Founder of Martech Startup Clutch Shares Their Top Insights

Clutch co-founder, Simone May.

Any entrepreneur can tell you, launching a startup is a learning process. Therefore, one of the best things you can do prior to launching a startup of your own is to learn from those who have blazed the trail. Simone May, co-founder of martech startup Clutch, shared valuable insights during our interview that will inspire and motivate aspiring entrepreneurs.

Business Insights From the Founder of Clutch

What is your #1 piece of advice for startup founders?

“Do not dwell on perfection but ensure you are making the right steps to be prepared for whatever comes next and be realistic. It’s easy to dream but you also have to keep your reality in check.”

What is the best method you've found to avoid burnout as an entrepreneur?

“Just spending quality time with friends and family, surrounding yourself with people who ground you. I also have a routine and it helps me to keep myself up while staying motivated and again, setting hard boundaries.”

What is your advice for coming up with a unique startup idea?

“Tell people in your life, do not be afraid, they are the first source of truth for your success (if they have good intentions for you). Also do not be afraid to just go for it, whatever that means and whatever stage of life you are at, if you never try you will never know.”

What is your advice for overcoming challenges and failure?

“I think just talking yourself up and looking at failure as a lesson instead of the end all be all. You are meant to fail, we are human beings, it’s what you do with that failure that counts.”

What is the biggest lesson you learned and what can aspiring entrepreneurs take from it?

“Starting this journey has made me work on areas in myself I would have never dreamed of, it has accelerated my growth as a person, and it’s intense. I would say that this is not for the faint of heart — be honest with yourself at all times.”

What is your advice for entrepreneurs seeking funding for the first time?

“I would say definitely just focus on crafting your pitch and telling your story. I would try applying for Accelerators in addition to leveraging your network, every ‘no’ is a lead to someone who might say ‘yes.’”

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