Imitable New Year’s Resolutions from Entrepreneurs

December 31, 2012

9:00 am

As 2013 begins, startups are setting goals like the rest of us. Below are the resolutions – personal and professional, practical and ambitious – of a few entrepreneurs.

“To disconnect for one day a month and reflect if I am doing the right things in the right order.”

-Naeem Zafar, CEO of Bitzer Mobile

“Continue maintaining a good balance between being a full-time dad and a full-time CEO.”

-Todd Hills, CEO of Pawngo

“To spend more time on the people part of the equation, and less time worried about the technical aspects that I think lead to success. It is always always always the people that get you to success.

I also want to audit my work-life. They say that 25% of what you do is complete waste. Whether it’s surfing the web, lots of context switching, doing the wrong things, or just bad habits. I want to free up some time!”

-Jay Baydala, founder and executive director of UEnd:Poverty

“Learn, learn, and learn. Never stop learning from your users and potential users.”

-Roman Weishäupl, founder and chief innovation officer at Life Of Two

“In 2013, I’d like us to focus more than ever on using product innovation as our sales and marketing strategy. Traditional sales and marketing efforts are important, but having a compelling product that people love to talk about is the best marketing strategy there is.”

-Chris Kohlhardt, CEO and cofounder of Gliffy

“To make a more positive impact with our medium. We make fun and entertaining apps, but how can we incorporate charitable endeavors into it? We’ve got a couple specific app ideas planned, but we want to do it in an important way… one that makes an impact and a statement that the app world can be used for good as well as profit.”

-Dane Homenick, founder and chief coffee getter, The Berzapp Lab

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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