Startup School 08, Creating a successful startup (Paul Graham)

2008 May 14
by Ismail Dhorat

Paul Graham, founder of YCombinator, speaks at Startup School 08 about how to create a successful startup.

Key Takeaways and Notes

  • Make something people want and do not worry too much about the money
  • There are parallels between a non profit and a startup, especially at the beginning stages (i.e craiglist)
  • Benevolent startups often turn into great companies
  • Benevolence increases morale, rallies people around you and it motivates you
  • If your startup is small, cheap to run and committed you become hard to kill
  • “A good plan violently executed now, is better then a perfect plan next week”
  • When making decisions, do what is best for your users
  • Be good
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