Early stage is the defining period to build winning companies. Display early aptitude. Work hard, have fun, but maintain a sensible balance so that you don't burn out. It's a long run.

Leave the comfort of the small pond to compete with the big fish for the first time. Be humbled, realize how much more work there is still to be done.

Work hard.

Have your angel/seed investors who are not only supportive of your goals, but will put you back on your feets after failures, and help guide you during the most trying moments of your startup.

Work hard.

Early stage is tough, improvements are narrowed, and yet, the amount of work that goes into it continues to escalate. A lot of work for small returns.

Work hard.

A couple of years down the road, you go to your first Serie A pitch with Top VC firms, you are nervous but excited. A lot of work has gone into your startup so far. You come up short for making them sign and go out with an even bigger to-do list.

Work hard.

You miss out on more than a few social outings, particularly on the weekends, in order to make sure you are properly rested and ready to rock come next challenges.

Work hard.

Back in front of top VCs, confident that you have done the work, made the necessary sacrifices, and are ready to unleash the best pitch and show mind-blowing results.
As you get your term sheet with tier 1 VCs, you know the road is still long but you are on the path to building a great company.

Work hard.

This is what we are looking for in a founding team, talent is nothing without commitment.