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Paul Graham on start-ups

Page history last edited by Alex Backer, Ph.D. 16 years, 9 months ago

An extract from Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas:

 

That's the essence of a startup: having brilliant people do work that's beneath them. Big companies try to hire the right person for the job. Startups win because they don't-- because they take people so smart that they would in a big company be doing "research," and set them to work instead on problems of the most immediate and mundane sort. Think Einstein designing refrigerators. 7

 

If you want to learn what people want, read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. 8 When a friend recommended this book, I couldn't believe he was serious. But he insisted it was good, so I read it, and he was right. It deals with the most difficult problem in human experience: how to see things from other people's point of view, instead of thinking only of yourself.

 

Most smart people don't do that very well. But adding this ability to raw brainpower is like adding tin to copper. The result is bronze, which is so much harder that it seems a different metal.

 

 

 

 

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