Paul Graham 101

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Essays by Y-Combinator co-founder Paul Graham including “How to Start a Startup”. This is not quite a PDF collection of Graham’s essays — it’s a thorough summary of different lessons in a devoted reader’s own words, with plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with the source material.

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  • You’d like to learn more about what Paul Graham has said about startups
  • You want a PDF collection of Paul Graham teachings
  • You’ve actually never read this guy’s work, but you’ve heard his name and come across his essays, so you’d like a starting point to dip your toe in

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Why do startups tend to fail? There’s no one answer; sometimes the truth is that they just weren’t built on a solid foundation. Sometimes you need more than just good startup ideas and healthy ambition. This free resource includes some of the best of Paul Graham on startups, the process of writing, and how to think well and make better decisions. All the things that can help prepare you to be a thoughtful startup founder or leader of any stripe.

Essays by Y-Combinator co-founder Paul Graham including “How to Start a Startup”. This is not quite a PDF collection of Graham’s essays — it’s a thorough summary of different lessons in a devoted reader’s own words, with plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with the source material.

Paul Graham 101Jaakko JärviniemiStartup LifePaul Graham 101We’ve got some of the best free resources for startup founders, covering everything from building a strong business vision and mission to actually doing what it takes to get your project off the ground. Things like making your first and second hires for a well-balanced MVP team. What to launch and what to keep working on. And even how to deal with that ever-present threat: what if my startup doesn’t make it?LeadershipIt's about time you get your virtual hands on these free ebooks for entrepreneurs and startups. The best time to read a business strategy ebook is yesterday, the saying goes. The second best time is today. So hone your business skills. Check out these resources and guides for leaders of all stripes: the founders, the managers, the self-starters, and small business owners.Paul Graham 101Jaakko JärviniemiStartup LifePaul Graham 101We’ve got some of the best free resources for startup founders, covering everything from building a strong business vision and mission to actually doing what it takes to get your project off the ground. Things like making your first and second hires for a well-balanced MVP team. What to launch and what to keep working on. And even how to deal with that ever-present threat: what if my startup doesn’t make it?LeadershipIt's about time you get your virtual hands on these free ebooks for entrepreneurs and startups. The best time to read a business strategy ebook is yesterday, the saying goes. The second best time is today. So hone your business skills. Check out these resources and guides for leaders of all stripes: the founders, the managers, the self-starters, and small business owners.

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Why do startups tend to fail? There’s no one answer; sometimes the truth is that they just weren’t built on a solid foundation. Sometimes you need more than just good startup ideas and healthy ambition. This free resource includes some of the best of Paul Graham on startups, the process of writing, and how to think well and make better decisions. All the things that can help prepare you to be a thoughtful startup founder or leader of any stripe.

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What we loved:

This really is a great introduction to Paul Graham’s startup writing and other ideas on leadership. It’s split into a few different sections, and within these, each relevant essay is linked. One point really stand out to you? Easy to go read the whole essay it’s based on. If you want to get into Paul Graham’s work but the sheer amount of it is intimidating (or you really can’t find it in you to read through all his ideas on founding a startup), read this Paul Graham summary and go from there.

What we didn't love:

In its original Google Doc form, this ebook had pretty good navigation in the form of the outline pane. But placed into any other context, it becomes a little more difficult to work your way through it. We also have to note the lack of coding/programming content. It’s not an oversight — the author himself admits he doesn’t have the background to do those topics justice. But if you’re interested in those Paul Graham essays in particular, this collection is not for you.


49 pages
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978-8859156598

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