Paul Graham

Paul Graham quotes on finding ideas

Paul Graham is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author. Best known for funding Y Combinator.

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1

The future is not hard to see. You've already seen it. You just didn't realize it, because you dismissed it as a toy.

2

A secret for discovering really great things: look for things that are said to have a "cult" following. Sometimes this is literally true, but other times it's because the thing is genuinely great, but not everyone knows yet.

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One way (admittedly not the best way) to find startup ideas is to ask what organizations would be good to compete with. Universities, for example, are dream competitors. They're so inefficient. But the best of all may be governments.

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When a change that makes something more powerful also makes it simpler, it's probably a good idea.

5

Talking to a founder about how to ensure the first version of his idea is lightweight enough that it gets dismissed as a toy.

6

People are good at not noticing things they could do, but would be really hard.

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