17 Start-Up Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

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John Lilly, partner at Greylock Partners

All advice you get about your start-up might be totally, completely wrong. Also, it all could be absolutely, 100% right. No matter what the source, no matter how expert or accomplished the advisor. Start-ups, like any organization, exist and thrive despite a million totally plausible reasons that they shouldn't.

Great entrepreneurs seek help and advice from as many sources as they possibly can, figure out how to make use of some and discard the rest. But every successful start-up looks different; every one will have pieces of advice they hold to be absolutely true--and lots of times other very successful start-ups will know that same piece of advice to be dumb and useless.

Ask for advice. Listen. But make your own way.