How can you stay hungry for growth when things are going excellent? Remember this: Great ideas are a dime a dozen, but great execution determines your long-term success and growth. 

To that end, the potentially unglamorous parts of building a business, from knowing your numbers well, understanding what metrics matter most to a given business, and being able to keep inertia moving are often undervalued, but can mean the difference between rocketship growth and rapid deceleration.

Here are a few thoughts:

  1. Founders should know their numbers, not have a “numbers person” or “growth guy."

  2. Talent comes from all over the place. The best VCs attract diverse entrepreneurs and businesses -- and need an investing team that reflects that diversity.

  3. Transparency and growth are highly correlated, as evidenced by Google.

As an entrepreneur, what you need to know to grow is simple: Know what metrics matter to your business, invest heavily in your distribution model, and don’t underestimate the importance of execution.