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HOW I GOT STARTED

The Cartoon That Inspired a Business

Sometimes the inspiration for something new comes from the most unlikely place. Brian Halligan's Hubspot owes it all to a dog.
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"I was on Martha’s Vineyard on vacation, thinking about whether we should start the company or not. One day I’m looking at a book of cartoons from The New Yorker, and the first cartoon I open to shows this dog who’s just sitting at a computer on the Internet. A second dog is looking over his shoulder, like, what the heck are you doing on the Internet? And the dog on the Internet looks at the other guy and says, ‘You know, the great thing about the Internet is nobody knows you’re a dog.’

"And I was like, that’s it. Today a schmuck small business in friggin’ Nova Scotia can build a big company. So I think, the Internet disproportionately benefits the dogs -; and small businesses. I love that cartoon."

This article was originally published at The Build Network.

Last updated: Jan 14, 2014

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