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Need afternoon inspiration? Get advice from entrepreneurs at Quora, LearnSprout and more (video)

Kuato Studios, the company that teaches kids programming through games, has launched a new site dedicated to motivating budding entrepreneurs.

Dubbed “Rocketlist,” it features a series of short videos of founders and young hustlers discussing their path to success and their biggest failures. The videos span the broad spectrum of subject specialties from tech marketing to product design.

We selected a few of our favorite videos to inspire you this afternoon. Hope you enjoy!

Quora‘s Head of Marketing and Communications, Alex Wu

On marketing a startup, working at Facebook, and making the decision to join the Obama campaign in ’08:

  • “You know that Nike campaign you love? People make a great living building something that millions of people interact with every day.”
  • “The 2008 election was historic. I had a great job out of school but sometimes you have to recognize when opportunities come your way. You really saw the power of Facebook. You can really see the power of that technology.”
  • “How do you make a marketing pitch? You have to convince people that one option is better than another.”

Cofounder of LearnSprout, Franklyn Chien

On starting an education-technology company, and joining Facebook in 2007.

At 16, Chien’s teacher and mentor hired him to build affordable computers for low-income families in his native Hawaii. After college, he joined Facebook and helped grow the social network to almost a billion users. He runs a nonprofit to bring educational opportunities to kids in Vietnam and started an ed-tech company, LearnSprout.

  • “If you fail … do you pick yourself up? Do you try even harder, faster, stronger? Everyone fails. It’s what you do afterwards that really matters.”
  • “Being 27-years-old, why not try education?”
  • I took a job at Microsoft as an intern. I hated it … it was too process-oriented. At Facebook, it was open and transparent and that resonated.”

Artist and entrepreneur Conor McCreedy

When South African artist and entrepreneur Conor McCreedy arrived in New York City, he didn’t know a single person. He sold his paintings for as little as $20 in New York’s Union Square market.  A year later, he became the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at the National Arts Club. He’s a master networker: On his business card, it says simply “Conor McCreedy” and that’s it, so people will have to find out more.

  • “Africa is where my heart will always be. You come to New York City to this concrete jungle … there is wildlife here believe it or not.”
  • “Those two words proactive and hustle … are ingrained in me. That is what I live by.”
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