What I Learned From Interviewing 163 Entrepreneurs About Failure

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What I Learned From Interviewing 163 Entrepreneurs About Failure

We always hear about the success stories. Mark Zuckerberg launching in his dorm room. The WhatsApp guys selling for $19 billion. Uber disrupting the taxi industry, and pretty soon everything else. But along the way, even the most successful entrepreneurs have made their share of mistakes. That’s the part Matthew Turner was interested in, and he’s spent the past 2 ½ years interviewing 163 successful entrepreneurs, a number that continues to rise. (I met Matt when he reached out to interview me about the ways I’d screwed up.) He’s now in the launch process for his forthcoming book, The Successful Mistake, which is available for pre-order.

I asked him to share some of the lessons he’s learned through hundreds of hours of interviews. Here are his thoughts.


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