Brian Nolan and Michael Ugino: Grit – What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur

There are so many factors that can contribute to an entrepreneur’s success. For Brian Nolan and Michael Ugino, the one factor that has proved essential for success is grit. According to Angela Duckworth, “grit is the passion and perseverance of a long term goal.”

These entrepreneurs have hit so many obstacles on their journey to build their product, maintain a team and grow their business. Virtually all their endeavors took longer than expected, and presented challenges that were painful and disheartening. Despite these obstacles, the Sellbrite team continues to thrive.

Whether you are an established business owner or an aspiring employee with a good idea, the journey of the Sellbrite entrepreneurs will inspire anyone to hold strong to their vision and keep hustling through. If you would like to learn more about Sellbrite’s story and learn about how you can improve your own personal grit, click on the video below.

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” -Mario Andretti


Brian Nolan and Michael Ugino are co-founders of Pasadena-based Sellbrite, a SaaS platform that helps retailers build, manage and grow their multichannel ecommerce business. The two met while working together at another company in Pasadena, and instantly became friends. Brian and Mike started Sellbrite after experiencing pain points in doing their jobs at that company, and realized there was a huge opportunity in the market for a simple solution. They found themselves back in Pasadena after being funded and incubated by Idealab. Sellbrite now has a team of 17 people and an office on Green St. in Old Town.

Interested in learning more about Sellbrite, click here.

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