Let's Get Down To Business

Great article on starting a start-up by Paul Graham here. I enjoy reading his thoughts on most things. With this article, I can see some Peopleware here but mostly a lot of common sense.

In a technology startup, which most startups are, the founders should include technical people. During the Internet Bubble there were a number of startups founded by business people who then went looking for hackers to create their product for them. This doesn't work well. Business people are bad at deciding what to do with technology, because they don't know what the options are, or which kinds of problems are hard and which are easy. And when business people try to hire hackers, they can't tell which ones are good. Even other hackers have a hard time doing that. For business people it's roulette.

I'm expecting to see a lot more interest from the general public in business over the next decade. A good indicator is the number of primetime TV programmes dealing with the subject. Programmes like 'The Apprentice' and 'Dragon's Den' are encouraging real entrepreneurship and replacing the western obsession with the economically marginal activity of property renovation which has dominated for the past decade.

Posted by Alexander at March 10, 2005 11:52 PM

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