Startup Quotes

Startups Are Both Awesome and Hard

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”


“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”


“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”


“I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”


“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”


“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” 


I don’t look at business as a zero-sum game. I don’t. I’ve never seen it play out that way in our industry, and think you innovate and you add value, deliver value back to customers, and you get value back from the World.”

Marc Benioff

When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

Marissa Mayer
Dr. Tony Ratliff

About Me


I don’t really like putting labels on people, but if I had to describe myself – I guess they would include: Christian, Dentist, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, VC, Startup Enthusiast, Adviser, Husband and Dad.

I’ve been successful with dentistry and dental practice management, but I have also been involved with many other businesses and start-ups…and lets just say most of the other businesses were “learning experiences” and a form of “higher education”.

Although I have a passion for startups, I still love dentistry, but hanging out with entrepreneurs and talking about ideas, strategies and businesses that can make a difference in the World is something I really enjoy! I’m an active angel investor in the Indianapolis area, and a co-founder of xCap Ventures, member of Gravity Ventures II and Gravity Ventures III.

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