12 Inspirational Tweet-Worthy Startup Quotes

JFDI — Just F-cking Do It — is the true battle cry of any entrepreneur. Regardless of your background and domain knowledge, your academic degrees or accolades, or the size of your wallet, it’s the size of your chutzpah that really matters.

“Chutzpah” is a fantastic yiddish word to describe the audacity and perseverance it takes to start something out of nothing. Here are twelve inspirational quotes all about the kind of audacity needed to start up and Just F-cking Do It.

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#12 – Get it out there

“Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there.”

– Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt), WordPress

#11 – Make it Happen

“In a startup, absolutely nothing happens unless you make it happen.”


– Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz

#10 – Prototype!

If there’s something you want to build, but the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen.


– Dennis Crowley (@dens), Foursquare

#9 – Produce Product!

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.”
– Joel Spolsky (@spolsky), Stack Exchange

#8 – And now for something completely different…

“Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded.”


– Paul Graham (@paulg)

#7 – Stop Theorizing

Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless.


– James Cash Penney, Founder of J.C. Penney

#6 – Investors will come, build it.

“Build stuff that’s awesome and get people using it. Investors will come out of the woodwork when you do.”


– David Cohen, TechStars

#5 – Wear Jeans. Work hard.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”


– Thomas Edison

#4 – There is no overnight success.

“Timing, perseverance and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”


– Biz Stone, Twitter

#3 – Plan to Adapt.

“Planning is valuable, although the plan is usually useless.”


– Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), Co-Founder, Andreessen Horowitz

#2 – Get Uncomfortable

“It’s about doing things that you haven’t done before, where you’re still kind of a beginner, and not resting on your laurels.”


– Caterina Fake (@Caterina), Flickr

#1 – Kick Ass.

“Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”


– Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)