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Paul Graham’s Essays
by Paul Graham.
Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor.
Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 Grahams started publishing essays on website paulgraham.com, which in 2014 got 12 million page views.

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How to write emails like a CEO
by Andrew Torba.
Andrew Torba is the Co-Founder and CEO of @Kuhcoon.
“There are many things CEOs care about, but arguably one of the most important things is their time. Whether they are running a Fortune 500 company or a startup company, CEOs have a lot on their plate and in a global economy every second counts. When I first entered the startup world I wrote novel-like emails to my team members. This ended in long drawn out email chains that took up a great majority of my time as well as my team’s. I quickly learned to “filter out the fluff” and focus on the one or two key points I was trying to make.”

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The spark file
by Steven Johnson.
Steven Johnson is a writer and has published 9 books.
“For the past eight years or so I’ve been maintaining a single document where I keep all my hunches: ideas for articles, speeches, software features, startups, ways of framing a chapter I know I’m going to write, even whole books.

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You are not late
by Kevin Kelly.
Kevin Kelly is a Senior Maverick at Wired, Cool Tools maven, author of What Technology Wants, True Films, and 1,000 True Fans.
“In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet. The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. If we could climb into a time machine and journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2044 were not invented until after 2014.”

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Good and bad reasons to become an entrepreneur
by Dustin Moskvitz.
Dustin Moskovitz is a co-founder of Facebook, and now founder at Asana.
“Recently we hosted a Q&A at Asana that I participated in with Ben Horowitz, Matt Cohler, and Justin Rosenstein. Marcus Wohlsen from Wired attended and wrote an article that discussed our views on the culture of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. This is an important topic, so I want to take some time to clarify what we meant in this blog post. Before I do, I’d like to emphasize that we were talking exclusively about Silicon Valley culture and not the more general ‘small business entrepreneur.’ So for our audience at the time, entrepreneur meant Silicon Valley startup technology entrepreneur.”

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Quitting my corporate job
by Ali Mese.
Ali Mese is a Storyteller, Entrepreneur & Freelancer.
“Every time I met with those friends, I didn’t have many updates to give them in response to their repeated questions, such as, “So, how is your startup going? You are going to be the next Zuckerberg, right?”

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The artifacts of Product Hunt
by Ryan Hoover.
The Product Hunt story told in tweets, photos, and emails.
After announcing their $6.1M in Series A funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz, Hoover wanted to tell a bit more of the Product Hunt story as he experienced it in tweets, photos and emails.

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Postmortem of a VC-backed Startup
by Brett Martin.
Lessons Learned from the rise and fall of @Sonar.
“For those unfamiliar, Sonar Media Inc. was a mobile app created to help make the world a friendlier place. Our mobile app buzzed in your pocket when friends were near and ushered in a new wave of “Ambient Social Networking” companies.

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Writing a business plan
by Sequoia Capital.
Sequoia helps founders turn imaginative ideas into enduring companies.
At Sequoia they like business plans that present a lot of information in as few words as possible. The following business plan format, within 15–20 slides, is all that’s needed…

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What I wish I knew before I pitched Linkedin to VCs
by Reid Hoffman.
Reid Hoffman is an Entrepreneur, Product Strategist and Investor.
“Entrepreneurs often ask me for help with their financing decks. Because we value integrity and confidentiality at Greylock, we never share an entrepreneur’s pitch deck with others. What I’ve honorably been able to do, however, is share the deck I used to pitch LinkedIn to Greylock for a Series B investment back in 2004.

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