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Startup Camp Montreal 5 keynote presentation by Chris Shipley. See video at www.startupcampmontreal.org

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10 Stupid Things.Public

  1. 1. 10 Stupid Things Entrepreneurs Do To Mess Up Their Startups* *With apologies to Dr. Laura Schlessinger © 2009 Chris Shipley
  2. 2. Think Like a Guppy You’re not a little fish; you’re a whale that’s not yet gotten big. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  3. 3. Confuse Vision and Focus Dream big, focus tightly. You can eat an elephant – one bite at a time. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  4. 4. Fall in Love with Technology Fall in love with customers and they’ll tell you what to make. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  5. 5. Focus on Fund Raising Instead of Building the Business How will you use your time? What brings more value to the company? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  6. 6. Let Investors Run the Company Seriously, how much does your investor really think about your business? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  7. 7. Fail To Measure Where are you going and how fast are you getting there? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  8. 8. Ignore Yellow Lights Your optimism can not be allowed to trump your reality. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  9. 9. Hire Good People Founders have got to be the dumbest ones in the room. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  10. 10. Neglect the Details Pay now or pay a lot more later. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  11. 11. Lose Site of Values Every company has a culture. Is yours accidental or deliberate? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  12. 12. Waste Time While you’re killing time, time is killing you. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  13. 13. Chris Shipley Chairman and CEO Guidewire Group, Inc. @cshipley © 2009 Chris Shipley

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