Twitter's origin story is a testament to the fact that launching a company is rarely a smooth process, according to Nick Bilton, author of "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal." Times are bound to get tough, so you might as well get used to the turbulence of startup life. "Don't try to build something in this world where everything just works and makes sense," Bilton advises. "Embrace the chaos and really own it."

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