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Founders Learn One Day at a Time Like Everybody Else

I like this a lot. The executive summary:

Dropbox Co-Founder Drew Houston believes false mythologies about tech company founders do a disservice to aspiring entrepreneurs. While many people think all tech founders start with world conquering visions, says Houston, the reality is that founders learn one day at a time just like everyone else.

This less-than-two-minute video comes from Stanford’s Ecorner, its online entrepreneurship center, which is a great resource.

If you don’t see the video embedded here, you can click here to see it on the original source.

Written by Tim Berry

user Tim Berry

Tim is the founder of Palo Alto Software and, the co-founder of Borland International, and the official business planning coach at He has been called the "Obi-wan Kenobe of business planning" and "The Father of Business Planning." He is a serial author of books and software on business planning.

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2 thoughts on “Founders Learn One Day at a Time Like Everybody Else”

  1. Richard says:


    My name is Richard, I own a restoration company. In February 2011 I
    opened the doors with $48.00 dollars to my name and three months behind on my
    bills. With my brother in trail I hired a legal advisor from Shelbyville to
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    told him what I wanted to do and he advised me accordingly. My company opened
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    100,000.00 in revenue a month and gaining momentum, I had never been happier in
    my life. His job then entailed working on collections and working on customers
    whom had experienced issues with their insurance companies. It appeared he was
    doing a great job. As we grew further I hired a General Manager and a service
    manager. With 61 employees in tow at it’s prime we were moving in the right
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    them. So after speaking with council I started a storm response team! We help
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    only providing jobs but serving the community! We rebuilt a lot of homes by this
    point. Well due to the hot summer we were falling behind my council told me no
    worries and he was working on all of this supplemental money that is owed to us.
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    some other difficulties with sub-contractors and service manager whom did some
    jobs incorrectly and these are the people he “screened” for us. They took off
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    happy. We have customers stating we fraud them and I never had cruel intent.
    Every down payment on every job we took we had the intentions to build them, we
    were running this “floor plan business system” he developed . We have no money
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    I need some help so I reach out to you today. If you want to learn more about
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  2. Edward Dowdell says:

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