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I don’t…

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on August 19, 2010

I don’t have a rich Father

I wasn’t left a sum of money from my Grandma

I didn’t go to Harvard

I don’t live in Silicon valley

I wasn’t funded at Techcrunch 50 or Y combinator

I’m not technical genius

I can’t code the latest killer app

I guess I’ll just have to build my startup the old fashioned way. Work my ass off, invent my own revenue, build a team and improve what I have to offer as I learn from the mistakes I’m bound to make. If you’re still around in 10 years, look me up.

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  1. Judith said, on August 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Money can be helpful if you know what to do with it. I’d love to spend some more money on huge campaigns or design, but what would it help if my work sucks? Nothing. Neither money nor some bad-ass certificate can compensate hard work and true passion.

    • Steve Sammartino said, on August 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      Yep, there’s also something very satisfying about building it with your own resources. It just feels right.

      Steve.

  2. Josh Moore said, on August 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Best post I have read all week, thanks Steve

  3. Scott herbert said, on August 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Well said, very well said.

  4. Neal said, on August 25, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Intellectual property and business law resources for technology start-ups

    http://www.pinskylaw.ca/Resources/resources.htm

  5. Richard said, on August 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I am sure the majority of successful business start ups would be nodding there head.

    Would love to know the stats on successful start ups started on a shoestring budget that have gone on to succeed to that off start ups that have bucket loads in the bank that have gone on to be successful.

  6. Mike Boyd said, on August 31, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Wicked post Steve, very timely.

  7. Abe Massry said, on September 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I completely agree. I just created this site with basically no budget, I did the ideas, the coding, and my friend did the graphic design. Now the hardest part is getting people to look at it. I feel like other startups must have an edge or something. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Maybe once I get rid of the login wall things will change.
    The registration code is checkmark1 if you want to check it out.

    http://www.1stvote.com/?registrationcode=checkmark1

  8. Boishakhi said, on September 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Gem of a post Steve!! Work your ass off + Learn from your mistakes combination will always succeed.

    Will surely look u up in 10 years :)

  9. Jeff said, on October 1, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Timely post for me, too, Steve.

    I have put together 3 small sites and I have none of those seven advantages you mention in your post, either.

    Hard work is all I know. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, either.

    Jeff


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