Dreams of a lucrative ‘exit’ provide shaky foundations for innovators and entrepreneurs wanting to make a real impact. They not only impair your judgement, but also ensure that the experience of building a successful business is a whole lot less enjoyable than it might have been if you’d focused on creating something you never wanted to sell.
Zach Klein, who co-founded and sold video-sharing platform, Vimeo, before founding the kid-friendly video network, DIY.org, has lived that dream and learned a lot along the way.
“We are born to know how to collaborate and be creative. We should be pursuing companies that allow us to play, to be beginners, to be learners,” he says.
After selling Vimeo to the first billionaire that came along, he searched for inspiration amongst the entrepreneurs of the past. And discovered that, the real wins come when you dare to take your eyes off the most obvious prize.