Have passion for what you do; believe in yourself and your product and your customer; persevere; delegate; listen. Have fun. Today, I add - ‘Do good’.
What’s quite striking about these old letters is that they express exactly the same thing I would tell a budding entrepreneur today: discuss your plans, talk them through with a mentor, achieve ‘something fairly substantial in the way of preparation’ - then ignore the naysayers if you really feel you have something good to offer and have the financials worked out - and just do it! I did.
I already knew something of Jeff Skoll’s background - that he had been the first employee and first president of eBay and had founded the Skoll Foundation, the largest supporter of social entrepreneurship in the world
Capricorn Investment Group, invests in companies like Tesla or Nanosolar that are viable businesses with a social mission.