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The genius of Paul Graham – essays

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on April 22, 2012

Paul Graham of Y Combinator fame has to be one of the sharpest startup minds on this humble planet. His essays on the topics of business, culture and startups are nothing short of genius. I was catchup up on his work recently I found his essay on Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas simply gripping.

If you haven’t happened upon his writings yet, I suggest you log out some time to do it. You’ll be so inspired you might just start to get amped up and take some serious action. They are another reminder of how lucky we are in this day and age to have free and omnipresent access to the worlds greatest thinkers who share their philosophy and ideas for free.

Paul Graham Essays


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  1. xuantian said, on April 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for sharing. Will read his book. Congrats on the Freshly Pressed. :) Keep up the good work.

  2. All that makes you... said, on April 24, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Passing it on.

  3. Mikalee Byerman said, on April 24, 2012 at 4:23 am

    “Frighteningly ambitious,” huh? Sounds frightening. And ambitious…

    Can’t wait to check him out! Thanks for the inspiration…

  4. khalidmanzoor said, on April 24, 2012 at 4:45 am

    an informative blog … also check my blog

  5. hodgepodge4thesoul said, on April 24, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Great post! :)

  6. Curt Mekemson said, on April 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Have to agree. I went to Paul Graham and read his essay on the acceleration of addiction. It was well thought out and insightful. Thanks for the tip.

  7. thescarletnumbers said, on April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    love it!

  8. Russ Roberts said, on April 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Insightful stuff…makes you think. Thanks for the tip…congratulations on making “Fresh Pressed”.

  9. Raisa Mae Fernandez said, on April 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Checking him out too. Do follow me back. =p

  10. lijiujiu said, on April 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Excellent post. Congrats on the Freshly Pressed.

  11. abc123amit said, on April 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I read somewhere that his blog is among the top 100 best blogs

  12. Mr.Rnbir Singh said, on April 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for availing me such valuable & knowledgable kind of information. I go through your blog and found it fulfilling our needs,wants and demand.

  13. Mariachis Bogota said, on April 25, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Excelente post Felicitaciones.

  14. Paras Doshi said, on April 25, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Yes, They are great! How to make wealth is one of my favorite:

  15. NevisMatters said, on April 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    love yur blogsite design esp the cartoons on the left sidebar cool how did you do that interested to know. Want to earn more money for my Nevis adventure will get out your favourites – money is/not the route of all evil heheh

  16. melodyhearts said, on April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Wow, I’ve got to be honest when I say that the word “essay” tuned me out. But these ones are fabulous! Thanks for sharing them and congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  17. tryingtoknowthyself said, on April 26, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Congrats of the FP! I will defiantly make it a point to read up of this guy. You make him sound so inspiring :)

  18. ernestwhile said, on April 26, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Frightening Ambitious… I agree, I was gripped. Not about to do any of those things, though.

  19. dfauchier said, on April 26, 2012 at 4:28 am

    duuude! you spelt genius wrong :)
    PS – LOVE Paul

  20. blognifide said, on April 26, 2012 at 5:01 am

    great post

  21. birkomat said, on April 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

    love it!

  22. rakanalysis said, on April 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Paul Graham is obviously smart; that much can be verified by the success of Viaweb. However, there are things which annoy me about his way of thinking. Like many strong advocates of a language path which had technically superior elements in the past, but was largely passed over for alternatives (see also: Smalltalk), he doesn’t seem to appreciate the reasons *why* Lisp hasn’t come into the mainstream.

    For one thing, there are far too many variants of Lisp; most of the languages which have become popular have either a /de jure/ or /de facto/ standard, and ANSI Common Lisp simply came too late. Secondly, Lisp lacked a vector on which to travel on; MIT was a pretty closed environment, and that seems to have been the major place where Lisp was used, aside from the Lisp Machine experiments of the 1980s. Meanwhile, look at all of the organisations using Unix – universities, research departments, military facilities. Plenty of room for C to get out into the open (although at least Paul Graham doesn’t seem to resent C – so that’s one consolation). Finally, Lisp was for many years dog-slow (and for that matter, so was Smalltalk); this was a pretty damning characteristic when computers were much slower than they are today.

    Nevertheless, in terms of the business side of computing and so on, he does prove insightful. His views have merit, certainly, especially when it comes to new ideas for startups to take.

  23. Creative Donkey said, on April 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    cool one :)

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