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If you could bottle the essential startup advice of some of the best founders and VCs in the world, what would it look like?

Probably something like the video that Debbie Landa just produced. She’s the founder of GROWlab accelerator and GROW conference, and Landa asked the speakers from the recent GROW Vancouver event to contribute their nuggets of startup wisdom.

Who’s in it?

Just Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Box chief operating officer Dan Levin, Zendesk founder Mikkel Svane, the always-entertaining Ben Huh of Cheezburger Network, Sam Zaid of GetAround, and Urban Airship’s Scott Kveton, among several other notables.

Some of the best quotes are below, but here’s the actual video:


Some of the best quotes:

“The challenge with most startups is just dealing with the emotional ups and downs, which can be huge.”

500 Startups’s Dave McClure

“You worry all of the time.”

Zendesk founder Mikkel Svane

“I hit this wall of fear when we were about 30 people.”

Julia Hartz of EventBrite

“I’ve had my share of failures. That’s kinda what makes a person ready for success.”

Scott Kveton of Urban Airship, who pitched VCs unsuccessfully 30 times before hitting pay dirt

“You’re gonna screw up.”

Dan Levin, COO of Box

“Not all of us can lead. But this is a special type of sport.”

Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger Network

“If we don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes, we will never invest in things that are radical.”

Jeff Clavier, VC, Soft Tech

“Be brazen, but don’t be arrogant.”

Kate Rutter, cofounder of LUXr

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