Maxims and Personal Mantra
10 Inspirational Moments from Tony Tjan
1. Entrepreneurship is a learned trait and is influenced by your upbringing, your environment and advanced by your learning.
2. Self-awareness is the biggest catalyst to your success – 80% stems from knowing deeply, who you are.
3. 60% of Founders are Heart dominant – they starts with purpose and passion, embody the love of sacrifice, and they make every little thing count.
4. Guts is an acquired trait and is enhanced by your early-life experiences, an inspiring support network, and crisis training.
5. Only 10% of Founders are smart-dominant – build a baseline and remember that people always trump ideas, and when you think big, start small and scale fast, progress is inevitable.
6. Most of us have a misguided perception of risk – it's often riskier to do nothing than it is to try something.
7. Luck matters in business – it starts with an attitude and combines humility, intellectual curiosity with a sense of optimism.
8. Don't over formalize your business plan – focus less on your idea and market, and more on the people and their capabilities.
9. Accountability will always make or break your culture.
10. Go and be the best at something.
Best Advice: Stay true to yourself – avoid indifference
Anthony K. Tjan (Tony) is Managing Partner of Cue Ball, a venture capital firm based in Boston. Most recently, Tony was Senior Partner at The Parthenon Group, a leading strategic advisory firm where he continues as its Vice Chairman. He spent seven years as a special strategic advisor to The Thomson Corporation, and its then CEO, Richard Harrington (now his Partner at Cue Ball). At Thomson, he played a key role working alongside the CEO on its transformational growth strategy. In 1996, Tony founded and was CEO of the Internet services firm ZEFER, a pioneer in early commercial web initiatives. Tony started his career with McKinsey & Company and holds his AB and MBA degrees from Harvard University. He was also a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Tony sits on several boards, is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of MIT Tech Review.
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