Paul Graham and his start-up funding company

Posted by – 27/08/2008

I first read about Y Combinator while browsing Paul Graham’s website. I am a huge fan of his and have tried many times to bring him to Brazil for FISL (unsuccessfully so far). By that time I was updating a lecture of mine where I quote something from his Hackers and Painters essay and sudenly I noted an “YC” link on the left, and decided to click to learn what was that.

Y Combinator is a venture capital firm to help start-ups. It was built on the concept that not much money is needed for “first-stage” start-ups (“from idea to company”, as they call it). Quite a concept! I lost track of it until yesterday, when I read this blog post summarizing one of its events for start-ups. I found it amazing how far it came in such little time. They’ve already funded about 100 start-ups, some of them really interesting.

Of those presented in that post, Posterous is one I found most interesting. They create instant blogs just by sending emails to some address. There’s no sign-up procedure… Just send the email with any attachments and voilà. There you have: a new blog.

Many others are really interesting (PollEveryWhere, IDidWork, Frogmetrics, just to name a few), so I really suggest reading that post.

I think Y Combinator is another great idea from Paul Graham, and I will be following it more closely, as a way to keep myself updated… Who knows… maybe I can get them to come to FISL to present that! 😉

3 Comments on Paul Graham and his start-up funding company

  1. spectra says:

    @jldugger: I don’t always agree with Paul Graham also, and I don’t think he’s an example of humbleness. He surely goes too far in some of his metaphors… But apart from that, the man has brilliant ideas all the time, Y Combinator being one of those. By lack of skills I cannot evaluate his ideas on fields other than IT, though.

  2. jonny says:

    news.ycombinator.org is also nice.

  3. jldugger says:

    Paul Graham sounds intelligent when you read him, but I find he often overreaches and is a bit too willing to declare himself an expert on a subject.

    Hackers and painters is a perfect example of this. A guy who actually did work as a programmer and an oil painter declared that he was wrong, one doesn’t need to know the physics of paint to be a painter, and so on.

    Graham’s “How To Disagree” is actually a rebuttle not of the guy’ s argument, but of his argument style. Thats why “tone” makes it into an otherwise decent essay. It’s like Graham expects to be vindicated because his opponent was technically weak, by criteria of Graham’s own creation.

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