I recently read Paul Graham’s essay entitled What Startups Are Really Like and found it to be so true that I decided to base my second essay off of his essay. An essay about an essay! Below is an excerpt. As always, I welcome as much feedback as you’re willing to give. Happy Holidays everyone!
Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, a technology incubator for early stage businesses, surveyed over 100 of his founders to try to determine what surprised them about running a business. The result is a fascinating essay that I suggest every aspiring entrepreneur read. In fact, it’s so good that I decided to comment myself on each of the patterns that Graham noticed. I also included some of my favorite quotes from the essay – things that I just couldn’t say any better myself. The first of which comes from Graham:
When I look at the responses, the common theme is that starting a startup was like I said, but way more so. People just don’t seem to get how different it is till they do it. Why? The key to that mystery is to ask, how different from what? Once you phrase it that way, the answer is obvious: from a job. Everyone’s model of work is a job. It’s completely pervasive. Even if you’ve never had a job, your parents probably did, along with practically every other adult you’ve met. Unconsciously, everyone expects a startup to be like a job, and that explains most of the surprises.