What is your favorite Paul Graham quote?

Johannes Grenzemann
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Mine is: Build sth. 100 people love, not something 1mio people kind of like!

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Mouna Selmi
Digital Marketing Manager
Mine is: Work with people you genuinely like & respect, and that you have known long enough to be sure.
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@mouna_selmi True, true. Founding a startup is like climbing the everest. In such an adventure you want to have folks around that you can trust/rely on - even when things get nasty and the relationships gets under pressure.
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
Mine are: "Make something people want" and "Do Things that Don't Scale".
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@shashcoffe Yeah, I also live "do things that don't scale". Thinkings about that always helps me coming up with crazy & interesting ideas...
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
@jgrenzemann Yeah. It's a powerful qoute!
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David J. Kim
Co-Founder of Between
@shashcoffe Haven't heard that one before. I do like it a lot!
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
@between_team You have to read these essays! =) Find it on PG blog.
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Daniel Baum
Co-Founder & COO, Sleek
@between_team @shashcoffe @jgrenzemann Doing things that don't scale is a classic startup mantra, but I've always found you have to be careful not to incur too much tech debt - if your product is the tech, it better work as you scale! The user aquisition and process doesn't have to scale at the start
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Karl Rinderknecht
Co-founder @ WhoCo. PH launch soon. 🚀
"What I tell founders is not to sweat the business model too much at first. The most important task at first is to build something people want. If you don't do that, it won't matter how clever your business model is."
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@_karlr I also like the shortform of this "build something people want", whereas this is easier said than done...
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Cory Crapes
Co-Founder @ RAEK
Here's my favorite of his. “The main reason nerds are unpopular is that they have other things to think about.”
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@cory_crapes cool, thx. I did'nt know that one :)
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Daniel Baum
Co-Founder & COO, Sleek
@cory_crapes Hahah that's an awesome quote - classic
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Boma Josiah
Mine has to be — do things that don't scale.
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María del Carmen GARCÍA NIETO
Curious outsider in transition
For me: "The word 'try' is an especially valuable component. I disagree here with Yoda, who said there is no try. There is try. It implies there's no punishment if you fail. You're driven by curiosity instead of duty".
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@maria_del_carmen_garcia_nieto I agree - for me this equals to "experiment"
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Inna Proshkina
Launching Neuton.AI TinyML soon!
"It's better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy"
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@inna_proshkina sounds like a variant of "Build sth. 100 people love, not something 1mio people kind of like!"
Sean
Founder of Elevate
I see a lot of my favorites already listed; a thoughtful concept I learned was "High Resolution Funding"
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Daniel Baum
Co-Founder & COO, Sleek
~not a quote ~ His essay on "Shlep Blindness" is really impactful for those trying to start a company
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Rolf Mulder
Co-founder Upscale Talent
https://twitter.com/paulg/status... - where he quoted me ;-). Was kind of awesome to be noticed by someone you have been reading and following for years.
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Johannes Grenzemann
CEO & Co-Founder Infinity Maps
@rolfmulder cool 😎