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“I’m an idiot,” Dharmesh Shah wrote on his blog in 2012.
His confession came 2 yrs before his startup, cloud-based, inbound marketing software company HubSpot, raised US$125 million through its listing at a valuation of $759 million in 2014.
“I’m an idiot,” the MIT graduate, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of HubSpot admitted. “Not absolutely all of the time, actually, not even quite often, but once in a while, I’m an idiot. Just like the time my pal and co-founder Brian Halligan asked me to learn the book Moneyball . This is back when we’d first launched our startup, HubSpot. ‘But, I’m not really a baseball guy,’ I said. ‘It’s not about baseball. It’s about data.’ And, I wear it my reading list, and still didn’t read it. I even bought the book, but nonetheless didn’t read it That was a blunder.”