Takeaways from startups' success/failure
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One of the best sessions of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC was Paul Graham’s Office Hours — where Y Combinator founder Graham sat down for a few minutes with entrepreneurs, analyzing and critiquing their businesses on the fly, with essentially no time to prepare. In short, it was fantastic.
An audience member at WWDC in 1997 trolls Steve Jobs in front of everyone, but Steve responds with grace. (Bold emphasis mine.) Question : I would like, for example, for you to express in clear terms how, say java, in any of it’s incarnations, addresses the idea (inaudible).
Description "Just open your doors and start a business," is the best advice ever received by SecondMarket Founder and CEO Barry Silbert. SecondMarket started with a very simple operation, experienced profitable growth over the next five years, and now stands to play an even larger role in the secondary markets space.
All week long we’ve been running clips from the Founder Stories interview with the GroupMe Guys, co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. In the video above, they answer some rapid fire questions about how to impress startups during an interview (give great product feedback), what do they look for in “social engineers,” and what is the hardest part of running a startup (delegating and hiring). Host Chris Dixon mentions Paul Graham’s essay on how founders should split up their time into a Maker schedule and a Manager schedule, and how in practice that turns out to be impossible.