The genius of Paul Graham – essays

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



  1. xuantian · April 24, 2012

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

  2. All that makes you... · April 24, 2012

    Passing it on.

  3. Mikalee Byerman · April 24, 2012

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

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

  4. khalidmanzoor · April 24, 2012

    an informative blog … also check my blog

  5. hodgepodge4thesoul · April 24, 2012

    Great post!:)

  6. Curt Mekemson · April 24, 2012

    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 · April 24, 2012

    love it!

  8. Russ Roberts · April 24, 2012

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

  9. Raisa Mae Fernandez · April 24, 2012

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

  10. lijiujiu · April 24, 2012

    Excellent post. Congrats on the Freshly Pressed.

  11. abc123amit · April 24, 2012

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

  12. Mr.Rnbir Singh · April 24, 2012

    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 · April 25, 2012

    Excelente post Felicitaciones.

  14. Paras Doshi · April 25, 2012

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

    • Steve Sammartino · April 25, 2012

      I’ve read them all and there isn’t one I disagree with…

  15. NevisMatters · April 25, 2012

    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 · April 25, 2012

    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 · April 26, 2012

    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 · April 26, 2012

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

  19. dfauchier · April 26, 2012

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

  20. blognifide · April 26, 2012

    great post

  21. birkomat · April 26, 2012

    love it!

  22. rakanalysis · April 26, 2012

    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 · April 30, 2012

    cool one:)

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