Don Dodge is a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks. Don was recently Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team. Don is now a Developer Advocate at Google helping developers build applications on Google platforms.

These are Don’s 5 pieces of advice for Entrepreneurs. He writes a daily blog, Don Dodge on the Next Big Thing.

  1. Do something you are passionate about
  2. Get two co-founders who have different and complimentary experience
  3. Test your idea with potential users before raising money
  4. Raise money from people who can help you build the company, not just write you a check
  5. Be persistent, don’t give up easily, but pivot when necessary

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