RALEIGH, N.C. – Takeaways from a FutureWeb panel discussion about entreprenurships and the ever-involving Web:
“As entrepreneurs, your job is to create value. I focus on creating value, and if you do that everything else will eventually happen. ” – David Gardner, VenueGen
“Apple made it … and is a great case study. Compaq did not. Ebay and Amazon survived. I try to study a lot … and put the lessons to work.” – Scot Wingo, ChannelAdvisor
“Entrepreneurs are people who know how to get things done. Once you conceive an idea in your head, a lot of the work is already done.” – Chris Evans, entrepreneur and investor
“For us, we had nothing. We had to start lean. My partner [Ryan Allis] and I lived in our office for several months. We’ve had very steady growth since then.” – Aaron Houghton, iContact
“You’ve got to put luck into the equation somewhere. No one is smart enough to know everything. … Focus on the visible future. Form some flashcards in your mind about what the future might look like [and correlate that with people’s behaviors.] Focus on the people, the users. [Success] is really about what are the user benefits.” – Bill Weiss, Promar Group
Tom Miller, who oversees the entrepreneurship program at N.C. State, moderated the discussion. More to come.