Adi Tatarko

Adi Tatarko

Adi Tatarko, Founder and CEO at Houzz

"I’m glad I didn’t know Houzz was a big business early on. Working on Houzz during the early days as a side project we were so passionate about, helped us to focus on building a great product and user experience without worrying about other aspects of it. In retrospect, we didn’t realize what we were doing was bootstrapping, but it enabled us to take our time and build the company from the ground up the right way."

"There are two things you need to prove to investors as a first time entrepreneur. One is proof that your idea is a good one and that it can work, and two that you are the right person to execute and scale it. My biggest advice would be, if possible, develop something meaningful before you go to investors.”

"Spend the first six months to a year building a great product or service and proving to yourself that the idea is good and you can do it, rather than chasing investors and redoing PowerPoints. Bootstrapping our company turned out to be one of the best things that happened to us.” 

Entrepreneur.com, Photo via the Business Times

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Katie Couric

Katie Couric

Marla Beck

Marla Beck