Q. What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone starting out?
Don't let anyone steal your dream.
Do all your planning with the customer firmly in mind.
Choose a business you love. You may have to live with it forever.
Start small. Devising a complicated master plan and going deep into debt can keep you from making necessary changes to develop your ideas.
Avoid the mistakes of the dot-bomb era. Those folks mistook an exit strategy for a business plan. Go into it with the idea of running a business for the long term.