Paul Graham essays (Y Combinator)

a collection of Paul Graham's essays - on startups, fundraising, and entrepreneurship

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The Age of the Essay - Paul Graham


September 2004 Remember the essays you had to write in high school? Topic sentence, introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, conclusion. The conclusion being, say, that...

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Crazy New Ideas - Paul Graham essay


May 2021 "There's one kind of opinion I'd be very afraid to express publicly. If someone I knew to be both a domain expert and a reasonable person proposed an idea that sound...

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How People Get Rich Now - Paul Graham essay


April 2021 Every year since 1982, Forbes magazine has published a list of the richest Americans. If we compare the 100 richest people in 1982 to the 100 richest in 2020, we n...

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How to Present to Investors | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham's essays. How to Present to Investors

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The Equity Equation | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


An investor wants to give you money for a certain percentage of your startup. Should you take it? You're about to hire your first employee. How much stock should you give him? ...

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How to Fund a Startup | YCombinator, Paul Graham essay


YCombinator, Paul Graham essay "Venture funding works like gears. A typical startup goes through several rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take just enough mon...

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How to raise money | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham essay: September 2013 Most startups that raise money do it more than once. A typical trajectory might be (1) to get started with a few tens of thou...

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A Fundraising Survival Guide | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham essay: August 2008 Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want: most startups ...

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The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham essay: October 2006 In the Q & A period after a recent talk, someone asked what made startups fail. After standing there gaping for a few seconds I...

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Do Things that Don't Scale | YCombinator. Paul Graham's essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham's essays: July 2013 One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale. A lot of would-be founders bel...

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The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn | YCombinator. Paul Graham's essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham's essays: April 2006. (This essay is derived from a talk at the 2006 Startup School.) The startups we've funded so far are pretty quick, but they see...

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Ideas for Startups | YCombinator. Paul Graham Essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham Essay: October 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the 2005 Startup School.) How do you get good ideas for startups? That's probably the ...

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Startups in 13 Sentences | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


Above all, understand your users. YCombinator. Paul Graham essay: February 2009 One of the things I always tell startups is a principle I learned from Paul Buchheit: it's ...

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How to Start a Startup | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


Build something users love, and spend less than you make. YCombinator. Paul Graham essay. March 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.) ...

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Hackers and Painters | YCombinator, Paul Graham essay


Paul Graham essay, May 2003, (This essay is derived from a guest lecture at Harvard, which incorporated an earlier talk at Northeastern.) "Hacking and painting have a lot in...

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How to Convince Investors | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


August 2013 When people hurt themselves lifting heavy things, it's usually because they try to lift with their back. The right way to lift heavy things is to let your legs do...

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The Hacker's Guide to Investors | YCombinator. Paul Graham essay


YCombinator. Paul Graham essay. April 2007 (This essay is derived from a keynote talk at the 2007 ASES Summit at Stanford.) The world of investors is a foreign one to most...

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Cities and Ambition | Paul Graham essay


“Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it when you walk around one. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends you a message: you could do more; you should try hard...

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Life is Short - Paul Graham essay


“If life is short, we should expect its shortness to take us by surprise. And that is just what tends to happen. You take things for granted, and then they're gone. You think yo...

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Write Like You Talk || Paul Graham essay


October 2015 “Here's a simple trick for getting more people to read what you write: write in spoken language. Something comes over most people when they start writing. The...

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Taste for Makers - Paul Graham essay


"Saying that taste is just personal preference is a good way to prevent disputes. The trouble is, it's not true. You feel this when you start to design things...

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How to Raise Money - Paul Graham


Fundraising is hard in both senses: hard like lifting a heavy weight, and hard like solving a puzzle. It's hard like lifting a weight because it's intrinsically hard to convince...

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Microsoft is Dead (2007) - Paul Graham essay


April 2007 “A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo...

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Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule - Paul Graham Essay


One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they're on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more. There are two types of schedule, ...

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How to Be an Expert in a Changing World - Paul Graham essay


December 2014 If the world were static, we could have monotonically increasing confidence in our beliefs. The more (and more varied) experience a belief survived, the less li...

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Being a Noob - Paul Graham essay (2020)


“When I was young, I thought old people had everything figured out. Now that I'm old, I know this isn't true. I constantly feel like a noob. It seems like I'm always talking ...

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Having Kids - Paul Graham essay


“... to some extent you can't trust me when I say having kids is great. To some extent I'm like a religious cultist telling you that you'll be happy if you join the cult too — b...

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The Lesson to Unlearn - Paul Graham essay


December 2019 The most damaging thing you learned in school wasn't something you learned in any specific class. It was learning to get good grades. When I was in college, ...

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Novelty and Heresy - Paul Graham essay


November 2019 If you discover something new, there's a significant chance you'll be accused of some form of heresy. To discover new things, you have to work on ideas that ...

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The Bus Ticket Theory of Genius - Paul Graham essay


November 2019 Everyone knows that to do great work you need both natural ability and determination. But there's a third ingredient that's not as well understood: an obsessive...

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Earnestness - Paul Graham essay


Earnestness - Paul Graham essay December 2020 Jessica and I have certain words that have special significance when we're talking about startups. The highest compliment we ...

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How to Think for Yourself - Paul Graham essay


November 2020 There are some kinds of work that you can't do well without thinking differently from your peers. To be a successful scientist, for example, it's not enough jus...

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The Two Kinds of Moderate - Paul Graham essay


December 2019 There are two distinct ways to be politically moderate: on purpose and by accident. Intentional moderates are trimmers, deliberately choosing a position mid-way...

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Paul Graham On Walking Into Ideas, The Test Of Good Writing, And Becoming A Connoisseur Of Bad Writing - Writing Routines (2020)


Who: Paul Graham Claim To Fame: Paul Graham is a computer scientist, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is known for his work on the programming language Lisp, for co-founding...

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Early Work - Paul Graham essay


October 2020 One of the biggest things holding people back from doing great work is the fear of making something lame. And this fear is not an irrational one. Many great proj...

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How to Get Startup Ideas - Paul Graham


The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. The very best startup ideas tend to ha...

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How to Write Usefully - Paul Graham essay


What should an essay be? Many people would say persuasive. That's what a lot of us were taught essays should be. But I think we can aim for something more ambitious: that an ess...

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