Silicon Valley entrepreneurial Godfather Paul Graham to small business proposal

this article from the famous Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator founder Paul Graham (Paul · Graham) blog, compiled by Tiger sniffing:

author’s note: This article is based on my guest lectures at the Standford entrepreneurship program. It was originally intended for college students, but most of it also applies to other age groups of potential entrepreneurs.

child rearing is a benefit, when you have to give advice, you can ask yourself: "what I can say to my children?" my child is still small, but I can imagine when they go to college after I will tell them how to start it. So here’s what I’m going to tell them.

usually, startups are very intuitive. I don’t know much about it. Maybe it’s just that knowledge about entrepreneurship is not in our culture. Whatever the reason, in short, starting a company is something you can never trust in your instincts.

it’s like skiing. When you’re skiing for the first time, you want to slow down. But if your body down from the hills and leaned back, then you must be out of control. So part of learning to learn is to learn how to fight. In the end, you will learn new habits, but first you have to make a conscious effort. When you start to slide down from the top of the hill, you’re afraid to make a long list of things you need to remember.

entrepreneurship and skiing, is not natural, so there is a similar list of start-up companies. Next, I’ll give you the first part of this list.

counter intuitive

The first thing about the

list is the fact that I’m always talking about it: it’s pretty weird to start a business, and if you trust your instincts, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. You just know that, and you will make fewer mistakes.

I used to joke that one of the functions of YC is to tell entrepreneurs something they don’t care about. Such is the case。 YC will partner to another batch of entrepreneurs warned they will make some mistakes, but the latter is not to regard it as right, until they came back a year later said, "then put those words to listen well."

why do entrepreneurs ignore the opinions of their partners? Well, it’s about "counter intuitive": These are contrary to your intuition, and they seem to be wrong. So your first impulse is to ignore them. In fact, the above description of YC’s joke is part of the reason for its existence. If the founder’s intuition has given them the right answer, they don’t need us. All you need is someone who can give you a surprise. That’s why there are so many ski coaches and not so many runners.

but then again, you can trust your instincts on "people". In fact, young

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