October 26, 2012
People are always asking when I’m going to open another store. I’m not. The simpler I can keep the business, the better it is for me. I like my lifestyle, and I don’t want to make it more complicated than it is now. I’m not business oriented, I’m happiness oriented.
Modern Furniture Collector and Owner of the Green Ant, Utah
Via: “Utah Bound” by Creede Fitch, Dwell Magazine
March 21, 2012
Chris Dixon, Co-founder/CEO of Hunch and Co-founder of Founder Collective: “You tend to hear about startups when they are successful but not when they are struggling. This creates a systematically distorted perception that companies succeed overnight. Almost always, when you learn the backstory, you find that behind every ‘overnight success’ is a story of entrepreneurs toiling away for years, with very few people except themselves and perhaps a few friends, users, and investors supporting them.”
Source: “The myth of the overnight success”
December 28, 2011
Primo Orpilla, Principal of Studio O+A: “There’s a certain energy that a start-up has that’s like lightning in a bottle, but companies lose it over time as they get mired in their own systems. So how do you hold on to that? How do you keep companies in that start-up mode? It’s the programming aspect of it; it’s figuring out where all the different groups need to be.”
Source: “Acting Like a Start-Up” by Andrew Blum
November 16, 2011
Author Ann Patchett, Co-Owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville: “In a smaller store … you are the person making the choices to get really good books. You are the one who, by your intelligent ordering and good reading, is sort of cutting through a lot of the junk and bringing books that people really want to read. … We’ve all had the experience of going into a three-story Barnes & Noble and saying, ‘I didn’t really find anything I wanted read.’ But you can go in to a small store with an intelligent staff … [and] well-displayed, well-chosen books, and come out with five books that you’re dying to read. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
Source: “Ann Patchett Opens Parnassus Books In Nashville” by NPR
December 4, 2010
The people who successfully start independent businesses (franchises, I think are a different thing) do it because we have no real choice in the matter. The voice in our heads won’t shut up until we discover if we’re right, if we can do it, if we can make something happen. This is an art, our art, and to leave it bottled up is a crime.
Source: How can you do it?!