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20 October 2005 - 16:35Paul Graham – two new articles

Paul Graham has written a couple of new high-tech entrepreneur articles: Ideas for Startups and What I Did this Summer. The first is about ‘how to have an entrepreneurial idea’ and the second about their first year running their newly formed young-persons incubator fund (this year they had 18-28 year olds involved).

The ‘Y Combinator’ incubation fund’s activities this summer are interesting – he thinks 3 or 4 of the 10 start-ups they’ve funded will succeed. That’s a good number – the oft quoted figure is that 10% of companies get past the idea stage and of those only 10% survive to year two (so an overall success rate of 1%). Take that 1% figure with a pinch of salt – this seems to be applied to all start-ups, from market traders through to biotech, so I choose to mostly ignore it (it’s too general).

He might be talking rubbish, but I think his ideas are sound – his articles are good and his book has some interesting extra essays. Be aware that his essays centre on the high-tech industry so perhaps don’t translate to other fields.

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18 October 2005 - 0:28Entrepreneuring and Serenity

Wow, now it’s been a full month since I last posted. Time flies when you’re busy. I’m glad to say that I’ve finished the Government (DTI) entrepreneurship grant that I’ve been working on since April – and not only did the DTI like the report, they’ve also paid promptly. I’ll say more on that later, for now I’m glad to have my evenings and weekends back. Entrepreneuring outside of a full-time job sure sucks away the months.

I took the chance to go see Serenity last week. I’m glad I went – the film was very fine. So fine in fact that I’ll go again and I’ll happily pay Hollywood a second time. I can’t think when was the last time I voluntarily gave Hollywood my money a second time. Serenity is cool.

It has already made the IMDB Top 250 Movies of All Time (at position 139 as I write this, beaten by Indy Jones and the Last Crusade). I’m still blown away when I look at the breakdown of age/sex ranges for votes on the film – the demographic “Females aged 18-29″ beats everyone else with a solid score of 9/10. Women loving sci-fi this much? I’m just a boy, I don’t understand.

I’ll finish on a quote from the Captain:

Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all comin’ to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe everything. Sure as I know anything, I know this: In a year or maybe ten, perhaps even on this very ground, they’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people better; and I don’t hold to that. I aim to misbehave.

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