"I've had many failures in terms of technological... business... and even research failures. I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure, and succeed after failing."
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of Biocon
"Embrace what you don't know, especially in the beginning, because what you don't know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will be doing things absolutely differently from everybody else."
Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx
"We don't get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we've all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
"You can try to control people, or you can try to have a system that represents reality. I find that knowing what's really happening is more important than trying to control people."
"Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical, and ultimately making a big difference in the world."
"If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100 percent from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement."
Kevin Systrom, Founder of Instagram
"I think as a company, if you can get two things right--having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff--then you can do pretty well."
"Whatever future you're building, don't try to program everything. Five-year plans never worked for the Soviet Union -- in fact, if anything, central planning contributed to its fall. Chances are, central planning won't work any better for any of us."
Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
"Success … is no longer a simple ascension of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down, and sometimes you need to swing from the jungle gym and establish your own turf somewhere else on the playground."
Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn