Paul Graham

Paul Graham quotes on founding team

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

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1

Work with people you want to become like, because you'll become like whoever you work with.

2

If you're an investor and you meet a founder you feel is truly playing the long game, it's scary not to fund them.

3

More startups have a chance of becoming really big than their founders realize (or want to admit to themselves). The reason for this apparent paradox is that it would take an enormous amount of work.

4

It would be convenient if you could do great work by working only moderately hard. Maybe there are some people who can. But I can't think of any.

5

One big advantage a founder CEO has over appointed ones: the founder CEO can have a thesis about the identity of the company that's used to guide decisions. An appointed CEO can inherit such a thesis, but can rarely invent one.

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