Skype And Lessons Learnt

As it’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, an interview with Niklas Zennstrom (creator of Skype amongst other things) on what he’s learnt so far with start-ups seems very relevant:

  • It’s hard work
  • You shouldn’t be afraid of failure
  • Often you’re the only one who believes in what you’re doing
  • Surround yourself with smart, dedicated people
  • Try to prove there are people actually interested in your product
  • Think globally
  • If you want to be an entrepreneur, it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle
  • If you’re married, your spouse needs to be into it
  • Money, for me, was one motivation
  • None of my family were entrepreneurs
  • Don’t give up if you meet some resistance
  • Once you’re successful, people listen to you more.
  • I’m doing a lot of philanthropy
  • With success you have the ability to inspire people
  • The UK is best country in Europe when it comes to setting up companies
  • Of course there’s envy, but you have to manage it

Most of these we’ve all read before but it’s still illuminating to go over them to compare/contrast with our own experiences as well as to compare them with other’s observations eg here, here and here.

In the list above, the two that caught my eye were the comment on philanthropy and that fact that the UK is highly regarded as a location for a start-up.

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