Serial Entrepreneurs: Been There, Done That

Lessons and advice from serial entrepreneurs from the 2009 Inc. 500 By Inc. Staff |

“Read Good to Great, by Jim Collins.” — David G. Donald, PeopleShare “Paranoia is an asset. Test everything first. Then refine it, scale it, or kill it.” — Oran Thomas, Mpell Solutions

“1. Never mix business and family. 2. Do not leave business decisions open to interpretation.” — Bryan Zaslow, JBCStyle

“Anyone focusing on high salaries and benefits versus long-term capital gain is the wrong fit. Passion is a must.”— John Riley, Rapid Air Systems

“The customer is much smarter than we are.” — Andrew Gross, Radiation Technical Services

“Most problems are solvable if broken down into small components.” — John Baackes, Senior Whole Health

“Be prepared to put ALL the money back into the company while you are starting up.”— Adam Fried, Simply Canvas

“Always be closing.” — Lee FerryMensredtag.com

“Keep it simple, measurable, and achievable.” — Gary Swart, oDesk

“Have a plan — be frugal.” — Jason Oliver, Oompa Toys

“Take care of the people who take care of you.” — John Michael StevensService Financial

“No one will work as hard as you do.” — Sam ZietzAmerican Bancard

“You can never quit, no matter how hard it gets.” — Chad Monnin, Mission Essential Personnel

“Begin and end your strategy with a clear understanding of your customer.” — Corey V. Torrence, Animax Entertainment

“A horrible idea with a great team is more likely to succeed than a great idea with a weak team.” — John Amato, Show Media

“Cash is king!” — Fesum Ogbazion, Instant Tax Service

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