A start-up is both a gateway and stumbling block of business success. Unless you get past the hurdles, moving forward would be impossible. The good news is there are people who can provide practical advice on what you need to do. Of course, you must choose wisely who you listen to. Well, there’s no one else more reliable and trustworthy than these start-up gurus:
- Kate Kendall
Co-founder and CEO of CloudPeeps
Before becoming an entrepreneur, she has played a variety of roles in the corporate world, leaving little doubt that she can provide the best and most practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. She founded The Fetch, a site that provides a variety of information to professionals, and helped launched Stripe, a cross-device payment form.
- Danielle Morrill
CEO and Founder of Referly
From marketing guru to start-up mentor, Danielle Morrill, has done it all. This means, she will be more than capable to answer any start-up question you throw her way, even those that cause you sleepless nights. Combined with her various skills, and recent experiences in fundraising and founding of Referly, social networks’ online referral system, you know that you can trust her word.
- Gary Vaynerchuck
CEO of VaynerMedia
Before he became CEO, published author and founder of his own seed fund, Gary Vaynerchuck went through various challenges in business and succeeded. So, if there’s anyone startup owners should aspire to, he’s the man. His blog gives insights about entrepreneurship, social media marketing and other useful business hacks.
- Neil Patel
Co-Founder of Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Hello Bar
As a specialist on building web traffic for startups, Neil Patel has the skills, knowledge and experience to help budding business people hit it big online. His recognitions by The Wall Street Journal, President Obama and the United Nations, also showed his influence and success in the corporate arena.
- Joel Gasciogne
Co-Founder of Buffer
Buffer is a social sharing app that Joel Gasciogne co-founded back in 2010. He’s been blogging about his journey as an entrepreneur, sharing lessons and hacks to other aspiring business people. As acting CEO, he knows exactly what he’s talking about.
- Verne Harnish
Founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs
Called by Fortune Small Business as one of the Top 10 Minds in Small Business, Verne Harnish is one prolific author any entrepreneur, aspiring or otherwise, should follow. Add to this the two international entrepreneurship organizations he’s founded, and you know he’s the man to ask advice about growing companies and small business trends.
- Steve Blank
Serial Entrepreneur, Business School Professor and Author
Steve Blank wrote a book called Four Steps to the Epiphany that outlined the process of building early stage companies. From this alone, it’s pretty clear why aspiring entrepreneurs should seek his advice, input and insights. He also developed the Customer Development model that is designed to discover and validate the right market for the business idea you have in mind. What more can you ask for?
- Guy Kawasaki
Business Evangelist and Author
If you’re a fan of Apple, you know Guy Kawasaki as the company’s Chief Evangelist. Although he’s moved on since then, he remains the best person to refer to when it comes to building product awareness and startup ventures. Non-practical people searching for practical advice must read his blog, “How To Change the World”.
- Seth Godin
Prolific Writer and Founder of Yoyodyne and Squidoo
Seth Godin is best known for the 17 marketing books that he wrote, but he is also a marketer and entrepreneur. His blog offers plenty of expert marketing tips that are useful for any business owner looking to bring their products out there.
10. Fred Wilson
As Managing Partner of Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures, 2 venture capital (VC) firms, Fred Wilson knows business financing more than anyone else. With his VC experience that spans over 20 years, reading his blog would open up your eyes to the reality of entrepreneurship and financing.