Cliff Lerner Quotes on Startup, Success and Life

“Lord give me the confidence of someone that has never built anything writing advice threads on how to build a startup.” – Cliff Lerner

Famous Cliff Lerner Quotes

  1. “Fear of the unknown is a destructive force. It causes people to make suboptimal choices by avoiding that fear.” 

2. “Book Recommendation: Contagious: Why Things Catch On, by Jonah Berger.”

3. “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.”

4. “Absolutely nothing worse than somebody that has never actually built anything giving startup advice.”

5. “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel.”

Cliff Lerner Quotes

6. “Amidst the usual inbox chaos, a little email popped up and made me smile.”

7. “Learn how to validate an idea with as little time and financial investment as possible.”

8. “One of the most annoying things about going to events is being thrown into a room where you don’t know anyone and having to try to abruptly establish common ground and build rapport with strangers.”

9. “Something that isn’t talked about in tech enough: The average age of a successful startup founder is much older than what we’re told. It’s never too late to start something. The college dropout in a hoodie is more folklore than reality.”

10. “If I’m going to screw this thing up, it’s not going to be from a lack of focus.” 

Inspirational Cliff Lerner Quotes

11. “The world I’m building for is one where technology helps foster real-life connections and meaningful moments Life isn’t meant to be lived glued to your phone.”

12. “Once you’ve figured out how much start-up capital you need, double it.”

13. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch, author and CEO of GE from 1981-2001.”

14. “I’m a firm believer that AI can meaningfully change people making more genuine human connections.”

15. “I Don’t Care How Great Your Product Is. Tell Me How You’re Going to Grow…Fast People approach me all the time for advice on investments and ideas. The first thing I ask them is, “What’s your plan to acquire thousands of targeted users?” Inevitably, most people’s response is, “I don’t know exactly, but my product is so friggin’ unique, it’s going to blow people away! We’re going to get a ton of press and everybody will fall” – Cliff Lerner

16. “Opportunities were seized, regrets were had, and success was ultimately achieved”

17. “Good to Great and Built to Last, both by Jim Collins, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish, and a bunch of books by Patrick Lencioni: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, Death by Meeting, and Five Dysfunctions of the Team: A Leadership Fable.” – Cliff Lerner

18. “Most startup advice around customer research is horseshit Not doing customer research is bad, but doing the wrong type of customer research can be even more dangerous The most successful founders I know follow a few key tactics. In this thread, we’ll go through each.” – Cliff Lerner

19. “Lord give me the confidence of someone that has never built anything writing advice threads on how to build a startup.” – Cliff Lerner

20. “One of the most common mistakes people make is massively underestimating the amount of money they need to start a business and get traction.”

About Cliff Lerner 

Cliff Lerner is an American entrepreneur, author and media personality. He is best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Snap Interactive, a software and social media company which created one of the first applications on Facebook.

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