Paul Graham the Founder of Y Combinator

The entrepreneur of the day is Paul Graham. He is the founder of Y Combinator and his firm seed funded Airbnb, DoorDash, Coinbase, Dropbox, Stripe, Instacart, Reddit, Gusto, Twitch, and many others. 

Below are top Paul Graham quotes.

1. You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible.

2. It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.

3. Paying attention is more important to reliability than moving slowly. Because he pays close attention, a Navy pilot can land a 40,000 lb. aircraft at 140 miles per hour on a pitching carrier deck, at night, more safely than the average teenager can cut a bagel.

4. If you can keep hope and worry balanced, they will drive a project forward the same way your two legs drive a bicycle forward.

5. A startup is like a mosquito. A bear can absorb a hit and a crab is armored against one, but a mosquito is designed for one thing: to score. No energy is wasted on defense. The defense of mosquitos, as a species, is that there are a lot of them, but this is little consolation to the individual mosquito.

6. In business, there is nothing more valuable than a technical advantage your competitors don’t understand. In business, as in war, surprise is worth as much as force.

7. People who do good work often think that whatever they’re working on is no good. Others see what they’ve done and think it’s wonderful, but the creator sees nothing but flaws. This pattern is no coincidence: worry made the work good.

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