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White House Echoes Tech: ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ - The New York Times
Charles Duhigg

It remains to be seen, however, whether Mr. Trump will successfully transition from a start-up to a mature commander in chief. Just as Uber and other young tech firms have stumbled while growing, so Mr. Trump seems, right now, in over his head at the White House.

But understanding these early missteps — and how start-up thinking vaulted Mr. Trump into power — is important, because it gives us a lens into the strengths and weaknesses of management techniques that are increasingly being imitated by other industries around the world.

Put differently, the president’s success has demonstrated the strength of the start-up philosophy. But is it a good or a bad thing if Mr. Trump becomes the first political unicorn?....The Trump team’s embrace of Silicon Valley philosophy goes much deeper. As Mr. Trump’s campaign gained steam, for instance, top officials began a dedicated effort to study the tactics of successful digital advocacy groups, particularly the left-leaning, as well as #BlackLivesMatter, to reverse engineer methods for rapidly mobilizing voters.....The influence of start-up philosophy on Mr. Trump’s team extends to day-to-day management. The campaign and the White House have looked to tech industry management techniques to empower staff members to start policy initiatives, to conduct rapid digital tests, and to push fund-raising and advertising campaigns without seeking authorization from senior officials.....
White_House  Campaign_2016  disruption  Silicon_Valley  Donald_Trump  Sam_Altman  reverse_engineering  Y_Combinator  digital_advocacy  Black_Lives_Matter  missteps 
march 2017 by jerryking
Sam Altman’s Manifest Destiny - The New Yorker
OCTOBER 10, 2016 |New Yorker | Tad Friend.

Quotation from Admiral Hyman Rickover. “The great end of life is not knowledge, but action,” ...“I believe it is the duty of each of us to act as if the fate of the world depended on him. . . . We must live for the future, not for our own comfort or success.”
Sam_Altman  doers  Y_Combinator  Silicon_Valley  start_ups  investors  entrepreneur  quotes  Paul_Graham  Peter_Thiel  action-oriented  forward_looking  future 
october 2016 by jerryking
Canada a new technology hotbed? If so, we need to commit to it - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

the end goal should be about making Canada the centre of gravity for another ecosystem.

In the words of Wayne Gretzky, we need to skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

The hardware opportunity has already become mainstream, and other ecosystems have already pounced on it, but Canada isn’t far behind. We are creating companies to solve complex problems in the health-medical and wearable-technology spaces, and applying complex nanotechnologies to revolutionize conventional markets.

Nanotechnology engineering graduates from the University of Waterloo are now starting companies at the same pace as any other program at the university, and a venture fund for innovations exclusively in the quantum domain was just created in Waterloo. Wearable-technology and machine-learning startups are booming, with the University of Toronto alumni leading the charge, and we’re just getting started. The Creative Destruction Lab is launching a separate stream to support machine-learning startups and Velocity recently launched the Velocity Foundry program to house startups that build physical products.

If Canada is going to become the hotbed for wearable technology or create a Quantum Valley in the Waterloo region, we need to commit to it. It’s much better to be extremely good at one thing than be mediocre at many things.
Neverfrost  start_ups  uWaterloo  uToronto  Silicon_Valley  CDL  Canada  Y_Combinator  ecosystems  wearables  nanotechnology  machine_learning  Velocity  Pablo_Picasso  widgets  Kitchener-Waterloo  quantum_computing  complex_problems 
august 2015 by jerryking
Waterloo tech startups absent from Y Combinator’s roster - The Globe and Mail
Waterloo, Ont. — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 20, 2015
uWaterloo  Silicon_Valley  Y_Combinator  Kitchener-Waterloo 
july 2015 by jerryking
Sam Altman
July 12, 2015 | The New York Times | by Kate Murphy is a journalist in Houston who writes frequently for The New York Times.
Sam_Altman  Y_Combinator  vc  venture_capital  profile  start_ups  entrepreneur 
july 2015 by jerryking
Powerful Thoughts From Paul Graham — Ross Hudgens
21. Empathy is probably the single most important difference between a good hacker and a great one. Some hackers are quite smart, but practically solipsists when it comes to empathy. It’s hard for such people to design great software, because they can’t see things from the user’s point of view.

25. In a field like physics, if we disagree with past generations it’s because we’re right and they’re wrong. But this becomes rapidly less true as you move away from the certainty of the hard sciences. By the time you get to social questions, many changes are just fashion.

34. Whatever the reason, there seems a clear correlation between intelligence and willingness to consider shocking ideas. This isn’t just because smart people actively work to find holes in conventional thinking. Conventions also have less hold over them to start with. You can see that in the way they dress.

43. E.B. White was amused to learn from a farmer friend that many electrified fences don’t have any current running through them. The cows apparently learn to stay away from them, and after that you don’t need the current. | If you’re a hacker who has thought of one day starting a startup, there are probably two things keeping you from doing it. One is that you don’t know anything about business. The other is that you’re afraid of competition. Neither of these fences have any current in them.

50. But since for most of the world’s history the main route to wealth was to steal it, we tend to be suspicious of rich people.

59. “A lot of the (people applying to be graduate students at MIT) seem smart,” he said. “What I can’t tell is whether they have any kind of taste.” Taste. You don’t hear that word much now. And yet we still need the underlying concept, whatever we call it. What my friend meant was that he wanted students who were not just good technicians, but who could use their technical knowledge to design beautiful things.

64. Good design resembles nature. It’s not so much that resembling nature is intrinsically good as that nature has had a long time to work on the problem. So it’s a good sign when your answer resembles nature’s.

70. You’re most likely to get good design if the intended users include the designer himself. When you design something for a group that doesn’t include you, it tends to be for people you consider less sophisticated than you, not more sophisticated. And looking down on the user, however benevolently, always seems to corrupt the designer. [Good design therefore requires personal risk? having skin in the game?]

76. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” – C.S. Lewis
biomimicry  business  inspiration  productivity  quotes  start_ups  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator  via:hotchkiss  empathy  design  UX  hackers  personal_risk  PhDs  aesthetics  dangerous_ideas  smart_people  the_single_most_important 
november 2014 by jerryking
Hiring is Obsolete
Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator.

May 2005
hiring  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator 
april 2014 by jerryking
Do Things that Don't Scale
July 2013 | Paul Graham

The question to ask about an early stage startup is not "is this company taking over the world?" but "how big could this company get if the founders did the right things?" And the right things often seem both laborious and inconsequential at the time.
advice  start_ups  Y_Combinator  Paul_Graham  scaling  recruiting  experience  management_consulting  barriers_to_entry  product_launches  partnerships  customer_acquisition  user_growth  Steve_Jobs  unscalability  founders  questions 
november 2013 by jerryking
September 27, 2013 | Report on Business Magazine | Alec Scott.
The Toronto-Waterloo corridor is one of the top places in the world to start a tech business. We meet some of the geniuses, the mentors and the money men in search of the next big thing
Toronto  Ryerson  OMERS  venture_capital  vc  start_ups  Vidyard  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator  Keek  serial_entrepreneur  Kitchener-Waterloo  uWaterloo  entrepreneur 
september 2013 by jerryking
How to Make Wealth
How to Make Wealth

Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator.

May 2004
wealth_creation  howto  Y_Combinator  Paul_Graham 
june 2013 by jerryking
FarmLogs: How One Y Combinator Start-up Alum Plans to Disrupt Farming
Feb 28, 2013 | | Christina DesMarais.

FarmLogs, of course, keeps user data in the cloud so they can access it with a mobile device or with a browser at any time.

Why Farming Is Ripe for Better Technology

But what's really cool, Vollmar says, is the data side of what FarmLogs is doing.

"We're bringing this industry online and all the data that's trapped offline right now becomes available--in aggregate and anonymously--[so] we're able to learn from this agricultural production information in ways that we've never been able to before," he says. "We're opening new doors in exploration of the data itself in being able to drive new efficiencies in farming, which is going to be incredibly important as the population is growing."

For other start-ups who have domain expertise in farming, this is a good thing.

"It's exciting to see there are old, established industries that have room for disruption and the room for innovation is massive in the farming industry," Vollmar says.
Y_Combinator  disruption  farming  agriculture  FarmLogs  industry_expertise 
march 2013 by jerryking
The Q Score: How Y Combinator's Startups Are Like Broadway Musicals - Rebecca J. Rosen - Technology - The Atlantic
Mar 14 2012 |The Atlantic | Rebecca J. Rosen is an associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly, where she spearheaded the magazine's In Essence section.
Y_Combinator  start_ups 
march 2012 by jerryking
Some Fear a Glut in Tech 'Incubators' -
DECEMBER 1, 2011
Some Fear a Glut in Tech 'Incubators'
incubators  Max_Levchin  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator  Jessica_E._Vascellaro 
december 2011 by jerryking
The New Establishment 2011 - Paul Graham | Business
| Vanity Fair | Graham mass-produces start-ups, funding between 40 and 60 ideas every six months in a single blast. Since its founding, in 2009, Y Combinator has helped 313 companies get off the ground.
Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator  Airbnb  Dropbox  Loopt  Reddit  Scribd 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Disruptor In The Valley
11.08.10 | | Christopher Steiner,
Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator 
october 2010 by jerryking
Four Lessons from Y-Combinator's Fresh Approach to Innovation
June 12, 2009 | | by Scott Anthony.
1. You can do a lot for a little.
2. Tight windows enable "good enough" design.
3. Business plans are nice, not necessary.
4. Failure is an option.
Also: Their main motto is (that startups should) "make something people
want". Another prominent theme in their approach is its
Scott_Anthony  innovation  decision_making  lessons_learned  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator  frugality  demand-driven  constraints  failure  design  customer-driven  insights  market_windows  good_enough 
october 2009 by jerryking
How Hard Could It Be?: Start-up Static | Printer-friendly version
March 2009| Inc. Magazine | Joel Spolsky

A new business is like a shortwave radio. You have to fiddle patiently with all the dials until you get the reception you want.
morale_management  failure  start_ups  Paul_Graham  new_businesses  pattern_recognition  tinkering  Joel_Spolsky  Y_Combinator  experimentation  trial_&_error 
april 2009 by jerryking
How to spot the next big thing
November 20, 2007| New Scientist Technology Blog | Justin Mullins.

How to spot the next big opportunity? "Look for things that seem evil or broken or stupid," said Paul Graham from Silicon Valley investment firm Y Combinator, which funds early stage start-ups. Because when you find them, there is sure to be an opportunity for a start-up to correct the problem. He points to the music industry. "It seems kind of evil that they're suing a bunch of 12-year olds," says Graham. "But it's also an opportunity for start-ups."
idea_generation  ideas  start_ups  opportunities  Paul_Graham  pain_points  Y_Combinator 
april 2009 by jerryking

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