As a teenager Ek built websites for pocketmoney but was quickly earning 50k a month. Later he was involved with the popular Torrent program UTorrent. Barely in his 20’s, he had enough money to retire. unable to sit in his riches, he instead reinvented the music industry with Spotify, the music streaming app with over 140 million active users.
Put your consumers in focus, and listen to what they’re actually saying, not what they tell you.
“The next big thing is the one that makes the last big thing usable.”
Blake Ross, Mozilla Firefox
“Every startup should address a real and demonstrated need in the world. If you build a solution to a problem lots of people have, it’s so easy to sell your product to the world.”
Kevin Systrom, Instagram
“To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.”
Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group
“I’m not an inventor. I just want to make things better.”
Daniel Ek, Spotify
“You have to be very nimble and very open minded. Your success is going to be very dependent on how you adapt.”
Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter
“The companies that I really admire the most are the ones that have a deep visceral understanding of why people use their service, and they figure out ways of making money that are completely consistent with how people are feeling and what they are doing at the time.”
Ben Silbermann, Pinterest