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Paul Graham:
Female Founders   —  I was accused recently of believing things I don't believe about women as programmers and startup founders.  So I thought I'd explain what I actually do believe.  Some accused me of being sexist—of being biased against female founders.  To anyone who knows Y Combinator that would seem a pretty implausible claim.
Jan 10, 2014, 3:15 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
What I Didn't Say   —  A quote from an “interview” with me (I'll explain the scare quotes in a minute) went viral on the Internet recently: … When I saw this myself I wasn't sure what I was even supposed to be saying.  That women aren't hackers?  That they can't be taught to be hackers?
Dec 30, 2013, 3:50 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
How to Raise Money   —  Most startups that raise money do it more than once.  A typical trajectory might be (1) to get started with a few tens of thousands from something like Y Combinator or individual angels, then (2) raise a few hundred thousand to a few million to build the company …
Sep 17, 2013, 1:15 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
Investor Herd Dynamics   —  The biggest component in most investors' opinion of you is the opinion of other investors.  Which is of course a recipe for exponential growth.  When one investor wants to invest in you, that makes other investors want to, which makes others want to, and so on.
Aug 12, 2013, 4:40 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
How to Convince Investors   —  (This is one of a pair of essays on fundraising.  The next one, on fundraising tactics, is coming soon.)  —  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 the work.
Aug 7, 2013, 4:45 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
Do Things that Don't Scale   —  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 believe that startups either take off or don't.  You build something, make it available, and if you've made a better mousetrap, people beat a path to your door as promised.
Jul 14, 2013, 3:05 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
Startup Investing Trends   —  Y Combinator has now funded 564 startups including the current batch, which has 53.  The total valuation of the 287 that have valuations (either by raising an equity round, getting acquired, or dying) is about $11.7 billion, and the 511 prior to the current batch have collectively raised about $1.7 billion.
Jun 30, 2013, 7:00 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
How to Get Startup Ideas   —  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 have three things in common: they're something the founders themselves want …
Nov 19, 2012, 6:25 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
The Hardware Renaissance   —  One advantage of Y Combinator's early, broad focus is that we see trends before most other people.  And one of most conspicuous trends in the last batch was the large number of hardware startups.  Out of 84 companies, 7 were making hardware.
Oct 23, 2012, 12:45 PMIn context
Paul Graham:
Startup = Growth   —  A startup is a company designed to grow fast.  Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup.  Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.”  The only essential thing is growth.
Sep 21, 2012, 10:05 PMIn context

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