Three Critical Lessons I Learned When I Started Cloudflare

I’ve noticed that opportunities present themselves often.

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People are everything when building a company. It doesn’t matter how talented you are as a founder or CEO, it takes a team with a shared purpose, moving in the same direction, to make it all happen. I’ve learned that when you assemble a group of people who care about what the company is doing and give them an environment to do their best work, amazing things will happen.

I’ve noticed that opportunities present themselves often, anywhere. I’ve also noticed that people often focus on all the reasons why they shouldn’t do something. The most common reasons against doing something is that the timing isn’t right, the economic outcome isn’t certain, it’s different than how you did it before or it’s not clear its a “winning” opportunity. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

Take more photos along the way. As you become successful, you can never go back in time. Try to enjoy the ride (which can often be a bit of a rollercoaster with highs and lows) and cherish each stage.

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