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What would be your best tip for a first-time startup CEO?

Perhaps a very important question that many folks have. This thread could make a huge difference to a lot of founders out there.

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Valeriia Timokhina
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Valeriia Timokhina Entrepreneur
Eastern Peak Software: Custom software development
To find good advisors and not to be afraid to make mistakes. Be prepared to fail and know that you will make a lot of mistakes:)
Pretty vague advice, but if you want something more specific, please tell what are you concerned about?
You may also check our blog for tech entrepreneurs, we regularly publish answers to common questions and useful tips.
Ian Shearer
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Executive Chairman at Parakeetplay
I would agree with Valeriia. But I would add the following
1. Be quick to acknowledge your mistakes and make changes.
2. Avoid retreating to your comfort zone. Everyone has a certain background (be it technical, sales, finance or whatever) which is a comfort zone. The other disciplines (the ones you don't know) are hard but you must get to grips with them even if it's personally painful.
Craig Larson
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Craig Larson Entrepreneur
Business Development • Analytics • Smarketing
3 important items ...
o get along with people
o have tenacity to not give up (too soon)
o ask the right questions
Gloria Luna
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Gloria Luna Entrepreneur
VP Marketing - Brand builder and creative problem solver
Surround yourself with a couple of key advisors (that ideally complement your skill set and aren't afraid to tell you the truth) and consider what they have to say. Acknowledge you can't do it all and might not have all the answers.
Holley Somerville-Knott
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Founder & CEO at Stardust Foundation, and Founder Tell Someone Who Cares Movement
Yes, as a young person (13) with my first start up I would agree that finding mentors that are happy to share knowledge and advice is very important.
You must also develop resilience and keep going when things go wrong, or don't work out how you imagined at first. Don't give Up, ask a lot of questions and find ways to be in service to others if they have helped you.

Rafael Lamardo
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Rafael Lamardo Entrepreneur
Founder CEO at Brained, MSc
Believe in your dreams. But don't forget that numbers never lie.
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