26 Fascinating Bradford Smith Quotes

Bradford Smith, the Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Director of Intuit, Inc. Specialized in marketing and general management for most of his career, here is a look at some of the top Bradford Smith quotes to inspire you.

“About 10 million people start a business each year, and about one out of two will make it. The average entrepreneur is often on his or her third startup.”

“At Intuit, we’ve introduced concepts like unstructured time to enable individuals and small teams to be entrepreneurial and identify new processes or product ideas.”

“Customer-driven innovation was at the core of Intuit’s first product, ‘Quicken,’ and it continues to guide us as we look to solve new problems in areas like mobile payments. Products like Intuit ‘GoPayment’ and the IntuitPayment Network are helping small businesses get paid faster, keeping cash flow strong and their business healthy.”

“Good intentions often get muddled with very complex execution. The last time the government tried to make taxes easier, it created a 1040 EZ form with a 52-page help booklet.”

“I didn’t know I’d ever be able to love my second child like I love my first; she came out, and I was amazed I could love them both equally.”

“I grew up in a small town in West Virginia called Kenova. It’s the city where the plane crashed from Marshall University. I watched the mountain burn, and my cousins were the volunteer firemen. I was 6 years old at the time.”

“I have this famous joke that I use: Why was God able to create Heaven and Earth in seven days and seven nights? Because he didn’t have installed customers and legacy technology to worry about.”

“I tell people: ‘Do what you love, but it can also be hard to know what you love early on. But when you think about it and you describe the options, which one gets you a little more excited?’”

“I used to walk around with a stick. My dad used to call me Moses. It’s on a home video. He said, ‘That kid would rather lead no one than follow anyone.’ I had dogs following me in the neighborhood. I had neighborhood kids coming over.”

“I’ve always valued and encouraged teamwork, and that collaborative spirit of we versus I is core to Intuit’s success. Innovation has been part of Intuit’s DNA for nearly 30 years.”

“I’ve done a number of things in the spirit of employee motivation. I tend to be a storyteller and a student of history. I often tell stories of great battles, like the battle of Thermopylae, to inspire teams who face what appear to be insurmountable odds.”

“Many small businesses are running entire businesses from a mobile phone.”

“Millennials’ tech and global savvy will make them instrumental in shaping our mobile future worldwide.”

“Millennials, and the generations that follow, are shaping technology. This generation has grown up with computing in the palm of their hands. They are more socially and globally connected through mobile Internet devices than any prior generation. And they don’t question; they just learn.”

“My dad worked for Nestle for 26 years and ended up being the mayor of our hometown. One of the lessons I learned from him was to never mistake kindness for weakness.”

“That’s the big question now.”

“The average small-business owner uses 18 apps to run their business every day, and if those applications don’t allow data to flow seamlessly and they don’t integrate, it’s going to become a point of friction. It’s going to prevent the small business from being successful.”

“The best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

“The computer has moved to the palm of our hands now.”

“The number one thing small business needs is to get more customers. Spend more time serving existing customers and getting new ones. The challenge for small business is knowing where customers are and reaching them effectively.”

“The ultimate proof of confidence for a small-business owner is, are they hiring employees?”

“The world has shifted to the palm of our hand, or a tablet. We hadn’t been investing in ‘Quicken’ that way.”

“Today we are putting our most valuable intellectual property on the table so we can put technical compliance issues to rest.”

“Ultimately, it comes down to supply and demand.”

“Usually when there are a lot of layoffs, like in 2008 and 2009, business creation tends to spike. But that didn’t happen right away, partly because people trying to start a business couldn’t get credit.”

“We will launch more value products at affordable prices in India soon to reduce software piracy levels.”

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