've given themselves permission to see a problem. Most people don't want to see problems… Once you see a problem and you keep looking at it, you'll find an answer. -Bill Drayton

It's the combination: big idea with a good entrepreneur: there's nothing more powerful. -Bill Drayton

The social entrepreneurs are governments' best friends. -Bill Drayton

Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies. -Bill Drayton

What people often ask me is, 'What are the ingredients of Silicon Valley?' While the answer to that is complex, some of the ingredients I talk about are celebrating entrepreneurship, accepting failure, and embracing a mobile and diverse workforce. -John Roos

A successful entrepreneur can't be afraid of failures or setbacks. An initial setback can be a great opportunity to take a new and more promising approach to any problem, to come back stronger than ever. -John Roos

I believe the quickest and most sure way to reduce poverty, raise living standards and create jobs around the world is to make economies and governments more open and free, thereby encouraging business and entrepreneurship. -Elliott Bisnow

Believe it or not, the first spark for everything I've done today came down to me meeting one person in college who changed my life. A student named Anthony Adams who lived across the hall from me in our freshman dorm showed me what it meant to be an 'entrepreneur' when I saw him launch his own start-up company. -Elliott Bisnow

Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship. It drives everything: Job creation, poverty alleviation, innovation. -Elliott Bisnow

Any self-respecting entrepreneur has borrowed money from their mother at some point. -Kevin Plank

'Forbes' has championed entrepreneurism since its founding. -Michael Perlis

One of the great things about young entrepreneurs is that they don't know that something can't be done. So they try something that's so audacious and usually end up pulling it off. -Fred Wilson

The more entrepreneurs in the world that are getting their ideas financed, the more great companies there are going to be that we can all invest in. -Fred Wilson

Being an entrepreneur is hard. Having supportive and caring investors helps. -Fred Wilson

I'm not saying M.B.A.s can't be great entrepreneurs. They can. But you don't need a degree to figure out it's costing you $5,000 per month to run your business, so you need $30,000 to keep it going for six more months. -Fred Wilson

It's not easy for an entrepreneur to find the time to blog. But for those who do it, it is a great tool to communicate with the various stakeholders in their business and build a reputation for thought leadership. -Fred Wilson

You can't be an entrepreneur and work in a public company anymore. -Irving Azoff

Commercial banks are very good for certain businesses, like loans and guarding other people's money. They're not great investors or entrepreneurs. -John Gutfreund

America glories in its tradition of the self-made individual. Political candidates compete to be a friend to entrepreneurs, and policymakers, imagining the next Microsoft or Google, design laws to back the innovator in the garage. -Mark McKinnon

Every venture capitalist says at some point, 'I wish I could run this company myself' – to be the entrepreneur instead of the investor. -Alan Patricof

Basically if you study entrepreneurs, there is a misnomer: People think that entrepreneurs take risk, and they get rewarded because they take risk. In reality entrepreneurs do everything they can to minimize risk. They are not interested in taking risk. They want free lunches and they go after free lunches. -Mohnish Pabrai

Entrepreneurs are great at dealing with uncertainty and also very good at minimizing risk. That's the classic great entrepreneur. -Mohnish Pabrai

Without question, the single most important attribute of a successful entrepreneur is integrity. And that's not some philosophical or theoretical malarkey; it's hard-nosed fact. -David S. Rose

Being an entrepreneur is tough. Really, really tough. -David S. Rose

The entrepreneurial life is one of challenge, work, dedication, perseverance, exhilaration, agony, accomplishment, failure, sacrifice, control, powerlessness… but ultimately, extraordinary satisfaction. -David S. Rose

The first cities to create friction-free enterprise zones will get a lot of entrepreneurial traction. -Mark Cuban

I think that diversity is key for the next American entrepreneurs. They want to be a part of this society where there is so much diversity they have to have people from all the experiences. -Russell Simmons

Conventional wisdom suggests the primary motivator for entrepreneurs is money or wealth creation and, in fact, much of the political debate tends to center around what kind of tax or regulatory policy changes will turn corporate suits into small business adventurers overnight. -Chip Conley

The best way we can encourage people to create companies that create jobs is to celebrate the diverse entrepreneurial stories and the variety of drivers that led these entrepreneurs to sticking their necks out. -Chip Conley

The aim of open government is to take advantage of the know-how and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside government institutions to work together with those inside government to solve problems. -Beth Simone Noveck

To have a stable economy, to have a stable democracy, and to have a modern government is not enough. We have to build new pillars of development. Education, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and more equality. -Sebastian Pinera

Being educated in the United States gave me a good understanding of American culture. I think I got a lot of influence from the entrepreneurial mind in the United States. -Masayoshi Son

I discovered early in my career as an entrepreneur that I'm not good at many things, and I said 'I need help.' -Alain Bouchard

In the end, I think that people that are not willing to take the risk to fail are not true entrepreneurs. -Yossi Vardi

There is a group of entrepreneurs pushing the envelope, government officials that are making significant changes despite the odds, and visionary writers, academics, and colleagues whose work confirms, amplifies, and stretches my own thinking. -Robin Chase

Increasingly, I'm inspired by entrepreneurs who run nonprofit organizations that fund themselves, or for-profit organizations that achieve social missions while turning a profit. -Ethan Zuckerman

I suspect there's a lot of validity to the premise that big companies aren't going to attract entrepreneurial talent. -Evan Williams

I'm an entrepreneur, a businessman. I've got a lot of money, and that doesn't go very well with the whole 'starving artist in a garret' routine. -Felix Dennis

Very, very few entrepreneurs who accept a 51 percent partner in a new venture will get rich if they are also expected to run it. Control is mandatory. -Felix Dennis

Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries famously lasted 72 days, and was reported in the tabloids as being all about the big bucks paid by magazines for the bridal photos: it is a spectacle of a bride-to-be as entrepreneur, not as romantic heroine; the groom, in this scenario, is nothing but a prop. -Naomi Wolf

Any entrepreneur worth their salt knows that their brand is worthless if it doesn't somehow contribute to society or the overall good of the planet. -Lynda Resnick

Most Fortune 500 companies began as small start-ups whose entrepreneurial founders slowly developed the infrastructure, hired the staff, sourced manufacturers or built their own factory, and created distribution, sales, and marketing plans. -Lynda Resnick

Very few entrepreneurs start their business on the back of market research. Instead, they have tremendous zeitgeist, honed by paying attention to where they are. -Margaret Heffernan

I regularly take my entrepreneurship students out walking because I want to get them in the habit of noticing and thinking about what they notice. They have to leave their phones behind to learn the basic lesson: Be where you are. -Margaret Heffernan

I think for larger-scale entrepreneurship, it's true – for men and women – that people who already have capital tend to do better. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

I think entrepreneurs are born and not created, and so I think you see a lot of similarities among entrepreneurs in different parts of the world. Their backdrop may be very different, but their drive to create a business and to create jobs remains very much the same, whether it's in Silicon Valley or Kandahar or Kabul. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

I think that sometimes people are frightened to take the risk of entrepreneurship. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone, and not everyone is going to be an entrepreneur, but women who turn to business, turn to economics, because there are people depending on them, I think that their creativity, their resilience, their spirit, embody what's best about entrepreneurship. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

A social entrepreneur finds market-based solutions for change. Because without a market-based solution, without a sustainable solution, you go nowhere. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The idea of entrepreneurship applies as much in politics, religion, society and the arts as it does in business. -Geoff Mulgan

In China, a lot of the opening up of private entrepreneurship is happening because women are starting businesses, small businesses, faster than men. -Hanna Rosin

Food trucks give creative entrepreneurs the ability to cook with freedom and make what they love, meaning that they can create highly specialized meals without having the high overhead costs of running a restaurant. -Homaro Cantu

Just as entrepreneurs developed America, they can develop other countries, too. -Iqbal Quadir

A lot of technologies in the world were unusual in the beginning, and became standard. That's the beauty of bottom-up entrepreneurship and innovations. -Iqbal Quadir

As both developed and developing nations search for alternative sources of energy in response to the growing energy crisis, we at Acumen Fund believe that investing in entrepreneurs who provide innovative energy solutions is an increasingly critical part of the solution. -Jacqueline Novogratz

Today, 30-year-olds are becoming social entrepreneurs. -Jacqueline Novogratz

Wealth today has been created by a world view dominated by fast-moving networks, open information, bottom-up entrepreneurialism. -Jacqueline Novogratz

I've always been an entrepreneur. I start businesses for a living. -Jay S. Walker

I want to create an environment where I can create technology, get it into the hands of someone to market it, and move on to other technologies so I can keep innovating. I want to be a serial entrepreneur: Incubate an idea, get it to a good state, and make that an enabler to get to the next state. It's every researcher's fantasy. -Jefferson Han

I have always been business minded, always been sorta an entrepreneurial guy; I played a character on 'Felicity' that was modeled after me, actually. -Greg Grunberg

I'm an entrepreneur. I'm married to an entrepreneur. So I haven't just sipped the entrepreneurship cool-aid, I bleed this stuff. -Nancy Lublin

Past success is no guarantee of future success, so I have learned to be an entrepreneur. I began to produce and direct my own projects. -Ian Ziering

Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders – not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks. -Daniel Kahneman

As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest. -Jessica Jackley

From the start, ProFounder was created to make sure anyone could be empowered to pursue their dreams through entrepreneurship. -Jessica Jackley

I believe in entrepreneurs. I believe in their ability to make positive change in the world. -Jessica Jackley

I want to see a world in which every entrepreneur has access to the resources he or she needs to succeed, and where through the power of supportive communities – that means you and me – every resource can be made available. -Jessica Jackley

I have had some great successes and great failures. I think every entrepreneur has. I try to learn from all of them. -Kevin O'Leary

I think every entrepreneur in Canada owes the next generation a road map of how to do it again. -Kevin O'Leary

I have met many entrepreneurs who have the passion and even the work ethic to succeed – but who are so obsessed with an idea that they don't see its obvious flaws. Think about that. If you can't even acknowledge your failures, how can you cut the rope and move on? -Kevin O'Leary

Once in a while, I see my fellow TV investors praise a business just because they like the entrepreneur behind it. That kind of thinking might make you feel warm and fuzzy inside – but let's get back to reality. -Kevin O'Leary

I'd rather invest in an entrepreneur who has failed before than one who assumes success from day one. -Kevin O'Leary

Entrepreneurs see the thing they want or need, then try to figure out a process of how to get it. People who shouldn't be entrepreneurs see the standard process they need to go through to get the thing they want or need then decide if they want to go through that process. -Simon Sinek

For me, the most entertaining evening would be to go sit with entrepreneurs and talk with them about how they're building their companies and how we can help to make them better. That's the one thing in the world – well, I love doing that. -Ashton Kutcher

Anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur like someone else is actually looking in the wrong direction. You don't look out for inspiration, you look in. You have to ask yourself how can I be better today, at solving the problem I am trying to solve for my company. I wouldn't encourage anyone to be like me. Just be like you. -Ashton Kutcher

The idea that there is one kind of African is, of course, ridiculous. Sometimes African entrepreneurs want to kill you because you are saying public health is the priority, not roads. Of course they are right to press for that issue, but so are we right, I believe, to argue, for example, that millions of children could and should be vaccinated. -Bono

Generally, older people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies are running most countries and are CEOs of corporations. Which isn't to say there aren't entrepreneurs, but if the young were better in every respect, there'd be no reason for the old. Our life span reflects our particular life strategy. -Cynthia Kenyon

My mom raised me with the idea of doing public service, and I definitely want to go in that direction. But I also want to follow in my dad's entrepreneurial footsteps. -Patrick Schwarzenegger

The American economy has been built and sustained by risk-taking entrepreneurs whose pioneering ideas and hard work gave birth to flourishing businesses. -Mike Pence

What I would say to young entrepreneurs is there's so many moments in your life where you have these dreams, and people are trying to protect you, and they say, perhaps, friends, family, parents sometimes, they don't agree with it, they think, 'This is just too high of a hurdle.' And I don't agree with that. -Howard Schultz

I don't think that ambition should not be in the dictionary of entrepreneurs. But our ambition should be realistic. You have to realise that you can't do everything. -Mukesh Ambani

I'm an optimist. You can't be an entrepreneur if you're not essentially an optimist, so I'm an optimist by nature. -John Sculley

I never went to college. But the structure I grew up with was planted so deep that when it came to doing business, I knew how to be disciplined, create teamwork, and persevere. It set me up to be an entrepreneur and a successful franchiser. -Anne F. Beiler

I'm the only person in the world that, when he holds down two jobs, gets criticized for it; everyone else gets a pat on the back and say, 'What an entrepreneuring, hardworking person,' but apparently that doesn't apply to me. -Jesse Ventura

I am an entrepreneur in the classic mold. No matter what I do – outside of sticking my tongue out – I tend to make money, and quite a bit in non-KISS stuff. -Gene Simmons

Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Russell Simmons have made millions from their clothing lines. -Michael Eric Dyson

Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether it's artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. -Martha Stewart

American Made is not just an event. It's a movement to spotlight and support the next generation of creative entrepreneurs who are turning their passion for making into thriving small businesses. -Martha Stewart

My dad is an unbelievable entrepreneur who balanced his life as a father and a president of two very successful companies. -Rachel Zoe

In America, the problems of poverty and low income, particularly for minorities, are disproportionately focused in the inner cities. Shining a spotlight on the businesses growing in these communities is proof that any community has the potential for entrepreneurship. -Michael Porter

I've had many failures in terms of technological… business… and even research failures. I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing. -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

It was a chance encounter with a biotech entrepreneur from Ireland that got me started as an entrepreneur in India, because I partnered this Irish company in setting up India's first biotech company. -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

I hate the title of being called 'the richest woman in India,' but it's the recognition that this was the value that I had created as a woman entrepreneur, and that makes me very, very proud. -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

I grew up believing that one person could make a difference. In Indiana, you saw that with basketball. The small town could beat the big town, like in the movie 'Hoosiers.' That is one of the things that attracts me to entrepreneurs. -Mary Meeker

I think if you're an entrepreneur, you've got to dream big and then dream bigger. -Howard Schultz

Anybody who is an entrepreneur is a person who essentially has impaired judgment. The odds of success are zilch. -Tom Peters

All human beings are born entrepreneurs. Some get a chance to unleash that capacity. Some never got the chance, never knew that he or she has that capacity. -Muhammad Yunus

By simply capitalizing on core strengths and knowledge, companies and entrepreneurs can engage in an emerging business model that will enable them to create – and demonstrate – real, sustainable social impact in society. -Muhammad Yunus

The developing world is full of entrepreneurs and visionaries, who with access to education, equity and credit would play a key role in developing the economic situations in their countries. -Muhammad Yunus

In my experience, poor people are the world's greatest entrepreneurs. Every day, they must innovate in order to survive. They remain poor because they do not have the opportunities to turn their creativity into sustainable income. -Muhammad Yunus

I'm an entrepreneur. 'Ambitious' is my middle name. -Kim Kardashian

For me, self-esteem-building and confidence-building is the foundation for anything that we do, whether you want to be a writer, a painter, or a entrepreneur. -Hill Harper

My undergraduate studies at Brown and graduate degrees from Harvard prepared me for a multifaceted career as an actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. -Hill Harper

I started out as an artist, and I continue to think of myself as an artist first, and a technologist and entrepreneur after that. -Biz Stone

If I had one piece of advice to tell an entrepreneur, I always say, 'You have to have emotional investment in what you're working on.' That's what we lacked at Odeo. -Biz Stone

For African societies, no issue looms larger than employment. Only vibrant entrepreneurship and thriving small businesses can hope to provide the millions of jobs that are needed. -Richard Attias

I think that Vancouver as well as Canada needs a boot camp for young entrepreneurs. We have already seen tens if not hundreds of people put their names forward to be involved in the program, and we just think this is an amazing way to accelerate what they're doing. -Ryan Holmes

The reality is that SXSW is packed with brilliant entrepreneurs, investors and partners. They're everywhere, zipping back and forth like thousands of atoms. Your chances of colliding with one actually improve just by standing still. -Ryan Holmes

As an entrepreneur, the pressures of a startup can be enormous, but it's rarely life or death. -Ryan Holmes

I don't know how many times I've turned to Twitter and Facebook to commiserate and celebrate, bounce ideas off of friends, colleagues and other entrepreneurs, and just connect with the wider world outside my office. -Ryan Holmes

As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building your brand. The ultimate goal is to set your company and your brand apart from the crowd. If you form a strategy without doing the research, your brand will barely float – and at the speed industries move at today, brands sink fast. -Ryan Holmes

It helps to look at branding as a challenge that entrepreneurs spend years perfecting. -Ryan Holmes

I don't consider myself a social entrepreneur, but I'm thrilled to be doing good, if that's what I'm doing. -Perry Chen

When I was coming up as an entrepreneur, I had to fight for everything I got, and there was no clear roadmap of how to be successful. -Jason Calacanis

I think entrepreneurship is a beautiful thing. -Jason Calacanis

What I've learned in my career is that it takes the same amount of effort to build a $10bn company as it does a $1bn company; you as the entrepreneur are going to put your entire life, your entire effort into it. -Jason Calacanis

That's one of the things I love about entrepreneurship is that if you see something that you don't like – and if you think you have a better idea – you can pursue your model. -Jason Calacanis

I like to get attention for the things I think are important. And I think it is important that entrepreneurs – especially young ones – not be abused. -Jason Calacanis

I am a huge fan of capitalism and a huge fan of entrepreneurship and changing the world with technology and with entrepreneurship. Capitalism is awesome. To me, capitalism is my religion. -Jason Calacanis

I think the understanding of the role of markets has really helped advance the values of entrepreneurship. It's helped shape public policy discussions in a whole variety of ways. -Lars Peter Hansen

I'm inspired every day by the great captains of industry and enlightened entrepreneurs like my great-great-grandfather and founder of Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli, who personally knew all his workers and gave so much to this country, or Adriano Olivetti, unique and innovative in every way. -Lapo Elkann

I'm a freestyle creative entrepreneur. Not a businessman. I like to create ventures in which creativity stands at the centre. -Lapo Elkann

Philanthropy is often seen as society's risk capital. That means the onus is on philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs to innovate. But philanthropic innovation is not just about creating something new. It also means applying new thinking to old problems, processes and systems. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

How I see my career is very much as an entrepreneur in the field of philanthropy. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

When you come into the industry as an outsider, you need to have an entrepreneurial spirit to succeed. In Hollywood, it's very clear that you either play by the rules or make up your own. And I wanted to do it my way. -Will Packer

As a kid, I harbored this fantasy of starting a company. I looked at the entrepreneur column in Forbes. I looked at it every month and thought, 'I want to be that guy.' -Jeremy Stoppelman

I've been an entrepreneur since I was 18. I started a company with a bunch of buddies that got funded in my senior year, and that's when I finished school. It was called Scour, a peer-to-peer service, file-sharing. -Travis Kalanick

As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits. Pedal to the metal. -Travis Kalanick

I did parallel entrepreneurship, which was very hard to do. It was hard to keep your head straight and know which ideas were with which company. -Jonah Peretti

You have to live in Silicon Valley and hear the horror stories. You go and hang out at the cafes, and you meet entrepreneur after entrepreneur who's struggling, basically – who's had a visa problem who wants to start a company, but they can't start companies. -Vivek Wadhwa

The truth is that entrepreneurship is more like a roller coaster ride than a cruise. -Vivek Wadhwa

You will find that every successful entrepreneur has suffered many setbacks. These entrepreneurs just forget to mention these when they are doing interviews with the 'Wall Street Journal' or Bloomberg TV. -Vivek Wadhwa

The stereotypical successful entrepreneur is Mark Zuckerberg – the young college dropout who dreamed up a crazy idea while in his dorm room. -Vivek Wadhwa

Student loan debt is the reason I don't advise students who want to become entrepreneurs to apply to elite, expensive colleges. They can be as successful if they go to a relatively inexpensive public college. -Vivek Wadhwa

My message to students is that if you want to become an entrepreneur and save the world, definitely don't skip college. But go to a school that you can afford. You'll be freed from the chains of debt and succeed on your own ambition and merit. -Vivek Wadhwa

I realized that, after tasting entrepreneurship, I had become unfit for the corporate world. There was no turning back. The only regret I had was having wasted my life in the corporate world for so long. -Vivek Wadhwa

If anyone tells you that you're too old to be an entrepreneur or that you have the wrong background, don't listen to them. Go with your gut instincts and pursue your passions. -Vivek Wadhwa

The IPO is no exit for the entrepreneur; it's the start of purgatory. -Vivek Wadhwa

My advice to fledgling entrepreneurs is always the same: build a company that you plan to be with for the next 10 years – that is the best way to increase your chances of success. -Vivek Wadhwa

Most successful entrepreneurs share their knowledge as a way of giving back. They do not demand compensation. Those who do are usually trying to take advantage of you. -Vivek Wadhwa

I have no doubt that my M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business was one of the best investments I ever made. It helped me climb the corporate ladder and become an entrepreneur. -Vivek Wadhwa

When I became an entrepreneur, I had the knowledge to develop and manage budgets, market products and review legal contracts. -Vivek Wadhwa

I advise all of the entrepreneurs that I know to attend at least one entrepreneurship event every week. The worst thing an entrepreneur can do is to confine his or herself to a cubby hole. -Vivek Wadhwa

My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit. -Brian Acton

To some extent, being an entrepreneur is a lonely journey. -Chad Hurley

For me, I always admire anyone that's entrepreneurs or inventors. -Charles Michael Davis

Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur. -Zig Ziglar

As a new entrepreneur, you need a stake in the game, but you can't risk it all. -Alexa Von Tobel

Growing up in a family of doctors, I wanted to be a brain surgeon for a while. But ultimately, I get most excited about creating things, which is why I decided to become an entrepreneur. -Alexa Von Tobel

I tell young entrepreneurs to use the leader in their industry and as a benchmark as they work to create their own brand. Don't look at what your competition is doing – if you emulate the leader in your industry, you will achieve a higher level of engagement with consumers and make their buying experience richer. -Steve Stoute

The journey from employee to entrepreneur was a complex and taxing one for an immigrant like me. -Ruchi Sanghvi

The main thing to know about me is that I'm a champion of entrepreneurs and the startups they build. They are my rock stars. If in doubt, I side with them, and that's clear from my writing. -Michael Arrington

The problem isn't that Silicon Valley is keeping women down or not doing enough to encourage female entrepreneurs. The opposite is true. No, the problem is that not enough women want to become entrepreneurs. -Michael Arrington

The payouts for starting a business are just terrible when you account for risk. A tiny minority of entrepreneurs ever get rich. And the majority of entrepreneurs would probably make far more money, and have more stable personal relationships, if they just worked for someone else. -Michael Arrington

There are lots of things that I will probably never experience in this life. Military combat. Being dictator of a small central American country. Dunking a basketball. Being a famous rock star. Or walking on Mars. But one thing I have been, and will always be, is an entrepreneur. -Michael Arrington

Pirates are the very essence of profit maximising entrepreneurs described in neoclassical economics. Yet, whilst films such as 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' have gone a long way to popularise both pirates and outlaw behaviour, the truth of the matter is that piracy is illegal, and it kills. -Peter Middlebrook

Sea-Monkeys are hybrid brine shrimp and the brainchild of the mail-order entrepreneur Harold von Braunhut in 1957. When their crystallized eggs are submerged in water, minuscule crustaceans emerge; they can grow up to 2 inches long. -Brendan I. Koerner

I said that if I were an industrialist or entrepreneur, I would invest in agriculture-based enterprises, for there is so much that can be done in manufacturing, in food preservation. -F. Sionil Jose

In December 1989, my mother died very suddenly, and that sparked a re-evaluation of what I was doing, and I realized I was mediocre at everything. I was a mediocre IBM employee, I was a mediocre entrepreneur, I was a mediocre artist. I decided that, although my mom wouldn't be around to see it, I wanted to be great at something. -Jim McKelvey

This entrepreneurial energy that we have in the Midwest doesn't have to go out to the coasts to get fed and watered. -Jim McKelvey

One of the things that I've always loved to do is brainstorm ideas with friends and get together and talk about what they're building… Essentially, my day-to-day is just going around and meeting entrepreneurs and talking to them about what they plan on launching. -Kevin Rose

It's really important that we have an ecosystem where small innovative entrepreneurs can develop new products and access consumers and have a chance to succeed. -Julius Genachowski

I have been a strong supporter of a free and open Internet and have indicated this both prior to and subsequent to being sworn in as chairman of the F.C.C. I believe it is important to take concrete and reasonable steps to protect the freedom of users and entrepreneurs and businesses both small and large on the Internet. -Julius Genachowski

I want to preserve the free and open Internet – the experience that most users and entrepreneurs have come to expect and enjoy today and that has unleashed impressive innovation, job creation, and investment. -Julius Genachowski

Every small business will give you an entrepreneurial way of looking at things. I guarantee you that for every plant that closes, if you gave it to one small-business person in that community, he or she would find a way to make it work. The small-business attitude is you always find a way to make it work. -Hamdi Ulukaya

There are a lot of studies about small businesses and how they make a difference in their community and create a lot of jobs and values. So we need to focus on small businesses or entrepreneurs who want to start manufacturing or making things. -Hamdi Ulukaya

A manufacturing resurgence is what will give local communities and small towns across America a fighting chance for survival. Many of today's American entrepreneurs come from those very places but make their wealth elsewhere. We need to change that. -Hamdi Ulukaya

As policymakers, we need to foster an environment that allows U.S.-based innovators and entrepreneurs to compete and to flourish. Excessive regulations and bureaucratic red tape dramatically increase the cost of doing business and create uncertainty for companies. -Ralph Hall

Everyone wants clean air and clean water, but my hope is that we will not regulate it to the point where we drive businesses and industries out of this country, to the point where entrepreneurs cannot start or expand their businesses because they simply can't afford to do so. -Bob Latta

I have run two small businesses in Kansas, and I have seen how government can crush entrepreneurism. That's why I ran for Congress. It just so happens that there are a lot of people in south central Kansas who agree with me on that. -Mike Pompeo

Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit is our best chance for economic progress. -Scott Peters

I don't know why there is a discrimination between women and men entrepreneurs. Those who are doing their job should just be seen as professionals and not women or men. -Shilpa Shetty

You have to be very brave and very entrepreneurial – you have to dare to create your own brand. -Delphine Arnault

I've been very engaged in Illinois and Chicago civic activities for a long time; mostly around building businesses and helping entrepreneurs grow companies, but also around education and education reform. -Bruce Rauner

At a certain point in your career – I mean, part of the answer is a personal answer, which is that at a certain point in your career, it becomes more satisfying to help entrepreneurs than to be one. -Marc Andreessen

I do think a lot of people are trying to do important things still, and I think it is really a great thing that entrepreneurship is getting easier. When I started, it was just much harder to begin a company. -Ben Horowitz

China has many successful entrepreneurs and business people. I hope that more people of insight will put their talents to work to improve the lives of poor people in China and around the world, and seek solutions for them. -Bill Gates

Most small-business owners have no financial education when they started. They weren't trained to be entrepreneurs. -Robert Kiyosaki

I wasn't born a natural entrepreneur. I had to be trained. -Robert Kiyosaki

Many entrepreneurs do not realize that many of the problems their businesses face today began yesterday, long before there was a business. -Robert Kiyosaki

Everybody could be an entrepreneur, but very few will become very rich entrepreneurs. -Robert Kiyosaki

The thing most people don't pick up when they become an entrepreneur is that it never ends. It's 24/7. -Robert Kiyosaki

Over a 10-year period, 99 out of 100 new entrepreneurs will fail. Only one will be left standing as others get pushed out of the market or burn out from working so hard. It's really sad. -Robert Kiyosaki

This rise of the new global mega-rich is happening as established institutions are falling. The fall runs the gamut from the music business and traditional media to the Detroit automakers who find themselves obsolete, outmaneuvered, and out-priced by entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Mumbai, Shanghai, and even Siberia. -Robert Kiyosaki

When President Obama speaks about raising taxes on the rich, he speaks about high-income employees and small business owners, not entrepreneurs who build big businesses. -Robert Kiyosaki

Good entrepreneurs are community builders, actively involved with their communities and dedicated to the community's well being. If you're dedicated to your community, it will be dedicated to you. -Robert Kiyosaki

Who's more likely to succeed – someone with high skill and no ambition, or no skill and high ambition? If you're an entrepreneur, you can hire as many skilled people for your business as you want. -Max McKeown

There are immense numbers of potential entrepreneurs who can start their own businesses among the people who are working in large organisations. -Max McKeown

Some scholars attribute the decline in nicknaming to the evolutionary process that turned folk heroes into entrepreneurs. The truth is: George Herman Ruth, the namely-est guy ever, exhausted our supply of hyperbole. -Jane Leavy

Horses are like people – they have different personalities. They can be nice, friendly and hard-working, or awkward, difficult and lazy. If horses were people, some would be on the dole, and others would be entrepreneurs. -Tony McCoy

A leadership culture is one where everyone thinks like an owner, a CEO or a managing director. It's one where everyone is entrepreneurial and proactive. -Robin S. Sharma

When India got independence, entrepreneurs were seen as a bad lot, as people who would exploit. -Nandan Nilekani

My parents were entrepreneurs. I grew up believing in the power of innovation. -Noreena Hertz

Nationally, more than one million Asian American entrepreneurs create jobs in their communities, helping fuel local commerce. In New York, we have seen firsthand how this community has helped drive our economy forward through hard work and ingenuity. -Nydia Velazquez

My father was a successful entrepreneur. -Charlie Trotter

A tremendous amount of the entrepreneurial initiative, if you want to call it that, comes from the dynamic state sector on which most of the economy relies to socialize costs and risks and privatize eventual profit. And that's achieved by, if you like, advertising. -Noam Chomsky

Seeing the world around you clearly is a critical step in developing an idea for a business, carrying out that idea, and then thriving with an ongoing concern. Through choice, predilection, lack of education, impatience, or other causes, the entrepreneur lives, in a way, outside the mainstream. -Paul Hawken

Obviously, many people may remember me as the first winner of 'The Apprentice,' but prior to that, I was an entrepreneur. I started my first business when I was in college, and then getting my lucky break was when Donald Trump hired me on. -Bill Rancic

My best friend Jerry started a boat-washing business, and it was one of the most critical experiences of my life. I got to meet a lot of people who were entrepreneurs. My parents were schoolteachers, and I was now meeting people who owned companies. I realized that if this guy can do it, why can't I? -Bill Rancic

The most successful entrepreneurs tell you they have a great team. Lots of small-business owners let ego get in the way. Many people helped me along the way. You've got to remember the people who were loyal to you, and don't forget them when you become successful. -Bill Rancic

I was into real estate. I was always an entrepreneur. -Bill Rancic

News organisations that have been around a while have a lot of traditions and ways of doing things that may have served them for many years but perhaps make them less flexible in the digital era. As an entrepreneur, it just makes more sense to start something new. -Pierre Omidyar

We need a country that embraces all, and rewards innovators, entrepreneurs, job creators, and hard-working people of all sorts. -Clark Durant

Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want. -Charles Koch

The success of the young entrepreneur will be the key to India's transformation in the new millennium. -Dhirubhai Ambani

My advice to young entrepreneurs is not to accept defeat in the face of odds, and challenge negative forces with hope, self-confidence and conviction. -Dhirubhai Ambani

My father's own view was more than entrepreneurship; it was really a passion to build an institution in India. -Nita Ambani

I have to prioritize: father first, and then a pastor and a recording artist and entrepreneur. I try to put everything in proper perspective, and then the proper priority. -Marvin Sapp

People ask me all the time, 'How can I become a successful entrepreneur?' And I have to be honest: It's one of my least favorite questions, because if you're waiting for someone else's advice to become an entrepreneur, chances are you're not one. -Michael Dell

Real entrepreneurs have what I call the three Ps (and, trust me, none of them stands for 'permission'). Real entrepreneurs have a 'passion' for what they're doing, a 'problem' that needs to be solved, and a 'purpose' that drives them forward. -Michael Dell

In taking Dell private, we plan to go back to our roots, focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit that made Dell one of the fastest-growing and most successful companies in history. -Michael Dell

The pro skaters I know are responsible members of society. Many of them are fathers, homeowners, world travelers and successful entrepreneurs. Their hairdos and tattoos are simply part of our culture, even when they raise eyebrows during PTA meetings. -Tony Hawk

The reason that Google was such a success is because they were the first ones to take advantage of the self-organizing properties of the web. It's in ecological sustainability. It's in the developmental power of entrepreneurship, the ethical power of democracy. -Ron Eglash

I get the impression that most Chinese entrepreneurs are so focussed on doing what they need to do to succeed in the Chinese market – which is a big enough challenge even for the established players – that nobody is thinking much about the longer run or the bigger global picture. -Rebecca MacKinnon

President Obama's over in Indonesia when guys like me were at a paper route. President Obama, I don't know what experience he had at that same age when he was in Indonesia. So I think it's hard for him to grasp that America entrepreneurial spirit. -Foster Friess

Success should stem from entrepreneurial creativity, not political connectivity. -Foster Friess

Being an entrepreneur is a mindset. You have to see things as opportunities all the time. I like to do interviews. I like to push people on certain topics. I like to dig into the stories where there's not necessarily a right or wrong answer. -Soledad O'Brien

Some people will always think they know how to make other people's marriages better, and, after a while, they'll get to cudgeling you or selling you something; the really entrepreneurial types will sell you the cudgel. -Jill Lepore

It's good to work for someone else. Because then you appreciate it more when you are an entrepreneur. -Matt Mullenweg

Moving to L.A. when I was 11 was when my entrepreneurialism started because it's the land of the American dream. -Natalie Massenet

I'm supporting the School for Creative Startups because the project's ambition – to boost innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship – is something I feel strongly about. -Natalie Massenet

As an entrepreneur, what drives you has to be the good news; otherwise, you just don't get out of bed. -Natalie Massenet

To be a designer today is to be an entrepreneur. Whether you're a two-man operation in Shoreditch or a 3,000-person, vertically integrated brand, you need to have the wherewithal to run your business through investment, considering everything from start-up funds to your exit plan or what it takes to go public. -Natalie Massenet

People always ask is it hard being an entrepreneur and a mum, and the answer is 'yes.' -Natalie Massenet

I'm an accidental entrepreneur. -Natalie Massenet

I can see a day soon where you'll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world – some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh – paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion. -Thomas Friedman

I've felt a little culpable that we entrepreneurs often invent businesses just to drive people to buy more things. -Lisa Gansky

I'm not really sure where it comes from, but every time I meet someone who says 'I really want to be an entrepreneur' but has no idea what they want to do, I really just think: 'This person is totally aimless.' -Dustin Moskovitz

There's an idealization of being an entrepreneur, but the most important thing is to have a really great idea. -Dustin Moskovitz

One misconception is that entrepreneurs love risk. Actually, we all want things to go as we expect. What you need is a blind optimism and a tolerance for uncertainty. -Drew Houston

You know what works in venture capital? A group of incredibly smart, connected people who have the financial wherewithal and risk appetite to make multi-million dollar bets on unproven ideas and inexperienced founders. People who can make decisions quickly, and who spend their time trying to help entrepreneurs make the most of that cash. -Sarah Lacy

It's a great story for us whenever an entrepreneur makes a crazy amount of money and we get to tell the world about it. For the entrepreneur? Not so much. Hitherto unknown relatives, entrepreneurs seeking angel investments, money managers and supposed baby-mamas all come out of the woodwork with dollar signs in their eyes. -Sarah Lacy

The best entrepreneurs know when to ignore sage advice. -Sarah Lacy

It's almost a cliche that great Silicon Valley entrepreneurs don't go sit on a beach when they make a lot of money; they get back to work building another company or at least investing in other people's companies. -Sarah Lacy

Politics is just a function of business now, just a tributary of the great entrepreneurial capitalist system. -David Hare

In the States, entrepreneurs inspire a lot of people and are respected for creating jobs. That makes people dream and feel happy for their country. -Delphine Arnault

An incredibly high percentage of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. That's one of the little-known facts. -Malcolm Gladwell

Anyone with the right mix of parental paranoia and entrepreneurial moxie can make a fortune by selling parents the equipment we think will keep us one step ahead of our kids. -Nancy Gibbs

I have to tell you that the innovation and the technology and the entrepreneurship of the world still lies in the United States of America. -Phil Gramm

I'm an entrepreneur. I'm not a politician. -Robin Li

I think a very good system in a world with a lot of passive investors is one in which there are at least a few entrepreneurial investors, prepared to say what they think, prepared to propose a change in management, change in strategy, change in cost structure, capital structure. -Bill Ackman

What America is thirsting for now is a battalion of strong, down-to-earth 'doers' – managers, frontline activists, business and social entrepreneurs engaged in tackling America's manifold problems of unemployment, education, and competitive slouch. -Tina Brown

So many technologies start out with a burst of idealism, democratization, and opportunity, and over time, they close down and become less friendly to entrepreneurship, to innovation, to new ideas. Over time, the companies that become dominant take more out of the ecosystem than they put back in. -Tim O'Reilly

People in private equity complain that they have so much capital and so few places to invest. But you have lots of entrepreneurs trying to raise money at the low end and find that they can't get funding because of this mismatch. I think that there is an opportunity there. -Clayton M. Christensen

While I wouldn't say that most entrepreneurs find it easy to get funding, there are certainly more people out there funding technology and healthcare companies than in other areas. -Clayton M. Christensen

There just isn't anything more invigorating than to read an article or hear about an entrepreneur using the term 'disruptive technology' that makes no reference to me as the source. When it's clear they really got the idea and they use it as if it were in everyday parlance, that's the ultimate triumph. -Clayton M. Christensen

To focus capital and entrepreneurship into empowering innovation, we should change is the capital gains tax rate. We would be better served by a regressive tax rate, that would become progressively smaller the longer the investment is held. -Clayton M. Christensen

Capitalists seem uninterested in capitalism, even as eager entrepreneurs can't get financing. Businesses and investors sound like the Ancient Mariner, who complained, 'Water, water everywhere – nor any drop to drink.' -Clayton M. Christensen

Branding jails corporate America, but honesty sets entrepreneurs free. -James Altucher

Don't buy into the 20-hours-a-day entrepreneur myth. You need to sleep 8 hours a day to have a focused mind. -James Altucher

Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur: an ability to fail, an ability to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on those ideas, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure. -James Altucher

Whether you're an entrepreneur, an employee, a student, a homemaker, a writer, it's time to start forgetting about all the ways the world has promised you safety and comfort. -James Altucher

I find that many entrepreneurs are trying to do everything when it would be cheaper and more time-efficient to delegate, even if there are monetary costs associated with that. -James Altucher

I value an entrepreneur I can get behind and trust, because I know they are attempting to move forward in life. -Daymond John

An entrepreneur needs to know what they need, period. Then they need to find an investor who can build off whatever their weaknesses are – whether that's through money, strategic partnerships or knowledge. -Daymond John

I never knew anything other than wanting to be an entrepreneur. I tried my first business when I was 6 years old, and I started another business when I was 8. I don't think I knew anything besides that. -Daymond John

As an entrepreneur, you love your business like a child, and you're taught to be laser-focused on the business. -Daymond John

As an entrepreneur, you never stop learning. -Daymond John

America's experience, like many others, teaches us that fostering entrepreneurship is not just about crafting the right economic policy or developing the best educated curricula. It's about creating an entire climate in which innovation and ideas flourish. -Joe Biden

One of biggest lies in politics is the lie that Republicans are the party of big business. Big business does great with big government. Big business is very happy to climb in bed with big government. Republicans are and should be the party of small business and of entrepreneurs. -Ted Cruz

I am far more a fan of aggressive entrepreneurs than I am of major CEOs. You look at major CEOs, and they are almost to a person quite timid. They don't act to defend the free market principles that are vital to growth. -Ted Cruz

I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor. As an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies, as a place of culture and the arts, as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays, as a city of parks and trails, and as the sort of place that figures in young people's dreams. -Francis G. Slay

You either go through your life working for someone and getting a paycheck – and it can be a damn good paycheck, and I am not complaining as someone who has always been a salaried employee – or you can go out and become an entrepreneur. -Al Michaels

Successful hedge funds will be entrepreneurial; it is the essence of the craft. -Paul Singer

The world, in terms of choices available to educated, ambitious workers and entrepreneurs, is way bigger than just the United States, Japan and Europe. -Paul Singer

I've heard people say South Africans are arrogant, that they act no differently from their colonial masters. That needs to change. It's in your business interest as an entrepreneur to form meaningful partnerships. That's how you do well for your shareholders. -Patrice Motsepe

Being an entrepreneur is my dream job, as it tests ones tenacity. -Gautam Adani

An entrepreneurial mind is always looking for new opportunities. -Ricardo Salinas Pliego

Niklas Zennstroem has a thorough background as a successful entrepreneur with extensive expertise in areas such as IT and online. -Stefan Persson

I left Sudan when I was 25 or 26 years old. If I had stayed, I would never have ended up being an entrepreneur. You can have the qualities, but if you don't have the environment, you just wither away. It's like a fish: take it out of water, it will not survive. -Mo Ibrahim

Future public education will require involvement and collaboration among various local, civic, private and nonprofit entities, a concept I like to refer to as 'community entrepreneurship.' -Donald Bren

Unfortunately, music devolved instead of evolved. The music business got into the hands of lawyers and accountants rather than the entrepreneurial creative people, and that's when the beginning of the end started. It's all based on money instead of art and creativity. -Gary Wright

When you are an entrepreneur, you have founded your own firm, it is so easy to find that you exist – you are the main shareholder of your company; it is very easy to look at the stock market position of your company to know how rich you are. -Thomas Piketty

I back people who I think will be seeking help and advice. These are the best entrepreneurs. -Audrey MacLean

What we've been finding is that when you remove the barriers to innovation, you can actually hold costs down while lifting entrepreneurs up and getting better health results. -Kathleen Sebelius

At Intuit, we've introduced concepts like unstructured time to enable individuals and small teams to be entrepreneurial and identify new processes or product ideas. -Brad D. Smith

Intuit's mission, values, and culture of innovation set us apart as a great place to work. Our 8,000 employees are innovators and entrepreneurs that are inspired by the important work they do that is delighting customers and improving the financial lives of millions of people. -Brad D. Smith

About 10 million people start a business each year, and about one out of two will make it. The average entrepreneur is often on his or her third startup. -Brad D. Smith

I have always thought of myself as an inventor first and foremost. An engineer. An entrepreneur. In that order. I never thought of myself as an employee. But my first jobs as an adult were as an employee: at IBM, and then at my first start-up. -Aaron Patzer

You don't start a company because you want to be an entrepreneur or the fame and glory that comes along with it. You become an entrepreneur, and you create a company to solve a real problem. And by real problem, I mean a problem that is going to exist down the line. -Aaron Patzer

I consider myself an inventor first and an entrepreneur second. In real life, my hero is Thomas Edison. He was a great inventor, but also an outstanding entrepreneur who was able to sell his inventions to the masses. He didn't just develop the light bulb; he invented the entire electric grid and power distribution system. -Aaron Patzer

One of my top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs: Tell everyone you know about your idea. This runs contrary to the instinct that most people have, because they're afraid someone is going to 'steal my ideal.' Ideas alone are worth very little; it's in the execution and market feedback that companies are made. -Aaron Patzer

My parents were entrepreneurs. They ran a small ad agency in upstate New York. -Mike McCue

As an entrepreneur, in many ways it's like looking into the crystal ball for what my company will hopefully go through as it starts to think about bigger challenges – scaling internationally, getting ready to go public, and all those different things. -Mike McCue

One of the rookie mistakes first-time entrepreneurs often make is to be too guarded about their idea – in fact, many will actually spend their first $25,000 on patent lawyers without ever fully vetting their product. -Scott Weiss

The dream for many millennial women is to make a difference as social or political entrepreneurs. They are using the social media and marketing tools they have mastered to empower less fortunate women and direct them onto career tracks that women have traditionally avoided, like science and technology. -Gail Sheehy

Academics are becoming much more entrepreneurial these days. -Chris Toumazou

Diversifying our tech talent pool is an imperative for the tech sector. More diverse engineers and entrepreneurs will bring about a new type of innovation that Silicon Valley has yet to see. -Mitch Kapor

Fundly is at the dynamic intersection of high-growth technology startups, social entrepreneurship, and the exploding world of social media. Kapor Capital is proud to back this passionate team, their product, and Fundly's impressive customer base. -Mitch Kapor

Successful entrepreneurs develop products that inspire their passion. They have to. It's that passion that gets them through the long, arduous, uncertain and frightening early days of a start-up. -Mitch Kapor

The kind of products you envision as an entrepreneur is a function of your life experience. -Mitch Kapor

As I've conducted my interviews with crowdsourcing entrepreneurs and experts, it's constantly hit me that your ability to do something big and bold is really a function of the size and quality of your crowd. -Peter Diamandis

Passion gets an entrepreneur through the startup days and the enormous efforts it takes to build a business. -Peter Diamandis

Many entrepreneurs that made their fortunes by founding successful technology companies want to give back and solve the world's biggest problems on a grand scale. There is tremendous opportunity in this approach. -Peter Diamandis

I was seeing a lot of entrepreneurs who were effectively working on the next photo-sharing app. I wanted to inspire them to go much bigger, bolder and more significant than that. -Peter Diamandis

I was an investor doing well and decided to be an entrepreneur. -Lynn Jurich

To be an entrepreneur in Europe, there is a stigma attached to it. There's a reason why England is known as a nation of shopkeepers. Part of it is the idea that it's better to have a shop and keep it up and running than close the doors and try to do something much more significant. -Danny Rimer

In the Valley, what's happened is you have entrepreneurs that just want to fill a hole in the market and have a rich exit. -Danny Rimer

We will downsize the government, motivate excess employees to become entrepreneurs, and increase the pay of a lean and mean bureaucracy. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Many follow a rule of thumb – no more than 5% in one stock. But that's not the entrepreneurial road to riches. -Kenneth Fisher

If you're an entrepreneur, and you have a choice to go to a place where there are 250 VC firms or somewhere else where there might be one or two, you're gonna go where all the money is. -Josh Kopelman

I really believe that if capital doesn't come to the entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurs have no choice but to go to the capital. -Josh Kopelman

I don't think a lot of people have been entrepreneurial about venture capital. -Josh Kopelman

There's one thing I've learned about entrepreneurs' business plans. Every one is wrong. -Josh Kopelman

First Round has an opportunity: to create an entirely new kind of online publication, built for technology entrepreneurs, where they can learn how to build better companies. -Josh Kopelman

I would say to young entrepreneurs and budding philanthropists – are you giving to feel good or do good? -Andrew Forrest

I've always been an engineer devoted to the potential of advanced technologies. Like most engineers, I have a keen sense of curiosity and a deep desire to learn. Garmin was my first entrepreneurial endeavour, and it has been an incredible journey. -Min Kao

Every entrepreneur needs ideas, vision, and creativity – no matter what the product or service. Not only that, but the product should truly delight customers and become an essential part of their lives. -Min Kao

We listen to the entrepreneur. We try to have a fine tuning fork to understand what they are saying and whether that makes sense and know it when we see it. We don't try to do too much predicting. -David Sze

I'm saying there's plenty of money out there for great consumer entrepreneurs with great consumer products attacking really big markets. -Dan Levitan

There are lots of ways to make money in venture capital, and there are even more ways to be mediocre. The industry has too much money and too many smart people chasing too few great entrepreneurs. -Dan Levitan

As a lot of the venture capital world seems to be shifting away from consumer, we want to make sure that consumer entrepreneurs know there's still money available. -Dan Levitan

I like the strategy of finding great entrepreneurs early, giving them some money, helping them a little – perhaps not as much as we would a regular core investment. -Dan Levitan

I'll say this: I can't think of one instance in my 20 years in venture capital in which I have wanted to sell a company before the entrepreneur. -Douglas Leone

Give me an entrepreneur with a lot of courage, gusto and who iterates rapidly, and I will back that person day in and day out. -Douglas Leone

During dark times, real entrepreneurs come out. They are not competing with 10 look-alike companies for engineering talent, so it's a great time to invest and help build companies. -Douglas Leone

What you need to keep most in the U.S. is the entrepreneurial spirit. -Alexei Mordashov

My father, an entrepreneur but hardly a technologist, was looking to buy a computer to 'automate' our family business. In 1981, he characteristically dove head first into computing and bought an Osborne I. -Steven Sinofsky

I think like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Failure is a great teacher. At the same time, you must remember, success will never last… Whether it's tech or fashion, it must be for the customer. -Tadashi Yanai

Konosuke Matsushita was a visionary entrepreneur. He started working very young as a teenager, and he eventually created Panasonic to become a truly global company. -Tadashi Yanai

The best programmers and internet entrepreneurs are in the Bay Area. Don't kid yourself about that, not even for a second. -Jose Ferreira

If I had to give one piece of advice to a budding entrepreneur, I would say: 'Aim big.' -Jose Ferreira

Frankly speaking, I decided to become a businessman at the moment when I understood that it is possible, because I grew up in a country where it was not possible. There existed even a special article in the penal code of the Soviet Union which punished entrepreneurial activity. -Vladimir Potanin

You have to have a ton of passion for what you're doing because being an entrepreneur is probably twice as hard as you think it's going to be. The good news is that it's probably twice as much fun when it's going well. -Keith Belling

I'm definitely a serial entrepreneur and a serial snacker. And when it comes to snacks, I'm more of a salty snacker, though I've been known to have a craving for sweets from time to time. -Keith Belling

Everyone on our team shares a couple passions – putting the fun back in snacking, an entrepreneurial spiriting, and the passion for creating an innovative and exciting brand – all of which makes popchips a really fun place to work these days. -Keith Belling

We had this unbelievable faith that no business has done, quite frankly, and we tripped along the way doing it, but within two years, we were in 40-plus countries. So we ran at an amazing pace, and this is where venture capitalists play a role. Making Groupon into what it is today, we had no role in it; the entrepreneurs did it. -Peter Barris

Smart people tend to enjoy thinking about a lot of things at once. I'd say entrepreneurs should be serial monogamists; do one thing at a time until you make sufficient progress and then move on. -Bing Gordon

One skill of a great entrepreneur is to get a whole complicated discussion and then say, 'We're going to do this one and we're only going to do this one'. Managers are good at prioritizing. Entrepreneurs know what is the one thing. -Bing Gordon

For missionary entrepreneurs, the dream outcome is to build an 'Internet treasure' – a brand that defines a generation, proves that we are better than our parents, and becomes something we couldn't live without. -Bing Gordon

First, you must have entrepreneurs who fully grasp their customers. They understand their product so well because they themselves are customers. The second thing is having an awesome value proposition. -Craig Sherman

Many people think that the U.S. is ahead in the frontier technology sectors as a result of private sector entrepreneurship. It's not. The U.S. federal government created all these sectors. -Ha-Joon Chang

Not only does neoliberalism undermine both civic education and public values and confuse education with training, it also treats knowledge as a product, promoting a neoliberal logic that views schools as malls, students as consumers, and faculty as entrepreneurs. -Henry Giroux

There are too many African-Americans with too much money for us to have to go to anybody else for anything in terms of schools, in terms of scholarships, in terms of entrepreneurship, in terms of moving us along as a group to that place where we should be as a people. -James Avery

Even as a college professor at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford, I saw myself as an entrepreneur, and I went out, took risks, and tried to invent new things, such as participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge and working on self-driving cars. -Sebastian Thrun

I think I'm very much an entrepreneur, but I know I have the ability to start a company in a lot of ways than other people who are more qualified because I have this existing brand as an actress. -Blake Lively

You can't be an entrepreneur for other people. You can't start a company for other people. You have to love it more than you ever thought of loving something that wasn't a human being. The demands will kick you down and rob your life – but yet, it is so rewarding. -Blake Lively

There are so many opportunities to make a bad decision in building a robot company on top of all the normal ways that entrepreneurs screw up that it is incredibly difficult to truly create value because it is so cost-sensitive. -Colin Angle

I enjoy what I do because it keeps evolving – when I was a cook, I wanted to be a chef de partie; when I was a chef de partie, I wanted to be a chef; when I was a chef, I wanted to be a restaurateur, and now I am a chef entrepreneur. I am still fulfilling my dream. -Daniel Boulud

The original entrepreneur may initiate the initial purpose, but, in a sense, like a parent that has children, the children have their own destiny, and at some point, that can veer off away from the wishes the parent might have for it. -John Mackey

As an entrepreneur you keep trying things, and I try everything. I try business ideas, on our website we test everything, iterate, iterate, iterate. -Fabrice Grinda

I think some of my darkness comes from my dad. There is definitely convict history on that side of the family, a lot of dodginess. But with the darkness can also come entrepreneurialism, genius traits. -Rebel Wilson

I have always been very entrepreneurial minded. Oftentimes, while I was sitting in class listening to my professor ramble on, I would think to myself: 'I could be out there making money right now.' -Shay Carl

We want people who work for us to be entrepreneurs. We like them to look at ideas. We like them to chase ideas. We like them to not be what I call a caretaker of an asset. -Ivan Glasenberg

Other than much needed infrastructure development, local administrations in Papua must encourage entrepreneurship and creativity. -Ciputra

Being an entrepreneur means the ability to think out of the box by putting away our fear of any risk, including financial. -Ciputra

Indonesia was colonized for 350 years. We lost our mind-set for entrepreneurship. We only become workers. -Ciputra

The heart of the entrepreneur can beat freely in anyone. -Ciputra

EBay gave me the framework to discover I was an e-commerce entrepreneur. I touched everything, from shipping to logistics. -Sophia Amoruso

I want to give other creatives the opportunity to find the entrepreneur inside themselves and teach them how to build their own platform. -Sophia Amoruso

I think many people go to business school and learn ways to play it safe, ensuring that they avoid some of the pain that entrepreneurs endure while taking less calculated risks. -Sophia Amoruso

I think, at the end of the day, you have to reduce friction to businesses, ideally to zero, so that more and more entrepreneurs can create more and more jobs with higher and higher disposable income. -N. R. Narayana Murthy

Often times I have been asked about the attributes for success, and I have said that you need two attributes for succeeding as an entrepreneur: one, courage, second, luck. -N. R. Narayana Murthy

Economics as currently presented in textbooks and taught in the classroom does not have much to do with business management, and still less with entrepreneurship. -Ronald Coase

The tools used by economists to analyze business firms are too abstract and speculative to offer any guidance to entrepreneurs and managers in their constant struggle to bring novel products to consumers at low cost. -Ronald Coase

America is a country of entrepreneurship and great business leaders. -Nicky Oppenheimer

I don't think Africa gets as much credit as it should have on the world stage. People tend to think of us as coming from The Dark Continent, where nothing good goes on. That's not true. A huge amount of, as I say, entrepreneurship goes on. -Nicky Oppenheimer

I have always been driven by the ambition to solve every problem I face, whether as a scientist, engineer or entrepreneur. -Martin Winterkorn

It is a paradox of the acquisitive society in which we now live that although private morals are regulated by law, the entrepreneur is allowed considerable freedom to use – and abuse – the public in order to make money. -Gore Vidal

Long term, I have a lot of confidence in the United States. We have an excellent record in terms of innovation. We have great universities that are involved in technological change and progress. We have an entrepreneurial culture, much more than almost any other country. -Ben Bernanke

When I got out of college, I gave myself till I was 30 to invent a product. If I couldn't do it by then, I would just get a real job. And that fear – the fear of a real job – motivated me to be an entrepreneur. -Nick Woodman

I got an email from the Crown Prince of Norway asking me to talk at a summit for young Norwegian entrepreneurs. I ran to my wife and was like, 'Hey! I got an email from the Prince of Norway!' -Nick Woodman

You must, as an entrepreneur – if that's your position – be doing things that really move the needle. -Nick Woodman

Every entrepreneur talks about the passion you have for your work, and I think that's what's missing with a lot of women in business. -Martha Stewart

Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether it's artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed. -Martha Stewart

I think of myself more as a designer than a serial entrepreneur. As a designer, the easiest way to see that something happens is to start a company and then be the boss, and then people have to do what you say. -Stewart Butterfield

When you're invested in your own business, you're going to run it better. When people are financially responsible for whether their store succeeds, they're going to have that kind of entrepreneurial spirit that's harder to get if headquarters is running things. -Fred DeLuca

If you have company-owned stores, you make 100 percent of the profit from each one, but you have less entrepreneurial spirit. -Fred DeLuca

For a franchise system to work well, you really need people with an entrepreneurial mind-set because, while you have a large, overarching system that everybody has to work with, a lot of local issues have to be handled. -Fred DeLuca

I have hundreds of poems memorized. Mostly by others, but also my own. I use the poems when I lead retreats for management groups on topics like creating teams, or coming up with a more entrepreneurial system, or creating more excitement. -David Whyte

That's part of being an entrepreneur – you watch your pennies. -Tom Golisano

All entrepreneurs make decisions. Some will go right, and some will not go that right. -Sunil Mittal

I have a good eye for great projects, talent, and entrepreneurs. -Megan Smith

Until we know how many women own businesses, we may under-invest in them as entrepreneurs and economic drivers. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Between 1995 and 2009, Western Europe's entrepreneurs created jobs faster than the U.S. did, and European economies exported more than the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Eastern Europe's productivity increased more rapidly than East Asia's. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

I am a great believer in Indian entrepreneurship. There is a whole set of people doing so many exciting things. -Uday Kotak

I've been lucky enough to be involved in a number of great startups, including eBay and Wikia as an entrepreneur and LinkedIn and Paypal as an investor. -Gil Penchina

Obviously, New York and Boston and Los Angeles have pretty vibrant entrepreneurial scenes. -Jason Calacanis

I think you need to have a very strong angel community that is committed to mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs. -Jason Calacanis

I've gotten more press than any entrepreneur could dream of – certainly more than I deserve – and I've never had a public relations firm working for me. -Jason Calacanis

For a first-time entrepreneur, there's nothing better than being in Silicon Valley because there is so much going on, and there's such a large number of inventors, that even a B level idea or a C level idea could be nurtured and be given venture capital there. -Jason Calacanis

In Silicon Valley, I point out that many of the more successful entrepreneurs seem to be suffering from a mild form of Asperger's where it's like you're missing the imitation, socialization gene. -Peter Thiel

An entrepreneur must deal with more uncertainty than a professional with a well-defined role. -Peter Thiel

Whenever I talk to people who founded a company, I often like to ask the prehistory questions 'When did you meet? How long have you been working before you started the company?' A bad answer is, 'We met at a networking event a week ago, and we started a company because we both want to be entrepreneurs.' -Peter Thiel

There's no single right place to be an entrepreneur, but certainly there's something about Silicon Valley. -Peter Thiel

Once you meet an entrepreneur like Jack Ma, you just want to make sure you bet on him. It's not a hard decision. -Jerry Yang

I am excited to join the Workday Board at an exciting time in the company's growth and look forward to leveraging my past experience as a technologist and entrepreneur to provide advice as they continue to look at new areas of growth. -Jerry Yang

The Curbside founders are successful entrepreneurs, who each have sold their companies to Apple. -Jerry Yang

Fighting for free enterprise means standing up for free markets. The freedom to succeed includes the freedom to fail. We must defend entrepreneurial capitalism against the onslaught of the American Left. -Mike Pence

Visas represent one bureaucratic obstacle, so to say and, if removed, might increase the inflow of Russian money into the Czech economy. And not only Russian money, but Russian tourists, Russian entrepreneurs and so on. -Milos Zeman

I'm not an entrepreneur. I'm not a CEO. I'm a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter. -Markus Persson

Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that's a good thing. -Bernie Sanders

My father was an entrepreneur – a sign maker, and he had about 20 employees – and often he'd take me to business meetings, and I would listen to him talk with his workers and customers. We would also talk a lot about business over dinner. -Bernard L. Schwartz

In very big companies, you find less entrepreneurialism than you really want to see. Success is defined as 'don't make a mistake.' And you get to be the C.E.O. by outlasting everybody else, then you're there for five or six years, and you want to get your bonus on the way out. -Bernard L. Schwartz

Engineering college students should be encouraged to start entrepreneurial ventures in their second year itself. It is safer to fail while in college. -Kris Gopalakrishnan

I'm not a communist – I believe in the free market and that entrepreneurs should be allowed to take risks because it creates wealth and jobs, but I draw the line at people risking other people's money. That's deplorable. -Stelios Haji-Ioannou

I've always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others. Just as I think it's important to run companies well, with a close eye to the bottom line, I think you have to use your entrepreneurial experience to make corporate philanthropy effective. -Carlos Slim

At 25, I made many companies. I was thinking more like a businessman or entrepreneur than a CEO. I created many companies, small companies, medium companies. I tried to be involved in many kinds of activities, in finance, in real estate, in mining. -Carlos Slim

If you're an entrepreneur and you're starting a company, I think the first thing you do is you go and talk to a bunch of people. But then the next thing you probably should do is figure out if there's a broader demand than just people you know. That's where I think SurveyMonkey is pretty valuable to people. -Dave Goldberg

In the new economy, we all have to be entrepreneurs with our own lives – with all the rewards and risks and, yes, anxieties that entails. -Nina Easton

Really great entrepreneurs have this very special mix of unstoppable optimism and scathing paranoia. -Astro Teller

Every new rule, mandate, and regulatory edict is one more obstacle that small business owners, entrepreneurs, and job creators have to swallow. -Marsha Blackburn

I have lived the life of the entrepreneur, and so I know the pain they are feeling. I know the daily ups and downs they go through. You know, they have their highs and lows sometimes within a matter of hours in a day. -Ram Shriram

I've trained my people in mentoring entrepreneurs and made myself obsolete. -Ram Shriram

I told myself, 'I am teaching entrepreneurship, so I should be an entrepreneur myself.' -Dan Shechtman

I think I can change things for the better in this country. I'm doing it now as well, in many areas, mostly in education, higher education and technological entrepreneurship. But I think I could do a lot more from a presidential position. -Dan Shechtman

Young people in Israel are encouraged to design, produce and sell their products from high school. Technical universities also matter. Teach and introduce entrepreneurship courses in technical universities. -Dan Shechtman

Two conditions of self-sustaining growth are that a country has acquired a cadre of domestic entrepreneurs and administrators and, secondly, that it has attained to adequate savings and taxable capacity. -Arthur Lewis

I think people are hungry for new ideas and leadership in the world of poverty alleviation. Most development programs are started and led by people with Ph.Ds in economics or policy. Samasource is part of a cadre of younger organizations headed by entrepreneurs from non-traditional backgrounds. -Leila Janah

I think in general, people who aren't themselves entrepreneurs are often more risk averse. And I think you see this dynamic a lot with entrepreneurial people who lead a company, which is that they hire people who complement them. -Leila Janah

Microwork gives marginalized people a chance to earn a living by playing a vital role in the business processes of big companies. In parallel, the organization assists local entrepreneurs in running microwork centers, helping to grow a new pool of business talent across the developing world. -Leila Janah

Many entrepreneurs have shifted their focus to pursuing VC funding as a primary strategic priority instead of concentrating on generating value for their users. This is worrisome because raising capital alone is misleading as a benchmark for success. -Jon Oringer

Many entrepreneurs think that cash is the ultimate solution to all of their problems: the one thing standing between them and their dreams. -Jon Oringer

Some people are serial entrepreneurs and want to just move on to the next thing. They just want to clean the slate and start from scratch. I feel that sometimes, too, and the way that we do that here is we build things inside Shutterstock: we launch new products all the time. -Jon Oringer

If people want to code, and they want to be entrepreneurs, there's opportunities for them to do that. -Jon Oringer

There is a lack of talent in technology, and we need to be encouraging kids in school to learn how to code. We need to encourage computer science as a major. We need to encourage entrepreneurism. -Jon Oringer

We look for the scrappy entrepreneur: the kind of person who will get things done without looking to spend money right away. -Jon Oringer

I think that initial independence is very important; that's what being an entrepreneur is all about. -Jon Oringer

I think, as an entrepreneur, you have to see the unlimited amount of potential but concentrate on your day and just keep building. -Jon Oringer

I could try to incorporate or reflect in my models what it is that an employee, manager, or entrepreneur does: to recognize that most are engaged in their work, form expectations and evolve beliefs, solve problems, and have ideas. Trying to put these people into economic models became my project. -Edmund Phelps

One reason why upturns follow downturns is that downturns tend to overshoot. People get panicky, they're afraid to stay the course, so they start selling. The other thing is that I think, as entrepreneurs keep on waiting to produce new things, that there's an accumulation of as-yet-unexploited new ideas that keeps mounting up. -Edmund Phelps

The need to encourage entrepreneurship and ensure that young people have the opportunity to start new businesses is acute. -Edmund Phelps

Mass prosperity came with the mass innovation that sprung up in 1815 in Britain, soon after in America, and later in Germany and France: It brought sustained growth to these nations – also to nations with entrepreneurs willing and able to copy the innovations. -Edmund Phelps

America is essentially an entrepreneurial culture: the sizzle is the steak, because, after all, if you buy the sizzle, the steak comes with it. Canada's, in contrast, is a primary-producing culture: we'll buy the steak and hope to get a little sizzle with it. But we know we can't eat sizzle. -Wayne Grady

The excitement of being a Task Rabbit is that you can create your own businesses and become an entrepreneur. We're creating jobs for people in this economy. Some of the Task Rabbits are cashing out at $5,000 per month. -Leah Busque

I'm an engineer turned entrepreneur who's passionate about connection. -Leah Busque

There are plenty of things I wish I'd known when I decided to quit my position at IBM and work on the idea that later became TaskRabbit. Maybe that's why one of the things I cherish most about being a founder and CEO is the opportunity to offer advice to new entrepreneurs. -Leah Busque

Life is like the monkey bars: you have to let go to move forward. Once you make the decision to leap into entrepreneurship, be sure to loosen your grasp on old concepts so you can swing your way to new ones. -Leah Busque

I think extreme secrecy is a bad sign in all startups. Very few startups die because they tell you exactly how their technology works. On the long list of startup killers, that's pretty far down. Though on the list of entrepreneur fears, it's pretty high. -Sam Altman

Farmers the world over, in dealing with costs, returns and risks, are calculating economic agents. Within their small, individual, allocative domain, they are fine-tuning entrepreneurs, tuning so subtly that many experts fail to recognize how efficient they are. -Theodore Schultz

We can bring together rich natural resources, innovative research and development, smart investors, and risk-taking farming and manufacturing entrepreneurs. -Anthony Pratt

When you build relationships with entrepreneurs, they're not trying to optimize on price. -Bill Maris

I can make it very clear: I get paid if we make good investments. And if we don't, I don't get paid. I have no incentive to sell our companies to Google; the entrepreneurs get to decide that. We are minority shareholders. -Bill Maris

We have this powerful lever at Google Ventures, which is to invest $200 million a year. This is a huge lever. It's not all going into one place; it's going into lots of start ups and founders and entrepreneurs, all of which are levers to try and change the world in one way or another. -Bill Maris

We are looking for highly technical, enthusiastic and capable entrepreneurs who have a healthy disregard for the impossible, and that's not always easy to find. -Bill Maris

If I'm an entrepreneur, and I have a term sheet from Sequoia and Kleiner, that's the safe choice. Google Ventures is the brave choice. -Bill Maris

Not many venture firms have people whose job is to read academic research – on startups, ventures, and entrepreneurs – and gather knowledge from that. -Bill Maris

We're supposed to be an entrepreneurial company; we're meant to be expanding and looking for opportunities – but the minute you do it, you get your head bashed in. -Gerry Harvey

Life is just a set of experiences. As long as there are new experiences for me in a corporate job, I don't think I have to be an entrepreneur. -Sam Yagan

Immigration is the ultimate entrepreneurship. -Sam Yagan

I want to see talent and companies and money and entrepreneurs moving to Chicago. -Sam Yagan

We will continue to work with agencies across the government to unleash the power of open data and to make government data more accessible and usable for entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, and citizens everywhere – innovators who can leverage these resources to benefit Americans in a rapidly growing array of exciting and powerful ways. -Todd Park

Geeks are a critical driver of America's innovation ecosystem, from the entrepreneurs launching startups in Silicon Valley to the scientists experimenting in university research labs to the whiz kids building gadgets in their parents' garages. -Todd Park

Supported by digital data, new data-driven tools, and payment policies that reward improving the quality and value of care, doctors, hospitals, patients, and entrepreneurs across the nation are demonstrating that smarter, better, more accessible, and more proactive care is the best way to improve quality and control health care costs. -Todd Park

My job is to be tech entrepreneur-in-residence at the White House. -Todd Park

I take a lean-startup approach: creating agile, interdisciplinary teams that get the minimum viable product to market as soon as possible. It's my job to be entrepreneur-in-residence, an internal change agent. -Todd Park

When I was in the private sector, one characteristic that differentiated the best entrepreneurs from the others was that they were not in it for the stock options, but for a mission – to deliver something that was helpful… Every entrepreneurial journey, it turns out, is like this. -Todd Park

I am looking for unknowns who are passionate and mission-based. But I don't try to tout the next great thing I want to get in front of, because I don't set that course. The entrepreneurs do that. -Jim Goetz

It's shocking we don't see more engineers and entrepreneurs interested in enterprise. -Jim Goetz

At Sequoia, upwards of a hundred entrepreneurs a week present, and if we're lucky, maybe a dozen of them are focusing on the enterprise. -Jim Goetz

When more women join the labor force and, particularly, become entrepreneurs, GDP rises dramatically in those countries – in both developed and developing economies. -Dina Powell

I have seen businesses and government come together to provide women entrepreneurs with the training they need to better access markets, take advantage of trade agreements, and in the process grow businesses, jobs, and GDP. These are partnerships that transform lives. -Melanne Verveer

I don't understand why young entrepreneurs feel this pressure to take venture capital or go public. Don't get me wrong: Public companies are A-OK with me. I just think there is another way. Staying private is a lot more sane. -Jack Dangermond

ROI is full of talented entrepreneurs and professionals, and we want to help each of them tap into the incredible power the collective has to offer and to contribute what they can. -Lynn Schusterman

Talk to successful entrepreneurs. Learn about what they've experienced so you can avoid some of the pitfalls that come with wealth. -Diane Hendricks

I feel that India lacks a level of philanthropy that is proportional to the wealth that is here, particularly among the top 5,000 industrialists and entrepreneurs. -Romesh Wadhwani

I think the most important trait for an entrepreneur is persistence. When you try to do something new and difficult, you are more likely to fail than to succeed. -Trip Adler

When most people hit failure, they give up, but good entrepreneurs simply treat failure as a learning experience and use it to fuel and inform their next move. -Trip Adler

I'm not the smartest guy you've ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I'm not technical at all – I can't write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. -Nick Hanauer

Government does create prosperity and growth by creating the conditions that allow both entrepreneurs and their customers to thrive; balancing the power of capitalists like me and workers isn't bad for capitalism – it's essential to it. -Nick Hanauer

I often say to entrepreneurs, 'If Lehman Brothers were Lehman Brothers & Sisters, it wouldn't have gone into bankruptcy.' -Shinzo Abe

As an entrepreneur and mother, I support the need to put women at the center, recognizing their crucial impact on social development and their important role of balancing family and professional responsibilities. -Yelena Baturina

I was among one of the first entrepreneurs to start building their own private enterprise when Perestroika began in Russia and the state initiated its first market-oriented reforms. -Yelena Baturina

Chinese entrepreneurs have to implement their work under the leadership of the Party and the government – it is very clear. -Li Shufu

Russia is an amazing country to be an entrepreneur. -Maelle Gavet

The general message would be to say to all these young people: If you have entrepreneurial aspirations, there is money, there are consumers, there is a huge market. The only thing you need to do is to go there and start doing things. -Maelle Gavet

No entrepreneur ever publicly admits to bribing, but few dare to openly claim they don't, either. -Wang Shi

As an entrepreneur, one cannot just work and not say anything. -Wang Shi

The most successful entrepreneurs in the world have a combination of the right type of personality and fortunate life circumstance. A lot of them have been doing it most of their life. -Adeo Ressi

There are a number of traits that combine to create entrepreneurial potential. We find that openness coordinates very well with successful entrepreneurs. The more open-minded you are, the more you see the world as it actually is. The more closed-minded, the more you see the world as you want it to be. -Adeo Ressi

There is a saying in entrepreneurship that your early employees are all commandos. Commandos are people who can do almost everything well: emails, strategy, code, design. -Adeo Ressi

Fluid intelligence is not a Big Five personality trait: It's a measurement of one's ability to rapidly learn and apply a rule set. As an entrepreneur, you're rapidly dealing with different issues, and your ability to switch from one issue to another is very important. -Adeo Ressi

Some of the traits that make you a great entrepreneur also work against you. Examining data of high-scoring people, we find that oftentimes the world frustrates them: They're super-smart, they're super-capable, and the work quality of their peers is vastly inferior to what they can achieve on their own. -Adeo Ressi

I think the biggest myth entrepreneurs have is that the growth and performance of their startups depends more on their entrepreneurial talent than on the businesses they choose. -Scott Shane

The median startup is a business that's capitalized with about $25,000. The financing of that business comes from the entrepreneur's savings. The business is a retail or personal service business, a hair salon or a clothing store, that kind of thing. -Scott Shane

Starting a business is risky. Half of all new businesses fail to experience a fifth anniversary. And everyone knows that you could lose all the money you've invested in your new company and then some. Those are the obvious risks of trying to be an entrepreneur. -Scott Shane

Whatever the reasons, would-be entrepreneurs should be forewarned. Going into business for yourself isn't just risky because your business might fail. It's risky because you might have a harder time getting a job in the future, even if you succeed with your company. -Scott Shane

We need banks and financiers and entrepreneurs to take risks because that's how economies grow over time. -Greg Ip

As Turkish entrepreneurs perform well in Iraq, the Iraqis will have more confidence in Turkish contractors than in some European company they do not know. -Husnu Ozyegin

Our experience is that most entrepreneurs are able to attract debt, even for risky and early stage investments. There are investors who provide debt, but very few who fund through equity. -Jamshyd Godrej

We have to develop the whole system of early stage investors and a tax system around it. For every Google that has come on the scene, there are hundred entrepreneurs who never did. -Jamshyd Godrej

The first thing I look at is, 'Is the entrepreneur going after really big problems, to the extent that it feels scary when they talk about it?' You wonder if the idea is possible. I have seen that a lot of times, people go after small problems, and that's a sign that they are not confident. -Sachin Bansal

There are few people who exemplify the ideals of opportunity, entrepreneurship and commitment to the collective good than the great New Yorker and the face of the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton. -Eric Schneiderman

We're headed towards a fascist economy in which you have big government, big corporations and big labor, and they're all in cahoots to strangle the entrepreneur. -Wayne Rogers

If you are an entrepreneur, you have to think outside of the box. -Wayne Rogers

So many of my followers who just graduated can't get jobs; they're hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and they don't know what to do. My dream is to see a new generation of entrepreneurs who are creating and having more meaningful jobs than the day-to-day grind. -Michelle Phan

In his musicals with Garland, Rooney was the sparkplug for prodigious entrepreneurship – that era's predecessor of the garage band, but with Gershwin tunes and an all-star cast. -Richard Corliss

I'm a mom. I'm a wife. I'm an actress. I'm an executive producer. I'm an author. I'm an entrepreneur, and I'm a sister and a best friend. -Tia Mowry

The key to being a good manager or a good entrepreneur is to pick the right people. Pick the right people, and they'll make you look good. -Joe Gibbs

Some entrepreneurs talk of a high burn rate, high advertising rate, and so on, with no outcome, so it doesn't impress me. But an entrepreneur who has that kind of a feeling of responsibility towards his investors is somebody who will have all my support. -Ratan Tata

As counterintuitive as it sounds, 'speed to fail' should be every entrepreneur's motto. Success isn't born wholly-formed like Venus from a clamshell; it's developed through relentless trial and error. -Jay Samit

Most startup entrepreneurs unnecessarily spend half their time and give up half their equity in search of funding from angel investors and venture capitalists. Tens of millions of dollars are available to them for free from partners who not only don't want their equity, they don't even want to be paid back. -Jay Samit

Some incubators, like Y Combinator and TechStars, were started by successful entrepreneurs wishing to help the next generation learn from their experiences. Other programs, such as Viterbi Startup Garage and Austin Technology Incubator, were created by universities to help young entrepreneurs bridge the knowledge gap from student to funded company. -Jay Samit

No first-time entrepreneur has the business network of contacts needed to succeed. An incubator should be well integrated into the local business community and have a steady source of contacts and introductions. -Jay Samit

As a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and public company CEO, nothing irks me more than when a startup founder talks about wanting to cash in with an initial public offering. -Jay Samit

As every entrepreneur and investor sifts through year-end data to predict the next trend or opportunity for financial success, there is a much easier way to accurately predict the future: hang out with those who are creating it. -Jay Samit

A successful entrepreneur is one who recognizes her blind spots. You may be the world's best engineer, but you probably have never run a 10-person sales force. You may be a brilliant marketer, but how do you structure a cap table? -Jay Samit

Venture-backed startups with billion dollar market caps are called 'unicorns' because they are supposed to be rare mythical creatures that few entrepreneurs will ever ride. -Jay Samit

What most entrepreneurs don't understand is that it isn't the economy that bursts a bubble, but investor psychology. -Jay Samit

State funds, private equity, venture capital, and institutional lending all have their role in the lifecycle of a high tech startup, but angel capital is crucial for first-time entrepreneurs. Angel investors provide more than just cash; they bring years of expertise as both founders of businesses and as seasoned investors. -Jay Samit

Numerous studies, and my own experience as a serial entrepreneur, have proven that companies with a diverse management team provide greater financial returns to investors. -Jay Samit

I have worked on open Internet, speech, and entrepreneurship issues for years. -Marvin Ammori

The Startup Act should give all Americans, not just immigrants, a better shot at being tomorrow's engineers and entrepreneurs. And that opportunity could begin at a young age with education in computer programming. -Marvin Ammori

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama's best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs – in addition to protecting the planet. -David Ignatius

I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States. He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father, and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again. -Jerry Falwell, Jr.

When it comes to space, I see it as my job, I'm building infrastructure the hard way. I'm using my resources to put in place heavy lifting infrastructure so the next generation of people can have a dynamic, entrepreneurial explosion into space. -Jeff Bezos

The successful entrepreneurs on the free market will be the ones most adept at anticipating future business conditions. Yet, the forecasting can never be perfect, and entrepreneurs will continue to differ in the success of their judgments. If this were not so, no profits or losses would ever be made in business. -Murray Rothbard

Since I was born and raised in Brazil, the steps to becoming an entrepreneur in the United States have not always been easy. -Mike Krieger

Innovation happens best when people of different backgrounds come together to solve the world's toughest challenges and, in the process, can create new jobs and opportunities. I'm hopeful that updated immigration policies will encourage entrepreneurs from around the world to help tackle these opportunities in the U.S. -Mike Krieger

Someone once described entrepreneurship to me as a series of happy accidents. -Kevin Systrom

It's wonderful when you pair entrepreneurs together because they can share experiences and in some ways push each other to build better products going forward. -Kevin Systrom

Mary Lasker was an entrepreneur; she was a socialite. She was kind of a legendary networker. She became interested in saying, 'Well, you know, if these diseases don't have political support we'll never conquer them.' And she made, really, cancer her special cause. -Siddhartha Mukherjee

I couldn't care less who is mad at me as long as the entrepreneur comes out ahead. -Ron Conway

I was pretty entrepreneurial as a kid. I had a lemonade stand. When I was 12, I arbitraged the price of 7-Eleven hot dogs; I'd buy the ones that are pre-wrapped with the bun and then sell them on the beach. -Stewart Butterfield

I don't think it ever occurred to me that I wouldn't be an entrepreneur. My dad became a real estate developer, and that work is usually project-based. You attract investors for a project with a certain life cycle, and then you move on to the next thing. It's almost like being a serial entrepreneur, so I had that as an example. -Stewart Butterfield

I'm a supporter of female entrepreneurs. I don't feel like a victim, and I try to not think of myself as one. -Brit Morin

Today, as an independent, an entrepreneur, and a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem solver, not a bomb thrower. Someone who can bring members of Congress together to get things done. And I know Hillary Clinton can do that because I saw it firsthand. -Michael Bloomberg

Knowing whose advice to take and on what topic is the single most important decision an entrepreneur can make. -Vinod Khosla

As I've evolved, I'm capable of doing a lot of things at once, but really, as an entrepreneur and business person, it's more about adding the right structure to be able to handle scaling all those things as opposed to being at the forefront of doing a lot of them. -Rob Dyrdek

I started my first company when I was 18 and learned by trial through fire, having no formal education or entrepreneurial experience. -Rob Dyrdek

I'm an entrepreneur. I always have been. I am curious, and I enjoy solving problems. -John McAfee

I know it's a cliche, but I see myself as a citizen of the world. I was brought up in Switzerland by German and Turkish parents but I've very much grown up in San Francisco. I have a European sense of aesthetic, but I'm also deeply steeped in the notion of change and entrepreneurship that is associated with Silicon Valley. -Yves Behar

Great companies start because the founders want to change the world… not make a fast buck. Call me a romantic, but I think entrepreneurs should try to change the world. This comes from working at Apple… old habits die hard. -Guy Kawasaki

The good news about entrepreneurship is that your fate is in your hands. The bad news is that your fate is in your hands! -Guy Kawasaki

I've been all over the world meeting with companies and startups and entrepreneurs. And I tell you, they are more similar than different. -Guy Kawasaki

Different parts of the world have different attitudes to failure. Arguably, it may take more courage to be an entrepreneur in Sydney, or Paris, or London, or Japan, or Singapore… but an entrepreneur sees the world for what it could be, not what it is. -Guy Kawasaki

I wanted to create a toolkit which I would have wanted as an entrepreneur to use these principles of psychology in product design. Some startups totally forget the trigger. In some, the action is too complicated. Others don't have a variable reward, which maintains mystery. -Nir Eyal

I became an entrepreneur as a child. I liked the art of the deal whether I was mowing lawns or selling candy or promoting clubs at the age of 16. I understood early on the importance of knowing my numbers and surrounding myself with the best people. -Marcus Lemonis

A country that cannot support entrepreneurship has no hope. -Lu Guanqiu

It is very important that people see there is a bright future, and we can re-engage that entrepreneurial spirit of the trading nation for which the U.K. has always been known – that dynamic, creative spirit. -Theresa May

We've got to be entrepreneurial; we've got to be innovative, and we've got to figure out ways of getting things done that people might think are very unorthodox. -Cory Booker

I had been an independent entrepreneur from the beginning, and I felt I could do it myself. I didn't want to get a job. -David L. Wolper

My ambition with connectivity is not to fly balloons in the national airspace of other countries, but my dream is to be able to enable the local entrepreneurs to have low-cost connectivity solutions. -Satya Nadella

This is my advice to entrepreneurs. It's easy to give up, but believe in your ideas. Surround yourself with people you respect and are smarter than you. -Brian Lee

In general, the more entrepreneurs we have, the better off we will be because the economy is driven by small businesses and creative ideas… I'm really excited about what the future holds for women entrepreneurship and to be a small part of that by helping Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba start their businesses. -Brian Lee

You, as an entrepreneur, must make sure the postmoney valuation is a number you can obtain. You don't want too high of a valuation. -J. B. Pritzker

ChicagoNEXT is focused on making Chicago the best possible place for technology entrepreneurs. -J. B. Pritzker

As an entrepreneur and public company CEO, I've dealt with dozens of rollouts, and when unveiling a new product, the operating approach should be, 'Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.' -John Delaney

Two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO has informed my view that our priorities must stress improving educational outcomes, rebuilding America's infrastructure, lowering health care costs, addressing climate change, reforming immigration, and ushering in an advanced energy economy. -John Delaney

The tax code is weighted toward the ultra-wealthy and ultra-wealthy corporations and has created an offshore aristocracy of people who can afford to hire an army of accountants and lawyers. This shifts the tax burden to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and others. -Jeff Fortenberry

The trend in entrepreneurship is up, but an entrepreneur's ability to hire is down. -Sam Graves

The JOBS Act will allow entrepreneurs to utilize 'crowdfunding,' which permits them to raise equity capital from a large pool of small investors. -Sam Graves

Growing up on a family farm, I know firsthand the challenges of running a small business… challenges that only seem to be growing for today's entrepreneurs. -Sam Graves

I am an immigrant from Mexico. I came to the United States looking for a landscape where I could explore ideas freely and to test my entrepreneurial spirit. -Ilan Stavans

As an entrepreneur, I have been known for taking risks throughout my career, but leaving the European Union is not one of the risks I would want the U.K. to take – not as an investor, not as a father, and not as a grandfather. I am deeply concerned about the impact of leaving. -Richard Branson

It's a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur's metric for success. It's not, and nor should it be. -Richard Branson

The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master. -Richard Branson

Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business. -Richard Branson

In this digital age, it doesn't really matter if you are in Canary Wharf or the Caribbean; there are opportunities waiting to be grasped by entrepreneurs. -Richard Branson

From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I've felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people's lives better. -Richard Branson

At Virgin, we have always backed the power of the entrepreneur and inventor to find solutions to tricky problems. Why should climate change and the battle against carbon be any different? -Richard Branson

I can tell you, I grew up with great coaching, and it had nothing to do with sports. I had great parents. I really got some great input from there. They were entrepreneurial, middle-class business people. -Jerry Jones

True entrepreneurs have to really forego almost everything; they have to put it all on the line. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

When I bought companies, it was done on trust, on a one-on-one basis, and with the intention of taking care of employees. Today, it's about who can bid the highest. There's no personal interest. It's a different world and one that an entrepreneur like me doesn't like much. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

I had the good fortune to be raised in the 1940s and the 1950s. As I entered business in the late 1950s and 1960s, America was just coming into its own as a great industrial power. It allowed young entrepreneurs to start their engines, to start their businesses, to borrow a little money and to leverage what they had. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

While Labour Party orators readily remember the 1980s for Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's free-booting variety of entrepreneurial meritocracy, what gets forgotten is that Thatcher also gave the heave-ho to the old establishment's notion of merit – good breeding, a posh school, and so on. -Terry Glavin

People of Baltimore, if you want to simply learn a new trade, if you want to join the Foundry, it's a membership. It's like joining a gym, and you can go and meet other entrepreneurs like you. You can talk about how to get financing. You can take a class on how to sew. You can take a class and say, 'I want to be an electrician.' -Kevin Plank

There are a few entrepreneurs whom I look up to. My dad, Ralph Lauren, has definitely evolved into a lifestyle brand of clothing and home furnishings. -Dylan Lauren

I'm an entrepreneur. I'm a young mogul. I'm blessed. -DJ Khaled

I am a believer in smaller government, limited government, less regulation, less taxes, because I think to have more of those things, we suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit of this nation. -Matt Bevin

In New Hampshire, we know that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the engines of economic growth in the 21st-century economy, and our state has long been defined by the entrepreneurial spirit of our people. -Maggie Hassan

We want New Hampshire to be a haven for entrepreneurs and inventors – the people who are creating the products and good-paying jobs of the future. -Maggie Hassan

From 1865 to 1965, my race, the black race, was one of the most competitive, entrepreneurial, Christian, moral races in our country. We had the highest percentage of entrepreneurs in the country, the highest percentage of marriage in the country. -Burgess Owens

There was a different, visionary team commitment that guided the black community at the beginning of the 20th century, best envisioned by educator, entrepreneur, and founder of Tuskegee University Booker T. Washington. -Burgess Owens

My family were all entrepreneurs, including my parents and grandparents. -Kimbal Musk

My advice for any entrepreneur or innovator is to get into the food industry in some form so you have a front-row seat to what's going on. -Kimbal Musk

Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms, engaging learning environments where kids learn about math, science, entrepreneurship, and above all else, real food. -Kimbal Musk

A whole series of events pushed me towards meditation, and now it's become such an integral part of the way I manage myself. It's a tool for me; when you're an entrepreneur, and you're pulled in every direction, it is wonderful to have this discipline. -Imran Amed

I always wanted to do creative things, but I was really interested in entrepreneurship. My family comes from a very entrepreneurial culture, so business was always something I was interested in. -Imran Amed

You might call me an accidental entrepreneur. -Imran Amed

I am an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. Somewhere early on when I couldn't get something I wanted through the system, I threw up my hands and tried to figure a way to get it done myself. A lot of it came from my upbringing. My dad was an entrepreneur. -Mike Binder

When I came into the music, I was forced to be a CEO. I was forced to be an entrepreneur; I was forced to… because I was looking for a deal. I didn't have this grand scheme of starting a record company and then morphing into a clothing empire. -Jay-Z

My passion is music, you know, and music influences culture, influences lifestyle, which leads me to 'Roc-A-Wear'. I was forced to be an entrepreneur, so that led me to be CEO of 'Roc-A-Fella' records, which lead to Def Jam. -Jay-Z

With interest rates artificially low, consumers reduce savings in favor of consumption, and entrepreneurs increase their rates of investment spending. -Steve Hanke

Trump is an entrepreneur. -Steve Bannon

A lot of people say I was brilliant. I wasn't. I was an opportunist: a young entrepreneur who saw things and took advantage. -Frank Abagnale

To not run a venture into the ground, entrepreneurs need to learn what it takes to succeed. -Clay Clark

With the help of personal introductions by Andrew Carnegie, diligence and an absolute burning desire to teach the world how to become successful, Napoleon Hill devoted nearly his entire adult lifetime creating practical content entrepreneurs need to become successful. -Clay Clark

Have you ever noticed some people are able to stay organized while getting a massive quantity of work accomplished, while others appear to be busy but never actually produce results? Time management is the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur. -Clay Clark

Startup culture fosters laughter, debate, and a passionate, non-politically-correct focus on getting things done. And this startup of culture is something entrepreneurs struggle to maintain as the business grows. To ensure this environment continues, create a strong foundation and ensure everyone is on board. -Clay Clark

The greatest job creation is driven by entrepreneurs and young businesses, so they merit special attention. -Elaine Chao

Confidence, capital, and new markets fuel entrepreneurship and job-generating expansion of existing businesses. -Elaine Chao

For significant job creation to occur, prospective entrepreneurs and current business owners must not fear the future or be under assault from their own government in the present. -Elaine Chao

To foster entrepreneurship, expansion and job creation, more leaders at all levels of government have to demonstrate some understanding of what it takes to build and grow businesses in the private sector. -Elaine Chao

Confidence, capital, and credit fuel entrepreneurship and economic expansion. -Elaine Chao

Charles Koch and David Koch, co-owners of Koch Industries, are U.S. citizens, taxpayers, entrepreneurs and employers. -Mike Pompeo

Taking a great new idea with an entrepreneurial team that wants to create something significant and trying to build a real company is what is interesting. -Brad Feld

I wish more LPs would blog to help VCs and entrepreneurs understand them better. -Brad Feld

I hope more cities engage with immigrant entrepreneurs the way St. Louis has – it's a great model. -Brad Feld

As I continue to believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the key drivers to our economic future, it's frustrating to hear such little cogent discussion around it. -Brad Feld

In the mid-to-late 1990s, I was an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Kauffman Foundation working with Jana Matthews on 'learning programs for high growth entrepreneurs.' -Brad Feld

Immigrants have historically been an entrepreneurial bunch. -Brad Feld

Twitter has always been that refreshing place where I can quickly find out what is going on in my tech world. I follow mostly entrepreneurs and VCs – some who I know and some who I don't know. I have a few companies in my feed. But no newspapers, no magazines, and no mainstream media. -Brad Feld

I hear entrepreneurs use the word 'disruption' on a daily basis and continuously hear the cliche change the world. -Brad Feld

In entrepreneurial circles, it's clear to me that violence, hatred, and discrimination – or whatever you want to label it – is another category where we need to pay attention to disruption before it changes the world in ways we don't want it to. -Brad Feld

When the entrepreneur is obsessed with the product and the company has organized all of its activities around that, it's very powerful. -Brad Feld

While the line between stress, deep anxiety, and depression often blurs, most entrepreneurs struggle with broad mental health issues at various points in their lives. -Brad Feld

There's no training for the business, no credentials necessary to enter… It's all about entrepreneurs, innate street intelligence, and instincts. It's a business which encourages people with dreams. That's the essence of Hollywood. -Dawn Steel

If you're in a city where there's no clear startup community, the goal is not raise a bunch of money to fund a nonprofit; the goal is not get your government involved. The goal is start finding the other entrepreneurial leaders who are committed to being in your city over the next 20 years. -Brad Feld

That's the problem with so many organizations around entrepreneurship. They're driven by metrics that don't matter. -Brad Feld

I'm a huge believer in the importance of vacations for leaders, entrepreneurs, and everyone else. I work extremely hard – usually 70+ hours a week. -Brad Feld

Often, entrepreneurs don't build a board until they are forced to by their VCs when they raise their first financing round. This is dumb, as you are missing the opportunity to add at least one person to the team who – as a board member – can help you navigate the early process of building your company and raising that first round. -Brad Feld

Lots of entrepreneurs don't want to be hassled by a board of directors early on. The entrepreneurs want to control the company, don't want to be responsible to a board, or don't want to waste time communicating with board members. This is a classic error of thinking about the early stage board incorrectly. -Brad Feld

The first thing that any city that's trying to create a startup community or an entrepreneurial ecosystem that's vibrant should do is get rid of the idea that they're trying to be like Silicon Valley. -Brad Feld

I separate the world of startup communities into two constituencies – leaders and feeders. The leaders are entrepreneurs and the feeders everyone else. -Brad Feld

I'm a venture capitalist. I like to say my job is to help and support entrepreneurs. I can play a leadership role, but my organization can't be the leader. -Brad Feld

Successful entrepreneurship takes complete dedication and careful strategizing along with market analysis. Plus, successful startups provide countless benefits to a healthy economy and consumers in need. -Fabrizio Moreira

On the consumer level, the products developed by entrepreneurs help to provide more and better options that make life easier and more enjoyable in the everyday lives of the public. -Fabrizio Moreira

When the government takes more money out of the pockets of middle class Americans, entrepreneurs, and businesses, it lessens the available cash flow for people to spend on goods and services, less money to start businesses, and less money for businesses to expand – i.e. creating new jobs and hiring people. -Fabrizio Moreira

Every entrepreneur knows how agonizingly difficult it is to make the decision to give it your all, knowing that failure is inevitable; the successful ones know that the only way to get back up is through learning from that failure. -Fabrizio Moreira

Many people dream about being an entrepreneur, starting their own business, working for themselves, and living the good life. Very few, however, will actually take the plunge and put everything they've got into being their own boss. -Fabrizio Moreira

Being an entrepreneur does, of course, give you greater freedom than someone who is tied to a fixed work schedule, but you'd be mistaken to think that you're going to have it easier than your 9-5 counterparts. -Fabrizio Moreira

For an entrepreneur with 'improbable' and 'impossible' dreams, the alleged stability that comes from getting 'a real job' is nothing but a sign of slavery. -Fabrizio Moreira

Many entrepreneurs, and the venture investors who back them, seek to build billion-dollar companies. -Aileen Lee

Some investors may grumble about entrepreneurs wanting 'unicorn valuations.' But let's be honest: most investors want them, too, and are supporting the massive capitalization of these companies. -Aileen Lee

I really have become very interested at working with and helping entrepreneurs at the early stages of their growth. -Aileen Lee

I think, from a woman's perspective, that my interest as an investor and the way that I relate to entrepreneurs is a little bit different. -Aileen Lee

Having been a venture-backed CEO, and having an established background in working with consumer-focused companies, I've built a strong network of entrepreneurs and people who can help startups. -Aileen Lee

A lot of the entrepreneurs and founders have big dreams and are on a mission to build things that the world has never seen before. -Aileen Lee

Like many entrepreneurs, I started out in sales. I began at 14, when I got a job selling shoes and tennis rackets at a pro shop, and I've been selling one thing or another ever since. -Jason Fried

I'm generally risk averse, and most great entrepreneurs I know are as well. -Jason Fried

I know plenty of entrepreneurs who are numbers first. They tend to be highly analytical people, and before they pull the trigger, all the numbers have to line up just right. -Jason Fried

As an entrepreneur, I've come across countless articles and quotes proudly telling me that I should accept failure, smile, and keep my head up. In other words, I've been told to stay positive. The thing is, when you're forced to shut down a business and let really awesome people you care about go, staying positive is the last thing on your mind. -John Rampton

As an entrepreneur, my problem was that I had too many ideas. -Steve Blank

Entrepreneurial education in grades K-12, if it exists at all, still focuses on teaching potential entrepreneurs small business entrepreneurship – the equivalent of 'how to run a lemonade stand.' -Steve Blank

Great entrepreneurial DNA is comprised of leadership, technological vision, frugality, and the desire to succeed. -Steve Blank

Founders have continually struggled with and adapted the 'big business' tools, rules, and processes taught in business schools when startups failed to execute 'the plan,' never admitting to the entrepreneurs that no startup executes to its business plan. -Steve Blank

By the beginning of the 21st century, entrepreneurs, led by Web and mobile startups, began to seek and develop their own management tools. -Steve Blank

The Columbia Startup Lab is a visible symbol of how the university is making entrepreneurship an integral part of all colleges at the university. -Steve Blank

Michael Bloomberg has yet to get his due for engineering the New York entrepreneurial ecosystem. -Steve Blank

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It's understanding who to listen to and why. -Steve Blank

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors. At times, they confuse VCs with their friends. -Steve Blank

Watching an entrepreneur fail is sad, but watching him fail from lack of nerve is tragic. -Steve Blank

When it comes to brands and having the opportunity to be an entrepreneur, social media has really become a great outlet for people to become their own boss. -Christina Milian

Mr. Icahn will be a leader in helping American entrepreneurs shed job-killing regulations that stifle economic growth. -Sean Spicer

Policies to strengthen education and training, to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and to promote capital investment, both public and private, could all potentially be of great benefit in improving future living standards in our nation. -Janet Yellen

Americans have so much natural entrepreneurial drive. The caveat is that it is technology that should be a tool making lives better in the real world, and in line with the American spirit of getting better and better at something, whether it's curing cancer or creating a better taxi service. -Michael Burry

I am an entrepreneur. Beyond that, I am a mother and part of a wonderful family that is part of a wonderful business. -Joy Mangano

A startup for entrepreneurs is like a baby, and I have five babies so far – experienced father. -Jack Ma

We want to help U.S. entrepreneurs, small business owners, and brands and companies of all sizes sell their goods to the growing Chinese consumer class. Chinese consumers will get to buy the American products they want. This, in turn, will help create American jobs and increase U.S. exports. -Jack Ma

If anything, I'd say my family was entrepreneurial – my grandfather and father. It was in our blood. But I didn't have this one mentor that was super successful. -Tilman J. Fertitta

Most entrepreneurs come up with a product, or they come up with an idea and they think they can be successful with it. But if they don't know the financial side of their business and understand credit and working capital and what it takes money-wise, you can't be successful. The product is just a product. -Tilman J. Fertitta

It's a pleasure to contribute to the entrepreneurial community at USC. -Walter O'Brien

My entrepreneurial spirit happened all day long because I got to think of things that kids would interact with. I was in front of my customers for 6-8 hours a day. I got to see what they like, what they don't like, what they connected with, and most importantly, did they learn something from this? -Steve Spangler

There's always a mismatch between small entrepreneurial outfits and large companies, which often don't have the same outlook. -Walt Mossberg

We're really willing to see more and more U.S. entrepreneurs conducting investments in Turkey. I'm optimistic for the future. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I'm an entrepreneur. -Cameron Dallas

The more I talk to people who are at a place I'd like to be at, whether its music or writing, or being a doctor or entrepreneur, sometimes you get lucky, and right away something happens. But for most people, the common denominator of success is just working really hard. -K. Flay

The first thing is to hang on to everybody who is talented, who is entrepreneurial, who wants to make an impact and a change and start attracting ones. -Dan Gilbert

In France, President Francois Hollande is leveraging the next wave of the Internet to jumpstart economic reforms and create jobs for hundreds of thousands of citizens. A historically socialist government, France has had the courage to quickly implement unique partnerships with the business community to drive entrepreneurial spirit and thinking. -John T. Chambers

Other than playing the game I love, my passion is investing in innovative companies and helping the entrepreneurs behind them succeed. -Ryan Howard

My daughter has no interest in succeeding me in the business. She is going towards social entrepreneurship, an area she is interested in. -Shiv Nadar

Truly original thinkers tend not to be entrepreneurs who've spent 10 years at Cisco and can be trusted to know what they're doing. They tend to be 26 years old and highflying. They often have a very childlike mind, with some naivete. -Steve Jurvetson

We believe strongly that all meaningful change comes from entrepreneurs. -Steve Jurvetson

Elon Musk is an incredibly prolific entrepreneur, having come up with, or been at the founding team of Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, PayPal, all different industries that seem to have nothing to do with each other. -Steve Jurvetson

We look for companies that are unlike anything we've ever seen before, with a bold vision to change the world and run by passionate entrepreneurs who get you jumping out of your seat. -Steve Jurvetson

Elon Musk is an incredible leader and entrepreneur. I have known him since 1995 when he first came to Silicon Valley. -Steve Jurvetson

I do think there are more and more entrepreneurs all the time that think big. Those are the people we should be finding and funding. Most of them will fail, but the ones who succeed will change the world, and that is progress. -Steve Jurvetson

We, as entrepreneurs, can be held responsible for our actions every single day, not every election cycle. -Naveen Jain

An entrepreneur is not a person who starts a company, but he is the person who actually solves a problem. -Naveen Jain

A person who sees a problem is a human being; a person who finds a solution is visionary; and the person who goes out and does something about it is an entrepreneur. -Naveen Jain

Unfettered, creative, and enthusiastic entrepreneurship is one of the hallmarks of American life, and it has allowed us to attract the best and brightest to this country. -Naveen Jain

I absolutely believe in the power of innovative entrepreneurship on every level. That's why I am exploring ways to improve our education system by making it as effective as a private tutor and as engaging as video games. -Naveen Jain

I am really happy to see the number of entrepreneurs in India – not only because of the ideas they have but also because of the passion at which their ideas are put across. -Naveen Jain

If you are passionate about entrepreneurship like I am, you too can instill this passion in your children. -Naveen Jain

The entrepreneurial bug had already bitten my son Ankur by the time he got to college. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I certainly didn't want to dampen his enthusiasm by telling him he couldn't do it, but I also wanted to make sure it was balanced with the proper attention to his studies. -Naveen Jain

I've found that entrepreneurial success usually comes through great execution, simply by doing a superior job of doing the blocking and tackling. -Naveen Jain

I've given a lot of talks over the years on the subject of entrepreneurship. The first thing I find I have to do is to dispel the persistent myth that entrepreneurial success is all about innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas. -Naveen Jain

Successful entrepreneurs always give 100% of their efforts to everything they do. -Naveen Jain

I am convinced that only by applying the values of an entrepreneur to philanthropy will you ever be able to meet the needs of the greatest number of people. -Naveen Jain

Philanthropists can learn important lessons from business entrepreneurs. They both spend their time solving problems. And to be successful, they both must overcome physical challenges and create self-sustaining operations. And ultimately, they must allow people to take action for their own benefit. -Naveen Jain

By understanding and harnessing the forces that drive human behavior, you can create a self-sustaining philanthropic effort that reaches millions of people. It begins with an entrepreneurial attitude: take an idea and execute on that idea. If it doesn't work, learn why and build on what you've learned. -Naveen Jain

While most philanthropists tend to flock together and build their teams around friends, family, or others who happen to be retired or with a lot of free time on their hands, a great entrepreneur knows that success is directly related to the quality and talents of their team. -Naveen Jain

Entrepreneurial Philanthropy is not just a philosophy or a dream. It is a promise that philanthropy is at its best when it is founded on entrepreneurial zest and agility. -Naveen Jain

In my view, the first requirement for success for an entrepreneur is to dream big. The second aspect that prevents entrepreneurs from succeeding is fear of failure. -Naveen Jain

As an entrepreneur, you only fail when you give up. -Naveen Jain

As an entrepreneur, you tend to see the opportunities where others see none. -Naveen Jain

In Western capitalism circa 2013, fear that the market economy has become dysfunctional is not limited to a few entrepreneurs in Boulder. It is being publicly expressed, with increasing frequency, by some of the people who occupy the commanding heights of the global economy. -Chrystia Freeland

A general charge of crony capitalism is easy to make. But dividing the 'bad' crony capitalists from the 'good' innovative entrepreneurs is much harder to do. And sorting them out without creating a new group of crony capitalists may be the hardest thing of all. -Chrystia Freeland

As a CEO, I want to show women that there are no limits to what they can achieve, whether through entrepreneurship, government, science or any path they choose, and there is plenty of room for women at the top. -Linda McMahon

I like to tell small business owners and entrepreneurs, 'I get it. I have your back on this. I understand about regulation. I understand how taxes are taxing. I understand what it is like not to be able to borrow money when you need it.' -Linda McMahon

More entrepreneurs are looking to come back to start businesses, and that is where SBA is perfectly positioned to be helping more people to realize their dreams. -Linda McMahon

Even entrepreneurs with the best ideas sometimes need a little wind beneath their wings. -Linda McMahon

I love entrepreneurship because that's what makes this country grow, and if I can help companies grow, I am creating jobs; I am setting foundations for future generations. It sends the message that the American Dream is alive and well. -Mark Cuban

If you can't admit a failure, you're not an entrepreneur. You are not a good business person. There's nothing brilliant about what you are doing. -Mark Cuban

I love helping entrepreneurs. It's something I really have fun doing. It's like planting a little seed and watching it grow. -Mark Cuban

I know that I'm not perfect. While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control, that it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road. -Mark Cuban

What entrepreneurs and artists have in common is that they give the world something it didn't know it was missing. -Daniel H. Pink

Some people bring their work home with them. You might suppose that Sid Mashburn is one of those guys – the man was born with a name so brand-ready he basically had to become an entrepreneur. -Elvis Mitchell

A lesson learned, both in the SEAL teams and as an entrepreneur, is that failure is sometimes a critical component of success. -Brandon Webb

I'm an entrepreneur. This is my life. This my career. This the way I eat. -Future

Being a lifestyle entrepreneur is about building a business around your lifestyle rather than a lifestyle around your business. You need to figure out what your ideal lifestyle is first. -Lewis Howes

Giving customers and prospects a glimpse into the entrepreneur's life and mindset can allow them to cultivate a deeper relationship with customers separately from the brand. -Lewis Howes

While entrepreneurs spend a lot of effort trying to avoid failure, sometimes the lessons one learns from those missteps can be invaluable. -Lewis Howes

As a profession, entrepreneurship breeds anything but balance. The highs can be stratospheric, and the lows can be crushing. -Lewis Howes

As entrepreneurs, we already know our most valuable asset is time, but not every entrepreneur knows how to properly use that time. -Lewis Howes

You may confuse a lot of people when going against the grain of conventional thinking, and that's perfectly okay. As an entrepreneur, standing up for your vision to your family and friends might possibly be the best practice you will get for the life that awaits you. -Lewis Howes

When beginning your entrepreneurial journey, acknowledge that you become a product of the five people you spend the most time with. So choose your company wisely. -Lewis Howes

Water for People is a non-profit international organization that brings together communities, entrepreneurs, governments – people – to create solutions that empower people to maintain their own reliable water systems and sanitation. -Kat Graham

Dance has always been the center of who I am. It has given me the inspiration to help other people find a hobby, passion, and activity that fulfills them. It also taught me some of the many skills I need as an entrepreneur: a hard work ethic that takes practice to master and the confidence to persevere through any challenges. -Payal Kadakia

I think, as a founder and entrepreneur, you just keep hustling through it. -Payal Kadakia

I think, when I see entrepreneurs, they tend to talk about the market and the industry – which is obviously very important, but the most important thing is you're product. What are you selling? And does it really have product-market fit? -Payal Kadakia

Hamilton is my favorite political entrepreneur. -Travis Kalanick

I think Uber is just very different; there's no model to copy. It may be the reason why we've been a lightning rod in so many ways, because we don't do anything conventional… And then I think also, as an entrepreneur, I'm a bit of a lone wolf. -Travis Kalanick

Based on my experience, I would say that rather than taking lessons in how to become an entrepreneur, you should jump into the pool and start swimming. -Travis Kalanick

I'm a passionate entrepreneur. I'm like fire and brimstone sometimes. And so there are times when I'll go – I'll get too into the weeds and too into the debate, because I'm so passionate about it. -Travis Kalanick

We want everyone who comes through to feel more entrepreneurial and start companies, even if they fail. -Arvind Gupta

A big part of the accelerator is to help scientists become entrepreneurs. I like to think about each business being built on three major areas: creating the value, creating the product, and extracting the value. We provide help in each of these areas. -Arvind Gupta

Every entrepreneur must be on Twitter to stay 'plugged in' and to market his/her product. -Sunil Nagaraj

Many early-stage entrepreneurs make one simple mistake: Describing this 'big picture' in vague concepts and words. -Sunil Nagaraj

We started Vector with the goal of creating a development platform that would foster and bolster the micro space innovations currently underway and bring the promise of space-based technologies to a much larger pool of entrepreneurs who don't need to be space experts. -Jim Cantrell

Oklahoma is very entrepreneurial. -Isaac Hanson

Being an entrepreneur means being a creative businessperson. -Isaac Hanson

I'd like to see the word 'entrepreneur' knocked off its pedestal. Being 'entrepreneurial' is something I look for not only in founders to invest in, but also employees to hire. -Alexis Ohanian

Let's all strive to be more entrepreneurial, and I think we'll all be in a better place. -Alexis Ohanian

Like most entrepreneurs, getting motivated to work has never been a problem for me; focus comes through delegating tasks to the best people you can find. -Alexis Ohanian

I'm an entrepreneur, so I've got to be ruthless about 'me' time if I want to have any left to myself! I make myself leave the office by 8 or 9 P.M. most nights, even if I do curl up with my laptop and a glass of wine at home to get through email. -Kathryn Minshew

Ultimately, I think it takes a certain grit and determination to constantly re-prove to people that you're just as dedicated, just as determined, and just as capable as the entrepreneurs around you who may better fit the physical pattern – but on the flipside, women who succeed often become razor sharp through the process. -Kathryn Minshew

I don't know any successful entrepreneur that doesn't have at least a handful of stories about the things they did that went horribly wrong. -Heidi Roizen

I'm the classic old-school entrepreneur that says let's build companies of lasting value. -Heidi Roizen

My dog wants the entrepreneurial community to know how thankful she is for the fact that she gets to go out. She has heard more pitches than probably much of the world. -Heidi Roizen

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